Lloyd Carr

Lloyd Carr one of eight named to NCAA’s Committee on Infractions


When (if?) Miami and Oregon appears before the NCAA at some point this year, there’ll be some new faces on the committee charged with hearing their response to allegations of improprieties in their respective football programs.

While most of the attention on this past weekend’s NCAA Board of Directors meeting was focused on new — and relaxed — recruiting rules, eight individuals were also added to the Committee on Infractions.  Included in that group is former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.

Carr spent the last 28 years of his collegiate coaching career with the Wolverines, the last 13 as head coach.  He left following the 2007 season as the third-winningest coach in school history, his 122 wins trailing only Bo Schembechler (194) and Fielding Yost (165).

From 2000 through 2005, Carr, a 2011 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee.  In the midst of the Jim Tressel/Ohio State scandal in May of 2011, Carr took the NCAA’s enforcement arm to task.

“I know it’s a difficult time because the issues are serious, but it’ll be up to the NCAA to find out what did and did not happen,” Carr was quoted as saying. “And they need to do a better job in my judgment.

“If you’re going to have a system that the public, the fans, respect and buy into, you better have a way of making sure those people who are violating the rules don’t prosper. You’ve got to invest the money to have investigators and whatever else you need.”

Also appointed to the committee, which will now consist of 18 members, was outgoing Georgia president Michael Adams.

Below are the other new members of the infractions committee:

Norman Bay, director of enforcement, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (and former University of New Mexico law faculty).

Carol Cartwright, former president of Bowling Green and Kent State.

Bobby Cremins, former Georgia Tech men’s basketball head coach.

Thomas Hill, senior vice president of student affairs at Iowa State.

Joel Maturi, former Minnesota athletic director.

Sanker Suryanarayan, university counsel, Princeton University.

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
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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.”