Over at SB Nation, Bill Connelly has a magnificent longform on the “blueprint for a rebuild,” which dives into how six coaches have built or plan to build their respective programs.
It’s well worth your time. Connelly talked in-depth to Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, UConn’s Bob Diaco, Memphis’ Justin Fuente, Indiana’s Kevin Wilson, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops. An excerpt from his conversation with Diaco, who left a gig as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator to take over a lagging program in Storrs:
“I think that the brand is strong, in part, based on those championships. Those are worldwide news events, and we’ve had unprecedented-in-sport type of success there. So the brand is strong. And then you just take a peek, just a quick Google search. You’ll see this is one of the top public universities in the country, one of the top research universities in terms of science and mathematics. It’s in an area that’s very close to a bunch of Fortune 500 companies. We’re pretty rich in resources. And it’s a resident life campus, not a commuter campus. This is a good place for the quintessential college experience.”
He’s selling me on the school, and he might not even realize he’s doing it. You can’t stop the salesman mid-pitch.
“Hopefully prospective student-athletes don’t make the decision based on football alone. You can’t hide behind [the information you mail a recruit]; there’s too much info at a finger’s touch. If your graduation rate is at 43 percent, you can’t hide from that. A lot of players want to go to institutions that they are going to graduate from, next to their teammates and classmates. If you’re in a metroplex, and you’re recruiting against other AAC teams, and if there’s a prospect that’s interested in you and another school, and he also wants to be an engineer, and your engineering department is strong, you’ve got more opportunity there.”
It’s a fascinating look at how these coaches have gone about building their programs — the K-State/Snyder stuff is certainly interesting — and is definitely worth your time with one week until kickoff.
Less than two weeks after leaving Ohio State, Grant Schmidt has a new college football home — and he won’t even have to leave the state to get there.
Citing university sources, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Schmidt will continue his collegiate playing career at Cincinnati. The offensive lineman had indicated earlier this month that the Bearcats would be his landing spot.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Schmidt will be forced to sit out the 2016 season. He would then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
A three-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class, 247Sports.com rated Schmidt as the No. 52 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of South Dakota. Schmidt was the first player from that state to sign with the Buckeyes, but he failed to become the first to play in a game as he didn’t see the field during his brief stint in Columbus.
Schmidt’s mid-May move was believed to be related to a logjam along the offensive line and his failure to make a dent on the depth chart during spring practice.
Here’s to guessing that, right or wrong, Jim Mora won’t be pleased with his young quarterback’s latest social media foray.
Late last week, the UCLA head coach used the public airwaves to help “guide” Josh Rosen down the straight and narrow. Specifically, in regards to the Freshman All-American infamous “f**k Trump” cap flap this offseason, Mora stated that the rising sophomore was “heading towards Johnny Manziel” territory with stunts like that.
Hyperbole? Yes. But Rosen is seemingly hellbent on giving Mora further reason to continue down his odd “Money Manziel” path.
Shortly after it was reported that UCLA was set to sign a record-breaking $280 million apparel deal with Under Armour, Rosen took to social media to offer up some snark on the financial windfall that will line the pockets of the athletic department — and which the student-athletes won’t get a sniff.
(The tweet above was retweeted on Rosen’s personal Twitter account)
Coming from a kid who had a hot tub in his dorm his freshman season and whose parents graduated from Ivy League schools — one’s a surgeon — it might not be the actual money but the principle that has Rosen feeling feisty. Whether his head coach gets just as feisty on his own JFF moral high ground in return remains to be seen.
In July of last year, Michigan’s reported apparel deal with Nike set a then-record of $169 million over 15 years (the final figure came in at just shy of $174 million).
Four months after UM’s new deal was reported, news surfaced that Texas’ new contract with Nike would be worth $250 million over 15 years. In January of this year, Ohio State announced its new deal with Nike, an agreement that will pay that school upwards of $252 million over 15 years. Four months later? There’s a new unofficial record-holder.
According to ESPN.com‘s Darren Rovell, “Under Armour and UCLA will announce a 15-year schoolwide shoe and apparel deal worth $280 million” later Tuesday. Scout.com is also reporting the same financial parameters of an agreement between the two entities.
From the latter’s report:
UCLA’s agreement with Under Armour, too, will be unique in the details, providing UCLA a vast amount of benefits that are reportedly unequaled in other apparel agreements. For one, we’ve learned that the money is guaranteed, and doesn’t include royalties, which is a significant difference.
UCLA’s athletic program’s have been aligned with adidas since 1999. A press conference to announce the switch to Under Armour is set for 3 p.m. ET.
The Miami Hurricanes had two late additions to its 2014 recruiting class: Joe Brown and Tyler Grimsley.
In January, Brown opted to transfer from the Hurricanes. Four months later? Lather, rinse, repeat for Grimsley.
In a press release, the Hurricanes announced that Grimsley has opted to transfer out of first-year head coach Mark Richt‘s football program. No reason was given for the offensive lineman’s decision to move on to another, unspecified program.
“Tyler has decided to transfer away from our football program in the hopes of gaining more playing time,” Richt said in a statement. “I certainly respect his decision and I wish him nothing but the best in his future college football career.”
Grimsley took a redshirt as a true freshman. The following season, the school described the lineman as a key member of the team’s practice squad in 2015.