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4. Schools reach out to recent SMU decommit Matt McQuaid
By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
July 24, 2014 4:08 am ET
LAS VEGAS -- Most of the SMU-related headlines last week revolved around Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to bypass college and head overseas for a season.
But the Mustangs also suffered a hit to their 2015 class, when shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to decommit and reopen his recruitment.
"I feel like I just needed to take a step back and compare my options a little better and look at different schools," McQuaid said at the Fab 48 Wednesday night.
When he contacted Larry Brown to tell him the news, McQuaid said the legendary head coach was upset in the decision but understood the reasoning.
SMU will remain on McQuaid's list, but several other schools have already reached out since the news over the weekend. North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Texas, Baylor, LSU, Creighton and others are all showing interest, with everyone besides North Carolina and Virginia extending offers.
"The system I fit in," McQuaid said when asked what he's looking for in a school. "I want to shoot, I want to play. I want to be happy where I am for four years."
Creighton, Texas and Baylor were recruiting him prior to his May commitment to SMU.
Will that play a factor?
"I mean, yeah, I guess you can say that," McQuaid said. "It really doesn't matter though, I'm just kinda starting over."
McQuaid, a 6-foot-5 Duncanville (Texas) product, is arguably the best 3-point shooter in the country. He is ranked No. 66 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2015, and shot better than 45 percent from behind the arc during the EYBL regular season.
McQuaid's decommitment left Brown and SMU with just one high school commitment for 2015, California point guard Sedrick Barefield.
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3. LA TECH
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UTEP Football Opponent Preview: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
By asalom @anthonysalom on Jul 23 2014, 7:00a +
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UTEP will open up the C-USA slate with a tough road matchup in Ruston, LA against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs enter their second year in Conference USA, and will look to rebound from a tough go at things in their first year that saw them finish with a 4-8 mark.
While this contest will be the league opener for UTEP, La Tech will have already traveled to North Texas, and will have faced both Oklahoma and Auburn on the road by the time the Miners arrive.
It will be interesting to see what this team looks like in 2014. Not just because of personnel, but it will be their second year under Skip Holtz, who did a complete 180 with the team following the (short) Sonny Dykes era.
Starting under center, the Bulldogs return sophomore Ryan Higgins, who split time in 2013, but also have transfer Cody Sokol (Iowa) who looked to take over the starting job following a solid spring
Higgins completed 59% of his passes in 2013 for 1,715 yards, but did have some issues protecting the football as he had 13 interceptions to just 6 touchdowns. Sokol didn't see any action with the Hawkeyes, but was first team all conference and all region, and second team all american as a juco sohomore.
One big issue for those quarterbacks though, will be the lack of proven weapons returning on the outside. The Bulldogs lost 4 of their top 6 wideouts from a year ago, and while they do return their leading receiver Sterling Griffin (33 catches, 357 yards), not much is known after that.
A handful of newcomers though, including LSU transfer Paul Turner and juco transfer Sanford Seay could provide an immediate boost to that unit.
Perhaps the biggest strength on the offense is in the backfield. The Bulldogs return their top 5 rushers from a year, including junior Kenneth Dixon who rushed for 917 yards on 151 carries (6.1 ypc). Tevin King, who held a 5.8 ypc average a year ago, is also back, but was banged up in spring ball. If he can get healthy, he'll be one to look out for as well.
Up front, the Bulldogs are greatly unproven. Only two starters, senior left guard Tre Carter and senior right tackle Mitchell Bell, return from a year ago, and while a third senior with experience returns, no other lineman enters the 2014 season with a single start under their belt.
In fact, no lineman comes in with even 10 total starts in their career. Carter leads the way with 9 career starts, Bell has 8, and right tackle Jens Danielson has 7.
Its much the same story in the trenches on the other side of the ball, as the defensive line loses four of their top five from 2013. Unlike the O-line though, this unit does have some experience coming back with 4 seniors and 3 juniors in line to get time.
In the middle, the Bulldogs return all but one backer from the 2013 roster. That one did happen to be their leading tackler, but with much of the defensive production spread out across all three units, it shouldn't be too hard to find replacements.
Look for the some of that slack to be picked up by guys like senior Mitch Villemez and junior Beau Fitte. And, with plenty of depth behind them, this unit should no issue transitioning from a 4-2-5 to a base 4-3 in new coordinator Manny Diaz' first year.
The secondary looks to be another area of strength for the defense as the entire group remains intact. In fact, seven players with more than 10 games' experience return in 2014, and with one less spot in the secondary in the new scheme, that makes for a deep group.
Considering the La Tech pass defense was ranked 31st in the nation in 2013, this should certainly be the strength of the entire unit heading into 2014. And, with Diaz calling the shots, expect this unit to have a far reaching impact, even into the offensive backfield.
The special teams for the Bulldogs will also remain in tact, with both punter Logan McPherson and kicker Kyle Fischer back on the squad in 2014. La Tech will have to find some new weapons in the return game, but shouldn't be hard to match or better the numbers of a year ago.
All in all, this could be a true rebound year for La Tech. Offensively, some questions remain throughout, but if Sokol pans out as many hope, this team should see great improvement from that of a year ago.
Defensively, Manny Diaz has been around the block, and then around again. He's coached at Florida State, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, and even was the DC at Texas for a year. Albeit, for one long (short) year.
The defense could carry this team far in a league like C-USA, but staying healthy, especially early on will be a huge question for this team. Early matchups at Oklahoma and Auburn could be a death sentence, but if they can stay healthy through that, C-USA will have its hands full, and so will UTEP come October 4th.
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The door is still open for Chris Sandifer! IT IS NOT OVER TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS
AND I HAVE HEARD NOTHING, NADA, ZIPPO SO FAR.
I think it is safe to say the fat lady is singing the blues. Sandifer must already know his results. I'm OK with it because while we just needed guards last year to win the CUSA tournament, we accomplished that goal while only losing one player. I think Willms, Ced, and Vint will fill in for Bo just fine and then some.
Here is how I see the starting line up for the 1st 5 games.
PG Harris, Stallworth
SG Touchet, Sanders, Caldwell, Embachu
SF Flaggert, Winn
PF/C Ced, Vint
Major difference from 1 scholarship guard to a total of 5. CTF likes to play small a lot and he will get his opportunities for sure.
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I have been a big supporter of Kugler and his philosophy since day one. I honestly admit that last year was rougher than what I had hoped for, but I agree with his approach to basically burn the thing down and built it from the ground bottom. He has started laying the foundation for his Program based on discipline and toughness and he is mixing that style with a concentration on both lines of scrimmage and building with long-term High School Recruits. I love that philosophy. As for this upcoming year; I would like to see us win 4 games this year and show improvement by doubling our win total from last year.
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2. KUGLER SPEAKS
What needs to change for the upcoming season?
"We have a lot of things to improve upon. But the main thing is we have to remain consistent in our beliefs in what we want to do. We've maintained the entire offensive philosophy and defensive philosophy, we kept our entire coaching staff intact, and we feel consistency is going to be the model to turn this thing around."
On keeping the coaching staff intact.
"There are always going to be challenges in (keeping coaches intact) - probably at any school. But we were very fortunate to have our coaches return so the players will hear the same terminology over and over again. It's tough on college players, if say a kid has three or four different coaches coaching them throughout their career. It's tough to become consistent."
On the recruiting philosophy
"We've had to change our recruiting philosophy a little bit. We have gone outside the box when it comes to recruiting linemen. We've gone back east a little bit and some of the northern states to get some bigger sized and physical players. We still recruit in Texas; it's the main state in our recruiting philosophy. But we're not going to sit tight and think that's going to get it done for us - we have to go beyond those boundaries."
On UTSA recruiting in the same state and how it affects UTEP.
"We're recruiting the same type of kids and (UTSA) has a very strong talent base in their backyard. We're a little more isolated in El Paso as far as travel, but we recruit the entire state of Texas. For us, it's important that we look at any player from any part of the country to have the opportunity to up our talent base."
On playing Old Dominion this season for the first time in school history.
"I think (Old Dominion) is outstanding. They're well coached with an outstanding quarterback; they probably should've beat Pittsburgh up in Heinz Field last year. That's a very strong program and we have a lot of respect for them. They've made the transition from starting the program and they have an outstanding team."
On Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
"He has an excellent arm and from watching film, it looks like he displays outstanding leadership skills with the players all around him. He's got all the tools you look for in a quarterback and he'll be one of the top quarterbacks in our conference."
On being improved for the 2014 season.
"We really feel we've made a lot of improvements already. In the spring we saw the competiveness and work ethic improve. Again, we're just trying to set standards in place for the players to improve upon."
Huge thank you to Denise Mata from UTEP Athletics, stay tuned we will have more Media Day coverage tonight!
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1. Tendinitis Treatment
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