Dana Dimel wants to be K-State's next head coach

Kansas State co-offensive coordinator Dana Dimel informally threw his hat in the ring to be Bill Snyder' successor at Kansas State on Sunday.

"I think it would be a challenge, but obviously I understand the inner workings of this program," Dimel told Kansas.com. "I saw coach come in when we weren’t very successful. So I’ve seen what can make K-State not successful. I’ve been around for the losing years. I’ve also been around here during the transition and around for the positive years. I have seen the whole gambit of what K-State football is about. I have a great understanding of what it takes to win here, but also what not to do here."

For all we know, Snyder will outlive us all and still be the head coach at Kansas State in 2075. But in the even that doesn't happen, Snyder has put forth a name he would recommend as his successor, his son, Sean, Kansas State's associate head coach and special teams coordinator. 

Dimel, who also coaches the Wildcats' running backs and tight ends, has traveled a unique path through the coaching world. He arrived at Kansas State in 1987, two years before Snyder, serving as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in his first tour of duty in Manhattan. He left Kansas State to become at the time the youngest head coach in FBS at Wyoming, where he went 23-12, and later at Houston, where he went 8-26.  

"I learned what it took to turn a program around," Dimel said of those experiences. "That’s what I learned the most at Houston, how to come in when something is really broke and how to bring it back to be a successful place. Then I learned at Wyoming how to step in and take a place that was kind of wavering back and forth, never really having any successful winning and how to get it to be a consistent situation. There was a lot of diversity in the two systems I walked into."

With a stint at Arizona under Mike Stoops and now four years into his second term at Kansas State, Dimel has a hard-earned perspective on coaching.

"I think some coaches don’t understand what the important elements are in developing a successful program," said Dimel. "Those are things I learned from doing, starting off as a really young coach at 34 and then going on and looking at where I am now, I can say these are things that are most important to being successful."

Considering Snyder's talents in producing successful head coaches, including Bob Stoops and Bret Bielema, to name a pair, and the coaches on the current staff, Kansas State should be in good hands whenever he eventually steps down. Dimel just hopes that inevitable replacement is him.


Northwestern's Gator Bowl helmet

Northwestern will wear these new lids for the Gator Bowl against Mississippi State on Tuesday.

These get my vote for helmet of the year. Just sick.

Stanford's Rose Bowl message: Tomorrow is everything

Really good video here from Stanford hyping up tomorrow's Rose Bowl match up with Wisconsin.

"Tomorrow is everything". Enough said.

99 questions to ask before taking your next head coaching position

Last week we published Coach Chris Fore's 10 Things to Consider Before Taking a New Job, and today Coach Fore has asked us to post his 99 Questions to Ask Before Taking Your Next Head Football Coaching Position.

Once again, this list is catered toward high school coaches but there's plenty here for coaches at any level to glean from. Coach Fore runs an excellent blog, and we encourage you to follow him on Twitter

Without further ado, here is the list (we've highlighted a few that might not seem to obvious but really could make a difference):

1. Who was the last head coach?
2. Why is the last head coach gone?
3. How did he do last year? Last 3 years? Last 5 years?
4. What areas did former head coach succeed in?
5. What areas did former head coach struggle with?
6. What is the salary?
7. What are the benefits?
8. What kind of retirement benefits are there?
9. Does your district give tenure to teachers/coaches? If so, how does that work?
10. Who will be my immediate supervisor?
11. How will I be evaluated as a coach?
12. Who is responsible for hiring and firing my staff?
13. Is there a stipend for coaching? If so, how much is it?
14. Where do most of your faculty/staff live?
15. What are his assistants doing? Staying or going?
16. How many assistants are on campus with jobs as faculty/staff?
17. Can you remove any of them if you deem it necessary?
18. Can you hire any coaches for faculty/staff jobs on campus?
19. How many coaches are on the staff? 
20. How much are the coaches paid?
21. Do I have control over how much the coaches are paid?
22. Do you compensate coaches for spring and or summer practice?
23. Can I charge kids for summer camp participation and pay coaches out of this income?
24. Can I have a camp for the community to help raise funds for the program, coaching staff?
25. Are there any built in raises on a year to year basis?
26. Any financial compensation for playoffs?
27. Is there a budget for video production of games/highlight videos?
28. What kind of video equipment is currently being used? Hudl account?
29. What kind of computer lab availability is there for the team?
30. Where does the team watch film and hold meetings?
31. What kind of transportation is used for the team to get to games?
32. Is there a van available for the equipment?
33. Is there a rooter bus to transport fans to games?
34. Do the cheerleaders ride with the team? If that has been done in the past, can we separate them for next year?
35. What is superintendent’s commitment to athletics?
36. Does the principal support athletics by attending games and communicating with coaches?
37. What is the budget for football like?
38. Do you have input with the budget on an annual basis?
39. What fundraising is necessary to fund the things you want to do?
40. Who pays for reconditioning helmet/shoulder pads? School or Boosters?
41. Who pays for new uniforms when they are needed? School or Boosters?
42. What does the current equipment inventory look like?
43. How old are the current uniforms and when will new ones be bought?
44. Is there a football specific logo?
45. If not, can I create one for marketing purposes?
46. What has been done in terms of leadership development for the players in the program over the last 3 years?
47. Is there money for staff development from the school budget? Clinics? Hotel/food/transportation?
48. Where are the home games played?
49. Can I tour the facility?
50. What are the locker room facilities like?
51. Is there a place for coaches to use as a locker room/changing facilities?
52. How far is the locker room from the field?
53. Is there a field house for pregame, halftime?
54. What is the press box facility like?
55. How many coaches can fit in the press box facility for my team?
56. Is there a good place to film from at the press box? Is it covered? Electricity available close by?
57. What other teams use the facility/field?
58. When do they practice during the football season?
59. Do other teams use the field/facility during the summer? If so, when?
60. Do any youth football programs use the field/facility during the football season? If so, when?
61. Who is responsible for securing game management like the chain crew and officials?
62. Who is responsible for field set up like sideline markers? Chains? Goal post pads?
63. Who is responsible for hydration?
64. Is there an athletic trainer? If so, how is he/she involved in the football program?
65. Student athletics trainers available for the football program?
66. If no trainer, how are injuries dealt with and who supervises the medical side of things?
67. Who has the team doctor been? Is he/she planning on returning? Contact info?
68. Who has been the Booster Club president/officers?
69. What is the Booster Club management like?
70. Can I get a copy of the Booster Club by laws?
71. What kind of politics are happening right now in the Booster Club?
72. How much money is in the Booster Club account currently? Any outstanding expenses?
73. Can I mandate that my football players and their families help to fundraise?
74. Is there a youth football “feeder” program for our program?
75. If so, what programs naturally feed in to our program?
76. Is there a junior high school that feeds in to our high school?
77. If so, what school is that and what kind of relationship does our football staff have there?
78. What kind of rules are there at this school, the league, the section, the state regarding recruiting kids to our school and football program?
79. What kind of volunteers are currently invested in the program?
80. What does someone need to do in order to volunteer for the program?
81. Is there someone who oversees the stat-keeping? If so, who is it?
82. Is there an equipment manager? If so, who is it?
83. What are the minimum scholastic requirements in order to be involved in athletics?
84. Who monitors the grades of the football players?
85. How often are the grades monitored and used for eligibility?
86. Has the team had a study hall historically?
87. What have the practice hours been traditionally?
88. Are there any restrictions on practice? School, league, conference rules regarding practice?
89. Is there a weight room facility? If so, can I see it? If not, what plans are there?
90. How does your school deal with multi-sport athletes?
91. Can I mandate that my football players lift weights year round?
92. Can I mandate that my football players attend a summer program?
93. Who has the final say on the players who participate in my program?
94. Is there a strength and conditioning coach?
95. How is the school enrollment doing?
96. What attracts kids to this school?
97. What deters kids from coming here?
98. What is the administration doing to attract the top student-athletes in the area?
99. Which sport is this school known for? How is that sport doing currently?

Have questions of your own or want to get updates like this? Email Coach Fore at .

The Scoop on the New Year's Eve bowl games

Four games dot the schedule on New Year's Eve, starting at noon ET and lasting almost up until he ball drops in Times Square. We couldn't think of a better way to ring in 2013.

Music City Bowl - N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt (12 p.m. ET, ESPN): Vanderbilt has won six straight and has only dropped one game to a team ranked outside the top 10 this season. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers has taken off in the second half of the season, throwing 10 of his 13 touchdowns over his past handful of games. But like most of the heavy hitters in the SEC, James Franklin's team wins with defense. The Commodores have the fifth best pass efficiency defense in the country, allowing a completion rate a shade under 52 percent with six touchdowns against eight interceptions. Vanderbilt also ranks 14th nationally in scoring defense and produced the sixth-most tackles for loss in college football.

N.C. State arrives in Nashville on the heels of a schizophrenic season. The Wolfpack never allowed more than 18 points in its seven wins, and never allowed less than 33 points in its six losses. In fact, if things are going to go south for N.C. State, they go south early. The Wolfpack allowed a sum of 97 points in the first quarters of its five losses, nearly 20 points per game and never less than 13 points. For interim head coach Dana Bible, victory lies in the hands of quarterback Mike Glennon, who has tossed 10 touchdowns in his last three games, against the prolific Vanderbilt secondary.

Sun Bowl - USC vs. Georgia Tech (2 p.m. ET, CBS): Five gold stars go to whoever pegged this match-up back in August. Matt Barkley's shoulder will keep him on the sidelines, thereby officially beginning the Max Wittek era at USC. Wittek completed 14-of-23 passes for 186 yards with a touchdown and two picks against Notre Dame. His learning curve won't be nearly as steep this time around, facing a pass efficiency defense that ranks 80th and a scoring defense ranked 77th nationally.

Monte Kiffin coaches his final game at USC against Paul Johnson's ultra-precise running game. The Yellow Jackets pound out 312 yards per game and with 5.45 yards per carry on 57 rushes per game. Kiffin and co. had nearly two months to learn from its last outing against an elite rushing offense, when Oregon pounded out 426 rushing yards in a 62-51 Ducks win. 

Liberty Bowl - Iowa State vs. Tulsa (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): This game may be the hardest to figure among today's quadruple-header. On paper, the match-ups favor 10-3 Tulsa over 6-6 Iowa State, but the Cyclones defeated Tulsa 38-23 on the season's opening Saturday. 

These squads enter today's game on opposite trajectories. After a 3-0 start, Iowa State dropped six of its nine Big 12 games. Tulsa, on the other hand, has won 10 of its 12 games since the defeat to Iowa State, taking the Conference USA title in the process. Iowa State quarterbacks must turn around their late-season struggles for the Cyclones to win. The win over Kansas was the only time ISU quarterbacks threw more touchdowns than interceptions in November. 

Chick-fil-A Bowl - LSU vs. Clemson (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Georgia Dome has become something of a home away from home for Les Miles' program with a four-game winning streak dating back to the 2007 SEC Championship. The Bayou Bengals will lean on their defense to up that winning streak to five. 

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has had one of the best under-the-radar seasons in college football, but John Chavis' unit comes uniquely equipped to slow the Clemson offense down. Against the closest thing LSU has seen to Boyd, the Tigers limited Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel to (for him) only 303 total yards with no touchdowns and four turnovers. Boyd struggled in his last outing against South Carolina, a similar foe to LSU, producing just 209 yards from scrimmage with two total touchdowns against two picks. If Clemson's offense is unable to stay on the field, LSU's stable of running backs figure to wear down Clemson's 62nd-ranked rushing defense. 

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