SEC: Willie Mack Garza

Lunchtime links

September, 28, 2011
It's the middle of the week, so games are only days away. Check out some links while you wait.
Former Tennessee assistant Willie Mack Garza paid for former top recruit -- and Oregon running back -- Lache Seastrunk and his mother to fly to Knoxville for an unofficial recruiting trip during Lane Kiffin's tenure at the school, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Garza wired $1,500 to now infamous recruiting scout Will Lyles in July 2009, and the money was used for plane tickets for Seastrunk and his mother, Evelyn.

Garza followed Kiffin when he took over at Southern California, but the secondary coach resigned on Sept. 1, citing "personal issues unrelated to USC."

Here is what Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton told Yahoo! Sports about the incident:
"We are aware of the situation as is the conference office. We've been verbally contacted by the NCAA enforcement staff regarding a recruiting issue in 2009 related to the former coaching staff and a student-athlete who never attended Tennessee.

"We believe, as does the conference office, that this matter is not subject to the repeat offender provision."

Vols lose another assistant coach

January, 22, 2010
It looks like Tennessee is down another assistant coach.

Willie Mack Garza, who coached the Vols' secondary last season under Lane Kiffin, packed up his office and left town sometime in the last 24 hours and apparently didn't notify anybody on the current staff that he was leaving.

With new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley still searching for a defensive coordinator, the Vols were already shorthanded on their coaching staff. There's never a good time to be shorthanded. But two weeks before signing day is the absolute worst time.

There's no word on whether Garza plans to join Kiffin on the Southern California staff. He hasn't returned calls to reporters.

James Cregg, who coached the Tennessee offensive line last season, left earlier this week to take a job on the USC staff.

The Vols are now without a defensive coordinator, secondary coach, offensive line coach and running backs coach.

SEC lunch links: How long will Meyer stay at Florida?

July, 7, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

While my esteemed blogging colleague Chris Low recharges for a few days, I've jumped in to contribute a few links today.

Hopefully, these will go down as smoothly with your lunches as an icy pitcher of sweet tea on a sweltering summer afternoon.


  • The Mobile Press-Register's Paul Finebaum opines on the long-term status of Urban Meyer at Florida.
  • Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has received zero interviews for a head coaching job after helping lead the Gators to their second national championship in the past three seasons, the Tampa Tribune's Joey Johnston reports.
  • Chris Gay of the Augusta Chronicle writes about the diminished national expectations for Georgia in preseason magazines.
  • The College Football News' Pete Fiutak analyzes Kentucky in his extensive preseason preview. And The New York Times' Paul Myerberg also breaks down the Wildcats in his wonderful "Quad Countdown."
  • Arkansas defensive lineman Lavunce Askew will not face felony charges in connection to an incident in which a laptop computer was allegedly stolen. Alex Abrams of the Northwest Arkansas Times reports the victim does not want to press charges against Askew.
  • Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free-Press writes about the experience that new Tennessee secondary coach Willie Mack Garza has developed over the years playing against Southeastern Conference teams.
  • ESPN radio and television host Colin Cowherd tells Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun that he expects Florida and Texas to meet for the national championship. Cowherd also is intrigued by the intense competition that permeates the Southeastern Conference:

"The sign the SEC is really great is that everybody hates everybody," Cowherd said.

  • Ten more signees from Mississippi State's 2009 recruiting class have arrived at school  to take part in coach Dan Mullen's summer conditioning program, Kyle Veazey of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
  • David Helman of the LSU Daily Reveille reports about a fashion change on the front of LSU's football uniforms.
  • The positives and negatives of more night games for Georgia are analyzed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tim Ellerbee.



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