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Mind of Mike: Matt Corral, Scott Frost, Big Ten Aggressiveness, and More

Mind of Mike - Kevin Warren Big Ten

Mind of Mike - Kevin Warren Big Ten

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Mind of Mike is a scary place. This is what’s on my mind lately.

Matt Corral doesn’t hate Ole Miss. Or regret playing there. It’s headline grabbing garbage based on what he said as a rookie dealing with competition at the NFL level with the Carolina Panthers. He said he regrets having a lack of competition and early playing time as part of his decision process back out of high school. That’s it, that’s all. This kid has come a long way from trouble in high school to a head-down maturity I respect. Let’s not blow things out of proportion.

Scott Frost isn’t sad nor has he given up. He’s just pissed. So his demeanor at Big Ten Media Days was subdued and rightly so. Screw the talking, let’s play football. 3-9 at his alma mater is embarrassing and he’s been stealing money his first many years at Nebraska as such a highly paid hire away from UCF. It’s put up or shut up time and he knows it.

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— The Big Ten was pushed to be aggressive by the SEC. This is Urban Meyer all over again. What? When Meyer came to the Big Ten from his days at Florida he taught a wimpy conference how to recruit. He ruffled feathers, pissed people off, and won a national title stealing recruits away from everyone. Now the Big Ten is the second best Power Five conference in the country. So when Greg Sankey went and landed Texas and Oklahoma it taught the Big Ten another SEC lesson. Get moving or get passed. Their addition of USC and UCLA is the result and Kevin Warren now talks like a commissioner of a real football league.

— I have two thoughts on Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M. The first? C’mon man, stop trying to stance yourself from NIL. The latest was using the excuse that a staffer caught on video essentially selling NIL to recruits had only been with the program a month. Who cares? Whether it's a couple of weeks or a couple of decades, it’s your job to sell NIL to recruits. It’s legal now and part of the job. Your incessant whining about how it had no impact on your No. 1 recruiting class is getting old. Coaching efforts led to that class but NIL plays a part in all now, just embrace and admit it. The second thought? People laughing at the Aggies recruiting class early in 2023 (I see you Brady Quinn) are not smart. This is not a result of the false allegations spewed by Nick Saban. This is a coaching staff being selective and knowing they will land a top 10 class. Heck, even top five. They could take guys now that are lower on their board but why? The Aggies will be just fine.

— Maybe the Tennessee fans and boosters wished they hadn’t made such a fuss over the hire of Greg Schiano huh? Jeremy Pruitt was the horrible hire they settled on and now they are in hot water with the NCAA based on allegations of everything from money inducements to nail salons (huh?). But let’s be honest. Schiano would have been horrible at Tennnesse anyhow. Josh Heupel gives them all hope and paying $60k for recruits feels kinda dumb these days now doesn’t it. All will end well as the Vols begin an attempt to claw their way back to the top. But at the very least, maybe certain folks won’t be listened to from here on in regards to coaching hires.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]