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Just when we thought most of the coaching moves were done, Larry Coker resigns as coach at University of Texas-San Antonio. Coker, who won a national title at Miami in 2001, was hired by UTSA in 2009 to rebuild the program was only able sustain a 26-32 record and just 3-9 in 2015. That record is unacceptable anywhere and even more so if you’ve won a national championship. As Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News notes, Coker’s untimely departure presents problems because of the timing and the proximity to National Signing Day, which is February 3. Also: 10 factors UTSA head coaching candidates may want to keep in mind. [Chris Vannini/Coaching Search]
#AngryTom Herman has finally appeared. Tom Herman went on a Houston-area talk show to defend his ‘recruitment’ of transfer Kyle Allen. Herman is adamant that he never “met” with the former Texas A&M quarterback as that may have some NCAA recruitment violations attached to it. After the transfer, Allen won't be eligible until 2017. The interview is 22-minutes long and is broken up over several pieces. [Joe Kinsey/Busted Coverage]
Why is everyone leaving Texas A&M? Also on the road is Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman, who just last week gave his vote of confidence to head coach Kevin Sumlin. It appears the exodus from A&M is in full force with everyone heading out the door except Kevin Sumlin. After the slew of firings in the National Football League, everyone wants to know if Sumlin is headed there or if maybe the movers and shakers in College Station are almost done with Kevin Sumlin and Hyman’s departure is a predictor of the very near future. Also out at Texas A&M: quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen; offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. [Dennis Dodds/CBS Sports] But things may be looking up for Texas A&M as Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will transfer, and be immediately eligible, next season to Aggie program.
When Christian McCaffrey runs you out of town… Never in a million years did I think Barry J. Sanders (son of the other Barry Sanders) would be forced to leave Stanford, but I guess the writing is on the wall. Or rather, McCaffrey is on the field…everywhere. Barry J announced he’s been given his release by Stanford to go any non-Pac-12 school and it sounds like he may end up at Oklahoma State where his famous father ran all over the field. Sanders, who is a graduate transfer, will be able to play immediately wherever he lands.
When Gus (and money) Take you Home to Auburn. There’s no such thing as too much money, and it’s even better when going home means you can increase your retirement contributions and still make a pretty penny. Who am I talking about? Yes, Auburn’s new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele who was introduced as Auburn’s third coordinator in as many years. Steele served in the same position for one season at LSU under Les Miles and previously was on staff at Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Nebraska and Tennessee. Like the Beach Boys, Steele gets around. [James Crepea/AL.com]
On the Hardwood
Damon Del Rosario is back and as much as he appreciated the NCAA’s effort to improve college basketball this season, there’s one easy change he thinks would make the game instantly better. This basketball referee doesn't completely disagree with part of his reasoning.
Boise State's win streaks Overall: 8 games, t-6th longest active streak in country Home: 16 games, t-15th longest active streak in country [@BroncoSportsMBB]
LSU hammered No. 9 Kentucky 85-67 on Tuesday evening. I don’t know what’s going on at Kentucky, but I know that after a sub-par LSU non-conference schedule the Tigers are doing their best to make things right against one of the nation’s most storied franchises. A recap from Jeff Eisenberg at Yahoo! Sports.
What’s better than triple overtime No. 1 vs. No 2? Overtime Mid-American Conference action. Yes, Kent State went to Kalamazoo and defeated the Broncos of Western Michigan 87-84 on the opening night of conference play.
Ever seen a coach get ejected from a basketball game? Bobby Hurley is on his way to becoming the modern day Bobby Knight or Bob Huggins. Hurley was ejected Sunday in Arizona State’s game versus Arizona by veteran official John Higgins. Hurley says he wouldn’t change a thing, which is sort of asinine, but the expectations for him at Arizona State are HIGH as Michael Tulumello reports.
What we're Talking About
The SEC 411 40: Bird LeCroy: AKA, Clay Travis Seth and Bird and Joined by Mike Loveall to discuss the bowl dominance of the SEC and preview Monday's national championship game.
Jimmy and Bob talk about Oakland’s Khalil Felder and how he is making his argument already to become Horizon League Player of the Year. Jimmy also talks about the strange relationship between Milwaukee and the other Wisconsin schools.
Maxwell Brusky joined by Campus Pressbox contributor Mark Hasty to review the 2015 Big Ten football season that was – what will be remembered 10-15 years from now about this season, what were some of the season’s biggest surprises, and what the underachieving bowl season means for the conference’s perception and image are some of the topics covered.
What’s on television
- Cincinnati at SMU [7p/ESPN]
- Louisville at N.C. State [7p/ESPN]
- Illinois at Michigan State [9p/ESPN]
- Arizona at U.C.L.A. [9p/ESPN]
- Villanova at Butler [7:30p/FS1]
- Alabama at Clemson (College Football Playoff Championship Game) [8:30p/ESPN]
What else we're reading
The story behind the tent on Alabama's football sideline [Dan Wolken/USA Today] The story behind Alabama’s massive sideline tent and how it, like Gatorade at Florida, could become a money-making venture for Alabama.
Has The Biz Of College Football Bowl Games Outgrown Itself? [Darren Heitner/Forbes]: Do we really have 40 bowl games? Yes, we do. Darren talks about how we got here, who’s to blame and what the overall risk for everyone is with this many bowl games. My take: cut this nonsense in half and give us better match-ups. There is such a thing as too much football and last December proved that notion.
How Texas recruiting is taking advantage of Texas A&M woes [Westcott Eberts/Burnt Orange Nation]
The Freshmen Who've Helped Carry Alabama, Clemson to National Title Game [Barrett Sallee/Bleacher Report]
Why the Redskins’ Players Are So Frugal [Kevin Clark/The Wall Street Journal]
How Tom Coughlin changed his ways and won over the Giants [Ian O’Connor/ESPN]
Before you look down on LeBron James' response to the Tamir Rice case, look within [Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer]
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