Nick Saban not a big fan of ‘ridiculous’ satellite camps

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Brought to the forefront by the likes of Penn State’s James Franklin and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, the idea of guest coaching at satellite camps has been taken to new heights by the new Michigan boss.  Over the past month or so, it’s been revealed that Jim Harbaugh & Company will be serving as “guest coaches” at football camps in, among a handful of other states, Alabama and Florida.

When Franklin first went camping in states like Georgia and Florida, it didn’t sit well with head coaches in the SEC.  Not surprisingly, that remains the case today.

In light of the increasing number of northern carpetbaggers making their way to the South to set up camp, Nick Saban was asked about the growing trend.  Let’s just say he isn’t jumping for joy (pictured).

“If we’re all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?” Saban said Tuesday evening according to al.com. “I mean we’re not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we’re going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn’t really make sense.”

The so-called satellite camps sidestep an NCAA rule that prohibits coaches from hosting camps outside of a 50-mile radius around their respective campuses. As Harbaugh, Franklin, Kelly and others merely serve and are advertsied as “guest coaches,” there is no prohibition on the maneuver.

Saban would like to see that aspect addressed.

“I certainly think that we need to address this if it’s going to be a competitive disadvantage and other people are going to have these kind of camps,” Saban said. “So, I think it’s something that we’ll probably address as a conference, and I think it’s something we ought to look at from an NCAA standpoint because I think it’s best to have a rule where people come to your campus, they can come to your camp.”

Even Urban Meyer, the former Florida and current Ohio State head coach, is far from enamored with the idea, saying last week that those types of camps should be outlawed. He did, though, add that he and his OSU staff may try one in the near future if it means keeping up with the Big Ten Joneses.

Perhaps if the SEC coaches can’t beat ’em with an NCAA bylaw, they could join ’em? I’m guessing that Franklin wouldn’t enjoy seeing Saban and his coaching entourage setting up camp within shouting distance of Happy Valley. Or if Harbaugh would be so open to the idea of satellite camps if Les Miles were to “guest coach” on the outskirts of Ann Arbor.

Don’t think that sort of an approach hasn’t been broached by the higher-ups in Saban’s conference.

“I’m not sure that the others want our coaches going to places like State College, Penn.,” incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said earlier this week. “Because very clearly, if we do take the approach that others have … it will certainly, I would expect, change the tone of the conversation.”

Consider that the warning shot across your bow, Big Ten.  Your move.

California JUCO defensive back shot, killed

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Sadly, there’s yet another deadly shooting involving a college football player on which to report.

According to multiple media outlets in the Sacramento area, Sierra College defensive back Chancelor “Chance” Fields-Colbert was shot and killed very early Sunday morning following an incident during what was described as a college sendoff party in Fair Oaks.  Fields-Colbert was shot once inside the residence in which the party was being held and managed to get out of the house before collapsing in an intersection a short distance away.

The sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It’s disbelief and shock,” the junior college’s head coach, Benjamin Noonan, told ABC’s Sacramento affiliate. “It’s been a nightmare these last 48 hours and the kids are, you know, pulling it together and just want to be around each other.”

As a freshman this past season, Fields-Colbert played in five games for the Wolverines.

Oregon’s Calvin Throckmorton headlines Outland Trophy watch list

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With eight semifinalists from a year ago gone, the Outland Trophy’s 2019 preseason watch list takes on a decidedly fresh look this go ’round.

Headlining the 83-player group of the nation’s top interior linemen is Oregon’s Calvin Throckmorton, who is the only Football Writers Association of American All-American from a season ago on this year’s watch list.  Throckmorton is one of 12 players from the Pac-12 listed, which is tied for third among all conferences with the Big 12; with 13 apiece, the Big Ten and SEC lead all leagues.

The ACC’s 10 is the fewest among Power Five conferences, while Group of Five leagues are paced by the AAC’s six.  All 10 FBS conferences are represented, including the Mountain West (four), Conference USA (three), MAC (three) and Sun Belt (three).  Independents account for four as well.

Throckmorton is one of four linemen from Oregon, tied with Michigan for the most of any single school.  Georgia has three, while another 15 schools have two each.

A total of 32 offensive tackles are on the watch list, the most for any single position.  That group is followed by 19 defensive tackles, 18 offensive guards and 14 centers.

Temple confirms changes to Rod Carey’s coaching staff

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Less than two weeks before training camp kicks off, Rod Carey has (again) finalized his first Temple coaching staff.

Earlier this month, it was reported that longtime Temple assistant and the program’s current special teams coordinator Ed Foley would be leaving the school and reuniting with Matt Rhule at Baylor.  Monday, the Owls confirmed that Carey has promoted Tyler Yelk to outside linebackers coach.  Yelk was a part of Carey’s Northern Illinois football staff this past season.

Additionally, it was announced by the football program that Brett Diersen has been hired as associate special teams coordinator.  Diersen spent the 2018 season as the defensive line coach at SMU.

This will mark the third time Diersen and Carey have worked together, first at Wisconsin-Stout in 2000 and then again at Northern Illinois from 2013-17.

“Tyler is an excellent young coach and we promoted him to add balance to the coaching staff,” said Carey in a statement, making reference to the fact that there are now six full-time coaches with an offensive background and five on defense. “We are very fortunate to get a coach of Brett’s caliber in the role of special teams coordinator. I’ve known him for 20 years and am excited that he and his family can join us at Temple.”

Nearly 100 defensive players land on Nagurski Trophy watch list

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Of all the watch lists released thus far this month, this one’s the biggest — literally.

Via the Football Writers Association of America, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Tuesday released its preseason list of players to watch, with a whopping 97 individuals making the award’s initial cut.  All 10 FBS conferences are represented, as are 65 individual schools.

One first-team FWAA All-American (LSU safety Grant Delpit) made the initial watch list for the award given annually to the best defensive player in college football, while a trio of second-teamers from a year ago (Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes, Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo) made the cut as well.

Conference-wise, the SEC has the most with 18, followed the other four Power Five leagues in the Big Ten (15), ACC (12), Pac-12 (12) and Big 12 (11). The AAC led all Group of Five conferences with six, followed by Conference USA (four), Mountain West (four), MAC (three) and Sun Belt (two).  Football independents accounted for five of the watch listers.

With four, Alabama led all individual schools. Iowa State, LSU, Notre Dame and Penn State placed three each, with another 16 schools placing two apiece on the list.

As for the positional breakdown, there are 36 linebackers, 28 backs, 21 ends and seven tackles.