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Wisconsin football 2012 signing class

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(Courtesy of Wisconsin, here are the bios of the members of the Badgers’ 2012 recruiting class.)

Vince Biegel
6’3, 225, LB
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Lincoln HS

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … No. 73 player nationally by Rivals … ranked
as the No. 3 outside linebacker by Rivals, No. 15 by ESPN and No. 23 by Scout … top-ranked player in
Wisconsin by ESPN and Rivals … finished his career with 425 tackles, 27 sacks, 10 interceptions, 10
forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns … in senior season, named
U.S. Army, USA Today and Parade All-American … also the Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year and
Conference Player of the Year … 2011 National Underclassman Midwest Ultimate Top 60 … winner
of the John Anderson Award (outstanding linebacker) and finalist for the Dick Butkus Award … also
selected as team captain and first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference … posted 172 tackles, 21
sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns
as a senior … as a junior, recorded 171 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, two
fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns … named team captain and first-team all-state, all-
region and all-conference for his efforts … earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore
after picking up 82 tackles and three interceptions as a safety … lettered in football, hockey and track
and field … head coach was Tony Biolo

Personal: Parents are Rocky and Jamie Biegel … father, Rocky, played linebacker at BYU from 1988-
92 and wrestled in 1992 … uncle, T.D. Biegel, played fullback at BYU from 1989-93 … grandfather, Ken
Biegel, played linebacker and offensive guard at UW-Eau Claire … spent time speaking to youth sports
teams and elementary and junior high schools … also volunteers at his church

Hugs Etienne
5’11, 170, CB
Plantation, Fla.
South Plantation HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals, two-star recruit by Scout … No. 31 cornerback in the
nation by ESPN, No. 42 by Rivals … in four-year career, recorded 88 tackles, six interceptions and seven
forced fumbles … senior season featured 20 tackles, one interception and two forced fumbles … in junior
season made 38 tackles with three interceptions and three forced fumbles … posted 30 tackles, two
interceptions and two forced fumbles as a sophomore … team captain as a senior… lettered in football
and track and field … a member of the school’s honor roll … head coach was Doug Gatewood

Personal: Parents are Evance and Rosemarthe Etienne … relative, Kindly Jacques, played football at the
University of Memphis … relative, Jacky Candy, played football at Houston … has volunteered at youth
football camps and helped youth read books at summer camp

Arthur Goldberg
6’3, 270, DT
Mount Lebanon, Pa.
Mount Lebanon HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … No. 55 defensive tackle in the nation by
Scout and No. 110 by ESPN … selected to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 as a senior and junior …
finished career with 162 tackles, seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss … as a senior, named first-team all-
state and all-conference on the defensive line after picking up 63 tackles, three sacks and seven tackles
for loss … also named first-team all-conference and team’s defensive player of the year as a junior after
recording 60 tackles, four sacks and three TFLs … in sophomore season, made 39 tackles with two TFLs …
won three letters in football and two in wrestling … head coach was Chris Haering

Personal: Mother is Kathy Adams … coached youth football and wrestling and volunteered at camps in
both sports

Bart Houston
6’4, 215, QB
Dublin, Calif.
De La Salle HS

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout, three-star recruit by Rivals … ranked by Scout as the
No. 7 quarterback in the country, by Rivals as the No. 12 QB and by ESPN as the No. 15 QB … holds
school records for career passing yards and completions, surpassing Matt Gutierrez who played three
seasons in the NFL … invited to ESPN Elite 11 QB camp and played in Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl
… holds career numbers of 272-of-437 passing (62.2 percent) for 5,178 yards and 46 touchdowns …
as a senior, completed 99-of-171 passes for school record 1,999 yards and 16 touchdowns, while also
rushing for 338 yards and 19 touchdowns … honored as the Fox GoldenStatePreps California Junior
Player of the Year after completing 102-of-153 passes for 1,922 yards and 20 touchdowns, also ran
for 236 yards and 11 scores … named to the ESPN CalPreps All-State Junior and Sophomore teams …
in sophomore season, threw for 1,257 yards on 71-of-113 passing with 10 touchdown and ran for 101
yards and another touchdown … three-year state champion and letterwinner in football … team was 38-
1 in his career … head football coach was Bob Ladouceur

Personal: Parents are Guy and Inge (ing-GUH) Houston … father, Guy, played football and baseball at St.
Mary’s College (CA) from 1978-82 … grandfather, Fred Houston, played football at Fresno State (1951-
54) … an Eagle Scout … named after Green Bay Packers quarterback, Bart Starr

Vonte Jackson
6’0, 190, RB
Kenosha, Wis.
Bradford HS

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and Scout and three-star recruit by ESPN … ranked as the No. 21
running back in the nation by Rivals, No. 22 by ESPN and No. 28 by Scout … No. 2 player in the state by
ESPN and Rivals … missed almost all of senior season after tearing his ACL with 16 seconds left in second
quarter of first game, still managed to rush for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and catch
one pass for 38 yards before injury … carried 68 times for 956 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 14
passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in his junior year … team captain as a senior … nominated for
U.S. Army Game as a junior … lettered in football and track and field … head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Parents are Allen and Donna Jackson … has coached youth football … high school teammate of
fellow recruit Matt Prell and current Badger Melvin Gordon

Reggie Love
6’3, 205, WR
Boynton Beach, Fla.
Spanish River HS

High School: Three-star recruit according to Scout and Rivals, two-star recruit by ESPN … No. 172 wide
receiver in the nation according to Scout and No. 176 athlete according to ESPN … selected to Outback
All-Star Game … named all-state, all-area, all-county and team MVP as a senior after catching 38 passes
for 876 yards and 13 touchdowns … also lettered in basketball … head coach was Ray Berger

Personal: Mother is Dean Ellison … volunteered at basketball camps

Jake Meador
6’7, 320, OL
Whiteland, Ind.
Whiteland HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout and Rivals … No. 43 offensive tackle according to Rivals,
No. 67 by Scout and No. 79 by ESPN … fourth-ranked player in Indiana by Rivals and No. 6 by ESPN …
as a senior, named Indiana’s Mr. Football for linemen … also chosen first-team all-state by AP, Indiana
Football Coaches Association and Top-50 Elite … also first-team all-conference and all-county named
first-team … all-state as a junior by AP, Indiana Football Coaches Association and Top-50 Elite … also
first-team all-conference and all-county … earned three letters in football and two in basketball … head

football coach was Darrin Fisher

Personal: Parents are Joe and Kathy Meador … mother, Kathy, ran track at Indiana from 1976-77 …
brother, Reid, played football at Hillsdale College from 2007-12 and brother, Mitch, currently plays
football at Cincinnati … uncle, John Reid, played basketball at Austin Peay (1970-74) … uncle, Mel Nash,
swam at Indiana (1973-77), while other uncle, Kord Reid, swam at Texas A&M (1979-83) … aunt, Kim
Reid, was a diver at Texas A&M (1980-84) … helped at Whiteland Warrior Junior Football League Camp

Reggie Mitchell
6’0, 178, CB
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Shady Side Academy

High School: Two-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked as the No. 129 cornerback in
the country by Scout and the No. 151 athlete by ESPN … as a senior, named first-team all-state defensive
back, All-WPIAL defensive back and all-conference defensive back … also a team MVP as a senior after
throwing for 800 yards and running for 1,420 yards and 22 touchdowns … all-conference defensive back
as a junior, also threw for 600 yards and ran for 550 yards and 10 touchdowns … passed for 500 yards
and ran for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore … also a three-time all-conference selection
as a quarterback and a two-year team captain … won three letters in football and two in basketball and
track and field … head coach was Dave Havern

Personal: Parents are Vicky Mitchell-Taylor and James Taylor … relative of New York Jets all-pro
defensive back Darrelle Revis, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 …
volunteered as a Community Builder in high school, helping younger students adjust to life in high
school … also volunteered at his local YMCA

Leo Musso
5’10, 190, ATH
Waunakee, Wis.
Waunakee HS

High School: Two-star recruit by Scout and Rivals … No. 8 player in Wisconsin according to Rivals …
in his career, rushed for 5,531 yards and 87 touchdowns (93 total touchdowns) … as a senior, named
first-team all-state by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and AP and unanimous first-team all-
conference … winner of Elroy ‘Crazylegs’ Hirsch Running Back of the Year Award after rushing for 2,398
yards and 39 touchdowns and catching one touchdown pass … named first-team all-state by WFCA and
second-team all-state by the AP as a junior, also unanimous first-team all-conference … ran for 2,005
yards and 35 touchdowns and passed for three touchdowns … first-team all-conference as a sophomore
after rushing for 1,128 yards and 13 touchdowns and throwing for two more scores … three-time state

champions … also lettered in track and field … head football coach was Pat Rice

Personal: Mother is Teresa Musso … volunteered with the Waunakee Neighborhood Connections
as a present wrapper and food pantry worker … spoke at elementary and middle schools and was a
weightlifting supervisor at middle schools … high school teammate of fellow recruit Jack Russell and
current Badgers Austin Maly and Derek Straus

DJ Singleton
6’2, 195, S
Union, N.J.
St. Peter’s Prep

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout and three-star recruit by Rivals … No. 14 safety in
the country according to Scout, No. 18 by ESPN and No. 27 by Rivals … as a senior, selected for the US
Marine All-American All-Star Game and the USA Today International Bowl … also chosen all-state, all-
metro and all-county after posting 53 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and 12 tackles for loss …
named all-county and U.S. Army All-American Combine second-team after making 40 tackles with three
sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior … recorded 42 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore … team
captain as a senior … lettered three times in football and twice in track and field … head coach was Rich
Hansen

Personal: Parents are Dwayne and Bernadette Singleton … volunteered as a youth coach

Dan Voltz
6’4, 295, OL
Barrington, Ill.
Barrington HS

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and ESPN … seventh-ranked guard in the nation by
Scout and No. 8 by Rivals, No. 19 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN … third-ranked player in Illinois
by ESPN and fourth-ranked in Illinois by Rivals … named all-state as a senior by Illinois High School
Football Coaches Association, Illinois News-Gazette and Chicago Tribune, also named Mid-Suburban All-
Conference and Daily Herald All-Area … IHSA All-State Academic Team member … team captain as a
senior … as a junior, named all-state by the IHSA Coaches Association and the Illinois News-Gazette, MSL
All-Conference and all-area by the Daily Herald … lettered in football, wrestling and track and field …
head coach was Joe Sanchez

Personal: Parents are Robert and Beth Voltz … volunteered with Relay for Life and Barrington Food Drive
and as a Barrington Area Giving Day Volunteer

Walker Williams
6’7, 320, OL
Tacoma, Wash.
Baptist HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout and Rivals … No. 40 offensive guard in the country
by Scout, No. 50 guard by Rivals and No. 110 offensive tackle by ESPN … seventh-ranked player in
Washington by Rivals … played in the Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl … three-time all-state offensive
lineman … tabbed all-state by AP on both offensive and defensive lines as a senior … earned all-league
honors on both the offensive and defensive line as a senior and junior … named all-league on the
offensive line as a sophomore and freshman … two-time team captain … won four letters in football,
two in basketball and also lettered in track and field … won the state championship in the discus as a
junior … head football coach was Mark Smith

Personal: Parents are George Williams and Denise Sims … volunteered at local children’s hospital and
food bank

Trent Denlinger
6’6, 266, DE
Cuba City, Wis.
Cuba City HS

High School: Honorable mention all-state defensive end as a senior, also named first-team all-region and
all-conference as an offensive lineman and defensive end … 2011 Southwest Wisconsin Activities League
Lineman of the Year … in senior season, tallied 56 tackles, nine sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced
fumble, one interception, one blocked field goal and one defensive score … as a junior, named first-
team all-conference as an offensive and defensive lineman and also earned honorable mention all-area
honors after producing 84 tackles, six sacks, one interception and one defensive touchdown … played
on varsity as a sophomore, recording 12 tackles … two-time letterwinner in football and a three-time
letterwinner in basketball and baseball … member of the National Honor Society … head coach was Guy
Kopp

Personal: Parents are Tom and Tina Denlinger … father, Tom, played football at Loras College …
volunteered as a coach for area youth sports teams and at his church

Alex Erickson
6’1, 200, WR
Argyle, Wis.
Darlington HS

High School: In his career, rushed for 3,856 yards and 57 touchdowns, passed for 3,648 yards and
37 touchdowns and recorded 170 tackles and 14 interceptions … chosen to play in the WFCA All-Star
game as a senior and was named the SWAL Conference and Wisconsin State Journal Small School
Player of the Year … also tabbed first-team all-state as defensive back and first-team all-conference as
defensive back and quarterback after gaining 2,489 yards of total offense (1,239 rushing, 1,250 passing),
scoring 33 touchdowns (20 rushing, 13 passing) and making 50 tackles with three interceptions … also
returned two punts for touchdowns … in junior season, named honorable mention all-state by AP and
awarded first-team all-conference honors as a defensive back and quarterback after gaining 2,185
yards of total offense (1,318 rushing, 867 passing), scoring 31 touchdowns (21 rushing, 10 passing) and
recording 45 tackles and four interceptions … as a sophomore, earned first-team all-conference honors
at defensive back and second-team honors as a quarterback following a season of 784 rushing yards
and nine rushing touchdowns, 884 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns and 45 tackles and five
interceptions … honorable mention all-conference honors as a freshman after posting 515 rushing yards
and seven rushing touchdowns, 647 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns and 30 tackles and
two interceptions … two-time team captain and three-time team MVP … won four letters in football,
basketball and track and field … three-time WBCA all-state selection in basketball … member of National
Honor Society and high school’s student council … head football coach was Scott Zywicki

Personal: Parents are Mike and Linda Erickson … volunteered in local youth sports leagues as a coach
and referee

Matt Prell
6’5, 200, TE
Kenosha, Wis.
Bradford HS

High School: Honorable mention all-conference as a senior after catching two passes for 29 yards and
making six tackles … lettered in football, baseball and competitive cheerleading … four-year member of
the school’s honor roll … head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Parents are Andy and Susan Prell … volunteered during Downtown Marathon and at Taste of
Wisconsin … high school teammate of fellow recruit Vonte Jackson and current Badger Melvin Gordon

Jake Rademacher
6’2, 220, LB
Wales, Wis.
Kettle Moraine HS

High School: For his career, tallied 323 tackles, nine sacks, 30 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles and
one interception … Classic 8 Defensive Player of the Year, honorable mention all-state and first-team
All-Milwaukee as a senior … recorded 95 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles
on defense and rushed 15 times for 75 yards and one touchdown on offense … named first-team
all-conference, first-team all-county and honorable mention all-region as a junior after making 100
tackles, three sacks, nine TFLs, three forced fumbles and one interception … honorable mention all-
conference honors as a sophomore after picking up 73 tackles, two sacks, six TFLs and one forced
fumble … recorded 55 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four TFLs and one forced fumble as a freshman … two-time
team captain and team MVP … won four letters in football, three in lacrosse and one each in track and
field and wrestling … four-year member of the school’s honor roll … head coaches were Mike Fink (9-11)
and Darnell Wiltz (12)

Personal: Parents are Daniel and Christine Rademacher … uncle, Robert Blessington, played basketball
at UW-Stevens Point … brother, Ben, played football at UW-Stevens Point … volunteered at local food
drive and at his church … worked at youth football and lacrosse camps

Jack Russell
6’0, 160, K
Waunakee, Wis.
Waunkaee HS

High School: Four and a half star recruit by Kohl’s and two-star recruit by ESPN … No. 48 kicker in the
country by Kohl’s and No. 65 by ESPN … first-team all-state by WFCA and AP as a senior after making
69-of-70 PATs, 5-of-7 field goals and recording touchbacks on 68 of 82 on kickoffs … also a unanimous
first-team all-conference selection, first-team all-area and all-region … had 15 touchbacks as a junior on
kickoffs … four-year member of the school’s honor roll … head coach was Pat Rice

Personal: Parents are Bob and Beth Russell … volunteered at his church and at the local food pantry
… spoke to local elementary schools … high school teammate of fellow recruit Leo Musso and current
Badgers Austin Maly and Derek Straus

Logan Schmidt
6’5, 250, DE
Gotham, Wis.
Richland Center HS

High School: As a senior, named first-team all-state by the WFCA and second-team all-state by the AP
on the defensive line after making 148 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles …
also named first-team all-conference on both offensive and defensive lines and all-region … first-team
all-conference as a defensive lineman and second-team all-conference as an offensive lineman in junior
season … second-team all-conference as a defensive lineman as a sophomore two-time team captain
and team MVP … lettered four times in football and wrestling … two-time state qualifier in wrestling …
member of student council and National Honor Society … head coach was Greg Schoep

Personal: Parents are Randy and Shelly Schmidt

Alex Walker
6’5, 220, TE
Glendale, Wis.
Nicolet HS

High School: All-Conference honorable mention as a tight end in senior season after recording 19
receptions for 284 yards and a touchdown … as a defensive end, posted 35 tackles, nine tackles for loss,
three sacks and four pass breakups … also won team’s Black Lion Award for most sacrifice made for the
team … as a junior, caught 22 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown as a tight end and made 43 tackles
with seven TFLs, six sacks and three forced fumbles as a defensive end … won three letters in football,
two in baseball and swimming and one in track and field … head coach was Bradley Kozaczok

Personal: Parents are Harold and Susan Walker … grandfather, Robert Remstad, lettered in basketball at
Wisconsin in 1951 … volunteered as a coaching assistant for youth baseball and football camps and is an
Eagle Scout

Nick Saban calls satellite camps “the Wild, Wild West” in lengthy rant

Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks with the media, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)
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Nick Saban‘s program will partake in satellite camps this summer.

Nick Saban hates satellite camps.

Alabama and its four national championships have done just fine without satellite camps, so it’s perfectly understandable why its head coach would find no use for them. It’s also understandable on a personal level, as coaches will now spend hundreds of hours more work in preparation of signing the same amount of players.

Saban expanded on those thoughts during the SEC’s spring meetings on Tuesday:

“What’s amazing to me is somebody didn’t stand up and say there’s going to be the unintended consequences of what you all are doing,” Saban said, via SEC Country.

He continued: “Anybody can have a camp now. If they have a prospect, they can have a camp and then you’re expected to go to that camp and then they can use you to promote their camp because Ohio State is coming, Alabama is coming, whoever else is coming. Somebody sponsors a camp, they pay them the money. What do they do with the money? And who makes sure the kid paid to go to the camp? I mean, this is the Wild Wild West at its best. There’s been no specific guidelines relative to how we’re managing and controlling this stuff. It’s happening outside our normal evaluation window, which means we’re taking time away from our players.

“Our players come back to school today. We start working and making sure that our players are doing the right things with our strength and conditioning coaches, our academic people, with the limited number of meetings that we’re allowed to have with them. We’re not going to be there because we’re going to be going someplace else to look at some other guy.”

He continued again: “All you’re doing is allowing all these other people that we spend all of our time at the NCAA saying, you can’t recruit through a third party. You can’t be involved with third-party people and that’s exactly what you’re doing, creating all these third parties that are going to get involved with the prospects and all that. And who gets exposed on that? I go to a camp and I’m talking to some guy I don’t know from Adam’s house cat and he’s representing some kid because he put the camp on, and then I’m in trouble for talking to this guy? And who even knows if the guy paid to go to the camp. Is the NCAA going to do that? I mean, we do that at our camp. We have people responsible. They’re called compliance folks. What kind of compliance people do we have at these camps?”

And he continued again: “I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh. I’m not saying anything about it. I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do anything he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him, if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody who looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big Ten or not what’s best for the SEC or not what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the college football. The integrity of the game. The coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this. That’s what somebody should do. Now, who is doing that? I don’t know because right now since we have the Power 5, everybody is politicking for what they want for their conference. That’s why I said there needs to be a college football commissioner.”

And to think, all that came after Saban didn’t want to talk about satellite camps.

South Carolina LB Skai Moore out for 2016 season

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The SEC is trotting its head coaches in front of the media today during the league’s spring meetings, and among the off-season talking points that will be abandoned when real football starts was a bit of real football news.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp revealed linebacker Skai Moore will miss the entire 2016 season after a herniated disc in his neck failed to heal on its own. Muschamp said Moore aggravated the injury suffered during the 2015 season while in the weight room prepping for spring practice.

“He’ll be fine. This is not a career-threatening situation,” Muschamp said, via The State. “This is a very common procedure for herniated disc. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t heal on its own.”

Muschamp said Moore will redshirt this fall and return as a fifth-year senior in 2017.

“We are disappointed for Skai, but we need to support him right now,” Muschamp said. “He will graduate in the spring. It’s great he gets to come back and graduate and play his senior year.”

Moore led the Gamecocks in tackles each of the past three seasons, rising from 56 to 93 to 111 as a junior. He’ll graduate this spring, and considered going pro after the 2015 season. Which leads one to wonder how likely it is Moore will go two more seasons without getting paid to play football.

Brad Nessler to replace Verne Lundquist as voice of SEC on CBS after 2016

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Rumors have been swirling throughout the off-season, but CBS made the news official on Tuesday by announcing Verne Lundquist will step down as the lead voice of the network’s college football coverage — primarily the SEC, but also Army-Navy and the Sun Bowl — to be replaced by Brad Nessler after the upcoming season.

“Verne has set the standard for college football broadcasting,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. “Together with Gary Danielson he has played a key role in making the SEC on CBS the highest-rated college football package in America. After an incredible 17 years, he will be handing the reigns off to Brad, who in his own right is highly acclaimed and respected as one of the premier play-by-play broadcasters in the business. I am very pleased that Verne will still have a prominent role in our college basketball and major championship golf coverage.  We are fortunate to have one more football season to appreciate Verne’s one-of-a-kind storytelling as we pave the way for a seamless and smooth transition to Brad.”

Lunquist will continue with the network covering college basketball and golf, but will cede the college football chair in what was certainly a contract bullet point to lure Nessler away from ESPN.

“Being a part of the SEC on CBS since 2000 has been the most significant assignment I’ve been given in my more than five decades in this business,” said Lundquist. “Now, it’s time to step back and take in the aroma of those tulips, those roses, and those daffodils that friends have been telling me about for years. In 2017, I’ll happily step aside from college football and welcome Brad to the booth. I’ve known Brad for more than 30 years and have always admired his work ethic and his on-air presence. He shares the same passion for college football that I do. The SEC on CBS is in great hands. Brad and Gary will form a great partnership in the years ahead.”

Nessler leaves a plum gig at ESPN, where he, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe called the ESPN Saturday primetime game and one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals each of the past two seasons.

“Verne has been a friend for over 30 years and someone I’ve always looked up to in this business,” said Nessler. “I’m not replacing him as it would be impossible to replace Verne. I am truly honored to carry on where he leaves off and work to maintain the standard of excellence he has set calling the SEC on CBS. I am excited to rejoin the CBS Sports team this season and look forward to working alongside Gary again in 2017.”

Texas interim AD Mike Perrin working without a contract

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As more and more money pours into college sports, athletics directors are making more money than ever. All except the leader of one of the most profitable brands in college sports.

According to a report from Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News, Texas interim AD Mike Perrin is working without a contract at a reduced rate of quote-unquote only $750,000 a year. Perrin’s predecessor, Steve Patterson, signed a five-year contract starting at $1.4 million a year back in 2013.

Perrin, of course, stepped in for Patterson after his September firing.

Finger notes Perrin’s at-will employment status is common for high-ranking officials under new UT president Greg Fenves.

“Since Mike Perrin is a key member of university leadership, he and president Fenves agreed that his appointment should be consistent with other university leaders and that no formal contract was needed,” spokesman Gary Susswein told the paper.

Perrin’s $750,000 salary basically amounts to volunteering for him after a lengthy and lucrative legal career. Running a business with a $180 million budget on a $750,000 salary is the statistical equivalent to running a $1 million business while bringing home $4,167 a year.

“The situation with Mike at Texas is not normal,” Chuck Neinas said. “He’s made his money (as a lawyer). He’s basically doing the university a favor. He’s an outlier.”

Perrin’s original agreement is set to end on Aug. 31, but his handshake deal with Fenves asks the former Texas football player to run the department through the 2017-18 athletic year.