News, Notes & Quotes - April 18

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 18, 2017


- Texas still isn’t planning an athletic director search anytime soon, as Mike Perrin is still sticking around.

President Greg Fenves told the Dallas Morning News that Perrin’s “agreement” goes through the 2017-18 academic year. He’s not actually under contract. But he helped get Tom Herman to Austin, and Fenves is happy.

"I think Mike has done a very good job," Fenves said. "We had some real problems to solve, and he's solved them. We've made some important coaching transitions, baseball and football in particular, and he's done that very well."

Alabama, Florida and Tennessee have recently hired new AD’s, while it appears Texas will continue with its current setup.

- Financial issues were a key reason Northern Illinois scheduled a game at Florida State.

The Huskies will get a $1.6 million payout for the 2018 nonconference game. Along with athletic department funds, state budget issues also haven’t helped.

"This is about being as lean a department that we could possibly be and we're as lean as we could possibly get right now, so this money helps us keep the wolves at the door and save people's jobs and do things, quite frankly, to help our university and to help our department," NIU athletic director Sean Frazier told The Daily Chronicle.

He added, "It's tough, I don't want to beat up on the politicians because I've never been one, but ... I wanted to explain that it's altered a lot of things that we wanted to do because of the financial stress that's been put on our operation. The truth is, most likely, we would not have had this game or made this change if it wasn't because of the state impasse."

- Willie Fritz turned to Pat Fitzgerald for advice on recruiting to at a private school in a big city with high academics.

It limits your recruiting pool, so you have to find advantage elsewhere.

“How to practice,” Fritz told Sports Illustrated. “We’re not gonna have large numbers. Our school is very expensive to go here, so we’re not going to have a lot of walk-ons. A lot of it is how to practice, how to recruit and what type of athletes you’re looking for.

“Northwestern is like us. They’re a national university also. He said it’s easier to recruit outside of Chicago than it is inside of Chicago. There’s a lot of kids in this area that never thought they’d get into Tulane. So it’s similar.

- David Shaw was not a fan of early signing, but he says December isn’t as bad as it could have been.

Shaw has been outspoken that many kids don’t know until late in the process if they will qualify academically for a place like Stanford.

“Not terrible. December is not bad," Shaw said. “Anything before December becomes really difficult for anybody that cares about the academics of the people they’re recruiting. You have to know if a kid is going to be eligible.

“I try to remind our guys, Pac-12 and NCAA, that just because we push the signing day up doesn’t mean it’s any more binding than it was before. A bunch of guys get out of signing, and every single one is going to get out if they have an appeal. Why put it so early that a kid may change his mind, coach leaves. There will always be that caveat. December is not bad. Anything earlier is bad for college football.”

- A Division III head coach says limiting contact in practice won’t affect injuries like the NCAA believes.

Divisions I, II and III banned two-a-days next week, saying the common period for injuries is fall camp. Washington University (MO) head coach Larry Kindbom has led his program since 1989, but wrote on D3Football.com that contact is needed for to teach safe techniques.

“I appreciate what appears to be a logical conclusion. After all, fewer practices does allow fewer opportunities to have players get injured,” he wrote. “However, I would like all of us to think about safety in a different light. Football is a tough game, and to the bystander, it appears to be chaotic and dangerous. I can see why some of those that are trying to understand parts of this game struggle with the contact and collisions that occur.

He added, “To make our game safer, many people are rallying behind the thought of practicing less. This is far from the truth. Each practice opportunity is an opportunity to teach our players to block better, to tackle properly, and to play with speed in a game where awareness is created best through repetition. As a coach, I need time with our players to do that. Most coaches teach tackling in a confined space. Proper tackling is important not only to the tackler, who needs to use proper technique; it is important for the person who is tackled. He needs to learn to fall safely, and absorb the hit.”

- Even NFL officials don’t like having to flag celebration penalties.

Scott Green, the head of the NFL Referees Association, told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’d rather the league office handle that with fines, instead of flags.

“Nothing is worse than someone going 80 yards for a touchdown and then we’re trying to figure out does that warrant a flag for what he’s doing in the end zone,” Green said. “We don’t really enjoy that. If we could get to a point where it would simply be fines by the league, that would be great.

“The issue we’ll still have is that guys can get pretty creative out there. The question of whether it’s a foul or not a foul, hopefully we’ll get closer to more of a black-and-white situation.”

- Check out Baylor defensive backs coach Francis Brown mic’d up.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.