News, Notes & Quotes - July 24

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 24, 2017

We’re 33 days away from the first college football games of 2017, and 40 days from the first real college football Saturday.

- Big Ten (in Chicago) and Sun Belt (in New Orleans) Media Days are today.

Coaches speaking today include Paul Chryst, Tom Allen, Lovie Smith, Mark Dantonio, D.J. Durkin, Kirk Ferentz, Urban Meyer and all 12 Sun Belt coaches.

We’re halfway through conference media days, with them finishing this week. Keep track of key dates before the 2017 season here.

- Lane Kiffin was asked a lot at C-USA Media Days about hiring Kendal Briles, and said he wasn’t involved in the vetting.

“(The school) really handled that,” Kiffin said. “That was more from an athletic director standpoint to handling all that stuff, talking to him and talking to people there and going through it. Then they felt sure. I was more from a football standpoint, saying, ‘Hey, I this is the guy I want to hire.’ Then they did the rest and said, ‘Hey, we feel comfortable about this.’"

It was a month after Briles was hired that a lawsuit naming him was filed, regarding the sexual assault scandal at Baylor.

“At the time it was not as magnified as the stuff is now,” Kiffin said of Briles’ hire. “It really wasn’t like it is now. These articles and stuff weren’t out there at the time. So there wasn’t a shock factor like now would be.”

- Illinois has unveiled plans for a new football operations center.

The $79.2 million building will be 107,650 square feet, with construction starting in early 2018 and finishing before the 2019 season.

- Mike Leach is still upset about money he says is owed to him by Texas Tech, and he’s turned to tweetstorms.

In recent weeks, Leach has increased his Twitter usage, mostly expressing frustration and retweeting people who agree with him. He says Tech owes him about $2.5 million for the 2009 season, before his dismissal, and that Tech had immunity in his lawsuit. Here’s a collection of his tweets on Sunday afternoon:

“Why am I tweeting now? 1st and foremost to promote WSU FOOTBALL and WSU. I work with great people and expect to have an exciting season. We want to share our season, so this is a good time for me to start. I want to expose the legalized stealing by officers of the State in Texas, like Kent Hance, by using sovereign immunity on Contracts.

“Big government in Texas, exercising sovereign immunity on Contracts, has impacted me and many others. I want as many people as possible to reach out to their politicians in Texas to change this. Starting with the Governor, senate & congress. State of Texas should not be allowed to sign contracts with citizens and refuse to fulfill them and refuse to allow them to go to court.

“It is the States role to protect the rights of their citizens, not to abuse those rights through Sovereign Immunity and Big Government. Abuses of power, by officers of the State of Texas, need to be exposed and the law changed. Other states protect these rights of citizens. Texas Citizens need to have their rights protected, just the citizens of every other state in the country does!

“Lastly, I am tweeting because I hope to learn what I can from the experiences of others. You never know what you might discover.”

- Rick Stockstill knows the financial divide between the Power 5 and Group of 5 is getting so big that everyone needs to notice.

“If a Group of 5 coach says they’re not concerned, they’re lying to you,” the MTSU coach said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “It is a concern, because there is so much money in the Power 5 right now. The separation of what they’re doing from a financial standpoint is a concern. We’re aware of it.

“There’s a strategy to continue to not force our will but to make sure we’re included in everything going on. Right now, we are. It’s something we have to be cognizant of, so it doesn’t pass us by.”

- Here is the first episode of “Grit: A Journey with Nevada Football.”

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