UConn Huskies

Getty Images

Report: Bob Diaco joining Oklahoma staff in off-field role

Leave a comment

Lincoln Riley is getting set to bolster his Oklahoma football staff with an experienced defensive voice.  Reportedly.

According to a report from SoonerScoop.com, Riley is expected to add Bob Diaco in a defensive analyst role for the Sooners.  The off-field role wouldn’t count against Riley’s 10 allotted on-field assistants.

Diaco spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska, let go after that one year following the firing of head coach Mike Riley.  Prior to that brief stint in Lincoln, he was the head coach at UConn for three seasons before being fired after going 11-26 during his time with the Huskies.

Prior to that, he was the coordinator at Notre Dame for four seasons from 2010-13.

Ex-UConn trick-shot QB fired as President Trump’s personal assistant

Getty Images
Leave a comment

One of the latest “shifts” in personnel at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has a college football connection.

According to the Wall Street Journal, John McEntee, the personal assistant to President Donald Trump, was escorted out of the White House Monday.  The Journal writes that “[t]he cause of the firing was an unspecified security issue.”

The 27-year-old McEntee, who joined then-candidate Trump’s campaign in August of 2015 as a volunteer, played quarterback at UConn from 2008-12, starting all 12 games under center for the Huskies in 2011.  McEntee’s most noteworthy claim to fame, however, came in the form of a trick-shot video recorded and released in February of 2011.

During his time with the Huskies, McEntee passed for 2,209 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.  Most of that production — 2,110 yards, 12 touchdowns, eight picks — came during the 2011 season.

Texas Tech new home for second Rice graduate transfer lineman

Getty Images

Saturday has morphed into Announcement Day on the Rice graduate transfer front.

Earlier today, offensive tackle Calvin Anderson announced via Twitter that he has decided to transfer to Texas.  A couple of hours later, Anderson’s former Rice teammate, Preston Gordon, took to the same social media website to announce that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Texas Tech.

Like Anderson, Gordon will be eligible to use his final season of collegiate eligibility immediately as he will be headed to Lubbock as a graduate of his previous university.

In addition to a trip to Tech early on in the transfer process, the defensive tackle had also visited Kansas.  Alabama had shown interest as well, as did Syracuse, TCU, Tulane and UConn.

The last three seasons, Gordon started 28 games for the Owls, including all 12 in 2017. In 2016, Gordon tied for the team lead in sacks with 3.5, while his 6.5 tackles for loss led all interior linemen on the squad. This past season, he was third on the team in tackles for loss with 4.5.

UConn head coach Randy Edsall: We’ve become a farm system, pay the players

Getty Images

The FBI sting into college basketball malfeasance has gotten a lot of folks riled up on Friday afternoon, especially when it comes to NCAA rules and potential violations. This, in turn, is leading to everybody and their brother rehashing the argument to pay (or not pay) players.

While you would probably not have expected it, even football coaches are wading into the discourse and there’s a somewhat surprising line of thinking being taken by UConn head coach Randy Edsall on Twitter:

While Edsall’s first point about football coaches getting nervous about the FBI probe spilling over into their sport probably rings true, it’s not every day you see a head coach openly advocating for paying players and calling college football a farm system for the NFL.

The Huskies head coach’s latter tweet is referring to a proposal put forward by the SEC that was approved last month which essentially allows non-coaching analysts to evaluate film of recruits in ways they could not previously do so. This has led to many expecting programs (looking at you, Alabama) creating player personnel departments in even greater numbers to streamline evaluating prospects and allow certain staffers to handle more of the recruiting load.

Edsall is far from the first coach to advocate paying players but something says his comments on Friday will also mean he will just be the latest in a long line of advocates for advancing much the same cause, especially in light of the payments going on in college basketball that are just beginning to come to light.

Randy Edsall adds FCS special teams coordinator to UConn staff

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Earlier this month, Randy Edsall lost one of his assistant coaches to the NFL. This week, he’s turned to one from the FCS ranks as a replacement.

UConn announced Monday the hiring of Eddie Allen as the Huskies’ new special teams coordinator. Allen comes to Storrs after spending the past three seasons in the same role at Delaware.

The hire fills a hole a created by the departure of Chris White, who has been named as the tight ends coach for the Detroit Lions.

“Eddie’s aggressive approach to special teams was exactly what I was looking for in our special teams coordinator,” a statement from the head coach began. “His teams have shown the ability to block kicks and be very fundamentally sound in the core four units involving special teams. He has delivered very good results as a special teams coordinator in all the places he has worked.”

Prior to Delaware, Allen spent six seasons as the special teams coordinator at Rhode Island. He was a football staffer for Greg Schiano at Rutgers (2005-07) before that.

This will mark Allen’s first on-field job at the FBS level.

“I am extremely excited to join Coach Edsall’s staff,” the New Jersey native said in his statement. “Being from the Northeast, I have followed the program closely through the years and I am looking forward to getting around our players and doing my part in the future of success of the program.”