David Feaster, the Louisiana high school football coach who doubled-down earlier this week on his ban of Alabama recruiters, has been fired from his post after six years on the job, the principal at Bossier City Parkway High School announced Friday.
During a radio interview late in 2015, Feaster made it perfectly clear that coaches who were recruiting on behalf of Alabama were not welcome at his school. The ban seemingly stemmed from the Crimson Tide’s alleged mistreatment of Brandon Harris during the recruiting process, with Feaster expounding on the situation in another radio interview earlier this week.
From the Shreveport Times:
The Alabama dust-up came to light again this week when Feaster reiterated his thoughts about Alabama with Fletcher and called Alabama football “unethical” on a Baton Rouge radio station (104.5 FM ESPN).
Feaster, who met with his team Friday morning, said Alabama initially offered Harris and “six other QBs.” He said the “offer” was simply an invite to camp. While Saban eventually delivered a scholarship to Harris, the damage had been done.
“Am I the only coach who does this?” Feaster said of coaches banning schools. “Surely, I thought this was a fairly common practice. I stand by the idea: If you’re going to do that to Brandon Harris, you’re going to do that to Justin Rodgers or Terrace Marshall, too. I tell the kids, ‘If you want to go to Alabama, go to Alabama. I’m going to help them recruit you because an offer is not necessarily an offer.’
“I’ll deal with the guys who have integrity.
“Coach Feaster and I do not share the same philosophy or vision for Parkway High School athletics,” the principal, Waylon Bates, said according to the Times. The newspaper also writes that “[t]he current Parkway administration didn’t take kindly to the attention and felt Fester was ‘undermining’ school officials and potentially hurting other Panthers athletes who could be recruited by Alabama.”
Feaster will remain employed in the school system as a math teacher.
Harris ultimately signed with LSU, but opted to transfer from the Tigers earlier this month. Feaster and Harris were also in the news in January of 2015 when the former went on the radio and pleaded for his former player to transfer from the Tigers but “couldn’t talk him into it.”
Suddenly, Utah’s receiving corps is significantly depleted.
The Utes confirmed Thursday that Raelon Singleton has decided to leave Kyle Whittingham‘s football program. The school cited unspecified “family reasons” for the redshirt junior wide receiver moving on from the Utes.
“We are sorry to see Raelon leave, but understand that his family comes first,” a statement from the head coach read. “We appreciate his contributions to our program over the last four years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Singleton, a native of the state of Texas, will graduate from the university in May. That would make him eligible to play immediately in 2018 at another FCS school if that’s the route he chooses to take.
The past two seasons, Singleton was the Utes’ second-leading receiver yards-wise. He had 36 receptions for 531 yards and four touchdowns this past season, and went 27-464-4 in 2016.
With Singleton’s departure and leading receiver Darren Carrington‘s expired eligibility, the Utes will have to replace 106 receptions and 1,511 yards. That twosome also combined for 10 touchdown catches; as a team, the Utes had 18 this past season.
It’s that time of year for a handful of coaching surprises.
The latest such development comes from Louisville, with Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com the first to report that Peter Sirmon has stepped down as the U of L’s defensive coordinator. The football program subsequently confirmed that Sirmon has left Bobby Petrino‘s coaching staff.
“I would like to thank Peter Sirmon for all his work this season at the University of Louisville,” a statement attributed to the head coach began. “I wish him and his family all the best.”
Sirmon just completed his first season with the Cardinals. In his lone season, the U of L finished 70th in scoring defense (27.4 ppg) and 62nd in total defense (388.1 ypg); in the year prior to arrival, they were 71st (27.1 pp) and 59th (387 ypg), respectively, in those categories.
Prior to the U of L, Sirmon had served as the coordinator at Mississippi State for one season in 2016.
Not surprisingly, Clemson’s quarterback room will have one less familiar face in it this season than it did last.
Using Clemson’s official Twitter account, Zerrick Cooper announced Friday that he has decided to transfer from the Tigers. In his statement, the quarterback indicated that he was moving on in order to find a better opportunity for playing time.
“This is no reflection of the Clemson family,” Cooper wrote, “but rather a direct reflection of my drive to lead, play & compete.”
Cooper was a four-star member of the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the country. After redshirting as a true freshman, Cooper, along with Hunter Johnson, served as the backups to starter Kelly Bryant following the competition to replace Deshaun Watson.
Of the two, the strong-armed Cooper saw the most action as he completed 25 of his 41 attempts for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns in seven games. Johnson, a true freshman who was a five-star 2017 signee, attempted 27 passes. However, by the end of the season, Johnson had seemingly become Bryant’s primary backup.
Both Bryant and Johnson will return in 2018. Perhaps more than anything, however, Clemson signed Trevor Lawrence, the top-rated player in the Class of 2018, as part of the first-ever early signing period last month.
Nick Saban‘s latest reshaping of his coaching will reportedly come at the expense of a Big Ten school.
Earlier Thursday, a report surfaced that Mike Locksley was being promoted by Saban to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. As Locksley served as Alabama’s wide receivers coach this past season, it left Saban in search of a new coach for that positional group.
According to FootballScoop.com, that search has ended as Penn State’s Josh Gattis is expected to take the job. Gattis will also serve as the Tide’s co-offensive coordinator.
A couple of other outlets confirmed the initial report.
Gattis had spent the past six seasons on James Franklin-led coaching staff, the first two at Vanderbilt and the last four at Penn State. In addition to receivers coach, Gattis held the title of passing-game coordinator and assistant special teams coordinator with the Nittany Lions.