• #101 by jbcarol on 01 Nov 2016

  • #102 by jbcarol on 04 Nov 2016

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    With the report that John Cohen will take over as Mississippi State’s director of athletics, that will leave a vacancy for the baseball coach position with the Bulldogs.

    The Advocate’s Luke Johnson is reporting that Andy Cannizaro, who currently serves as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at LSU, will become the head coach at Mississippi State.
  • #103 by jbcarol on 17 Nov 2016

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    OXFORD - Ole Miss has placed assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations, Barney Farrar, on administrative leave, according to a report from

    The website reported Farrar did not accompany the football team to Texas A&M last weekend and that he's not expected to travel with the Rebels to Vanderbilt this weekend.

    Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork declined to comment on the situation, as did a university spokesman. Attempts by The Clarion-Ledger to reach Farrar were unsuccessful.

    Hugh Freeze wouldn't comment on the matter Wednesday. When asked if he was still confident in the core values of his program, Freeze said "absolutely."

    Farrar was assistant athletic director for external affairs at Ole Miss in 2006. His second stint with the Rebels began in December 2011.

    During the NFL Draft, photos of an alleged text exchange between former Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and John Miller, assistant athletic director for football operations, were revealed on Tunsil's Instagram.

    In the photos, Tunsil asks for money to pay rent and for his mother's $305 electric and water bill. In his reply, Miller said "see Barney next week."
  • #104 by jbcarol on 25 Nov 2016

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    LSU’s dominant performance on the road against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving has been overshadowed by the coaching rumors swirling on Thursday night.

    Alas, officials from the university have issued a statement.

    “There are a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about LSU’s coaching search,” the release said. “We will not comment on this speculation and are currently focused on our game against Texas A&M. There is a process in place for the search, and we will take our time to make sure the best decision is made for the future of the program.”

    This statement comes after speculation regarding Houston coach Tom Herman to LSU was in the works. At the start of the LSU-Texas A&M game, multiple outlets reported that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva met with Herman about the coaching vacancy and that a deal between the two sides was already agreed upon.

    Alleva was interviewed by the ESPN sideline reporter, but did not offer comment.

    Later on, he did release this on the subject:

    “Contrary to media reports, there has been no decision made on who will be the next football coach at LSU,” Alleva said. “Coach (Ed) Orgeron has done a great job of leading this team since taking over in late September and we are pulling hard for the Tigers tonight against Texas A&M. As we stated earlier, we are going to take our time and make sure we select the right person to lead our football program.”
  • #105 by jbcarol on 19 Dec 2016
  • #106 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2017
  •  Josh Ward ‏@Josh_Ward Jan 4

    Tennessee might not hire an AD until April or May, the vice-chairman of UT's Board of Trustees told @JimmyHyams.
  • #107 by jbcarol on 16 Jan 2017

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    Scarblog: Alabama football program broke with tradition in a big way. Instead of hiring the best available head coach from the family tree, the school landed the best available coach.


    Ten years later, it appears the Alabama athletics department is about to make that same break.

  • #108 by jbcarol on 16 Jan 2017
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  • #110 by jbcarol on 11 Apr 2017

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    Byrne is 45 years old, 30 years younger than his predecessor, Bill Battle, a former coach who had been the founder and CEO of Collegiate Licensing Company. Before him Mal Moore, who had an extensive coaching career, was 73 when he stepped down for health reasons just before his death in 2013.

    Byrne’s never been coach, but grew up around college athletics as the son of a legend in his profession. His father Bill was the athletic director at Idaho State (1971-76), New Mexico (1976-79), San Diego State (1980-82), Oregon (1983-92), Nebraska (1992-2002) and Texas A&M (2002-12), which led to a diverse childhood but in a way started preparing him for his eventual career path.

    Following suit, Byrne’s worked fund raising and athletic oversight at Oregon (1995-98), Oregon State (1998-2002), Kentucky (2002-05) and Mississippi State (2006-08), before being promoted to replace Larry Templeton as the Bulldogs’ AD. That led to Arizona in 2010, where he contributed to a significant upgrade in the Wildcat’s facilities.

    Meanwhile, his coaching hires have reflected his desire to be innovative and out in front of the latest trends. They’ve included Dan Mullen and Rich Rodriguez, the second of which he announced on Twitter.

    Not only is that kind of thing foreign to Alabama, it’s never had an AD who embraced social media. Fans still are getting used to seeing things like during the recent NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament when Byrne posted a photo from his high school team. One of its coaches was current Gonzaga head coach Mark Few...

  • #111 by jbcarol on 26 Apr 2017

  • Vote of confidence for McGarity
  • #112 by jbcarol on 12 May 2017
  • #113 by jbcarol on 25 May 2017

  • Maybe they could hire Scott Stricklin to fire Scott Stricklin.
  • #114 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2017
  • #115 by jbcarol on 12 Jun 2017

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    Arkansas athletic director is known for his time as the first chair and public face of the College Football Playoff selection committee. In that role, Long went on ESPN every week to defend the committee’s rankings —

    “What a lot of people don’t get to see about Jeff is he’s actually really funny,” said Chris Freet...

    Long’s Twitter biography includes his “Twitter strategy,” in which he writes his hope to “engage, enlighten, relieve stress & have FUN along the way.”

    In a recent interview with SEC Country, Long said his main goal in using Twitter is to connect with Arkansas supporters.

    “We do surveys and things, but on Twitter, you can learn what people are thinking in real time,” Long said. “I think it’s important for ADs to connect.”
    A sense of duty

    Freet said the first thing people should understand about Long’s use of social media is he is a naturally curious person.

    “He asks me every two months, ‘Do I need to do more on Instagram? Do I need to get back on Facebook? Do I need to do more on Snapchat? Where do I need to do more?’” Freet said. “He’s a curious person and also feels a sense of duty to use social media as a platform.”

    Even if Long doesn’t immediately respond to a certain tweet containing a comment or concern, he usually will forward it to his staff via email or text...
  • #116 by jbcarol on 13 Jun 2017
  • #117 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017

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    “We’re not relaxing at Tennessee,” Currie said with a grin before Sunday’s Big Orange Caravan stop in Memphis. “We’re not gonna relax until we win all the championships, and then we’ll have to win the next one. There’s no relaxing for us.”

    Currie — who spent more than a decade working at Tennessee before spending eight years in the top job at Kansas State and then coming back to Knoxville for the “dream job” he always wanted —
  • #118 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017
  • C.M. Newton, former director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame

    Newton served as athletics director at UK from 1989-2000.  His term as AD was marked by the addition of three sports – men’s and women’s soccer and softball – expansion of facilities and growth in revenues in response to the increasing financial pressures of college athletics.

    Facility growth during Newton’s term included expansion of the football stadium (now known as C.M. Newton Grounds at Kroger Field), expansion of the baseball stadium, acquisition of a golf course, construction of the soccer/softball complex, a new tennis stadium and construction of the Nutter Field House.  Newton developed athletics revenues from $11.6 million during his first year to $36 million in his final year.

    Arriving at UK during a troubled time for the men’s basketball team, Newton’s hiring of Rick Pitino rejuvenated the program, eventually leading to a national championship in 1996 and then another NCAA title in 1998 under Orlando “Tubby” Smith. Newton’s hiring of Smith and Bernadette Mattox marked the first two African-American head coaches for UK men’s and women’s basketball.

    Despite the time demands of being an athletics director, Newton also made Kentucky prominent by his service on the national and international levels.  He was a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee from 1992-99, and as chairman in 1998, had the pleasure of handing the national championship trophy to Smith.

    Newton was president of USA Basketball from 1992-96, overseeing the creation of the original U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” of NBA players in 1992. He was chairman of the NCAA Basketball Officiating Committee from 1992-95 and was a member of the FIBA (international basketball) Central Board for many years.

    Newton was recognized for his achievements by being named Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA in 1999, an honor that also was bestowed on current UK AD Mitch Barnhart in 2015.

    Newton is the second UK AD to be named to the NACDA Hall of Fame.  Bernie Shively, who served in that role from 1938-67, was inducted in 1972.

    This year’s Hall of Fame class also featured Mike Alden (Missouri)...
  • #119 by jbcarol on 13 Jul 2017

  • Ross Bjork was not immediately available
  • #120 by jbcarol on 15 Jul 2017

  • Would not see Bear Bryant doing this