April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; A detail view of Florida Gators wide receiver Solomon Patton (83) helmet during the spring practice for the Orange and Blue Deput at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Football Roundup: Florida Defensive Line Coach Bryant Young Resigns

Florida Gators

Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young resigns his post on Wednesday, a surprising move from the coach entering just his third coaching season. Bryant retired from the NFL in 2010 and followed Dan Quinn onto Will Muschamp’s Florida staff from the San Francisco 49ers organization. Quinn returned to the professional ranks in January when he accepted a vacancy with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Associated Press reports Young plans to spend more time with his family.

Young’s departure comes at an especially odd time, as Florida wrapped its practice season on Saturday with its spring game.

Richmond Spiders

Nov 24, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Michael Rocco (16) throws a pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Images


The NCAA denies Virginia Cavaliers transfer quarterback Michael Rocco 2013 eligibility at the University of Richmond, The Daily Progress reports.

Rocco shared playing time with Alabama Crimson Tide transfer Phillip Sims last season. Rocco threw for 1917 yards and 13 touchdowns in the Cavaliers’ disappointing 4-8 campaign. Rocco opted for a transfer to join his uncle Danny Rocco with the Richmond Spiders. The Spiders are members of the FCS Colonial Athletic Association. The NCAA grants immediate eligibility to FBS-to-FCS transfers with multiple years remaining; Rocco is entering his final year of eligibility.

Meanwhile, Virginia head coach Mike London — coincidentally, formerly of Richmond — brought one-time Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild on as offensive coordinator. Fairchild’s initial spring depth chart saw Sims slotted third. Where Rocco would have factored into the new philosophy is anyone’s guess.

Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State athletics turned over records of impermissible phone calls and text messages made by coaches between 2008 and 2011. Clones Confidential has the names associated with the “major infractions” case.

ISU brought the matter to the NCAA’s attention, and most of the assistant coaches involved are no longer on staff. The university also self-imposed sanctions. But when does that stop the NCAA?

The Associated Press reports experts anticipate more severe penalties against Iowa State. The AP report specifically cites Cyclone basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, saying the NCAA might make an example of him. Hoiberg led Iowa State to the Round of 32 each of the last two NCAA tournaments.

The depth of involvement for the Iowa State football team, and possible NCAA punishment remain to be seen.

Washington State Cougars

Mike Leach’s policy against divulging injuries to the media last season was succinct: an injured player will return when he returns. It’s a downright Yogi Berraian in its simplicity, though it shrouds Washington State in mystery.

One mystery is how mounting spring injuries impact the Cougars come kickoff 2013. All Coug’d Up examines the situation from two angles.

Washington State has a bevy of defensive injuries, which means more practice reps for Cougar reserves to theoretically develop depth. However, a defense that loses its most productive player from a season ago, Travis Long, and ranked behind all but two other Pac-12 programs in points allowed per game needs its first string sharp.

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