News, Notes & Quotes - Feb. 13

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday February 13, 2017


- With satellite camps set to be limited, get ready for more mega-camps.

The new proposal will only allow 10 days of camps, and they must be held at NCAA school facilities. So instead of traveling to high schools for small camps, look for many schools to partner for mega-camps. It’ll be the new way for schools to see a lot of players.

A year ago, Oklahoma State helped partner and create a few mega-camps across Texas with several Power 5 and lower-level schools. ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree notes some conferences are discussing conference-wide mega-camps, adding, “Recruiters agree the winners in the new era of mega camps will be schools in major metro areas or schools in states where plenty of talent.”

- Gus Malzahn’s staff changes continued with the addition of Larry Porter.

Porter comes from North Carolina and will coach tight ends / H-backs, but recruiting is a big part of the move, also getting the title of recruiting coordinator. He’s a two-time Rivals national recruiter of the year (2007, 09).

Porter joins offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and defensive backs coach Greg Brown as new coaches on staff. Porter fills the spot previously held by Scott Fountain, who could remain on staff in an off-field role, remain as a 10th assistant if the NCAA passes that, or become a full-time assistant elsewhere.

“Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff,” Malzahn said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach with a very good history of player development and is one of the top recruiters in the country.”

- How did Steve Kerr prepare to become a coach while working in TV? He talked to anyone he could and watched a lot of games.

The former NBA player worked at TNT from 2003-07, before becoming the Phoenix Suns GM from 2007-10. He returned to TNT from 2010-14, but knew he had an eye on becoming a coach.

“My whole approach my last two years at TNT, as I was preparing for coaching was just to talk to every coach that I could, pick their brains,” Kerr recently said on Bill Simmons’ podcast. “Jeff Van Gundy was a big help. I watched League Pass every night anyway, because that’s what I loved to do and I was preparing for my job. Every time I saw a play I liked, I would put it in a video library, and that was my preparation.

“I’d send an e-mail to my buddy, who ended up coming aboard with us, I’d say, ‘4:23 of the first quarter, Clippers play versus Boston,’ and he’d put it in the library.””

- Oklahoma has new facility upgrades in the works, including the locker room, sports medicine and training facilities.

It’ll be ready in time for the 2017 season. Here are some renderings.

- Cal only signed 14 players on Signing Day, and that was partly by design.

Justin Wilcox had less than three weeks to finish the class, but he tells ESPN he didn’t want to reach. As a result, the 2018 class is going to be very big.

"In a time like this, whether it's coaches or recruits, you want to make sure you get the right people in the program," Wilcox said. "We're not going to sacrifice the health of the program in the long term for something that can get done in the next two or three days."

- Collin Klein is returning to Kansas State as a coach.

Per multiple reports, co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Del Miller will retire, at 66 years old and after nearly 20 years on staff over three stints. In his place, Northern Iowa quarterbacks coach Collin Klein will join the staff. The 27-year-old Klein played QB at K-State from 2008-12 and was a GA from 2014-15.     

- Take a behind-the-scenes look at Penn State’s Signing Day.

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.