Thursday August 31, 2017
Virginia: Longtime executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver is leaving the athletic department to "pursue other opportunities," the school has announced. Oliver adds that "it is time to pursue another passion of mine and that is working with future leaders in sports to help them pursue their dreams through personal and professional development."
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have extended GM Kevin Colbert's contract through the 2020 NFL Draft.
Yale: Athletic director Tom Beckett is retiring at the end of the calendar year. Beckett has been the athletic director at Yale since 1994.
Cornell: Cornell is suing former head coach Kent Austin for more than $100,000 for leaving with two years remaining on a 5-year, $1.4 million contract. More here.
UTEP: Athletic director Bob Stull is retiring today after leading the Miners athletic department for nearly 20 years. Stull's contract expires today, but he will remain on the job until the school finds a replacement.
New Research: Differentiating Cut Block Technique Off Play Concept - Execution of a proper cut block is centered on two components: proper landmarks and impeccable timing. And since most offensive play concepts vary in these two regards, it makes sense to teach a different cut block technique for each. It’s something Fairmont State offensive line coach Ryan Schleusner introduced this year to his unit as the Fighting Falcons finished 10-2 and ranked 23rd in the final AFCA Division 2 coaches poll, making the playoffs for the first time in school history. In his X&O Labs clinic report, Coach Schleusner details the varying cut blocking techniques he teaches in the quick game, screen game and on the backside of wide zone schemes. Click here to read the report.