News, Notes & Quotes - July 27

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 27, 2017

We’re 32 days away from the first college football games of 2017, and 37 days from the first real college football Saturday.

- Conference talking season wraps up today, with the Pac-12 finishing up the preseason conference media days.

Coaches speaking today include Kyle Whittingham, Willie Taggart, Todd Graham, David Shaw, Mike Leach and Clay Helton.

Keep track of key dates before the 2017 season here.

- Hugh Freeze briefly spoke publicly for the first time since his resignation amid personal conduct issues.

The former Ole Miss head coach told USA Today his family has stuck by him, and he plans to watch his daughters play some volleyball, as well as visit friends in Memphis.

“God is good, even in difficult times,’’ Freeze said. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.’’

- Ed Orgeron wouldn’t touch the Freeze situation when asked.

Orgeron hired Freeze to his first college job as Ole Miss tight ends coach in 2006.

“I think he did a great job at Ole Miss. All I'm going to say,” Orgeron said.

Asked if he’s reached out to Freeze, Orgeron only replied, “He did a great job at Ole Miss."

- The Pac-12 is shortening halftimes to 15 minutes for some non-conference games, and Chris Petersen loves it.

“I can't stand how long the college football game is. I don't like the games at all,” he said at Pac-12 Media Days. “You do a drive, you've got to wait. You do a first down, you've got to wait for another commercial. That's painful. As painful as it is to everybody watching the game maybe at home, that's why people can just press pause, go get something to eat, and fast forward through all the stuff that's paying the bills.

“But the shorter we can make it in terms of — we want to play and just keep playing. We don't want to sit in the locker room a long time. We don't need a bunch of time to warm up. And however we can shorten the game, I'm all for it.”

- Rich Rodriguez wants any kid to be allowed to sign a letter of intent, with one notable way to get out.

“The early signs is better than what it was, but I don't think there should be any signing day,” he said. “I think we make the process way more complicated than it needs to be. I think you treat it just like a talented musician or artist or something — two sides come to an agreement, and they sign, whether they're 14 years old, four years old or 20 years old.

“If the head coach is not the head coach in the kid's senior year, then he can get out of it as a student-athlete. Why we start talking about all these dates and times — we make this way more complicated than it needs to be.”

- Take a tour of Texas Tech’s new locker room with Kliff Kingsbury.

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