Cat Fight

Man alleged to have ‘bought’ Tide recruit ‘calling out’ accuser


Don’t you just love a good Southern catfight?

And, yes, I can hear you now.  “What, another Brent Calloway post?”  I get it, and I promise this will be the last one of the night.  Probably.

Anyway, at least one side of the latest Alabama-Auburn imbroglio has taken off the gloves, challenging Auburn writer Jeffrey Lee, who accused a self-described UA supporter of paying for Tide signee Brent Calloway, to either spit or get off the pot.  Darren Woodruff, who’s known Calloway since he was in the ninth grade, vehemently denied to the Birmingham News that he gave any type of financial inducement to either the recruit or the recruit’s adoptive father to attend Alabama.

I’ll allow Mr. Woodruff by way of the News to take it from here…

“I adamantly deny all of those wrongdoings,” Woodruff said. “Every one of them. Every one of them is a lie.”

Woodruff outlined Lee’s allegations and challenged him to back them up with evidence.

“He alleges that I took Brent Calloway to Alabama the last visiting weekend before signing day. He alleges that I made cash payments to “Peaches” Winston (Calloway’s adopted father). He alleges that I paid (Winston) at least $2,500 on at least one occasion. He alleges that I paid his mortgage off and/or helped catch his mortgage up. He alleges that I provided Brent Calloway with a new car, which Calloway drove to school. He alleges that I promised Brent Calloway $1,200 a month.

“He also said he would be back with the information and the proof and the evidence. My question is, ‘Where is the evidence, Jeffrey Lee?’ I’m calling him out.

“I’ve had eggs thrown at my car. I’ve had my mailbox knocked down. I’ve been called a child molester, a sexual offender. I’ve been slandered nationwide. I want to know where this evidence is.”

The News gave Lee the opportunity to respond to Woodruff very publicly calling him out.

“I don’t have any comment at this time. No comment,” Lee told the paper.

Whoa.  Easy there Jeff.  Slow down a little bit and save the heavy artillery for the later rounds.

Our advice for Lee?  Produce some real, tangible evidence linking Woodruff to improprieties or risk the perception that you’re going down the same path as Scott Moore.  Remember him?  We certainly do, and this whole thing is beginning — beginning — to smell eerily similar to the stench given off by that sorry saga.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
Associated Press

One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”