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One NFL scout told Packers beat writer Bob McGinn that Syracuse OL Justin Pugh is one of the smartest players he has scouted in 12 years.

"Like a coach on the field," the scout added. "He came into our room at Indy and told us he was a left tackle, which I'm sure his agent told him to say because they make the most money," another scout said. "He doesn't have the feet to play out on an island. He is ornery. Good technician. He's high intangibles. He bends well enough. He's a second- or third-round guy that will be a solid player for a long time."
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Josh Newberg of 247Sports reports that Oregon HC Willie Taggart has contacted former Texas HC Charlie Strong about the possibility of becoming the Ducks' new defensive coordinator.

This is getting interesting, because Strong is also a leading candidate to replace Taggart as South Florida's head coach. Oregon president Michael Schill told Taggart to "Go out and find a great defensive coordinator" during Taggart's interview process. It appears that Taggart is in the ironic position of hoping that his former employer is lower on Strong than he is. Stay tuned.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 9 - 3:27 PM

Temple edge rusher Hasson Reddick accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Reddick was a key cog in Matt Rhule's defenses over the past few years. In fact, he leaves Temple as the school's all-time leader in tackles for loss. Not only that, but Reddick leads the FBS with 21.5 tackles for loss this season.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 9 - 3:15 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain announced that senior QB Austin Appleby will start in the Outback Bowl against Iowa.

Luke Del Rio will likely serve as his backup for the Jan. 2 game in Tampa. During his session with reporters on Thursday, McElwain also dismissed the possibility that he would start either first-year freshman Feliepe Franks and Kyle Trask; playing either would burn their redshirts. "Austin right now will be the starter," McElwain said. "I think Luke should be ready to go; we'll see there. Another one of those injury guys that hopefully will be back and get some reps in, but that [is] yet to be determined as we go forward." Appleby has started the past four games for the injured Del Rio, going 85-of-143 passing for 945 yards and an 8/5 TD/INT ratio.
Dec 9 - 12:45 PM

Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen called Kentucky's offensive line the "most physical" unit he faced this season.

"I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. It was a wake-up call upfront that said ‘hey, you got to bring it. These guys are playing. It’s SEC ball now," Allen said of Kentucky's offensive line. Allen notched a sack in that game, but this is extremely high praise from the highly touted defensive lineman. Kentucky center Jon Toth is on his way to the Senior Bowl.
Source: SEC Country
Dec 9 - 10:41 AM

Houston named offensive coordinator Major Applewhite the school's next head coach.

It is a direct promotion for Tom Herman's offensive coordinator since 2015. Applewhite has strong ties to Texas, after playing for the Longhorns and spending most of his career in the state with stints at Syracuse and Alabama. Applewhite has zero head coaching experience. As you know, it was previously reported by Dan Wolken that Lane Kiffin would likely be named coach, but Applewhite is more likely to stay at houston long term.
Dec 9 - 10:16 AM

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is negotiating with Cincinnati to become the school's next head coach, according to Russell Johnson of Rivals.

Fickell took over as Ohio State's interim head coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel was fired and before Urban Meyer was hired. For recruiting purposes, Fickell certainly knows the area well after spending his entire coaching career in the state. There is no timetable for an announcement at this time, according to Johnson.
Dec 9 - 9:58 AM

Alabama HC Nick Saban prefers for OC Lane Kiffin to remain with the team through the College Football Playoffs.

Kiffin is reportedly close to being named head coach of Houston. "We're very supportive of Lane in terms of him having an opportunity to be a head coach again after the great job that he did for us," Saban said. "So hopefully [the Houston job] or some other opportunity will work out well for him so he gets the opportunity to be a head coach again." Asked if Kiffin would be with the Tide on Dec. 31 for the Peach Bowl against Washington, Saban said: "I think he'll want to finish the season with us but I can't speak to that right now because we haven't discussed something that is a hypothetical situation to this point. And I'm not going to answer any more questions about hypothetical situations." If the reports are true, we should know of Kiffin's future plans in the next day or two.
Source: AL.com
Dec 8 - 9:17 PM

Transferring USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.

We like the fit. The Panthers prefer pro-style quarterbacks and will have an opening under center next year following Nathan Peterman's graduation. Browne was the nation's No. 1 pro-style passer in 2013, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Last week, Browne announced that he won't stay with the Trojans through their bowl game. Instead, he's turned his attention to the transfer process, which became inevitable after he lost his job to Sam Darnold after three games. A graduate transfer, Browne is eligible to play immediately wherever he winds up.
Source: ESPN
Dec 8 - 9:09 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy passes along that NCAA president Mark Emmert's preference is for an eight-team Playoff.

Emmert would like to see an expanded Playoff in order to allow for all five Power 5 conference champions to be included in the field. Penn State, who won the Big Ten title with a thrilling victory over Wisconsin this past weekend, was left out of the Playoff proceedings in favor of Pac-12 champ Washington on Sunday. Whether Emmert's desire for an expanded Playoff actually leads to an expanded Playoff remains to be seen. The size of the field figures to be discussed in more substantive depth this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 8 - 6:55 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USF has entered negotiations with former Texas HC Charlie Strong to fill their vacant head-coaching position.

With Willie Taggart off to Oregon earlier this week, South Florida has been quick to move forward in their coaching search. Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders writes that the Bulls have "zeroed in" on Strong, who was fired by Texas at the end of the season following a 5-7 campaign. Cummings relays that Strong and USF could reach agreement by this weekend.
Dec 8 - 6:43 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles is suing three school regents and a vice president for libel.

Per the Associated Press report, Briles is "accusing [the associated parties] of falsely stating he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn't report them." In addition, his lawsuit alleges that Baylor officials conspired to prevent him from landing another head-coaching job. The university has yet to issue comment on this lawsuit. Briles was terminated in May as part of an organizational shakeup in response to the school's sexual assault scandal.
Dec 8 - 6:29 PM




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