Football Scoop, IMO, is a reputable source for coaching news. They have a source saying that Everett Withers, OSU's co-Defensive Coordinator, will be the next head coach of James Madison University. He was previously the interim HC of UNC following the ouster of Butch Davis.
Sources tell us that Everett Withers will be the next head coach at James Madison http://t.co/BM6rIrXi39— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 19, 2013
This leaves Luke Fickell as the sole DC at OSU, and most OSUers aren't too pleased with him. He has also been testing the HC market this offseason with the endorsement of Urban.
It's being reported that Tosh Lupoi is being investigated for recruiting violations at UW. According to reports Lupoi gave money to a recruits family to cover the cost of tutoring and online classes.
Confirming what we all knew back when the leaked BTN future schedules came out.
Michigan to face Florida in the 2017 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas: http://mgob.lu/J7GHjB
Little early for mock drafts, but Todd McShay's first edition of his 2014 mock draft is up ($, LINK) and he has Lewan going #9 overall to the Bills, the second OL off the board. Here's what he had to say about Lewan:
Analysis: This scenario works out well for Buffalo. The Bills need to upgrade the O-line and provide QB EJ Manuel with more time to throw, and Lewan could immediately help solidify this unit. Lewan isn't an exceptional athlete but he has enough quickness to get by when coupled with his physicality and mean streak. I've written a few times this season that even though Lewan doesn't always look like a prototype left tackle, he is very effective in run blocking and pass protection. Safety might be seen as a bigger need for Buffalo, but typically if you have a chance to take an offensive tackle over a safety in the first round, you do it.
This is pretty similar to the evaluation McShay gave him last April, when he had Lewan also going #9 overall to the Chargers:
The Chargers must protect QB Philip Rivers better. They hope the healthy return of LT Jared Gaither will fill one spot, but they would still need a right tackle in that scenario and Lewan would fit the bill. He has the length to be effective in pass protection, and he's a tenacious run-blocker who gets under the skin of defenders.
OT: Somewhere Bill Martin is smiling - Texas assembles an interesting search committee to find replacement for Mack Brown
I didnt see this posted yet but have you seen the backgrounds of the eight person committee assembled by Texas to conduct their coaching search? To say their backgrounds are somewhat outside of athletics in general and football specifically would be an understatement:
- 1. Steve Hicks, vice chair of the Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, and owner and executive chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, a private investment firm.
- 2. Robert Stillwell, member of the Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, retired partner at Baker Botts LLP and an original director of Mesa Petroleum Co.
- 3. Michael Clement, accounting professor, McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, and faculty representative to the Men’s and Women’s Athletics Councils.
- 4. Ricardo Hinojosa, United States federal judge for the Southern District of Texas, former member of the university’s Commission of 125.
- 5. Charles Matthews, former vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil, current president of the Texas Exes.
- 6. Robert Rowling, former member of the Board of Regents and owner and chairman of TRT Holdings Inc.
- 7. Charles Tate, chairman of Capital Royalty, former member of the executive committee of the university’s Commission of 125.
- 8. Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The article does mention an executive search firm will also assist in the process but I truly have to wonder what meaningful input this group is going to be able to offer. But hey, maybe Switzerland & Lichtenstein have better football programs than I gave them credit for.