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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

College Football

Bill Snyder reportedly plans to coach in 2018

Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder plans to return to coaching Kansas State next season, according to a report.

K-StateOnline.com shared the news on Snyder Tuesday, saying multiple sources have told them Snyder will be back.

Snyder will turn 79 next season and was diagnosed with throat cancer, so there were reasons to question his future. But Snyder has done quite well since returning to coach the Wildcats in 2009 and has them 7-5 this season. The Wildcats will face UCLA in the Cactus Bowl.

There has been a lot of speculation about Snyder’s future. A recent report said the school tried to set things up for Jim Leavitt to become the program’s next head coach, but Snyder reportedly scuttled that plan and is hoping his son will take over for him eventually.

Tee Martin was not interested in becoming Tennessee OC

USC Trojans

Tee Martin’s name came up a fair amount during Tennessee’s prolonged coaching search, but the former Vol ended up staying at USC. It sounds like that’s because he wasn’t interested in a lateral move.

The LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf reported on Tuesday that Martin said he wasn’t interested in becoming the Vols’ offensive coordinator.

Martin, who helped Tennessee win the 1998 national championship, has been with USC since 2012 and worked his way up to offensive coordinator last year. Some thought he should have received consideration for the Vols’ head coaching job, which eventually went to Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt. Martin even talked with his former coach/current AD Phillip Fulmer. But it sounds like those talks were about becoming Tennessee’s OC rather than their head coach.

Greg Schiano contract details with Tennessee released

Greg Schiano

Details of the contract Greg Schiano was set to have at Tennessee have been released. The interesting takeaway is that Schiano actually was going to be paid more than the head coach Tennessee ended up hiring.

GoVols247’s Patrick Brown on Monday published details of the memo of understanding Schiano had signed with Tennessee, something he obtained via an open records request. The agreement was for Schiano to received a six-year contract at $4.4 million per season. Schiano’s buyout would have initially began at $5 million and then dropped in increments as the years passed.

By comparison, the coach the Vols hired, Jeremy Pruitt, received a six-year deal worth $3.8 million per season, so he’s receiving quite a bit less than Schiano would have.

Tennessee may have had no problem releasing the information because they are hoping it helps their case with Schiano. Schiano reportedly was expected to pursue compensation from Tennessee for backing out of their deal. But the Vols believe the agreement was non-binding because only athletic director John Currie had signed it, not the school’s chancellor or CFO.

Schiano was set to become Tennessee’s coach, but the school backed out of the deal due to enormous fan backlash. They then embarked on an embarrassing search for a replacement where multiple candidates turned them down before a new AD was finally hired to complete the hire. Phillip Fulmer replaced Currie and went through a quick hiring process that ended with Pruitt getting the job.

Shea Patterson announces intent to transfer to Michigan

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Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson announced Monday he is transferring to Michigan to continue his college career.

Patterson shared a note on Twitter confirming the news after visiting the campus for an official visit over the weekend.

Patterson, the top-ranked quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, is a nice get for Michigan. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as he never really considered any other schools, and he’ll have the opportunity to play right away given the issues the Wolverines have had at quarterback.

It is unclear if Patterson will be able to play right away for the Wolverines. He would have to get an NCAA waiver, but that may not be particularly difficult given the sanctions hitting the program. If he isn’t forced to sit out a year, he’ll likely compete with sophomore Brandon Peters for the starting role.

Sonny Dykes expected to be named SMU head coach

Sonny Dykes

SMU has been searching for a new head coach after Chad Morris left to take the Arkansas job, and it appears the Mustangs are on the verge of securing a replacement.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that SMU has reached an agreement with former Cal coach Sonny Dykes. The hire is expected to be announced this week.

Like Morris, Dykes is an offensive-minded coach, so SMU is likely hoping he won’t make any major changes to a team that is 7-5 this season and trending upward. The Mustangs rank 8th in the nation with 40.2 points per game.

Dykes has a lot of ties to the state of Texas. He currently works as an offensive analyst for TCU, and his father Spike was a successful head coach at Texas Tech. Dykes worked as an assistant at Texas Tech in the early 2000s and has also coached high school ball in the Lone Star State.

Dykes went 22-15 in three seasons at Louisiana Tech, which helped him land the Cal job. His tenure with the Golden Bears was disappointment, as he went 19-30 in four seasons.

Washington St. WR says he was dismissed from team for asking for his release

Tavares Martin

Washington State dismissed a wide receiver from the team on Sunday, and the player says the move came because he asked for his release.

News came out on Sunday that leading receiver Tavares Martin was dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules.

Martin says that’s not the full story. He later tweeted that he was dismissed for asking for his release.

Martin, a junior, has 70 catches for 831 yards and nine touchdowns this season. This isn’t his first issue with the team. He was suspended in October for breaking team rules.

Jerry Jones’ grandson receives scholarship offer from Arkansas

Jerry Jones

The Jones football legacy at Arkansas looks like it will be continuing.

John Stephen Jones, who is the grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, received a scholarship offer from Arkansas on Friday night.

Jones shared the news of his offer via his Twitter page on Saturday:

Jones is a senior quarterback at Highland Park High School in Dallas. He led his school to the state championship last year and has them in the semifinals this season.

The turning point in Jones receiving an offer from Arkansas — the same school grandfather Jerry and father Stephen both played — seems to be Chad Morris becoming the program’s coach. Morris’ son, Chandler, is a sophomore at Highland Park and Jones’ backup QB on the team. Morris, who became Arkansas’ coach on Wednesday, was at the game and later offered Jones a scholarship.

Jones is pretty stoked about the news. He calls being able to play for Arkansas a dream.

“I’m just thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to play there,” Jones said, via Arkansas Online. “It’s a dream come true…since I was a little kid. It’s just an honor.”

Jones also said he was offered a blueshirt scholarship, which would mean he would pay his own way and be part of team activities before going on scholarship the following year.

According to his Twitter profile, Jones has received scholarship offers from Davidson, Jacksonville, and Texas Tech, in addition to Arkansas.

As a junior last season, Jones threw for 30 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, while rushing for four scores, according to his MaxPreps page. This season, he has thrown for 48 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and rushed for 8 scores, per MaxPreps.

If Jones ultimately goes to Fayetteville, that just means his dad, grandfather, and awesome celeb friends will have to go a little farther to watch him play. They’ll surely be up to the task.

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