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Texas A&M and Appalachian State line up 2022 game in College Station

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Texas A&M and Appalachian State have never met on the football field, but all of that is about to change in a few years. On Friday, Appalachian State announced a future road game in College Station against the Aggies to be played in Kyle Field in 2022.

According to the release from Appalachian State, the Mountaineers will visit Texas A&M on Sept. 10, 2022. As long as no other changes to the schedule are made, that will be one week before Texas A&M hosts the Miami Hurricanes (Sept. 17, 2022 according to FBSchedules.com).

As a member of the SEC, Texas A&M is required to play one other power conference opponent or one opponent deemed equal to power conference status by the SEC in every football season. By having Miami on the 2022 schedule, Texas A&M already satisfied that scheduling requirement. The Aggies also have that scheduling task checked off in 2018 (Clemson), 2019 (at Clemson), 2020 (Colorado), 2021 (at Colorado), 2023 (at Miami), 2024 (Notre Dame) and 2025 (at Notre Dame).

Appalachian State continues to add to their non-conference schedule with quality power conference opponents (and the nice paychecks expected to come with many of them). The 2018 season will see Appalachian State open the season at Penn State. The Mountaineers also have future road games against power conference opponents in 2019 (North Carolina), 2020 (Wake Forest and Wisconsin), 2021 (Miami), 2023 (North Carolina), and 2024 (Clemson). Appalachian State will also get a chance to host UNC in 2022, a week prior to playing at Texas A&M.

UTSA hires longtime SEC assistant as DL coach

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A coach with a longtime connection to the SEC has been added to Frank Wilson‘s UT-San Antonio coaching staff.

David Turner, the football program announced Saturday night, has been hired by Wilson as UTSA’s defensive line coach.  Turner has spent the past 16 seasons with SEC football programs, most recently as defensive tackles coach and defensive running-game coordinator at Texas A&M.

Prior to that, he was the defensive line coach at Mississippi State.  He also served in the same capacity with the Bulldogs from 2007-09.

The other staffs in that conference on which Turner served were Kentucky (2010-12), Alabama (2006) and Vanderbilt (2002-05).  The UK stint was his second at the school as he coached defensive ends from 1993-94 as well.

“I am elated to be able to nab one of the SEC’s best coaches over the last [16] years in David Turner,” Wilson said in a statement. “He is well-connected, well-respected and regarded as one of the top defensive line coaches in the nation. His attention to detail and teaching ability will allow our players to maximize their potential.

In addition to his time in the SEC, other stops in a coaching career that stretches back three decades include Minnesota (2001), Virginia (1997-2000) and North Carolina State (1995-96).

Johnny Manziel no longer tweeting at Texas A&M recruits after likely getting a call from compliance

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The Johnny Manziel the world knew from his days at Texas A&M was not exactly known as somebody who followed every rule in the book. That was, however, the old Johnny Football.

The new version, it seems, is adding NCAA rules compliance to his list of attributes as part of his on and off the field comeback. While Manziel’s Twitter account was somewhat active in sending some messages to occasional Aggies recruiting targets, it seems that somebody in the A&M compliance office reminded him that the school can get in some minor trouble for just that and now he will no longer be tweeting at recruits as a result.

NCAA bylaws limit former (and even current) players from most contact with prospective recruits. Obviously the Heisman Trophy winner telling players to head to College Station is a bit of a no-no and somebody at the school likely reached out before signing day on Wednesday to remind Manziel about the issue.

This, in turn, is also a good reminder to never tweet (or Snap/DM/call/text/etc.) recruits and leave the recruiting up to the coaching staff. New A&M coach Jimbo Fisher probably appreciates the sentiment the former Aggies QB had for his alma mater, but would probably rather avoid getting dragged in front of the NCAA to answer questions about all this in the future.

Texas A&M might be in the mix for former Rice starting LT

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Texas and Texas A&M may not be battling on the gridiron in the here and now, but the two former rivals could be fighting it out for a sought-after transfer offensive lineman.

Last week, Bruce Feldman of SI.com reported that Michigan and Texas were the front-runners to land left tackle Calvin Anderson, who announced his transfer from Rice last month.  Auburn, where he is visiting this weekend, Oklahoma and TCU were also possibilities according to the player himself.

In an update to his original story, Feldman is now reporting that A&M has entered the fray of late and, at minimum, could push TCU further into the background.

Update: As Anderson got ready to fly out to Auburn on the Friday after National Signing Day, he told SI that it’s plausible that Texas A&M could rise above TCU into his top five after he talks with the Aggies staff following the Auburn trip. A&M had offered Anderson earlier in the week.

It’s expected that Anderson will make a decision on his future no later than March 25, which is his birthday.  It’s likely, though, that it’ll happen prior to that date.

Whichever of the contenders Anderson ultimately selects, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2018 as a graduate transfer.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Anderson started 36 straight games at left tackle for the Owls. He was honorable mention All-Conference USA each of the past two seasons.

Vanderbilt announces four new coaches, including defensive coordinator

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The day after National Signing Day is usually marked by coaches leaving for other jobs. And there’s been plenty of that today. But Vanderbilt has broken the other way.

Vanderbilt announced four new assistant coaches on Thursday, headlined by defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. He will be the first Commodore coach to hold that title in the Derek Mason era, as Mason served as his own coordinator for his first three seasons in Nashville. Vandy finished the 2017 campaign tied for 83rd nationally in yards per play and tied for 88th in scoring defense (31.3 points per game allowed) en route to a 5-7 season.

Tarver spent the past three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, each of them in a different job. He was the Niners’ linebackers coach in 2015, outside linebackers coach in 2016 and a senior defensive assistant in 2017.

“Jason is as smart a football coach as I’ve had the chance to be around. We had a chance to work together at Stanford and had the chance to partner up and put together some pretty good defenses,” Mason said in a statement. “He makes complex football seem real easy. At this level you have to get it to the [student-athletes] fast, quick and have them believe it. His presence from the NFL will translate to where we’re at here at Vanderbilt. He’s extremely bright. He’s charismatic. His energy is going to be infectious for this group.”

Additionally, Vanderbilt hired Shawn Mennenga as special teams coordinator, Aaron Morehead as wide receivers coach and Terrence Brown as cornerbacks coach. Mennenga was the Cleveland Browns’ assistant special teams coach for the past seven seasons. Morehead was Texas A&M’s wide receivers coach for the past three campaigns, but was not retained by Jimbo Fisher and did not join Kevin Sumlin at Arizona. Brown was a graduate assistant at Washington for the past three seasons.