Big 12: Paul Johnson

Lunch links: Vols contact Carl Pelini

February, 9, 2010
A quick show of hands, please, from anybody who braved the lines at their nearby Denny’s Restaurant for a free Grand Slam breakfast this morning.

The thought occurred to me to check it out, so I drove by the nearest location after I delivered my boy to school earlier today.

The lines outside the restaurant convinced me that a wiser choice was to return back home to my blogging duties.

Here are some stories from across the Big 12 this afternoon that should prove a little more substantial than the blueberry Pop Tart I had instead.

  • The Lincoln Journal Star’s Steve Sipple relates that new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley contacted Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini about joining his staff in a similar position before settling on Justin Wilcox.
  • The San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle’s Brent Zwerneman senses a growing sense of accountability in terms of wins and losses among Mike Sherman’s staff at Texas A&M.
  • The Sporting News’ Matt Hayes mentions in his mailbag that Kansas’ hiring of Turner Gill stood apart from other coaching hires.
  • The Austin American-Statesman’s Richard Tijerina’s must-read “Breakfast with Bevo” reports that the Texas football team was honored during halftime at the Longhorns’ “Big Monday” game against Kansas last night. It was probably the bright spot for most of the fans who attended the game.
  • The Lawrence Journal-World’s Lindsey Slater reports that Kansas is expanding an area of discounted seats at Memorial Stadium and dropping some prices of season tickets to as low as $199 for the upcoming season.
  • The Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel writes that Nebraska’s offense should be based on dominating linemen rather than speedy receivers -- so he’s not necessarily worried about the Cornhuskers’ most recent recruiting class.
  • Former Baylor wide receiver Lawrence Elkins was among 10 former athletic figures inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Monday night, the Waco Tribune-Herald’s John Werner reports.
  • Mediation talks between Mike Leach’s attorneys and those representing Texas Tech have failed to reach an out-of-court settlement, although the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Matthew McGowan reports that talks have not broken down.
  • Heralded recruit Gilbert Moye, who played tailback for Missouri, has left the Tigers’ program, the Columbia Tribune’s Dave Matter reports. Moye plans to transfer to a Southwestern Athletic Conference or Southland Conference program with hopes to play quarterback at his new school.
  • Missouri ranks third among possible Big Ten expansion candidates in a online readers’ poll commissioned by USA Today. The Tigers rank behind leader Notre Dame and No. 2 Pittsburgh.
  • Derek Summers of the Oklahoma State Daily O’Collegian reports that Mike Gundy is looking for immediate contributions from some members of the Cowboys’ 2010 recruiting class.
  • Former Baylor assistant coach and current North Carolina State linebackers coach Andy McCollum is close to being hired on Paul Johnson’s staff at Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson reports.

Brown receives new contract and is named Robinson finalist

December, 9, 2009
Trust me, it's been a good day to be Mack Brown.

The Texas coach picked up a couple of acknowledgements of his 13-0 season today.

His annual contract was bumped from $3 million to $5 million a year through the length of its terms in 2016 by the Texas board of regents.

Brown was scheduled to receive a one-time $2 million payment early next year. University system regents agreed to make that an annual payment for the rest of his contract.

Additionally, Brown will still keep picking up an annual $100,000 per year raise each year in his contract. And he'll pocket a $450,000 bonus if the Longhorns can upset Alabama in the Jan. 7 Citi Bowl Championship Series National Championship game.

And while not as financially beneficial, Brown also was named Wednesday by the Football Writers Association of America among the seven finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Finalists for the award include:
  • Texas coach Mack Brown
  • TCU coach Gary Patterson
  • Oregon coach Chip Kelly
  • Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson
  • Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly
  • Alabama coach Nick Saban
  • Boise State coach Chris Petersen

The winner of the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be announced and honored at a reception on Jan. 5 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Big 12 well-represented on coaches' all-star team

August, 19, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

The Bleacher Report has an interesting article this morning, detailing an all-star football team based on the playing exploits of current Division I-A coaches.

Some of the selections were rather easy. It's kind of hard to keep South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier off the team after "The Ol' Ball Coach" claimed the Heisman Trophy at Florida in 1966. But some of the others were more problematic.

For example, Colorado coach Dan Hawkins earned a selection at running back, mainly because no other current college coaches played there. Hawkins was an overachieving slow-footed fullback at California-Davis from 1978-82.

The Big 12 was represented with several coaches, including Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (Iowa defensive back, 1979-82), Nebraska coach Bo Pelini (Ohio State free safety, 1987-90) and Iowa State coach Gene Chizik (Florida linebacker, 1981; injury cut short his career).

And interestingly, two of the four current head coaches who did not play college football are in the Big 12. Texas Tech's Mike Leach and Kansas' Mark Mangino did not play football in college, along with Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis.