- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has assembled an eight-person search committee and hired an executive search firm to assist in hiring Mack Brown’s replacement as head football coach.
According to the University, the following eight people will make up the search committee:
Let the rumors begin.
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H/T Austin Statesman
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Bowling Green State University announced Wednesday that its new head football coach will be Dino Babers, who spent two years as the head coach of Eastern Illinois.
Babers was the runner-up for the Eddie Robinson Award for the FCS Coach of the Year this season after leading Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record, a No. 2 ranking an appearance in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
“We are so proud to have Dino and his family join Bowling Green State University,” athletic director D. Christopher Kingston said. “Dino brings with him an incredible resume of successful experiences that absolutely fit the Falcon football program. He is a proven winner who is in the business of developing young men who desire success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. His ability to maximize talent through skill development is unmatched.”
Babers posted a 19-7 record in two years at Eastern Illinois, taking over a last place team in 2011 and leading the Panthers to a first-place finish in 2012. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year the last two years.
Marcus Mariota made the decision to return to Oregon before learning the results of his NFL draft gradeSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota announced in a statement on December 3 that he intended to return to school for his junior year, but a report from NFLDraftScout.com came out Wednesday stating that Mariota went ahead and requested his draft grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.
That could suggest that Mariota might still be weighing his options and has not completely made his mind up about staying at Oregon or going to the NFL.
Former NFL scout and Senior Bowl contributor John Middlekauf reported on December 7 that Mariota did not request his grade before he announced his intentions to return. Soon after, Rob Moseley, the editor of Oregon’s athletics website, refuted Middlekauf’s report.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Forbes released its annual list of the most valuable college football teams Wednesday and for the fifth straight year, the newly coachless Texas Longhorns are worth more than any team in the country.
The Longhorns are worth a whopping $139 million, “almost 20% more than any other team in the country,” the report says. The Longhorns are the only college football team to pass $100 million in revenue, a feat they have accomplished the last two seasons.
The team’s value is “built on the back of the nation’s most dedicated fan base, which has helped Texas lead all schools in merchandise sales and secure the most lucrative school-specific TV deal,” the report says.
In a year where no team made more than $90 million, the Longhorns brought in an income of $109 million. The revenue came mainly from ticket sales ($34.5 million), while also collecting “$30 million from contributors and another $15 million from Big 12 and NCAA distributions.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon was arrested for assault in September but on Wednesday, a grand jury cleared him of the possible charges.
He was arrested for assaulting a man who Dixon had accused of breaking into his house and stealing his television set. The man said that Dixon had punched him in the head and face.
After the warrant was issued, Dixon turned himself in.
Instead of charging Dixon with a misdemeanor assault charge, the McLennan County District Attorney had a grand jury look into the charges.
Dixon, a second team AP All-American, was not suspended by coach Art Briles immediately following the incident. He finished the regular season with 70 total tackles, six pass breakups and seven passes defensed. The Big 12 champions play Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Just ten months after being dismissed from the Alabama football team, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway says he will return to Tuscaloosa.
Pettway was dismissed in February after being arrested for second degree robbery, but after a season at East Mississippi Community College, he has apparently re-signed with the Crimson Tide.
Pettway tweeted about the news. His community college confirmed it.
57 back, signed with Bama again today. nothing but God http://t.co/4CJhVIYxvx
— dj (@dpett57rtr) December 18, 2013
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Vanderbilt senior linebacker Chase Garnham was one of six NCAA football players in July to join as a plaintiff in O’Bannon vs. NCAA case concerning the use of college athletes’ likenesses without compensation. Pieces of Garnham’s testimony surfaced in a report in The Birmingham News Tuesday where Garnham “reluctantly signed a form before the season” that gave Vanderbilt “permission to use his name, image and likeness.”
According to the report, testimony showed that Garnham testified on Oct. 11 that he was told by athletic director David Williams that he could not play without signing the aforementioned form.
“They told me that they didn’t know how I would play if I did not sign those forms, that no one has ever not signed those forms before,” Garnham said, according to court transcripts.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Auburn running back Tre Mason posted a picture to Instagram of two pairs of Nike socks featuring... himself.
One pair features just Mason and the other is an SEC Player of the Week commemorative version. You may notice that Auburn is an Under Armour school, so you've got to think that Auburn's apparel supplier is going to be upping the ante to recognize Mason's Heisman finalist worthy season, right?
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
When he was playing receiver at Iowa from 2007-2010, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos did not have the best relationship with coach Kirk Ferentz. The two often butted heads and Johnson-Koulianos was eventually kicked off the team following a drug arrest in 2010.
With 173 catches (most in Iowa history) and 17 touchdowns over his four seasons, Johnson-Koulianos had a very productive career, but the run-ins with Ferentz and the law cut his playing days short. Now, Johnson-Koulianos wants to tell his side of the story. On Tuesday he took to Twitter to announce that he is writing a book about Iowa football while also offering some juicy tidbits about his time with Kirk Ferentz.
Would u like it if u slaved for someone 4 5 yrs then when you arrived @ adversity they abandon you & tell potential employers not 2 hire u?
— DJK (@coachkoul) December 17, 2013
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Would Jon Gruden consider leaving the ESPN Monday Night Football announcing booth for the sidelines at Darrell K. Royal Stadium?
A report from Orangebloods.com citing a source says that the Super Bowl-winning coach has Texas as one of the few opportunities that would make him think about leaving MNF.
Although Gruden has flourished in broadcasting with ESPN since his departure from NFL coaching, our source mentioned that the Texas job is one of the few offers that Gruden would consider, claiming that the Super Bowl-winning coach view the position as one a few "premiere" jobs that he would consider if approached about them during an opening.
Oh look, Texas is a "premiere" job. There we go inflating their egos once again. Gruden was mentioned as a big-shot candidate for the Tennessee coaching job (again) before the school hired Butch Jones.
Mack Brown announced his resignation as Texas coach on Saturday and will coach the Longhorns when they face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.