Peyton Manning told the media and football fans last month he will not be doing any television commentary on the NFL this upcoming season. Now, the former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback has said emphatically he will not be coaching quarterbacks at the University of Tennessee.
Manning was a guest speaker at the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards in Nashville Thursday, as NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread wrote, and put to rest any rumors that he’s got designs on being the quarterbacks coach under Butch Jones at his alma mater, Tennessee.
“No, I will not be coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee, but I will be the biggest Vols fan this year,” Manning said, according to Nashville radio host Austin Stanley.
Here’s the kicker – there isn’t an opening on Tennessee’s staff for a quarterback’s coach. Butch Jones has a full complement of coaches. Jones’ quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator is Mike DeBord, a coaching veteran of 30 years with experience in the NFL as well as the college ranks.
There has been speculation even before Manning made his decision to retire following Denver’s Super Bowl win in February, Manning would remain in the NFL in some capacity. So far, it looks like the most prolific passer in league history will remain retired and away from the game until the right situation, if there is one, becomes available.
WHAT WILL $350.000 BUY AT MICHIGAN?
When the University of Michigan held its spring football practices in Florida at IMG Academy, it cost the university a whopping $350,000.
I guess it means the school will win at any cost and will put the screws to the SEC and any other conference in the process.
In another story by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, that was the price tag to use the schools facilities, amongst other costs for the excursion.
During Michigan’s spring break, the Wolverines traveled to Florida and conducted the first four of 15 spring practices from Feb. 29 to March 4 before returning to campus. The move provided good exposure for the program in a hotbed recruiting state, not to mention some warmer weather.
Michigan’s move to hold spring practices in Florida drew opposition from the SEC, which asked the NCAA to prohibit schools from holding practices during spring break. IMG Academy was paid over $146,000 for their part in making this trip happen.
IMG is a world-renowned boarding school and sport training destination in Bradenton, Florida. The boarding school offers a uniquely integrated academic and athletic college preparatory experience across eight sports – baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track & field and cross country.
The school offers camp programs on a year-round basis, serves as a training and competition venue for amateur, collegiate, and professional teams.
OU’S MAYFIELD COULD GET YEAR BACK
It appears Oklahoma’s quarterback Baker Mayfield has a chance to regain the year of eligibility he lost by transferring from Texas Tech to the Big 12 school, this according to the Sporting News.
The point of discussion is whether Mayfield should be held to the Big 12 rule that states transfers lose a year of eligibility after transferring from another school within the conference; Mayfield left Texas Tech in 2013, sat out the 2014 season at OU and took over as the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2015.
Everything boils down to interpretation. Mayfield was not a scholarship athlete to begin with at Texas Tech, where he walked on to the football team. Because he wasn’t in the same classification as other players, he should not be penalized for changing schools.
Mayfield had one more year of eligibility in Norman. If he wins his appeal, which was originally denied, he could stay one more season, which would affect other quarterbacks on the roster. It also means Mayfield, who is a Heisman Trophy candidate, could be in the running for the award this coming and season and in 2017, should he stay.