Josh McDaniels provided a measure of stability to the Patriots coaching staff when he made the decision to stay on offensive coordinator (which, presumably, will keep Pats assistants Joe Judge and Jerry Schuplinski -- who were expected to follow McDaniels to Indianapolis -- in Foxboro, as well). Now another domino has fallen into place:
Schiano was rumored to be line to become Matt Patricia's replacement as defensive coordinator. Since that won't happen, the Pats are expected to turn to their highly regarded linebackers coach, Brian Flores, as their next DC. Flores was a finalist for the head coaching job in Arizona, losing out to Steve Wilks.
There was no lack of controversy heading into college football selection day. Specifically: Would it be Alabama or Ohio State that earned the final playoff berth?
Despite a loss to Auburn in recent weeks, Alabama is heading back to the college football playoff, much to the chagrin of Buckeye fans.
It was a difficult decision for the committee, considering that Ohio State captured the Big 10 title Saturday. Alabama did not qualify for the SEC title game.
The reigning national champion Clemson Tigers earned the first berth in the playoffs, and will have the opportunity to win back-to-back titles.
Oklahoma is perhaps the hottest team in the country and rolled to a Big 12 title behind Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield. The Sooners landed in the second playoff berth.
The Georgia Bulldogs defeated Auburn in convincing fashion to capture the SEC championship, qualifying themselves for the third playoff berth.
Clemson and Alabama will play in the Sugar Bowl, while Oklahoma and Georgia battle it out in the Rose Bowl.
Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room.
"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."
Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.
During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday.
As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.