Kansas needs a coach. Todd Graham needs a job.
On that basis, the two sides have talked about the KU opening, according to a report Monday from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
It is not known how far the discussion(s) went, nor where Graham stands on Jeff Long‘s list. But Graham does have experience building a program as the former head coach at Rice, Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona State.
Coincidentally, Graham was current KU head coach David Beaty‘s boss for one season, as Beaty coached wide receivers on Graham’s Rice staff in 2006.
Graham is a Texas native and a former high school coach in the Dallas area, so he would present an opportunity to mine the Texas recruiting fields if Long opts to go that direction.
Overall, Graham is 95-61 with 10 bowl trips and four division championships in a dozen seasons as a head coach.
Long has also reportedly discussed the Kansas job with fellow out-of-work coaches Les Miles and DJ Durkin.
“KU fans, you don’t know me very well if you believe the latested [sic] speculation, I attempt to run a very confidential search and I am doing so now,” Long tweeted after the Durkin report went public. “The search is ongoing. Rock Chalk!!”
Colorado football has already seen one portal reversal this offseason. They are now hoping for another change of heart. Maybe?
Earlier this offseason, Sam Noyer took the first step in leaving the Colorado football team by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. In early April, the quarterback pulled his name from the portal and remained with the Buffaloes.
Three months later, 247Sports.com is reporting that Jash Allen has entered the portal as well. While the linebacker didn’t confirm the news specifically, he did retweet reports of his impending departure.
Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.
As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.
NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.
Allen began his collegiate career at the JUCO level. In 2019, he was a four-star member of the Colorado football recruiting class that cycle.
His first season with the Buffs, Allen played in 10 games. Most of that action came on special teams, although he did appear in three games on defense. In that limited action on the defensive side of the ball, he was credited with four tackles and two quarterback pressures. His official CU profile also notes he had “four special teams points on the season, one tackle inside the 20, one first down field and one knockdown or springing block on kick return.”
Allen will be leaving the Pac-12 school as a graduate.
Talk about adding financial insult to on-field injury for the Indiana football program.
Indiana faced Tennessee in the Gator Bowl this past college football bowl season. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers held a 22-9 lead. IU was on the verge of claiming its first postseason win since the 1991 Copper Bowl. The Vols, though, scored a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute of game time to come away with a 23-22 win.
For participating in the bowl game, Indiana’s athletic department received $2.125 million from the Big Ten. The expenses surrounding the trip to Jacksonville, though, were $2,169,416. So, in other words, it cost IU a little over $44,000 to lose that heartbreaker of a game.
Nearly $2 million of those expenses were for the football team specifically, with the most costly line item being travel. Flights to Jacksonville, Fla., cost $690,333, plus there was another $145,406 in ground travel.
Meals were the next biggest expense at $337,236. Hotel costs amounted to $219,240. Uniforms and bowl apparel were a nearly quarter-of-a-million-dollar expense, at $249,150.
There was also a $110,930 expense for awards, which includes commemorative rings for players in the game.
IU’s band and cheerleading team accounted for a combined $174,262 in expenses, including $156,272 for IU’s Marching Hundred.
If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say that the 15 extra practice sessions that came along with the bowl trip — especially since spring practice was gutted by the pandemic — helped ease the financial loss. For the head coach, at least.
Ole Miss has looked to a service academy to significantly bolster its football roster. Officially.
Back in mid-March, Jake Springer signaled his intention to transfer from Navy by entering the NCAA transfer database. A little over three months later, the striker utilized Instagram to announce that he had committed to the Ole Miss football team.
Two weeks after that social media revelation, Ole Miss confirmed that Springer has signed and been added to the Rebels football roster. It was initially thought that Springer would be headed to the Rebels as a graduate transfer. Instead, the school confirmed he’ll have to sit out the 2020 season. The 2021 season will be his final year of eligibility.
Springer was a two-star member of the Class of 2017 for the Midshipmen. His recruiting pedigree, though, belies the potential for production he brings to Ole Miss football.
After playing in six games as a true freshman, Springer saw action in a dozen in 2018. He started four of those contests, intercepting a pair of passes in that action. The Missouri product had a breakout season in 2019, starting 10 games for the Midshipmen. He led the team in both tackles for loss (16) and sacks (eight). The latter total is tied for third-most in academy history, the former tied for the fifth-most.
Following the regular season, Springer was accorded second-team All-AAC honors.
While he played a hybrid linebacker/safety (striker) position at Navy, Springer is expected to make his mark in the secondary for the SEC school.
A banking merger has led to a name change for the home of Wake Forest football.
Since 2007, the Wake Forest football stadium has gone by the name BB&T Field. In February of 2019, however, BB&T and SunTrust banks merged. Eventually, the company’s name was changed to Truist.
As such, Wake Forest announced this past week that, moving forward, its football home will be known as Truist Field.
“Wake Forest University is proud of its affiliation with the people of Truist and grateful for their longtime support of Demon Deacon student-athletes,” said Wake athletic director John Currie said in a statement. “As Truist continues its climb as one of America’s leading financial institutions, we are excited that the 21st century’s best college football program in North Carolina will now call Truist Field its home.”
The facility that now goes by the name of Truist Field was built in 1968. It has a seating capacity of 31,500, although the record attendance is 37,623 set in November of 2013. For that game against North Carolina, temporary bleachers were installed.
Wake is scheduled to open the 2020 college football season Sept. 4 at Old Dominion. They’ll face Appalachian State the following weekend in the home opener.
Wake Forest is coming off an 8-5 2019 campaign in Dave Clawson’s sixth season with the Demon Deacons. Wake has played in four straight bowl games for the first time in school history. Last April, Clawson signed a contract extension that would keep him at the ACC school through the 2026 season.