News, Notes & Quotes - Oct. 21

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 21, 2016

- Todd Graham is tired of coaches complaining about stealing signals, as Mike Leach did earlier this week(Update: Leach has been fined $10,000 for the comments)

“Make this perfectly clear: We do everything exactly by the rules. Period,” Graham said. “We take a great deal of pride in the integrity our program has. I’ll just leave it at that. I’m not going to get involved in things like that, that are ridiculous, but when you speak about our integrity and my integrity and our integrity as a program, we take great pride in that.”

- Tom Herman isn’t so sure that a New Year’s Six bowl appearance is out of reach for Houston.

He says it’s never a stated goal, but he also knows if Houston wins the AAC and beats Louisville, that resume doesn’t look bad.

“Our goal was never to go to the College Football Playoff. Our goal was never to go undefeated. Our goal was never anything than what it is every year: to win our conference championship,” Herman said on The Seth Davis Show. “That is still a very real possibility. And last I checked, if you go 11-1 with two top-5 wins on your resume, that looks pretty good to the bowl selection committee."

- Auburn is the second straight Arkansas opponent coming off a bye week, but Bret Bielema says the Hogs are aided by fall break this week.

NCAA rules mandate an off-day when there are classes, but Bielema was allowed to add an extra day of practice this week.

“We gave them Sunday off, but a lot of players came in for treatment or tape study,” Bielema said on his radio show. “So we usually don't practice on Monday. We did work Monday of this week and so that gave us more volume work this week than we've had all season for any opponent.”

- Maryland is turning old basketball arena Cole Field House into a $155 million football and academic building, and it was announced that will continue with a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility.

The plan is to make it a national hub for sports injuries. The sports medicine center could open in 2018. The first phase of the renovation is an indoor practice facility, which is scheduled to open in late spring. Maryland is currently the only B1G school without one.

- Take an inside look at an Ole Miss tight ends meeting.

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