News, Notes & Quotes - July 18

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 18, 2016

Days until Cal and Hawaii kick off the CFB season in Australia: 39

- Big 12 Media Days begin today.

Coaches scheduled to speak today are Gary Patterson, David Beaty, Kliff Kingsbury, Matt Campbell and Mike Gundy.

Oklahoma received 24 of 26 first-place votes, and TCU received the other two. Keep track of key summer dates here.

- Les Miles canceled his appearance Monday on ESPN’s Car Wash following the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge.

Last week, Miles gave a passionate plea for the community to come together. On Sunday, another tragedy struck.

“My heart hurts for Baton Rouge and what’s happened in our community over the past couple of weeks,” Miles said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are wit the families of those officers who lost their lives or were injured today in what was a senseless act. I continue to pray for peace, compassion and civility as our city mourns during this extremely sad time for Baton Rouge.”

- Mike Leach says the idea of the Heisman has changed, only favoring players on the top teams. Should Washington State QB Luke Falk have been in the mix?

“Well, I've kind of lost track of what the Heisman is,” Leach said. “There was a time when the Heisman went to the guy who had the biggest impact and effect on their team, and if that was the case, he probably would have won it last year or should have. And then so the emphasis has kind of shifted from that, and a lot of guys with Heisman trophies wouldn't have him in this day and age because now they try to finesse it to whoever is the MVP on the National Championship team gets it. …

“So really I think they either need to have two awards or they need to define it. Either you're giving it to the guy that's got the biggest impact on their particular team or it's for the MVP for the team that wins the National Championship, and if that's the case, they need to hand it out at the end of the National Championship along with the other hardware.”

- Arizona State players and the AD have turned down the championship talk, but Todd Graham says he’s going to continue to be who he is.

“From the time you walked in the door, if you walk down the hallway, our goals are written on the wall,” he said. “… Obviously, we want to be Pac12 champions, and then it says Rose Bowl champions, and then it says national champions. Why would you have any other goal? Obviously we learned some lessons last year.”

He added, “Part of my philosophy is that my players watch this and they hear me, and I believe in them. I try to tell people what I really think, and I never try to — I think sometimes people get tired of the same ol' answers, and I just try to be genuinely who I am, and that's something that I'm proud of what we've done in the four years that I've been there, and I'm proud of the foundation we've laid. We learned a lot from last year, and what I learned is we've got to win the close football games.”

- Jim Mora says Snapchat has made monitoring players on social media more difficult, as opposed to Twitter or Instagram. He recently scolded Josh Rosen for an Instagram post, but it's easy to see a photo.

“In recruiting, we’re very conscious of it,” Mora said. “We want to see how these kids are living, what their thought process is and decisions they’re making. For me, it’s always trying to figure out — Instagram was great, because I could always see the players. Now, none of them are on Instagram, they’re on Snapchat, so they’re teaching me how to do Snapchat. It’s hard to keep up with them. I don’t know how.”

- Kyle Whittingham wants all Power 5 conferences to play the same number of games. The Pac-12 and Big 12 have nine, and the Big Ten is going to nine this year, but the SEC will stay at eight.

“Whether it's eight or nine doesn't matter, as long as it's uniform throughout the country, as well as the championship game,” Whittingham said. “I think with as much at stake as there is, I think there needs to be a little more uniformity in the regular season, and I don't know who takes control of that, so is that the NCAA, is that the Power Five presidents? I don't know how it goes down.

“With the nine conference games there's a chance to put another blemish on your record which could keep you out of the playoffs. And with as much at stake, I think it needs to be looked at hard and see if we're doing it the right way as a Power Five group. I'm not talking about just the Pac12."

- Mark Richt’s annual high dive happened this weekend. Now, it’s a Miami thing. Follow along for the ride in this video.

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