May 27

Lane Kiffin bringing Michigan, Tennessee, others to Florida Atlantic camp

Will new coach Lane Kiffin have success early at Florida Atlantic? (AP)
Florida Atlantic hired Lane Kiffin on Dec. 12. (AP)

Lane Kiffin will reportedly welcome some coaching colleagues to Florida Atlantic next month, including at least one of his former employers.

According to multiple outlets, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (and staff) and coaches from Tennessee, where Kiffin was head coach in 2009 before unceremoniously departing for USC, will be among those in attendance for June 5’s Owls Elite camp in Boca Raton. Coaches from Arkansas (including Bret Bielema, per ESPN.com), Illinois and Vanderbilt will also make the trip to see some of the local high school talent. Oregon is also involved, according to the Sun Sentinel.

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Staffs from Alabama, where Kiffin was the offensive coordinator before parting ways with the program ahead of the national championship game, LSU, Georgia, Michigan State and Iowa also “could join the camp,” according to ESPN.

Another camp — an Adidas Showcase — will be hosted by FAU a few days later on June 8. That camp involves coaches from Arizona State, Nebraska, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State, Texas A&M, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and others.

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These camps, often called satellite camps, have become increasingly popular in recent years, prompting rule changes. For one, the number of days coaches can participate in camps decreased from 30 to 10. Also, camps must “take place on a school’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition.”

Satellite camps were briefly banned by the NCAA Division I Council last offseason, but the Division I Board of Directors quickly rescinded that ruling and called for further discussion.

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May 26

Neb WR Stanley Morgan Jr. arrested on pot charge in Florida (Yahoo Sports)

Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. was arrested in Florida on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana this month, but a prosecutor reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. Omaha television station KETV reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2r6JS56 ) that M…

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May 26

SEC’s Sankey remains critic of early football signing period (Yahoo Sports)

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has been on the losing end of the argument against an early football signing period. Other issues include collaborative instant replay in men’s basketball and graduate transfer policies. SEC coaches li…

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May 26

Auburn keeps talking about SEC division realignment for some reason

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Auburn officials really want to get a discussion going about realigning the divisions in the SEC.

Both Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs have made comments about the conference’s East and West divisions following former Auburn coach Pat Dye’s ideas about changing the divisions. Thursday, Jacobs said the school was “open” to the possibility of moving to the East. From AL.com:

“It makes sense,” Jacobs said on WNSP-FM 105.5. “If we ever had the opportunity to geographically realign, it makes sense. It really makes sense for Missouri, because of the travel or other things like that.”

It also makes sense for the Big 12 to have 12 teams (it has 10) and for the Big Ten to have 10 teams (it has 14), but welcome to the college football landscape in 2017. Not everything makes sense.

When Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC before the 2012 football season, none of the SEC’s current teams switched divisions. The Aggies were added to the West while Missouri — located further to the east than A&M — was added to the East. Geographically, the spot should have gone to Auburn, which was the eastern-most West division team at the time.

If the SEC was to realign, expansion would have been the appropriate time to do it. That way both Missouri and A&M could have slotted into the West. The move has worked out pretty well for the (Missouri) Tigers, who won the SEC East in 2013 and 2014. After the 2013 season, Auburn beat Missouri in the SEC Championship Game.

But here we are five years later and, somewhat curiously, Auburn is still the only school publicly championing the idea. Maybe it’s because of the SEC West dominance by Alabama and coach Nick Saban. The Tide have won the division in five of the last six seasons.

“You look at the map and obviously it makes sense,” Malzahn said at the Regions Pro-Am golf tournament via SEC Country. “There’s a lot more to it than just the map and all that. But that’s [Dye’s] opinion and he’s been around a long time. But there’s a lot more to it.”

Malzahn is right — there is a hell of a lot more to a move than simply swapping Missouri and Auburn. And that’s strictly from a football sense.

The SEC’s eight-game schedule includes six division games, an annual rivalry game with the same non-division opponent and a rotating game with a non-division opponent. Alabama’s rivalry game is against Tennessee and Auburn’s is against Georgia.

In an Auburn-to-the-East scenario the Georgia game becomes a division game and the Iron Bowl undoubtedly would become the annual East-West game for Alabama and Auburn. But while that would work out nicely for Auburn, it deprives Tennessee of a tradition and forces the SEC to establish a “rivalry” between the Volunteers and Missouri.

And given the current football climate in the conference, how are SEC East teams going to feel about Auburn replacing Missouri? The Tigers from Alabama are a better program than the Tigers from Missouri.

Auburn brought up the realignment idea a year ago. Malzahn said last spring that he expected it to be a discussion at the league’s meetings and there was never any summer traction about realignment. If we had to guess, we’d assume the same scenario will be repeated in 2017. But hey, it’s the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and Auburn apparently wants to give SEC fans something to discuss over drinks at the lake.

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May 26

ESPN signs Chip Kelly as college football studio analyst (Yahoo Sports)

Chip Kelly is getting back into the college football business, this time without a headset. The former Oregon coach is joining ESPN as a studio analyst next season. ESPN announced Friday it has signed him to a multiyear deal.

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May 26

Minnesota athletic official suspended in sex harassment case (Yahoo Sports)

A University of Minnesota athletics administrator accused of sexual harassment will be suspended without pay for two weeks and demoted to resolve the latest black eye for the department. The university on Thursday released findings of an internal inve…

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May 26

Chip Kelly heads back to college football … in a television role

After four seasons as Oregon’s head coach, Chip Kelly spent four seasons as an NFL head coach. (Getty)

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly is joining ESPN.

The network announced Friday that Kelly would serve as an analyst for its college football coverage in 2017. Per ESPN, Kelly will serve as a studio analyst for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on ESPN2. He’ll also be part of ESPN’s NFL coverage on Sundays.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in an ESPN release. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.”

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, left Oregon to coach the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He was fired from the Eagles with one game left in the 2015 season and became the San Francisco 49ers coach in 2016. But that gig only lasted a season. The 49ers made a massive personnel overhaul after a 2-14 season, firing Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke.

In nearly three seasons with Philly he compiled a 26-21 record and went 10-6 in his first two seasons with the team. However the 2013 season was the only time Philadelphia went to the playoffs in Kelly’s tenure.

In four seasons as Oregon’s head coach Kelly went 46-7. His teams went to BCS games at the conclusion of each season and the 2010 team lost to Auburn on a last-second field goal in the National Championship Game.

Kelly came to the NFL after establishing an up-tempo no-huddle attack at Oregon. The Ducks’ offense became one of the most potent in the country under his watch and continued to be one of the best after Kelly’s offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich was hired to succeed him in 2013.

But just like Kelly was fired at the end of 2016, so was Helfrich. Oregon parted ways with Helfrich after the school’s first losing season since 1994. The Ducks hired South Florida coach Willie Taggart to replace him; the first time Oregon had hired a football head coach from outside the program since 1976.

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May 26

BIll Snyder: NCAA football protocol changes need to be better thought out

Bill Snyder’s Kansas State team is in our way-too-early top 25. (Getty)

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder isn’t going to be tabbed as a spokesperson to tout the NCAA’s recent college football rule changes.

Coaches and conference commissioners recently approved the addition of an early signing period for high school recruits along with host of other changes to the bylaws that govern college football. Snyder wishes some of those changes would have gotten some more pondering.

“People really ought to give some thought to the things they do before they do them,” Snyder said at a booster event this week via KansasCity.com. “So much of what has been done by the NCAA recently has not been well thought out, and you will see some changes. They will come around very quickly, because these won’t work.”

In addition to the signing period, the NCAA approved the addition of a 10th assistant coach, prohibited two-a-days in fall camp and limited the number of camp days coaches can participate in over the summer. Snyder, 77, is likely OK with having another assistant coach in 2018, but he’s not a fan of the timing of the early signing period or the changes made to fall camp structures.

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The early signing period is set for Dec. 20-22. That will be in the midst of bowl preparations for many teams who made the postseason. And some teams that didn’t make bowl games may not even have coaching staffs at that time. December is a prime time for schools to make coaching changes.

The period is designed to help give recruits a chance to make their decision — assuming it’s solid — official weeks before National Signing Day in February. But according to Snyder, the signing period will force assistant coaches to juggle more and more during the season as the recruiting process gets more intense.

“It puts you in a position where, during the course of a season, you have to spend more time away from your own players and that is not fair to them,” Snyder said. “I have always been a strong believer that your program is about the people that you have and you need to do due diligence to them. This kind of takes away from that.”

The longtime Kansas State coach said earlier this spring that he was done with cancer treatments. He was diagnosed with throat cancer as Kansas State prepped to beat Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.

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May 26

Letter: Pepper Hamilton's Baylor findings were confidential because of possible legal action

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According to a letter cited in the latest Title IX lawsuit against Baylor, the findings between the Pepper Hamilton law firm and the school were “privileged work product” in “anticipation of litigation.”

The lawsuit, filed last week by a woman who alleges that she was gang-raped by former Baylor football players, says that Baylor and the law firm reclassified their relationship as the firm was looking into the school’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations.

The suit cites a letter between the law firm and the school in February of 2016. From the Waco Tribune:

The motion includes a February 2016 letter from then-Pepper Hamilton attorney Gina Maisto Smith to Baylor regent David Harper, in which both parties agreed that the investigation’s findings and communications between them “are in anticipation of litigation and are privileged work product.”

Pepper Hamilton’s work constituted professional legal service to Baylor and is protected by attorney-client privilege, the letter goes on to say. The document is signed by Smith, Harper and now-Baylor General Counsel Chris Holmes.

Pepper Hamilton was hired by Baylor in September of 2015 as an independent investigator of the school’s inability to properly act regarding accusations of sexual assault. Baylor has said that Pepper Hamilton didn’t produce a written report at the conclusion of its findings outside of the summary published publicly in May of 2016. Former coach Art Briles was fired after the investigation finished and president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw resigned.

The latest suit, the seventh Title IX suit filed against the school, alleges Baylor lacked the standards for support of victims of sexual assault and that some former football players viewed gang rapes as a team bonding experience. In March, the school filed a motion to dismiss a suit that alleged 52 sexual assaults were committed by football players.

The motion detailing the letter says the importance of information behind the Pepper Hamilton needs to be public for the suit to proceed. Baylor has argued that all information unrelated to the plaintiffs in the pending suits shouldn’t be released because of privacy concerns.

Two former Baylor players are currently serving prison terms on rape charges while two others are facing sexual assault indictments. The school has touted the steps its taken since the Pepper Hamilton investigation including changes to leadership and its student support system.

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May 25

Paralyzed in 2015, Southern's Devon Gales begins walking again

Former Southern wide receiver Devon Gales is making some awesome progress in his rehab.

Gales, who was paralyzed in 2015 after a hit on a kickoff vs. Georgia, posted a video of himself taking steps on Thursday.

Im on the way!! pic.twitter.com/4Kz77luWdT

— devongales (@devongales) May 25, 2017

Gales suffered a broken sixth cervical vertebra when he collided with Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan during a game between Southern and Georgia on Sep. 26, 2015.

Throught the grueling process Gales has been an inspiration with his positive outlook. He offered up this memorable quote after he was released from Atlanta’s Shepherd Center in February of 2016 after months of inpatient rehab.

“Basically this is just a temporary setback,” Gales said. “But it’s not a setback, it’s another blessing. I know I’m going walk out. I know I’m going to have a testimony that I will speak on.”

In March, Gales and his family attended Morgan’s wedding. The two players became close in the months after the fluke hit that injured Gales. The school also launched a fundraising campaign earlier in the year to build a handicap-accessible house for his family.

Devon Gales (L) was paralyzed in September 2015. (AP)

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