Yesterday, Ben noted that Alabama has spoken with UCF offensive line coach Brent Key regarding their vacancy at the same position.
Now, it appears Nick Saban is at least sniffing around an assistant from an SEC school as well.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier acknowledged to GamecockCentral.com Thursday night that “there’s a little bit of interest there” on the part of the Tide in his line coach, Shawn Elliott. The website wrote that they “[c]an’t confirm or deny if there is going to be an Elliott interview with Alabama.”
For his part, Spurrier “didn’t seem too concerned” about losing the coach, the site noted.
Elliott has been Spurrier’s line coach since 2010. It was his first and only job at the FBS level as he had spent his entire career up until then at Appalachian State, serving on that FCS staff from 1996-2009. He was the Mountaineers’ line coach for the final 10 years of his time at his alma mater before leaving for the Gamecocks.
The line position came open on Saban’s coaching staff a week ago when Jeff Stoutland left for the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.