Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 days ago
Jim Grobe knows his success as Baylor’s coach for the upcoming season won’t necessarily be judged on wins, but more on headlines.
The school is looking to rehabilitate its off-field image at the expense of furthering its football prowess on the heels of a scandal that cost former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw and former football coach Art Briles their jobs. An internal investigation revealed Baylor coaches and officials took no action regarding sexual assault allegations against football players over a period of several years.
Enter the mild-mannered, God-fearing Grobe, who had been out of coaching for two years and was in the midst of settling into retirement when former Baylor coaching stalwart Grant Teaff called. Teaff was looking for someone to replace Briles and help restore Baylor’s good name. The 64-year-old veteran Grobe was at the top of Teaff’s list.
And so far it hasn’t been easy.
“(The negative image) is going to persist throughout the year and going forward we know that,” Grobe said. “To think that magically when we play the first game that all the past stories and whatnot aren’t going to linger through the season, that’s unrealistic. That’s not gonna happen.”
Miami football might be making headway in the facilities arms races with its ACC brethren.
According to a report in the Miami Herald, which cited sources, the Hurricanes are in the midst of raising money for an indoor facility. Miami is currently the only program in the conference without an indoor facility or publicly announced plans to build one.
According to the Miami Herald, coaches and current players have been shown renderings of the proposed facility, and coaches have been using it as a recruiting tool.
“Coach Richt told me about it and said it’s going where the practice field is now,” said Brian Polendey, a 2017 tight end commit out of Denton, Texas, told the Herald.
“He said it’s going to be really impressive and that it will be a multiyear project. It shows that he cares about making this program the best it can possibly be.”
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Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens spoke to Congress on Friday describing his school’s decision to eliminate tackling from practices and the benefits of the decision.
In 2010, Dartmouth football made the unprecedented move to eliminate all tackling from its practices and instead practice maneuvers on pads and motorized tackling dummies. The result has been fewer concussions, fewer major injuries and more wins. Last season, the Big Green tied with Harvard for the Ivy League title.
"I love football," Teevens said, "but I love my players more."
Teevens spoke to Congress to help spread a message of safety for a sport that is seeing its numbers dwindle thanks to injury concerns. Teevens told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that youth and high school programs need to adopt Dartmouth’s model in order to preserve the game.
"Unless we change the way we coach, we won't have a game to coach," Teevens said.
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LSU’s Leonard Fournette might be considered the best running back in college football, but his coach, Les Miles, thinks he could be even better with a little weight loss.
"I think Leonard was 235 or 233 (pounds) during spring," Miles told Paul Finebaum on Thursday. "We want him right around 225 so that his strength and speed are kind of maximized. He's an elite guy and he wants to be in an elite body as he goes into the fall."
Fournette was listed at 6-foot-1, 230 last fall and used that frame to rush for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. His highlight reel from the season shows him stiff-arming defenders, running over defenders and just outright outpacing defenders to the end zone.
Yet, Fournette, who is a team player, has already heeded his coach’s words.
I lost that weight for you big man @LSUCoachMiles
It will be interesting to see whether that slight loss of weight changes Fournette’s game in any way.
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OU President David Boren says the key to expansion in the Big 12 hinges on a Big 12 Network.
Boren: the question about expansion is premature. We need to decide if we're going to have a Big 12 network. #Sooners
Boren: "My hunch is that a Big 12 network might be very advantageous to the entire conference. But my hunch might be wrong."
Boren says if Big 12 is to have a network, likely need 12-14 members to make it viable.
Boren also said that any move has to appease Texas.
Boren: "You’ve got to make Texas financially whole. You can’t expect them to give up $15 million.” Well, there it is.
The ACC is changing the way it handles replay this season.
Say hello to Michigan’s Kenny Allen
ACC commissioner John Swofford said his conference isn’t ready to pull its championship games from North Carolina because of the state’s House Bill 2, but it's watching the developments closely.
House Bill 2 (HB2) has become a contentious topic around the country and has sparked many companies and performers to take their business out of the state. HB2 bans anti-discrimination measures based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates. The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit over the bill and North Carolina has countersued.
For the 2015-16 academic year, the ACC had 11 championship games in the state, including the football championship. Last year, the ACC extended its partnership with Charlotte to host the ACC championship game through 2019. Five ACC sports have multi-year contracts with the state of North Carolina.
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If all goes according to plan, LSU star running back Leonard Fournette will leave the Tigers following the 2016 season, enter the NFL draft and be one of the top picks taken.
If that plan goes awry, Fournette has insurance – a lot of it.
According to an interview with CBSSports, Fournette has two separate insurance policies worth $10 million each to protect him if an injury suffered during his junior season ultimately affects his draft stock. The policies went into effect prior to spring football.
The site says the $20 million in policies could be the highest for any college player ever.
There was even speculation early in the 2015 season that Fournette should sit out his junior year to preserve his health. Fournette dismissed the notion almost immediately.
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Update: 5/9 - 6:55 p.m. ET
Oklahoma released statements from president David Boren and Max Weitzenhoffer, the chairman of OU's board of regents, Monday evening.
Boren reiterated his willingness to Big 12 expansion while Weitzenhoffer voiced his support for Boren. Earlier on Monday, Weitzenhoffer expressed trepidation to expanding the conference and said other board members feel the same way.
“I first want to make it clear that I have complete confidence in the leadership of the University of Oklahoma," Weitzenhoffer's statement said. "President Boren has proven to be a visionary and effective leader of the university. I am confident that our President will lead the university in the right direction on matters related to the Big 12 Conference. He has and will continue to have my full support.”
Added Boren: “I remain firmly committed to my belief that we should all work together to make the Big 12 Conference even stronger through holistic reform that allows for possible expansion and the creation of a Big 12 network.”
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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Thursday he was caught off-guard by the comments made by former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, who said during the opening night of the NFL draft that an Ole Miss coach had given him money.
“I know nothing,” Freeze said. “I’m not involved in the fact-finding process. I was shocked like everyone else (last Thursday night) living it out in real time but confident that our administration is going to find the facts and then give us a new report on it.”
Tunsil had a memorable (or forgettable) draft night after a hacker posted text messages between Tunsil and John Miller, Ole Miss assistant athletic director for football operations, talking about the exchange of money to help pay bills on Tunsil's Instagram.
Tunsil was asked about it shortly after he was drafted and said: “I made a mistake. That happened.”
Freeze was in New York for the draft at the time of the admission.
Ohio State backup quarterback Stephen Collier underwent knee surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, according to several reports.
Collier, a sophomore who was in line to backup starter J.T. Barrett, suffered the injury during the Buckeyes spring game and will miss the 2016 season.
Collier completed 4 of 11 passes for 154 yards in the spring game on April 16. He was competing with Joe Burrow for the backup role. Burrow completed 14 of 23 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
With Collier out, Barrett and Burrow are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the Buckeyes' roster, a far cry from the situation they found themselves in last year with three potential starting quarterbacks in the two-deep.
The Buckeyes will add four-star pro-style quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., this fall.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
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