News, Notes & Quotes - May 25

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 25, 2016

- Multiple reports indicate that Baylor’s board of regents have decided to remove president Ken Starr in wake of the football team’s sexual assault scandal.

Baylor would not confirm the report and said they expect an announcement by June 3. HornsDigest reporter Chip Brown first reported the news and says Starr has been offered a leadership position in the law school.

Brown also reports Art Briles is expected to remain as head football coach, barring any new evidence, and Brown says the board is “mixed” on the future of AD Ian McCaw.

- UCLA now has the most lucrative apparel contract in college sports, announcing a 15-year, $280 million deal with Under Armour.

That surpassed Ohio State’s new Nike deal, which is 15 years and $252 million. UCLA had been with adidas since 1999, and Under Armour continues to pay big money to get big college brands. 

- UCLA QB Josh Rosen noticed how much money that deal is worth — and how much the players (don’t) get from that.

Rosen posted an instragram photo with the top apparel deals and wrote, “We're still amateurs though ... Gotta love non-profits #NCAA.”

He later deleted the post. This comes shortly after Jim Mora told Rosen to make sure he doesn’t go down the Johnny Manziel path, regarding a photo Rosen posted of himself wearing a hat ripping Donald Trump. It's clear Rosen isn't afraid to speak his mind.

- The NFL has tabled a proposal to allow video use on the sideline tablets, but…

Coaches will be allowed to look at replays on the sideline during preseason games, as part of the ongoing look at the issue, per the Charlotte Observer.

We’re inching closer and closer to the game catching up with technology and allowing video use by coaches — both in college and the NFL — but the emphasis is on inching.

- The NFL has announced more Super Bowl locations.

If you build a new stadium (or renovate), the NFL will come.

Super Bowl 51 (2017): Houston
Super Bowl 52 (2018): Minneapolis
Super Bowl 53 (2019) - Atlanta
Super Bowl 54 (2020) - South Florida
Super Bowl 55 (2021) - Los Angeles

- The Buffalo Bills changed their media policy to not allow media to report on aspects of practice like dropped balls and interceptions.

Stuff like specific plays or formations are understandable, and some colleges don’t allow reporting of anything in practice, but I always think back to Pete Carroll’s USC days, and how he opened up everything. Rex Ryan said he had nothing to do with the Bills change.

“Our media policy is not something that I’m involved in,” he said. “Mine’s just involved with day-to-day football operations. I’m just pointing to (senior VP of communications Scott Berchtold). That’s Scott’s.”

- David Cutcliffe likes how Duke’s schedules plays out (no FSU or Clemson), but he knows an October trip to Louisville will be tough.

He told Bobby Petrino as much.

“I love our schedule,” Cutcliffe said on WJOX. “I told Petrino the other day, I’ve been watching them on tape. We didn’t play them last year. I’m going to try to keep (QB Lamar Jackson) the pocket. Good gosh. When he gets out and moves. I don’t know if people have seen him play, but he is an incredible athlete. The zone read doesn’t mean read, it means, ‘Can I out-run you? If I can out-run you, I’m pulling the ball and going.’ He’s special.”

- Speaking of Cutcliffe, he pulled out a new trick in surprising a walk-on with a scholarship.

Cutcliffe got a phone call during his team meeting, and it was from the parents of junior defensive end Danny Doyle. Doyle’s father informed his son that he’d been offered a scholarship. Great stuff here.

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