News, Notes & Quotes - May 17

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 17, 2017

- Several Big Ten athletic directors believe there will need to be a limit on football support staffs.

It’s been a topic of discussion for more than five years, but staffs are only getting bigger and bigger. Some coaches say it's unfair. Some say they're just providing more opportunities for coaches. There are limits on full-time staff, strength coaches and GA's. Will support staff be next?

"At some point we're going to have to get our arms around it a bit," Illinois AD Josh Whitman told the Chicago Tribune. "The numbers are getting big. The job description is a little more vague. …

“Once you get in that football building, how do you define what one person does and another person does? You start putting limits on that, there are some inherent challenges in that."

- Steve Kerr says one key to success is the ability to step back.

Kerr is still out and dealing with major back problems, but Sports Illustrated has a really good piece on what makes Kerr. One part of the story includes Kerr talking to random people on the street while out on a walk, including a man who had been homeless, and Kerr gave him money for art supplies.

“(Some people) are just so tunnel vision all the time and just go go go and, ‘I’m going to succeed and kick ass in life’ and they just trample over everyone,” Kerr said. “The people to me who are the most powerful leaders are the ones who have great talent in whatever their field is, great conviction in their ability to teach it and act it, but an awareness and a humility and compassion for others.”

- P.J. Fleck pointed to recruiting rankings in a monthly state of the program update.

The Gophers have 13 commits and the No. 13 class in 247Sports’ composite rankings. Lots of coaches will say they don’t look at rankings, and they don’t speak in specifics, but Fleck was open about it in promoting his program.

“Our coaches are on the road recruiting. They have two weeks left,” he said in the video. “We have 13 total commitments right now for the 2018 class, which puts us in the top 10 in the country in terms of number of commitments and also the top 12 in terms of the rankings out there, which we’re very, very proud of.

“It’s starting to show Minnesota is becoming this national brand in just the four short months that we’ve been here, in terms of what we’re creating, the hyper culture and the Row The Boat culture can do for our institution.”

- Out on the road, Duke cornerbacks coach Derek Jones tweeted out a message for parents of recruits.

“If you're at odds with their high school coach you're probably doing your child an injustice in reference to the recruiting process,” Jones wrote.

The tweet spread around in the coaching world and was retweeted by coaches like Tom Herman.

- Cris Collinsworth has advice for Tony Romo and Jay Cutler moving to the broadcast booth: “Get a dog.”

The lesson: People are going to get mad at you, but you have to be honest.

“Honestly, it’s a tough business,” he said on NFL Network. “Probably the No. 1 question that I get asked in every single city I go into is ‘Why do you hate the’ whoever their favorite team is. The Eagles really think I hate the Eagles. The Cowboys really think I hate the Cowboys.

“The Bengals fans think I hate the Bengals. I’m a traitor, I’m a total traitor. But you’ve just got to be honest. I’m a relatively nice guy, I never say anything controversial to my family or friends, hardly ever. But if you’re going to pay me to actually hear what I think, OK, then you’re going to hear what I think.”

- Here’s Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig mic’d up from 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