Big 12: Jeff Schemmel
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
While the coaches are away in Phoenix playing golf, the Big 12 links keep rolling in.
Here are some of the most notable to get us ready for the weekend.
- Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman writes about Bob Stoops' difficult decision in terms of Oklahoma recruit Justin Chaisson. Tramel writes that he believes in second chances, but he also believes in keeping screwdrivers off girls' necks.
- Ready for the continued parade of top prospects in the Big 12? Among the top 15 on the Sporting News' list of top national recruits, six go to high schools in the Big 12's geographic footprint.
- Quarterbacks Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen expect more involvement in the Buffaloes' offense with new coordinator Eric Kiesau in place, the Boulder Daily Camera's Kyle Ringo writes. And the Camera's Neill Woelk predicts that Kiesau will keep the Buffaloes' offense humming and maybe even give it an extra boost.
- San Diego State athletic director Jeff Schemmel, a Kansas State graduate, refused to confirm or deny whether he had interviewed for KSU's vacant athletic director's job, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Brent Schrotenboer reported.
- Boone County assistant prosecutor Stephanie Morrell told the Columbia Daily Tribune's Joe Meyer that no decision has been made on whether to charge Missouri freshman quarterback Blaine Dalton with felony drug possession.
- Sam Keller's class-action suit against Electronic Arts for using student-athlete likenesses in video games is detailed by Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star. Sports business expert Darren Rovell of CNBC calls the former Nebraska quarterback's suit "the best case I've ever seen constructed" by a student-athlete.
- The Oklahoman's Scott Wright ventures to Tonkawa, Okla., to check out the background of Oklahoma State wide receiver Bo Bowling, who will stand trial Friday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of an anabolic steroid.
- The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter gives his take on Missouri's strong APR scores.
- The Omaha World-Herald's Jon Nyatawa details some of the lessons that Bo Pelini learned while coaching in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
With all of the recent turnover in the coaching ranks, it was curious to me that Chuck Long didn't end up on Bill Snyder's coaching staff at Kansas State after he was let go as San Diego State's head coach. After all, Snyder helped develop Long into a record-breaking quarterback at Iowa.
It also would have made a lot of sense if Long had joined Paul Rhoads at Iowa State.
His strong work as an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma made him a logical addition at either place, or a number of other places across the country.
It turns out that Long has a financial reason for not jumping into another coaching job. He stands to collect $700,000 per year to fulfill the rest of his contract doing "projects" and "analysis" for the San Diego State program, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
"The projects we have for him right now are mostly related to campus issues relative to athletics," San Diego State athletic director Jeff Schemmel said. "In other words, 'How can we be more successful at San Diego State, using his experience?' We've asked him to do some analysis for us on that sort of thing. He's been very good about it, whether that's admissions, whether that's fundraising, any of those things that can help us be more successful."
Long will make $1.4 million to fulfill the obligations of his contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2010.
And considering that most assistant jobs would pay him about $200,00 per season, Long might cost himself up to $1 million by leaving San Diego State and taking another coaching job.
In the end, I expect Long to be coaching somewhere. And it might be in the Big 12, where he found his greatest success as an assistant.
But don't expect it to happen in the next 22 months.