Baylor has come a long way from being the laughing-stock of the Big 12. The rise of the program in recent years has changed the way the football program in Waco is viewed, and if head coach Art Briles has his way this will not be a short-term success story. Coming off the first Big 12 championship in school history, the Baylor football program was featured on the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football summer edition. It is the first time Baylor has been featured on the cover of the popular Texas amateur football magazine since before the nation celebrated the bicentennial. The cover of the summer edition features Briles, quarterback Bryce Petty and wide receiver Antwan Goodley.
That is not quite 100 percent accurate though. Petty appeared on the cover of the winter edition last season, and Robert Griffin III appeared on the cover during his Heisman Trophy season not that long ago. The point here is appearing on the summer edition is truly special. Appearing on the cover of the magazine is a special honor and recognition of where the program stands in the college football world inside Texas heading into the 2014 season. Baylor is coming off a Big 12 championship. The Bears have a quarterback worthy of being included in the Heisman Trophy conversation. The university is in the midst of constructing a brand new football stadium, which is featured prominently in the cover and inside the magazine. Baylor was also to hold onto Briles as the head coach in a year that saw a coaching change at Texas. As you can see in the image of the cover, the new head coach at Texas, Charlie Strong, makes a cameo n the cover in the upper righthand corner.
Bumping Texas into a sidenote is rather significant for Baylor, and Briles has every reason to be proud of that and flaunt a championship belt in the process.
ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton provided a massive public service through his Twitter account on Tuesday, releasing a data dump of fascinating information about the signing class of 2016.
In short, Texas was the most popular breeding ground for FBS prospects, but half of all signees came from a clean sweep from Texas, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and up to North Carolina.
The Lone Star State produced 359 players, with nearly half of those heading to Power 5 institutions. In fact, Hamilton reports, 72 of 128 FBS programs and 38 of 64 Power 5’s signed at least one player from Texas.
Florida trailed with 327 players, followed by California with 248 players and Georgia with 225. For what it’s worth, Ohio was not included in the study.
Data dump, begin!
The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 conference schedule highlighted by, oddly enough, non-conference games that pit league gem Houston against Oklahoma (on opening day at Houston’s NRG Stadium) and Louisville (in Houston on Nov. 19).
Those two games, more than any others, will sink or swim the conference’s chances of not only grabbing the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six, but a spot in the College Football Playoff itself.
The 2016 conference slate kicks off with Navy meeting Connecticut on Sept. 10 and concludes with the second annual AAC title game on Dec. 3 at a to-be-determined campus site.
The AAC led the way in scheduling Power 5 opponents — highlighted by a Week 3 schedule that will see the entire East Division punching up a weight class — and includes the likes of Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma (for all intents and purposes) visiting AAC campuses.
View the full AAC slate here:
Just like we all thought when watching him play at Notre Dame, Tommy Rees will be in the NFL in 2016. Just not as a quarterback.
The San Diego Chargers announced his hiring as an obnoxiously vague offensive assistant, assisting with the club’s offense in some form that they aren’t inclined to elaborate on.
After completing a career in which he threw for 7,670 yards with 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions from 2010-13, Rees was cut by the Washington Redskins in 2014, then spent the 2014-15 seasons as a graduate assistant at Northwestern.
The post-National Signing Day coaching carousel is now in full tilt.
According to a report from Adam Caplan of ESPN, Wisconsin defensive backs coach Daronte Jones is leaving to become the assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins.
The Badgers already endured a significant loss this winter after defensive coordinator Dave Aranda took a lateral position with LSU. He was replaced in January by former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.
Jones spent but 13 months in Madison, a January 2015 addition to Paul Chryst‘s first staff after spending three seasons at Hawaii.
Wisconsin possessed one of college football’s top pass defenses in 2015; the Badgers ranked seventh nationally in pass defense, tied for sixth in yards per attempt allowed, placed third in opponent completion percentage and finished second in pass efficiency defense.