The 2011-12 bowl season is over. Alabama is the BCS National Champion.
Next up will be general coaching moves here and there, and then we should be getting into some more verbals/signings by high schoolers.
If someone declares eligible for the NFL Draft, you can post it here, but go ahead and mention it in the NFL Draft thread if it hasn't been already. The impact on the college team would be more discussed here whereas the impact on interested NFL teams would be discussed over there.
Petros has predicted a USC vs. Michigan NC game next season.
Would love to play USC in a neutral location for once, but I don't see Michigan beating Alabama and USC beating Oregon twice. And both of those things would have to happen, IMO for either team to play in the MNC.
I think USC has the better chance though, they have an amazing amount of talent lead by a great senior QB and the best WR in the country, plus look at that schedule. The only thing close to a quality opponent away from home is 5 loss Utah and they play them early, before the weather gets bad. Oregon at home (likely twice) and Notre Dame may be their only challenges this year.
So Casteel and a few assistants are off to Arizona with Rodriguez.
WVU's brought in Joe DeForest (Okie St) to be Special Teams coach and co-DC. Not sure who the other will be. Brian Stewart (Houston, former Dallas Cowboys DC) has been rumored pretty heavily for a while, but it sounds like Brent Venables (OU) might be coming onboard instead. The Sooners are bringing Mike Stoops back in and Venables reportedly isn't too comfortable with that decision. Would be a real coup for WVU to pluck him from a conference rival. Randy Shannon, who had been tied to a few rumors earlier, sounds like he'll be the next Tennessee DC now.
And Clemson just fired Steele after getting torched for 70. LOL. They're apparently in the Venables hunt too, no clue as to who the leading candidate team would be.
Coordinators are an upgrade but let's see what happens with "the disciplinarian" Edsall.
Not worried about Edsall yet. It's always rough(especially for college kids) when a disciplinarian takes over. Give him some time to get his own recruits in there that actually signed up to play for him.
By the way the signing of Mike Locksley was huge for Maryland recruiting and should result in a upswing. The only players that Fridgien won with were Locks recruits of the late 1990's.
A member of Alabama's BCS championship team, Kirkpatrick left school early to enter the draft. Early reports pointed to him being a first-round pick, possibly among the first 10 selections and the first cornerback selected.