News, Notes & Quotes - Feb. 15

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday February 15, 2017


- A proposed rule adjustment could result in fewer targeting ejections.

In three years since the targeting rule ejection was implemented, the number of ejections have doubled (72 in 2014 to 144 in 2016). The rules committee is considering changing replay standards to only ejecting players if targeting is confirmed, and not also when the call stands (when there's not enough replay evidence, so call on field stands), per CBS Sports.

Basically, the 50-50 calls could result in a 15-yard penalty, but not an ejection.

"We still want to the official to throw the flag there," NCAA associate director Ty Halpin told CBS. "But if replay says there's a little bit of contact on the shoulder and it's more because the player adjusted and it wasn't a dangerous attempt by the player delivering the contact, then maybe that player deserves to stay in the game. It's a reasonable thing to go with."

- Tommy Tuberville has started writing a column for 247Sports’ Auburn site, and his recent piece was the role of recruiting when making staff changes.

“A norm over the last 10 to 15 years is coaches leaving right after recruiting. If you’re going to fire a coach, normally the way I did it was I’d tell all my coaches when I hire them that you’re there because of recruiting, No. 1. I can find coaches. I need recruiters,” Tuberville wrote.

He later added: ”Nine out of 10 times in my tenure as a head coach — or on a staff with another head coach — firing a coach has nothing to do with the coaching part of the job. You’re fired because it either has to deal with the personality and getting along with other coaches or you’re non-productive in recruiting. You have to be able to recruit. Players are going to win games for you. It’s not the coaching. Now, coaches can lose games, but your games are won during recruiting in the offseason when you have an opportunity to sit down and evaluate players.”

- Iowa’s offensive staff overhaul is complete.

The Hawkeyes added North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek and Northern Illinois wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland this week, to go with Ken O’Keefe a few weeks ago. Brian Ferentz was promoted to offensive coordinator previously and likely moves to running backs, so here is the new Iowa offensive staff:

Offensive coordinator: Brian Ferentz
Quarterbacks coach: Ken O’Keefe
Wide receivers coach: Kelton Copeland
Tight ends: LeVar Woods
Offensive line coach: Tim Polasek

- Don’t expect more coaching technology to come to college football anytime soon.

A proposal to allow tech in the coaches box and in the locker room was passed, then delayed and then scrapped. Research in keeping things on a somewhat level field are ongoing. CBS Sports reports Tennessee had plans for a special halftime meeting room with televisions.

The NFL uses tablets with images, and high school football uses elaborate technology on the sideline during games. But college football is behind, and it doesn’t appear to be changing.

"If you talk to the NFL coaches, they say (increased technology is) the worst thing that ever happened to the game," AFCA executive director Todd Berry told CBS Sports. "The NFL has dedicated people, a lot of money and only 32 teams, instead of 128 teams, to try to make sure there's no competitive advantage. If they can't get it right, then why in the world would we think we can get it right?

“We're not against the concept of it. As soon as the NFL can get it right and find a price point that's effective, we'd probably be more than happy to be engaged in it."

- Take a look at Notre Dame’s Valentine’s Day lift.

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.