Since 2000 West Virginia is 78-3 when scoring at least 30
West Virginia and Baylor square off this weekend in a match up of two of the top 10 scoring offenses in the country. Both teams come in to the match up without a loss.
Baylor has yet to put up less than 48 points with games against SMU, Sam Houston State, and Louisiana-Monroe already in the books. West Virginia's lowest point total was last week against Maryland when they put up 31 in a win.
West Virginia's scoring offense is ranked 10th nationally, scoring just over 47 points per game, while Baylor comes in at #5, putting up over 51 points per game. Not surprisingly, both teams also bring top 5 passing offenses into Saturday's 12pm ET match up (Baylor is #5 at 362 ypg and West Virginia is just ahead at #3 with 370 ypg through the air).
If past history is any indication, 30 may be the mark to get to for West Virginia. According to their SID, dating back to 2000, the Mountaineers are 78-3 (96%) when scoring more than 30 points.
Wilmington head coach resigns
Earlier today, Wilmington College athletic director Terry Rupert announced that head coach Ken Minor had resigned his post as the head coach of the Quakers.
Offensive coordinator, and former highly successful high school coaching veteran, Jay Niswonger has been named the interim head coach. Niswonger joined the coaching staff this past off-season.
Niswonger is a Wilmington College graduate and Hall of Fame member that is known best for his tenure at Valley View, where they went 243-78-1 under him with 11 conference titles, 16 playoff appearances, seven state semifinal appearances, and three state championships in a four year period (1994, 1996, 1997).
We hear that the Wilmington campus is very pleasant, and they have good administrative backing to go along with sufficient financial aid support. This could be a really good job for the right fit.
Through the first three weeks of the season, the Quakers are sitting at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the ultra-competitive Ohio Athletic Conference. Mount Union, the perennial OAC power, has had a hold on the conference for quite some time now, with their last conference loss dating back to 2005.
It remains to be seen if Niswonger has a shot at the permanent gig. The University has stated that they plan to conduct a national search at the end of the season.
Only 6 of the 18 head coaches hired in 2008 are at the same school
Today, we saw an interesting note that prompted us to take a look back at the head coaching turnover before the 2008 college football season. 18 new head coaches were named prior to the 2008 season. Of those 18, only six are still in the same job today (4+ seasons later).
|Program||Coach||Record / Where they are now|
|Arkansas||Bobby Petrino||Not currently coaching|
|Colorado State||Steve Fairchild||Working with the San Diego Chargers|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson||36-21|
|Houston||Kevin Sumlin||Now at Texas A&M|
|Michigan||Rich Rodriguez||Now at Arizona|
|Mississippi||Houston Nutt||Working for CBS Sports|
|Northern Illinois||Jerry Kill||Now at Minnesota|
|Southern Miss||Larry Fedora||Now at North Carolina|
|Texas A&M||Mike Sherman||Offensive coordinator - Dolphins|
|UCLA||Rick Neuheisel||Working with the Pac-12 Network|
|Washington State||Paul Wulff||Offensive assistant with the 49ers|
|West Virginia||Bill Stewart||Deceased|
Fairly surprising that just over 4 years later, only 33% of these guys were still in place.
As you can see, of the head coaches still with their original school, Bo Pelini has accounted for the most wins (41). We saw an additional note from the Nebraska SID stating that Pelini is also one of only a handful (six) of other coaches to win at least 9 games in their first four seasons at a BCS level school (Tom Osborne, Frank Solich, Barry Switzer, Larry Coker & Bobby Petrino while at Louisville). Impressive.
This weekend, Pelini and the Huskers take on Wisconsin up at Camp Randall, and they'll be "spotlighting" some cool new shoes. The game can be see on ABC at 8pm ET.
Pete Carroll video: The 12th Man was friggin awesome
Pete Carroll's team won was ruled to be the winner in last night's game.
He was so happy this morning that he filmed this short clip for the fans. Enjoy
A look at Stanford's digital playbooks
Many schools around the country, including Stanford, have gone digital with their playbooks.
This clip provides a great look at how the Cardinal use their playbook app along with Hudl to prepare for games. Also, associate head coach / defensive coordinator Derek Mason weighs in on how the digital playbooks have made things more efficient for the coaching staff.
You can tell the players and coaches love the change.
Video: Experience 6 hours as a Spartan on game day
San Jose State and San Diego State had one of the better games of this past weekend, which resulted in a 38-34 come from behind win for the Spartans. In the fourth quarter alone, the Spartans scored 21 points, and the lead changed hands four different times.
Interesting video perspective here from the vantage point of a San Jose State player on game day. The clip finishes up with some good end zone footage, including a good look at the winning touchdown.
Hudspeth: There's no magic formula to prepare during bye week
Mark Hudspeth and the Ragin' Cajuns (2-1, 1-0) are coming off of a bye week after their first loss of the season (a 24-65 loss to Oklahoma State).
This week, Louisiana-Lafayette continues conference play, taking on Florida International (1-3). FIU is coming off a seven point loss to a Top 25 opponent in Louisville.
Towards the end of his presser yesterday, Hud was asked whether having an extra week to prepare has been helpful or hurtful in his past coaching stops.
"I did do a little self reflection, and went back and looked at a couple schedules of places that I had been before and looked at how we came out of bye weeks."
"We had some games where we came out really sharp, might have been because of the extra preparation. And then I went back and saw a game or two where we did not play very sharp. You look back and say 'Boy did we lose momentum or did we get sluggish?'"
"Whatever the course may be, the thing that I tried to stress upon last week is we try to keep our foot on the gas and condition hard and kept that edge in conditioning."
"I don't think anybody has the magic formula, I think that secret is still out there. I think it all depends on maybe the make up of your team, their maturity and how they handle things."
TCU adds a nitrogen chamber to aid in injury recovery
Last night we noticed this tweet from the TCU football account noting their addition of a nitrogen chamber.
The nitrogen chamber is believed to the be the first of it's kind in college athletics and will help athletes in their recovery and rehabilitation of injuries throughout the year.