News, Notes & Quotes - July 20

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 20, 2017

- Ed Orgeron thanked Louisiana high school coaches for helping keep other colleges out of the state for satellite camps.

“We want to thank you for keeping the satellite camps in the state of Louisiana. I mean that. I appreciate that,” Orgeron said at a clinic, per The Advocate. “I know a lot of you guys were approached by other teams, a lot of our competitors, and you didn’t let them in. I appreciate that. It means a lot to us. Keep our players in the state of Louisiana.”

He added, “I thought it was nice for us to all be on the same page, all of us serving the same purpose and protecting Louisiana.”

- Lincoln Riley and Mike Gundy have never played a team twice in one year. It could happen in 2017.

The new Big 12 Championship Game will be a guaranteed rematch between the top two teams after the full round-robin. Oklahoma is the preseason pick to win the league, and OK State was No. 2.

“I don’t think I have. That’s a good question,” Riley told CoachingSearch. “I’ve thought about it a little bit.”

But there’s no worry about forgetting a gameplan..“I’ve still got gameplans from the 2003 Iowa State game,” Riley said. “We’ve got them all. I don’t throw away anything.”

- Gundy thinks the Big 12 plan is the most fair, but admitted there could be a problem.

“The thing that is most concerning is you could have a team go into the championship 12-0, maybe playing a team that’s 9-3. The team that’s 12-0 has a player dinged up and you lose,” he said. “You’re 12-1 and 9-0 in league play, a team may by 6-3 and be the champion. I don’t know if any formula is perfect, but that’s a concern. But it can happen in other leagues, also.”

- Butch Jones and Paul Finebaum had a fight and made up in a matter of days.

Finebaum said recently that Jones had done a good job of lowering the standards at Tennessee, and that four-loss seasons shouldn’t be good.

Jones responded elsewhere by saying, "Paul hasn't played one snap of football for the University of Tennessee. Our expectations are to win championships. That's the next evolution of our football program. … He gets paid to make those comments and I respect that."

But when Jones came on Finebaum’s show this week, the host (and Tennessee alumnus) backed off and said he hadn’t appreciated the parts Jones had turned around, on and off the field. It was an unexpected turn of events.

“If you look at the progression of this program Coach, it has come a long way,” Finebaum said. “I listened to you this morning and that stat about back to back nine-win seasons, first time in nine years and you are only behind Alabama, and I must admit, even though I heard that, until I heard you say it, I’m not sure I really paid close attention to it.”

- An Iowa player wrote a piece about his battles with depression, with advice for other people to not be afraid to get help.

Offensive lineman Sean Welsh wrote his piece for Iowa’s official site and described his ups and downs. In a tough-man sport like football, players can try to ignore it. Programs have been taking more steps to help with mental health issues.

“Depression doesn’t discriminate,” Welsh wrote. “You can have everything working in your favor – a strong upbringing, a loving family, a promising future – and depression can turn it upside down. It can make your successes feel unimportant and your problems seem monumental. It made me feel empty, like I had nothing. But it also galvanized me. It gave me a perspective that I never would have gained without it.

“Depression also taught me pure, visceral humility and that I need to be honest with myself and others about how I feel. Without the support of my family, Coach Ferentz and his staff, my teammates and my friends – I’m not sure I would’ve gotten off the mat.

“Finally, and this is the most important thing I would like you to take away from this, if you think you suffer from depression, see someone. If you suspect a loved one suffers, get them the help they need. And if you know of someone struggling with depression be understanding and caring – you will make a world of difference."

- Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Cincinnati’s trip to Rhode Island for AAC Media Days.

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