Well, that didn’t take long.Lost amidst Lane Kiffin inserting his foot squarely into his mouth was Tennessee recruiter Lance Thompson lobbing a couple of verbal bombs at Alabama’s Nick Saban. And, ultimately, performing the very same act as Kiffin with his own foot, as it turns out.The Tennessee recruiter/linebackers coach, a former assistant under Saban before bolting to the Volunteers this offseason, was in attendance at the very same Thursday breakfast in which Kiffin accused Urban Meyer of cheating. During the course of the early-morning recruiting pep rally, Thompson took the microphone and vowed to the audience that he would defend his new home turf from the likes of Saban.”[Saban] ain’t getting any more of my [recruits],” Thompson said according to the Knoxville News. “Y’all say the same thing about Memphis in Tennessee. We’re going to own Memphis.”Yesterday, news leaked that Alabama had received their first commitment for their 2010 recruiting class, wide receiver Keiwone Malone of Mitchell High School.For the record, Mitchell High is located in Memphis. Memphis, Tennessee.Right about now, I’m inclined to reference Shaq’s rap to Kobe, but will refrain from doing so. It would be offensive to some and that’s not what this is all about. We’re professionals here and there’s no need to sink to that level.I will advise Thompson to brush his teeth thoroughly, though. It’ll help Thompson rid himself of that nasty Saban taste currently entrenched deep in his throat.
David Cutcliffe‘s Duke football coaching staff is whole once again.
Friday, the Blue Devils announced the hiring of Chris Hampton as part of Cutcliffe’s 10-man on-field staff. Hampton will serve as the ACC program’s cornerbacks coach.
The newest assistant will replace Derek Jones, who left Duke earlier this month after a dozen seasons to take over as secondary coach/co-defensive coordinator/associate head coach at Texas Tech.
“We are excited for Coach Hampton to join us here at Duke,” the Duke football head coach said in a statement. “His experience both as a student-athlete and coach will pay immediate dividends within our program. Coach Hampton has earned the respect of many coaches and administrators within the coaching industry and I’m confident he will make a smooth transition into our defensive staff room.”
Hampton spent the past four seasons as the defensive backs/secondary coach at Tulane. That was Hampton’s first on-field job at the FBS level.
The opportunity with the Blue Devil will, obviously, serve as Hampton’s first on-field role at a Power Five school.
“I’m both honored and excited to be joining the Duke football family,” the newest Duke football assistant said in his statement. “I’m extremely thankful that Coach Cutcliffe has given me this opportunity and I’m looking forward to learning under him. I can’t wait to get to work with our current players as well start recruiting future Blue Devils.”
During his coaching career, Hampton has also served in stops at:
- Arkansas State, 2008 (graduate assistant)
- Georgia Tech, 2009-10 (graduate assistant)
- Central Arkansas, 2011 (safeties coach)
- McNeese State, 2012-15 (defensive backs coach)
There’s been a significant development involving two former members of the Ohio State football program.
Late last week, Franklin County (Ohio) prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Amir I. Riep, 21, and Jahsen L. Wint, also 21, have each been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping. All of those charges are first-degree felonies.
“If convicted on these charges, both men face a maximum consecutive term of 33 years of incarceration as well as registration as sex offenders,” O’Brien stated.
The details of the alleged rapes earlier this year are disturbing, to say the least.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Feb. 4, the two Ohio State players “forced vaginal intercourse with another … by purposely compelling said victim to submit by force,” according to a complaint filed on Tuesday by the alleged victim against Riep and Wint.
Riep, according to the complaint, “held the victim in place, restraining the liberty of another,” and pushed the victim “down by the neck then held her in place with his hands and body, with the purpose to engage in sexual activity with and against the will of said victim.”
Wint, according to the complaint, physically held the victim “by the face” and prevented the victim from “getting away or getting his penis out of her mouth, with the purpose to engage in sexual activity with and against the will of said victim.”
The victim began to have consensual sex with Riep before she stopped and moved away from him, telling him that she “did not want to continue,” per the summary statement of facts in a Franklin County Municipal Court affidavit in support of probable cause. Wint then entered the room, and Riep asked if he could join before forcing her to have non-consensual sex, per the affidavit. Riep then held her in place while Wint forced oral sex on the victim, according to the summary statement of facts.
Riep (pictured) and Wint, who, through their attornies, have maintained their innocence, will be arraigned March 6.
Riep, a cornerback, appeared in 37 games during his time in the Ohio State football program. Wint, a safety, saw action in 35 games. Both players would’ve been entering their senior seasons with the Buckeyes.
Courtesy of Colorado football, we officially have the most unexpected hiring of the 2019-20 coaching carousel.
To the surprise of most of the free world, word began to circulate Saturday that Karl Dorrell was the front-runner to replace Mel Tucker as the Colorado football head coach. Sunday evening, the Buffaloes confirmed that Dorrell has indeed been named as the 27th full-time head coach in the program’s history.
The hiring serves as a reunion of sorts as Dorrell has twice spent time on staffs at Colorado football. From 1995-98, Dorrell was CU’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he was the Buffs’ receivers coach in 1992-93.
“I’m excited to be back, it’s like coming home,” the new Colorado football head coach said in a statement. “The thing that excited me about this job is that my experience in the past here for the most part has been very successful. We had a lot of good teams, went to a lot of good bowl games. It’s a top-caliber program that has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to return it to that level.”
After being fired as the coordinator at Vanderbilt in December of 2014, Dorrell has spent the past five seasons in the NFL. The California native was the receivers coach for the New York Jets from 2015-18. This past season, he served in that same role with the Miami Dolphins. He also held the title of assistant head coach with that organization.
Dorrell was also the head coach at UCLA for five seasons (2003-07). He won either six or seven games in four of those five years. The lone exception was a 10-win campaign in 2005.
Overall, he went 35-27 with the Bruins overall and 24-18 in Pac-12 play.
“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” athletic director Rick George said in his statement. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.”
According to the school, Dorell, upon approval of the university’s Board of Regents, will sign a five-year contract worth “$18 million, in which the first-year salary would be $3.2 million and then increase by $200,000 annually.” In his final season in Boulder, Tucker was paid $2.4 million in guaranteed compensation.
The Wolfpack at NC State has grown by one.
In a tweet posted on Sunday, defensive end Daniel Joseph confirmed he would be transferring to Raleigh for the 2020 season. He’ll be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.
— Daniel Joseph (@_DanielJoseph_) February 23, 2020
Once upon a time a four-star recruit out of Illinois, Joseph announced he was leaving Penn State back in late January. He made it into 33 games for the Nittany Lions, mostly as a backup. All told he’ll leave Happy Valley with a grand total of 29 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery over three seasons.
While playing time likely was a big motivator, position coach Sean Spencer leaving for the NFL may also have contributed to the decision to head south.
Still, NC State landed a nice reinforcement in the trenches. The team struggled up front last season and have to hope some re-tooling will help going into 2020. Coastal Carolina DE transfer Jeffrey Gunter was expected to play a big role but he has found himself back in the transfer portal. It seems Joseph could be potentially taking his place.
Either way, the move comes just in the nick of time for Dave Doeren and company. The program starts spring practice on February 27.