The UTSA football has been very adept at using the transfer portal to bolster its roster the past couple of months.
In early May, UMass wide receiver Brennon Dingle officially signed with the UTSA football team. Late last month, Oklahoma defensive end Ron Taum Jr. committed to the Conference USA school.
A month after Tatum’s commitment, Julon Williams did the same via Twitter. The Houston wide receiver had entered the NCAA transfer database earlier this month.
Williams won’t be coming to UTSA football as a graduate transfer. As a result, he’ll have to sit out the 2020 season for the Roadrunners. Barring an unlikely waiver, of course. That will leave the receiver two years of eligibility starting in 2021.
Williams was a three-star member of the Houston football Class of 2018. He was also the highest-rated signee for the Cougars that cycle.
The production on the field, however, failed to match that recruiting pedigree. In two seasons, the Converse, Texas, native played in just two games. Both of those appearances came as a true freshman.
In that limited action, Williams caught three passes for 61 yards.
UTSA is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign. That led to Frank Wilson being fired in December and Jeff Traylor being hired a week later.
UTSA is now included in the burgeoning list of college football coaches taking a pandemic-induced salary slashing.
In a letter to donors Tuesday, the San Antonio Express-News reported, it was revealed that the Conference USA school’s “athletic department implemented a 10% salary reduction for the program’s highest-paid coaches and senior staff to combat a six-figure loss this fiscal year due to the coronavirus pandemic.” Included in that, of course, is UTSA head football coach Jeff Traylor.
Traylor was hired as the new coach of the Roadrunners last December. His predecessor, Frank Wilson, was paid $1.125 million in 2019.
“As we work through the planning process, additional cost-savings measures may very well be needed in the coming months and in the year ahead,” athletic director Lisa Campos wrote in the letter. “Although the pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and budget uncertainty, I remain optimistic about our community’s resilience and the future of UTSA Athletics.”
UTSA is the second Conference USA school to initiate such a cut. Western Kentucky was the first.
Below is a partial list of FBS programs that have initiated various cost-cutting measures for athletic department personnel, including coaches:
Additionally, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who reportedly made north of $5 million a year ago, is taking a 20% pay cut. Scott’s Big 12 counterpart, Bob Bowlsby, announced pay cuts for himself and the conference’s staff.