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FootballScoop Coaches of the Year presented by SpeedTracs

We're about half way through announcing the finalists for the 2011 Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs. 

We would like to thank SpeedTracs for sponsoring the awards once again (watch a few minutes of the video below to learn more about how SpeedTracs can help your team win more games). 

As a reminder, each of the Finalists were nominated by their peers and the winners will be selected by a panel of coaches (including the former winners). 

Click here to see the list of the Finalists announced thus far.




Video: First day as head coach

On November 16th, Bob Davie was hired to take over the New Mexico football program.

The two videos below highlight his first day on the job ranging from the flight into Albuquerque, to seeing the stadium for the first time. 

Davie definitely still has the passion...

By the way, expect more and more of these videos thanks in large part to the success Vanderbilt and James Franklin had in using them. Thankfully, however, we don't expect many, if any, more head coaching hire announcements on Facebook.




Kansas

Sources tell us Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger will complete this process quickly. We are told he already has his shortlist and the deal could be done far sooner than most would think. The candidates all are familiar enough with the program such that there is no need for a drawn out process. 

The facilities are top notch (see video below). The support from the athletic director will be rock solid. The fan base will rally around the new coach. All of that is nice; but in order to be successful the next head coach needs to improve the talent base. It's all about the players. 

This one is moving fast. Some very good coaches involved. We'll keep you posted. 




No TV Tuesday

No action until Thursday (when we will have both a Big East and NFL game).

All times are eastern.

NFL:

No games.

College:

No games.

High School:

No games.




Lane at his finest

The entire video below is good; but the last minute (with Kiffin in the locker room post game) is vintage.

By the way, who decided these white unis for UCLA were a good idea?




5 Finalists for the Broyles Award

Finalists were just announced for the Broyles Award.

Pretty solid group.

John Chavis - LSU

Paul Chryst - Wisconsin

Greg Mattison - Michigan

Garrick McGee - Arkansas

Sal Sunseri - Alabama




Illinois

Yesterday the new athletic director at Illinois (Mike Thomas who came over from Cincinnati a few months ago), announced that Ron Zook would not return as head coach. 

Just a couple of quick thoughts on this job. First, Illinois has the assets and the support within the university to win. The University has consistently invested in facilities (new weight room, good enough indoor practice facility, etc...). They have all of the standard amenities one would expect at a Big Ten program.

No doubt that the next head coach will need to have great recruiting capabilities in order to win consistently; but that shouldn't be a problem at Illinois. 

In short, this should be considered a great job and we have no doubt (see our incoming texts) that a there will be significant interest in the job. 

In his presser yesterday, athletic director Mike Thomas said he largely would lead the search and that he didn't anticipate relying on an outside firm. Thomas stated at the presser that he plans to use the Greg Byrne approach (i.e. "you won't hear from me again about this search until I announce the new coach").

It's early; but names being talked about by guys we believe are informed include Brent Venables, Butch Jones, Mark Stoops, Paul Chryst and plenty of others. We'll keep you posted. 




Memphis

In Tommy West's last season at Memphis, the Tigers went just 2-10. Larry Porter was brought in to improve the talent level starting with the local athletes.  Porter was credited with bringing in some talent; however two seasons later, Larry Porter was released Sunday after winning just 3 games in 2 seasons. 

Porter inherited a difficult situation without much depth or talent. In both of his seasons, Porter started true freshman quarterbacks.

The Memphis job is currently a difficult one. Tennessee historically has dominated the state in terms of recruiting. Vanderbilt is clearly on the rise. Ole Miss, just an hour away, will soon have a new coach, who undoubtedly will recruit the Memphis area hard. Even Arkansas State is now taking some players from the city. We understand the athletic director plans to step down within the year as well. At a school who's basketball team has done quite well, the commitment to the football program has not been so clear. Local financial support (i.e. Fedex) isn't as strong as it could be and is something the new staff and administration will need to shore up. 

Couple all of that with the fact that inner-city Memphis is seeing increases in crime and poverty as well as education issues and this won't be an easy place to win. 

Attendance was very, very low this season and it's going to take some new found excitement to begin to fill the Liberty Bowl again. Hate to use the term; but this really sounds like a rebuilding job.