News, Notes & Quotes - May 10

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 10, 2017

- Auburn has already been affected by the new IAWP rule, prevented from recruiting a local high school.

Auburn cannot sign any players from nearby Opelika High School for two years, because it hired the school’s former head coach Brian Blackmon, as an analyst, according to New NCAA rules prevent schools from signing players two years before and after hiring an Individual Associated With a Prospect to a non-full-time job (after Jan. 18 of this year). Malzahn confirmed that affects Auburn.

"There's opportunities for waivers and all that," Malzahn said. "I'm not ready to go there yet, but that's the rule as it stands right now."

Malzahn has hired several high school coaches in his time at Auburn, often citing the opportunity for high school coaches to move into the college game. Now that affects recruiting, unless they’re hired to a full-time job, as Malzahn once was.

- The rule limiting high school coaches from working college camps has caused some issues for Dabo Swinney staffing his camps.

Swinney says his camps are about coaching young players, not measuring numbers or having senior days. He’s turned to other colleges and his current players to staff it.

“We’ve been in touch with a lot of lower-level college staff,” Swinney told “We have an enormous amount of prospects that comes through our camps. … We’ve always had a lot of college coaches there just to give them a chance to scout a lot of these guys. But it will just be a lot more of that, and we’ll use as many of our current players as possible.

“The problem with that is most of them are in school, so you’ve got class conflicts, and it’s just a lot to manage with the amount of numbers we get for camp.”

- James Franklin believes the December signing period will be the signing date for the vast majority of players.

“I don’t think it is going to change a whole lot,” Franklin told reporters. “I think that is going to become the signing date. If I had to guess, 75 to 85 percent of the guys are going to sign on the first date. There will be some things that are still kind of sitting out there.

“I think the one positive is you might not be in a situation where you get surprised on (the February) signing day. You might get surprised on the first signing day and still have time to kind of recover for the second one with a few weeks left.”

One factor to keep in mind that will only happen this time around: FBS staffs will add a 10th assistant in January, meaning a lot of kids could see their recruiter leave.

- Matt Campbell responded to Brian Ferentz’s swipe at Iowa State and how it sends out offers.

Ferentz commented last week that Iowa State and Minnesota were throwing out tons of offers, questioning if they’re committable. Campbell brushed it off.

“I don’t take much into what he said, because I don’t really worry about those things,” Campbell said on KXNO. “I really don’t know so much about what they do or how they do things. I think from the time we’ve got here, we’ve worried about Iowa State and how do we get this program to where we want to be.

“… I do think that’s the one thing we’ve been able to do in our last two years is really change the roster that what our 105-man roster going into fall camp looks like and feels like. We’ve still got a lot of work to do. I really don’t worry about what other people have to say. That’s their prerogative, but obviously my concern is Iowa State and Iowa State football and making sure we get the right guys here to go win Big 12 championships.”

- A former ESPN executive had six pieces of advice for employees recently laid off, but it applies to any field.

Gerry Matalon spoke with Sports Business Journal about his own job loss 18 months ago, and what he’s told the ESPNers recently laid off. The six areas were:

-- Don’t get down on yourself

-- "Make them pay"

-- Use your contacts

-- Have patience

-- Look for silver linings

When Matalon was expecting to lose his job himself, Herm Edwards told Matalon something he always thinks about: “No matter what happens, don’t get down on you.”

- South Carolina says it has the largest indoor practice facility in the nation, and an operations facility is coming soon. The school released a fly-through video.

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