News, Notes & Quotes - March 8

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday March 08, 2017

- Urban Meyer won’t say the Ohio State offense is changing with new OC Kevin Wilson, but tweaks need to be made to fix the passing game.

"I wouldn't say a bunch, but there is some enhancement going on now," Meyer said. "We're not changing, we're enhancing what we do. If it was broken, we'd have to change it. If we wake up one day fifth or sixth in the Big Ten in offense or something, then you're going to see one of these deals (an overhaul).

"We have to get back to being productive 250/250 (passing/rushing), great tempo in between plays, aggressive play calling. I made them watch and I sat down and ran the clicker and said, 'This is what I want it to look like.' The one common denominator in all those games was we hit the deep ball. It's who we are. We're going to pound the football at you and we're going to go over the top. When that works, life is pretty good offensively."

The Buckeyes were No. 108 in passing plays of at least 30 yards last year, with just 13. In the national championship year of 2014, the Buckeyes were No. 4, with 32. Can J.T. Barrett get back to that again?

- Ed Orgeron and the LSU staff put together a tape of each player, something he did as an NFL assistant.

“We made a 15 good/bad tape of each player. I watched it myself with the coaches,” Orgeron said. “I wanted to learn about the whole team. I really learned a lot about all of our players. I learned what they do well, what they need to improve on, and that meeting with their (position) coach was tremendous. Same thing we did in the NFL.

“Reason I’m telling you that is I learned a lot about (cornerback) Kevin Toliver. Kevin Toliver can be an excellent football player. He just needs to remain more consistent.”

- Northwestern’s lakeside practice facility is getting closer, and the school released a new video rendering of what the final product will look like.

This is very cool. The video below includes real people in a computerized look at the facility. It will be completed in 2018.

- There’s negative recruiting, and then there’s what Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta had to deal with.

Yahoo Sports recently reported there was speculation that Matta’s health issues might persuade him to step down. A botched back surgery years ago left him with back and foot issues. But Matta's heard worse.

"Somebody once told a recruit I was dying," Matta said Tuesday. "Not that my foot didn't lift, but that I was going to die."

But Matta says his health isn’t a concern, and he wasn’t happy about the Yahoo report questioning his health.

"I'd like to know who said it. In all seriousness, like who said that?" Matta said. "Or where did it come from I guess would be my question. I'll be honest, I feel really good. I've shed a few pounds, but I feel pretty good."

- One school opens spring practice today: Notre Dame.

Coming off a 4-8 season, Brian Kelly has an overhauled staff, with 5 new assistants, including a new offensive coordinator (Chip Long), defensive coordinator (Mike Elko) and special teams coordinator (Brian Polian).

Keep track of key spring dates here.

- Watch Indiana head coach Tom Allen mic’d up at spring practice.

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