Remember 2011 when Florida paid Charlie Weis $765,000 to be the offensive coordinator for one year? Just consider that tip money. That same year Notre Dame paid Charlie $2,054,744 NOT to coach the Fighting Irish. At Kansas, they're paying Charlie $2,500,000 a year to coach their team. Meanwhile, in each of the last two years he's been at Kansas, he's picked up that $2,054,744 NOT to coach Notre Dame, which is more than Notre Dame pays Brian Kelly ($1,457,784) TO coach Notre Dame. Charlie has another three payments due from Notre Dame, which will bring his total compensation for NOT coaching the Irish to more than $18,000,000. What this tells us is there are some athletic directors out there who have more money at their disposal than they have brains. I'm not naming names but there is a certain AD at a certain Big 12 school EAST of the Mississippi River who would have to pay Dana Holgorsen something like $12 million to fire him.
As Fightin' Gators reported Tuesday and was confirmed Wednesday, Damontre Harris and the University of Florida have parted ways. What a waste of talent. Harris could have been a difference maker for the Gators if he had simply kept his nose clean. With Harris as a shot blocker and intimidator to back up Patric Young, the Gators might have very well won the NCAA title instead of simply making it to the Final Four. Give Billy Donovan credit for giving Harris a second chance after Harris basically deserted his teammates in the fall. Give Harris zero credit for taking advantage of new life by reverting back to his old habits of not going to class and showing up late or sometimes missing team functions and workouts once the season ended. Harris will land somewhere and play college basketball next year and might someday play in the NBA, but whether he does or not he flat out blew it while at the University of Florida.
The College Football Hall of Fame has finally gotten around to doing something they should have done 10 years ago and elected Derrick Thomas. Thomas, who died at the age of 33 at the height of an NFL career that landed him in nine Pro Bowls, had 52 sacks and 68 tackles for loss in his college career at Alabama. Thomas had 27 sacks as a senior when he won the Butkus Award and made first team All-America. Thomas was as dominating a player as there has ever been on the defensive side of the football in the SEC. It's a tragedy not only that his life ended so early, but that it took the College Football Hall of Fame so long to give him the honor he has deserved for so long.
1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: He ran for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 441 yards and six more scores. Just think what he could have done if he hadn't suffered that high ankle sprain that caused him to miss three full games and really never healed. He has run for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career. If he's healthy he could run for 2,000 yards this season.
2. Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn: Marshall arrived on campus last August from juco and learned the playbook on the fly. He got the Tigers within a whisker of a national championship by running for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns and throwing for 1,976 and another 14. Gus Malzahn says he knows the offense now. Scary.
3. Cedric, Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: He will be the third straight Aggie offensive tackle to be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. He moves to left tackle this year.
4. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: As a sophomore he passed for 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 829 and another 13 despite missing two full games and parts of two others with injuries. Dan Mullen thinks Prescott could put up Tebow-like numbers in the spread option this year.
5. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama: He's coming off his second straight 1,000-yard season and has 2,343 yards and 26 touchdowns in just two years. What's scary is that he might not even be the best running back on the team (See Derrick Henry).
6. Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina: He ran for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing one full game and parts of three others because of injuries last year. If he stays healthy, he will have a monster year.
7. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: His two year totals are 104 catches for 1,736 yards and 15 touchdowns. He might be as good a deep threat as there is in the country.
8. Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn: He will be starting for the third straight year and is on the Rimington (best center) watch list. He should make All-America.
9. Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina: This is a very large human being (6-8, 345) who just destroys people whether as a pass blocker or grinding it out in the running game. He will be somebody's first rounder next year.
10. Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss: In his two seasons at Ole Miss Wallace has thrown for 6,340 yards and 40 touchdowns. He threw for 3,346 yards last season while cutting his interceptions from 17 in 2012 to 10.
When the Southeastern Conference holds its spring meetings at the Sandestin Hilton next week, the hot topic will be autonomy for the five power conferences. While all the schools in the power conferences agree that they need to be able to set their own rules and agenda, there are still plenty of issues to debate such as the full cost of scholarships, health care issues beyond a player's eligibility, travel expense money for player's families to attend NCAA tournaments and changes in the transfer rules. I know that the power conferences would like their autonomy agreed upon and in place before August, but getting one proposal that two-thirds of the 65 schools that will have a vote can agree upon is not going to be an easy task, particularly in that short period of time.
College football and basketball have seen a record number of transfers this year, which is raising red flags everywhere, especially since so many of the kids transferring are asking for waivers that will allow them to play immediately. I think a measure of common sense should be applied to transfers. I think a kid should have the right to transfer without penalty if (a) there are legitimate family concerns that require him/her to move back closer to home; (b) if their scholarship is not renewed; or (c) if their coach is fired. I also think that a kid should have the right to one free transfer at some point in his college career. To ensure that there isn't wholesale storming the gates, I would make it so that any school that takes more than five transfers for football and two for basketball in one year would lose a scholarship in the next recruiting class for every transfer taken in beyond the limit.
If you were the president of a Division I school and money was no object for hiring a new football coach, who would be your top three choices?
Gainesville native Charles Bradley recorded "No Time for Dreaming," his debut album in 2011. Nothing unusual about that except that he was 62 at the time, a little late to be bursting onto the music scene. A documentary about his life – "Soul of America" – made its premier in 2012. A lot of folks think Bradley is what James Brown would have sounded like if JB could have actually sung well. Bradley is phenomenal. This is the title track from his 2013 album "Victim of Love." Kudos to good friend and fellow music aficionado Doug Wedgworth from Jupiter for alerting me to Bradley.