It seems that it is becoming routine in Alabama today: take a job as head coach, stay for the college football game.
Talking to reporters at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday night before ESPN's annual awards ceremony Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban confirmed the new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will remain with the team as defensive coordinator throughout the team's playoff career.
Kirby Smart accepted the head coach position in Georgia, but remained on the team during the team title race. Lane Kiffin infamously trained as Tide's offensive coordinator during the Peach Bowl semifinal last year after taking the job at Florida Atlantic, but missed the game for the national title.
While he will be wearing crimson for the next few weeks, Pruitt will still recruit and reunite his staff with Tennessee while he is in Tuscaloosa and, eventually, in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. That makes things a little more interesting than the time Smart did the same since the Vols biggest annual rival is, you guessed it, Alabama and the two will meet at the Neyland Stadium on the third Saturday of October.
The move also made life a little easier for semifinal opponent Clemson when it comes to planning the game, as the Tigers won the national title in January against Saban and Pruitt in Tampa.
The regular college football season is over, except for the Army -Navy game – which means it's time for a decision when it comes to declaring for the NFL 2018 Draft for the large number of players They are thinking about the next level.
We have already seen several announcements of players who are opting to become professional and omit their bowl game, a new report came to light on Thursday that the largest offensive weapon in Florida Antonio Callaway I would not return to Gainesville to play for the new coach Dan Mulle n .
Callaway making the jump to the NFL at this point is not exactly surprising to anyone who has followed his story last year. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior missed all of the 2017 season for the Gators after being suspended for his involvement in a fraud case and did not oppose a drug charge in the summer. As if that was not enough, I was also at the center of a couple of Title IX investigations.
Although there were many concerns off the field with Callaway, there is no denying that he was one of the few explosives playmakers for the team under Jim McElwain . He started 24 games as a freshman and sophomore with Florida and averaged 15.7 yards per game with the team, closing his career with 1,399 yards and 11 total touchdowns. While it was doubtful that he would return with the team in 2018, signing with an agent strengthens his sayonara of college football.
The world of college football will directly focus on the annual army-armed rivalry game this week, but a secondary history of the contest is a bit more compelling than the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for midshipmen on Saturday.
The Gazette of the Capital reports that the offensive coordinator of the Navy the state of Ivin Jasper for the contest is on the air this week after his son Jarren was hospitalized overnight after doctors found a "potential complication" during a check-up. The 14-year-old has been waiting for a heart transplant for several months after an initial complication that arose after surgery because of an abnormally fast heart rhythm.
Elder Jasper missed the practice on Wednesday and no status update was given for Thursday's team practice. .
The story of the Jaspers has been covered enough this season in the Showtime documentary A Season With Navy Football after Jarren was initially diagnosed during fall camp and all the subsequent ups and downs that have come as. The family has been a pillar of the Academy for 18 seasons and Ivin has been the team's offensive coordinator for the past decade.
According to the Gazette if Jasper can not get to Philadelphia for the game, running game coordinator Ashley Ingram would move from the sidelines to the Lincoln Financial Field press box and would serve as the player who calls the Navy. Let's hope that Jarren can recover fast enough to go home and see his favorite team close the regular season on Saturday, but, anyway, he can probably expect a lot of positive thoughts and prayers from both sides of this important game of rivalry. .
Another slump, four for failure.
On November 20, Joey Jones the only coach the program ever had, resigned in South Alabama. Just over two weeks later, the Sun Belt Conference School announced that Steve Campbell was hired to direct the Jaguars soccer program.
"I was born and raised in this area, just down the road from Pensacola, and I've always felt that if South Alabama started soccer it would be a gold mine, a place where the sky is the limit and it definitely can compete for championships at the highest level, "said Campbell, 51. "Coach Jones did an excellent job of starting the program and establishing an excellent base, this is an opportunity to go home and, more than that, to take what Joey has started and raise it to the next level and win some championships."
Campbell arrives in the USA UU From downtown Arkansas, where he was 33-15 during his four seasons with the FCS school. He also previously served as head coach at Div. II Delta State.
Campbell will take over a program that will enter its seventh season as an FBS program next season. In the last season of Jones, the Jaguars had a record of 4-8. They had qualified for a bowl game in two of the three previous seasons.
By hiring Campbell, he leaves Kent State, Louisiana, Oregon and Louisiana as the only FBS schools still looking for a head coach.
Not long after Mike Riley was fired as head coach of Nebraska shortly after the end of the regular season, it was thought that, somehow, he could return from where he came. Today, that officially materialized.
In announcing the members of his first coaching staff in the state of Oregon, Jonathan Smith revealed that Riley will join him as assistant head coach of the Beavers. Appropriately, Smith made the announcement via Twitter, with Riley's revelation as the last slide in the presentation.
This will be Riley's third season in Corvallis. The first two, for a total of 14 seasons, passed as OSU's head coach, with Riley abruptly leaving the Beavers and his 93-80 record to take over the Cornhuskers in December 2014. He was fired after going 19 -19 in Lincoln. .
The play is a brilliant master stroke for Smith, who is embarking on his first job as head coach at the FBS level, unless, of course, the Beavers fight and the restless natives begin to call a third Riley as an OSU sideline. boss.