New CSU AD thinking big
New Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham has big aspirations for the football program at CSU...hundred million dollar aspirations to be more specific.
Graham has a vision of a $100 million on-campus stadium that will act as a "game changer" for the football program. The vision also includes a plan to make it more than just a football venue, Graham also said that he wants the new stadium to be a gathering place for students, where they enjoy a cup of coffee in a plaza overlooking the field on their way to class.
Graham believes that part of the reason CSU has lacked a football tradition is because of the location of its off-campus stadium. While Graham says that there is no timeline for the new stadium, it should still be a huge draw as the program looks for their next head coach.
"It's kind of a chicken and an egg issue. By having an on-campus stadium that kind of generates those kinds of traditions, it can enhance our ability to recruit and drive better results for our football program."
Clearly Graham has huge aspirations. Not entirely in line with where the program is currently though. Guys we have spoken with tell us that despite the current issues with the program, there is significant interest in the job. We'll keep you posted on who really get's involved.
Charley Molnar to UMass
We have confirmed that Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar will be named the next head coach at UMass.
Molnar has been with Brian Kelly since their time together at Central Michigan, where Molnar tutored quarterback Dan LeFevour as he became the second player in NCAA history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and throw for over 3,000 yards.
Molnar's past coaching stops certainly helped make him the most appealing to UMass as they transition from the FCS to a member of the MAC. Molnar's past coaching stops include Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Kent State (all in the MAC), plus Central Michigan and Cincinnati.
The Minutemen are getting a proven offensive coach in Molnar and his background in the MAC will surely help the transition to FBS.
48 seconds of laughter
Sometimes we see things and think, that's probably not appropriate for our site.
This is probably one of those...but we simply can't help ourselves. Enjoy a laugh.
Pelini sold himself to FAU
New FAU coach, Carl Pelini, did some research before accepting his first college head coaching position on Monday.
Pelini said that he started to do research about FAU about a month ago, and prepared an 18 page booklet which he shared with athletic director Craig Angelos during his interview. Pelini said that he saw a great deal of potential in the program and referred to the Owls as a "sleeping giant ready to take off". Pretty solid compliment for a program that's only had football for 11 years.
The Owls are getting a proven assistant coach, and two time Broyles award nominee in Pelini, and someone that has already hit the ground running.
Maryland's assistants' contracts ($ included)
The Washington Post, through a freedom of information act request, received and published summaries of each assistant's contract (other than Gary Crowton's which wasn't received?).
Of note, each of the contracts is three years in length; however there is a clause in each that stipulates that "termination shall occur in the event and on the day that Randy Edsall's service as the Head Coach of the Team shall end."
Defensive Coordinator Todd Bradford annual compensation including base pay and guaranteed bonuses from radio / tv, personal appearances, fundraising and apparel / equipment endorsements totals $350,000.
Most of the other assistants are in the $170,000 - $250,000 range.
The lowest paid full time coach is John Dunn, tight ends coach / recruiting coordinator who makes a combined $150,000.
Andrew Wilson, head strength coach, makes $140,000 while Alan Weber, assistant strength coach, makes $75,000.
Fran Foley, director of football operations, makes $110,000 (hey, how come the Ops guy doesn't get an apparel deal?).
Salary and bonus info for each of the assistants is available here.
No football on tonight or tomorrow night, but NFL action will resume on Thursday. Taking a look ahead, the schedule for the rest of the week is below.
Thursday - Cleveland at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL Network
Saturday - Army at Navy - 2:30 - CBS
Sunday - Full NFL schedule
Video: Hugh Freeze introduced in Oxford
Hugh Freeze was introduced today in Oxford as the new head coach at Ole Miss.
The reports that we received from Oxford said the crowd loved the enthusiasm Freeze brought today.
Greg McMackin announces his retirement
Greg McMackin announced his retirement earlier tonight following his fourth season at the helm.
As you will see in this video, this was an emotional day for Coach McMackin.