WSU Coach Leach & former Texas Tech QB Harrell Reunited

 

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach and former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell have been reunited.

Leach named Graham Harrell his new outside receivers coach. Graham played quarterback for Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2005-2008.  After short stints in both the CFL and the NFL, Graham joined the Cougars in 2014 as an Offensive Analyst.  Harrell assisting the offense with film breakdown, player evaluations and game planning.

Leach in speaking of Harrell being added to the Coaching staff,

“Graham Harrell is a tremendous young coach and uniquely qualified to fill the role of outside receivers coach at Washington State.  He has command of the offense from all aspects, is a great teacher and evaluator of talent, and will be a great addition to our staff.”

Harrell was a record-setting quarterback at Texas Tech University from 2004-08 for Leach, finishing his career with an NCAA-record 134 touchdown passes, the second-most career yards (15,793) in NCAA history and with the third-highest career passing average with 350.96 yards-per-game.  The offense in Pullman has not been an issue but it can only help adding Harrell to the staff.

Rich get Richer at Alabama: Athletics $33 Million Surplus

The rich keep getting richer, especially with the University of Alabama.  In an article by Al.com, the Alabama Athletic Department reported a $33 million Operating Surplus (2013-2014).  This was an increase from the $27.2 it made the previous year (2012-13). It’s no surprise that the Football Program is driving the surplus. Nick Saban’s program had a $53.3 million surplus with revenues of $95.3 million.

Think about Alabama’s success compared to their SEC Rival Auburn which reportedly operated their Athletic Department at a $13.6 million deficit.  Alabama’s Athletic Department also transferred $9.1 million back to the university last year after contributing $5.9 million a year earlier.   Wondering if a little generosity could have helped to save UAB’s Football program?  Just putting it out there.

Nice job Crimson Tide!  Money continues to drive this sport.

Ex-NFL Assistant named Mike Phair Co-Defensive Coordinator at Illinois

Tim Beckman, Head Coach of the Fighting Illini of Illinois announced that he was adding Mike Phair to his staff.  Phair, a longtime NFL defensive assistant with experience working with some of the best NFL organizations (Seattle, Chicago and Tampa Bay) will serve as the team’s new Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach.

Beckman added,

“I am extremely pleased to add someone of Coach Phair’s caliber to our coaching staff.  He is established as one of the rising defensive line coaches in the profession and is greatly prepared to take on the role as our co-defensive coordinator. His work with Lovie Smith, Coach Trestman and Rod Marinelli has provided an incredible amount of experience. Mike has worked with some outstanding defensive linemen during his career, and we are really looking forward to what he brings to the table.”

Phair began his playing career with Mesa Community College (1988-89), where was an all-conference linebacker.

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott sports new Championship tattoo

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Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott celebrated after defeating Oregon to capture the College Football Playoff Championship. Elliott reveled his new National Championship Tattoo which included his playing number and the College Football National trophy. What do you think of the tat? Pretty sweet for a young man who had a fantastic day running all over the Oregon Ducks defense. Share your thoughts Buckeye Nation.

Baylor unveils alternate uniforms to recruits

Programs pull out all the tricks to land coveted recruits.  While there was no actual model display, there was a cardboard cutout of a full alternate gray uniform was standing tall for recruits to see as they made their way through the locker room. Could this be a new uniform for the upcoming season?

A picture of the alternate smoke gray uniform was tweeted by dual-threat QB Greg Eiswort.

What do you think of the uniform and the approach?