News, Notes & Quotes - May 8

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday May 07, 2017


- Brian Kelly expects to be less open with media about his thoughts on players.

Some have perceived Kelly in the past of throwing players under the bus with his criticism. He didn't see it that way, but now he may hold back.

"I demand. I never demean 'em,” Kelly told The Associated Press. "We have a high level of accountability. We're very demanding and (the players) expect me to be honest with them on a day-to-day basis. They would say that 'That's Coach Kelly being Coach Kelly. If he came in and sugarcoated it, he's full of it. That's just not him.'

"But what I will change this year is that I can't be honest with assessments of players to the media. Totally honest. Because it's portrayed as throwing players under the bus. Being disloyal to a player. They don't know the relationship with the player. Based upon what happened last year and the fallout that occurred from other media sources, it doesn't do the university — it doesn't do our program — any good for me to be forthright when it comes to those kinds of assessments of our players."

- Blake Anderson has taken over play-calling and quarterback duties at Arkansas State, and he loved it during the spring.

“I probably had the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” the head coach told A-State Nation. “I enjoyed getting to know those guys closer and working with them on a daily basis. I think even the guys on the staff noticed and mentioned they noticed a change in my demeanor and an extra pep in my step. What this really did as well is give me a different perspective on what I see in the offense.

“I think every day that you work with a group and learn more and more what they’re capable of your perspective is changed a bit. You learn where and how you need to make adjustments to tailor the scheme to what this group can do and put them in a position to succeed. Moving forward, I think we learned more of what our identity can be next season, but some of that will change as we move into fall camp as well.”

- Jeff Brohm’s first Purdue offense probably won’t throw the ball as much as he’d like.

Last year’s Western Kentucky team led the nation in scoring, but actually had more rushes (487) than passes (471). At Purdue, the personnel probably sets up for more running.

“We pride ourselves on doing whatever we can to score points and make it fast-paced and have fun with it,” Brohm said on 102.5 The Game in Nashville. “Now, would we like to throw the ball around the field every play and air this thing out? Yes, we would. Looking at our team now, I’m not going to lie, the receiver position is not our strength. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

“I think we have two tight ends that can be good players and have some running backs that will probably be stronger for us than the receiver position. That’s concerning, because we won’t be able to do all the things we’d like to, but we’ve got to get the guys better here, find a way to do what they do well.”

- The graduate transfer season has become almost like free agency, but it’s players taking control of their own situation.

ESPN.com has a good look at the uptick in recent years. Oklahoma State added two this spring, including Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker, who said Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables were supportive and helpful. But players often already know what places interest them.

"These young men, they're doing a lot of research on their own and they're actually contacting us," Mike Gundy said. "They've seen the history we've had with grad transfers and how they've been successful."

- The biggest NFL Draft story out of Georgia might have been Division II West Georgia’s defense.

The Wolves had two players drafted — Dylan Donahue in the 5th round and Alex Armah in the 6th round — and three other defensive players signed free agent contracts. That makes for five total players signing NFL deals from defensive coordinator Scott Symons’ defense.

The two draft picks were more than Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern or Georgia State this year. UWG’s defense was No. 18 in D2 scoring defense last year and second in the Gulf South Conference.

- Here was Miami quarterbacks coach Jon Richt’s mic’d up in spring ball.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 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 chris@coachingsearch.com.