College News Tracker

Follow the Dave Campbell's Texas Football college news tracker for news and updates from all 47 college football teams in Texas.

June 29, 2022

  • Big 12 introduces new commissioner: The Big 12 named Brett Yormack the fifth commissioner of the Big 12. Yormack succeeds Bob Bowlsby, who announced in April he was stepping away after a decade in the commissioner's chair. Yormack joins the Big 12 from Roc Nation, where he served as chief operating officer and co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified, the commercial side of business. He's also worked in the NBA and NASCAR. 

June 15

  • Conference moves made official: At least 33 percent of the FBS programs in Texas are set to play football in a new conference during the 2023 season. Houston's move to the Big 12 in July of 2023 was made official last week. Today, UTSA, North Texas, and Rice officially announced moves to the AAC in July of 2023. 

May 18

  • NCAA announces rule changes: A pair of changes to the upcoming football season were announced by the NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday afternoon. The 25-player limit on recruiting classes was terminated for the next two recruiting classes to help programs remain closer to the 85-man roster limits due to the transfer portal and the free year of eligibility provided during the pandemic season of 2020. The NCAA is also allowing conferences to eliminate divisions, if they wish, so that the best two teams in the conference can meet in the conference championship game. 
  • Houston adds transfer wide receiver: The Cougars added to quarterback Clayton Tune's weaponry with the addition of former Oklahoma wide receiver Cody Jackson. The 6-0, 179-pound redshirt freshman returns home after a prep career at Richmond Foster. He’ll possess four years of eligibility after playing in two games for the Sooners in 2021. Jackson was a four-star prospect after catching 57 passes for 947 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He’s the fourth transfer wide receiver added by the Cougars this offseason joining Sam Brown, Joseph Manjack, and Brice Johnson. 

May 16

  • North Texas adds transfers: The Mean Green took two steps forward in the transfer market by adding quarterback Grant Gunnell and wide receiver Latrell Neville to the 2022 roster. Gunnell, who played at Arizona and Memphis, was one of the most prolific passers in Texas state history during his TAPPS career and was a finalist for All-American Bowl Offensive Player of the Year after the 2018 campaign. He threw for 16,108 yards and 195 touchdowns – both state records – during his four seasons on varsity. Neville was a three-star recruit out of the 2021 class who spent last season at Nebraska. 

May 3

  • SMU adds to wide receiver room: Redshirt freshman wide receiver Teddy Knox announced his transfer to SMU via social media. The 5-11, 170-pound speedster spent his final two prep seasons at The Woodlands. He was a consensus four-star recruit after he registered 35 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. He was also a star in the 100- and 200-meter dashes on the track. Knox didn’t record a stat in the 2021 season and arrives in Dallas with four years of eligibility. He'll start his SMU career as an outside receiver who can play some slot. SMU added Rice transfer wide receiver Jake Bailey earier in the spring. 

April 30

  • NFL Draft notes: 20 players from Texas colleges were selected in the 2020 draft. The Baylor Bears led the way with six selections followed by Texas A&M with four. Houston was third with three while SMU, Texas Tech, and UTSA produced two NFL draft picks. Sam Houston had one player drafted. 

April 28, 2022

  • Kenyon Green selected by Texans: The Texas A&M offensive linemen was one of four Texas high school football products drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Green, a four-year starter at Humble Atascocita and a three-year starter at A&M, was drafted by his hometown Texans with the 15th overall pick. He was the only player from a Texas college drafted on the first night of the draft. 
  • TCU adds defensive lineman: A move to an odd-man front in Fort Worth requires a different type of defensive lineman than the Horned Frogs recruited for the four-man front used by former head coach Gary Patterson. TCU requires more big-bodied defenders capapble of taking on blocks. Tymon Mitchell, a 6-3, 300-pound junior, announced his transfer from Georgia to TCU on Twitter. The Nashville native played in five games for the national champions as a reserve defensive tackle. He was credited with two tackles against UAB and one in a win over Charleston Southern. Mitchell can compete alongside presumptive starter Soni Misi and freshman Damonic Williams at the nose tackle spot.

April 27, 2022

  • Baylor quarterback enters portal: Baylor lost a quarterback to the transfer portal when former starter Gerry Bohanon’s name appeared. Bohanon started double-digit games for the Bears during a 12-2 2021 season that culminated in a Big 12 and Sugar Bowl championship. Bohanon missed the final three games of the regular season due to injury, including the Big 12 Championship win over Oklahoma State. He returned to lead Baylor to a Sugar Bowl in over Ole Miss. Blake Shapen stepped up in Bohanon’s absence last season and won the starting job for 2022 during spring practices. Shapen started three games in 2021, completing 72 percent of his passes – nine percent higher than Bohanon – for 596 yards and five touchdowns to zero interceptions. Shapen completed 17 consecutive passes to start the Big 12 Championship game. Kyron Drones will serve as his backup. 

April 25, 2022

  • Texas State loses defensive star: Zion Childress, a sophomore safety, announced his intentions to transfer out of the Texas State program in a Twitter post. Childress is a native of New Caney who started six games as a nickel back in 2020 and eight times in 2021. He was third on the team last year with 74 tackles and was one of only three Bobcats to record an interception. Childress was considered by many as the most talented player in Texas State’s secondary. 

April 24, 2022

  • North Texas bolsters defensive line: The Mean Green added depth to the defensive front with a transfer of Abilene Christian's Kadren Johnson. The 6-4, 249-pound lineman recorded 20 tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack in 11 games. He'll join Enoch Jackson and Roderick Brown up front. 

April 20, 2022

  • Pair of former Longhorns find new homes: Former Texas wide receiver Al'Vonte Woodard and offensive tackle Tyler Johnson announced new homes today after spending the 2021 season in Austin. Woodard, who spent his career on special teams and as a reserve wideout, is headed to Sam Houston. Johnson is headed to Houston, presumably to start at right tackle for the Cougars. 

April 19, 2022

  • Texas adds transfer wide receiver from Alabama: The Longhorns continued to build depth in their wide receiver room with the addition of transfer Agiya Hall. Hall, a 6-3, 190-pound product of Florida, was a four-star talent that ranked 45th nationally in the 2021 recruiting class. He was the fifth-ranked wide receiver in that cycle. For reference, Texas’ Xavier Worth, a freshman All-American in 2021, was the eighth-ranked wide receiver in that class. Hall was recruited to play at Alabama by Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, who was the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide at the time. Texas heads into 2022 with an improved wide receiver unit. Worthy is back, as is a healthy Jordan Whittington. Texas also added Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neyor.
  • Texas Tech adds transfer tight end: Baylor Cupp, a junior from Brock High School, spent the past three seasons at Texas A&M. His 2019 and 2020 seasons were cut short due to injuries. Cupp played in 10 games during the 2021 season, starting once. The 6-7, 240-pound tight end still has two years of eligibility. 

April 12, 2022

  • SMU lands former five-star running back: The Mustangs filled a need with the addition of former five-star running back Camar Wheaton. The Lakeview Centennial product was the third-ranked running back in the 2021 cycle and ended up signing with Alabama. Wheaton redshirtted in 2021 at Alabama, meaning he still holds four years of eligibility when he arrives at SMU this summer. The addition of Wheaton is additionally important because SMU lost Ulysses Bentley IV, the team's most explosive running back, to the transfer portal. Wheaton is a big-play running back who was also a track star in high school. He'll offer a nice change of pace to SMU running backs Tre Siggers and Tyler Lavine. 

April 6, 2022

  • Eric Schmid foregoing 2022 season: Sources told Dave Campbell's Texas Football that quarterback Eric Schmid decided to forego his final year of eligibility for a shot at the professional level. Schmid was the focal point of the Sam Houston offense for the better part of three seasons. He accounted for 8,305 total yards in his four seasons on campus. He threw for 7,401 yards and 62 touchdowns during that time. To replace Schmid, Sam Houston did what is expected in modern football: Dip into the transfer portal. The Bearkats are expected to add Georgia Tech transfer Jordan Yates to the quarterback room to compete with junior Keegan Shoemaker. Sam Houston was 22-1 in the calendar year of 2021, winning the FCS Championship in the spring and reaching the semifinals in the fall. 

April 5, 2022

  • Bob Bowlsby to step down: The Big 12 Conference announced that Commisioner Bob Bowlsby intends on stepping down later this year. He's held the position for the last decade. The conference is in a state of flux following Texas' and Oklahoma's announcement last summer that the two programs are leaving for the SEC. The Big 12 responded by adding BYU, Houston, UCF, and Cincinnati. 
  • Texas Tech adds transfer offensive lineman: The Red Raiders added their fourth transfer offensive lineman since the end of the 2021 season with the addition of Corpus Christi native Ty Buchanan. He arrives in Lubbock with four years of eligibility after redshirting in 2021 at USC. 

April 4, 2022

  • Houston adds running back: The Cougars added USC transfer running back Brandon Campbell. The boost to the running back room was required following the ACL tear of Alton McCaskill during spring practice. Campbell is a Houston native who played at Katy Taylor, Pearland, and Katy during his varsity career. He was used sparringly at USC in 2021. 
  • Josh White transfers to Baylor: The Bears added another young, talented linebacker to the ranks in Cypress native Josh White. White spent the 2021 season as a reserve at LSU. Baylor head coach Dave Aranda recruited White to LSU when Aranda was the defensvie coordinator for the Tigers. 

April 3, 2022

  • Jake Bailey transfers to SMU: Former Rice wide receiver Jake Bailey announced on Twitter that he'll attend SMU for the 2022 football season. Bailey's loss was a big blow for the Owls. Bailey led Rice in every major receiving category during the 2021 season, catching 56 passes for 714 yards and two touchdowns. He'll be a shot in the arm for SMU's passing attack that lost Danny Grey and Reggie Roberson Jr. to the NFL Draft. 

April 2, 2022

  • Alton McCaskill tears ACL: Houston running back Alton McCaskill tweeted Saturday night that the sophomore from Conroe Oak Ridge tore his ACL. McCaskill was an Freshman All-American in 2021. He set a school record for freshman with 18 total touchdowns. McCaskill ran for 961 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding two more scores as a receiver. A typical recovery from a torn ACL can take longer than eight months. McCaskill’s 2022 season is in serious jeopardy, dealing a major blow to the high aspirations for the Cougars. 

April 1, 2022

  • Texas A&M adds to historic 2022 recruiting class: Texas A&M added another five-star defensive lineman to its 2022 recruiting class last week when Georgia native Lebbeus Overton picked the Aggies. Overton is a top-20 prospect in the 2022 cycle and the fifth-best defensive lineman in the class per 247Sports Composite. The Aggies signed five of the top six defensive linemen in the entire country. The class is rated higher than any other recruiting class signed in the modern era. The group includes eight five-star players. Sixteen of the 30 are from Texas. 

March 31, 2022

  • Houston extends Dana Holgorsen: The University of Houston and head football coach Dana Holgorsen agreed to a contract extension that runs through 2027. The six-year extension comes on the heels of a 12-2 season and a trip to the AAC championship game. The Cougars are the favorite to win the AAC in 2022 and are moving to the Big 12 by 2024.

March 30, 2022

  • Baylor Cupp enters transfer portal: The junior from Brock spent the past three seasons at Texas A&M. His 2019 and 2020 seasons were cut short due to injuries. Cupp played in 10 games during the 2021 season, starting once. The 6-7, 240-pound tight end still has two years of eligibility. 

March 29, 2022

  • Conference USA loses three schools: Conference USA reached an agreement with Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss to part ways after the 2021-22 academic year. Those three schools will play in the Sun Belt Conference for the 2022 football season. Conference USA plans to play with 11 teams in the 2022 season. North Texas, Rice, and UTSA are scheduled to leave Conference USA for the AAC prior to the 2023 season. 

March 24, 2022

  • Texas State quarterback in transfer portal: DCTF can confirm that Brady McBride, a multiple-year starter for the Texas State Bobcats at quarterback, entered the transfer portal. Joe Cook from InsideTexas.com was first to report. McBride made eight starts for Texas State in 2020 and six games in 2021. Texas State added quarterback Layne Hatcher from the transfer portal prior to the start of spring practice. Hatcher threw for more than 7,000 yards in his career at Arkansas State. 

March 18, 2022

  • UTSA hires defensive line coach: Jeff Traylor continues to promote from within at UTSA with the Roadrunners announcing the addition of Siddiq Haynes as defensive line coach. The former defensive analyst replaces Rod Wright, who took the same job at Miami (Fla.). Haynes was the defensive line coach at Sam Houston prior to joining the UTSA staff. 

March 15, 2022

  • SMU loses key running back: Junior running back Ulyses Bentley IV announced on social media that he'll leave SMU and enter the transfer portal. Bentley, a C.E. King product, rushed for 610 yards and four touchdowns during an injury-riddled 2021. Bentley led the AAC in rushing in 2020. The Mustangs offense also lost wide receivers Danny Gray and Reggie Roberson Jr. to eligibility. 

Feb. 24, 2022

  • Texas State announces coaching moves: Brian Hamilton will coach the Bobcats' offensive line in 2022 after coaching the program's tight ends since 2019. Hamilton was the offensive line coach Murray State for three years prior to his move to San Marcos. Boone Feldt was added to the Texas State staff to replace Hamilton as the tight end coach.  Feldt, a Hays High School graduate, was a graduate assistant for Texas State for the last three seasons. 

Feb. 23, 2022

  • C.J. Ah You joins Texas Tech staff: Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Ah You as the outside linebacker coach. Ah You first became a full-time assistant at Vanderbilt in 2016 where he remained for three years as defensive line coach. He was most recently a quality control coach at USC. Ah You played his college ball at Oklahoma prior to six years in the NFL. 

Feb. 18, 2022

  • College Football Playoff stays at four: The College Football Playoffs will remain at four teams through the 2026 season, executive director Bill Hancock announced via press release. There were talks over the last two years to expand the playoff to at least eight teams and to as many as 16. A new format is expected to be agreed upon for the 2026-27 season and and beyond. 
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announces $1 million dollar donation: The UTRGV Foundation announced a $1 million dollar allocation to the university to help support campus life initiatives including to help fund the football team that was approved last November. The fee increase is subject to approval by the UT System Board of Regents. The oney will help with the marching band, women's swimming and diving, and football. 

Feb. 15, 2022

  • Baylor, Dave Aranda agree to extension: Baylor committed longterm to head coach Dave Aranda following a Big 12 championship and Sugar Bowl win in the 2021 football season. The new deal extends Aranda through 2029. As a private institution, Baylor does not disclose specific contract terms. Aranda has coached two seasons in Waco. The Bears went 3-7 in 2020 and 12-2 in 2021. 
  • Conference USA releases schedule: C-USA is standing strong despite the announced intentions of members Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss in June. C-USA announced its schedules for the 2022 football season and included each of those three schools in its plans. The Board of Directors released a statement saying "Conference USA intends to conduct the 2022-23 athletic year with the full 14 institution membership in tact. The C-USA Board of Directors will exhaust all neccesary legal actions to ensure all members meet their contractual obligations as defined by and agreed to in the Conference USA bylaws."  

Feb. 11, 2022

  • Texas Tech loses running back coach: DeAndre Smith is leaving his role as running back coach at Texas Tech for a similar job in the NFL with the New York Giants. Smith arrived in Lubbock prior to the 2019 season and was retained by Joey McGuire after the season. Smith's son, Donavan, started multiple games at quarterback for the Red Raiders in 2021, including a win over Iowa State that clinched bowl eligibility. 

Feb. 10, 2022

  • TCU hires defensive line coach: New head coach Sonny Dykes added JaMarkus McFarland as the Horned Frogs' defensive line coach. McFarland, a Lufkin native, was a defensive tackle at Oklahoma in college. He started his coaching career as a GA at Oklahom after his playing career. McFarland then spent two seasons at Stephen F. Austin and last year as the defensive line coach at Louisiana Tech. 
  • North Texas makes staff moves: The Mean Green hired Randy Clements to coach the offensive line, moving offensive coordinator Mike Bloesch over to the quarterback position. Bloesch joined the North Texas staff in 2020. His offensive line only allowed 15 sacks in 13 games during the 2021 campaign. Clements was most recently at Ole Miss. He's also spent time coaching offensive lines at Houston and Florida State. 

Feb. 9, 2022

  • The NFL invites 32 players from Texas teams to the NFL Combine: The NFL invited 324 college football players to the 2022 combine, which takes place in Indianapolis on March 1 through March 7. Twenty-two of the 32 invitees played at Power Five programs led by Texas A&M (9) and Baylor (7). UTSA, Houston, and SMU each produced three players. Sam Houston is sending one. North Texas, UTEP, Rice, and Texas State did not have a player invited. Full list is below. 
    • Texas A&M (9): Michael Clemons (DL), Kenyon Green (OL), Aaron Hanford (LB), Tyree Johnson (DL), DeMarvin Leal (DL), Leon O'Neal (DB), Jayden Peevy (DL), Isaiah Spiller (RB), Jalen Wydermyer (TE). 
    • Baylor (7): Kalon Barnes (DB), Terrel Bernard (LB), Trestan Ebner (RB), Jalen Pitre (DB), Abram Smith (RB), Tyquan Thornton (WR), JT Woods (DB).
    • Texas Tech (3): Dawson Deaton (OL), Erik Ezukanma (WR), DaMarcus Fields (DB). 
    • Texas (2): Cameron Dicker (K), Josh Thompson (DB).
    • TCU (1): Obinna Eze (OL).
    • Houston (3): Logan Hall (DL), Marcus Jones (DB), Pepe Williams (DB).
    • SMU (3): Grant Calcattera (TE), Danny Gray (WR), Reggie Roberson Jr. (WR). 
    • UTSA (3): Spencer Burford (OL), Sincere McCormick (RB), Tariq Woolen (DB). 
    • Sam Houston (1): Zyon McCallum (DB)

Feb. 4, 2022

  • Baylor adds to staff: The Baylor Bears announced the hiring of Ronnie Wheat as special teams and safeties coach and Dallas Baker as wide receiver coach. Wheat spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada. He was on the LSU staff in 2019 alongside head coach Dave Aranda. Baker was the wide receiver coach at Buffalo in 2021. He spent the four seasons prior to that at Marshall. 

Feb. 3, 2022

  • Houston hires Mike Jinks: The Cougars officially announced the hiring of former Cibolo Steele head coach Mike Jinks as running back coach. Jinks has spent 20 of his 25 years of coaching in the state of Texas. He's spent the last three seasons as the running back coach at USC. He's also spent time at Bowling Green as a head coach. Jinks went 76-18 in seven years as head coach at Cibolo Steele, winning the 2010 Class 5A Division II title. 
  • UTSA announces spring game: The defending Conference USA champions announced that the annual spring game will take place on April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Dub Farris Athletic Complex. 

Feb. 2, 2022

  • National signing day arrives: 
    • Texas A&M - The Aggies signed the top-ranked recruiting class in the country with seven five stars including amongst 28 signees. Texas A&M finished with the best class in the SEC. The 2020 class ranked eighth in the nation.
    • Texas - The Longhorns weathered a 5-7 regular season on the recruiting trail in Steve Sarkisian's first full cycle in charge. Texas signed 28 players in the fifth-ranked class in the country and the best class in the Big 12. The Longhorns signed the 15th-best class in 2020. 
    • Baylor - The Big 12 championship didn't result in a ton of recruiting momentum for Dave Aranda's program. Baylor signed 21 players in its 36th-ranked recruiting class, which was only five spots better than the 2020 cycle. The Bears finished fifth in the Big 12 conference in the current cycle. 
    • Texas Tech - The hiring of Joey McGuire during the season paid off for Texas Tech on the recruiting trail. The Red Raiders signed 18 players to a class that ranked 43rd in the nation. Last year, they inked a class that ranked 75th in the country and last in the Big 12. 
    • Houston - An eventual move to the Big 12 should improve Houston's recruiting success. The Cougars jumped from a 85th-ranked class in 2020 to one that ranked 48th in 2021. Houston signed 19 players to a class that ranked second in the AAC. 
    • TCU - Transition classes are rarely ranked high, and that is true for the Horned Frogs in 2021. TCU signed 13 players to a 54th-ranked recruiting class. The 2020 class ranked 53rd in the country. 
    • UTSA - The Roadrunners rallied late to sign the 69th-best recruiting class in the country. The group consisted of 15 signees and it ranked second in Conference USA. 
    • SMU - Rhett Lashlee was given six weeks to put together a recruiting class after taking over at SMU. The Mustangs managed to sign 11 players to a class that ranked 81st in the nation and sixth in the AAC. The 2020 class ranked 51st. 
    • Rice - The Owls signed 11 players to a class that ranked 115th in the country and ninth in Conference USA. 
    • UTEP - Dana Dimel is going to build the Miners' roster mostly on transfers and JUCO products. UTEP signed four players to a class that ranks 130th in the nation, which is two spots better than the 2020 cycle. 
    • Texas State - The Bobcats are another program that prefers to build through transfers and the JUCO ranks. Texas State signed just four players to a class that ranked 138th in the nation and last in the Sun Belt. 

Jan. 28, 2022

  • Texas Tech announces Spring Game date: April 23 was the date set for the first spring game for Texas Tech under the direction of head coach Joey McGuire. The Red Raiders start the new era under the first-year college head coach on March 22. Texas Tech's pro day is on March 31. 
  • Justin Burke promoted at UTSA: Burke moves from offensive analyst to special teams coordinator and tight ends coach after two years as a Roadrunner. Burke spent 2017 through 2019 at USF. Kurt Traylor will move from tight ends coach to an assistant offensive line coach.

Jan. 27, 2022

  • Joe Price named UTSA wide receiver coach: The Roadrunners elevated Price to wide receiver coach after he spent the last two years as the program's Director of Player Personnel. The position was open following UTSA's promotion of Will Stein to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Price was at Illinois for the 2019 season and spent 10 years at the high school ranks, including a stop at Galena Park North Shore, earlier in his career.  

Jan. 24, 2022

  • Harold Perkins decommits from Texas A&M: Five-star linebacker Harold Perkins is back on the market. The Cy Park product announced he’s backing away from his pledge to Texas A&M and will announce his college destination on national signing day. Perkins is the top-ranked linebacker prospect in the nation for the 2022 recruiting class. The 6-2, 210-pound Perkins is the fourth-best overall recruit in the cycle, according to 247Sports Composite. His final four is Texas, LSU, Florida, and Texas A&M. 
  • Jackson Arnold commits to Oklahoma: Denton Guyer quarterback Jackson Arnold pledged to Oklahoma. The four-star led Guyer to a Class 6A state championship game appearance as a junior. The 6-1, 195-pound Arnold is ranked as the seventh-best quarterback and the 72nd-best overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite. Arnold threw for 3,921 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2021. He was named the District 5-6A Co-MVP and held more than 20 offers.