A post or two down from this one, we mentioned a hit on Tim Tebow that Urban Meyer felt should have been penalized but wasn’t.
We had looked all over the ‘net, utilizing our very limited Google skills, and couldn’t find a clip of it. Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel, we now have one.
Here’s the play Meyer addressed earlier today in his SEC coaches teleconference:
Clearly, Georgia’s Nick Williams could’ve — check that, should’ve — been flagged on the play. It very much seemed to fall within some sort of an unnecessary roughness/roughing the quarterback circle, and Meyer was right to send it to the league for review. No doubt it.
But that’s not the point in this situation.
The point is whether or not Meyer opened up a Slivora’s Box for the SEC by his comments that were seemingly critical of the officials for not calling a penalty on the play. Again, given the conference’s new policy on criticizing officials, does what Meyer said fall under the new guidelines, and should he be facing a suspension?
By attempting to solve one problem, the SEC looks to have created a whole other set of unintended consequences. And a situation where the head coach of the No. 1 team in the country and the defending national champions could find himself sidelined if the SEC’s edict has any type of teeth at all.
Vandy turns to familiar face to fill coaching role of assistant fighting cancer
With an assistant fighting a significant health issue, Derek Mason has turned to someone very familiar with the Vanderbilt football program to fill the coaching void.
Vandy confirmed Monday that Warren Belin has been hired as the Commodores’ outside linebackers coach. Belin will, at least temporarily, replace Osia Lewis, who stepped down from his job as he battles liver cancer. Lewis will transition into an of-field role within the program as he fights the disease.
The announcement came on the same day Vandy kicked off spring practice.
In opting to leave Miami in late January, Gus Edwards was restricted by the university from transferring to two of his top choices in Pittsburgh and Syracuse as they were on this coming season’s schedule. A little over a month later, the Staten Island native, who wanted to transfer and move closer to home as he was a new father, has found his new college football home in the same area of the country.
On its official Twitter account earlier Monday, Rutgers announced that Edwards has transferred into the Scarlet Knights football program. As Edwards will be coming in as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
The upcoming season will be the running back’s final year of eligibility.
The Bulldogs announced Monday night that they have reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension with head football coach Dan Mullen. The new deal means Mullen is signed through February of 2021.
According to the school, Mullen’s financial package will be $4.5 million for 2017. Mullen was paid $4.2 million in 2016, a figure that was seventh in the SEC according to USA Today‘s salary database.
“I am very thankful to the University and athletic administration for their belief in me,” Mullen, the subject of myriad coaching carousel rumors the last handful of years, said in a statement. “We have built a special program over the last eight years, creating a culture where winning is expected while achieving that in the toughest division in college football. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I am truly excited about the direction we are heading as a program. This extension allows my family a long-term future here in Starkville, a place we are proud to call home.”
Since taking over as MSU’s coach in 2009, Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to a 61-42 record overall and 29-35 in conference play. In those eight seasons, the best divisional finish was second in 2014. In the other seven seasons, they were either fifth (five times) or fourth (twice) in the SEC West.
The Bulldogs have gone to a bowl game each of the past seven seasons, the longest such streak in school history. They’re also 5-3 against Ole Miss under Mullen.
“Dan has brought unprecedented success to Bulldog football and is one of the elite coaches in the country,” athletic director John Cohen said. “From a school-record seven straight bowl games to our performance in the classroom, he continues to raise the standard of excellence.”
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