News, Notes & Quotes - June 26

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 26, 2017

- Today is the start of an FBS recruiting dead period.

It runs from June 26 - July 9, meaning coaches will take the little vacation time they get. When recruiting picks back up, media days will be upon us. FCS and Division II remain in quiet periods.

The season is getting closer. Keep track of key dates before the season here.

- College coaches aren’t allowed at the Manning Passing Academy, but Will Muschamp was there — because his son was a participant.

“If your son is involved in the camp or any type of combine situation, you can go,” Muschamp told The State. His son is a rising high school sophomore in Columbia. 

“I can’t make any recruiting presentations, and I can’t talk to anybody other than my son, so that’s kind of what I do,” he said. The coach did wear a South Carolina visor, though.

- Arkansas State’s planned stadium renovations include waterfalls in the north end zone corners.

The project also includes premium seating, a new weight room, locker rooms and more. Construction dates and cost have yet to be determined. My question: Would jumping in a waterfall count as a celebration penalty?

- Purdue’s offseason workouts include MMA-style training, courtesy of assistant strength coach Domenic Reno, who trained a former Purdue player for an MMA fight.

“It’s opened my eyes to look at the movements," Reno said. "MMA is a lot of rotational movement, so I’ve been able to implement different drills with the football players. Twice a week, we do mitt drills with the football players to work with eye-hand coordination and the speed of the hands. We put the gloves on and the guys love it. It’s low impact on the legs, it gets their blood flowing and they want to do it, because it’s something different than what they’re used to doing.”

Reno added, “The building up of the hand speed is huge, no matter what position. It translates to wide receivers, DB’s, D-Line, linebackers. The only position group I don’t have do the mitt work is the quarterbacks."

- Texas Tech released a hype video for 2017, with a Game of Thrones theme.

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