News, Notes & Quotes - Feb. 14

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 14, 2017

- A new study says flag football may cause more injuries than tackle football at the youth level.

The study, published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine last week (and noted by the Wall Street Journal), looked at 3,794 players in grades 2-7 and tracked attendance and injuries. There were 2.76 injuries per 1,000 exposures in tackle football, compared to 5.77 per 1,000 exposures in flag football.

There were more concussions in tackle compared to flag, but not a significant rate. However, tackle players took more time to return from injury. They had fewer injuries, but those injures led to more missed playing time.

Again, this is youth football, not something like college or NFL, where the collisions have much more force, but it was still a notable study.

- Tom Brady compared one of his biggest throws in the Super Bowl to Peyton Manning.

The third play of the OT drive, Brady threw a comeback to a tighly-covered Chris Hogan. The entire throw and catch was about anticipation, and Brady explained to The MMQB’s Peter King what it was like. (See the throw here)

“It's such a Peyton Manning-type throw,” Brady said. “I watched him for so many years make those throws. I used to be in amazement. Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne), they'd cut their route off, turn around, ball was in the air, in stride, 15-, 18-yard gain. How the heck did they do that? There's so much trust from the quarterback to the receiver. The DB can't get to the ball faster than the receiver can. You got to believe your receiver is going to get to the ball faster than their guy. That's what that play came down to.

“… That's a lot of throws. That's a lot of throws. That's 111 practices that we had. That's however many games. Films, meetings. It's got to be like clockwork. You're throwing it to a spot, he's turning, those are the ones the DBs have been covering all year too. It ended up being a really tight play. But it took great execution.”

- Michigan may have its 10th assistant coach for when a new rule passes.

In April, the NCAA is expected to approve the addition of a 10th full-time assistant. On Monday, The King’s Academy (CA) announced head coach Michael Johnson had accepted a position at Michigan.

Why is this likely a 10th assistant? Johnson is the father of 2019 recruit Michael Johnson Jr, the No. 1-ranked dual-threat QB. The NCAA is also likely to pass a rule banning Individuals Associated With a Prospect from joining an FBS staff in an off-field role within two years of the expected enrollment of the player. If Johnson becomes the 10th full-time assistant, this wouldn’t apply.

Johnson spent a decade coaching in the NFL, including serving as Jim Harbaugh’s QB coach in 2000 when Harbaugh played for the Chargers, so he has a track record. He was UCLA’s offensive coordinator in 2011.

Hiring individuals associated with prospects for off-field jobs is nothing new. Harbaugh has hired Chris Partridge and Devin Bush Jr. to off-field roles. Partridge is now the linebackers coach and rated as one of the best recruiters in the country. The new NCAA proposal would match an already-existing basketball rule.

- With Brandon Harris transferring from LSU, a stunning trend continues for the Tigers.

As noted by The Advocate: Les Miles brought in 18 quarterbacks in his tenure. Only 3 completed their careers at LSU as quarterback. Twelve left or switched positions.

The three who made it all the way through were Jarrett Lee, Jordan Jefferson and Zach Mettenberger. The other three were Danny Etling, Lindsey Scott and Justin McMillan, who are still on the roster.

Etling is expected to be the starter this year. If he makes it through, he'll be No. 4, but he was a transfer, like Mettenberger.

- Michigan is looking to build a $21 million weight room project.

The schools regents will vote Thursday on the proposal, which includes a 32,000-square-foot weight room, including a 5,000-gross-square-foot mezzanine level, according to MLive. It’ll also update other parts of the Oosterbann Field House, like a new roof.

A few years back, Alabama opened a 34,000-square-foot weight room at a cost of $9 million. The Michigan athletic department will pay for this upgrade. This on the heels of making Pep Hamilton the first $1 million position coach. If you’ve got the money…

- Here’s another look at Cincinnati’s winter workouts.

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