There’s turning the page, and then there’s ripping out the page. That seems to be the thought process for the Notre Dame football media guide, as the media relations department has decided to eliminate Notre Dame’s 3-9 season from the 2009 Spring Prospectus.Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, points out Notre Dame’s decision to omit records from Charlie Weis‘ bio that don’t accentuate the positive, a decision that goes back to when Weis was hired in 2005.”That’s the way we did it at the time and that’s what we’ve lived with, for the most part,” Notre Dame associate athletics director for media relations John Heisler said. “If you go back, it didn’t necessarily look the same as Bob’s or Tyrone’s or anybody’s. We weren’t trying to make it identical.”Rothstein points out other seasons that are missing from Weis’ bio, like the Patriots 5-11 season in 2000, or the 6-10 year in 1995, and the two losing seasons that South Carolina had in 1985 and 1986, when Weis was a beginning assistant coach.”In a lot of cases those decisions are made on the fly, on deadline pressure,” Heisler said. “Whenever we did that in the beginning for Charlie or whatever, I don’t know that there was a reason why we were trying to go back and make it look like something else.”Notre Dame admitted that they’ve been inconsistent with their presentation of information, especially when chronicling the years of former coaches Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham, possibly adding fuel to the fire of the many critics who thought that both Davie and Willingham got raw deals in South Bend.Yet all the creative accounting in the world won’t help Notre Dame’s fans and critics forget another sub .500 season if the Irish get off to a slow start this season.
The transfer train continues its run down the tracks, with Minnesota the latest to see its roster hit with attrition.
As all the cool kids are doing these days, Mose Hall took to social media confirm a change in his current situation, announcing on Twitter that he has decided to transfer out of the Gophers football program. No reason was given for the defensive lineman’s departure.
Should Hall move on to another FBS program, he’d have to sit out the 2016 season. He’d then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
〽️✈️… Elsewhere 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/B7dmjoShQP
— Mos. II (@Mose__vX2) May 2, 2016
Hall was a three-star 2015 recruit rated as the No. 98 strongside defensive end by 247Sports.com. He was also the No. 61 player at any position in the state of Alabama.
Last season as a true freshman, Hall took a redshirt.
Expansion in major college football has been in hibernation for a couple of years now, but it appears movement on that front could be imminent. Or it could not. One of the two.
Over the past 24 hours or so, a handful of stories have surfaced that, once again, have the speculation swirling around the Big 12 when it comes to that conference getting back to matching its numerical name. From analytics to potential expansion candidates to the 800-pound Longhorn in the middle of the room, the Big 12’s annual spring meetings this week figure to at least begin — or, more specifically, continue — the process of settling the expansion/conference title game/league network issues that are all inextricably intertwined.
— Monday, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirmed that in research performed by an analytics outfit hired by the league, a 12-team conference with an eight-game league schedule and a championship game is the best model for one of its teams qualifying for the college football playoff. Right now, the Big 12 is the exact opposite of that model, with 10 teams, nine conference games and no title game.
According to Bowlsby, the first combination would increase a league’s chances of sending a team to the playoffs by five percent. As Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News asked, would that slight bump be enough to get everyone onboard with expansion and a title game?
“Some would say we want every advantage we can get,” Bowlsby said. “Others may say it’s not enough to blow up a good scheduling model.”
From Carlton’s report:
Bowlsby said the Big 12 is scheduled to receive “two major reports” in Irving. In addition to information on the title game, Navigate will examine scheduling models for a 10-, 12- and 14-team conference and the variables involved.
In February, Bowlsby said he hoped to have an answer to the expansion question, one way or the other, this summer. Just how close Bowlsby gets to that timeline will depend on how things go in Phoenix this week.
— Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis and UCF have all been mentioned as potential candidates if the Big 12 opts to expand. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the UofM has been lobbying the conference for inclusion in a next round of expansion if it comes.
University of Memphis president M. David Rudd sent a promotional publication – highlighting the finer points of the city and its major university – to University of Texas president Dr. Gregory Fenves in December, showcasing the U of M as a possible Big 12 expansion candidate.
Rudd said the publication, entitled “Memphis Soul of a City,” captures “the passion and proud history of Tiger athletics including a historic run by our football program.”
The Memphis publication highlights the city’s top Fortune 500 companies, its overall attributes and the U of M’s attributes, including its recent athletic accomplishments, particularly the turnaround by the football program. Tiger football has gone 19-7 the past two seasons.
— And, finally,that 800-pound Longhorn we spoke of earlier.
It’s long been believed that Texas is not in favor of expanding the conference, especially at the expense of folding its Longhorn Network into a conference-wide network, with Texas Tech and TCU, for their own reasons, following in lock-step with the state’s flagship institution. According to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer, the conference is one vote shy of garnering enough support to expand.
It’s believed seven of the 10 schools favor expansion. But Big 12 bylaws call for a super majority vote of 75 percent (so at least eight schools) to make a major change. Texas is believed to be influencing Texas Tech’s and Texas Christian’s decisions to also be reluctant to expansion.
Texas Tech has long fallen in line with Texas. Both are public universities that have been in the same league together since 1956, when they were in the Southwest Conference. Texas and Texas Tech were founding members of the Big 12 in 1996.
TCU is believed to be following Texas’ lead because the conference’s power broker reportedly helped the Horned Frogs get into the Big 12 four years ago.
In other words, we’re right back to where we’ve been on multiple occasions in the past: as Texas goes, so goes Big 12 expansion. Or doesn’t go, as the case may be.
UPDATED 6:38 p.m. ET: If you want an idea as to Texas’ thought process at the moment, I think this sentence pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
Texas AD Mike Perrin: “I can’t say I’ve got an open mind on any of these issues. I’ve got an open mind on receiving information.”
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 3, 2016
Duke’s secondary loss will turn into Iowa State’s gain.
In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account Monday, Evrett Edwards announced that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Iowa State. The defensive back visited Ames in the middle of April, pulling the trigger on a decision two weeks later.
Maryland and Troy were also potential landing spots for the graduate transfer, who will be eligible to play immediately for the Cyclones this fall. The upcoming season will be Edwards’ final year of eligibility.
Glad to announce that I will be playing football at Iowa State! 🌪🌪🌪 #AStormIsBrewing
— Evrett Edwards (@Evrett_21) May 2, 2016
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Edwards played in 25 games the past two seasons. He was listed as the top backup at the Bandit safety position throughout the 2015 season.
Suffice to say, both head coaches, one a Hall of Famer and the other soon to be one, carry as impressive a résumé as there is in the profession.
Saban has been a head coach at the collegiate level for 25 seasons, from Toledo to Michigan State to LSU and now at ‘Bama. In that span, he’s won 191 games, seven conference championships (one MAC, six SEC) and, most importantly/impressively, five national titles.
In a coaching career that spanned 37 years, including 25 seasons in Tuscaloosa, Bryant won a record six national championships and 14 SEC titles. His 323 wins were a record upon his retirement, and are now third in FBS history behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno (409) and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (377).
The latter head coach certainly knows a thing or two about running a successful football program, and did it during both Bryant’s reign and Saban’s. During a radio interview, Bowden was asked which run has been more impressive, Bryant’s or Saban’s. And, in the end, the FSU legend went with new school over old.
“That’s a pretty good question,” Bowden said by way of al.com. “I’d say probably what Nick Saban is doing (is more impressive) because football is more balanced now. I think when coach Bryant came to Alabama in 1958, I think it was unlimited recruiting. You could sign all the kids you wanted, and he’s gonna get most of them.
“There was an old saying back in those days, ‘He’s gonna get his and he’s gonna get yours.'”
The biggest argument for Saban is what Bowden hinted around, that the current Tide head coach’s run has come with an 85-man limit on scholarships while the likes of Bryant had unlimited scholarships to hoard players and stash them on his roster. Then there is one-third of Bryant’s titled being shared, as well as two other championship seasons actually ending with a bowl loss, something that could never happen under the old BCS system or the current College Football Playoff.
And all of that’s without mentioning the fact that Saban won titles at two different schools.
While what Bryant did at Alabama is certainly legendary and deserves to be remembered that way, Bowden’s right: what Saban has accomplished is indeed more impressive than the Bear. And, really, it’s not even that close.