Truth & Rumors: January 19, 2007
Posted: Friday January 19, 2007 10:23AM; Updated: Friday January 19, 2007 10:23AM
A new name has surfaced in connection with the University of Miami's vacancy at offensive coordinator. Atlanta sports talk radio station 680 AM reported Wednesday that Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Patrick Nix was a candidate for the opening.
It wouldn't be surprising if San Diego State, where former Minnesota associate athletics director Jeff Schemmel is the AD, pursues ex-Gophers football coach Glen Mason if the Aztecs (3-9 last season) continue to falter.
Minnesota AD Joel Maturi made a confession at the news conference that a lot of ADs wouldn't make when he admitted he had never heard of Tim Brewster before the search to replace Glen Mason began.
Mitch Mustain has decided to leave Arkansas, leading to speculation that the top-rated high school quarterback in the state will switch his commitment to the Hogs. Not so fast, says Kodi Burns. Burns, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound Fort Smith, Ark., star, doesn't appear ready to renege on a November commitment to Auburn.
Speculation has been that Oregon's poor performance on the basketball court the past two seasons has helped put a hold on the proposed new basketball area. Well, if that's the case, this season should restore momentum. Other speculation has been that key donors - including Phil Knight - won't put up money as long as Ernie Kent remains the coach.
Look for former Eden Prairie defensive lineman Walker Lee Ashley Jr., who reneged on a Minnesota commitment, then left Southern California, to end up at Penn State.
West Virginia yesterday lost an assistant head coach it officially had hired less than 24 hours earlier. Ron West called back yesterday after returning to South Carolina and told coach Rich Rodriguez that he was remaining at Clemson instead.
West Virginia tailback Steve Slaton had wrist surgery that will, as planned, keep him out of spring practice. Two other starters, offensive left guard Greg Isdaner and middle linebacker Marc Magro, also will miss spring practice after having surgery.