With his future at Texas Tech potentially hinging on a special teleconference call, current Red Raider head coach Mike Leach is seemingly incredulous to the swirling rumors that his head could be ticketed for a messy meeting with the coaching guillotine.Based on comments Leach made to the Fort Worth Star-telegram, the coach would be surprised if he were fired before the start of the 2009 season. Especially given the fact that he has two years remaining on his current deal.”I don’t know if that’s rumor or not, but think about how ridiculous it is,” Leach told the paper. “You’ve got two years left on your contract, you’re offered a sub-par deal based on the outside provisions, and then it’s like, ‘Take this deal.'”And then you say, ‘Nah, I’m going to go ahead and stick with my current deal.’ And they say, ‘All right, well, fine, I’ll fire you.’… We all agreed to the two years I have left, and just because I turned down [the three-year extension], how in the hell can they just fire me?”Oh, the answer to that last question is very easy, coach.Take one part asinine, mix with a liberal helping of both stubbornness and misguided righteous indignation, add a pinch of arrogance, and you have the perfect recipe for a school firing the best thing that’s happened to their football program.Ever.And, based on the reading of the tea leaves, it seems as though head chef Gerald Myers is about to make a colossal mess in his own kitchen.The question is, after this debacle, who’d want to come in and help the athletic director clean up the mess?Come Friday and the outcome of the teleconference between university officials, the whole of college football may begin to find out the answer to that question.
Last week, Texas confirmed four-star 2016 Baylor signee Devin Duvernay had joined Charlie Strong‘s football program, just a couple of days after BU announced five 2016 signees had been granted releases from their National Letters of Intent.
A couple of days later, the university has confirmed the addition of two more former Bears.
As had been reported just days ago HERE and HERE, UT acknowledged in a press release that offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez and defensive back Donovan Duvernay have been added to Charlie Strong‘s roster. According to the school’s release, “[b]oth have signed financial aid agreements and are expected to enroll in the University’s second summer session in July.”
Just a little over a month after leaving South Carolina, Connor Mitch has found himself a new college football home.
On Twitter Monday, Mitch revealed that he will continue his collegiate playing career at James Madison. As the Dukes play at the FCS level, and Mitch himself is a recent graduate of USC, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
Additionally, Mitch will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
— Connor Mitch (@Connor_Mitch3) June 27, 2016
Part of a five-man competition in the spring, Mitch fell behind the current front-runner, freshman Brandon McIlwain, as well as a pair of quarterbacks injured for portions of the spring, senior Perry Orth and sophomore Lorenzo Nunez. That positioning on the depth chart apparently led to his mid-May transfer.
During his time in Columbia, Mitch completed 15-of-35 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also added 48 yards and another touchdown on 17 carries.
Another former Baylor Bear has found himself a landing spot, although this time it’s not rival Texas that’s the beneficiary.
On Twitter overnight, Kam Martin announced that he has committed to play his college football for the Auburn Tigers. The running back’s decision came shortly after the Texas native took a visit to The Plains.
Martin opted for Auburn over TCU.
I’m officially an Auburn Tiger …. 🐯 pic.twitter.com/HDprKEIrF8
— Kam Martin ⁶ (@TeamKamMartin) June 27, 2016
“The main reason I committed to Auburn was because it’s family, man,” Martin told SEC Country in an interview after announcing his decision. “Those guys did everything that I wanted to hear and everything speaks for itself. It’s the SEC, one of the biggest fan bases in the nation and I just want to be a part of something big and special.”
Martin was one of five 2016 Baylor signees who were granted releases by the university from their National Letters of Intent last week. A four-star 2016 signee according to 247Sports.com, the 5-10, 178-pound Johnson was rated as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the country; the No. 39 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 268 player overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.
As is the case with other 2016 Bears signees who have fled Waco, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
In Auburn’s 113-year history, it’s never played a Big Ten opponent in a regular season game. That’ll change in five years.
Penn State and Auburn announced Monday morning a home-and-home series to take place in 2021 and 2022. The first game will be played in State College on Sept. 18, 2021 and the return will take place at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022.
“This is another great opportunity for our players and fans to be part of something special,” Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. “Bringing together elite programs rich in tradition is what college football is all about. We look forward to this home-and-home series with Penn State.”
Making matters betters is the home-and-home nature of this series, instead of playing it as a neutral site one-off to begin a season. Those games are fun (and, far more importantly, generate a ton of revenue) but having Penn State travel to Alabama and Tigers fans going to State College is a far better experience for traveling fanbases.
Auburn and Penn State have met twice before in bowl games, with the most recent meeting a 13-9 Tigers win in the 2003 Capital One Bowl.
Penn State also added a 2021 home game against Ball State on Monday, per ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.