Baylor AD Ian McCaw resigned.
In a statement released by Baylor on Monday, McCaw said, "My time at Baylor has been an incredible journey filled with some of the most remarkable people I have ever known." He indicated that "a change in athletics department leadership is in Baylor University's best interest in order to promote the unity, healing and restoration that must occur in order to move forward." McCaw -- who helped the Bears settle on interim HC Jim Grobe before tendering his resignation -- had served as Baylor's athletic director since 2003. No interim AD has been named as of this posting.
Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe will be announced as Baylor's interim head coach for the 2016 season, according to 247 Sports.
The report adds "the remainder of Baylor's coaching staff are expected to stay intact for the 2016 season." Grobe resigned from Wake Forest in 2013 after coaching with the program since 2001. Perhaps the school realized promoting defensive coordinator Phil Bennett was the wrong move, as all eyes are on a program that handled sexual assault allegations horrendously, with the coaching staff at the center of attention. On the field, Grobe is known for his defense and producing winning programs despite possessing "lesser talent."
Four-star 2018 RB T.J. Pledger will visit Ohio State.
Pledger will be taking part in a camp in Ohio this summer. While he is in the area, he will stop by Ohio State's campus for a look-see. He referred to it as a "big trip." The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder out of West Hills, California, is also eyeing a visit to Tennessee -- he had actually been hoping to visit the Volunteers this spring, but wasn't able to make it out to Knoxville. Michigan State and Michigan are also showing early interest in Pledger.
According to the expense report obtained by the Detroit News, Michigan spent $348,553 for its spring trip to Florida.
Just shy of half of that money -- $146,912 -- went to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. IMG hosted the Wolverines for their at-the-time controversial spring practice trip at the end of February. Per ESPN, "[t]hat money covered lodging on campus, team meals and use of the school's facilities." Other expenses of note: $107,148 for flights, $51,395 for ground transportation and $39,519 on per diems and meals not provided by IMG Academy. As for the impact of the trip itself, HC Jim Harbaugh was all raves. "I'd recommend it to us to do it again," he said. "There were no negatives. There were all positives."
Georgia HC Kirby Smart addressed expectations, saying, "I feel the pressure of the whole state."
"The people that love this place, I want to be great for them," Smart said. "I want to be great for us. I want to be great for these players." He referred to the immense task of taking over as head coach at Georgia -- previous HC Mark Richt held a 145-51 record in his 15-year career with the Bulldogs-- as "overwhelming [at times]" and spoke to the goal of winning the conference. "That's the aiming point: going and winning the SEC and getting in that four and then going and playing teams that maybe aren't as good as the ones you played during the year."
USC told three-star 2017 QB Chase Garbers that if he performs well in summer camp, they might make him an offer.
Garbers confided in Rivals' Adam Gorney that the Trojans compared his situation to that of redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold, who himself only earned an offer after strong camp work in the summer of 2014. As for schools that have outstanding offers to the 6-foot-2, 191-pound gunslinger, Gorney notes that Cal and Washington currently hold an edge for Garbers' commitment, with Vanderbilt and Boise State also "seriously in the running."
Virginia DL coach Ruffin McNeill said that he is "excited to be coaching and teaching."
East Carolina somewhat unexpectedly fired McNeill after the end of the 2015 season. The 57-year-old subsequently landed on his feet as a DL coach under new Cavaliers HC Bronco Mendenhall. "I love teaching and coaching, coaching and teaching, and coach Mendenhall is a great man to work with and for," McNeill said, "and these kids here at UVA are excited and energized and wanting to have a great 'coach me, coach' mentality." For his part, Mendenhall said that McNeill offers a "tremendous" complement to his own coaching style and personality.
Of the team's quarterbacking situation, Alabama HC Nick Saban said, "If it takes until the third game [to determine a starting QB], so be it."
"You can say, 'This guy's the starter,' but if the players in the room don't think he's the starter ... he's really not the starter until everybody thinks he should be the starter," Saban said. Saban has been consistent in preaching patience with the Tide quarterback competition between Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Jalen Hurts. In late March, AL.com's Michael Casagrande reported that all was quiet on the metaphorical Western Front of the battle, writing that "not much has been said to this point." Two months later, that statement remains accurate.