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CFS Daily Hot Reads: Sunday, March 31

Robert Anae was brought in to speed up BYU's offense, but the Cougars aren't moving fast enough yet.

Robert Anae was brought in to speed up BYU’s offense, but the Cougars aren’t moving fast enough yet.

What’s the fair market value of a college athlete? According to a study by the National College Players Association and the Drexel University Sport Management Department, the average football player at an FBS school competing from 2011-2015 had a fair market value of $456,612. The average men’s fair market value of a basketball player was roughly $1.06 million over four years. (It’s even higher at BCS schools: $714,000 for the average football player and $1.5 million for the average men’s basketball player.)

Speaking of college athletes and money… The California state legislature is considering a bill that would require any public university in the state that receives more than $20 million a year in media and licensing revenues to offer athletes guaranteed 5-year scholarships and provide each athlete $3,600 a year in stipends.

At BYU, new offensive coordinator Robert Anae is shaking things up. The Cougs had their annual Blue-White game Saturday, and even though several key players sat out (including Taysom Hill, expected to the starting quarterback), the offense moved the ball and put 30 points on the board. Sophomore Ammon Olsen and the other QBs looked good (before Olsen suffered a knee injury) and they were moving quickly — snapping the ball about every 8 seconds on average — but Anae, who was brought in from Arizona to speed things up, still wasn’t happy. Whether it’s his players, the Cougar defense, or even the media and their “goofy columns,” Dick Harmon of the Deseret News says that Anae is pushing everyone’s buttons.

Freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, a four-star recruit and early enrollee, was the talk of Texas’ spring game Saturday, but Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman says that even in the new up-tempo offense, the Longhorns’ QBs look very familiar.

We touched on it in Friday’s Hit Chart, but Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker is still in the NCAA Clearinghouse’s version of Purgatory, and Jimbo Fisher isn’t happy.

Photo credit: Salt Lake Tribune

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Western Kentucky moving to Conference USA

Western Kentucky is expected to announce a move to Conference USA in 2014.

Western Kentucky is expected to announce a move to Conference USA in 2014.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]estern Kentucky is expected to announce a move to Conference USA next week, possibly as early as Monday.

The news was first reported by the Bowling Green Daily News and has since been confirmed by multiple media outlets.

Current CUSA member Tulsa’s move to the new Big East is considered imminent, leaving C-USA with 13 members. The Hilltoppers, who would begin CUSA competition in 2014, would bring that number back to 14.

WKU will reunite with former Sun Belt members Florida Atlantic, Florida International, North Texas and Middle Tennessee in the new CUSA. The other members of CUSA include former WAC schools Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio; current members Marshall, Rice, Southern Mississippi, UAB and Texas-El Paso; and new members Old Dominion and Charlotte.

Western Kentucky’s football program left the Gateway Conference and the FCS in 2007 and joined the Sun Belt in 2009. Its other sports programs have competed in the Sun Belt since 1982.

Photo credit: Joe Imel / AP

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The Wire: Saturday, March 30, 2013

Northern Arizona (FCS): Tim Plough has been named wide receivers coach. He joins the Lumberjacks staff after a 10-year playing and coaching career at UC-Davis. Plough was the Aggies’ starting quarterback in 2007 under current NAU offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, and started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant in 2008 season before earning a full-time role as quarterbacks coach in 2009. He started calling plays in 2011 and was also the pass-game coordinator for each of the last three seasons (2010-12).

Montana State (FCS): Daniel DePrato has been officially named tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. DePrato spent the past four seasons as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Sacramento State before stepping down in February.

Georgia Military College (JC): Zach Lankford has joined the staff as offensive line coach and Troy Shaffer is the new cornerbacks coach. Lankford, who played at UAB, was tight ends coach at NAIA Reinhardt last season. Shaffer was wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at D-III Bridgewater the past five seasons.

Northern Iowa (FCS): Former Panther wide receiver D.J. Hord has been named director of football operations. Hord was an offensive graduate assistant at UNI last season. He started his playing career at Notre Dame before transferring to Northern Iowa in 2008.


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The Wire: Friday, March 29, 2013

Methodist head coach Dave Eavenson is stepping down to become assistant athletic director.

Methodist head coach Dave Eavenson is stepping down to become assistant athletic director.

Emory & Henry (D-III): Vince Reese is the Wasps’ new running backs coach. Reese spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at D-II North Greenville, working with the running backs last season and tight ends in 2011. He was an offensive quality control assistant at Furman in 2010.

Bethany (NAIA): New head coach Manny Matsakis announced the hiring of his staff fat a press conference earlier this week. Steve Tapley will be offensive line coach and special teams coordinator, Jarrod Wirt will be defensive coordinator and Michael Starkey will coach the defensive line. Tapley, who was an assistant at Bethany from 2004-06, spent the past two seasons coaching in the high school ranks. Wirt coached defensive backs at NAIA Carroll College the past nine seasons. Starkey spent the last season at NAIA Southern Oregon.

Cornell: Satyen Bhakta has joined the staff. Bhakta, who played quarterback at Temple, spent the past two seasons as the defensive line coach at D-II Colorado School of Mines. He was defensive line coach at D-III Susquehanna in 2009-10.

Methodist (D-II): Head coach Dave Eavenson has stepped down to become assistant athletic director. Eavenson joined the Methodist staff 14 years ago and was named head coach in 2011. Associate head coach and defensive coordinator C.J. Goss will take over as head coach. Goss came to Methodist in 2005 after five years as defensive line coach at Brockport State.

Photo credit: Andrew Craft / Fayetteville Observer

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CFS Daily Hot Reads: Friday, March 29

Is a recruiting battle in the middle of Demarcus Walker's NCAA Clearinghouse snag?

Is a recruiting battle in the middle of Demarcus Walker’s NCAA Clearinghouse snag?

In January, DeMarcus Walker, a highly-recruited defensive end from Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, Fla., caused a stir when he flipped his commitment from Alabama to Florida State. Now, Walker is creating waves of a different kind. Earlier this week, Jimbo Fisher told the media that Walker had been flagged by the NCAA Clearninghouse. The NCAA is reportedly reviewing the possibility of a “fake class” and Walker alleged on Twitter that Alabama was responsible for tipping them off. The Bylaw Blog’s John Infante thinks its unlikely that Alabama tipped off the NCAA, but wonders if, as a byproduct of the forthcoming increase in initial eligibility requirements and growing trend of decommitments, situations like Walker’s might become a trend.

Could a disagreement over scheduling – specifically games against Mississippi State in 2013 and Florida State in 2014 – really have been enough to chase Mike Gundy away from Oklahoma State? CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler looks at just how close Gundy came to being a Tennessee Vol.

Is it hard being Johnny Manziel? Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News says that Johnny Football needs a lead off-field blocker.

Trying to shake the memories of a 4-8 season, Iowa has a simple slogan for 2013.

A former media director for the Syracuse athletics department has admitted to secretly videotaping football players and other male athletes in locker rooms.

Photo credit: Will Dickey / The Times-Union

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The Wire: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Holy Cross (FCS): Rocco DiMeco is the Crusaders new outside linebackers coach. DiMeco spent the last two years at D-III Anna Maria College. He joined the Anna Maria squad as linebackers and strength coach in 2011, and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator prior to last season. Before that, DiMeco was a four-year starter at Norwich University as an inside linebacker.

Slippery Rock (D-II): Eric Thatcher has been named linebackers coach. Thatcher spent last season with the Buffalo Bills as a defensive quality control assistant. Before that, Thatcher served one season as defensive backs coach at Mercyhurst College, and previously, one season as graduate assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a three-year starter at defensive back.

Prairie View A&M (FCS): Former Texas A&M assistant Charles McMillian has been named the Panthers’ defensive coordinator. McMillian, who was defensive backs coach for Mike Sherman’s Aggie staff from 2008-11, has coaching experience in the Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West and Conference USA.

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CFS Daily Hot Reads: Thursday, March 28


Virtual practices? It will soon be a reality for Kansas and Charlie Weis. The school has purchased something called an ICube from a company called EON Reality. It’s a 10’x10′ room that simulates virtually any game or practice setting. (You can get an idea of how it works with this VIDEO on the company’s website.) Here’s a description from KU’s release about how they plan to use it:

Once the software is fully developed, student-athletes will be able to step into a 10 feet by 10 feet room and be immersed into simulated-game action. The experience makes the user feel as if they are standing on an actual playing fieldcomplete with crowd noiserealistic game speeds and football player avatars running real plays.

The student-athlete will be able to experience game action of any play desired. The virtual reality football simulator is at the forefront of a growing trend of applications using virtual and augmented reality within the sports industry.

Dustin Hockensmith of PennLive.com posted a breakdown the Big Ten non-conference schedules. The verdict? Darrell Hazell may have some sleepless nights this summer. The three non-conference FBS opponents on Purdue’s schedule — Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Northern Illinois — combined to go 34-6 last season. All won 10 or more games and two went to BCS games. (FCS foe Indiana State went 7-4.) On the flip side, Nebraska’s three against FBS opponents went 13-25 and FCS opponent South Dakota State was 9-4.

Another day, another revelation of unethical behavior from the NCAA in the Miami case

Rutgers will be sporting new helmets and jerseys to honor victims of Hurricane Sandy at its April 27 spring game. Instead of players’ names, the names of ninety affected cities will be printed on the back of the jerseys. Proceeds from the game will go directly to the Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Earlier this week, the school announced that it had raised nearly $150,000 through sales of the ‘R Strong’ t-shirts.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi wants more turnovers and scoring from his defense this fall, and he’s trading notes with John Chavis at LSU for new ideas on how to do it.

At Auburn’s first spring practice, a new coaching staff means lots of new positions, especially in Ellis Johnson’s 4-2-5 defense.

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