News, Notes & Quotes - July 13

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 13, 2017


- SEC Media Days wrap up today, with a sudden new storyline.

Houston Nutt is suing Ole Miss, alleging the school leaked false information to put blame of NCAA violations on Nutt. Hugh Freeze will be the second coach to speak at the podium today, after Gus Malzahn and before Will Muschamp, and it will surely be brought up, along with other NCAA questions. What has been a drama-free SEC Media Days, compared to years past, could be a bit of a circus today.

ACC Media Days also begin today in Charlotte. Commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic Division coaches will speak to the media. See the dates of every conference Media Days here.

- Nick Saban was ready for someone to bring up a quarterback controversy, and he wasn’t having it.

"Who's saying that? You're the only one saying that,” Saban said to the reporter. “You’re trying to create that right now. I've never said that, so I don't know who's saying that. So it's like me saying that somebody said it’s going to have a hurricane today. Is that right or wrong? I just said it. Does that mean I created something that makes everybody panic and creates news and gets people excited and interested and afraid.

“We have a lot of competition at a lot of positions and we’re going to play the best players. I think our players respect that, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to try to develop every player on our team to be the best player they can be. We’re not going to tolerate people making stuff up just to create interest. I understand and respect that’s your job, but it’s just not going to happen.”

Saban then smirked and said, “I was waiting for that one, man. That was like a hanging curveball.”

- Mark Stoops was just as surprised as everyone else that Bob Stoops retired.

“It's one of those moments kind of you won't forget because he called me and it came out of the blue,” Mark said. “I had really no idea it was coming, but he called me and told me what was going to happen in the future, in the very near future. And it was a bit of a shock to me to be honest with you. I had to walk out of my office and walk around the practice field. And that's where I had that conversation with him away from everybody. So I was shocked.

“Mixed emotions, I guess you would say from myself. Very proud of him, what he's done, and very happy for him and Carol and his family, to be able to step away when he wants, how he wants. And that's Bob. … That's kind of him. He walks away when he wants to do it, on his terms. And I think it was very important for him to walk away with a good football team with a chance to win his league and get in the playoffs and hand off a program that he took so much pride in building.”

- Arkansas-Little Rock will put together a feasibility study on a football program.

The tentative end date for the study on costs and other factors will be spring 2018. Recent schools to add football have included West Florida, Texas-Permian Basin, Davenport (MI) and more. A UALR petition gained more than 1,000 signatures in favor of football.

“Since that time, I’ve heard from many other students, alumni, community members, and business leaders who have expressed their interest in a Division I football program in greater Little Rock,” chancellor Andrew Rogerson said in a release. “As a scientist, I have a high regard for data, so conducting an objective study seems like the right approach.”

- Here’s a look at Boston College’s summer workouts:

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.