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Freeze discusses plan as the new head coach at Arkansas State

During his introductory press conference, new Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze discussed his goals, plan, and how he ended up in Jonesboro after a short stint last spring as the offensive coordinator at San Jose State.

Freeze said his three goals include 1) Impacting the lives of the players 2) Achieving academic success 3) Competing for a conference championship.

“We will sit in drive-ways until midnight of the last contact day to make sure we are the last one in the house," said Freeze.  "We have a 12-month recruiting plan that will immediately put into effect starting tomorrow that I have to give credit to Coach Orgeron for when we brought in those great classes at Ole Miss, (a system) that he learned at SC from Pete Carroll and other places.” 

““We will recruit along the lines of what TCU has done and that is to recruit a bunch of athletes.  Hopefully, we will build it around speed.”

“We will refuse to back down from any challenge.  We go head to head with any of them.”

Freeze also made it clear that he wants the people of Jonesboro to rally around the program and they will be involved in the process.  "We want you to join us and be partners with us in this process," said Freeze.  "We can have a oneness about us in this community and among our team.”

(on his journey from San Jose State to Arkansas State) “I got to California, kinda realized I was out of my element.  I am a Southern boy. The truth is if I did really well as San Jose, my close friends may know but as far as getting me to where I getting me to where I ultimately wanted to go in this profession, and where I wanted to have my family grow up and raised would be very difficult to do, and I knew that was going to be a process out there.  The tug to come back home was what brought me here.  That’s how I ended up back here.”

After serving as the head coach at Briarcrest Christian HS (Memphis, TN), Freeze worked at Ole Miss under Ed Oregeron.  He then became the head coach at Lambuth University for two seasons before serving as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State in 2010. 

4 finalists for Running Backs Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Running Backs Coach of the Year award were presented to Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008) and Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009). 

An emotional Rich Rod gives speech at Michigan banquet (Audio added)

Update> Audio of Coach Rod's speech is available by clicking here now (13 minutes).

Near the end of the Michigan football year-end banquet on Thursday night, head coach Rich Rodriguez fought back tears while he addressed the audience.

“My name is Rich Rodriguez,” he said. “I’m honored to be the football coach at Michigan. I hope you realize I want to be a Michigan man.”

“I came here three years ago, leaving my comfort zone, because I thought this was a great opportunity,” he said. “… I knew after being on the job for a few months there were going to be some challenges. And more come out in front of us. We never ran away from it.”

“It’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen in a big way,” he continued. “I wish it happened yesterday, last year, the first year. Believe me, my life would be a lot easier.”

Rodriguez brought the crowd in unison with raised arms.  Pete Bigelow of AnnArbor.com has the full story.

McCartney: It was about setting the table for a black man

Earlier today, former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney said the head coaching job at CU had been offered to Washington Redskins assistant coach Jon Embree.

"It was never about me doing it again," McCartney said in an interview with The Denver Post. "It was about setting the table for a black man to come in (as head coach). And he (Bohn) hired one. Now, give him a chance."

Now, athletic director Mike Bohn has released a statement that denies the job has been offered to any candidate.

Bohn says, "The rumors that the University of Colorado has hired our next head football coach are untrue. In the interests of the young men in our program, and our fans and supporters, I want to make clear that the search committee has not yet completed its work, and we have not yet offered the job to any candidate."

Bohn should be giving us a call, so we can break the news on the hire.  Or maybe he won't. 

Either way, stay tuned to "The Scoop."

4 finalists for Quarterbacks Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award were presented to Josh Heupel (Oklahoma, 2008) and Tom Rossley (Texas A&M, 2009). 

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