News, Notes & Quotes - June 14

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday June 14, 2017

- NFL minicamps are underway, the last part of offseason workouts.

Every team but the Cardinals and Patriots are holding mandatory minicamp from June 13-15. The Cards and Pats were June 6-8. Rookies have a transition program in late June, but for everyone else, next up is training camps in mid-July.

“We encourage guys to get away, but continue to work out,” Jason Garrett said.

Keep track of key football offseason dates here.

- Washington practice doesn’t include coaches yelling at players over every mistake. Chris Petersen told Fox Sports that’s not the goal.

“They don’t get hired here if that’s what they’re about,” he said. “We’re trying to develop self-esteem out there, and that is a really hard thing to do. Because it’s usually never quite good enough. It’s a fine line, to really bring the intensity on the field and demand a standard.

“You have to be a really skilled coach to understand that. But we’re never going to scream at our guys, that’s not how we do it.”

- LSU’s pressure on other in-state schools hosting satellite camps has struck again.

Several out-of-state schools have seen satellite camps at Louisiana schools canceled in part due to political pressure from LSU on in-state schools. The most recent involves Hal Mumme at Belhaven, which was set to hold a camp this week at a high school and include Texas, Houston and others.

After Sports Illustrated wrote about the camp and the pressure, the camp was canceled. SI’s Pete Thamel reported Mumme was unhappy with Ed Orgeron, and the cancelation costs Belhaven $5,000. It’s the third satellite camp in Louisiana involving Texas that has been canceled in recent weeks.

- Michigan State has lost seven projected starters this offseason, and could lose another.

A combination of legal issues, academic issues and coaching decisions have seen an exodus from East Lansing, coming off a 3-9 season. The school has issued support for Mark Dantonio in wake of sexual assault charges against four now-former players. Athletic director Mark Hollis says he always focuses on three areas when evaluating a program: athletic success, academic success and social behavior.

"2016 was a difficult year in all three," Hollis told "My expectations are that it will not continue. … (Dantonio has) done it before and I have confidence he can do it again.”

- The Dallas Cowboys’ motto this offseason is “recommit,” and Jason Garrett explained what that means.

“’Recommit’ is the essence of life,” he said. “We wake up every day, you have to recommit to the things you stand for. That’s something we strive to do a good job of around here.

“It’s not like a New Year’s resolution. We wake up and recommit every day. We believe in high standards and high accountability. That’s what recommit to every time we step in this building.”

- Here’s a look at Texas Tech’s summer workouts.

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