Justin Wilcox

Wilcox denies Texas offer, doesn’t deny he’s a candidate

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Over the weekend, it was “reported” that current Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was weighing a job offer for the same position from Texas.

A day later, Vols head coach Derek Dooley claimed that Wilcox “has never been offered a job at Texas“.  In his first meeting with the media since the speculation hit the fan, Wilcox denied a job offer as well.  Interestingly, though, he refused to confirm or deny any potential interest.

In denying an offer from the other UT was on the table, Wilcox says his focus is 100 percent on helping the Vols prepare for their Music City Bowl date with North Carolina Dec. 30.

“Here’s the deal, I have a great job at Tennessee, I have not been offered any other jobs, I’m not in discussions about any other jobs, I believe 100 percent in what we’re doing here at Tennessee,” Wilcox said according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “I back Coach (Derek) Dooley 100 percent and where this program is going. My sole focus, 100 percent, along with the other coaches is getting ready for North Carolina. That’s what I’ve spent my time doing and will continue spending my time doing.

“That’s about it. We can talk about North Carolina.”

Of course, the media would not and could not be so easily dismissed.  Wilcox was subsequently asked point-blank if he is a candidate for the ‘Horns vacant coordinator job.  Instead of once and for all silencing the speculation, Wilcox added a little fuel to the fire.

“I can’t really answer all that,” he said. “I can’t get into hypotheticals, it doesn’t make any sense. We can talk about North Carolina, I understand you have to do your job, but I can’t get into all that.

“There’s no distraction – I’ve been up there working the whole time. I don’t know. I mean, we’re practicing, we’re getting ready for North Carolina and that’s all we’re doing.”

So, yeah, this is a story that’s not going to go silently into the postseason night.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.

Mike Leach discusses presidential candidates, political correctness, pizza and says WSU has better facilities than Oregon

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wherever and whenever Washington State head coach Mike Leach opens his mouth, we will be listening. In a recent radio interview with John Canzano, Leach shared his thoughts on the presidential races heating up, the need to remove political correctness and the superior athletics facilities at Washington State compared to what is offered at Oregon.

Leach offered his take on the current status of the GOP race, saying if Donald Trump continues to rise that some other candidates will soon back out and others will “kiss the ring and hope for cabinet positions.”

I think honestly the single biggest issue in this election and country for quite some time is you have to eradicate political correctness. Unless it’s eradicated, you know, we can’t move forward.”

On the topic of football, Leach was asked what has held Washington State back from becoming a winning program. Leach reflected on the steps the program has taken to improve the program, which has seen improvements with facilities that have helped through recruiting, although Leach said it’s been tough because acquiring the talent has been a slow process. He was quite proud of Washington State’s facilities though.

“We have the best facilities in America, certainly within the conference, including Oregon,” Leach said. “We’ve had those for a year that helped accelerate the recruiting effort.”

Given a chance to back peddle from that statement, Leach, as you might expect, did not rescind or amend his previous comments.

You can listen to the full interview here. It is a good listen. He also wants to know where the best pizza place in Portland, Oregon is. You will learn he likes New York style pizza.