Memphis introduces Justin Fuente
The University of Memphis welcomed Justin Fuente to campus as the new head coach of the Tigers earlier today.
At one point, Fuente won the media over by saying that he has seen success at programs that don't necessarily "carry the biggest stick" and is going to use a similar blueprint for the Memphis program moving forward.
Fuente described the past 24 hours as exhilarating, even saying that after returning to Fort Worth, he put his interview materials away in a file and said "Well, that was fun..." and went into the office early to write thank you notes to the committee for the opportunity and he got the call later in the day.
Those thank you notes are currently in the mail.
Video is quite entertaining, and definitely worth a watch.
The June Jones Saga
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After what transpired over the past few days, one might think "on advice of counsel" coach Jones would lay low, perhaps in the Dallas area, for a few days. Do some'crootin, or maybe some bowl game prep, you know stuff like that...and honestly maybe he is, we didn't check last night. But for some unknown reason his agent continues to push the ASU thing. At 11:17 central time last night, Leigh Steinberg tweeted "June Jones to ASU would excite recruits" and gave this link to his blog which contains contents from an article an ESPN recruiting blogger wrote on Wednesday (when it was expected Jones would get the job). The ESPN recruiting blogger wrote that he had checked in with two recruits (receivers) and both were intrigued by the possibility of playing for coach Jones at ASU (one had already committed, the other was on the fence).
We're sure there's a perfectly logical reason for Steinberg to continue to push this issue and we're also looking forward the fun emails we'll receive from our viewers on this topic.
Have a nice day.
For weeks, we had been hearing that the ASU job was June Jones'. Multiple sources, repeatedly telling us, June was going to get that job. Seemed like a fait accompli.
Then things went boom yesterday.
In a bizarre string of events, according to his agent Leigh Steinberg, ASU had made the offer, Jones had agreed on all material items and the attorneys were making a "few minor tweaks"...and then the offer was suddenly pulled.
After it all went down, Steinberg posted to his blog...and you've got to see it yourself to believe how it all went down. Strange how it happened, even stranger that Steinberg blogged about it.
The word was put out that the issue was Jones' buyout at SMU; but we have been told there other non-contract related issues involved as well.
Jones just released the following statement, "In the past week, multiple schools have contacted me about their vacant head coaching positions. I didn't seek them out, but I did listen. I was open & honest with the SMU administration throughout process and am appreciative of their understanding."
Jones went on to say that he is happy with the progress that they have made during his time at SMU, and he remains committed to the Mustangs as they move forward in their return to national prominence.
Sources tell us that at his meeting with the team this morning, Jones reportedly told the players that he had "a spiritual revelation" and that God wanted him at SMU.
Pete Mangurian to Columbia
Columbia has officially announced Pete Mangurian as their new head coach.
Mangurian resume includes a head coaching stint in the Ivy League at Cornell from 1998 - 2000, as well as stops at Stanford and LSU, and NFL experience at New England, Atlanta, New York, Denver and Tampa Bay. His most recent stint with the Tampa Bay Bucs ended in January of this year.
The Lions are getting a coach that has had the opportunity to learn under some great minds working under Bill Belichick and Dan Reeves.
Mangurian will take over the Columbia program that finished 1-9 this season and 4-6 in 2010.
We don't ease into anything around here
A reporter asked James Franklin after practice yesterday how the team was doing as they ease into practice for their bowl game against Cincinnati.
Franklin responded with "We don't ease into anything around here". Silly reporter. Franklin goes on to talk about some position changes and how the players are responding to practice expectations as coaches are on the road recruiting.
The Commodores (6-6, 2-6) have already crushed their win total of the past two seasons (4 games total), and will take on the Bearcats (9-3, 5-2) in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl on December 31st.
Mid week NFL action returns tonight.
All times are eastern.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL
Navy's take on the Pro Combat uniform
Navy is the latest school to add the Nike Pro Combat uniform to it's jersey collection.
Top to bottom the uniforms are very classy. The underside of the collar features the words "Don't tread on me". Nice touch.
Take a look at the pictures below. They're definitely in better taste than some of the uniforms we've seen earlier in the year.
John L Smith to Weber State
John L. Smith officially returned to his alma mater as the new head coach at Weber State yesterday.
Smith has had head coaching stops at Idaho, Utah State, Louisville and Michigan State, and will take over a Wildcat program that finished the season at 5-6.
Athletic director Jerry Bovee is fully aware of the sideline personality that comes along with Smith, saying "I want to be surrounded by people that I have to pull back a little and not push forward, I built our staff that way, so that doesn't scare me."
John L. brings a career record of 132-86 as a head coach, and will surely add some excitement to the sidelines in Ogden, Utah. We'll keep you posted as he makes some decisions about his staff.
Petrino brothers reunited
Paul Petrino was in his car when he got the call from Bobby Petrino offering him the offensive coordinator position vacated by Garrick McGee's departure to UAB. Petrino's most recent stint as offensive coordinator at Arkansas was in 2009 before moving on to Illinois in the same role.
Paul was instrumental in the setting of offensive records at Illinois for points scored in a season (423), and points per game (32.5). The deciding factor for Paul was an opportunity to get back to an environment where "the head coach believes in everything that I believe in. Where the head coach starts everything with discipline where he believes everything I believe in offensively."
There's no better place to find continuity than working with your brother.
Given his familiarity with the system and terminology, this is one of the rare cases where we expect a newly hired coach to work the upcoming bowl game.