News, Notes & Quotes - Feb. 9

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 09, 2017


- Two assistants who joined the Ole Miss staff this offseason have already left.

Matt Lubick joined the Rebels to coach wide receivers in late December, before leaving for a Baylor co-offensive coordinator job less than two weeks later. Tray Scott joined to coach defensive line in late December but is reportedly set to join the Georgia staff.

Freeze replaced five assistants off last year’s staff. Add these two changes, Freeze has hired seven new coaches. He confirmed Scott’s move with a bit of a terse statement.

“We want coaches that are 100 percent committed to winning championships at Ole Miss. Our student-athletes, our staff and Rebel Nation deserve that, and that is what we will bring to this great program."

- When talking about Spygate, Deion Sanders brought up the Colts stealing signs as cheating. Tony Dungy couldn’t believe Sanders brought it up.

Sign-stealing, obviously, has been around for a long, long time, even if it upsets Mike Leach still.

“I think we have to go back to what is cheating,” Dungy said on PFT Live. “People accusing us of cheating? I don’t think that’s the case. Stealing signals? You can go back to the 1800s in baseball, you can go anywhere there were signals done, and people were looking and watching and trying to get signals. …

“I remember in 1991, I was an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Steve DeBerg was our quarterback. He had played seven or eight years earlier for the 49ers. We were playing the 49ers and they hadn’t changed their signals at all. Steve DeBerg called every play for us on the defensive sideline because Joe Montana and Bill Walsh hadn’t changed the signals since they’d been there. They beat us 28-14. We knew every play and they beat us. So that’s been part of football.

“Deion, I’m sure on every scouting report that he ever got, the first thing that’s on there on the defensive scouting reports, who is the live signal caller, who signals the personnel groups in. And that’s what happened. And you looked over there because you wanted to know as a defensive player: Is it going to be three wide receivers? Is it going to be two tight ends? Who’s in the game? There’s a person over there signaling and Deion Sanders and every other defensive player would look at the offensive sideline to get that signal. So that is football. And I’m not sure what Deion is referring to, really.”

- Georgia signed the No. 3 pro-style QB in the country in Jake Fromm, who didn’t think twice about coming into a situation where Jacob Eason will be starting for a while.

Kirby Smart liked that.

“He’s got confidence. He’s not concerned with somebody else. He’s concerned with controlling his own destiny,” Smart said on Fox Sports’ college football podcast. “He’s also got loyalty. He grew up wanting to be a Bulldog. He’s always wanted to play here. He’s not afraid of challenges.

“He didn’t listen to what so many people say. What happens to kids nowadays is they get so affected by the media and the perception out there. He believes in his own traits. He believes in this coaching staff and says, ‘I’m going to come in there and compete. I have to compete wherever I go anyway. Might as well compete against the best.’ That’s what he wanted to do. I’m excited to see their battle.”

- Tom Herman knows the odds of his first Texas recruiting class becoming great aren’t super high, because it’s the case for every new head coach.

The Longhorns only signed 18 players and had the No. 26 class. But Herman pointed to Urban Meyer’s first Ohio State class.

“We knew through all the metrics, all the analytics, all the numbers that point to most of the time in years of transition in coaching staffs, that signing class has the highest rate of attrition,” Herman said on Longhorn Network. “Meaning kids that quit, has the highest rate of off-field issues including academics, drugs and social, and has the highest rate of guys that can’t play, and don’t ever see the field.

“I even went back to check, and when we took over at Ohio State in 2012, we signed 19 guys, and it was considered the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country, and I went back five years later and looking back at it, there were only three of those 19 that saw significant playing time for us at Ohio State. I didn’t want to fall into the same trap.”

- Miami (OH) “signed” 7-year-old Quintin Richardson, who is battling leukemia, to a letter of intent.

This is a touching gesture from Chuck Martin’s program for the son of a former RedHawk player. Richardson's disease is currently in remission, but he still receives treatments.

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.