Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Fallout: John Chavis, Cam White, Rutgers, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Chavis Revine.
Good Bull Hunting tries to breakdown the lawsuit brought by Texas A&M defense coordinator John Chavis against both former employer LSU and current employer Texas A&M over the buyout agreement in his contract with the former.

Warning signs?
Barrett Sallee looks at whether the recent recruiting sanctions handed down to LSU from the NCAA are indicative of a greater issues with the football program related to financial aid agreements, or whether it could be come a concern for other schools as well. (Bleacher Report)

White out. 
TCU wide receiver Cam White announces he will to transfer to Rutgers next season. He'll be eligible to play in 2015 as this will be a graduate transfer. (College Football Talk)

Questioning authority.
On the Banks ponders whether Rutgers president Robert Barchi understands the "significance of D1 athletics at a major research university in the Big Ten." This comes amidst criticism that Barchi is not adequately investing in the upgrading of the athletic program's facilities following its joining the Big Ten last season.

There can be only one. 
Brett Weisband looks at the competition for Auburn's starting running back in 2015. (Saturday Down South)


Friday, February 27, 2015

Houston releases strength and conditioning hype video.

'Tis the season for strength and conditioning hype videos. The latest is from Houston, where new head coach Tom Herman has players face off against each other in strength and conditioning drills.

The Fallout: Dan Mullen, Jim McElwain on Mike Bobo, Alabama, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday edition.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Nasty" patriotic-themed SMU helmet revealed by head coach Chad Morris.

SMU head coach Chad Morris has tweeted out on image of what is apparently a new helmet design for the Mustangs. Morris seems very ehtnused about the new blue matte helmet, which has a patriotic theme to it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Fallout: Mark Dantonio, Keith Olbermann, Titus Howard, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Wednesday edition. 

Don't Believe the Hype!
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio dismisses talk that the Spartan football program is expected to be in "decline" during the 2015 college football season. (mLive.com)

Least. Shocking. News. Ever. Of the week.
ESPN suspends Keith Olbermann following the on-air personality for getting in a Twitter fight with Penn State fans. (Deadspin)

I have the power? 
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe says the school is planning to join one of the power conferences "in the near future." The school has been an independent  since leaving the Mountain West in 2011. (College Football Talk)

Titus Howard is an ex-Pitt Panther.
Pitt has dismissed cornerback Titus Howard for the ever-vague "violation of team rules." Howard was suspended from participating during the 2014 season for similarly-vague team rules violations. (College Football Talk)

A Few Small Repairs. 
The University of Louisiana-Monroe's Monroe Stadium will undergo a $1.4 million-dollar expansion to its north-end end zone. The expansion will include a 12,000-ft. facility will include offices, a new locker room and a Hall of Fame. (College Football Talk)

Pumped Up Kicks.
Jesse Collins names Maryland kicker Brad Craddock as the top kicker in the Big Ten. (Off Tackle Empire)

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Matt Porter looks at the candidates to replace former Miami Hurricane Ereck Flowers at left tackle. (The Palm Beach Post)

Video gives "virtual tour" of renovated Sun Life Stadium, home of Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes.


The Miami Dolphins have released a new video giving a "virtual tour" of what renovations to Sun Life Stadium are projected to look like. The 28 year-old facility is the home stadium to both the Dolphins the Miami Hurricanes, and the Orange Bowl.




 Sun Life Stadium will host 2015 Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, which will be a College Football Playoff semifinal game.

(via The Palm Beach Post)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Off day.

Be back tomorrow.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Fallout: Pat Fitzgerald, Brian Schottenheimer, and... Star Wars?



Welcome to the Fallout - Monday edition. 

Non-Societal's Child. 
Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald describes himself as "non-societal" in an interview with The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein. "Non-societal" being Fitzgerald's euphemism for "stubborn." That could explain the Wildcats' slide in the past two seasons.

Life of Brian.
Brett Weisband profiles newly-hired Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. (Saturday Down South)

I Will Not Go Quietly.
Bart Doan suggests that those who think Michigan State will take a step back with Ohio State's winning both the Big Ten and College Football Playoff titles, and Michigan's hire of Jim Harbaugh as its new head coach might be somewhat mistaken. (The Student Section)

Is this a bad idea or a bad idea?
Chad Scott looks at how the Big Ten's proposal that college football and men's basketball sit should be required to sit out their freshman year could effect the SEC. (SportsDay Now!)

Movement of the People.
Heath Cline looks at the recent exodus of players from the South Carolina football program, and wonders if there should be some concern about the number of players transferring to other schools. (SportsDay Now!)

Insanity

Rage against the (Marketing) Machine.
Rodger Sherman goes on a tirade against collegiate-themed Star Wars t-shirts, referring to it as a "lazy" attempt to combine "two popular things on one thing and hoping people buy it anyway because they're together now." (SB*Nation)

New Georgia hype video combines strength & conditioning training with Muhammed Ali quotes.

Georgia has released a new hype video promoting its strength and conditioning program. Instead of using the usual current hot rap or metal track - or even worse, an Imagine Dragons song - the Bulldogs paired footage of recent strength and conditioning sessions with quotes from The Greatest himself, Muhammed Ali.



 Georgia recently hired former Alabama strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke, who was formally co-associate strength and conditioning coach of Alabama's football program from 2009 to 2014.

(via Classic City Today)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jim Harbaugh, Garth Brooks, and an ugly pair of pants.



From the Everlasting Gobstopper of blog fodder that is Jim Harbaugh's Twitter account comes this photo of the Michigan head coach with his wife Garth Brooks. The country music megastar is currently in Detroit performing six shows at Joe Louis Arena as part of his first major tour in 13 years.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Fallout: Mike Leach, David Shaw, Ole Miss, and more.


Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Open Mike. 
Roy Stenlund looks at what Washington State head coach Mike Leach has to do right the ship in Olympia. (Pacific Takes)

More Money. 
South Carolina Ray Tanner athletic director says that SEC member schools will receive at least a $5 million-dollar payout from the SEC Network. (Team Speed Kills)

Tell us what you really mean.
Stanford head coach David Shaw describes half of what goes on during the recruiting process as "crap." (College Football Talk)

Black Bears vs. Golden Bears. 
Ole Miss and Cal agree to play in 2017 and 2019. The Rebels will travel to Berkley to face the Golden Bears on Sept 17, 2017. Cal will travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss on Sept. 21, 2019. (gulf live.com)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day off.

Ended taking the day off. Be back tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gus Malzahn apologizes to Air Force vet who was verbally assaulted by Auburn players.



Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has personally apologized to an Air Force veteran who was harrassed (along with her service dog) by two unnamed members of the Auburn football team.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ole Miss receives 2016 commitment of La. junior QB Shea Patterson.

Shea Patterson. Photo via bamahammer.com.


Just when you think you can take a breather from recruiting news after National Signing Day 2015, along comes some recruiting news for 2016. Ole Miss has gained a 2016 commitment from Louisiana  junior quarterback prospect Shea Patterson.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jim Harbaugh claims Cracker Barrel for Michigan.



If you're a fanatic Ohio State fan who likes to eat at Cracker Barrel, I have some bad news for you. The beloved American restaurant chain may about to be off limits to you.

The Fallout: Braxton Miller, Mark Dantonio, Thomas Brown, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Washington's Birthday edition. 

And now, it's Braxton Miller time.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller announces on Twitter that he has begun throwing for the first time since injuring his right throwing shoulder. (Dr. Saturday)

All hands on deck. 
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio says he will take a more hands-on approach with the Spartans' defense during the 2015 college football season. (College Football Talk)

What can Brown do for you?
Georgia hires Wisconsin runnings back coach Thomas Brown to become the Bulldogs' new RB coach. Brown was a Bulldog RB from 2004-2007. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

And here's to you, Mr. Robinson.
Brad Crawford makes his argument for Auburn RB Jovon Robinson as the SEC's breakout player of the 2015 college football season. (Saturday Down South)

Back to My Roots.
An Auburn professor of horticulture says the oak trees that were planted at Toomer's Corner on Saturday could take three or four years to become fully rooted their new location. The trees replace the one poisoned in 2011. (al.com)

Things Can Only Get Better?
Ethan Levine looks at what areas each team in the SEC will improve at in 2015. (Saturday Down South)

A Sunday Kind of Love. 
Marshall moves its 2015 college football season opening game against Purdue from Saturday, Sept. 5, to Sunday, Sept. 6. (College Football Talk)

The natives are restless. 
Black Heart Gold Pants looks at Iowa fan reaction to Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz' recent reshuffling of his coaching staff.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gus Malzahn playing Galaga? Gus Malzahn playing Galaga.



Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has helped pioneer the modern "hurry-up no huddle offense," but when it comes to video games, he's completely old school. Malzahn's wife, Kristin, tweeted out the following pic of Malzahn playing the classic arcade game Galaga, which was first released in 1981.



Here's the kicker: Malzahn has a Galaga arcade console in his house. Proceed to be jealous, arcade fans.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Fallout: Alabama suspends Jones, Gus Malzahn, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Wednesday edition.

Tyren Jones suspended.
Alabama suspends running back Tyren Jones for what head coach Nick Saban described as for the somewhat vague "conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program." (Dr. Saturday)

Malzahn hitting meet and greet circuit. 
Auburn releases dates and stops on head coach Gus Malzahn's "Tiger Trek" speaking tour. (al.com)

Poaching Alabama.
John Talty ranks Mississippi State first on his list of the five schools that were the most successful in recruiting in Alabama. Louisville, Memphis, South Carolina, and Middle Tennessee State round out the list. (al.com)

Money, Money, Money.
A study reports that the 2014 Alamo Bowl "generated $45.9 million dollars in total economic impact"  for the host city San Antonio. (The San Antonio Express-News)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Illinois and Northwestern will play at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2015, 2017, and 2019.



From the "Two bald men fighting over a comb" department comes word that Illinois has fired another salvo against Northwestern in the two schools' rather futile fight for the title of favorite football team in Chicago. Illinois has announced that it has signed an agreement to move its scheduled home games in 2015, 2017, and 2019 against Northwestern to Soldier Field in Chicago.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas described the move as an "opportunity to further engage our incredible number of Illinois alumni and fans in the Chicagoland area" in a statement about the agreement.

"By taking these Thanksgiving weekend games to Soldier Field, we will provide a great environment for our student-athletes, fans and students who are already in the Chicagoland area for the holiday, and it becomes a destination game for all Fighting Illini fans. Ending the regular season at a historical site and one of the best stadiums in the world will make for a big-time event for our student-athletes and will be a great springboard for our football program into the postseason. Recruits want to experience greatness, and this is the latest in a long line of connections between the dominant football brands in our state that start with the earliest days of the NFL with Halas and Grange, and stretch through Butkus, Caroline, and many other former Illini through the decades."

The two schools last played in Chicago in 2009 at Wrigley Field, where a misconfigured field resulted in both teams having to use the same end zone.

Northwestern already describes itself  as "Chicago's Big Ten School," which probably annoys Illinois to no end. 

If the truth be told, Notre Dame is probably more popular in the Windy City than either Big Ten school. The fact that the school is in Indiana should say more about college football inside the state of Illinois than anything. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ohio State director of player personnel responds to Jim Harbaugh's trolling on Twitter.

If you thought Ohio State was going to take Jim Harbaugh's subtle trolling on Twitter yesterday, you thought wrong. Ohio St. director of player personnel Mark Pantoni took it upon himself to troll back at Harbaugh in an equally subtle trollish way.



Of course Ohio St. went scoreboard with the College Football Playoff title. Would you expect any less?

(via Eleven Warriors)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Jim Harbaugh allegedly trolls Urban Meyer on Twitter.

Jim Harbaugh. Photo via The Chicago Tribune. 


It's been just over a month since Jim Harbaugh was hired as Michigan's new head coach, but he's already apparently starting to troll the Wolverines' most hated rival, Ohio State.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Fallout: Charlie Strong, Jim McElwain, Mike DeBord, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday edition.

You mad, Bro?
Texas head coach Charlie Strong is reportedly none too happy about former Longhorn defensive line coach Chris Rumph leaving to become DL coach at Florida. (College Spun)

Closing the barn door after the horses have bolted. 
The Big 12 school officials are reportedly considering a proposal to name a conference champion when there's a tie. Not doing so this season when Baylor and TCU tied cost the conference a spot in the College Football Playoff. (College Football Talk)

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer. 
Pat Forde looks at new Florida head coach Jim McElwain's attempt to "modernize" the Florida football program. (Yahoo! Sports)

All DeBord!
Tennessee names Mike DeBord as its offensive coordinator. DeBord has been most recently been Olympic sports administrator at Michigan. (College Football Talk)

Scoreboard wars.
Auburn's board of trustees gives the green light to the construction of a 200 ft. wide -105 ft. scoreboard in Jordan-Hare Stadium. When built, it will be the largest video scoreboard in college football. (al.com)

Insanity

What's in a name?
Adam Rittenberg picks the top five "Big Ten recruit names," including Minnesota commit Winston DeLattiboudere, and Iowa commit Adrian Falconer (ESPN)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chris Fowler out, Reese Davis in on ESPN College GameDay.

ESPN has officially announced via press release that Reese Davis will be replacing Chris Fowler on ESPN College GameDay. The move had first been reported earlier Thursday evening by James Andrew Miller on Twitter.


Fowler will continue to be part of ABC Saturday Night Football broadcasts with Kirk Herbstreit, along with calling one of the College Football Playoff games on New Years Eve, and the CFP title game. He will also as part of ESPN's coverage of Grand Slam tennis events.

In a statement, Fowler says it was his decision to step away from CollegeGameDay.

"In choosing to shift my focus to play-by-play for Saturday Night Football, the College Football Playoff, and the biggest tennis events year-round, it was important to me that GameDay be left in excellent hands. It certainly will be with someone as talented and dedicated as Rece Davis. I know viewers will welcome him and I am excited to watch GameDay‘s continuing evolution.”

Davis will continue to handle be dropping his Thursday night college football announcing duties for ESPN.



(HT: Football Scoop)

Stan Drayton is an ex-Ohio St. RB coach, joining Chicago Bears' coaching staff.


Stan Drayton is an ex-Ohio State running backs coach. Drayton is leaving the Buckeye coaching staff to become the RB coach for the Chicago Bears.

The Bears confirmed earlier reports of Drayton's hiring Thursday evening on Twitter.

Drayton is credited with recruiting Buckeye RB Ezekiel Elliott. Before joining the Buckeye coaching staff in 2011, he RB coach at Florida in 2010.

(via Eleven Warriors, Land Grant Holy Land)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Fallout: Florida, National Signing Day, UAB, and more.

The Fallout - The day before National Signing Day edition.

Ah, National Signing Day. One of the last remaining parts of the year that the FAX machine has its time in the spotlight. It has its one day in the sun but for one brief moment, before fading back once before behind the technologies that eclipsed it.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dee Liner is an ex-Alabama defensive lineman.

Dee Liner. Photo via al.com. 


Dee Liner is an ex-Alabama defensive lineman. Liner announced he had been granted his release from scholarship by way of Twitter on Monday.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kyler Murray falls victim to epic photobombing by Texas A&M starting QB Kyle Allen.

"Takin' my job? I don't think so!"



Kyler Murray is highly sought-after quarterback prospect who is committed to Texas A&M. He was recently named Parade's All America Player of the Year for 2015. How does current Aggie starting QB Kyle Allen think about Murray? He doesn't seem to be too in awe of Murray, apparently.