Tag:Brian Baker
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Texas Tech's Simmons cleared to play

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas Tech's defensive line got some depth on Wednesday when it was announced that defensive tackle Delvon Simmons had been cleared to play by the NCAA.

Simmons originally signed a letter of intent to attend North Carolina in February, but asked to be released a month later when North Carolina's defensive line coach, Brian Baker, left the program to take a job in the NFL. Simmons ended up at Texas Tech in April though he couldn't officially be considered a member of the team until he took classes at the school.

He'd been practicing with the team even though his eligibility to play this year had been in doubt before this clearance from the NCAA.

Simmons was one of the top-rated defensive tackles in the country coming out of high school, and it's possible he may be the "best" recruit that Texas Tech has ever landed. Even in the Mike Leach years.

“Delvon has the ability to be a difference maker in our program,” said head coach Tommy Tuberville in April.  ”He is an explosive and disruptive player and an outstanding athlete. We are thrilled to have him.”

Tuberville is no doubt a bit more thrilled after hearing today's decision.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 3:11 pm
 

UNC loses another D-line coach

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's something for you to ponder: which job has a shorter shelf life these days? Being Georgia's mascot, or coaching the defensive line at North Carolina? It seems like each gig is trying to one-up its counterpart. North Carolina makes the latest move with today's news that Brian Baker is leaving North Carolina to take a position with the Dallas Cowboys.

Baker just became the the defensive line coach in Chapel Hill four weeks ago, and he's the third person to have the job since the beginning of the 2010 season. Call it the Curse of John Blake if you like, because he was the man who had held on to the job before his dealings with agent Gary Wichard brought so many headaches to the Tar Heels earlier this season.

Charlie Coiner was the coach between both Baker and Blake.

As for why Baker is leaving, though he was hired four weeks ago, apparently he never signed a contract with the school. Then the Cowboys came along and made him an offer that included a "huge difference" in salaries, and he couldn't turn it down. Baker also said that his dream is still to be a college head coach some day, but he believes that going to Dallas will only help him achieve that dream.

Then there's the money, too. That doesn't hurt either.
 
 
 
 
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