It’s become a theory among some in the media that Butch Jones is conducting a social experiment or participating some sort of performance art. While that’s the more charitable and fun interpretation, I tend to think the Tennessee head coach is just frighteningly insecure and, thus, fighting for every inch of public approval he can in a likely doomed attempt to keep his job. That approach has backed him into some verbal corners that, in the long run, make his job more difficult on himself. I’m talking about the “Champions of Life” quote of last season or, in February, actually stating that he didn’t want 5-star players, he wanted 5-star hearts. This season has seen Jones go on an odd rant blaming
Shaka Smart acknowledged there is "no easy fix" for the recruiting problems that led to the FBI's investigation and the arrest of four major-college assistant coaches. "There's been a lot of talk lately about the model and whether or not it works and whether or not it's broken," the Texas men's basketball coach said Monday. "I've read a lot about it and listened to a lot of people. I've not heard anyone that has all the answers. I don't have all the answers." Smart said he has been in close communication with athletic director Mike Perrin and the Texas compliance department to make sure NCAA rules are followed. He said he has not been spoken to by the FBI about its probe. Texas was in the running
Miller is fresh off a trip to Ann Arbor. It was his second visit to Michigan and he got a little wet this time. The rain that came late in the game Saturday did not put any type of damper on his visit though. The Wolverines have a lot that Miller likes. "I had a poncho and I still had a great time at Michigan," said Miller. "It is just a great school with great fans and I got wet, but I had a great time up there. "What they offer academically is great and they are usually a top 30 school there. The coaching staff reminds me a lot of what it is like for me at Buford. There is a lot of history there and a lot of tradition. People talk about so many legacies and historical players and stuff there.
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson will not be the Maryland AD for the next six months. Anderson announced Monday he will take a 6-month sabbatical to focus on “professional development.” That leave of absence will see him remain on his national committees with the NCAA and NACDA, the professional organization of ADs. It was reported over the weekend that Anderson would be out completely as Maryland’s AD, but those reports were knocked down by the university. Additionally, Maryland announced that former Georgia AD and current Terps associate AD/CFO Damon Evans will run the department in Anderson’s stead.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin eliminated any brewing quarterback controversy on Monday night. During his radio show, Sumlin said redshirt freshman Nick Starkel will be the back-up quarterback behind freshman Kellen Mond. After missing five games because of a lower leg injury, Starkel was dressed out for last Saturday's game against Florida and participated in pre-game warm-ups. But that doesn't mean Starkel, who started the season opener against UCLA, will be moving back to the top of the depth chart. "He comes back right now as our back-up guy," Sumlin said Monday night. "As he continues to get healthy, that's going to be important for him to be engaged with this football team because just like