News, Notes & Quotes - July 26

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday July 26, 2017


We’re 33 days away from the first college football games of 2017, and 38 days from the first real college football Saturday.

- It’s another busy day of Media Days. The Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West are up today.

Coaches speaking include Chris Petersen, Rich Rodriguez, Justin Wilcox, Jim Mora, Gary Andersen, Mike MacIntyre, Troy Calhoun, Bryan Harsin, Mike Bobo, Bob Davie, Matt Wells, Craig Bohl and all 12 MAC coaches.

Keep track of key dates before the 2017 season here.

- Todd Graham didn't receive an offseason extension for the first time in his five years at Arizona State, but he understands it.

He’d received one-year extensions in previous years, but after two straight losing seasons, AD Ray Anderson said there wasn’t a need to.

“If you're 5-7, I don't really think you should get an extension," Graham said. "But I do have a good contract, a five-year contract with more than four years left on it, with a great investment and commitment from (the school). We're in the performance business. I signed up for it. I have no problem with that.”

- Matt Rhule says he will not recruit at national-style boarding high schools that take players out of Texas.

The new Baylor coach said that at the Texas High School Coaches Association convention in Houston. That would include places like IMG Academy out of Florida, where many highly-ranked recruits play.

The THSCA has expressed its frustration with several players in the state leaving. Rhule hired three Texas high school coaches upon getting the job. One of those included Ronald Reagan High School (San Antonio) head coach David Wetzel, who was the THSCA president at the time.

Tom Herman made similar comments, saying kids need to know it doesn’t affect recruiting and saying they need to discourage kids from thinking it’s a better option. He later released a statement to clarify those comments.

“I do think there is great value in playing high school sports in your community and nothing like Friday Night Lights in our great state," Herman said. "I wanted all of the outstanding coaches across Texas to know that. I also do realize there are other opportunities — whether it’s charter, private or boarding schools like IMG Academy — where a young man can grow and flourish, as well. I do think it’s important to talk through it with people you trust, but ultimately that decision is up to each young man and his family.”

- Jim Harbaugh says he’s glad Michigan’s inch-long defeat to Ohio State happened now.

Last year, following the narrow ruling that J.T. Barrett picked up a fourth down, followed by Ohio State’s game-winning touchdown, Harbaugh was incredulous. But he can only use it for motivation, now.

“Now it’s good,” he said at Big Ten Media Days. “I’m glad that happened. Hopefully, that’ll motivate us to be better next year. We’re going to use that to come to an understanding that we have to put more into this.

“We have to put more of more of our talent, more of our effort, more of our heart into coaching these guys, and the guys that are playing need to do the same thing.”

- Pat Fitzgerald says he already sees a noticeable difference since the targeting rule was implemented.

“Is losing a game maybe an extreme? Maybe potentially, but I start to see that play really being diminished in our game,” he said at Big Ten Media Days. “I think that's very positive.

“I think we maybe need to take a look at repeat offenders. I think if a young man has multiple targeting fouls, maybe as a conference or maybe even the NCAA needs to step in, and as the great coaches out there, either you're coaching it or you're allowing it to happen, which one is it. … If you see a young man or maybe a team that has multiple targeting fouls, I think we need to look at that. Because obviously that's not what we have decided to have in our game. And why is that happening and maybe have some accountability from that standpoint, maybe to even make the rule a little bit more robust.”

- Never one to mince words, Bruce Arians had harsh ones after Monday’s Cardinals practice.

“I thought it was the worst day of wide receiver play we had in five years," Arians said. "We must've dropped five touchdowns and eight other plays. Very, very poor."

He added, "If it's a pattern of behavior, it'll be a hell of a concern but it has not been up to this point."

- Here’s a cool look at Clemson’s last summer workout.

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.