Big 12: Vic Shealy

Lunch links: Ranking the Big 12 QBs

April, 10, 2012
For those of you who filled me in on the Dutch Baby, thanks. I'll be taking the plunge later this week.

KU coach, player get Big 12 reprimand

November, 16, 2011
Kansas defensive coordinator Vic Shealy and linebacker Steven Johnson were publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 for criticizing officials.

Shealy and Johnson were critical of a face mask penalty called against KU's Anthony Davis that helped set up a Baylor field goal at the end of the first half in Saturday's 31-30 Baylor win in overtime.

"Both individuals violated conference rules that prohibit coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making public comments about game officials," Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said. "Consistent with our precedent for such violations they are being issued a public reprimand."

Lunch links: Beebe making the rounds

September, 14, 2011
Seriously, ya'll. "Chopped" is a revolution.

Lunch links: Bedlam new marquee game

June, 13, 2011
Over the past week or so, the Mavericks have been America's Team more so than the Cowboys ever were. Also, the players and owner bringing the trophy and partying in Miami at Club Liv might be the most baller NBA title post-game ever. (Lil' Wayne! Also, every single photo of Dirk in that collection cracks me up.)

Roundup: KU makes its hire, Aggie arrest

June, 6, 2011
Here's what happened around the Big 12 while its baseball teams were getting KO'd in the NCAA tournament over the weekend:

Kansas hires its linebackers coach

Turner Gill needed a linebackers coach and said he wanted to get one by the end of the week. He delivered.

The Jayhawks brought in Vantz Singletary, the nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, a Baylor alum. Vantz has spent the past two seasons coaching inside linebackers for the San Francisco 49ers and worked on Gill's staff at Buffalo in 2008, when the Bulls won the MAC.

"Vantz is a not only a great teacher and recruiter, but also a tremendous person," Gill said in a release, adding that he would "bring great ideas on pass-rushing skills to our linebackers."

Singletary graduated from Kansas State, but this will be the first stop at a BCS conference school in his 20 seasons of coaching.

The Jayhawks needed a replacement after defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Carl Torbush was diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer last week and retired. Gill promoted cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy to defensive coordinator. Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt will serve as co-defensive coordinator.

Aggies' Damontre Moore arrested

Expectations are high for the man likely pegged to replace Von Miller, but Damontre Moore's summer got off to a rough start.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder was arrested on Friday morning and accused of possessing less than two ounces of marijuana.

Coach Mike Sherman declined comment, but Texas A&M spokesman Alan Cannon told the San Antonio Express-News "Historically, Coach Sherman has handled the discipline of his players, and there are consequences for poor choices."

Not much more to say about this. I'm sure Moore and the rest of A&M don't need me to inform them that it's a pretty stupid mistake, and suggests a series of decisions inconsistent with what the Aggies would like to see from their players. Sherman will handle it, but Moore's future now depends on him getting better at making off-field decisions more so than anything he does on the field.

KU finds its new defensive coordinator

June, 1, 2011
Kansas has found a new defensive coordinator after Carl Torbush retired Tuesday because of a prostate cancer diagnosis.

The Jayhawks didn't have to look far after they named cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy Torbush's replacement. Shealy will be joined by defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt as co-defensive coordinator.

Coach Turner Gill, who called Tuesday a "difficult day," and Torbush answered questions from the media, but Kansas still needs a replacement for Torbush's duties as linebackers coach.

"It is with great regret that I am retiring, but I feel in my heart after a lot of thought and prayer that this is what is best for myself and my family at this stage in my life," Torbush said.

"I have no doubt that Coach Gill will lead the KU program to many wins and get this team going in the direction everybody wants to see it go. I think the best statement I can make is if I had a son who was a Division I prospect, there is no question that I would want them to come to Kansas and play for Coach Gill and this coaching staff for many reasons besides just football."

Torbush has spent more than three decades coaching college football, and has been the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas A&M and Mississippi State before coming to Kansas with Gill in 2010.

He also served as North Carolina's head coach from 1997-2000 and Louisiana Tech's head coach in 1987.

“I was a little bit shocked and surprised. When you’re talking about health, you have to put all the other selfish stuff away," Gill said.

He added that he plans to replace Torbush, and hopes to have a new linebackers coach by the end of the week.

After last season's struggles, though, Torbush is encouraged by the defense's growth heading into the fall. He cited a lack of depth that required some players to take the field for as many as 100 snaps a game for some of Kansas' problems.

"We’ve got a lot more depth than we had before. We’re faster than we were," Torbush said. "We’re still going to be pretty young on defense. One day after practice we told the seniors to step forward and there were only about six out of all of them that stepped forward. That’s not many seniors, but the great thing about it is that it’s going to be the same guys for several years to come. The experience the secondary got last year will help them this year."

Next season, in addition to that depth, the Jayhawks new coordinator says knowing what he has to work with will pay off too.

"The process when we came in a year ago of trying to evaluate talent. Trying to take Carl’s base approach to defense and trying to fit those players structurally and philosophically into what he was wanting to do was a challenge," Shealy said. "But from about mid-season on you began to see a shift and we began finding out what players’ strengths are and put them in those positions more often to be able to show that strength."

Shealy will need that to continue next season for the Jayhawks to rebound from a 3-9 season in Gill's first year at Kansas.

Lunch links: How you can help Joplin, Mo.

May, 23, 2011
If you're nearby and want to help the people in Joplin, Mo., here's how you can do it. If you're elsewhere, here's how you can donate funds. You can also donate $10 automatically by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by texting "Joplin" to 864833.

New Kansas staff will earn 16.61% more than previous staff

February, 5, 2010
The eight members of Turner Gill's new coaching staff at Kansas will earn significantly more than Mark Mangino's 2009 staff did.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Gill's staff will earn $2,059,999.96 this season. That figure is up 16.61 percent from the $1.766,500 that Mangino's staff pocketed for their work last season.

Here's a look at Gill's staff and what it will make.
  • Chuck Long, offensive coordinator: $350,000
  • Carl Torbush, defensive coordinator: $350,000
  • John Grimes, offensive line coach: $250,000
  • Darrell Wyatt, wide receivers coach: $249,999.96
  • Reggie Mitchell, running backs coach/recruiting coordinator: $240,000
  • Buddy Wyatt, defensive line coach: $200,000
  • Vic Shealy, cornerbacks coach: $150,000
  • Aaron Stamm, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator: $150,000
  • Robert Wimberly Jr., safeties coach: $120,000

On Mangino's 2009 staff, former offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was the highest-paid member at $300,000, while defensive coordinator Clint Bowen's base salary of $260,000 was second. None of the members of the old staff were carried over by Gill onto his new staff.

Much has been made about Gill's experienced staff, which will feature former FBS head coaches in Long and Torbush and a couple of the nation's top recruiters in Wyatt and Mitchell. It's obvious that Kansas isn't paying lip service to the cost of assembling a top staff when these salaries are analyzed.

And Gill's starting salary of $2 million per year on a five-year contract is the highest salary that Kansas has ever started a football coach when he begins his work with the Jayhawks.

Gill announces new Kansas coaching staff

January, 5, 2010
New Kansas football coach Turner Gill has finished the hiring of his coaching staff with the announcement of six new coaches.

Joining Gill’s staff are offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell, cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy, safeties coach Robert Wimberly, defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt.

Mitchell and Darrell Wyatt both coached previously at Kansas.

Gill previously had hired co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chuck Long, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush and tight ends/special teams coordinator Aaron Stamm.

Considering the circumstances of throwing the staff together quickly, Gill did an admirable job in cobbling together a respected staff that is loaded with recruiting ties throughout the Big 12 area.

The 10 full-time staff members, including Gill, have combined to coach 213 seasons and 72 bowl games at the collegiate level. Four members of the staff -- Long, Torbush, Gill and Shealy -- have spent a combined 15 years as a college head coach.

Big 12 links: Long way from Muleshoe to Alamodome

January, 1, 2010
No games today, but do we have some links for you.

Read these to keep your mind on Big 12 football while everybody else hogs the New Year's Day spotlight.