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The Daily News-Journal from Murfreesboro, Tennessee · Page C3

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Friday, December 13, 2013
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SPORTS FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2013 THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL C3 Navy chooses right option in Reynolds 7 JKm m Wfr ' Writ MP1 . ; 1 ft f I Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, a former Goodpasture standout, will seek an FBS rushing TD record against Army on Saturday. He will then face MTSU In the Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl, ap Goodpasture grad needs 2 rushing TDs for record By Tom Flynn Gannett Tennessee The last time Keenan Reynolds was on the football field, the former Goodpasture star set an FBS record for quarterbacks by rushing for seven touchdowns in a triple-overtime win over San Jose State. When Reynolds takes the field again Saturday, he can set another record in the last regular-season game of his sophomore season against Army in Philadelphia. And then after that, he will lead Navy (7-4) against MTSU (8-4) in the Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. Reynolds has 26 rushing touchdowns on the season and he needs two to break the FBS quarterback record held by Ricky Dobbs (Navy) and Collin Klein (Kansas State). For those who know Reynolds, there is nothing surprising about his success. He began playing football, and quarterback, at the age of 5. The 5-11, 185-pounds Antioch native credits his parents Donald and Jacqueline Reynolds and former Goodpasture coach David Martin with his success in handling the rigors of Naval Academy life. "The way my parents brought me up definitely helped me to sustain and adapt as well as I should," said Reynolds. "He's got great character, and he's a leader," said Martin, now the coach at Stewarts Creek. "He started for us for four years; by his senior year he was calling a lot of his own plays." It was those leadership qualities that caught the attention of the Naval Academy. There seems to be no limit of what Nick Saban's price tag could be If Alabama and Texas fight for his services. GETTY IMAGES Saban could start major bidding war loss to Notre Dame earlier this season. "During the course of a play I just try to make the best decision possible," Reynolds said. "I sometimes will give a duck inside and a guy will commit toward me and then I'll pitch. I get a feel for who we're playing against, what my keys are, and then try to manipulate them." Reynolds makes Navy's offense even more effective by stretching the field through the air. He has thrown for 1,028 yards this season, including eight touchdowns against just two interceptions. By stepping back from center, and out of the option, he can better view the defense, check out of a play, and give himself a break from the physical toll of a constant running attack. "He sees what defense is there, and he's able to get us into the right play," Jasper said. "When they do some different things (defensively), he's switched up and gotten us MTSU (8-4) VS. NAVY (7-4) When: Dec. 30 (10:45 a.m.) Where: Fort Worth, Texas TVRadio: ESPN 102. 5-FM, 97.5-FM, 89. 5-FM, 100.5-FM, 101.9-FM, 1450-AM Tickets: bowl1-888-YES-MTSU into a better play. He can give us the best look against a defense." Reynolds will try to help Navy win its 12th straight against archrival Army (3-8). A late touchdown by Reynolds last year provided the margin of victory in a 17-13 win over the Cadets. After that, Navy will prepare for the Blue Raiders, who return to practice today. "It's definitely an honor to be in the company of guys like Ricky Dobbs and Collin Klein," Reynolds said. "But my only concern is beating Army. If that entails not breaking the record, then I'm perfectly OK with that." "The biggest thing that drew our attention to him was that he was a lot like Ricky Dobbs, as far as the leadership values and skills," Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper said. "Ricky wasn't a big rah-rah guy, but he had something that everybody was drawn to and everybody fed off." Reynolds took over as starter for the last eight games of his freshman season, leading the Midshipmen to six wins. Navy runs a triple-option offense. It's predicated on the quarterback's ability to read defensive keys that dictate whether he should hand the ball to the fullback, pitch it to a trailing slotback or keep it himself. The offense requires durability, aggression and quick-thinking in its quarterback, and with Reynolds at the helm, bigger, faster defenses have often committed to chasing the wrong option. Never was this more evident than when Reynolds ran for three touchdowns and passed for one in a 38-34 where our program is going," Brown said. In Austin, Powers reasserted his support for Brown and said they planned to speak in the coming days. Powers is among Brown's top supporters, and received a cautious endorsement later Thursday from his frustrated chancellor to temporarily quiet speculation about his own future. Powers has been locked in a two-year power struggle over academics on one of the nation's biggest campuses. He called Brown one of the sport's greatest coaches but declined to address the coach's status after regents allowed Powers to continue the job he's held since 2006. "I'm going to focus on this. We'll discuss football at the appropriate time," Powers said. Brown acknowledged the Longhorns (8-4) didn't finish how they wanted after starting the season talking about competing for a national champion- Brown silent on his future as Texas coach stricted fund balance -also viewed as a reserve fund, a portion of which could potentially be used for a new contract for Saban. Texas $163.3 million Operating revenue for the athletics department for the 2011-12 school year. $146.6 million Expenses for the same period, including $8.3 million athletics gave to the university. $16.7 million Surplus for athletics department. $42.1 million Athletics department year-end reserves. Bottom Line Given these numbers, each school could comfortably pay Saban at least an additional $3 million, putting his compensation in excess of $8 million. While other athletic operational costs will continue to make their routine climb, there is anticipated revenue growth, if not this year or in the near future. Plus funds could raised by increasing ticket prices or approaching boosters for donations aimed at retaining or hiring a coach. Of course, one set of governors to all of this are the optics and politics of a public school paying a football coach more than $8 million. Then there is the prospect of what would be a decidedly out-of-the-routine cost increase: raising the value of an athletic scholarship so that it covers the full cost of attendance. And the pressure for that to occur is likely to rise in direct proportion to the rising salaries for coaches at schools like Alabama and Texas. By Steve Berkowitz USA TODAY Sports Last April, in the wake of its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series national title, the University of Alabama gave pay increases and contract extensions to all but one of its football coaches: Nick Saban. That might be changing. Based on Alabama's most recently available athletics financial report to the NCAA, the university could be paying Saban considerably more than the $5,395,852 million that makes him the highest-compensated college football coach in the nation. And the university may get tested. Mack Brown's tenure at the University of Texas could be nearing an end. Brown, who has led the Longhorns for 16 years, is second to Saban in school compensation this year at $5,392,500. If Brown who says he plans to meet with athletic director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers to "discuss the direction we're going" is out as coach, it could set up an epic bidding war between two of the wealthiest programs in college sports. Here is a look at their finances: Alabama $124.9 million Operating revenue for the athletics department for the 2011-12 school year. $112.6 million Expenses for the same period, including $4.4 million athletics gave to the university. $12.3 million Surplus for athletics department. $94.8 million Athletics year-end unre Texas coach Mack Brown responds to a question during a Valero Alamo Bowl press conference on Thursday In San Antonio. Texas and Oregon will play Dec. 30. ap Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again. "My situation has not changed," Brown said. Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998. Brown deflected several other questions about his future during a news conference in San Antonio about Texas' bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30. "I want to sit down with (Patterson) and Bill in the near future and talk about where we're going and ported last month that after last season Texas regents had spoken with Sa-ban's agent about the possibility of replacing Brown and approached Brown about stepping down. Saban has deflected those reports. But McCombs expressed confidence about Texas' ability to lure him to one of the wealthiest athletic programs in the nation. "I don't think there is any question about 'getting him,'" McCombs said. "When Mack came there, budgets were an issue; they are not an issue now. Hell, all the money that's not at the Vatican is up at UT." ship. The Longhorns last played for a BCS title in 2009, but fan frustration has mounted after a string of seasons that failed to meet expectations. Notably attending Brown's news conference was influential Texas booster Red McCombs, who is a close friend of Brown's and one of the university's most generous donors. 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