West Virginia’s Oliver Luck has already expressed publicly that he’s not interested in the athletic director’s job at Texas. Now, another prominent AD is reportedly expressing the same sentiment privately as well.
Citing multiple sources, Yahoo! Sports‘ Pat Forde reported late Thursday night that Tom Jurich is committed to Louisville and has no interest in taking over for DeLoss Dodds at UT. Jurich and Luck, along with current Big 12 commissioner and former Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby, have been among the more prominent names mentioned for one of the most prestigious positions in collegiate sports.
At least one source mentioned to Forde the fact that Jurich has signed head football coach Charlie Strong and head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino to long-term deals is “a major factor” in Jurich not letting his eyes wander to Texas or any other job for that matter.
“If he left, how could he look them in the eye after convincing them to stay?” the source told Forde.
Of course, neither Strong, mentioned as a possibility to fill the vacancy at USC and who will certainly be a target if/when the Longhorns can Mack Brown, nor Pitino are bound by law to stay at the UofL regardless of the length of their respective contracts, but Forde’s point is taken. In that same vein, UT will likely make a strong push for Jurich at some point, if it hasn’t already, and things could certainly change. It wouldn’t be the first time an administrator or coach at this level said one thing and did another when push came to shove– especially when the scope of UT’s financial resources are in play.
That said, Jurich doesn’t appear to have a wandering eye and seemingly remains committed to building upon one of the most successful athletic departments in the country.
Barry Switzer and Tulsa have some fun with Baker Mayfield’s arrest
Enjoying some down time in Fayetteville, Ark., Mayfield was booked on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing the scene.
Those last two parts have drawn the brunt of the attention since the news went public, specifically this portion from the police report:
I told Mayfield to come over to me. When I gave that command, Mayfield began to walk away from me. I repeatedly told him to stop. Mayfield then began to sprint away. I chased after him. Mayfield was tackled to the ground.
For what it’s worth, Mayfield shredded Tulsa in their one meeting to date in 2015, hitting 32-of-38 passes for 487 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing 13 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-38 Sooners win.
UCF announces largest financial gift in school history for athletics department renovations
UCF announced the largest financial gift in school history from UCF alum Kenneth Dixon. The donation will help give UCF the support needed to move forward with its athletics facility upgrades, including an athletics village. Among those upgrades will be an expansion to the school’s baseball stadium and basketball facility, as well as a better atmosphere outside the football stadium for fans.
As far as the football program is concerned, the upgrades to the football operations and athletics headquarters have received a $2 million commitment to date. Most of the renovations will help bring the school’s other sports programs up to a more level playing field, but the football stadium will be given a fresh look on he outside with a plaza and promenade to make for a more inviting atmosphere for UCF fans before and after home football games.
In all, UCF is looking to invest $25 million in the renovation project, and the recent donation from Dixon has helped the school cross the $10 million benchmark.
“With more than $10 million committed to our $25 million facilities vision, our goal is to build the best Athletics Village in the nation,” UCF Athletics Director Danny White said in a released statement. “Thanks to Ken Dixon’s gift of more than $5 million, we’ve taken a major step in that direction.”
Sirk was Duke’s leading passer in 2015 with 2,625 passing yards and 16 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He was also Duke’s leading rusher that season with 803 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Naturally, he will likely be a quality dual-threat option for whatever program lands his services in 2017. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play this fall at any FBS program.
With the rights to use “Row the Boat” successfully acquired through a deal with Western Michigan, Minnesota is going all in with the merchandising efforts to capitalize on the motto of P.J. Fleck. Aside from being able to use the motto for program-building measures, Minnesota has the rights to market the saying on merchandise, including an upcoming bobblehead featuring Minnesota’s Gopher mascot.
A limited edition University of Minnesota bobblehead featuring Goldy Gopher rowing a boat was unveiled on Friday by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Though just an illustration now, it looks incredibly promising and I sort of want to add it to my bobblehead collection.