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Transferring Rice redshirt senior DT Preston Gordon said that he has been in contact with Alabama.

Gordon (6'1/280) was a three-year starter for the Owls. He opted to transfer out earlier this winter. He indicated that if the Tide want him, he would have "high, high interest" in potentially joining the champs. Alabama signed just two defensive linemen in their 2018 recruiting class and Gordon could have a real shot at breaking into rotation should he join the boys down in Tuscaloosa. As for other possible landing spots, he's visited Texas Tech and Kansas, with Syracuse, TCU, Tulane and UConn also on his radar. During the 2017 campaign, Gordon registered 34 tackles (4.5 for loss), a sack and two passes defensed. He'll be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer once he finds a new home.
Source: AL.com
Feb 17 - 12:20 PM

Football Scoop reports that Rice is moving S coach Scott Vestal to linebackers coach.

Vestal survived the coaching change from David Bailiff to Mike Bloomgren earlier this winter, with HC Bloomgren opting to retain the assistant as part of his inaugural staff with the Owls. 2017 was Vestal's first year in Houston.
Feb 16 - 1:03 PM

Transferring Rice redshirt senior T Calvin Anderson said that Texas A&M could be a player for his move.

Anderson (6'5/300) told Sports Illustrated prior to his Friday flight to Auburn -- he's off on a visit to the Tigers this weekend -- that the Aggies could potentially jump TCU in his mental hierarchy. Michigan and Texas were his favorites as of the beginning of February, with Oklahoma and Auburn also in the hunt. Anderson finished his Rice career having recorded 36 consecutive starts at left tackle. He plans on making his final decision on a new program by March 25, his birthday.
Feb 9 - 3:52 PM

Transferring Rice redshirt senior T Calvin Anderson is taking a visit to Auburn this weekend.

Anderson (6'5/300) started 36 consecutive games at left tackle to close out his career with the Owls. He announced his transfer intent in early January. Since then, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Auburn have all emerged as contenders to land the tackle stalwart. The Austin native indicated at the beginning of February that Michigan and Texas are currently his two leaders in the clubhouse. Auburn has a strong pitch, though, as they have an immediate vacancy at left tackle.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 9 - 11:26 AM

Former Ball State HC Pete Lembo will be the new associate head coach and special teams coordinator at Rice.

Lembo joines the Owls after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Maryland. Before joining the Terrapins, he served as the head coach at Ball State, compiling a 33-29 record from 2011-2015 and coaching the Cardinals to two bowl games. He's also served as a head coach at Elon and Lehigh at the FCS level.
Feb 2 - 7:35 PM

Transferring Rice redshirt senior T Calvin Anderson indicated that Michigan and Texas are the current leaders for his move.

Anderson (6'5/300) additionally ticked off Auburn, Oklahoma and TCU as programs he is considering, though he said that TCU is on the bottom of that particular totem pole. He closed out his career at Rice starting 36 consecutive games at left tackle while earning Conference USA honorable mentions for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Anderson has said that he is hoping to have a final decision by March 25, his birthday.
Feb 2 - 10:55 AM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh met with Rice redshirt junior T Calvin Anderson, a grad transfer.

Anderson announced he'd transfer out of Rice last week. As a grad, he's eligible to play immediately. Harbaugh and crew are looking to bolster what was a shoddy offensive line in 2017, and Anderson (6'5/300) would fit the bill. He was voted honorable mention Conference USA the past two seasons, and started his last 36 games for the Owls. Pittsburgh and Texas are also in the mix for Anderson, who is considered a potential NFL tackle. "I’ll be making visits as soon as I possibly can and I haven’t decided where my five visits will be but it’s very likely Pitt will be one of them," Anderson said. "The very latest I’d like to decide by is March 25th, which is my birthday."
Jan 15 - 6:37 PM

Rice redshirt junior T Calvin Anderson will transfer as a graduate.

Because Anderson (6'5/300) graduated without exhausting his eligibility, he'll be able to transfer without sitting out for a season. The senior tackle was voted honorable mention Conference USA the last two years, and started his final 36 games for the Owls.
Jan 9 - 7:04 PM

Football Scoop reports that Rice will hire Stanford offensive assistant Joe Ashfield to serve as offensive line coach.

Ashfield has been on staff at Stanford since 2013. He had also previously worked as an assistant with the program from 2005-06. His new gig with Rice coaching up the o-line will be his first as a titled FBS coach.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that former Ball State HC Pete Lembo is a strong candidate for the Fordham job.

Lembo, who will turn 48 in April, has spent the last two years as the Assistant Head Coach along with coaching the special teams and tight ends. Before that, he coached Ball State to 33-29 record and took the Cardinals to two bowl games. He also served as a head coach at Elon and Lehigh, and has three playoff appearances at the FCS level. Fordham's previous coach, Andrew Breiner, left for Mississippi State to work under new Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 06:27:00 PM

ESPN's Ivan Maisel reports that North Carolina Central HC Jerry Mack has been hired to serve as Rice's offensive coordinator.

In the FBS ranks, Mack has previously acted as wide receivers coach for Memphis (2011) and South Alabama (2012-13). He's put up a 31-15 record with North Carolina Central since taking over as head coach prior to the 2014 season. He is well-acquainted with Rice HC Mike Bloomgren, having worked with him at Delta State in the mid-2000's.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:40:00 PM

ESPN's Ivan Maisel reports that Rice has hired Michigan DB coach Brian Smith to serve as defensive coordinator.

Smith initially joined HC Jim Harbaugh's staff in the winter of 2016 after spending the previous eight seasons working on the staffs of the Philadelphia Eagles (2015) and Jets (2007-14). Under his watchful eye, Michigan's pass defense has been among the best in the country over the past two seasons. His defensive-coordinating gig on new Rice HC Mike Bloomgren's staff will be the highest-profile job he's received at the collegiate level.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:01:00 PM

Rice will hire Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren as head coach.

The 40-year-old Bloomgren has served as the Cardinal’s offensive coordinator for the past five seasons and its OL coach the two seasons before that, coaching Andrew Luck and Christian McCaffrey along the way. Before that, he spent four years with the New York Jets. Bloomgren replaces David Bailiff, who went 5-7, 3-9 and 1-11 over the last three years after winning the Conference USA title in 2013.
Source: Yahoo
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Rice and head coach David Bailiff have parted ways and the team will make a new hire ahead of the 2018 season.

Bailiff's 10-year tenure at Rice is uncommon at the college level. The program during that time produced highs and lows, including a 10-3 season in 2008 and a 10-4 season in 2013. The program went downhill after that, however, as Rice finished 1-11 this year.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Rice junior RB Samuel Stewart was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter of Saturday's game against North Texas.

Stewart was done for several minutes before being assisted off the field via backboard and cart. Unless this injury concern is less serious than initially thought, the junior will likely not return to Saturday's contest. Austin Walter figures to see the bulk of carries for the remainder of the game.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 02:31:00 PM


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