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Reportedly Chased By Three NFL Teams, A&M’s Sumlin Chose To Stay Put

gfx - they said itA year has made a pretty big difference in the life of the Texas A&M football program and its coach.  According to Kevin Sumlin, other schools’ negative talking points have changed on the recruiting trail since the Aggies surprisingly went 11-2 with a Heisman-winning quarterback running the show:


“I’m amazed in one year how people want to flip the situation we have here.  A year ago, we were a team moving into a league we didn’t know anything about — the toughest league in the country.  We had a bunch of coaches from smaller schools, and we were going to run a gimmick offense, and they were telling guys that we were going to get killed.

A year later, the recruiting pitch out there right now against is, ‘You can’t play there, they’ve got good players.  And their coach is going to the NFL.’  I think it’s funny either way.”


Sumlin said he has had “plenty of opportunities” to coach in the professional ranks “as an assistant coach and even as a head coach.”  The coach said told The San Antonio News-Express that didn’t leave this offseason because “by no means have we arrived” as a program.

According to, Sumlin was offered the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Bruce Feldman of reports that the coach “was actually pursued by three NFL teams this past winter.” also claims that Auburn offered its head coaching slot to Sumlin before landing Gus Malzahn.

“My family likes living here and I like living here,” Sumlin said.  “Heck, we just got here.”  But… “Those (NFL) discussions I hope come up all of the time.  Because as long as they do, we’re doing something right.”

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Alabama Loses Coach To NFL; LSU Hires Former Pro Coach

mrsec-breaking-newsAlabama announced the departure Friday of offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who’s leaving to join Chip Kelly’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Coach Stoutland did an excellent job with our offensive line along with each and every responsibility he had while he was here at the University of Alabama,” coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we’ve had over the last two years. He’s an outstanding coach and he will do a great job with the Eagles. We wish him and his family the best.”

While Alabama lost a coach to the NFL, LSU hired one who’s spent the last 11 years coaching at the professional level. The Tigers have hired former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for the same position at LSU, according to Bruce Feldman of

Cameron, who was fired by Baltimore during the regular season, last coached at the college level as Indiana’s head coach from 1997-2001. Cameron then served as the San Diego Chargers’ offensive coordinator from 2002-06 and the Miami Dolphins’ head coach in 2007, finishing his lone season at the helm with a 1-15 record.

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Sources: UGA Defensive Coordinator Grantham To Interview With New Orleans Saints Today

gfx - they said itGeorgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is in New Orleans today to interview with the Saints, according to sources who spoke with the Times-Picayune. On Wednesday, Grantham wouldn’t comment specifically on the Saints rumors or the apparent interest in him from the Philadelphia Eagles for their defensive coordinator job.


I like my job here. At the same time, as you move forward, if opportunities came up, I don’t think it’s fair to comment on every particular one, because then all I’d be doing is talking about the rumors and innuendos and those types of things. And then I wouldn’t be able to do my job.

“At the end of the day when you have time to reflect and sit down, the first thing you always do is you say, ‘What’s the best thing for your family.’ Because you have a family to take care of. And as you answer those questions, it kind of filters out to the way you want it.”


With signing day Wednesday, what was his message to recruits?


“I told guys that I love Georgia, and I think this is a great place. My family loves it, and I love it, and I fully expect to be here. But as coaches, if things come up, you’re always gonna say, ‘Hey, what’s best for your family,’ and see what happens. Nothing’s come up for me from the standpoint of I feel like I have to contractually say something.”


Grantham has to notify Georgia A.D. Greg McGarity about serious discussions for another job.  But according to Grantham, as of Wednesday afternoon, that had not been necessary.

Update: McGarity confirms interest from Saints, releases statement.

“In accordance with his contractual obligation, Todd Grantham notified me Wednesday night of the New Orleans Saints’ interest in interviewing him for the defensive coordinator position.”

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UGA’s Grantham Still Silent Regarding NFL Rumors

todd-grantham-shoutingA week ago, Todd Grantham’s name was getting lots of play in connection with the defensive coordinator position of the Philadelphia Eagles.  Florida’s Dan Quinn — who left for the Seattle Seahawks last week — and Alabama’s Kirby Smart were tied to the Philly gig, too.  But since last week… silence.

Now one report claims that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly will hire San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell as his defensive coordinator.  So can Georgia fans stop fretting about possibly losing their own D-coordinator?  Not exactly.

Until Donatell’s hiring becomes official — and that won’t happen until after next Sunday’s Super Bowl — the job technically hasn’t been filled.  Also, recently returned-from-exile New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo yesterday.  Payton and Grantham might have some connections through their days as assistants with the Dallas Cowboys, though they never served on the same staff together.  Would Dallas owner and Arkansas alum/booster Jerry Jones call Payton and recommend Grantham just to get him out of the SEC?

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia AD Greg McGarity continues to say that Grantham has not informed him of any offers coming from the National Football League.  Contractually, Grantham is bound to tell McGarity if he is approached by anyone.  But Grantham also has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave UGA for an NFL head coaching job or an NFL coordinator’s position without having to pay the school a buyout.  In addition, Grantham hasn’t kiboshed the rumors — it’s called leverage — which could cause some Bulldog recruits to worry as signing day nears.

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WOW Headlines – 1/18/13

In light of the Manti Te’o situation, South Carolina officials are cracking down on a fake Twitter account tied to DE Jadeveon Clowney
Arkansas has hired Kansas State’s Michael Smith as its new receivers coach
Florida coach Will Muschamp says he and new defensive coordinator DJ Durkin will run the defense together as he did with Dan Quinn
Quinn left Florida to become the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator on Thursday
Rumors continue to tie Georgia’s Todd Grantham and Alabama’s Kirby Smart to the vacant Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator job
Missouri F Laurence Bowers will probably miss Saturday’s game with Florida due to a knee injury
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Anzalone Switches Commitment To Florida

Linebacker Alex Anzalone from Wyomissing Area (Pa.) High School has switched his commitment from Penn State to Florida and plans to enroll in classes for the spring semester.

Anzalone’s decision is due to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s recent interview with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.

The pick up is a significant one for Florida, which now has five linebackers committed to its 2013 class. Anzalone is considered the nation’s No. 3 linebacker by Rivals.

The loss of Anzalone is also a hit to Notre Dame, which has compiled a class that so far has rivaled Florida and Alabama for the top spot in several national rankings.

Notre Dame’s class will likely be fine if Kelly ends up staying. If he leaves? Good luck to the Fighting Irish with less than four weeks to go until national signing day.

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