News, Notes & Quotes - Oct. 6

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday October 06, 2016

- If the NCAA passes the proposal for a 10th full-time assistant coach, it will help schools in two key areas: special teams and recruiting.

Nearly every FBS program splits up special teams duties. Many coaches have said a 10th assistant could take control of all special teams. Exactly a year ago, Nick Saban said, “I think that having a 10th coach so you could have nine assistants and special teams coach would be a real asset to the players and the staff. Hopefully some day, we’ll be able to do that.”

The other key aspect is recruiting. As it stands, only 10 coaches can recruit on the road, and head coaches are restricted, such as in the spring. Having another coach on the road — one who can also spend a lot more time recruiting during game weeks — would be a key addition for every staff.

It would create 128 new full-time jobs. Those are more opportunities for young coaches, as well as veteran coaches who have turned to analyst jobs in recent years.

- How likely will early signing periods and satellite camp limits pass?

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports the proposals received unanimous approval from the 10 FBS conferences and they’re expected to be approved in April with some possible tweaks. But expect to hear comments from coaches against them in the coming days. Starting with Saban on Wednesday night.  

“I am absolutely, positively against any kind of early signing date, especially a June signing date before a guy plays his senior year,” Saban said. “If we want to have an early signing date after the season, then I would be more for that.”

There are positives and negatives. Give a player time to make up his mind, but players have also seen offers pulled late. My question: If early signing passes, will early official visits and earlier contact follow soon?

- Hurricane Matthew is already affecting several games in the Southeast, and there could be more.

UCF-Tulane has moved from Friday to Nov. 5. Old Dominion-UMass has moved from Saturday to Friday night. FAU-Charlotte has moved to Sunday. The Florida-LSU game will be played in Gainesville, but a final decision on a time will be made on Thursday. (UPDATE: Florida-LSU has been postponed)

South Carolina-Georgia, Florida State-Miami and North Carolina-Virginia Tech are other notable games that could be postponed. If that happens, it could create a lot of schedule issues.

- Justin Fuente is looking for the Hokies to handle adversity better. They’ve scored 103 points in the past two games and travel to UNC.

Against Tennessee, Virginia Tech led 14-0, but allowed 31 straight points and lost 45-24.

“When you go play good people, they’re going to make plays. This is hopefully the lesson we learned from the Tennessee game,” Fuente said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “We jump up 14-0. We’re so sky high that the first bad thing happens and we can hardly recover from that. We’ve talked a lot about that experience.

“I’m hoping through teaching it for several weeks we’ll have a better understanding of the emotional maturity we’re going to need to have down at North Carolina.”

- USF is scoring 45.8 points per game, No. 5 nationally, and the offense has taken a big jump in Willie Taggart’s second year calling plays.

The Bulls are 12-3 since the 1-3 start last year, and Taggart feels like everything is available with Quinton Flowers at quarterback. They host ECU this Saturday.

“You can call anything and our guys execute it,” Taggart said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “It helps you so much in the game where you can adjust quick and guys know what they’re doing. It’s a bunch of good football players that had a whole year in the system, work in year two now and get better. It’s not just one guy. You can spread the ball around to multiple guys, and they’re having fun doing it.”

- Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood isn’t downplaying the importance of this game against Washington and let his confidence show.

"It's a big, big game. It's a rivalry. We've had the upper hand and we intend to keep that for the next several years,” he said.

Greatwood is in his 25th season with the Ducks and hasn’t been a part of a loss to UW since 2002. Maybe it's not a guarantee, maybe not, but...

"The streak's not going to end," he said.

- In order to prepare for Georgia Tech’s triple option, Narduzzi has a cornerback working as scout team QB.

“One of our freshman corners who played quarterback in high school, Therran Coleman from Brashear High School, that is running our offense,” Narduzzi said. “To be honest with you, I think our guys had a really good practice yesterday. I think they were enthusiastic about doing that, and that's partly the attitude you take into it.

“We practiced it during summer camp a lot, so we've been a little bit more prepared this year than maybe in the past than we were because you're so worried about just getting in your base stuff in your first season.”

Pitt is No. 5 nationally in rush defense at 2.3 yards per carry allowed.

- North Carolina kicker Nick Weiler read some mean tweets sent to him after his winning kick at Florida State.

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