News, Notes & Quotes - Aug. 25

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday August 25, 2015

- Pete Carroll is going to call the NFL and get this zone-read debate settled. The NFL says a QB can be hit on a zone-read, but Chip Kelly says the league can't properly recognize if a play is a zone-read

“I’ll be really surprised if we don’t get something from them about it.” Carroll said Monday. “I’m calling in when I get up today to make sure that something is moving, so at least we know what’s happening and that they’re thinking of those plays, because we saw them as dangerous plays.”

- Tom Herman dropped another bomb after practice on Monday night. Houston Chronicle reporter Joseph Duarte tweeted these comments from Herman:

“I failed, coaches failed. We have some mentally strong guys on team, but we don’t have enough to win a championship. We can’t go on the waiver wire & find any new ones. We have to find a way to reach 'em and teach 'em to be mentally tough. Today, we failed them. The mentally weak ones got exposed today and it was really bad."

- Kirk Ferentz says putting a hat on a hat isn’t a good thing. In fact, Ferentz believes saying that is a bad thing.

“There’s a saying in football, ‘Hat on a hat,’ which a lot of coaches use as a compliment. I think that’s the worst thing you can say,” Ferentz told reporters. “Anybody can put a hat on a hat. That’s easy. But to block somebody is harder, or tackle somebody. There’s more to it than just assignment drills. Are we really going out and practicing the way you have to to improve? That’s what we’re looking for.”

- On Sunday, UAB held its first team meeting since the program was reinstated on June 1. reports around 33 players were a part of the meeting, including about 13 who were on scholarship. They went through a conditioning workout Monday and will continue to do so during the week this fall.

"The guys that are here should be some of the best trained and some of the best guys in the weight room technically," Bill Clark said. Read more at

- Louis Riddick shared some advice for the rookie symposium. In wake of Cris Carter’s “fall guy” comments, an Outside the Lines panel noted the symposium is focused on keeping athletes out of trouble. Riddick said it should be more positive and educational.

“I don’t think there’s any question there needs to be a shift in the emphasis as far as the message young players are getting. Not so much about how to stay out of trouble and stay away from bad influences … I’m not going to talk to you about how to stay out of trouble. I’m going to talk to you about how to really maximize your time in this league and set yourself up for when you’re done with this league, so you continue to maximize what the league did for you.”

- You can be sure coaches use this stat from Monday Night Football in recruiting: No Alabama quarterback has started and won an NFL game since 1988.

- Jim McElwain wrote a letter to Florida students. You can read the whole thing here, but here's an excerpt:

“There’s no stadium in the country like The Swamp, but it’s at its best when the stands are full. I’m asking for your help, Gator Nation. Buy your student tickets and come chomp and get rowdy in the stands. Help give us the best home field advantage by making The Swamp the loudest it’s ever been. It’s up to you to define your college experience. Make The Swamp a part of yours.”

- Monday turned into the unofficial day for coaches to name their starting quarterback. Oklahoma (Baker Mayfield), Texas A&M (Kyle Allen), South Florida (Quinton Flowers), Kansas (Montell Cozart) and the Houston Texans (Brian Hoyer) all made announcements on Monday. This comes one day after Boise State named Ryan Finley their starter. We're less than two weeks from kickoff.

- Here’s a look at USF co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach David Reaves mic’d up at practice.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 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