News, Notes & Quotes - June 14

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday June 14, 2016


- Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley will leave quite the legacy when he steps down on Oct. 1. Here are some numbers:

40 - Years Foley spent working at Florida, including the last 25 as athletic director.

27 - The number of national championships won under Foley’s watch, including three in football.

4 - Football head coaches hired by Foley. He took over when Steve Spurrier was there and later hired Ron Zook, Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain.

2nd - Foley is the second-longest tenured AD in the FBS right now, behind only Utah's Chris Hill.

- In wake of some issues across college football, Sonny Dykes says one bad apple in a college athletic organization can bring the whole thing down.

“It’s tough. College coaches, it’s a unique situation, because we’re responsible for 120 players and 30-40 staff members. That’s 160 people that, if somebody makes a mistake, it reflects on us,” Dykes told 1080 The Fan. “It’s a delicate job. It is. There’s a lot of scrutiny around college football and college campuses. There are a lot of changes coming that are good changes. They up the accountability, which I think is good. It’s just hard. People make mistakes. When you’re attached to those people and somebody makes a mistake and does something they’re not supposed to, you have to deal with it. You have to address it and have accountability in your program.

“You have to make sure you hire the right people. It has to start there. In this day and age, you just can’t afford to have bad people in any organization, because they’re going to find a way to bring it down. We’re very careful about who we recruit, who we hire, and even then, people make mistakes. You have to deal with it. You have to not try to hide it when somebody makes a mistake. It’s a teaching opportunity for young people when mistakes are made.”

- Charlie Strong reflected on his interview for the Louisville job while on CBS Sports Network’s One on One — as much of an “interview” as it was.

Strong had been passed up for several head coaching jobs, despite winning two national titles as a Florida assistant. But when Louisville and Tom Jurich came calling, it was really simple, and it was difficult for Strong to leave for Texas later.

“Tom Jurich came to see me in Gainesville and he said, ‘Listen, I don’t want no suit on, I don’t want no tie, I don’t want any of that. I just want to meet you and your family. I will come to your house,’” Strong recalled. “He comes to Gainesville, we’re sitting there and he had his son with him. He met my wife and my girls, and then he asked them, ‘Are you ready to move to Louisville?' They said they were. He said, ‘That’s all I needed to hear. Here’s your contract, Coach. I need your signature. It’s your job.’ That was the interview.”

- A high school stadium will get a $500,000 digital scoreboard for the fall. Guess where it is?

That’s right, Texas. The Waxahachie Independent School District has approved the new 18x32-foot digital scoreboard, replacing the current board from 2004.

The school will use money from the district’s general fund, which will increase because of higher enrollment.

- The Broncos got their Super Bowl rings, and they have, uh, a lot of diamonds.

- Old Dominion is training its offensive line with boxing techniques, including gloves and punching bags.

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.