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Link: If you’re going to recruit in Texas …

Sam Khan Jr,  writing for ESPN:

But, still, it comes at a price. When tweets show a college coach’s interaction with a trainer or 7-on-7 coach, it validates them in the eyes of the players and raises eyebrows among high school coaches.

“In the state of Texas,” Hardeman said, “that’s a problem.”

It’s a reminder that Texas recruiting comes with some different unspoken rules than the primary grounds Fisher recruited at Florida State.

“That’s the way people operate in Florida,” Joseph said. “They don’t operate like that in Texas. I think he’s finding out more and more about that, too. You don’t necessarily have to meet with those people.”

Herman, with a few more years’ experience in the diplomacy of this Texas cold war — which he says helps him combat misperceptions — aims to educate the high school coaches who might have some hurt feelings.

“There is an element of ‘we’ve got to do business the way business is done,'” Herman said. “It’s not our job to change the way things are; it’s our job to find out who the influential people are in a young man’s life and make sure that we build relationships with them.”

This is a good dive into the intricacies of the recruiting game in this state. North Texas — for now? — does not seriously compete for the ESPN 300 guys. Still, keeping good relationships with coaches is an absolute must. Seth Littrell has a good reputation among coaches and Graham Harrell is the son of a long-time state HS coach so there is little danger of North Texas simply not knowing the hierarchy.

A little bird whispered into my ear that NT has a cool relationship with the 7v7 teams — this is simply a rumor and completely unverified, mind you — but that would make sense considering the staff’s respect for the way of doing business. Again, the rumor above is simply a rumor.

Link: FAU’s Kendall Briles to Houston

Over on CUSA Report:

If you want to call this a referendum on FAU and the league’s standing you can. The FAU program got a league championship and numerous offensive records out of Briles, and he got a reputation cleansing (he likely was not getting a job any where else) and a ticket back home. Everyone is a winner.

ESPN: A Week With Kiffin

Lane Kiffin ESPN Article

Lane Kiffin was a good hire for FAU and is doing good there. He and Seth Littrell are markedly different in a lot of ways and that is good for this league and this budding cross-division rivalry.

Links: 1.13.17 — New Pro League, GQ, Southern Football, Narratives, Power Read

New Football League for College-Aged Athletes Can we be real? College sports are about money. A lot of the sillier aspects of the NCAA would be undone if the de facto minor league simply became an actual minor league. Generally speaking, I think the people behind this are on the right track and have a…

Grant Taylor of The Herald-Dispatch Previews North Texas


North Texas goes into 2016 as a virtual unknown – from scheme to personnel to identity.Given how bad the team has been, it might not be a bad idea to just wipe the slate completely clean and start over.

He’s not wrong.

Junior running back Jeffrey Wilson became the season’s offensive highlight, rushing for 830 yards despite missing the first two games of the season and the non-existent passing attack that allowed the opposition to load up on the run. His best contest came against Marshall when he rushed for 138 yards on 17 carries in a 30-13 loss. In that game, he showed explosiveness and maneuverability in the hole.

I mentioned this in the MGN Slack conversation we had about this. I think he can crack 1000 if he doesn’t get hurt.

This is one of the better beat-writer previews I’ve seen. I like it a bit more than the SBN one that is stat-heavy but seems like it is more #content filling than anything.

New Helmets for 2014

Bret Vito tells us that the Diving Eagle is our official helmet look this season, complete with picture. Finally, our long script-based nightmare is over. Unfortunately this means I will need to buy another $30 model helmet to be a cool guy.