News, Notes & Quotes - July 17

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 17, 2017

- Today is the start of Big 12 Media Days (in Frisco, TX) and AAC Media Days in (Newport, R.I.)

Coaches speaking today include Gary Patterson, Lincoln Riley, David Beaty, Kliff Kingsbury, Matt Campbell, Luke Fickell, Chad Morris, Scottie Montgomery, Willie Fritz, Philip Montgomery and Randy Edsall. CoachingSearch will be at Cowboys headquarters for the Big 12 days. 

Keep track of key dates before the 2017 season here.

- Paul Johnson’s complaint has led to a change in ACC scheduling, in the future.

Back in January, Paul Johnson said the ACC always tried to “screw” Georgia Tech by often matching up the Yellow Jackets against teams coming off byes. ACC commissioner John Swofford said at ACC Media Days that the league’s AD’s unanimously approved to address the situation.

“Now, Paul was not accurate in some of his comments, I can assure you of that, but it did at least lead to some (information) that we brought up with the schools,” Swofford told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That they want to have some things in there that sort of guaranteed, if you will, that one school wasn’t absorbing more situations where they had an open date before their game than others.”

- With transfer rules getting looked at by an NCAA working group, SEC coaches often brought up “free agency" last week.

It’s unlikely the NCAA will allow an undergrad player to transfer without sitting out, but they’re looking at it, and it’s possible the NCAA could take out the requirement for the school to give permission to contact other schools. Dan Mullen said he might start worrying about other SEC school recruiting his players.

“I think any time you pass things, there’s a lot of unwritten consequences that might occur and consequences you don’t think about right now,” Mullen said. “The possibility of something like that happening is not good for the game of football.”

- Barry Odom will take things easier this fall camp than he did a year ago.

Odom said at SEC Media Days that he may have pushed his Mizzou team too hard in his first season, which contributed to a 2-7 start. They won two of their last three against bowl teams.

“I grinded those guys last year,” Odom said. “I think for a number of reasons, we didn’t play very good early in the year. At the end of the day, I didn’t do a good enough job to get those guys ready to play their best. The air is cleaner. I like our staff. I like our locker room and I’m excited about our team.”

- Minnesota highlights the team’s top testing results from summer 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