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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Doug Whaley joked the Buffalo Bills could have saved some money on scouting by simply targeting Florida State players.After all, three of the six players the Bills selected in the NFL draft this weekend wound up being Seminoles."Shortly after the Pegulas bought the team, they came to me and said, Doug, we spent $1.4 billion on this so we're going to...
Bills stock up on Florida State Seminoles in NFL draft
By JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press | May 2, 2015ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Doug Whaley joked the Buffalo Bills could have saved some money on scouting by simply targeting Florida State players. After all, three of the six players the Bills selected in the NFL draft this weekend wound up being Seminoles. "Shortly after the Pegulas bought the team, they came to me and said, Doug, we spent $1.4 billion on this so we're going to have to cut somewhere,'" Whaley said with a smile on Saturday, referring to new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. "Nah," he added before explaining how Buffalo is suddenly turning into Tallahassee North. "They've what, lost one game in two years," Whaley said, referring to the Seminoles 27-1 record, which includes winning the 2014 National Championship. "There's talent there. It just so happens that we picked a lot of it, and deservedly so." The Bills closed the final day of the draft by using two of their final four picks on Seminoles players. Buffalo selected FSU running back Karlos Williams in the fifth round and then tight end Nick O'Leary with the second of its two sixth-round selections. They join Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby, who was selected in the second round on Friday. "It almost feels at home being in Buffalo," Williams said. The Bills could use any edge they can get. Their 15-season playoff drought is the NFL's longest active streak, while their 9-7 record last year matched their best in a decade. Buffalo's current roster now counts six former Seminoles, rounded out by quarterback EJ Manuel, linebacker Preston Brown and long-snapper Garrison Sanborn. The Bills rounded out the draft by selecting Clemson linebacker Tony Steward in the sixth round, and Central Arkansas receiver Dezmin Lewis in the seventh. Of the four late-round selections, O'Leary has the best chance to make an immediate impact in a tight-end friendly offense being installed by new coordinator Greg Roman. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, O'Leary won the John Mackey Award last season, which is presented to the nation's top tight end. In four seasons, he set the school record among tight ends with 114 catches for 1,591 yards and 18 touchdowns, including one rushing. "He's not the fastest. He's not the tallest. He's not the most athletic," Bills player personnel director Jim Monos said. "But then you watch him and all he does is make plays on one of the best teams in the country." Williams, selected 155th overall, played both safety and linebacker during his first two seasons at FSU before switching to running back. He scored 11 touchdowns rushing in each of his past two seasons, and is also an adept special teams player. Williams joins an already crowded backfield after the Bills acquired LeSean McCoy in a trade with Philadelphia. He will compete with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon for a No. 3 spot behind backup Fred Jackson. Williams, like Darby, ran into off-field trouble at Tallahassee, Florida. In November, a police investigation into a domestic battery assault against Williams ended without charges being filed because the alleged victim declined to speak to police. Darby was cleared of any wrong-doing after acknowledging he witnessed sex between quarterback Jameis Winston and a woman who accused Winston of raping her in December 2012. Winston, who was selected with the No. 1 pick in the draft by Tampa Bay on Thursday, was never charged and was cleared by the school. The two join a team that also signed offensive guard Richie Incognito in January. Incognito missed 15 months of football after being a central figure in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal in 2013. Whaley said the Bills were comfortable in drafting Darby and Williams after investigating what happened and asking both players about it during pre-draft meetings. "We do that on any issue, be it domestic violence, any indiscretion," Whaley said. "We're going to dig as deep as we can and can. And sitting down and looking at someone in the eye for me is a telltale sign. Is the guy remorseful? Did he do it?" Domestic violence concerns have become a major issue in the NFL. The league recently suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games after concluding there was credible evidence he roughed up his former girlfriend. NOTES: Steward overcame injuries to both knees in high school and his freshman college season to record 4-1/2 sacks and 13-1/2 tackles for losses in 38 games. ... Lewis is listed at 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, and had 197 catches for 2,618 yards and 24 touchdowns in four seasons at Central Arkansas. ... O'Leary is golfer Jack Nicklaus' grandson. . ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 2, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season.The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine...
Saints take 3 more defensive players on draft's last day
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | May 2, 2015METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season. The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine total selections. It was the most defensive players the Saints have selected since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994. "We needed to improve our defense, clearly," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We needed to improve our depth on defense. I think all of us would have said coming into the draft that would have been a goal and yet we don't know that we can always achieve that. ... It worked out for us and I'd say we're pretty excited about it." New Orleans began the day by selecting Chattanooga outside linebacker Davis Tull at No. 148 overall, then took Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison with the 154th pick, which had been acquired in a March trade that sent former Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs. The Saints then traded their sixth-round picks for this year and next to the Washington Redskins in order to draft Georgia cornerback Damian Swann with the 167th overall pick. They'll all join a defense ranked second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed last season (384 per game) and 23rd in sacks per pass attempt. The Saints closed out the draft by selecting Missouri running back Marcus Murphy, who excelled as a kick and punt returner in college and initially will be a candidate for that role in New Orleans, coach Sean Payton said. Murphy said he liked the way the Saints once used small-but-speedy Darren Sproles out of the backfield and hopes he can play a similar role. New Orleans did not draft a new passing target, even after trading away start tight end Jimmy Graham and wideout Kenny Stills, who led the club in yards receiving last season. Payton said the Saints were interested in a couple receivers who were drafted before the Saints could take them, but added, "We didn't approach it like we had to get a receiver." Rather, Payton expressed confidence in several young receivers already on the roster, including 2014 undrafted free agents Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, who spent most of last season on the practice squad. He added that the Stills trade to Miami, which brought the Saints veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick, "probably doesn't happen if we didn't have didn't have that same confidence about some younger (receivers) on the roster." The 6-foot-2, 246-pound Tull was named Southern Conference defensive player of the year three times. He was credited with 18 tackles for losses and 10 ½ sacks last season. He's had 37 sacks and 60 tackles for losses in his career in college football's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Tull said he prides himself on the effort he exhibits on every play — the result of a drive which he said came from being lightly recruited by colleges after missing most of his senior season in high school with a broken leg. "We were just talking about losing scholarships in high school and having a broken leg and having people not believe in you and having that chip," Tull said. "You always want to prove other people wrong." Tull was the second edge pass-rusher drafted by New Orleans, joining Washington outside linebacker and second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha. The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Davison was credited with 8½ sacks last season and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team. But Davison, a former competitive wrestler, said his aggressiveness getting into the backfield won't undermine his ability to defend the run. "You don't want to be a one-trick pony," Davison asserted. "A lot of people attach the stigma to nose guards that they can't get after the quarterback. I think that you can't buy into that mindset." The 6-foot, 189-pound Swann was named an All-Southeastern Conference second-team player by The Associated Press last season, when his four interceptions tied for a team high. Swann also was fourth on the team in tackles with 65 and had a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Swann was the second cornerback drafted by the Saints, who also took Florida State's P.J. Williams in Friday night's third round. Swann said he was hoping to join a team with well-respected veterans at his position, and expects to learn a lot from starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis. "I'm in a great position," Swann said. "I'm going in eyes wide open, ears open, ready to work." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: "Steelers, bro!"The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover.Pittsburgh grabbed Grant in the fourth round of the NFL draft on...
Steelers grab Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant in 4th round
By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press | May 2, 2015PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: "Steelers, bro!" The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover. Pittsburgh grabbed Grant in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, hoping he can bring the same physical presence that helped him become a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season as the Buckeyes stormed to the national championship. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound Grant is the second defensive back taken by the Steelers, who picked up Mississippi's Senquez Golson in the second round on Friday as the club tries to find capable bodies to replace the likes of Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brice McCain. Polamalu and Taylor retired last month while McCain left for Miami in free agency. "There concerns when you have so many starters leave you at once," Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake said. "You want to make sure you replace them and make sure you replace them with quality players." Golson tied a school record with 10 interceptions last fall for the Rebels. Grant had five picks for Ohio State, including two in a 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Akron, Ohio native played at the same high school where LeBron James once roamed and joins several Buckeyes who have carved out nice careers for themselves in Pittsburgh, including defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker Ryan Shazier. Heyward and Shazier were among the first people to reach out when the Steelers used the 121st pick in the draft on Golson. Heyward has often talked about how the set-up at Ohio State made the transition to the Steelers seamless. Golson expects the same. "I love the history and the championship culture there," Golson said. One that finds itself at a crossroads of sort during the offseason. The Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North last season almost in spite of their defense, which ranked 18th in points and yards allowed and 27th against the pass. Exit Polamalu and Taylor — who called it a career when it became apparent they were not part of Pittsburgh's 2015 plans — and McCain, who parlayed a solid year into a lucrative deal with the Dolphins. In their place will be holdovers like William Gay and Cortez Allen and newcomers like Grant and Golson. Lake praised Grant's strength. Grant finished with 63 tackles last season played in 54 games in four seasons. That kind of versatility should help him find a spot on special teams while he learns the ins and outs of new defensive coordinator Keith Butler's 3-4 scheme. Lake said there's a chance the Steelers could give Grant a look at safety, where Mike Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas are slated to start. Grant has never played safety in an actual game but is willing to learn if that's what it takes to see the field. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers.Another position of need on defense — inside linebacker — will have to wait at least another day.Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall...
Packers add to secondary, take CB Quentin Rollins
By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers. Another position of need on defense — inside linebacker — will have to wait at least another day. Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall selection Friday. Rollins was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with 72 tackles and seven interceptions in 2014, his only year of college football at Miami. He was the first of two selections for the Packers on Day 2 of the draft. In the third round, Green Bay took receiver and return man Ty Montgomery from Stanford. Green Bay took defensive back Damarious Randall from Arizona State in the first round on Thursday night. He played safety in college but the Packers think his skills could translate well as a cornerback at the next level. Rollins will join him in the secondary. Rollins did play four years of basketball, finishing his career second in school history with 214 career steals. He played football in high school. Rollins thinks lateral quickness developed as a point guard helps in man-to-man coverage on the field, while the responsibility of seeing the whole floor helps with zone coverage. "I think the overriding theme for our tenure here has been competition is great," said Brian Gutenkunst, the team's director of college scouting. "I think anytime guys are challenged, you usually get the best out of them. So I think that's a positive." The back end of the defense has been replenished after Packers lost cornerbacks Tramon Williams (Browns) and Davon House (Jaguars). It was one of the Packers' biggest needs. Sam Shields is the starter at one corner. Casey Hayward seems likely to fill the starting job held by Williams. Micah Hyde plays safety and corner. "The best players will play. The next guys will sit there and work to get ready to play," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. "Are they going to play inside? Are they going to play outside? We'll let practice and all that figure that out. Inside linebacker is another big need on the defense after Green Bay cut ties with veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones in the offseason. But that position will have to wait until Friday — the Packers next pick in the fourth round with the 129th selection. Sam Barrington, a seventh-round pick in 2013, passed Hawk and Jones on the depth chart and played well down the stretch. Pass rusher Clay Matthews played inside more in the second half of the season to help shore up the defense. Typically guarded general manager Ted Thompson isn't divulging much about his plan at inside linebacker, other than that he was confident with the team's options. Don't read the moves as signs that Matthews might play inside again, either. "I don't know if it means that, no. I'm not the defensive coordinator," Thompson said. Linebacker Carl Bradford, a fourth-round pick last year who didn't play in 2014, could also be an option on the inside. Paul Dawson was available for the Packers in both the second and third rounds, but the Packers passed on the inside linebacker from TCU. Three other linebacker prospects — Miami's Denzel Perryman, UCLA's Eric Kendricks and Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney — were taken earlier in the second round. Montgomery was the 94th overall selection in the third round. He led the Cardinal last season with 61 catches for 604 yards. He also has five career special teams returns for touchdowns. The senior missed two games last season with a shoulder injury. Montgomery will join a crowd of receivers in Green Bay led by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. The Packers also drafted three receivers last season, including second-rounder Davante Adams.
May 1, 2015
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A couple more inches on his 5-foot-9 frame and Senquez Golson probably would have been long gone by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock Friday night. A couple more big plays and Sammie Coates could have said the same.Defensive backs with a habit of finding their way to the football like Golson have a way of rocketing up draft boards and enjoying nice long...
Steelers begin revamping secondary, take cornerback Golson
By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press | May 1, 2015PITTSBURGH (AP) — A couple more inches on his 5-foot-9 frame and Senquez Golson probably would have been long gone by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock Friday night. A couple more big plays and Sammie Coates could have said the same. Defensive backs with a habit of finding their way to the football like Golson have a way of rocketing up draft boards and enjoying nice long careers. So do wide receivers like Coates who are a threat to reach the end zone every time they touch the ball. The number on a ruler didn't scare away the Steelers from taking Golson in the second round of the NFL Draft. Neither did videotape of the talented but raw Coates dropping catchable balls. When Coates was available in the third round, Pittsburgh added him to a stable full of wide receivers who came to town relatively unheralded but helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger treat the team's offensive record books like a dry erase board in 2014. Golson and Coates join linebacker Bud Dupree — the team's first-round pick — as the most likely rookies to make an immediate impact for the defending AFC champions next fall. There will be job opportunities aplenty in the secondary and at outside linebacker while Coates gets to learn from All-Pro Antonio Brown — a former sixth-round pick — and Martavis Bryant, a third-round pick a year ago who had eight touchdown receptions despite sitting out the season's first six games. "You put the ball in his hands, he's going to make some yards," Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said of Coates. "Put those pads down, he's going to make some tough yards." Coates at least has the luxury of being brought along somewhat slowly. That won't be the case for Golson, who tied a single-season school record with 10 interceptions and was named a first-team All-American. Not bad for a player who pondered playing major league baseball coming out of high school and spent his college career trying to cover an unending stream of game-breaking wide receivers in the SEC. "He's not one of the bigger corners but what I really like, what I measure DBs on is how tough they are," Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake said. "They have to check that box for me and I think he'll do that." Golson will have to if the Steelers want to cushion the blow left by the retirements of safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor and Brice McCain's departure for Miami in free agency. Dupree finds himself in a similar spot at linebacker, where the Steelers hope his edge rush skills will help offset the loss of Jason Worilds, who retired in March a week after his 27th birthday. "This opportunity I have right now," Dupree said after being introduced. "I believe this is the right place for me." It's a sentiment echoed by Golson, who turned down a lucrative offer from the Boston Red Sox to stick to football. He even flew to Boston as a high schooler to meet with Red Sox officials but left without signing a contract. "I looked down at the paper, there was a million dollars on it," Golson said. "It was hard to turn down. But football is what I love do to. Football is in my heart." And it's also in his future. Lake praised Golson's versatility. Golson will likely work in the slot in nickel and dime packages as he transitions to the NFL. William Gay and Cortez Allen figure to be at the top of the depth chart when training camp opens, with Antwon Blake the most likely candidate to start in the slot. Given Golson's instincts— his 10 picks were one less than the Steelers managed as a team last season — he'll be given every chance to show what he can do. In a division that includes Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green among others, Lake expects Golson to be targeted often. It's part of the league's very public initiation process. "He's going to be challenged, just like they challenge all of our defensive backs," Lake said. "If you're 6-2 they're still going to throw at you. If you're 5-8 they're going to throw at you. He's going to have to prove himself." Pittsburgh's defense struggled at times last season. The Steelers finished 18th in yards and points allowed and managed just 10 interceptions as a team. They won the division anyway but have made restoring some aggressiveness a priority during a vital offseason. "With us getting Bud yesterday putting pressure on the quarterback and now we've got a ball hawk corner," Lake said. "It's going to work out pretty well." ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two.Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday.And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once...
Browns' pick Shelton overcame brother's death to make NFL
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two. Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday. And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once thought impossible, his mom grappled simultaneously with loss and love. "It was painful because I don't see my other son," she said. "And this is his anniversary, so we were are here for Danny. Some of our family in Seattle are celebrating his anniversary today. When we go back we'll go visit him. We're proud to be here with him today." Shelton was introduced Friday by the Browns, who selected the outgoing and hulky Washington defensive tackle with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Shelton's selection was one of the more memorable in Chicago because when he came onstage, he hugged and lifted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell off his feet. "He was just excited, just like I was," Shelton said of Goodell. "He was shocked at the same time but he was happy for me." Hours after he was taken by the Browns, who selected Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick, Shelton was flown to Cleveland to officially begin his pro career. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton quickly won over Browns fans with his positive vibe and his eagerness to play for them. "How's the Dawg Pound?" he asked to open his welcoming news conference. Four years ago, his brother was shot and killed following an argument and fight that quickly escalated in Auburn, Washington, the Shelton's hometown. Shelton was 17, so badly shaken by the incident that he became withdrawn and nearly gave up football. But Shelton matured, persevered and is now living a dream. "It's just crazy to think, because four years ago I would never see myself here," he said. "It's definitely a blessing." Not long after introducing Shelton and Erving, the Browns got back to building their team by selecting Utah defensive end Nate Orchard with the No. 51 overall pick. Orchard , who had 18 1-2 sacks last year, will shift to outside linebacker in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme and should help a unit that recorded just 31 sacks in 2014. A converted wide receiver, Orchard has a knack for getting to the QB. "That is the head of the snake," Orchard said. "It can really change a ballgame. It is just my thing." Browns general manager Ray Farmer ignored playmakers in the first two rounds before selecting Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick. Johnson ran for 1,652 yards last season and finished as the Hurricanes career rushing leader despite just playing three seasons. He'll give the Browns backfield depth and could work into the rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, who both showed promise as rookies last year. Before taking Orchard and Johnson, the Browns traded the No. 43 to Houston for the No. 51 selection, and Cleveland also dealt the 229th pick to the Texans for picks Nos. 116 and 195. The Browns will have seven picks on Saturday. Oneone Shelton said Danny, the second youngest of her four sons, was often in trouble during high school but she always thought he would turn out OK. He went to Washington, and with the support of the Huskies coaching staff, Shelton figured things out and became a team leader and academic All-American. "I'm so proud of him," she said. "He's a role model for our family." Shelton said he majored in anthropology in college so he could better connect to the Samoan heritage on his mother's side. He has learned the value of family and community, and Shelton aspires to have a career like others of Polynesian descent, including Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and Haloti Ngata. "Those are guys who represent our culture really well and I just want to follow their footsteps," he said. Shelton often thinks about his late brother, and although there have been many difficult moments since his passing, he's sure Shennon is proud of him. "It's a time to celebrate," he said. "I'm just glad that my mom and my uncle are here to celebrate it with me because it's a hard time for my family. I definitely know that my brother's smiling down on us, and I just can't wait to go back and see my family and be with them." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfersThe Joplin Globe, Mo.Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday.The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games."Vince is a ked we recruited out of...
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers
The Joplin Globe, Mo. (TNS), Associated Press | Apr 29, 2015MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers The Joplin Globe, Mo. Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday. The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games. "Vince is a ked we recruited out of high school," Lions coach Jeff Boschee said in a release. "He will give us some toughness on both ends of the floor along with an ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. We are extremely excited to add him to our family." Fritz, a native of Overland Park, was a four-year letterman and two-time first team all-Eastern Kansas League selection at Blue Valley Northwest. He also earned all-state honors twice and finished as the third leading scorer in school history. Coached by his father, Ed Fritz, Vince helped Blue Valley Northwest win two state championships, including a 25-0 mark as a junior when Northwest was ranked No. 19 nationally by USA Today Fritz also played football and earned all-league honors at defensive back and punter. He comes from a basketball family. His dad played at Baker, and his mother, Ann, played at Nebraska and is the girls basketball coach at Blue Valley Northwest. His grandfather, Vince Costello, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns (1956-66) and New York Giants (1967-68) and is a member of the Browns Hall of Fame. After his playing career, he was an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, serving as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator in 1975-76 until retiring. The Lions' women's team landed BriAnna (Bri) Shavers, a 6-0 post player from the University of New Orleans. "Bri is going to be a tremendous addition to our post corps," MSSU coach Ronda Hubbard said in a release. "We have a young group in the power forward and center positions and look forward to watching them all grow together over the next few years. Bri will bring strength and versatility to our team that will be needed right away. Her experience at the D-1 level will be beneficial to her transition into the ever so tough MIAA." Shavers, from Carrollton, Texas, sat out the 2013-14 season at New Orleans with an injury. Last season she played in 22 games and averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in six minutes per game. As a senior at Creekview High School, Shavers, the daughter of Anna McNeace, averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds and was named second team all-state. "Bri has a strong, athletic body," Hubbard said, "and we expect her to make an immediate impact to our rebounding and back to the basket game while also being able to face up with her mid-range game. We are ecstatic to welcome Bri to our Lion family." ——— ©2015 The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) Visit The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) at www.joplinglobe.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Apr 28, 2015
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Chuck Martin needed only a few minutes of watching basketball practice in December 2013 to realize he had quite an unexpected find on his hands.Point guard Quinten Rollins had decided to spend his final semester of eligibility trying his hand at football, a sport he hadn't played since high school. So the RedHawks' first-year head coach decided to watch a practice and...
Miami of Ohio point guard headed to NFL as defensive back
By JOE KAY, Associated Press | Apr 28, 2015CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Chuck Martin needed only a few minutes of watching basketball practice in December 2013 to realize he had quite an unexpected find on his hands. Point guard Quinten Rollins had decided to spend his final semester of eligibility trying his hand at football, a sport he hadn't played since high school. So the RedHawks' first-year head coach decided to watch a practice and look for hidden potential. "I made the shortest recruiting trip of my life," Martin said, in a phone interview. "I walked 30 yards from my office to the gym. I watched him play basketball. He was crazy gifted — explosive, strong, could change direction. His competitiveness was off the charts. It didn't take but 5 minutes to know he could do the job of a defensive back physically." The 6-foot, 203-pound point guard showed up for spring football aiming to win a starting job at a position he'd never really played much. He not only won a starting job, but became one of the nation's top cornerbacks, picking off seven passes and earning the Mid-American Conference's award as Defensive Player of the Year. And now, it's on to the NFL. Rollins is expected to be drafted in one of the early rounds this week as either a cornerback or a safety. He has worked out for 15 teams, telling his story and showing the athleticism that made him so good despite so little experience at covering receivers. Although he always thought he had the physical ability to play in the NFL, he never figured on this. "I didn't expect it to come this fast," Rollins said. Rollins was a multi-sport star at Wilmington High School in Ohio, playing running back most of the time with a little work at cornerback mixed in. Miami — located in nearby Oxford — offered a basketball scholarship that represented his best opportunity to play collegiate sports. Football became an afterthought. Rollins became a lockdown point guard on defense. He had seven steals in a game twice during his career and finished second in Miami history with 214 steals. If he didn't have to be on the basketball court, Rollins would attend RedHawks football games and watch the team struggle through one of its lowest times. Miami went 0-12 in 2013, and Martin — the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame — was hired to rebuild the program. Watching from the stands, Rollins wished he could be out on the field. "I would go to the game and watch and be like, 'Man, I could be out there doing this, doing that.' I'd just say it to myself; I didn't let anybody know," he said. "It crossed my mind every now and then." He finally told Miami's athletics department about his desire to play football as a fifth-year senior. "Our basketball operations guy gave me a call right when I got hired and said, 'We've got a senior point guard who's got a fifth year (of eligibility) and is thinking about trying football,'" Martin said. Given the state of the RedHawks, Martin was open to the idea. The question was where to play him. Rollins would have preferred running back or receiver, but either position would involve a learning curve. Martin decided that playing cornerback would be the closest thing to playing point guard. "I said, 'I've watched you play cornerback all night in basketball,'" Martin said. "I said that would be the easiest transition, even though you've never played it. As a receiver or running back, there was going to be more stuff on his plate that may slow the process down. He was good with it." Once he got on the field, Rollins was better than good. "You know of some basketball guys who become NFL tight ends, but it's not very often you hear of a guy playing (cornerback)," Martin said. "It's pretty rare that you can run and jump and change direction, and now you put on pads and cover and tackle. "I've never been part of it." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. They’ve come from all over and have been very humbling. ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003393,t000003183,t000046469,t000003194,t000003277,t000003270,t000160437,t000007488,t000007666,t000007466,t000007460,t000007684,t000008056,t000155475,t000040517,g000065659,g000219892,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065614
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Apr 2, 2015FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 11 a.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) AHL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE BASEBALL 2 p.m., TCU at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 273)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6:30 p.m., Iowa State at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271) WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., SMU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) LACROSSE 6 p.m., N. Carolina at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7:30 p.m., Villanova at Denver, FS1 (Cox 67) BOXING 8 p.m., P. Petrov vs. G. Diaz, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 10 a.m., Gonz. Prep vs. Miami C. Day, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, South Shore vs. Dillard, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBADL 7 p.m., Idaho at Oklahoma City, KINB-FM 105.3 SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:09 p.m., Michigan State vs. Duke, TBS (Cox 62) 7:49 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS (Cox 62) MEN’S TENNIS 3 p.m., Texas Tech at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) WOMEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Indiana St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Arkansas at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m., Alabama at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253 Noon, Texas Tech at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) LACROSSE 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Chelsea vs. Stoke City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Las Vegas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GIRLS BASKETBALL 9 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 11 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN (Cox 29) NBADL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Erie, KINB-FM 105.3 GYMNASTICS 4 p.m., NCAA Norman Regional, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) BOXING 2 p.m., A. Stevenson vs. S. Bika, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) SUNDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA Noon, Houston at Oklahoma City, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Chicago at Cleveland, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Golden St. at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) 8:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Washington at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., St. Louis at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m., Drive-Putt-Chip, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Maryland vs. UConn, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m., Oregon at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Alabama at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Mississippi St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m., Salt Lake at San Jose, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Sporting KC at Philadelphia, FS1 (Cox 67)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For Miami coach Al Golden, spring football might seem like a breeze compared to the whirlwind leading up to signing day.Subsisting on gas-station sandwiches hurriedly picked up between meetings, dealing with delayed and canceled flights, spending the better part of a week fighting off the flu and getting an average of about five hours sleep per night were just some of...
After frantic recruiting season, Golden eyeing spring ball
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Feb 16, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For Miami coach Al Golden, spring football might seem like a breeze compared to the whirlwind leading up to signing day. Subsisting on gas-station sandwiches hurriedly picked up between meetings, dealing with delayed and canceled flights, spending the better part of a week fighting off the flu and getting an average of about five hours sleep per night were just some of the highlights from Golden's calendar leading up to signing day earlier this month. Spring football starts Tuesday at Miami, meaning Golden's schedule — like most coaches around the country after the recruiting frenzy — should have more normalcy. "The structure allows you to get your feet underneath you," Golden said. "I took some time off this weekend. There's so many things that are random that we can't control in our job. Anytime you can get the structure of spring ball, that's why coaches are all smiles." The Associated Press reviewed Golden's itinerary for the three weeks leading up to signing day. Here's a look at some of what went into those frantic days when he was working on closing out the signing class of 2015 but also on the groups for 2016 — ranked as the nation's best so far based on early commitments — and 2017: ___ WORK DAY Golden averaged about a dozen meetings or events per day during the 21-day stretch, everything from individual talks with players or recruits, chatting with high school coaches, home visits and sometimes receptions for parents and families. Excluding retweets, Golden posted only one thing on his Twitter account over that time, but he was hardly eschewing social media. Many mornings started with Golden exchanging direct messages with recruits and commits, and his shortest work day in that span appears to be about 12 hours. Idle time was nonexistent. While some of Golden's assistants were visiting one school, he stayed in the car and spent the next 90 minutes calling recruits from a nearby parking lot. ___ TRAVEL Golden took at least 13 flights — commercial, private and even one in a helicopter — in just over a week, the first three of those flights all being delayed or canceled. He visited at least eight different states, with the shortest stop being just about two hours. The AP analysis of Golden's schedule showed he logged about 12,000 air miles in one eight-day span alone. ___ FOOD Grab-and-go seemed to be the norm. The luxury of sit-down meals often didn't fit into the schedule. The first stop each morning was usually Starbucks, for Golden's standard large black iced coffee. A bag of almonds got him through the bulk of one day, and picking up some fast food to take on a flight wasn't unheard of, either. "I've become more disciplined as I get older," Golden said. "To get a sandwich, turkey on wheat or something as opposed to running in and getting a burger, I try to do a better job of that. Drink more water, fewer Diet Cokes, things of that nature." He made at least two stops for gas-station Cuban sandwiches while on the road, another trips to sub shops and sometimes caught a break when recruits' mothers would cook for home visits. Among those meals: country breakfast casserole and sausage at offensive lineman Brendan Loftus' home in Tallahassee, Florida. Must have been a good meal and conversation, Loftus wound up signing with Miami. ___ SLEEP Golden averaged about five hours of daily sleep over the 21-day stretch going into the day that recruits could formally sign their letters of intent. Some nights, sleep was in very short supply. On Feb. 3, the day before signing day, Golden started work the moment he awoke — and didn't stop for the next 20 hours. The biggest sleep total he got during that stretch was about seven hours, which many doctors consider to be on the low end of a basic requirement for most adults. ___ FLU Given all that, it's no wonder Golden got sick. He was dogged by the flu for parts of five days, loading up on three bottles of Gatorade and over-the-counter medication at pharmacies some mornings before beginning his daily schedule. Nonetheless, no meetings appear to have been canceled or postponed by him fighting off the virus. ___ IN THE END After the class of newcomers was revealed on Feb. 4 — another player would sign the next day — Golden headed home for one last event. He and his wife Kelly hosted a Signing Day party at their home, thanking football staff, school employees, administrators, educational advisors, coaches and all the others "who helped us during recruiting cycle," Golden said. It lasted several hours, and Golden was busy cleaning up when the clock struck midnight. With that, a new recruiting year had officially arrived. "There's never a year on record where you didn't want one or two more kids to come," Golden said. "But you've got to take a deep breath and show gratitude to all the people that help you along the way."
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day listBrent BriggemanThe Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the...
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2015Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list Brent Briggeman The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the media. #BoltBrotherhood Tweets The following is an unofficial list compiled by The Gazette's Brent Briggeman of players who are expected to commit to the Falcons on Wednesday. The list was gathered through social media, recruiting sites and other sources. It will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday as more information becomes available. Please contact email@example.com with any needed changes to the information listed. Other Air Force recruiting coverage: 2015 Air Force signing day recruits (with video links below each profile) Tyler Adams DT 6-3 240 Goodyear, Ariz. (Estrella Foothills) Recorded 13 tackles for loss -- including four sacks in nine games as a senior; lists 40 time at 5.0 and vertical at 29 inches. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1662743/highlights/180136384 Yaquarri Adams DB 6-0 170 Lithonia, Ga. (Arabia) One of the latest commitments in the class, as he announced his intentions on Tuesday night. He lists a 470-pound squat. Goes by the name Dre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRW-wYHpIc Justin Agner QB 6-1 200 Woodstock, Ga. Also held an offer from Navy. Threw for 2,071 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 402 yards and nine scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igiv_ss0_Ns Miles Alexander RB/CB 5-10 183 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) A burner with 4.44 speed. Ran for more than 1,300 yards as a junior. A native of Kansas City area, with its jazz-rich background, and is named after legend Miles Davis. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1489984/highlights/206703382 Garrett Amy WR 5-8 170 Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Caught 61 passes for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1793217/highlights/209758375 Eric Autry K/P 6-3 175 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) A kicker who can move a little, boasting a 4.85 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3370174/highlights Sam Barry QB/DB 6-2 190 Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine) One of just three members of this Air Force class to receive a three-star rating (his from 247Sports.com). Held an offer from Northern Colorado. Runs a 4.64 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/776201/highlights/99489377 Streator Bates TE 6-3 220 Phoenix, Ariz (Brophy Prep) Caught 28 passes for 337 yards and five TDs. Doubled up as kicker, booting a 47-yard field goal. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2584364/highlights/220478391 Ryan Brand QB 5-10 190 Detroit, Mich. (U. of Detroit Jesuit HS) Three-star recruit according to several sites. Was invited by Trent Dilfer to the Elite 11, though his only other offer was Indiana State. "I would bet on Ryan Brand," Dilfer told USA Today. "I would stake my reputation on that kid. He'll do it. He will make it. He plays big. He eats up a lot of space physically, emotionally and mentally. When you're around him, you feel him. I just love this kid." http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1550176/highlights/168961375 Curran Brandt LB 6-1 205 San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon) Made 76 tackles with seven sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/817620/highlights/167785376 Tommy Bruns OLB 6-3 205 Kings Mill, Ohio (Kings) Was a finalist for the National Football Foundation That's My Boy Award, given for success in football, academics and school/community activities. Led team to an 11-1 mark in 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1578770/highlights/143125378 Jaylen Burgess RB 5-11 210 Maryville, Tenn. Had an offer from Army and was at West Point when Air Force won there in November. Rushed fore more than 1,000 yards in helping his team repeat at 6A champions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473615/highlights/161772375 Harris Cannon FB 6-2 210 Oviedo, Fla. Bruiser who could play tight end or fullback. Runs a 4.80 40. Had considered walking on at Central Florida. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1694755/highlights/204382377 Nick Capella OL 6-6 273 Ventura, Calif. (St. Bonaventure) Named the Marmonte League Offensive Lineman of the Year. Also carries a 3.51 GPA, scored a 28 on the ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1598432/highlights/206789379 Eric Carrera SS 6-1 200 St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers) Displays size, speed and ball-hawk skills that helped Christian Brothers to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/540170/highlights/175545378 Cameron Castleberry WR 6-3 175 Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge) Runs a 4.7 40 with a 28-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1914957/highlights/209688381 Campbell Clarkson OL 6-4 245 Houston, Texas (St. Thomas) Rare combination of 500-pound squat, 28-inch vertical and 4.99 40 with a frame that large. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/650778/highlights/207556387 Ronald Cleveland WR 5-9 165 Franklin Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy) Has family history in the Army, Navy and Air Force and held an offer from Navy. Will be used as a slot receiver and kick returner. "Any way to get me on the field and let me try to do something with the ball," he told The Tennessean. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/313855/highlights/214416375 Dalton Collins LB 6-1 200 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Played quarterback and linebacker in high school. Runs a 4.67 40 and has a 33-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1097552/highlights/184333375 Blake Davis OL 6-2 270 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Played center and defensive tackle in high school. Also had an offer from Charleston Southern. Benches 340 pounds, squats 550 and runs a 5.1 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/923121/highlights/175448383 Lesley Dalger WR 6-5 205 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Westminster Acad.) Caught 31 passes for 482 yards and a touchdown, including 10 for 170 in his team's lone loss. Has a 38-inch vertical to go with that tall frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3945947/highlights/163626380 Malik Dawkins DB 6-0 175 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Could profile as a tall cornerback for the Falcons with a 4.48 40 and a 38-inch vertical. Is a sprinter for the track team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3188837/highlights/168200376 Luke Dekker DT/C 6-3 240 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva) Brother of former Falcons tight end Travis Dekker. Scored a 26 on the ACT and carries a 3.69 GPA. Moved to center as a senior and earned first-team all-state honors. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2997949/highlights/215589378 Cole Delgado OL 6-5 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) The offensive tackle is one eight players in this Air Force recruiting class listed at at least 6-foot-5. Also plays first base for his school's baseball team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2678101/highlights/185622375 Ryan DeLung OL 6-4 275 Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge) Honor student benches 365 pounds, squats 525, runs a 4.99 40 and, according to 247Sports.com, had an offer from Nevada. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2774873/highlights/77106400 Michael DeVries DL 6-2 250 Lafayette (Centaurus) The in-state two-way lineman runs a 4.84 40, according to his hudle.com profile, and plays basketball. Credited style of d-line coach Tim Cross for helping draw him to the academy. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/412936/highlights/105788377 Steve Dinneen OLB 6-5 220 Mountain View, Calif. (Saint Francis) Piled up 41 solo tackles and 14 sacks in 13 games and was named his league's top defensive lineman. Also had an offer San Diego. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1171374/highlights Dylan Draper OLB 6-4 208 Colorado Springs (Discovery Canyon) The Gazette's 3A-A Football Player of the Year after guiding the Thunder to an 11-1 record with 167 tackles, 17 sacks, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts. He also had 367 receiving yards with two touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586740/highlights/211097382 Cade Erwin S 5-11 180 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) The free safety had initially committed to North Texas and also had offers from Southern Methodist, Eastern Michigan and Texas State. Averaged about eight tackles a game last year with two interceptions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/911068/highlights/163558377 Cole Fagan LB 6-1 220 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Runs a 4.86 40 with a 29.5-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 545 squat. Also a star wrestler, going 46-3 last year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1398310/highlights/170142375 Blake Fall DB 6-0 190 Newhall, Calif. (Hart) The safety picked off three passes and defended four others in eight games according to MaxPreps. He also caught six touchdown passes. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2223330/highlights/175510383 Kyle Floyd S 6-3 205 Humble, Texas Held offers from Army and Cornell. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1624629/highlights/87772375 Matt Gaiter OL 6-4 250 Littleton (Chatfield) The in-state lineman held offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota State. Was also recruited by Colorado State and Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/961164/highlights/198865380 Gavin Graham DB 6-2 200 Austin, Texas (Anderson) Brother of Air Force basketball player Hayden Graham gave up basketball after his junior year, bulked up by 20 pounds and earned the D1 offer he sought. The only problem, his dad said, was paying for all the food that helped him put on that extra weight. "I'd be full because we just ate two hours ago and he'd want to eat again," said William Graham, a six-year starter for the Detroit Lions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/805484/highlights/199275385 Parker Hammond OL 6-4 240 Colorado Springs (Pine Creek) Local recruit part of the dominant Pine Creek squad that has won back-to-back state titles and dominated Colorado Springs 4A for the better part of a decade. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2736321/highlights/177799377 Tristyn Hanson LB 6-1 212 Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North) Held offers from Illinois State and North Dakota. Runs a 4.68 40 and carries a 3.9 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/489427/highlights/175727380 Ben Harris DE 6-6 230 Peculiar, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar) A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) has 4.99 40 speed to go with a large frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1181294/highlights/163748387 Alex Heil OL 6-2 250 Cleveland, Ohio. (Benedictine) Helped his team amass 4,200 rushing yards and a state title. He played guard, tackle and started the final four games at defensive tackle after a teammate was injured. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/672585/highlights/171453386 Danny Highland DE 6-3 240 Loveland (Thompson Valley) The in-state two-way lineman had offers from Chadron State and Cornell and interest from Wyoming, according to the Denver Post. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1800113/highlights/97020377 Elijah Hill K/P 6-3 195 Tumwater, Wash. Averaged 40.8 yards per punt as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1413322/highlights/164467379 Zach Honnold OLB 5-11 203 Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge HS) Made 75 tackles with three sacks as a senior. Falcons likely to look at him at the spur position, the hybrid defensive back/linebacker spot. "At one point it was Dartmouth and Valparaiso, but as soon as I stepped on [Air Force's] campus, there was no other choice," Honnold told the Orlando Sentinel. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1395129/highlights/171437379 Noah Hoxie OLB 6-2 215 Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville West) Physical tools include a 4.6 40, 31-inch vertical and 295-pound bench press, according to his hudl.com profile. Had offers from Army, Princeton and Yale, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351714/highlights/170778377 Braden Hucks ATH 5-11 185 San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central) District MVP threw for 3,070 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,339 yards and 22 touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1601972/highlights/210893375 Jamie Hudson QB 6-1 210 Austin, Texas (Vandegrifft) Threw for 3,315 yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions while rushing for 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading his team to the Class 5A, Division I semifinals. Was one of 25 finalists for the Mr. Texas football award. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/534034/highlights/207967400 RJ Jackson TE 6-4 215 Beloit, Kan. Versatile athlete who played fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker, throws the shot put, runs on relay teams and has logged a 52-second 400-meter time in track and plays basketball. Had an offer from Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/931254/rj-jackson Ryan Jacobs K 6-2 172 Arlington, Texas (Lamar) All-state academic first-team honors, all-state honorable mention as a kicker. Hit 11-of-14 field goals, with two of the three misfires coming as the result of blocks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/676764/highlights/105811400 Jalen Johnson RB 5-9 165 Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) Ran for 2,615 yards and 37 touchdowns over the past two years. Also caught 24 passes and returned kicks. Had an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1248238/highlights/205752375 Dominieke Jones DB 6-1 170 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham) Had 53 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Had offers from Army, Wyoming and Jacksonville State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1637947/highlights/160857375 James Jones IV DB 6-1 180 Denver (Mullen) The in-state defensive back with 4.5 speed reportedly had offers from Army, Navy, Eastern Washington and Hawaii, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1546520/james-jones-iv Garrett Kauppila SS 6-2 195 Rocklin, Ga. Safety picked off a pair of passes this past season, runs a 4.61 40 and claims to never have had a GPA under 4.0. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/147960/highlights/164478375 Josiah Klingenberg DE 6-3 240 Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints) Made 17 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks over the past two years. Also throws the discus and runs the 200 and 400 in track. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/372938/highlights/163764378 Griffin Landrum OL 6-1 283 Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth) Had 93 pancake blocks as a senior. Held an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1731008/highlights/172981376 Patrick Lee DT 6-3 248 Kennesaw, Ga. (Mount Paran) Runs a 4.87 40 with a 29-inch vertical. Helped his team to a state championship as a senior. Two-time all-region, 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 18 sacks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/933547/highlights/162256375 Jacob Littlefield LB 6-0 200 Las Vegas, Nev. NevadaPrepReport.com calls Littlefield one of the most productive and active defenders in the state, crediting him with 200 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions over the past two years. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/622556/highlights/199089375 Jake Matkovich WR 6-5 175 Milwaukee, Wisc. (Marquette Univ. HS) Was the Al Toon Award winner, given to the best receiver in Wisconsin after setting state records with 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns. Had offers from Drake, Northern Iowa and Valparaiso. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1562086/highlights/206764381 Nick Maxey OL/LS 6-0 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) Long-snapper had an offer from Cornell. No. 4 by Prokicker and No. 7 by Khol's in national long snapper ratings. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/867932/highlights/85553401 Drew McAdams DB 6-1 185 Coppell, Texas The football and lacrosse player made 69 tackles as a senior for a 6-5 squad. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295821/drew-mcadams Sean McKinney OL/DL 6-2 265 Davidson, NC (Cox Mill) Late addition signed and committed on Wednesday. Levi McQuinn OLB 6-0 201 Fort Myers, Fla. Had an offer from James Madison. Being looked at for the spur position. Also an all-state wrestler and carrying a 4.4 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1635099/highlights/18913373 Malik Miller RB 5-10 200 Griffin, Ga. Runs a 4.52 40 with a 37.5-inch vertical, according to his hudl.com profile. Initially committed to Furman. Full stats are not available, but he had 1,579 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns through 10 games as a senior, all victories for his team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1259833/highlights/172307378 Stone Miller DE 6-4 245 Mason, Mich. Two-way lineman earned all-state honors with 98 tackles and nine sacks for an 8-4 team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2993489/highlights/167717382 Chris Musselman LB 6-1 210 San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte) Runs a 4.57 40. He is the first player from his high school program to commit to a Division I program. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1459105/highlights/160963376 Torre Parker Jr. ATH 5-10 180 Wildwood, Fla. Versatile player who runs a 4.66 40. He often played quarterback in high school, but might fit in elsewhere for the Falcons. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1222384/highlights/179591375 Carson Pearlman LB 6-2 215 Fort Myers, Fla. (Evangelical Christian) Versatile player who caught 10 touchdown passes this year and starred on defense with 118 tackles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/936977/highlights/176475377 Jared Pulu OLB 6-4 225 Federal Way, Wash. Missed five games with an injury, but returned to help his team make a deep playoff run. The youngest of four brothers, including Andru, who played at Washington and had a free-agent look with the Seattle Seahawks. "There's no doubt he's the best," Andru told the Seattle Times. Jared reportedly had interest from Boise State, Colorado and Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1513147/highlights/107979382 Josh Rice OL 6-1 290 Lake Nona, Fla. Had at least 11 offers, including Army, Navy, Marshall, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. Benches 385 pounds, squats 545 and runs a 5.55 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/877132/highlights/214371386 Nick Searcy OL 6-2 270 Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah) The center and competitive weightlifter had offers from Coastal Carolina and Davidson. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1371301/highlights/167613381 Matt Smith ATH 6-1 237 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Christian) Ran for more than 6,000 yards in high school will naturally get a look at running back. However, he is versatile enough to fit in elsewhere, too. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/430795/highlights/139941377 Dailen Sutton DB 6-1 170 Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne) Runs a 4.52 40 and has a 32.4-inch vertical. Had offers from Miami of Ohio, S.F. Austin and Yale. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1407975/highlights/172397376 Corey Taylor II RB 5-10 200 Tulsa, Okla. (Holland Hall School) Reports a 4.5 40, 37.2-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 450 squat. Ran for 1,233 yards and nine touchdowns, while adding 57 tackles and three sacks as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/631268/highlights/204318380 Lorenzo Thomas LB 6-2 220 Tulsa, Okla. (Union) Runs a 4.76 40. From the same Oklahoma powerhouse as former Falcons QB Kale Pearson. Had offers from Penn and Tulsa. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1597188/highlights/175167377 Nolan Thompson WR 6-4 190 Huntington Beach, Calif. Caught 40 passes for 682 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games as a senior. Father played in backfield for UCLA, brother played as San Jose State. Had an offer from Navy http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1564786/highlights/160530375 Sam Turner TE 6-3 203 Fort Myers, Fla. Spent his junior year solely as a blocking tight end, but said he worked on his route-running in the offseason and amassed 300 receiving yards as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2583808/highlights/195416388 Samuel Valleroy TE 6-3 255 Guyton, Ga. (South Effingham) A local magazine reported that Valleroy has wanted to be an aerospace engineer since the seventh grade and is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at a program that offers that major. He also had an offer from Army http://www.hudl.com/athlete/510262/highlights/91057375 Tyler Vaught ATH 6-1 170 Maryville, Tenn. Played a little at receiver as a junior before guiding team to unbeaten state championship run as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473492/highlights Jonathan Vogt OL 6-4 277 Canutillo, Texas Tackle had an offer from New Mexico State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1931244/highlights/214817378 Bryce VonZurmuehlen S 6-0 180 Coppell, Texas Second-team all-district cornerback. Picked off a pass and blocked a kick as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295823/bryce-vonzurmuehlen Ethan Walton LB 6-1 220 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) Led his team with 85 tackles as a senior. Runs a 4.69 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2634994/highlights/199495392 Jacob Welborn DL 6-5 270 Dripping Springs, Texas Runs a 5.2 40, benches 295 pounds and squats 375 according to his hudl.com profile. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2644058/highlights Mitchell Williams OL 6-4 275 Bentonville, Ark. Earned all-state honors after helping his team to back-to-back state titles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/410625/highlights/118577376 Parker Wilson RB 5-11 215 Coppell, Texas Starred at fullback in a prolific rushing offense. http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/tx/coppell/coppell-high-school/parker-wilson Arion Worthman QB 6-0 205 Normal, Ill. (University) A rarity with 4.43 speed while weighing in over 200 pounds, with those numbers from his hudl.com profile. Held six offers, including Army, Illinois State and several Ivy League programs http://www.hudl.com/athlete/673541/highlights/185741376 Daniel Zivney K 5-11 190 College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated) First-team all district as a receiver and punter. Ran a 4.47 40 at a combine in Jan. 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1434051/highlights/118800378 ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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Feb 4, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — New SMU coach Chad Morris wasn't joking about his focus for recruiting targeting Texas and the Dallas area.All 22 of the Mustangs signings announced Wednesday were high school players from in-state. Morris was a high school coach for 16 years in Texas before moving on to the college ranks as an assistant.Morris was hired Dec. 1, and said it wasn't necessarily the fast recruiting...
New SMU boss Morris serious about recruiting home turf
Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015DALLAS (AP) — New SMU coach Chad Morris wasn't joking about his focus for recruiting targeting Texas and the Dallas area. All 22 of the Mustangs signings announced Wednesday were high school players from in-state. Morris was a high school coach for 16 years in Texas before moving on to the college ranks as an assistant. Morris was hired Dec. 1, and said it wasn't necessarily the fast recruiting track for his first class that dictated staying close to home. "Being a Texas high school football coach, I think right here in our own area, in our own state there are some unbelievable players," Morris said. "I don't want to drive past a player to get the same caliber of player in another state. It doesn't make any sense for us." Topping the list for Morris was quarterback Ben Hicks of Waco Midway. Hicks enrolled in January after a brief visit to campus the weekend before the latest dead period started. Morris coached some top Texas quarterbacks before going to Tulsa and then Clemson, where he was one of the nation's highest-paid offensive coordinators for one of the most prolific units in the country. That was enough to persuade Hicks, who threw for more than 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. "He's been extremely important in the process of the other high-profile players that we got on our roster," said Morris, who also landed receiver James Proche from nearby DeSoto while hiring that team's coach, Claude Mathis, as an assistant. Elsewhere in Texas, UTSA landed Southlake Carroll defensive tackle King Newton, the son of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Nate Newton. Newton is part of a huge class of 37 for UTSA coach Larry Coker, who won the 2001 BCS championship at Miami. The largest signing class in the program's four-year history includes former Oklahoma receiver Dannon Cavil and eight junior college transfers. Houston officially added receiver Chance Allen, who played five games for Oregon during the Ducks' run to the first championship game in the College Football Playoff. Allen played at a Houston-area high school. The Cougars are also adding quarterback Adam Schulz, a former Wisconsin high school star who played eight games for Utah before transferring. Tight end M.J. McFarland is joining UTEP after transferring from Texas. He played at an El Paso high school.
Feb 4, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia signed a recruiting class without a lot of the "glitz and glamour" of five-star athletes, but a "blue-collar" group that fills needs on the Cavaliers' roster, coach Mike London said.The class includes 21 players who signed on Wednesday, and two more who have already enrolled.It also includes two players, cornerback T.J. Griffin of Virginia Beach and...
Virginia loads up on defense with 'blue collar' class
Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia signed a recruiting class without a lot of the "glitz and glamour" of five-star athletes, but a "blue-collar" group that fills needs on the Cavaliers' roster, coach Mike London said. The class includes 21 players who signed on Wednesday, and two more who have already enrolled. It also includes two players, cornerback T.J. Griffin of Virginia Beach and linebacker Dominic Sheppard of Miami, who were originally headed for Wisconsin, but followed new assistant coach Chris Beatty to Virginia. "He's paid off right away," London said of Beatty, Virginia's new running backs coach. The class is heavy on defensive players with five linebackers, four defensive linemen and three prospects for the defensive backfield. The Cavaliers lost two linebackers to graduation and had two underclassmen decide to leave school early to make themselves available for the NFL draft. In all, five of the top six tacklers on last season's team that finished 5-7 have departed. One of the top candidates to play right away is 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker C.J. Stalker of West Chester, Ohio. He, along with offensive lineman Grant Polk of Punta Gorda, Florida, are already enrolled, and "You can tell he's going to be a big player," London said of Stalker. Linebacker Jahvoni Simmons of Virginia Beach also will get an opportunity to play early in defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's unit. Simmons and Griffin were teammates at Ocean Lakes High School, which went 51-2 over the past three seasons. The class includes nine players from Virginia. Virginia also signed 6-2 wide receiver Warren Craft of Roanoke, who originally signed with Virginia Tech to play basketball. "I think he might be one of the sleepers of this class," London said, noting that Craft has only played football for two seasons, but can use his leaping ability and frame to his advantage. --- Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Jahvoni Simmons, LB, Virginia Beach, Va. Best of the rest: Grant Polk, OL, Punta Gorda, Florida, and C.J. Stalker, LB, West Chester, Ohio. Late addition: T.J. Griffin, CB, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Dominic Sheppard, LB, Miami. One that got away: Sage Hardin, LB, Georgia.
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacksFeb 2, 2015
The rise of seven-on-seven in high school, integration of spread offenses in college and the visibility of NFL stars have, in some ways, redefined the defensive back position
The evolution of defensive backs: Analyzing the development, recruitment and play of safeties and cornerbacks
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Feb 2, 2015Back in 1984, Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones had two defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft. Cleveland nabbed Chris Rockins in the second round. The LA Rams picked Rod Fisher in the 12th. However, what these players became is as noteworthy as where they began. Jones was the Cowboy assistant who signed both out of high school. “Rockins was a very lightly recruited guy that I almost overlooked, but he long jumped over 24 feet,” Jones said. “Fisher was a split-back veer quarterback.” A common scenario in those days: Have a talented athlete lost on a skill-position depth chart? Throw him in at cornerback or safety. Not anymore. Tuesday night’s presentation of the Jim Thorpe Award in Oklahoma City given to college football’s top defensive back and Signing Day on Wednesday provides a fitting time line to examine the evolution of the position. Jones argues, “football players are football players, regardless of generations,” but changes at the high school level have made an imprint on the college and professional game. Gerod Holliman — the 2014 Jim Thorpe winner from Louisville — is a good example. “I knew I wanted to be a defensive back before I got to high school,” Holliman said. “I played corner most of my life in Pop Warner growing up.” With the integration and success of the spread offense, like so many top prep programs in warm-climate areas, Holliman’s high school team in Miami played extensively in seven-on-seven summer leagues. The pass-happy format gave Holliman countless game-speed repetitions that allowed him to develop his talents. It also aided those recruiting Holliman to play at the next level. “With as much seven-on-seven stuff,” Jones said, “it’s easier to evaluate defensive backs and wideouts probably than it was back before there was much of that.” Increased visibility leads to increased scrutiny. Andy Bogert — a 27-year Oklahoma high school football coaching veteran who retired after leading Heritage Hall on its 3A state championship run last season — says pure athleticism for defensive backs isn’t enough. College recruiters are searching for speed, soft hands, hard hitters, flexible hips, leaping ability and more. “You’ve got to find an unbelievable athlete to play defensive back in college or pro football,” Bogert said. “Before, you could have gotten away with a big guy that can run a little bit and really tackle.” Here’s where it gets even trickier. Holliman was well-deserved in winning the Thorpe Award this year. His 14 picks tied the NCAA record for single-season interceptions set by Al Worley (Washington) in 1968. Two of Holliman’s picks came against Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State. He credits his success to, “capitalizing on all the mistakes of the offense and the different schemes that the coach put me in.” But are interceptions a true measure of a defensive backs worth? Darqueze Dennard, a Michigan State turned Cincinnati Bengal cornerback, won the Thorpe Award in 2013. He recorded just four interceptions that season. “I probably went five or six games where the quarterback didn’t throw to my side once,” Dennard said. “If you can take out a player, that’s huge in the game.” While the merits of taking a possession away and taking a threat away can be debated, there’s no doubt dominant defensive back play has become popularized in recent years. The Patriots’ Darrelle Revis and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman have made sure of that, each becoming household names through their play and often brash public personas. That’s how it all loops back to the high school level. Just look at the latest edition of the Madden football video game series. In 2015, Sherman graces the cover. “As a kid growing up, I saw Michael Vick on the Madden game, I wanted to be like him,” Dennard said. “Now it’s the first-time ever to have a cornerback on the (cover). You’ve got big household names at the position. “Watching the game and listening to commentators saying this and that about them, you might have a different mindset about it. Instead of wanting to play quarterback, you might want to play defensive back.”
Jan 31, 2015
PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group."I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us."A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed...
Sons represent late Junior Seau at Hall of Fame announcement
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Jan 31, 2015PHOENIX (AP) — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage as their names were called. When the eighth man elected Saturday, the late Junior Seau, was announced, his two sons stood with the group. "I wish," 25-year-old Tyler Seau said later, "he was here in person with us." A field-covering, hard-hitting linebacker, the charismatic Seau, who committed suicide at age 43 in 2012, was the only first-time eligible candidate in the Hall's class of 2015. Also getting in Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl, were modern-day players Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. "It's hard when you come into a group of men that have done what they've done, at their caliber, and they're sharing stories and memories that they had together and playing against each other," Tyler Seau said. "It makes you emotional." Researchers who studied Junior Seau's brain said it showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease connected to repeated head injuries, including concussions. His death, less than 2 1/2 years after the end of his playing career, resonated among players in the league, raising worry about the physical and emotional toll the sport takes. Junior Seau played in the NFL for 20 seasons, the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers, followed by three with Miami and four with New England. He was Defensive Player of the Year for San Diego in 1992, made six All-Pro teams, and was a member of the league's All-Decade team of the 1990s. "He never really needed an award to solidify how good he was. This kind of stuff was more for his family, for his mom, his dad, his brothers. Just to make them proud, make his family proud," Tyler Seau said. "For him, he knew what work he put in. So he knew where he was and where he stood amongst these men. And he's rightfully in." Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week he "loved" having Seau on his roster. "I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it," said Belichick, whose team plays the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl. "I'd say the one word that comes to me when I think about Junior and football is 'passion.'" Bettis was a burly running back nicknamed The Bus who began a 13-season career by earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Rams. He capped it by winning the 2006 Super Bowl with the Steelers in a game played in his hometown of Detroit. His 13,662 yards rushing rank fifth in history. "To think a little fat kid who had never played football until high school," Bettis said, "to think I can ascend to this level, this is something I never thought of, never dreamed of." When Brown retired after the 2004 season, he ranked No. 2 in NFL history with 14,934 yards receiving, No. 3 with 1,094 catches, and No. 3 with 100 touchdown catches. This was his sixth year of eligibility. "You know you have to wait your turn," the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner said. "I came in this year hoping for better things." Haley, a defensive end and linebacker, needed to wait 11 years to get in after becoming the first player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams. He called the late 49ers coach Bill Walsh "a father figure to me." Shields was a guard for Kansas City from 1993-2006, never missing a game in his 14 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro three times, a second-team All-Pro four times, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Polian and Wolf were general managers who built Super Bowl champions. Tingelhoff retired in 1978 after starting all 240 games of his career as the center for the Minnesota Vikings. Five nominees were eliminated in Saturday's final vote: Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Earlier in the day, the 46 members on the selection committee reduced the list of 15 modern-day finalists by cutting players Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis and John Lynch, and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson. A candidate needs 80 percent of the vote to get in. The induction ceremony is in August at Canton, Ohio. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this story. ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 31, 2015
The number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined.
A look at why Oklahoma and Oklahoma State don't recruit more Oklahoma high school athletes
BY JASON KERSEY AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jan 31, 2015More than 30 Oklahoma high school seniors will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play college football at the highest level. No more than six of those players, though, will become Sooners or Cowboys. Some of the greatest players in both programs’ histories have come from in-state. Four of OU’s five Heisman Trophy winners — including the two most recent — played high school football in Oklahoma. Even in the last five years, many of the best OU and OSU players have been homegrown. Think about Cowboys like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Sooners like Ryan Broyles and Sterling Shepard. Former Oklahoma high school football players have won 19 of the Sooners’ 36 national awards. Blackmon won back-to-back Fred Biletnikoff Awards as the nation’s best wide receiver, and former Southwest Covenant standout Dan Bailey won the 2008 Lou Groza Award, given to college football’s best kicker. Still, the number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined. Don’t expect that number to improve next year, either. Oklahoma has three current commitments from the state — Midwest City safety Will Sunderland, McAlester tight end Dalton Wood and Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton — and Overton is an academic risk who might not make it to Norman. Norman North quarterback John Kolar is expected to be the only Oklahoman in OSU’s 2015 signing class. Meanwhile, the schools have eight commitments each from Texas high school players. The sheer number of talented high school players from the Lone Star State make it fertile recruiting ground for both schools. While Oklahoma produces around 30-40 FBS-caliber high school seniors each year, Texas produces at least 10 times that many. Pat Jones, who coached the Cowboys from 1984 through 1994, plucked lots of top talent from Texas, including wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and running back Thurman Thomas. But Jones said he thinks the most important thing Mike Gundy has done since becoming the Cowboys’ head coach 10 years ago is take that dedication to recruiting Texas even further. “You can play the numbers game way better down there,” Jones said. “There’s just so many Jenks and Unions, that’s the way I’d put it. “(Gundy’s) coaches spend a ton of time in Texas. I think they’ve probably done as good a job of evaluating down there as probably anybody in the league.” That dedication to Texas — or other states overflowing with talent — has a tendency to upset some high school players and coaches in Oklahoma. Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning isn’t one of them, but he can understand it. Manning has sent several players to FBS schools, including current OU freshman quarterback Justice Hansen. “Some Oklahoma high school coaches take it personally, and it’s because they care about their players,” Manning said. “But the fact is, (college coaches’) jobs depend on making sure they don’t miss and they recruit the right kids for their program.” Many times, that means OU and OSU coaches passing on local players. Sometimes, Oklahoma players are made late offers after other OU and OSU targets fall through. The Sooners just offered Westmoore receiver and Washington State commitment Dahu Green a scholarship last week. Current OU starting linebackers Dominique Alexander (Tulsa Washington) and Jordan Evans (Norman North) were both offered scholarships late in the 2013 recruiting cycle. Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels owns and operates Nutrition & Athletic Club of Choctaw, where he often works with local high school football players hoping to play at the next level, and he often advises them not to get their hopes up about getting attention from OU and OSU. “It does affect these kids,” Runnels said. “There’s a lot of kids around here that wanna stay local, and quite frankly, I have to tell them, ‘Don’t worry about it. Chances are, it’s not gonna happen.’” Runnels knows how they feel, though. As a Carl Albert standout in the 2002 recruiting class, he was committed to Texas A&M until almost Christmas, when OU came with a scholarship offer. “Bob’s the same talent evaluator that gave me a scholarship,” Runnels said. “If he sees a player who’s like me, chances are, he’s gonna give them a scholarship. If there aren’t those players, that’s not really on him. “If this state only has two or three people that he’s really looking at, then to me, that just tells me that the talent is down around here.” That doesn’t mean there aren’t talented players who slip through the cracks. Former Heritage Hall star Wes Welker didn’t get attention from the local schools, went to Texas Tech and became a five-time NFL Pro Bowler. Rafe Watkins thinks OU and OSU coaches have been better the last several years at giving local kids a chance, but still doesn’t understand some decisions. “I really thought Donte Foster deserved a better look from the local schools,” said Watkins, the longtime Guthrie High coach who just finished his first season at Muskogee. Foster, a superstar wide receiver at Guthrie, got so little attention football-wise that he played a season of basketball at Seminole State before transferring to Ohio and catching 21 career touchdown passes. He went undrafted a year ago, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings and is still with the team. Ringling product Jackson Dillon’s father was a Sooner football player, but Dillon didn’t get an OU scholarship offer. The linebacker just wrapped up his sophomore season at Memphis with an 11-tackle, two-sack performance in the Miami Beach Bowl. And sometimes, the best Oklahoma high school players simply choose to go elsewhere. Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko — the state’s top-ranked 2015 prospect — will choose Wednesday between OU, Ohio State and UCLA. Still, the fact remains: Players with top-flight talent don’t go unnoticed by OU and OSU coaches very often. “As an Oklahoma kid, you grow up around here and you see the treatment that OU football players get,” Runnels said. “With the system being what it is and us recruiting all Texas players, as an Oklahoma kid, you’re like, ‘Why not me?’ “Then when you get there, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK. That’s why.’ These guys are huge. They’re fast.”
Five former Oklahoma high school baseball stars and three Los Angeles Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN baseball insider Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects list released Thursday morning. The two-part list is Insider access only, but can be found here and here. Former Broken Arrow star and Oklahoma football commitment Archie Bradley is the highest Oklahoman on […]
Former Oklahoma stars, Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN Top 100 prospects
Jacob Unruh | Jan 29, 2015Five former Oklahoma high school baseball stars and three Los Angeles Dodgers prospects highlight ESPN baseball insider Keith Law's Top 100 prospects list released Thursday morning. The two-part list is Insider access only, but can be found here and here. Former Broken Arrow star and Oklahoma football commitment Archie Bradley is the highest Oklahoman on the list at No. 21, though he dropped from last year's list where he was ranked No. 9. "It was something of a lost year in 2014 for Bradley, who missed two months in the first half because of an elbow injury (called a flexor mass strain) that didn't require surgery," Law writes. "He never quite looked like his old self after his return, even in his stint in the Arizona Fall League." Law goes on to say Bradley still has the makeup of a top-of-a-rotation starter. Other former Oklahoma stars on the list include former Sooner and Colorado Rockies prospect Jon Gray at No. 22 (down from No. 12 in 2014). Former Owasso star and Baltimore Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy climbed the list to No. 26. Former Putnam City and Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Heaney is ranked No. 58 (down from No. 34) after a brief stint in the majors last season. He was traded twice during the offseason and is now the Los Angeles Angels' top prospect. Former Carl Albert star and Miami Marlins prospect J.T. Realmuto also made the list for the first time at No. 72. Former Oral Roberts pitcher and Texas Rangers prospect Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez is ranked No. 86 on the list. The highest-rated player among the Dodgers is shortstop/third baseman Corey Seager, who is ranked No. 5. Seager reached Double-A Chattanooga last season and could likely spend the majority of the upcoming season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. "Seager still has MVP-type upside at third base, where I expect him to be an above-average or better defender, just as his brother Kyle has become, but with a much stronger hit tool," Law writes while pointing out that it's likely Seager won't play shortstop in the majors. Other Dodgers prospects include left-hander Julio Urias at No. 9 and outfielder Joc Pederson at No. 28.
Jan 28, 2015
It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs.
High school notebook: Purcell football coach Greg Willis won't be retained
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 28, 2015Football coach Greg Willis was informed by Purcell administration that he will not be retained next school year. It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs. In 2013, Willis took over a Dragon team that had gone 4-6 the year before and guided them to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm. Purcell remained in the hunt for the district title last season until their final district game. “At no time (during) my tenure here at PHS have I received a poor evaluation as a teacher, coach or administrator,” said Willis, who also served as a science teacher and athletic director. “As football coach, I am very proud of the progress our program has made over the past two seasons in returning the Dragons to the playoffs and playing for the district title. More importantly, I appreciate the opportunity to develop relationships with and providing leadership for our football players that influence them beyond the football field in a positive and impactful way.” Purcell will now be looking to hire a new football coach, who will be the fourth person to hold the position in the last five years. PC WEST’S TYSON JOLLY OFFERED BY SMU Putnam City West senior Tyson Jolly continues to gain momentum on the recruiting scene, with Larry Brown and SMU becoming the latest team in pursuit of the 6-foot-4 guard. The Mustangs made a scholarship offer to Jolly on Wednesday afternoon, PC West coach Lenny Bert told The Oklahoman. SMU has already signed the state’s top senior prospect, Owasso guard Shake Milton. Jolly has remained off the radar because of a health condition that kept him off the court last spring and summer during prime recruiting periods. But his play this season has elevated his status. Tulsa and UTEP — which signed former PC West guard Omega Harris last season — have offered Jolly so far, and other programs, including Oklahoma, continue to show interest. NFHS RECOGNIZES STATE’S TOP COACHES The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2014 State Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma, along with honoring former football coach Milt Bassett with one of the highest awards presented by the NFHS. The Coach of the Year winners include basketball, football, wrestling, softball, cross country, track and field, and swimming. The winners are Tulsa Memorial boys basketball coach Robert Allison, Alva girls basketball coach Eric Smith, Hollis football coach Reade Box, Stillwater wrestling coach Douglas Chesbro, Stillwater boys swimming coach Kurt Goebel, Norman North girls swimming coach Kent Nicholson, Mount St. Mary volleyball coach Mary Jekel, Southmoore softball coach Jeff Small, Kansas boys cross country coach Cory Steele, Anadarko boys track coach Mike Williams and Henryetta girls track coach Brent Wion. The awards are given in appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The NFHS also honored Section 6 Award winners, including Plainview boys golf coach Andy Bloodworth, Santa Fe South boys soccer coach Wes Furley, Byng boys tennis coach Alan Simpson, Ada girls tennis coach Skip Griese and Washington spirit coach Sheila LeForce. Bassett, who is the Oklahoma Coaches Association executive director, received the NFHS Citation Award, which is given annually to individuals who have made exemplary, significant and long-standing contributions to high school sports and activities. NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION TO HONOR 10 PLAYERS The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth $1,000. The recipients are Tanner Bowman of Cherokee, Joe Castiglione Jr. of Mount St. Mary, Jacob Lemons of Quinton, Conan Maltz of Guthrie, Tate Milroy of Morris, Aaron Pierce of Alva, Jacob Rapp of Choctaw, Alexander Ray of Bartlesville, Braden Sweet of Perry and Taylor Witham of Miami.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Feb. 3. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a […]
Oklahoma National Football Foundation scholar-athletes named
Jacob Unruh | Jan 26, 2015The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation announced the 10 High School Scholar Athlete Award recipients Monday who will be honored at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Feb. 3. The winners are based on their performance on and off the field. Each recipient will receive a scholarship worth $1,000. The recipients are Tanner Bowman of Cherokee, Joe Castiglione Jr. of Mount St. Mary, Jacob Lemons of Quinton, Conan Maltz of Guthrie, Tate Milroy of Morris, Aaron Pierce of Alva, Jacob Rapp of Choctaw, Alexander Ray of Bartlesville, Braden Sweet of Perry and Taylor Witham of Miami.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami head athletic trainer Vinny Scavo is heading to next month's NFL Combine, to assist in the evaluation process of more than 300 pro football hopefuls.Scavo says he's making the trip even though he will miss some of the early portion of spring football season at Miami, though both he and the school said the opportunity was one that couldn't be turned down.He says...
Miami athletic trainer Vinny Scavo to work at NFL Combine
Associated Press | Jan 23, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami head athletic trainer Vinny Scavo is heading to next month's NFL Combine, to assist in the evaluation process of more than 300 pro football hopefuls. Scavo says he's making the trip even though he will miss some of the early portion of spring football season at Miami, though both he and the school said the opportunity was one that couldn't be turned down. He says the invite was "humbling." Miami coach Al Golden says Scavo "will be able to see some of the best practices for success at the NFL Combine first-hand" and that what he learns will help the Hurricanes. Scavo started working at Miami in 1984. He also has worked for the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins organizations, several South Florida high schools and USA Baseball.
Jan 14, 2015
HOUSTON (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson was rewarded for helping the Horned Frogs to an impressive turnaround this season by winning the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year on Wednesday night.Patterson led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record a year after they went 4-8."How can you not be honored by being mentioned in the same (sentence) as Bear Bryant," Patterson said.Some were unhappy...
Patterson wins Bryant Award
By KRISTIE RIEKEN, Associated Press | Jan 14, 2015HOUSTON (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson was rewarded for helping the Horned Frogs to an impressive turnaround this season by winning the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year on Wednesday night. Patterson led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record a year after they went 4-8. "How can you not be honored by being mentioned in the same (sentence) as Bear Bryant," Patterson said. Some were unhappy that the Horned Frogs were left out of the first College Football Playoff, but Patterson said he chose not to give into the negativity. "There's never going to be a perfect system," he said. "I knew that if I didn't handle it right then my team wouldn't play well and our fans wouldn't handle it right. We just needed someone to be on the positive side. We just need to move forward." Instead, TCU wrapped up its season with a 42-3 win over Mississippi in the Peach Bowl. Patterson beat out Mississippi's Hugh Freeze and Boise State's Bryan Harsin for the honor. Alabama's Nick Saban and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher were originally finalists for the award, but were disqualified because they could not attend Wednesday's event. Harsin led Boise State to a 12-2 record, capped by a win over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl, in his first season after taking over for Chris Petersen. He credited his players for his success this season. "This year being the first-year transitioning and all that, it's buying in and guys doing all the little things and sacrificing and that really showed up throughout this entire year," Harsin said. Freeze, who took over at Mississippi in 2012, led the team to a 9-4 record this season after a 7-0 start. The Rebels have finished with a winning record in each of his three seasons after going 2-10 the year before he arrived. "In my heart I'm just a high school coach who got a break and has been fortunate in three short years to take a team to relevancy," he said. "So it's certainly an honor to be here." Jimmy Johnson, who won a national title at Miami and back-to-back Super Bowls with the Cowboys was given the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. "Every coach wants to be identified with some of the best that's been in the business so it's an honor," Johnson said. Johnson grew up in Port Arthur about 90 miles from Houston. He said he doesn't have any family remaining in his hometown but that he has a sister in the Houston area and was glad to have another reason to come and visit her. The awards were given in conjunction with the American Heart Association.
Jan 14, 2015
Of all the recent achievements by Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, it would be easy to overlook the fact the standout put together two of the top five rushing performances this postseason.However, in yet another sign of college football's entry into the playoff world, that's exactly what the remarkable Buckeyes sophomore did — finishing with the fourth- and fifth-best single-game...
Elliott's finishes third in rushing after strong finish
By KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Jan 14, 2015Of all the recent achievements by Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, it would be easy to overlook the fact the standout put together two of the top five rushing performances this postseason. However, in yet another sign of college football's entry into the playoff world, that's exactly what the remarkable Buckeyes sophomore did — finishing with the fourth- and fifth-best single-game rushing totals of the 39 bowl games. Elliott's late-season surge was more than enough to carry Ohio State to the inaugural College Football Playoff championship. His 36-carry, 246-yard rushing performance against Oregon, the fourth-best of the postseason, was also enough to lift the 6-foot, 225-pound running back to a third-place rushing finish overall in major college football this season. Elliott, who closed the season with 696 yards rushing in his final three games — including the Big Ten championship game, Sugar Bowl and Monday night's championship win over the Ducks — finished the season with 1,878 yards on the ground. He trailed only a pair of fellow Big Ten running backs in Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Indiana's Tevin Coleman. Not bad for a relative unknown to start the season, one who had only 141 yards rushing after three games before setting career highs in each of the Buckeyes final three while kicking off his 2015 Heisman Trophy campaign with a full offseason to spare. Some other notable statistical performances from the bowl season: BADGER EXCLAMATION: Gordon, who has already said he's leaving Wisconsin for the NFL draft, didn't disappoint in his final college game — rushing for 251 yards on 34 carries in a 34-31 win over Auburn. The junior finished the season with 2,587 yards rushing, second on the all-time single-season list behind Barry Sanders' 2,628 yards in 1988. ROCKET HUNT: While some of the biggest names in college football dominated the ground game during the bowl season, it was Toledo's Kareem Hunt who topped them all — finishing with a GoDaddy Bowl record 271 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore narrowly eclipsed his previous career best (265 yards) in Toledo's 63-44 Toledo win over Arkansas State, which proved the highest-scoring bowl game this season. DEFENSIVE RAZORBACKS: Not to leave the defensive side of the ball out of the statistical fun, no team shut down its opponent during the bowl season quite like Arkansas did in a 31-7 rout of former Southwest Conference rival Texas in the Texas Bowl. The Razorbacks, who improved from 76th in total defense last season to 10th this season under first-year defensive coordinator Robb Smith, held the Longhorns to a grand total of 59 yards of offense — including only two yards rushing on 18 carries. MARVELOUS MARSHALL: Rakeem Cato and Tommy Shuler ended their record-setting careers where they began, with the Marshall duo playing key roles in a Boca Raton Bowl win over Northern Illinois. Cato and Shuler played together in high school in Miami, and they enjoyed their homecoming — with Cato tying the NCAA all-division record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 46th consecutive game. Also, Shuler had 18 catches for 185 yards in the 52-23 win, breaking the Conference USA record for career catches with 322. PASSING HAPPY: Baylor's Bryce Petty had the most passing yards in a bowl game, throwing for a career-best 550 yards in a 42-41 loss to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty, however, had the most passing yards in a win — finishing 31-of-42 passing for 486 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-48 Bahamas Bowl win over Central Michigan. Doughty finished the season second in the nation with an average of 371.5 yards passing per game.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas has announced the signing of a high school offensive lineman from Florida.Coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday that Jalen Merrick of New Smyrna Beach has signed with the Razorbacks. A news release says Merrick chose Arkansas over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and...
Arkansas announces signing of football recruit
Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas has announced the signing of a high school offensive lineman from Florida. Coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday that Jalen Merrick of New Smyrna Beach has signed with the Razorbacks. A news release says Merrick chose Arkansas over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Merrick is expected to enroll in classes at UA this month.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — His name is Tim Harris and everyone calls him "Ice," a nickname that was born decades ago from his affinity for George "The Iceman" Gervin.Years ago, Harris would try to copy Gervin's game on the basketball court.Now, Harris is trying to copy the real glory days of Miami Hurricanes football.A longtime high school coach in Miami with plenty of success, Harris is now the...
For 'Ice' Harris, helping restore Miami's luster is personal
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Jan 10, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — His name is Tim Harris and everyone calls him "Ice," a nickname that was born decades ago from his affinity for George "The Iceman" Gervin. Years ago, Harris would try to copy Gervin's game on the basketball court. Now, Harris is trying to copy the real glory days of Miami Hurricanes football. A longtime high school coach in Miami with plenty of success, Harris is now the Hurricanes' running back coach — and this might be the most critical time of his year. He's a key part of Miami's efforts to restore a stranglehold on recruiting in South Florida, maybe the most talent-rich part of the country and a place that the Hurricanes once could get whomever they wanted. "This is very personal for me," Harris said. "I think we're close to putting this all together, getting back to that level of success, showing the country and the city of Miami who were are, and I've got tears in my eyes right now even thinking about it. That's how passionate I am about getting to where we're supposed to be." Harris isn't in a very high-profile role; he's not a coordinator, doesn't meet with the media often and likes to keep things relatively low-key anyway. But he knows recruiting, first from being a high school coach who was hearing constantly from big-time programs about his players, and now from the other side of the equation. And with signing day looming on Feb. 4, there's no days off for Harris right now — as Miami and just every other school in the nation looks to South Florida as they round out their recruiting classes. "In Miami, and I even thought this as a high school coach, we're making it too easy for everybody else come down here and get kids," Harris said. "I hope Miami will be the first option. We can't get them all, but we hope it's an option." Harris has been back with the Hurricanes for nearly a year. He was on Miami's staff from 2008 through 2010, then went back to his previous job as the head coach at Miami's Booker T. Washington High — where he had a 99-10 record and won three state titles in his two stints. Miami coach Al Golden hired him last March, first to work in operations and then as an assistant coach. Many of Miami's best years have come when the Hurricanes were the go-to school for players in their own backyard, and Harris is trying to make that the case again. "Miami needs to be at the top because that's what our city deserves," Harris said. "Everybody thinks it's supposed to be easy. It's not." Former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger coined the phrase "State of Miami" as he was leading the Hurricanes toward the 1983 national title, the first of five that the school would win in 19 seasons. It meant that getting the best players in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county areas would be an annual priority for the Hurricanes. The priority has never changed. The success rate has. And that's one of many reasons why Miami isn't the same program now that it was in those glory days. The Hurricanes finished on a four-game losing streak and were 6-7 this season, once again ending a year without an Atlantic Coast Conference title or a bowl win. To change that around, the Hurricanes need some help to arrive when signing day comes, and Harris is hoping at least some of the answers are nearby. "We're going to get this thing done," Harris said.
Jan 10, 2015
The redshirt sophomore offensive tackle became immediately eligible to transfer after UAB shut down its football program in December. Salako says OSU coach Mike Gundy was one of the first to contact him.
Oklahoma State football: How UAB transfer Victor Salako wound up a Cowboy
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Jan 10, 2015To a backdrop of grown men sniffling and crying, their rising voices cracked as they yelled and pleaded to the person standing in front of the room. University of Alabama-Birmingham President Ray Watts informed members of the football program last month it had been cut out of the budget for financial concerns. A six-minute video of the team’s emotional reaction to that announcement has more than one million views on YouTube. Voices shout: It’s more than just numbers, it’s people, it’s families, it’s UAB football … People are going to start losing jobs … My 3-year-old, what am I supposed to explain to him? Victor Salako, a former two-year offensive line starter at UAB, was in attendance at that meeting. “I wanted to say something, but I just kept it to myself,” Salako said. “I didn’t want to say anything I would regret.” Players, coaches, assistants and staffers lingered in the meeting room afterword to exchange tearful goodbyes. Salako and the Blazers needed time to digest that they were no longer a team despite being bowl eligible. But less than an hour after UAB’s decision made national headlines, Salako’s phone rang. It was Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. “He was actually one of the first to call me,” Salako said. “We had a good conversation.” Not even a month later, Salako was practicing with the Cowboys before the Cactus Bowl. He said “it’s still mind-blowing.” The unusual circumstances at UAB allowed its players to become immediately eligible to transfer and play elsewhere. Suddenly, the college football recruiting world had its sights set on Birmingham. “It was like 45 minutes to an hour right after we had the meeting with our president,” Salako said. “Everybody on our team was getting phone calls from schools. Some players were getting friend requested on Facebook and Twitter. Two or three days later after it happened, coaches were all over campus. It was crazy. I never had that much attention.” Salako also received interest from Miami, Louisville, Florida and others. “When all this happened, I had a lot of offers,” Salako said. “But I did my homework on those teams who had a lot of depth and the type of players they have currently. Oklahoma State was a great opportunity.” Over his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, Salako — 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds — started 23 of 24 games. He thrived in an up-tempo system with a high snap-count goal similar to the Cowboys’ offense. In 2014, UAB averaged more than 78 plays and 210 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, OSU graduated starting senior offensive linemen Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy. The returning unit ranked among the nation’s worst in protecting the quarterback last season with 40 allowed sacks. Salako must earn his place on the depth chart through summer conditioning, spring ball and fall camp. But if his experience trumps returning youth, Salako could very well be the Week 1 starter at left tackle. “It’s not going to be hard for me to get adjusted,” he said So, who exactly, is this Blazer-turned-Cowboy? Salako, former UAB offensive linemen Cameron Blankenship (now at South Alabama) and Roscoe Byrd (now at Georgia Southern) were all part of UAB’s 2012 recruiting class. His teammates say Salako blossomed last season as a redshirt sophomore. “Unless one of the twos got in, Victor never came out, not once,” Blankenship said. “He’d never say he was tired and he never looked tired … We always use to say that if he got his hands on you, you weren’t going anywhere. He never would really talk about how big, strong or good he was — but he didn’t have to. Everybody knew.” Salako also packs a personality to match, as Blankenship called him “one of the funniest people I’ve met.” Salako was also known for something else — his dance moves. “You might not think that he can dance, but if you get some music going, he can get down a little bit,” Byrd said. “He’s big, but he has great feet.” Added Blankenship: “Especially after a big win. We’re playing music in the locker room and you want to see somebody dance, just find Victor. If he hasn’t started dancing when you get in there, he’s warming up, stretching.” Salako knows he has stiff competition as best dancer in the Cowboys’ locker room. He’s seen the YouTube clips of Gundy breaking it down after victories. When asked if he could take the coach in a dance-off, Salako’s answer was trailed by laughter. “I got some moves,” Salako said. “I think I could.” Salako, born and raised in Hunstville, Ala., is grateful for the jump from Conference USA to the Big 12. But that doesn’t mean the emotional toll of what happened at UAB is completely healed — or if it ever will be. Roscoe says it will “always be a scar” for every former Blazer. “UAB will always have a place in my heart, because coming out of high school they were the only people to give me a chance to play Division-I football,” Salako said. “But playing at a school like this is always what I dreamed of doing since I was a little kid. I’m happy.”
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Less than a week after being named defensive line coach at SMU, Bill Young has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa.TU head football coach Philip Montgomery announced the hiring of Young on Thursday and said he will also coach the defensive line.Young was a part of the staff announced by SMU on Monday.Young has some 45 years coaching experience,...
University of Tulsa hires Young as defensive coordinator
Associated Press | Jan 9, 2015TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Less than a week after being named defensive line coach at SMU, Bill Young has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa. TU head football coach Philip Montgomery announced the hiring of Young on Thursday and said he will also coach the defensive line. Young was a part of the staff announced by SMU on Monday. Young has some 45 years coaching experience, including as defensive coordinator at Tulsa during the 1980s. He has also been defensive coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern California, Miami, Kansas and Oklahoma State. He spent last season as head coach at Yukon High School.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Vinny Testaverde won a Heisman Trophy at Miami. Now his son wants to be a quarterback for the Hurricanes.Vincent Testaverde has applied to transfer from Texas Tech to Miami and is expected to be declared immediately eligible, despite appearing in one game this season for the Red Raiders. As a nonrecruited walk-on at Texas Tech, the typical rule decreeing he sits out...
Another Testaverde set to play football at Miami
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Jan 7, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Vinny Testaverde won a Heisman Trophy at Miami. Now his son wants to be a quarterback for the Hurricanes. Vincent Testaverde has applied to transfer from Texas Tech to Miami and is expected to be declared immediately eligible, despite appearing in one game this season for the Red Raiders. As a nonrecruited walk-on at Texas Tech, the typical rule decreeing he sits out one season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules wouldn't apply. He left Texas Tech to be closer to his family's home in the Tampa, Florida, area — and Miami jumped at the chance to welcome another Testaverde. Miami wanted to add another quarterback behind starter Brad Kaaya. Backups Jake Heaps and Ryan Williams have exhausted their eligibility, and reserve Malik Rosier will also be playing baseball this spring. "I'm certainly very excited for obvious reasons," Vinny Testaverde told The Associated Press. The school hasn't announced the move, presumably because Vincent Testaverde hasn't completed his enrollment. That process could be finished as early as Thursday. Vincent Testaverde completed 15 of 26 passes against Texas in his lone Texas Tech appearance, before leaving earlier this month. His father won the Heisman in 1986, his senior year at Miami. "I think Miami is heading in the right direction," Vinny Testaverde said. The Hurricanes were 6-7 this season and have a rising star at quarterback in Kaaya, plus they haven't won a bowl game since 2006. But Vinny Testaverde raved about the job Miami coach Al Golden has done, especially with an NCAA probe having clouded the program for most of his first three years in Coral Gables. "Everybody wants to be Oregon and Florida State and Alabama and Ohio State and so on," Vinny Testaverde said. "They all want to be there, contending for a national championship. But there's a process that has to take place. I know some don't allow that process to happen. But from what I can see, everything the program has gone through takes a toll. "Now that's cleared, and I'm anxious to see what Coach Golden is going to do." Testaverde said when he was a high school coach, he knew of recruits who dismissed Miami from consideration quickly because of the fear of NCAA sanctions. The NCAA case was resolved in the fall of 2013. "I hope people see if I'm allowing my son to go (there) under the tutelage of Al and his staff, it speaks to what I believe in as far as what Al is doing there," Vinny Testaverde said. "You're not going to allow your kid to go into a bad situation. I want my son to go there. He wants to go there." Vinny Testaverde still ranks fifth on Miami's career passing list with 6,058 yards, and is tied for fourth with 48 touchdown throws. He went on to play 21 NFL seasons, his total of 46,233 yards passing still ranks ninth-best in league history. And now his son is going to follow along the same path. The younger Testaverde plans to wear No. 14 at Miami, his father's retired jersey. "I hope we can make that happen," Vinny Testaverde said.