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It has been a rough week for the Oregon coaching staff.
Just days after Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for a month without pay following the hospitalization of three players following conditioning workouts, another member of Willie Taggart’s staff — co-offensive coordinator David Reaves — was arrested Sunday morning for DUI.
As a result, Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and “the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement.
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With Wilton Speight entrenched as Michigan’s starting quarterback, Shane Morris announced earlier this month he would pursue a graduate transfer. On Saturday, Morris made his transfer destination known.
Morris is headed to the MAC to play his final season for Central Michigan, which has an opening at quarterback with the graduation of Cooper Rush, a four-year starter.
— Shane Morris (@ShaneMorris_7) January 21, 2017
Central Michigan has played in a bowl game the past two seasons and returns many of its starters on offense, so Morris, who had spotty playing time throughout his career at Michigan, could have plenty to work with if he wins the starting job for the Chippewas.
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Auburn has found its new offensive coordinator.
A little more than a week after Rhett Lashlee surprisingly left the Tigers for the same position at Connecticut, Gus Malzahn has officially brought in Arizona State’s Chip Lindsey to oversee his offense. Auburn announced the news early Saturday afternoon.
“I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family,” Malzahn said. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession.”
With the loss to OU, the Tigers finished 2016 with an 8-5 record.
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Michigan may be getting even more adventurous for its spring practices in 2017.
According to Rivals’ TheWolverine.com, Michigan is considering traveling to Rome for a week of spring practices and there could “perhaps” be a formal announcement of the plan next week.
The plan – not necessarily in response to the NCAA’s legislation, though it probably is – is to take the team to Rome, Italy this spring for a week of spring ball, followed by study abroad for several members of the football team (not just limited to Rome, we’ve heard).
This has been in the works since last fall but a trip like this requires plenty of planning and great detail. Team doctors were told to get their passports ready, etc., and to prepare.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
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Now that Greg Byrne has been brought in from Arizona, outgoing Alabama athletic director Bill Battle has had some time to reflect on his tenure with the Tide.
One thing Battle did not have to do during his time as AD was hire a football coach. Nick Saban, the best in the land, was already there when he arrived 2013. However, Battle said he was tasked with keeping Saban in the fold.
No, really. In an interview with Al.com, Battle said one of the most challenging parts of his four years was the highly publicized rumblings of Texas’ interest in Saban as head coach back in December 2013.
For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.
Tennessee filled its offensive coordinator vacancy with someone already on staff.
The school said Friday it had promoted tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Larry Scott to coordinator. Former Utah State assistant Mike Canales will be the team’s quarterbacks coach.
“Larry played an important role in the success we had offensively last year and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on game day,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said in a statement. “We felt it was vital to maintain our continuity on offense and keep building on what we have established the past four seasons.”
Scott replaces Mike DeBord, who left the school in January to be the offensive coordinator at Indiana. DeBord will be an assistant under new coach Tom Allen, who was promoted to replace Kevin Wilson after Wilson resigned from the Hoosiers.
Scott was Tennessee’s tight ends coach for one season after coming over from Miami where he was the interim coach for the Hurricanes in the final half of 2015 after Al Golden was fired.
Sophomore running back John Kelly, who had 630 yards and averaged 6.4 yards a carry is Tennessee’s leading returning rusher.
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San Diego State would like to stay at Qualcomm Stadium for four more seasons.
With the San Diego Chargers now the Los Angeles Chargers, the Aztecs are set to be the main occupant of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The school’s current lease goes through the 2018 season, but athletic director John David Wicker said Thursday the school has started talks to stay at Qualcomm through 2020.
The two-year extension would give SDSU an opportunity to build a football stadium for itself without having to find a temporary home. But that two-year lease would, of course, have to come with the assurance that Qualcomm Stadium would stay open. That’s apparently not a guaranteed.
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The three Oregon football players who were hospitalized following strenuous workouts last week have been released from the hospital.
According to The Oregonian, tight end Cam McCormick and offensive lineman Sam Poutasi, both redshirt freshmen, were no longer hospitalized as of Friday morning. Senior offensive lineman Doug Brenner was released Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson told the paper. The three had been treated after dealing with extreme soreness following a series of conditioning workouts led by new Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde.
Oderinde, who came to Oregon alongside new head coach Willie Taggart from South Florida, was suspended for a month without pay by the university on Tuesday.
For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.
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New Ole Miss offensive coordinator Phil Longo is following a path very similar to Washington State head coach Mike Leach from 20 years ago.
Longo is making the jump from the FCS level, where he was the OC at Sam Houston State, to the SEC. Leach, in 1996, made the move from Division II Valdosta State to Kentucky. After meeting Leach at a coaching clinic during Leach’s time at UK, Longo modeled his offense — a variation of which he’ll run at Ole Miss — after Leach’s air raid spread scheme.
Leach, in a story about Longo in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, said there’s no reason to doubt a coach making the leap from a small school to the SEC. Leach always speaks his mind, and he was very blunt in his assessment of the SEC and the perception of the league throughout college football.
Leach certainly seems to think it will.
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If Jim Harbaugh had plans to take his team out of Ann Arbor for a portion of spring practice beyond this year, he’ll need to change his plans.
At the NCAA convention Friday in Nashville, the Power Five conferences voted to prohibit off-campus practice during a vacation period outside of a team’s championship season. The legislation, which was proposed by the Pac-12, passed via a 58-to-22 vote.
Autonomy conferences pass, 58 to 22, prohibition of off-campus practice during a vacation period outside the championship season. #NCAAConv
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) January 20, 2017
The proposal was brought forth after Michigan brought part of its spring practice schedule to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. IMG has one of the top high school football programs in the country and has a roster full of Division I talent. The move caused quite a bit of uproar across college football last year.
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