Nobody seems to know Da’Rick Rogers’ future with Vols

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The saga that is Da’Rick Rogers‘ status with Tennessee has been a matter of speculation and utter confusion ever since a report came out last December that the former five-star receiver was dismissed from the team. That rumor later morphed into another report that Rogers wasn’t on the team, but not suspended, which then turned into a statement from coach Derek Dooley clarifying that Rogers was “still a part of our football team.”

That appeared to still be the case as of this week.

“He’s like the rest of the team.  He’s shown a lot of progress, he grew as a player emotionally, but he has a long way to go,” Dooley said during a pre-spring press conference on Sunday.

But Rogers wasn’t on the field for Thursday’s practice. When asked about his receiver’s absence, Dooley said Rogers has “internal” things to take care of, but that he expected Rogers to be back. Exactly when wasn’t specified.

However, it could be that Rogers won’t be back at all. Panthersville.com, Georgia State’s Scout.com affiliate, reports this morning that Rogers is considering transferring to GSU.

Georgia State would be the only place I’d look at,” Rogers told the site.

The site reported earlier in the morning that Rogers was indeed transferring, but has since backed off that initial assertion. Whether the move is definite or not — or even true — Dooley said he hadn’t heard the rumor until he was asked about it.

Nobody has told me that,” Dooley said. “I don’t have any knowledge of (Rogers) wanting to leave. He’s never told me that, or indicated that to me or anybody else.”

Except, apparently, the social media world.

Georgia State.  Wasup?” Rogers tweeted yesterday. “I cannot wait to talk to the media tomorrow.  It finally comes out.”

But, of course, Rogers wasn’t at practice and nothing has come out… officially. Is Rogers’ absence directly related to the tweets? Not sure, but one thing has been made clear:

One more season and Rogers will in all likelihood declare for the NFL. Then he’ll be Roger Goodell‘s problem.

(Hat tip to the multiple Vols beat guys on top of this story as it develops) 

Randy Edsall adds FCS special teams coordinator to UConn staff

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Earlier this month, Randy Edsall lost one of his assistant coaches to the NFL. This week, he’s turned to one from the FCS ranks as a replacement.

UConn announced Monday the hiring of Eddie Allen as the Huskies’ new special teams coordinator. Allen comes to Storrs after spending the past three seasons in the same role at Delaware.

The hire fills a hole a created by the departure of Chris White, who has been named as the tight ends coach for the Detroit Lions.

“Eddie’s aggressive approach to special teams was exactly what I was looking for in our special teams coordinator,” a statement from the head coach began. “His teams have shown the ability to block kicks and be very fundamentally sound in the core four units involving special teams. He has delivered very good results as a special teams coordinator in all the places he has worked.”

Prior to Delaware, Allen spent six seasons as the special teams coordinator at Rhode Island. He was a football staffer for Greg Schiano at Rutgers (2005-07) before that.

This will mark Allen’s first on-field job at the FBS level.

“I am extremely excited to join Coach Edsall’s staff,” the New Jersey native said in his statement. “Being from the Northeast, I have followed the program closely through the years and I am looking forward to getting around our players and doing my part in the future of success of the program.”

Report: departing Miami DL coach could be headed to Alabama

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And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story.

Just a short time ago, Miami announced that defensive line Craig Kuligowski was leaving the football program after two years to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere.  Subsequent to that announcement, Bruce Feldman of SI.com tweeted that Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa could be the assistant’s ultimate destination.

Kuligowski and Saban have a previous connection as the former played defensive line under the latter at Toledo in 1990.  Saban is searching for a replacement to Karl Dunbar, the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach who left for a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month.

Other names floated as possibilities have included former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge and former UA assistant and current South Carolina line coach Lance Thompson.

DL coach Craig Kuligowski leaves Miami ‘to pursue other opportunities’

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At one point it appeared that Mark Richt had dodged a coaching-departure bullet.  In the end, however, his Miami staff has been hit.

Reports surfaced earlier in the day Monday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had interviewed UM defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for the same job.  Not long after the initial speculation first appeared, the NFL club confirmed that it had hired someone other than Kuligowski for the position.

Tonight, however, the Hurricanes announced in a press release that Kuligowski “is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities.” What and where specifically that opportunity is wasn’t divulged by the football program.

Kuligowski had spent the past two seasons with the Hurricanes and is widely considered one of the top line coaches in the country.

Mark Your Calendars: KU, Wazzu reportedly set for 2027-28 home-and-home series

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Are you ready for some good news? Kansas and Washington State are (finally, FINALLY!) going to meet on the gridiron.

Are you ready for some bad news? You’re going to have to wait nearly a decade to see it.

The Jayhawks and Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2027-28, according to documents obtained by FBSchedules. Washington State is set to host the first game on Sept. 11, 2027, with Kansas returning the favor on Sept. 9, 2028. The programs have met 10 times previously, but not since 1977. Kansas holds a 7-2 all-time advantage.

Washington State is also set to visit Boise State in 2027, but does not have any other games lined up for ’28. Kansas does not have any other agreements for either season.

Interestingly, Wazzu’s Kansas home-and-home is sandwiched around a home-and-home with Kansas State in 2026 and ’29. Washington State has not faced a Big 12 opponent since a 65-17 loss at Oklahoma State to open the 2010 season.

Kansas, who also has future games with Rutgers, Boston College, Duke and Illinois on the docket, has not squared off with a Pac-12 foe — not counting former Big 12 bunk mate Colorado — since a 41-17 loss to UCLA on Sept. 8, 2001.