It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again, because videos of coaches doing anything and whatever it takes to win over the hearts of recruits and their families is in full swing. Leading the charge, naturally, is Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who is no stranger to breaking out his dancing shoes when the occasion calls for it. And when you are visiting one a potential recruit, you better make sure those dancing shoes are polished and ready to go.
But Saban is a mastermind when it comes to knowing what to do on the recruiting trail, and he never leaves Tuscaloosa without being ready to hit the dance floor at a moment’s notice. If there is a one percent chance dancing will help Saban add another prized recruit to his stable of quality players, then he will act on it with 100 percent certainty.
As Saban was working on recruiting cornerback Eddie Smith, the national championship coach was captured in a video doing the Cupid Shuffle with some of Smith’s family.
Smith is rated as a three-star prospect according to Rivals, but the Louisiana native is considered to be deciding between Alabama, Mississippi State, and Missouri. With precious little time remaining before the next national signing day (February 7), we can only hope to see more coaches caught on film attempting to bust a move. If Saban’s going to do it, there is no excuse for any other coach not to do the same.
Bomani Jones is spot on with this analysis.
And if there ever comes a time when Saban decides it is time to step away from coaching, here’s hoping he gets a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is joining Florida’s staff as an analyst, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Benoit.
Zampese spent the 2016-17 seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator after serving 13 seasons as Marvin Lewis‘s quarterbacks coach. Cincinnati went 13-18-1 in Zampese’s two seasons running the offense, which is why he spent 2018 as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks coach and the first part of 2019 as the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.
He is the son of former Chargers, Rams, Cowboys and Patriots offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.
It is not immediately known what the younger Zampese’s role will be with the Gators, but his experience indicates he’ll work with Dan Mullen and coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales to develop Florida’s offensive plan and help Brian Johnson tutor the quarterbacks, or perhaps use his coordinator experience to self-scout Florida’s offense and scout Florida’s future opponents.
All the reporting that came out since the bombshell reports saying Connecticut is looking to leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the non-football Big East have confirmed that, yes, this is really happening, likely in time for the 2020-21 athletic year. The reporting has also said that UConn’s soon-to-be-homeless football program will not drop down to FCS, but instead join a different conference or try to make it as an FBS independent.
On Saturday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that UConn has determined it will not return to FCS, where the program competed for most of its history before joining the then-power conference Big East in 2004.
On Sunday morning, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz followed with a note saying it looked like the Huskies will try to make a go of it as an independent, writing that UConn will attempt to schedule neighbors like UMass (a fellow independent), Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers while honoring existing contracts for home-and-homes with Duke, Illinois, NC State and others.
For a check in with someone who might actually know something, let’s see what Huskies head coach Randy Edsall has to say.
Either way, it sounds like the train is moving and we could hear something official sooner rather than later.
Steve Spurrier hasn’t coached a college football team since 2015, but that doesn’t mean the Head Ball Coach has retired.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and national championship head coach returned to his alma mater to serve as a brand ambassador in 2016, he’s appeared in commercials, and he won a self-proclaimed championship as head coach of the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football.
Now, he’s getting into the restaurant business.
On Friday, it was reported the 74-year-old Spurrier will announce that he’s seeking a partner to “operate his new American casual dining concept.”
Details are scarce at this point–that’s probably the point of the press conference–but I’m imagining Margaritaville with footballs. We’ll find out on Monday.