Things are not going so smoothly in South Bend, Indiana this fall. Notre Dame dropped to 2-5 following a home loss to Stanford Saturday, putting the Irish on a steep uphill path to a postseason bid. For a team some considered a possible playoff candidate at the beginning of the year, it is fair to suggest the pressure is rising on head coach Brian Kelly to get something positive going for the Irish. Some have even gone so far as to suggest Kelly should be on a hot seat, if not a warm seat. While the idea of a coaching change at Notre Dame may still be a bit of a longshot, it hasn’t stopped some fans from suggesting it is time to make a chance and bring in Les Miles.
It just so happens Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery took notice of some of those ideas on Twitter and started liking them on his account. Tillery’s account showed he liked a small handful of tweets from earlier this month suggesting Notre Dame move on from Kelly and hire the former LSU head coach. These tweets occurred in the two weeks after LSU fired Miles. After those liked tweets were discovered and starting making the rounds on the internet, Tilery responded with a tweet of his own on Sunday morning, suggesting he did not necessarily endorse the comments.
Does Brian Kelly have a locker room problem? He would not be the first coach with a 2-5 record to be in that situation if he does. It is obvious things are not going according to plan in South Bend, but the Irish still have a chance to reach the postseason. It will just be difficult to avoid two more losses the way this team has been playing, especially on offense. Notre Dame must win four of its final five games against Miami, Navy, Army, Virginia Tech and USC in order to reach the six-win minimum to qualify for a postseason bowl game. The Irish have not missed the postseason since Kelly’s arrival from Cincinnati in 2010. One more loss will set a new high for losses in a season for Notre Dame under Kelly.
The Chargers have left San Diego for Los Angeles and San Diego State is working on figuring out the best possible plan for a long-term football home. For the time being, the Aztecs will continue to call Qualcomm Stadium home. The current lease with the football stadium in San Diego was to expire after the 2018 season, but the university has agreed to tack on two additional years to the lease.
Qualcomm Stadium still continues to be a short-term solution for the Aztecs. The university is hoping to find a suitable plan that will see a brand new football stadium constructed that is more suitable for the program’s fans and perhaps more accommodating. San Diego state is also reportedly open to the idea of sharing a new stadium with a potential Major League Soccer franchise, which typically plays in smaller venues than NFL stadiums.
“There’s a lot of really good football fans in this town that maybe don’t want to drive four or five hours to see a football game when they can see a pretty good product right here at home, and maybe they’ll become fans of our team,” San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said during a news conference on Thursday to announce a new contract extension. “I think that college football has a lot of things to offer that pro football does not.”
Long’s recently extended contract with San Diego state runs through the 2021 season. The hope is Long will be able to coach the Aztecs into a new home stadium in the final year currently under contract.
It seems to happen every now and then, but Alabama is losing a running back to a transfer this spring. Derrick Gore, a redshirt junior, is transferring to Louisiana-Monroe to continue his college football career, as reported by The News-Star.
Gore will be given a better chance to compete for a significant role in ULM’s offense as he gets out from the deep running back stable at Alabama that makes it difficult to get everyone involved. Gore had played a reserve role on offense behind the likes of Derrick Henry, Bo Scarbrough and Kenyan Drake at a position that is generally stacked for the Crimson Tide. Gore did find a role for himself on special teams. Gore blocked a punt against Florida in the SEC Championship Game last December and returned it for a touchdown. He was a walk-on at Alabama.
Gore will be eligible immediately to play for ULM starting this fall and will have two years of eligibility to use with the Warhawks.
Alabama took advantage of a staff opening on its coaching staff this week to promote Mike Locksley to a full-time offensive assistant’s role. Now, his role appears to be a bit more defined. According to a report from Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Locksley will be taking on the role of co-offensive coordinator.
Locksley has previous offensive coordinator experience, of course. Locksley coached the offense at Maryland and Illinois prior to arriving at Alabama. Feldman reports Locksley turned down “several coaching offers” so he could remain a part of the Alabama coaching staff for the 2017 season.
Locksley was previously added to the Alabama football staff as an analyst. Now he will share the offensive coordinator duties with another recently promoted analyst, Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian was promoted to offensive coordinator in the week leading up to the College Football Playoff national championship game after Nick Saban made the decision to force Lane Kiffin out of the position and send his offensive coordinator to take on the full-time work of being the new head coach of FAU.
Michigan’s spring break trip to conduct spring practices at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida will be its last. An NCAA proposal to ban such trips outside of the college football season passed by a count of 58-22 on Friday.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh caught a lot of criticism for his decision to take Michigan’s spring practices down to Florida over Michigan’s spring break. The move was a bold strategy for Harbaugh and the Michigan program, but it ruffled the feathers of coaches from the ACC and SEC, leading to a move to ban such practice plans in the future. The debate over such a move was debated with similar intensity that satellite camps received, and now we await to see just how Harbuagh will respond, because he is known to chime in when something like this happens.
So no more trips to Florida for Michigan football players over spring break. That means Harbaugh will just have to go to the drawing board to find a new idea to find an edge.