Call the funeral home, get the eulogies ready. The official demise of the Big 12 is upon us.
According to the Austin American Statesman‘s Kirk Bohls — as connected a beat writer as there is in the country — he’s been told by a highly-placed Big 12 official that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will join the Pac-10 once the expected invitations are extended by the conference.
(Let the stench of death sink in for a minute.)
There will likely be yet another Big 12 school to join that quintet in the Pac-10; just which school it is remains to be seen.
The same source noted above told Bohls that Texas A&M is “sitting on the fence” as far as following their Southern brethren to the Pac-10. The Aggies have a 72-hour timeline to decide whether they will follow the leader to the Pac-10 or strike out on their own, possibly landing in the SEC.
Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings, now a member of the A&M Board of Regents, is believed to be pushing for his school to pursue a spot in the SEC.
If A&M were to eschew what seems to be an unspoken invite to the Pac-10, Baylor could take the Aggies’ spot. However, there could be an issue with the religion-based school.
While the other Big 12 schools eyeing the Pac-10 “have said positive things about them. … the schools on the West Coast just don’t see the benefit of Baylor.”
So, if A&M and Baylor are out, where would the Pac-10 turn to get to an even 16 teams? The source told Bohls that Kansas and Utah would be options because “they bring different television markets.”
Regardless of what happens with A&M, one thing is certain: Texas and the Big 12 are all but gone.
An offseason of change in Jim Harbaugh‘s Michigan coaching staff continues, with one of the Wolverines’ million-dollar assistants stepping down. Reportedly.
Multiple reports, including ones from The Wolverine Lounge and SI.com‘s Bruce Feldman, are indicating that Tim Drevno has decided to step down from his post as U-M’s offensive coordinator. Drevno has been Harbaugh’s coordinator on that side of the ball each of his three seasons in Ann Arbor.
Drevno also served as the Wolverines’ offensive line coach.
Under Drevno’s direction, Michigan’s offense was tied for 91st nationally in averaging 25.2 points per game this past season.
The reports come three days after McElwain was officially announced as U-M’s new quarterbacks coach. In the run-up to that hiring, it was reported that McElwain, the former coordinator at Alabama prior to his run as Florida’s head coach, could take over play-calling duties at U-M.
An already crowded graduate transfer market has gained yet another entrant.
On his personal Twitter account Thursday night, Brandon Dawkins announced that he has decided to transfer out of new head coach Kevin Sumlin‘s football program. While no specific reason was given for the quarterback’s decision to move on, the presence of a Heisman Trophy contender, rising junior Khalil Tate, for the next two seasons likely played a significant role.
Dawkins is set to graduate this May, which will make him eligible to play immediately in 2018 at another FBS school if that’s the tack he takes.
Dawkins started nine games in 2016 and the first four games this past season before Tate took over. For the Wildcats portion of his playing career, Dawkins completed just over 56 percent of his 334 passes for 2,418 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He ran for another 1,582 yards and 20 more touchdowns.
That certainly didn’t last long.
In December of 2016, it was confirmed that Orlondo Steinauer would be leaving his post as the defensive coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League to take the same job at Fresno State. After one season at the Mountain West Conference school, Steinauer announced on Twitter that he has decided to move back to the CFL with the same organization.
“Orlondo is an accomplished CFL coach with a great track record at this level,” said Ticats head coach June Jones in a statement. “He’s a coach whose great work ethic, intelligence, knowledge of the Canadian game and ability to get the most out of his players will be a huge asset to our staff.
“We’re very happy to bring him home to Hamilton after an exceptional year at Fresno State.”
Prior to his one season at Fresno, Steinauer had spent his entire coaching career in the CFL, including a four-year stint as the defensive coordinator for Hamilton from 2013-16. Steinauer, a Seattle native who played his college football at Western Washington, also played professionally in Canada from 1996-2008 prior to embarking on his coaching career.
It was a busy day on the assistant hiring front for Chris Ash.
Earlier Thursday, Rutgers confirmed that Noah Joseph had been hired as co-defensive coordinator as well as safeties coach. Not long after, the football program again confirmed that Cory Robinson has been hired by Ash as well.
Robinson will serve as passing-game coordinator for the Scarlet Knights as well as cornerbacks coach.
“We are excited to have Cory and his family join our program,” said Ash in a statement. “Cory is a fast-rising young coach that will bring tremendous energy and passion to our defense. We look forward to having him develop and mentor our corners.”
Robinson spent the past two seasons as a cornerbacks coach, at Temple in 2017 and Toledo the year before. Those were his first two years as an on-field assistant at the FBS level.