College Football News Roundup – January 20

A college football news roundup that includes USF head coach Charlie Strong aiming for redemption and Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente possibly dropping a hint on Twitter.

There are so many reasons to celebrate today, and they all have to do with the amount of amazing people that were born on January 20: John Michael Montgomery, Buzz Aldrin, Rainn Wilson … but mostly John Michael Montgomery. His hit “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” is one of my go-to karaoke songs. I set up the audience with that banjo picking hit before bringing the house down with “Calling Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks. I should have really been on Star Search as a kid.

In college football news, Washington State head coach Mike Leach had some things to say about the SEC, Florida starting quarterback Luke Del Rio will have shoulder surgery and miss spring practice, and LSU dismissed nose guard Travonte Valentine for the second time. Here are some other newsworthy notes in the latest college football news roundup.

Strong Strong! – I didn’t know how to make that headline awkward, so there we go. New South Florida head coach Charlie Strong said that he is upset about not succeeding at Texas, where he was the school’s first minority head coach, but plans to make up for it with the Bulls.

“When you’re the first minority coach at a major university like that, you feel like there’s so many people counting on you,” Strong said. “I got upset at myself for not being successful, and I got upset at myself because you feel like you let a lot of people down. There are only so many African-American coaches, so when you get on a stage like that …”

That redemption should start early, as the Bulls return a talented team, including AAC Offensive Player of the Year Quinton Flowers at quarterback.

Hint At A Hokie? – Did Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente drop a little clue on the future of five-star safety Devon Hunter? In a tweet, Fuente dropped a picture of a No. 7 jersey sitting in a locker. No big deal, but Hunter just happens to wear that same exact number. It would be a big get for the Hokies.

Yo Debby, I Did It! – Coming off back-to-back 11-3 seasons, San Diego State head coach Rocky Long received a 5-year contract extension, and will now likely retire as the coach of the Aztecs.

“Offering Rocky an extension may be the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make,” John David Wicker, SDSU’s director of athletics, said. “Rocky is a great football coach. He is a great mentor to our assistant coaches and student-athletes and, most importantly, he’s a great person. He truly cares not only about the success of the football program but San Diego State as a whole.”

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