Cincinnati defensive staff getting it done

There have been only 10 performances this season where a defense has held their opponent to negative yards rushing.  Cincinnati (6-1) has two of those impressive performances.

The first of those came against North Carolina State, where Cincinnati held the Wolfpack to -26 net rushing yards.  The next week the Bearcats took on Miami (OH) and allowed -3 net yards rushing in a 27-0 shutout win.

Not only it is impressive to hold two teams to negative rushing yards, but co-defensive coordinators Tim Banks and John Jancek, defensive line coach Steve Stripling and the rest of the Cincinnati defensive staff, found a way to do it in back to back weeks. Very impressive.

Cincinnati is 2nd in the nation in rush defense and 17th in scoring defense. Defense is doing it's part in helping Cincinnati to a 6-1 overall record thus far, 2-0 and leading the Big East.  

Jerry Kill's new agreement

Jerry Kill was hired in December 2010 to be the new head coach at Minnesota. At the time, the "agreement" was a very short "Memorandum of Agreement"...typically one or two pages. Not unusual.

5 years.

Today, Minnesota announced that Kill has signed the definitive agreement...7 years. 

We spoke with sources at Minnesota who confirmed our belief, the administration has been so impressed with Kill during the 10 months he's been on the job that they asked him to sign up for 7 years rather than the 5 they had originally offered. 

The results haven't shown up yet in terms of wins and losses; but Kill is doing great things with that program. Given time (which he clearly has), Kill will build that program into what the administration wants it to become. 

Athletic director Joel Maturi said, "This contract represents a significant commitment to Coach Kill and our belief in his vision for Gopher football. He has proved over the past 10 months what a great fit he is at the University of Minnesota and I have been very impressed with him both as a coach and a person. We are lucky to have him and I am thrilled that we now have an agreement in place that has secured Coach Kill as our head football coach well into the future." 

Order the statue today!

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck has been on the job for 16 months. During his short tenure, he has accomplished 3 things that while in the short term might have ruffled some feathers, in the long term have to be considered homeruns for the Mountaineers.

1. He hired Dana Holgorsen.

2. He got approval to sell beer at home games.

3. He apparently has struck a deal for West Virginia to join the Big 12.

He also found some time to watch his son Andrew play quarterback at Stanford.

Nice 16 months. Somebody in West Virginia go ahead and reserve a place on campus and order the bronze for the statue...

D-II opening in Texas

Incarnate Word, member of the Lone Star Conference, located in San Antonio has decided to make a change. 

Mike Santiago, who started the program, is no longer with the program. Santiago was hired in May 2007 to oversee every aspect of beginning a program for the Catholic university. Although they didn't play a game until the Fall of 2009, those first few years were arguably the toughest (fundraising, construction, hiring a staff, finding players, purchasing equipment, scheduling, etc...all from scratch).

In their first season (2009) they finished 5-5. In 2010 they began playing in the Lone Star (tough thing to do in year 2 of a program) and finished 3-8. This season they are 2-5, with wins over Eastern New Mexico and Texas A&M Commerce. 

The position that Santiago was asked to take is not an easy one. You have to make hard decisions for the long term knowing that in the short term you might get beaten up. If everyone within the administration isn't on the same page...well, sometimes things change. Apparently, that change began yesterday. 

From everything we've heard, this could be a very good job. We'll keep our eye on it and keep you posted. 

Let us know what you hear. or call / text 225.229.3429

Sideline or the coaches box

One of the first things Arizona interim head coach Tim Kish did was move some coaches from the box down to the field. Kish was looking for more "on the field coaching".

At Clemson, both coordinators are on the sideline. 

"They have to be able to sense the urgency in my eyes, the tone of my voice, that's why I've always on been on the field" Morris said.  For Morris, the ability to talk to each position, is instrumental in his playcalling.  He wants to know what the players are seeing, and experiencing on the field. You might also recall the piece we wrote up earlier why Kevin Steele believes you have to be on the field.

Ask coordinators and head coaches across the country, and you'll get a variety of answers about why they feel they are best suited for the sideline or the box. 

For guys like Joe Paterno and Sean Payton, being in the coaches box temporarily keeps them out of harm's way, and gives them an opportunity to see the game differently. Payton went up in the box this past Sunday, sending offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael down to the field as Carmichael handled the playcalling duties in the Saints 62-7 win over Indianapolis (Payton also awarded Carmichael the game ball). Payton and Carmichael spoke frequently when the defense had the ball; but largely allowed Carmichael (who was on the field and able to meet with Drew Brees after every series...and yes, the Saints scored on every series Brees played) to call the game. After the game Payton admitted that being up top allows you to really see the game, the holes (both at the point of attack and in the defensive secondary); but said that once he's mobile enough he plans to be back on the field.

According to reseach done by the Ravens public relations department, only 5 of 32 offensive coordinators made calls from the box in 2010.  

The bottom line is that there's no definitive answer to how delegate the sideline / coaches box duties, and it varies at each level. Seems like if you are a pure believer in the best scheme / play call will win, then the booth is the right place for you. If you are a "feel" guy, then you're probably better suited for the sideline. 

Comments are welcomed below. 



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