Memphis coaches selling 'weapons' and 'million-dollar baby'
And the sales job of the month goes to………Memphis head coach Larry Porter.
Not often do we bring you recruiting related news, but we like to humor you when we can, so we thought we’d catch you up on the reasons why Melrose HS (Memphis, TN) quarterback Will Gross verbally committed to Memphis this week.
According to Scout, Gross is a 4-star prospect and the #14 overall quarterback in the country. He claims a number of big offers and his three reasons for committing are pretty funny.
Here’s what Gross told the Commercial Appeal.
We like the “million-dollar baby” phrase. We also like the fact that the University of Memphis hasn’t been called Memphis State in over a decade.
Will Gross quote #2: “Everyone kept going, ‘the SEC is where it is. Or North Carolina.’ But my heart was in Memphis.”
Will Gross quote #3: “(The program) is changing. They have so many weapons. I think I’m capable of using all the weapons they have.”
Is he talking about the overabundance of weapons that helped Memphis finish 119th in scoring offense last season and 117th in total offense?
For that reason, our sales job of the month goes to Larry Porter.
Speaking of Porter, here's a nine minute video interview with the Memphis head coach. He talks about how he has grown as a head coach in the last year and the future of the Memphis program.
Spurrier jokes about Mississippi State, Dan Mullen responds
Dan Mullen won nine games last season. He’s allowed a subtle shot / joke at one of the veteran successful coaches.
It was all fun and play...and that's why it's ok.
Asked about the reported $12,000 that South Carolina spent on recruiting services last year, Steve Spurrier responded, "We operate pretty cheaply around here for some reason. I saw Dan Mullen. Mississippi State has a jet airplane out there. They've got a lot of money at Mississippi State."
Beautiful. A good and typical jab from Spurrier. (Who ever thought he would be taking jabs at Mississippi State?)
Upon hearing Spurrier’s comment, Mullen responded later in the day, "I've never played Augusta National, so I can't be on his level. He's probably a member there, we just don't know."
Now that’s good, clean, fair, and entertaining stuff.
Good stuff from Spurrier, but point awarded to Mullen…for have the gonads to step up after a 9-win season. (We're pretty positive neither coach gives a rats @ss who we are giving points to.)
Spurrier at Augusta National
7 things SEC commissioner Mike Slive is out to change
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive offered his state-of-the-union speech today in Birmingham.
We like to get to the point and provide you with what you need to know.
So here are the important notes:
1. Slive wants to consider multi-year scholarships. (Saban probably just blew a gasket.) (Spurrier said later today, “I think that’s a terrible idea.)
2. Slive wants former players to be able to come back a get their degree (on scholarship) after the current 6-year permissible window.
3. Slive wants to raise the minimum high school graduating GPA from 2.0 to 2.5 in order to compete in the first year of college. (Petrino said later today that he’s opposed because that puts more on the high school coaches).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Our boy @EDSBS noted, “Slive wants to raise GPA requirement to 2.5. The Sun Belt is going to have some AWESOME defensive tackles in 2016.”
4. Slive wants high school student to have to pass a required number of core courses starting with their freshman year in high school in order to compete in their first year at college. Slive wants to avoid last-minute “get eligible” plans.
5. Slive wants coaches to be able to text message. He said it’s ridiculous that text messages have caused probations. In reality, that’s how young people communicate, so you might as well text.
6. Slive said, “The SEC has submitted national legislation prohibiting institutions from hosting, sponsoring, or conducting non-scholastic football events at any location on or off campus.”
7. Slive wants to get rid of the “bump rule.” He said, “If a coach is permitted to travel off campus to recruit, he or she should be allowed to evaluate and have a conversation with the prospect on the same day. Maybe we can make the so-called 'bump' history.” (Saban and Jimbo are fired up)
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Baylor unveils slick new uniforms
Since you all enjoy seeing new uniforms, evident by the ridiculously high page views of our recent Wyoming article, we thought we’d show you the new uniforms the Baylor Bears will be rockin’ this fall.
Via twitter, @Ramzyn described Wyoming’s new wardrobe by writing: Wyoming's nine different uniform combos: 1) Pee 2) Poo 3)PeePoo 4) PooPee 5) PeePee 6) PooPoo 7) POO 8) PEE 9) All white/no skidmarks
Baylor meanwhile will have two jersey colors (green and white) to choose from, as well as three different colors of pants (green, white and gold) and two helmets (white and gold). All told, Baylor will have 12 different uniform combinations (jersey/pant/helmet) at its disposal this season.
As in previous years, Baylor will have green and white jersey options. The 2011 jerseys feature a larger version of the "BAYLOR" wordmark across the front. For the first time since 2004, the new uniforms will also feature player numbers outlined in gold on the shoulders instead of the interlocking BU used in the past. The jerseys also feature an NFL style open sleeve for full mobility.
Baylor's new uniforms
Funny video: In case you're wondering about New Mex State season-tickets..
More and more athletic departments are trying to create unique videos to market their season-ticket packages.
Today, it was New Mexico State’s turn. The Aggies’ athletic department released a season-ticket marketing promo video that is so bad, it’s good.
And it’s so out of the ordinary, you definitely won’t forget it.
With a killer home schedule that features the likes of Ohio University and UTEP, the price of Aggies’ season tickets will surprise you.
Head coach DeWayne Walker will also try to protect the home turf at Aggies Memorial Stadium against conference opponents Idaho, Nevada, Fresno State, and Utah State.
The video actually had a very clear message and hopefully will help increase the average home attendance from last season, which was only 15,906.
Take a look at this 30-second video. It's worth 30 seconds of your time.
Bronco Mendenhall rips high coaching salaries
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall thinks it’s ridiculous that coaches are making millions of dollars a year.
Mendenhall believes it has led to the corruption in college football.
He told CBS Sports senior writer Brett McMurphy, “Absolutely. It kind of takes the amateur part out of sports when someone is making [$5] million to coach, doesn't it?
"With the economy the way it is, I mean, it doesn't make much sense to me."
"It's amateur athletics, it's not professional, and I'm not for paying [the student-athletes]. And if coaches would be more realistic in what they're expecting in their salaries that would be a great start to helping the game."
In your live in the south, you may be asking yourself, “The BYU coach, he gets an opinion?”
In reality, there’s probably some truth to what Mendenhall believes.
Then again, Bronco has never held a head coaching job at a place like Alabama, LSU, or Georgia. It’s different. It just is.
Do you think Les Miles would get a contract extension coming off a season with a four-game losing streak to Air Force, FSU, Nevada, and Utah State? And the Cougars ended last season by losing to in-state rival Utah.
What if Les lost to Tulane?
We can promise, he’s not getting a contract extension.
Ivy League to limit full-contact football practices
According to the New York Times, the Ivy League will announce today that it will reduce the number of allowable full-contact practices in hopes of decreasing the number of head injuries to football players.
The Ivy League consists of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.
Instead of five permissible full-contact practices each week during the season, that number will be capped at two.
During pre-season camp, teams will permitted to have only one full-contact session during two-a-day practices.
During spring practice, the number of no-contact practices will increase from three to four.
Let us know what you think of the rule changes in our newly added conversation section down below.
Dabo: I don't let football define me
How would you like to live right next door to your boss?
That’s exactly what Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is doing…renting a house just next to the Dabo’s house.
Speaking of Dabo, it’s unusual that we haven’t heard much from him in the last month.
But Dabo’s back in the saddle, ready for the 2011 season. And he’s ready to move forward.
Swinney told The State, “You don’t live off last year in this business. It’s totally irrelevant to this year. I coach football for a living. But it is not who I am. I am a lot of things other than a football coach, a husband, a father. I don’t let football define me. I don’t let some scoreboard define who I am.”
In his third year as head coach, Dabo and the Tigers will face a difficult schedule that includes games against Auburn, Florida State, at Virginia Tech, and at South Carolina.
Phil Steele ranked the schedule as the twelfth most difficult in the country.
“It is what it is,” Swinney said. “Like I told our team, we have a championship schedule. You want to win a championship? Well, we have a schedule for you.”
Clemson hosts Troy in the season-opener.