Some crazy notes from the week of recruiting and signings.
In Provo, while describing BYU linebacker recruit Chasen Andersen, son of current Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, Bronco Mendenhall told the media he has forged a very close and mutually respectful relationship with Gary over the years. And it specifically pointed out that it began when Andersen left the University of Utah – as if that was a kind of fence — keeping both from getting to know one another the way two professionals should.
A catchphrase (OKG) used by Boise State recruiters and head coach Chris Peterson to describe the type players the Bronco want apparently popped up at the University of Arizona. Also, an interesting quote from Wildcat coach Rich Rodriquez on those recruiting services guys that awards stars to certain recruits. He calls them guys in pajamas in their basement slobbering over highlight videos.
In South Carolina, Gov. Niiki Haley is apparently letting members of the Clemson football staff use the state’s small commuter aircraft to recruit. You gotta wonder how that is going over down at the University of South Carolina with Gamecock’s fans.
In Big Ten territory, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says his fellow coaches in the league, with the exception of Michigan, have to do a better job recruiting to keep up with the SEC.
Speaking of Urban, famous for coming up with rivalry nicknames and gimmicks like “That team down South,” the Buckeye coach said he makes his staff members do pushups if they say Michigan.
How would you like a kid with cancer to call for your job as a head coach? Well, it happened to Texas coach Mack Brown. Ouch.
There’s more than one way to make a home visit in recruiting. Mendenhall said his rehired offensive coordinator Robert Anae literally got down in stances and was slobbering doing moves with Oregon O-line recruit Brayden Kearsley in the living room. But few can top what Boise State assistant coach Scott Huff did with recruits Alec Dhaenens and Joe Martarano on a home visit to Fruitland, Idaho.
Writes Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman of Huff: [He] Huff went goose hunting. He got the unusual idea cleared through the compliance department. “It was minus-10,” Huff said. “It was so cold that nothing flew. … We finally got to the blind at 6:45, a half-hour before shooting could even start. We sat there until 12:30 (p.m.) and nothing had flown all day — but we had a great time. Totally your unconventional home visit.”