Spring Football: Se’Von Pittman Granted Ohio State Release; Lane Kiffin Undecided on Play Calling

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes players and head coach Urban Meyer sing their school song “Carmen Ohio” after their overtime victory over the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes

Defensive end Se’Von Pittman was granted his release from Ohio State, Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch reports from the opening day of Buckeye spring practice. Pittman was among the first recruits to sign with Urban Meyer in 2012, committing out of Canton, Ohio McKinley High School.

Pittman was a consensus top 100 recruit, but didn’t see the field after suffering a knee injury. He will take four years of eligibility wherever he lands due to the redshirt.

USC Trojans

Lane Kiffin told reporters following USC practice on Tuesday he is unsure who will call plays in 2013, per USCFootball.com’s Ryan Abraham. Whether that means Kiffin and USC administration are still searching possible offensive coordinating candidates, or if he is considering an internal option is unclear.

Kiffin’s play calling last season was the frequent topic of derision last season. Criticism grew when Robert Woods aired his frustration over seeing a decreased role in the Trojan offense.

Kansas Jayhawks

Former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps tops the spring football depth chart in Lawrence. Should Heaps earn the job for Week 1, he will be the second transfer to captain the Jayhawk offense on Week 1 in as many seasons for Charlie Weis. Last season, former Weis Notre Dame recruit Dayne Crist manned quarterback duties.

“What I’m really excited about is going out and improving my game to be the best quarterback I can be,” Heaps told reporters on Tuesday. “I don’t know if I felt more confident heading into a spring ball for my personal growth and what I’ve been able to do heading into this spring ball.”

KU will need that confidence to reflect on the field — the Jayhawks ranked No. 113 in passing offense last season.

Washington Huskies

Head coach Steve Sarkisian is implementing numerous changes to Washington’s spring football docket, writes Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Among them is a much earlier start date — the Huskies opened camp on Tuesday.

However, Sarkisian emphasized earlier this week that highly criticized quarterback Kieth Price remains the Huskies’ starter. Price has two years of Jekyll and Hyde starting experience under his belt. He excelled in 2011, but struggled a year ago. His up-and-down play landed Price on the SaturdayBlitz.com 13 Quarterbacks to Watch list for 2013.

On the topic of Sarkisian, the Washington coach’s $2.55 million per year contract makes him the highest paid coach in the Pacific 12 Conference. Jon Wilner of The San Jose Mercury News broke down the league’s coaching salaries. An interesting takeaway, per CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman:

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