Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday August 25, 2015
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.
Kansas: ESPN’s Jake Trotter notes Charlie Weis is expected to make $2.5 million in 2015 buyout money from KU after being dismissed last year, while current head coach David Beaty will make $800,000 in base salary. Trotter also notes Kansas was close to hiring Gus Malzahn before opting for Weis.
St. Louis Rams: Bud Sasser has been named Rams external football affairs coordinator. Sasser was drafted in the sixth round as a receiver out of Missouri this year, but he couldn’t pass a physical due to a heart condition. He reportedly has since been medically cleared to play, but was not picked up by a team and has moved into a new role. Sasser’s role will consist of assisting with alumni relations and community outreach.
Mississippi State: Louisville director of student services Christine Jackson has been named Mississippi State assistant athletic director of academics. Jackson had been at Louisville since 2012.
Rutgers: Responding to the report of a university investigation into his contact with a professor, Kyle Flood told reporters, in part, “Any correspondence that I had with a professor in regard to a student-athlete would really be of this nature: One, to be in support of whatever decision that faculty member made, and two, to inquire as to whether or not there would be an opportunity to earn a better grade. Now, this practice is not unusual at Rutgers. Many students all over campus receive what are called 'T grades' (temporary grades) doing work outside of when the class ends that semester to earn a better grade."
Big 12: Conference athletic directors have unanimously supported the adoption of a transfer rule that would mimic the SEC’s rule banning transfers into the league with serious conduct problems, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The rule must still be approved by the Joint Council. It will be considered again by ADs at a meeting on Sept. 22 and will be presented to the board of directors on Oct. 26.
Villanova: USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson has been named Villanova athletic director. Jackson has been at USC since 2009 in his second stint, and he oversees all capital projects, the football program and support services. He previously served as USC’s director of football administration from 2001-04. Jackson served as the Oakland Raiders’ director of football development from 2007-08 and was Syracuse’s executive senior associate athletic director in 2005. He also has a football coaching background with the New England Patriots from 1998-2000 and at Trinity College.
Arizona State: Josh Martin’s promotion to running backs coach adds him to the list of graduate assistants promoted to full-time jobs this year.