News, Notes & Quotes - March 6

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday March 06, 2017

- Ten schools open spring practice today.

That includes Boise State, Cincinnati, Florida State, Houston, Oklahoma State, Rice, South Florida, Texas, UTEP and UTSA.

It’s the first spring at new stops for new head coaches Luke Fickell, Major Applewhite, Charlie Strong and Tom Herman, all facing pressure to win in year one.

Keep track of key spring dates here.

- The NCAA rules committee has recommended three changes this season.

(1) No leaping over the offensive line on kick attempts, (2) Knee pads required and pants that cover knees and (3) Including the nameplate in the current horse-collar tackle rule.

Currently, leaping over the line is allowed if you don’t land on a player, and pants that reach the knees are only recommended

They must still be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on April 19.

“Our committee’s most significant charge is to enhance the health and safety of our student-athletes when possible,” South Dakota head coach and committee chair Bob Nielson said in a release. “Each of these rules changes address areas that help us accomplish this goal.”

- Here’s a great inside look at Steve Kerr as a coach.

During a timeout, Kerr is sitting next to Steph Curry. At this moment, Curry was 3-for-13 shooting, but the Warriors were plus-15 when he was in the game. The message: Don’t get discouraged by your own performance when you’re still helping the team. A cool coaching moment:

- Duke spring practice is in the books after Saturday’s spring game, and David Cutcliffe is looking forward to the tape.

The Blue Devils are coming off their first bowl-less season since 2011, after dealing with a load of injuries. But Cutcliffe was optimistic in his message to the team on the field after the game.

“It will be important what we watch,” he told the team. ”I do know this without watching the tape: You don’t work that hard without getting better. That doesn’t mean mistakes don’t have to be corrected. But we can correct mistakes when we’re playing as hard as we’re playing, when we’re playing with as much energy as we’re playing with.

“It’s on me to get your mistakes corrected and get the machine well-oiled. That’s what we have to do as coaches. That’s where we come in. You have to make the decision to play this game as hard as you can play it. I’m going to enjoy watching the tape. The first half we have to have is total commitment and effort. No question. How you play the game is what we want to look at. We pay close, close attention to that."

- Here’s Stanford’s spring practice work in pads.

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