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7 hours ago, Travis Sheldon said:

Please, My Sweet Satan, make him hire both.

Be careful what you wish for because I thought Sark would never have another meaningful HC job after what happened at USC. Hell, Kiffin is at Ole Miss now. Saban can polish up these massive turds and get them more HC gigs they don't deserve (Gase moreso than BoB).

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Former Wisconsin starting QB Jack Coan is transferring to Notre Dame

With Ian Book expected to declare for the NFL Draft, Coan is considered the leader in the clubhouse to be the Irish's starter next season

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It has to be Coan. It's either Coan or a 5 star QB recruit who only played one year of high school football who will be playing behind a brand new oline.

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Looks like Derek Mason is all but confirmed to be Auburn's next DC (I like this hire).

There's some heavy Mike Bobo for OC rumors that make me less excited. 

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Meanwhile in the FCS, a heretofore anonymous OL coach fucks around and finds out.

 

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Oof, Sarkisian is taking Bama OL coach Kyle Flood with hIm to Texas.  I was afraid of that, as they were in Atlanta together and came to Bama together, too.  They clearly work very well with each other. 

Flood’s work with the OL has been incredible the past 2 years.  He will be missed.

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Looks like winter is coming for the Vols

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Tennessee officials haven't extended the contracts of assistant football coaches and have paused hiring coaches for vacancies as the Volunteers continue to investigate whether recruiting violations occurred within the program, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the university announced it had hired attorneys Mike Glazier and Kyle Skillman to assist its in-house counsel and compliance officials in the internal investigation. The attorneys have interviewed current players this week about alleged improper benefits and other rules violations, sources told ESPN.

"We take seriously our institutional commitment to NCAA compliance, and are reviewing regulatory issues that have been brought to our attention," university spokeswoman Tyra Haag said in a statement this week. "As part of that process, we are currently working with attorneys Kyle Skillman and Michael Glazier with Bond, Schoeneck & King. We will provide additional information when it's appropriate."

Last month, ESPN reported that compliance department officials had interviewed current players, recruits, assistant coaches, student volunteers and other athletics department officials involved in football recruiting. The sources said the interviews started in November.

The sources told ESPN that Tennessee's recruitment of Amarius Mims, the No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 19 player overall in the 2021 ESPN 300, is part of the compliance department's inquiry. Mims signed with Georgia.

Sophomore tailback Eric Gray, the team's leading rusher with 772 yards and four touchdowns, was also held out of the regular-season finale against Texas A&M for undisclosed reasons. Sources told ESPN that Gray's absence was related to the compliance inquiry.

While Tennessee officials wait for the investigation to be completed, the athletics department hasn't renewed or extended the contracts of assistant coaches, some of whom have deals that expire at the end of this month, including running backs coach Tee Martin and inside linebackers coach Brian Niedermeyer.

The Volunteers also have at least two vacancies after head coach Jeremy Pruitt fired defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh after four games and offensive line coach Will Friend left the team last month.

Pruitt, 46, has a 16-19 record with the Volunteers through three seasons. The Volunteers went 3-7 this season, losing seven of their last eight games.

After guiding the Volunteers to an 8-5 record in 2019, Pruitt was rewarded with a two-year contract extension that boosted his annual salary to $4.2 million. The contract runs through the 2025 season. If Tennessee were to fire Pruitt without cause, it would owe him a buyout of about $12.8 million, or 60% of the remaining money owed under the deal.

Pruitt is scheduled to receive a $200,000 retention bonus on Feb. 15.

Under the terms of Pruitt's contract, if the university fires him with cause, he "shall not be entitled to further salary, compensation, benefits, perquisites, or any other athletically related income or benefits derived by virtue of Coach's position as Head Football Coach, from the University."

A handful of Tennessee's best players have left the program or announced plans to leave over the past few weeks, including junior cornerback Bryce Thompson (eight career interceptions), who entered the NFL draft earlier this week. Running back Ty Chandler and tight end Austin Pope are among eight players who have entered the transfer portal since December. Quarterback J.T. Shrout transferred to Colorado, and star defensive end Deandre Johnson transferred to Miami.

 

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This was lost in the tsunami of news that was Wednesday, but...

Since he did float returning for another year before people clearly told him how stupid that would be (and/or Jacksonville locked up #1)...

Trevor Lawrence has declared for the draft. 

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I say it all the time, and people think I'm trolling because I an Ohio State fan, but there is literally no reason whatsoever that Michigan should be good at football.  Michigan is a state that doesn't produce enough football players to sustain a great football program.  Even when they were good, their success was mostly due to being able to recruit from Ohio a state that produces football players.  

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On 1/8/2021 at 5:22 PM, supremebve said:

I say it all the time, and people think I'm trolling because I an Ohio State fan, but there is literally no reason whatsoever that Michigan should be good at football.  Michigan is a state that doesn't produce enough football players to sustain a great football program.  Even when they were good, their success was mostly due to being able to recruit from Ohio a state that produces football players.  

There is also the fact that Michigan is pretty strict about academic standards. And that's not just football: a few years back a kid who was drafted by the Islanders named Bode Wilde committed to play for Michigan but was unable to get his grades to what was required to gain admission and played Canadian Junior Hockey instead.

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In fairness, though, in-state recruiting isn’t really all that relevant to elite programs these days.  If you look at most of the elite teams that are making the CFP regularly, almost all of them are recruiting nationally with minimal in-state presence.  Only 6 of Ohio State’s 21 signees this year were from Ohio, and that’s been pretty typical for the past several years.  But if you look back, even just 10 years ago, ~50% or more of their class would be from Ohio.

Likewise, Bama only signed 5 guys (out of 25) from Alabama this year.  Clemson only signed one from South Carolina.  Oklahoma signed 2 from OK (even if we count Texas kids as part of OK’s in-state recruiting, that number only moves to 8; they signed half that number from the VA/MD/DC area alone this year).  The only real exception among the top tier programs is Georgia, which still predominantly operates in-state.

In terms of competing for championships, in-state recruiting has never mattered less than it does right now, so Michigan shouldn’t be at that much of a disadvantage to get to that elite level.  And they actually do recruit nationally as much as any of the CFP mainstays.  They just rarely seem to win recruiting battles for elite talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

I mean, imagine if Najee Harris was hurdling guys and running 60 yards for the Maize and Blue instead of Alabama.  That probably changes the outcome of some games for Michigan the last few years.  Harbaugh just can’t seem to seal those deals.

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That's a big part. 

The other one is that, somehow, the guy who developed Andrew Luck, rescued Alex Smith's career, and unleashed Kap seemingly lost all ability to elevate his quarterbacks on the flight from San Fran to Ann Arbor.

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Apparently - multiple reports out of Philly are that the Eagles want to hire Lincoln Riley so just a FYI there

Also - supposedly multiple teams reached out to Pat Fitzgerald to request and interview with him. At this moment, he hasn't accepted any of the offers

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Aaaand Sark just poached Jeff Banks for Texas.  So far, he’s taking all the coaches from Bama that I was afraid he would take...which means he is making very good staff choices.

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Listed capacity: 2500. Either they bring in every set of bleachers on the islands to get up to FCS standards or they'll seek a waiver.

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