News, Notes & Quotes - March 13

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday March 13, 2017


- Ohio State’s support staff is becoming a popular landing spot for assistant coaches out of work.

Per source, former Wake Forest tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Adam Scheier has joined the Buckeyes as a special teams quality control assistant. Scheier spent the last three years at Wake and the previous five at Bowling Green.

Last year, former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips and former Indiana defensive coordinator Brian Knorr joined the Buckeyes in quality control roles, and both landed full-time assistant jobs this offseason at Cincinnati (Phillips) and Arizona (Knorr). Not to mention former NFL defensive coordinator Billy Davis joined the Ohio State staff as an analyst and was promoted to linebackers coach.

Alabama’s support staff might be the gold standard, but Urban Meyer is taking advantage, too. Given their coaching trees and the prestige of their programs, it's no surprise. See all the support staffers hired to full-time jobs here.

- Is spring break in the middle of spring practice a good thing or a bad thing? Frank Wilson sees it as motivation.

Do you trust players to do the right things? The UTSA head coach says putting spring ball around it puts more pressure on them to do so.

“The buy-in is that much greater that, when they go on spring break, the hard work they put in isn’t in vain,” Wilson said this weekend. “In their minds, they get to take off their shirts and go flex for the opposite gender. Good for them. I applaud that. They’re less likely to do things that deteriorate their body.

“We have conversations about, rule No. 1, protect the team. Don’t compromise this team and the things we’ve done to get your body in the shape it’s in. Spring football validates that, and during spring break, they’re more conscientious of taking care of their bodies.”

Check out UTSA's first "Bird Cage" drill of the spring:

- Chip Lindsey could make the tight end an actual weapon in the Auburn offense this year.

Last year, Jalen Harris had just two catches to lead Auburn tight ends. But so far this spring, he’s lining up all over the place. Malzahn has handed the reins to Lindsey, so there will be some changes.

"We want a guy that's versatile," Lindsey said. "At the end of the day, you build an offense around your playmakers, and if your tight ends are in your top three-five playmakers, they're going to catch balls. That's the way it works. If not, you're going to get the ball to the guys that can score.

“At the end of the day, after spring, we'll evaluate the offense and see where we are and who our playmakers are and how we can get them the ball and the chips will kind of fall where they do."

- Texas Tech will hold its spring game at the Dallas Cowboys practice facility for several reasons.

The Red Raiders will have their game at The Star in Frisco on April 1. The purpose behind it is recruiting, alumni and simulating a road trip. Other schools have done similar events, including Ohio State once having its spring game at the Cincinnati Bengals stadium.

“It’s huge for us,” Kliff Kingsbury said. “In that area, there are so many great players and programs. High school coaches and recruits can come, our alumni in the DFW area is insane. We couldn’t be more fired up to go and work our travel process and see how players respond in front of a big crowd. It’s a perfect fit.”

- One school opens spring practice today: Bowling Green.

The Falcons went 4-8 in Mike Jinks’ first season, but won their final three games. Their spring game is April 8.

Keep track of spring dates for all FBS teams here.

- Watch new LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada mic’d up at practice, courtesy of WBRZ.

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.