News, Notes & Quotes - May 13

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 13, 2016

- The ACC will use “collaborative” off-site replay in 2016, meaning replay officials at the conference office in Greensboro will participate in each replay discussion.

These officials will communicate with on-site referee to help make a final decision.  Given the number of strange instant replay decisions in recent years, especially with the targeting rule, having another voice involved should only help, right? The ACC joins several pro leagues that already do this.

“This is another step in enhancing the quality of instant replay within college football,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a release. “Officiating remains one of the highest priorities for our league, and our coaches and schools value the opportunity to be state of the art in this area.”

- Tom Herman fired a little shot at SMU while speaking to a rotary club about the investment needed for a championship program.

“We understand the price of a championship,” Herman said. “That price is the same for Alabama, as it is for Ohio State, as it is for the University of Houston. That price is there. In order to pay that price, you’ve got to be willing to invest. Guess what? There’s prices for 9-win seasons. There’s prices for 8-win seasons and 7-win seasons and 6-win seasons. Those prices are a lot easier to pay.

“And if you’re satisfied with going 7-5 and going to the Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl, then great. Then you’re in the wrong program, and we’ll find a place for you to go. I hear there’s a private school up in Dallas that’s really looking to try to get to seven wins. We can certainly find you a home. We are into building championships.”

- Bleacher Report provided an inside look at what exactly Jon Gruden does in the offseason. The answer? Watching film for 12 hours a day, waking up at 4 a.m.

"I break down the tape like I'm a quality-control coach, just like I was with the Packers in 1992," Gruden said. "I break it down by hand, every play. I type in the formation, Section 10 on my terminal. Sometimes I don't write anything, sometimes: 'boneheaded decision.' Sometimes: 'double-plus.' Or 'great audible.' 'Triple-plus.' 'Movement in the pocket.' 'Double-minus.' I have hundreds of these reels going at the same time. That's how maniacal, how sick it is."

As for coaching, the story says he’s received feelers from a dozen NFL teams and a dozen college teams, but he’s not looking to get back. Given his Monday Night Football salary (a reported $6.5 million), there’s no need.

- Is it true that you could call holding on every play? Former Big Ten lead official Bill LeMonnier says… maybe.

In a piece for USA Football, LeMonnier writes, "My response to them is simple: ‘Maybe, but that doesn’t mean there can be a penalty for holding thrown on every play.’ As an official, it’s your responsibility to differentiate the difference. Just because an offensive player reached out and grabbed somebody doesn’t make it holding.”

LeMonnier says an official should ask themselves two questions: Was there an advantage gained by the offending team, and was there a disadvantage suffered by the offended player?

- Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter will have a coach assigned to game management, during the heat of the battle.

Andrew Weidinger’s title is assistant wide receivers coach / game management. Koetter will call plays, and Weidinger will be tasked with clock management and game-ending situations.

“To have someone that they’re fully dedicated to that preparation in leading up to the game and on game day made sense,” Koetter told Bleacher Report. “When I was the offensive coordinator, if I was up in the box, we always had a designated coach on the field that if I said, “This situation is up” and the head coach was on the other side of the phones talking to the defensive staff, that coach on the field would go remind the head coach about this or that. There is so much pressure when that clock is ticking, you have to have somebody who is on top of that and looking ahead.”

- How crazy is coaching turnover in the NBA? Only 5 head coaches have led their team for more than 3 years, as noted by ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh.

Those five are Gregg Popovich (Spurs), Erik Spoelstra (Heat), Rick Carlisle (Mavs), Dwane Casey (Raptors) and Terry Stotts (Trail Blazers).

With Scott Skiles stepping down on Thursday, 12 of the league’s 30 teams will have a new head coach. That’s a 40 percent turnover.

- Idaho has put together an inside look at quarterbacks coach Charley Molnar.

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