Fast & real: Monday college football news & notes
Posted by: Pete Roussel on August 20, 2012
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In the middle of May, I published an article noting only 16 coaching staffs would return the same nine assistant coaches this season. The article noted that Chip Kelly is actually the only head coach in the country to keep his entire staff intact three years in a row. Kelly actually took the information and brought it to the attention of Oregon supporters at several off-season functions.
Another report surfaced in Sunday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle, which stated that Georgia tight ends John Lilly shared the article with a number of recruits.
Mark Richt said, "It's nice when you don't have to sit there and explain everything even to just one guy. It changes the dynamic of the meeting."
It's great to have coaching staff stability. And it's even better when you're one of sixteen staffs to remain completely intact, except now that number is down to fifteen. Why? On Sunday night, Mississippi State announced the resignation of wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando for unforeseen personal reasons. The Clarion-Ledger has reported that Mirando was not in legal trouble.
Just a wild guess, but you probably didn't listen to UAB head coach Garrick McGee's remarks from Saturday's media day. Interestingly, McGee admitted, "We have more talent than I thought that we had when I took the job. When you're coming into a program that hasn't had much success, as a matter of fact has not had a winning season in the last five years, none of our players have experience a winning season in a UAB uniform, so as you take the job you think that there's not much talent and it's going to take a few years to recruit personnel and get really good players in place to win, but what I've been really impressed with is that we have talent. We have size, speed, ability. We have that on our team."
UAB opens the season against Troy. After a BYE week, the Blazers travel to South Carolina and to Ohio State.
In case you missed it on Sunday, Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Mike Bianchi ripped Will Muschamp for his lack of media availablity and closed practices. I reponded with my own article, providing a different perspective and clearly supporting Muschamp. Bianchi respected my perspective and even retweeted my message.
David Cutcliffe told a loyal group of Duke Fans during Saturday's "Meet the Devils" that it's in his heart to make it happen. Cutcliffe said, "On September 1, the war starts. Be there with us every step of the way. We're going to make it happen this year."
Colorado State begins school today, so Jim McElwain's reminded his players following Sunday's practice, "The most important thing you do is put your time in so you get your college degree. That's going to change your life for the rest of your life."
McElwain, by the way, threw out the first pitch at the Rockies-Marlins game on Saturday night. A couple of weeks ago, he joked, "I'm really excited. The biggest thing I've kind of got going for me is do I go Juan Marichal, Luis Tiant, or go underneath like 'The Whip' (Kent) Tekulve... I'm hoping to just hit the mit."
McElwain didn't go Kent Tukulve style, but he did hit the mit. The problem...the Rockies' catcher dropped the ball. Who does that? That deserves a "C'MON, MAN."
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