“Give me liberty (from the Longhorn Network), or give me 11 regular season games.” — Texas Tech, June 21, 2012.
Yeah, the Big 12 looks all rosy on the surface, being on the verge of inking a huge payday and wisely aligned itself with the SEC for a new bowl game and all, but inner grumblings over Texas’ Longhorn Network apparently haven’t subsided.
RedRaiderSports reports an interesting story that Texas Tech is willing to cancel its Sept. 8 game against Division 1-A newcomer Texas State because it could be aired on the Longhorn Network.
Yes, the Red Raiders are apparently okay with playing 11 regular season games and absorbing any potential buyout for cancelling just as long as they don’t have to have a burnt orange logo next to their name.
“We are extremely disappointed,” a source told RRS. “Our hope is that the Texas State game will be played on a primary ESPN platform.”
Last year, the LHN approached Tech about airing its game against Texas, but the Red Raiders refused.
ESPN announced the game would be broadcast on one of its platforms earlier this month, but did not specify which. The WAC, of which Texas State will be a member this year, has the right to determine the broadcast partner for the game and has recognized the LHN as an official ESPN platform after the channel agreed to air all six UTSA home games this season.
So while Texas State would have no real issue with the broadcast, Texas Tech could have its hand forced. Understandably, they would have a problem with that.
Updated 6/22 @ 9:45 a.m.: Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com tweets that the LHN/ESPN will not pursue the Texas State-Texas Tech game. Whether the game will be broadcast through another channel remains to be seen, but the “development” isn’t much of a surprise given the instant brouhaha.
Brady Hoke had a miserable one-and-done at Oregon, and this piling on just adds to it.
Brought in to turnaround the Ducks’ defense, Hoke instead was in charge of one of the worst units in the country. Their play, in very large part, helped bring an abrupt end to Mark Helfrich‘s three-year tenure in Eugene.
Helfrich was officially replaced by USF’s Willie Taggart earlier this week. The boss of Taggart’s boss, UO president Michael Schill, had one piece of advice and one piece of advice alone for his new head football coach.
Can we take that as confirmation that Hoke won’t be retained by the new regime? At least statistically, though, the president has a point, no matter how clumsily or ill-advised it may have been.
Out of the 128 teams listed on the NCAA’s official stats website, the Ducks were 126th in scoring and yards allowed; 121st in third-down percentage and rushing yards allowed; 117th in turnovers forced; and 114th in passing yards. Last season, the Ducks were 114th in scoring and 116th in yards.
And Taggart’s defense this season? The Bulls were 86th in scoring defense and 120th in yards allowed. So, there’s that.
A week after his departure from Notre Dame was revealed Malik Zaire has gotten down to saying goodbye.
In a letter to The Observer, the university’s student newspaper, Zaire thanked “the amazing students and staff that I’ve met through the years for helping me grow into the person I’ve always wanted to be.” The notes comes a week after the quarterback was given an unconditional release from his Irish scholarship.
Dear Notre Dame students and staff,
My life changed for the better the moment I stepped onto the University of Notre Dame’s beautiful campus. The one goal I had set in my mind to achieve was to become a better man, a Notre Dame man. After growing through many trials and triumphs, the thing I’ve learned most from my experience was that if you don’t believe in yourself first, then no one else will. I believed in becoming a better man and succeeding through any circumstance, and I can say that I’ve truly accomplished that. I often refer to the famous quote from the movie “Catch Me If You Can” that was well put by Frank Abagnale:
“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.”
I’ve put my heart, soul and passion into the University, the football program, the South Bend community and the Irish community worldwide. I have the unbelievable honor to represent this University to the fullest as a student and soon-to-be alumni. Thank you to the amazing students and staff that I’ve met through the years for helping me grow into the person I’ve always wanted to be. I love the Irish and will always be an Irish alum no matter where I go! I look forward to keeping in touch. Let’s change the world!
Zaire expects to graduate in December, meaning he’d be eligible immediately at whatever FBS program he ultimately lands. The senior has already or will visit North Carolina and Wisconsin. Pittsburgh is also believed to be in play as well.
For the second time today, a non-offensive or defensive coordinator has filled an FBS head-coaching vacancy.
According to 247Sports.com, South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott will be the next head coach at Georgia State. An official announcement from the football program is expected to come by Friday at the latest.
Elliott would replace Trent Miles, who was fired by the Sun Belt Conference school in mid-November.
This would be Elliot’s first head-coaching job, although he did serve as the Gamecocks’ interim coach when Steve Spurrier abruptly retired midway through the 2015 season.
Elliott has spent the past seven seasons at USC, having been retained by new head coach Will Muschamp. Prior to that, he had spent his entire coaching career at his alma mater Appalachian State, a career that began in 1996.
Hugh Freeze‘s 2017 coaching staff at Ole Miss will have a decidedly different look than his 2016 version.
In late November, the football program announced that defensive coordinator Dave Wommack has decided to retire from coaching at the end of year after nearly four decades in the profession. Nearly two weeks later, the rebels announced that co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner will not return as well.
Werner also served as quarterbacks coach.
“I am grateful to Dan for his contributions to our program,” Freeze said in a statement. “His leadership and experience were invaluable in the development of our quarterbacks. These are always very difficult decisions, but at this time, I believe it is best for our program to have a fresh approach. We wish Dan and his family the very best.”
In 2016, the Rebels were 13th nationally in passing offense and tied for 45th in scoring. They were in the Top 10 in 2015 in both of those categories.
Matt Luke remains on staff as the other co-offensive coordinator while also holding the title of assistant head coach. He’s also the Rebels’ line coach.
Werner has been in Oxford for all five year’s of Freeze’s tenure. He was also the Rebels’ coordinator in 2006 and 2007 under Ed Orgeron, who is now the head coach at LSU.
In addition to the move on Werner, it was also announced that Barney Farrar, the assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations, would not have his contract renewed. Farrar had been on administrative leave prior to his dismissal.
Farrar was connected to the draft-day imbroglio involving former Ole Miss All-American offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. It was reported in October that an NCAA investigation into the football program is ongoing.