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Ex-USC QB Garcia Tweets About A&M’s Manziel… And A.D. Hyman

Former South Carolina bad boy quarterback Stephen Garcia is jumping into the Johnny Manziel free-for-all via his own Twitter feed today.  But the ex-CFL quarterback’s tweets weren’t necessarily aimed at Manziel.  No, instead they were targeting Manziel’s athletic director Eric Hyman, the same AD who played a large role in suspending and then booting Garcia from Carolina due to what were mainly alcohol-related incidents.

Garcia first tweeted:

 

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Then came this:

 

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Our take?  First, it would be better for Garcia to let it go and not open himself up to ugly comments from anonymous Twitterers.  Too late for that.

Second, Garcia — like Manziel — wasn’t exactly knocking over banks during his playing days.  You could argue that he, too, was simply behaving like a young, 20-something college kid.

Third, Hyman — and his wife — probably won’t be getting a Christmas card from Garcia this year.  Distance hasn’t made the heart grow fonder, it seems.

All that said, by tweeting this about his old athletic director, it appears as if Garcia refuses to take responsibility for his own actions.  Whether that’s really the case or not we’ll never know.  But his tweets create that perception.

For that reason, a Garcia/Manziel comparison might not be too far out of bounds.  Neither man seems to grasp how a simple tweet might be interpreted by someone on the other side of a computer screen.  And neither seems to want to take 100% responsibility for the turmoil and media scrutiny they faced during their college careers.

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Ex-QB Leak To Help On The Defensive Side Of The Ball At Florida

gfx - they said itEarlier this week, Will Muschamp announced that former BCS championship-winning quarterback Chris Leak was coming home to his alma mater.  Leak — who’s kicked around the NFL, CFL and arena league since departing Gainesville — would join the Gator staff as a quality control coach.

Turns out he’ll be doing that job on the defensive side of the ball, according to Muschamp:

 

“He decided to branch out a little bit as a football coach, which I think is really smart.  We had an opening on the defensive side of the ball for a control coach and he’s going to work with our secondary.  I told him I’m still young but I wish I had worked on the other side of the ball.  I think that helps you as a football coach aas you continue to develop.  I think that will be really beneficial.”

 

Leak’s duties will mainly include tape breakdowns.  He will not be an on-field coach.  Quality control jobs are a means for young coaches to get their feet in doors.

 

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UF Hires Ex-QB Leak As Quality Control Coach

chris leak trophyThere’s a new coach on the University of Florida football staff and he knows something about winning championships.  According to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post, Will Muschamp announced today that former Gator quarterback Chris Leak has been added to his staff as a quality control coach.

Leak — with some third- and fourth-down help from a freshman battering ram named Tim Tebow — led Florida to a blowout, upset win over top-ranked Ohio State in the January, 2007 BCS Championship Game.

The Gators’ 2006 title was their second overall and first since Steve Spurrier led his alma mater to the 1996 national crown.  UF would go on to win the 2008 national title, as well, giving Urban Meyer two crowns during his brief stay in Gainesville.

After his college career, Leak played in the NFL, CFL, and in the Arena Football League.

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A&M Offensive Coordinator Kingsbury Lands Head Coaching Job At Texas Tech

There’s a downside to winning.  A downside to scoring points by the bushel and having a Heisman-winning quarterback.  There’s a downside to finishing 10-2, ranked in the nation’s top 10.  That downside?  Other schools start coming after your coaches.

Ask a Texas A&M fan this morning.

Last evening, Texas Tech University tabbed Aggies offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, to be its new head coach.  The 33-year-old Kingsbury threw for over 12,000 yards during his days as the Red Raiders quarterback from 1998 through 2002.  But his coaching rise has been even more rapid than that timeline suggests.

Kingsbury spent time in the NFL and CFL before joining Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Houston in 2008 as a quality control coach.  He was named offensive coordinator at A&M when Sumlin arrived this offseason.  Now, after spending just five seasons as a college assistant, Kingsbury will take over his alma mater’s program in Lubbock.

Ironically, it was another SEC school that set the carousel in motion that eventually cost the Aggies their offensive coordinator.  Tennessee hired Butch Jones from Cincinnati and the Bearcats quickly filled Jones’ office by naming Tommy Tuberville head coach.  Tuberville had been desperately trying to get out of Texas Tech, pursuing both the Arkansas and Tennessee vacancies before landing in Cincy.  Now his move has opened the door for Sumlin’s high-profile coordinator and Johnny Manziel’s tutor to make the trek across the Lone Star State.

The Aggies’ Heisman-winning quarterback tweeted a reaction to Kingsbury’s departure last night:  “To all the people worried about Coach K leaving… Coach Sumlin will always bring in the best and do anything to make sure we’re successful.”

Texas A&M led the SEC in scoring offense this past season with a 44.8 points-per-game average in 12 contests.  In conference games only, that number dropped to 39.1 points-per-game, but the Aggies still led the league in that category.

Kingsbury’s offense also led the league in rushing offense (235 yards per game), passing offense (317 yards per game), and total offense (552 yards per game).  Now granted, Kingsbury was running the offense put in place by Sumlin, but his loss is still being met with shouts, screams and groans on Aggie messageboards today.

Ah, the price of winning.

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