Coaching News & Rumors
1. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury on the radar at Texas Tech. One of the “top two targets.”
2. 13 schools have paid $31 million to buy out coaches this year. When you factor in assistant coaches and other items, price tag rises to more than $50 million.
3. Western Kentucky AD Todd Stewart on hiring Bobby Petrino: “We hired him because he’s an outstanding football coach.”
4. Petrino: “One thing I’ve learned from this is I can be even more of an influence on a young man’s life than just on the football field.” Jeff Schultz: “That’s the problem.”
5. Stewart Mandel: “The surprise to me is that so many desperate, higher-profile programs showed such restraint.”
6. Mike Lopresti: ”Atonement can’t be rushed. And what does it say when it is?”
7. Tim Couch on new Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown: ”The quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, they’re all going to see the football a lot.”
8. John Clay: ”Neal Brown is back. Bobby Petrino is back. And Charlie Strong never left.”
9. What it boils down to in the coaching profession: ”You win, you win them over. You lose, you lose your job.”
10. Options for a couple of Arkansas assistants - stay with the Razorbacks or go to work for one of the Petrinos – Bobby or Paul.
11. Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken is the new coach at Southern Miss.
12. Tommy Tuberville leading an exodus out of Lubbock?
13. Charlie Strong’s contract extension at Louisville “getting close” to being done.
14. Thanks to Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M is reaping the benefits of a public relations bonanza. A&M marketing VP: “This is truly unparalleled in terms of the broad scope of national media exposure A&M is receiving,”
15. With Marcus Lattimore reportedly turning pro, South Carolina will turn to running back Mike Davis.
16. Steve Spurrier on Lattimore: ”When he’s ready, I’m sure they will have a press conference.”
17. Plenty of decisions facing Georgia football. No. 1 on the list - will Aaron Murray stay or go?
18. Bulldogs defense expected to lose 12 players who started games this year.
19. Notre Dame over Alabama - because of its goal-line defense?
20. Notre Dame t-shirts - made in Auburn. For only the fourth time in school history, names on jerseys for Notre Dame when it plays Alabama.
21. Pat Forde: “The world’s most famous Catholic university aspires to win like a football factory while educating like an elite institution, and it largely succeeds.”
22. Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Alec Morris: “It’s been different sitting out a year. But I love it,
23. A good year at LSU - $18 million in profits for the athletic department, before donations to the academic side.
24. Chad Bumphis needs 96 yards to become only the second wide receiver in Mississippi State history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards.
25. The talented and humble Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State could be a first -round pick in the NFL draft.
26. Florida’s running game looks to be in good shape next season -thanks to the emergence of freshman Matt Jones
27. Missouri names running back Kendial Lawrence team MVP.
**Update** AP All-America team.
28. Urban Meyer’s sister works at the University of Cincinnati. UC tried to enlist him in their attempt to bolt the Big East. School looked at ACC and Big 12.
29. The seven Catholic basketball schools of the Big East met over the weekend to ponder their future.
30. “The truth is that the ACC is the next conference that is going to be torn apart.”
31. Football teams with the best TV ratings this year.
32. “You Don’t Know Bo” - highest ratings ever for an ESPN documentary. (It’s re-airing on ESPN2 Wednesday night – if you haven’t seen it, well worth your time)
33. “One Night in March” - documentary on 1963 Mississippi State team now available online.
34. The Sporting News says goodbye as a print publication.
35. A Bleacher Report editor lashes out at his $5-a-post writers. Language/Satire Alert, NSFW.
36. With point guard Anthony Hickey suspended, freshman Corban Collins gets his shot for LSU. Hickey could be back soon.
37. Coming back off a season-ending knee injury, Missouri forward Laurence Bowers is better than ever.
38. After a 10-day layoff, 2-5 Auburn is back in action tonight against Grambling State.
39. Jerry Palm has Kentucky No. 84 in his Ratings Percentage Index. John Calipari: “If we’re in the NIT, it’s a good run to New York.”
40. Mike DeCourcy on Georgia: “In one of the richest talent-producing states in the nation, the Bulldogs are shooting 38.8 percent from the floor (312th in Division I) and average 56.8 points (331st).”
41. Last year’s JUCO Player of the Year, Ole Miss Rebel Marshall Henderson is learning to adjust his game to the next level.