Wed Jul 13 07:57am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• We're mass communicatin'. First-year Miami coach Al Golden is drawing rave reviews from local high school coaches for the "night-and-day difference" between his approach to South Florida recruiting and predecessor Randy Shannon's, by which they mean Golden actually appears interested. According to one area coach: "There's a lot more communication and texts now. Miami didn't recruit any of our kids under Shannon." And another: "We see them more. This staff shows [its] face at your school even if you don't have a great prospect." And another: "[M]ore UM coaches are involved in recruiting now. Different coaches call the players. That keeps it fresh."
According to Golden, he's doubled the South Florida recruiting staff from four coaches to nine, and is gunning for a roster that's "80 percent Florida." So far, his first full class is well on its way: Of the 'Canes' 22 verbal commitments for 2012, 18 of them are from Florida, and 12 are from the greater Miami area. [Miami Herald]
• Meet the new boss, swears more than the last boss. Ohio State players are already feeling the energy of a new, younger coaching staff, too, most notably in the language ("They might cuss a little bit more," according to tight end Jake Stoneburner) and the intensity level in general. "I don't think we'll change our offense one bit; I don't think we'll change our defense one bit," fullback Zach Boren told the Columbus Dispatch. "I just think what's going to change is our attitude. It's going to be a more exciting attitude. ... We're going to come out and wear our emotions on our sleeve and let it go."
With the departures of Jim Tressel (58) and Darrell Hazell (47) and the arrival of position coaches Stan Drayton (40) and Mike Vrabel (35), the Buckeyes shed 30 years from the combined age of the entire staff.[Columbus Dispatch]
• How do you solve a problem like Tereshinski? Virginia Tech-bound offensive lineman Brent Benedict conceded to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Tuesday that his exit from Georgia stemmed from a clash with the Bulldogs' new strength coach, Joe Tereshinski. "Coach Tereshinski came in and he has his own philosophy and he and the coaching staff believe that it's going to work and there's no reason not to believe that. So, there were a few things going on and I wasn't able to resolve that," said Benedict, who spent his first season in Athens rehabbing a knee he injured as a high school senior. "I wanted to talk to Coach [Mark] Richt to see if things could be resolved before I decided to leave. I really felt that was the last-case scenario. That was the last thing I wanted to do was to leave the program. … But Coach Richt was very gracious and granted me an unconditional release and I'm very grateful for that." [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
• Happy trails. Predictably, West Virginia linebacker Branko Busick has been dismissed from the team on the heels of an armed robbery arrest on Monday night. Busick was free on $25,000 bond as of Tuesday morning and faces a preliminary hearing on Aug. 1. [Charleston Gazette]
• Scott denied. A federal judge has dismissed a civil suit brought by former Penn State running back Austin Scott against the university, police and a female acquaintance, all of whom Scott accused of conspiring to charge him with rape in 2007. The case against Scott was dropped in 2008, but U.S. District Judge William Caldwell ruled Monday that there was probable cause to arrest Scott at the outset of the case and rejected his claim of malicious prosecution. [Associated Press]
• Aw, we can't stay mad at you, Mad Man. To all the Missouri fans who expected alum Jon Hamm to make an appearance during ESPN GameDay's on-campus visit last Oct. 23, he's totally sorry about that. "I was trying to come in for it and I had to bail out at the last second," Hamm told the Columbia Tribune, having successfully made it to town for a charity golf event. "Somehow it wouldn't work out. I had something to do — I don't know what it was — but it was something I couldn't miss. It bummed me out. I knew it was a real special moment. I ended up watching it on TV and it looked like everyone was having a pretty good time." From what we've seen so far, Don Draper probably would have ruined it, anyway. [Columbia Tribune]
Quickly… Another illuminating excerpt from Mike Leach's new book. … The NCAA is mulling a proposal to deregulate text messages and e-mails to recruits. … BYU's athletic director doesn't think BYU deserves automatic BCS access, yet. … As promised, Oklahoma State will unveil some wild new uniforms later this month. … Iowa State loses a signee to homesickness. … South Carolina loses a backup receiver via Twitter. … Rivals ranks the top 10 recruiters of the last ten years. … Bubba Starling is on media lockdown. … Bo Pelini is in the Urban Dictionary. … Mike Martin thinks his humility is really awesome. … And looks like EA Sports has its next "Deeper Devotion" commercial for NCAA Football 12 in the bag.
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