News, Notes & Quotes - June 29

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday June 29, 2017

- The NCAA transfer working group is looking at some potential big changes to the transfer system. They are looking for feedback from schools. Among the possible ideas:

-- No longer tying financial aid (scholarship) to a school granting permission to contact, meaning a player could transfer without permission to contact from his school and still be put on scholarship. These public spats never look good for the school / coaches.

-- Holding schools that accept a graduate transfer more accountable for academics, such as counting a grad transfer’s scholarship for two years or factoring it more into the APR.

-- Harsher penalties for coaches who break recruiting rules in reaching out to players at other schools.

-- Possibly allowing transfers to play immediately if the present academic credentials that predict graduation at the new school, or requiring every transfer (including grad transfers) to sit out one year.

It’s hard to see immediately eligibility passing, but the working group would like to introduce legislative proposals into this cycle and an April 2018 vote. The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 1, but the group would like an extension to Nov. 1. This is something to watch.

- Lincoln Riley shared a story about Mike Leach’s personality in a piece for The Players Tribune. It was very Mike Leach, and it was about the lesson of showing interest in a person.

“My first or second year as an assistant at Tech, I was doing some work in Coach Leach’s office when his cell phone rang," Riley wrote. He picked it up and said, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ And then he listened for a second and asked, ‘Where ya calling from?’ He kept talking on the phone and I eventually sort of tuned out.

"Now, a short phone conversation for Coach Leach is an hour. So he was talking about this and that, and I was kind of hunkered down working on my own stuff. At some point, the call got dropped. They must have lost reception. Coach said, 'Can you hear me? Are you there?'

"Then he closed his old-school flip phone, swung it back open and redialed. He said, ‘Hey, sorry I lost you.’ And then they resumed their conversation for another 30 minutes or so before Coach finally hung up. After he was done, we started talking and I said, “Hey Coach, who was that on the phone?”

“And he said, ‘Oh, they had the wrong number.’”

- Cal has new uniforms in the Justin Wilcox era, as part of its new Under Armour deal.

- Chip Kelly says player development as fallen by the wayside in favor of athleticism, but his style of play is one reason for that.

“People are trying to make it simple enough to get good athletes on the field right away,” Kelly said on Adam Schefter’s podcast. “We all live in an instant society. The ability to develop players at all levels, you don’t see a guy sit for three years and play quarterback in his senior season. With transfers and things like that, if they’re not the starter after their freshman year, they’re probably transferring.

“Some of the developmental things QB’s would get by being in the same system and working through things, you don’t see right now. But that’s what you see in everything. Everything seems like it’s all sped up. Football, basketball, NBA Draft. We’re forcing everybody to go faster, but at times, we’re neglecting the development.”

- Texas put out a video of cornerbacks coach Jason Washington mic’d up.

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