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  • Nebraska provides latest reminder to watch what you say on social media

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    Nebraska giveth, Nebraska taketh away.

    One day after being hired as Nebraska’s public address announcer, Jon Schuetz says the Huskers have fired him over a social media post he made criticizing Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman. Here is the post, according to the Omaha World-Herald:

    Harvey Perlman is as (sic) disgrace. Remember this was the guy who extended Steve Pederson’s contract only to fire him a few months later. When will he be held to account?

    The policy seems pretty draconian considering: A) Schuetz was not a Nebraska employee at the time and B) Good luck finding a new PA announcer that never made a critical of a program more than 15 years removed from its last conference title. I believe that reduces the field down to Nebraska employees, Perlman family members and those born without fingers.

    Nevertheless, Schuetz does not begrudge the program for firing him. It’s Nebraska’s job to give and, obviously, Nebraska’s job to take away.

    Let this be a reminder to us all to audit our social media accounts every so often so as to prevent burning bridges before we even have a chance to cross them.

  • Kyle Flood says he fully expects to be Rutgers’ head coach on Saturday

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    Photo credit: NJ.com

    The inquiry into Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s alleged email impropriety has lasted more than two weeks now. It was supposed to be resolved “quickly.” Rutgers AD Julie Hermann has yet to speak publicly on the matter.

    In spite of all these facts, Flood’s job continues, and the Scarlet Knights open Saturday afternoon against Norfolk State.

    With a game now less than five days away, Flood spoke Tuesday, dancing around the incredibly awkward elephant placed in the middle of the room.

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    Rutgers’ investigation is sure to wrap up. Eventually.

    (quotes via @TheFootballFour)

  • FootballScoop Predicts: Biggest Coaching Surprises of 2015

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    With the 2015 football season finally upon us, each of FootballScoop’s primary writers – Scott Roussel, Zach Barnett and Doug Samuels – have offered one bold coaching prediction sure to come true this winter.

    Scott (@FootballScoop): Nick Saban will not be Alabama’s coach for the 2016 season.

    I can’t support it by reportable facts, and of course there is no pressure from the administration; but from folks in the profession, I keep hearing “Nick isn’t happy,” “Nick seems miserable,” “Nick is very frustrated,” and I can foresee the very real possibility that Nick pulls the rip cord and ejects from Tuscaloosa after this season. Where that parachute will land, well, that has to play out, but I don’t suspect T-Town will be Nick’s final coaching stop.

    Zach (@Zach_Barnett): Brian Kelly leaves Notre Dame for the New York Giants job. 

    Brian Kelly has said in the past he doesn’t necessarily have to take an NFL job to his consider his career complete, and I believe him. To a point. I don’t believe Kelly would leave Notre Dame to coach the Kansas City Chiefs or the Tennessee Titans.

    But after the Giants miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season and sixth time in seven years, the franchise and its 69-year-old head coach Tom Coughlin make a mutual decision to amicably part ways and reunite on the anniversaries of their 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl seasons. Kelly, meanwhile, produces another very good-not-great season at Notre Dame, cementing in his mind the 2012 run to the national championship game is as far this program can be taken. And it’s at that point that leaving behind a program with omnipresent academic hoops that need jumping through, an exhausting national recruiting footprint and antiquated expectations for a chance to coach one of the NFL’s premier franchises sounds pretty darn tempting.

    Doug (@CoachSamz): The Big 12 won’t make a single head coaching change.

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the Big 12 will return all of their head coaches for the 2016 season. Bold statement? Sure, but’s that is the way I see it. David Beaty at Kansas was the lone new head coach heading into this season, and as long as Paul Rhoads gets back to doing he’s capable of in Ames by leading the Cyclones back to a bowl game, the conference could logically return all ten head coaches in 2016. Bill Snyder is the league wild card as he’ll turn 76 here in early October.

  • It’s official: Coastal Carolina to join the Sun Belt

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    If we’ve learned anything at all from the past five years of conference realignment, it’s that two things ultimately matter for schools looking to improve their lot in life: recent football success and the ability to tap into large sums of money. And not necessarily in that order.

    The Sun Belt is set to announce Coastal Carolina as its 12th member on Tuesday. The Chanticleers beat out Eastern Kentucky in a vote of Sun Belt presidents on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Eastern Kentucky has played football since 1909, winning national championships in 1979 and 1982, claiming 21 conference titles and 20 playoff appearances. The Colonels play in 20,000-seat Roy Kidd Stadium. Coastal Carolina, on the other hand, didn’t launch football until 2003, and its home, Brooks Stadium, holds just 9,214, well below FBS standards.

    But the Chanticleers have Joe Moglia, the former banking executive and billionaire that left the business world to pursue his dream of coaching football. After a stint with Nebraska and the Omaha Nighthawks, Moglia landed the Coastal head job before the 2012 season and has gone 32-10 since, reaching the FCS quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons.

    “On behalf of all of us at Coastal Carolina University, I’m honored to accept the invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference,” Coastal president David A. DeCenzo said in a statement. “I am grateful to Sun Belt Commissioner, Mr. Karl Benson, for his steadfast support of CCU, and to the Sun Belt presidents and chancellors, who honored CCU by selecting their 12th member school.”

    Adding the Myrtle Beach, S.C., based school will allow the Sun Belt to split into two divisions of six apiece. Coastal Carolina figures to join with Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Troy and South Alabama in the East division, while Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas State, Texas State, New Mexico State and Idaho figure to from the West division.

    Coastal Carolina will join the Sun Belt in all sports except football in 2016-17 and in football in time for the 2017 season.

  • Report: George O’Leary wants to be UCF’s full-time AD, step down as head coach

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    George O’Leary has expressed a desire to step down as head coach after the 2015 season and become Central Florida’s full-time athletics director, according to a report from Dan Wolken of USA Today.

    O’Leary stepped in as the Knights’ interim AD in July after then-AD Todd Stansbury, who took a similar post at Oregon State.

    O’Leary has successfully shepherded UCF into big-time college football, leading the Knights from the MAC to Conference USA and then to the American Athletic Conference. The Knights have won a conference or division championship in four of the past five seasons, including a 12-1, Top 10 finish in 2013, including a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor, and an AAC co-championship in 2014. Entering his 12th year at the school, O’Leary is 81-60 as head coach.

    Rumors of O’Leary’s impending retirement from coaching have persisted for more than a year. Fox Sports reported last August O’Leary was considering stepping down after the Knights’ opener against Penn State in Ireland. That, of course, did not happen.

    But while O’Leary’s credentials as a coach are not in doubt, some within the athletics department have expressed dismay at the possibility of him leading the athletics department full time, Wolken reports. O’Leary, 69, has no administrative experience outside his now two months leading the UCF athletics department on an interim basis. Wolken reports UCF president John Hitt is on board with the idea, but the rank-and-file members of the administration remain on the fence.

    “No one (on ground level) tracking with the president on this,” a source told USA Today.

    If O’Leary’s transition does receive a green light, look for him to push for  anoint offensive coordinator Brent Key as his successor.

    Central Florida opens the 2015 season Thursday night versus Florida International (6 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network).