News, Notes & Quotes - Oct. 14

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 14, 2016


- LSU and Florida will meet in Baton Rouge on Nov. 19, and it makes for an incredibly daunting set of schedules for the Tigers.

After hosting Southern Miss this Saturday, Ed Orgeron’s run as interim coach will finish with Ole Miss, Alabama, at Arkansas, Florida and at Texas A&M the rest of the way, and that A&M game is on Thanksgiving for a short week.

Then whoever the next coach is will have five SEC road games next year: Mississippi State, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee. Plus a game against BYU in Houston.

This whole scheduling mess resulted in some harsh comments by both sides. Last week, LSU AD Joe Alleva ripped Florida for the situation and said LSU would absolutely have a home game on Nov. 19. After the rescheduling, Florida AD Jeremy Foley fired back, saying, “The conference office asked us to find a solution in working with LSU, yet LSU was never a true partner in our discussions.”

Also notable: Greg Sankey took control and said both teams would be ineligible for the SEC title game if they didn’t play 8 conference games. Moving forward, the commissioner will have the power to reschedule games if teams don’t come to an agreement. Finally, leadership solved this problem.

- Because of the move, Florida’s Senior Day game is now against South Carolina — and Will Muschamp.

That means the senior Gators will get sent off against the coach who recruited them there.

Lost in this result is that South Alabama and Presbyterian will miss out on unique opportunities for their players with the game getting bought out. South Alabama is currently 3-2, and maybe that game at LSU would have played into bowl eligibility (for either team).

- Chip Kelly could have kept his QB plans a mystery, like many teams do these days. Instead, he named Colin Kaepernick the guy early in the week. Why?

“We live in a society where there are no secrets,” Kelly said this week. “So if Colin took all the reps with the (first-team) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, somebody’s ‘mole’ would tell you who’s taking all the reps.

“And I don’t really care. We have two similar quarterbacks. Our offense doesn’t change. I don’t think you’re going to outsmart people in the National Football League, where all of a sudden, the second quarterback is playing, Rex (Ryan) is going to tear up his game plan and say, ‘We’re screwed. We have no idea how to defend them.’”

Refreshing.

- Mike Gundy says early signing will eliminate some “cheating” in the late stages of recruiting.

“It won’t eliminate, but I think it’ll greatly reduce cheating. There won’t be as many ‘games’ played in January, because 90 percent of the young men that are going to sign in February will have already signed in December,” Gundy said.

“I’m just guessing, looking at our history and how many players we had committed in December, it’s 80-90 percent of the class. If it saves money for the athletic department and it greatly reduces cheating, I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be good for college football.”

- Urban Meyer says analytics have become a big part of the Ohio State program, but he still takes into account the look in a player’s eyes.

“That’s why I like being on the sideline," Meyer said on his radio show. "Sometimes, analytics takes away from the fortitude and toughness of a team and the look of a player ready to get a first down. A couple years ago against (Michigan), we went on fourth down for one reason: because (offensive line coach) Ed Warinner and players said, ‘Go for it.’ I didn’t care what the analytics said at that point, because we had a group of players ready to get it. The feeling you get from your players.

"We certainly have the data. I wanted to go for it so badly last week, and we pooched down in there, because it was the right thing to do.”

- John Calipari believes winning a national title but not having any Kentucky players drafted into the NBA would be a disappointment. He’s said before that his job is not to win a national championship.

"If my team won a national title and no one got drafted, I'd be disappointed," Calipari said. "Oh, that will just rifle through our state. I would be disappointed. … Look, I would enjoy the fact that I had a team that won a national title, but I would be disappointed that none of the kids got drafted because that's not how it's supposed to work.

“Everybody should benefit by the success of this program, everybody. The fans, the university, the athletic department, the assistant coaches, everybody should benefit when things like that happen. And then not the players? No, they should benefit just as well."

- Mark Richt has said playing in Hard Rock Stadium is a benefit, not a detriment, but that’s only the case when fans fill it up, like last week against Florida State.

Richt finished his weekly TV show telling fans that their attendance makes a difference in recruiting.

“The more our fanbase can show our recruits on consistent basis that we are big time in that regard, in atmosphere all that kind of thing, the easier it’s going to be to get these great players,” Richt said. “If the fans want great players, do your part be at the game and support our team, which you have, its been awesome.”

- SMU put together a quality and funny recruiting video. Take a look.

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.