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3 finalists announced for DFO of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Director of Football Operations of the Year award were released this morning.

See the 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 DFO of the Year award were presented to Tom Deahn (Temple, 2009). 




Wannstedt: Let's go have a team meeting

One year ago, Dave Wannstedt led Pitt to three consecutive wins over ranked opponents to move to 10-1.  At that time, Wannstedt was 34-24 as the head coach of the Panthers in 5 seasons.

The Panthers then lost their final two regular season games, a 19-16 defeat to West Virginia and a 45-44 loss to Cincinnati.  (Last time we checked, both were pretty darn solid programs).

After defeating UNC in the Meineke Car Care Bowl game, Wannstedt agreed to a new contract through the 2014 season.

In the crazy world of the coaching profession, today, Dave Wannstedt is no longer the head coach at his alma mater.  After a 7-5 season, Wannstedt “resigned” yesterday.

Shortly thereafter, Wannstedt stood behind a podium and uttered a one sentence statement before turning to his players and saying, “Let’s go have a team meeting.”

AD Steve Pederson, who hired Bill Callahan at Nebraska, offered a weak explanation when asked if Wannstedt could have returned next season as head coach.  Pederson said, “Well, the conversations that we had are between Dave and I, and only Dave and I were in those conversations. And I think we both arrived at that conclusion."

What a crazy profession!




Text goes out about Muschamp and Miami (FL)

While the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis tore through the New York Jets last night, we sent out a text to 25 current college coaches.

“Why can’t Miami (FL) AD Kirby Hocutt figure out that he needs to offer the job to Muschamp?”

The responses we received included:

“Brilliant thought.”

“Good point.”

“Just thinking the same thing.  He has no buyout in his UT contract.”

“He would win big.”

“Yep…UGA and LSU aren’t coming open soon.”

“Muschamp would be HUGE down there.”

“Can’t figure that out either.  Hey, what’s going on at Kent State?” 

“Not sure.  I’m on the road recruiting in Colorado.  Keep me updated on what’s going on.”

"Is Muschamp in New York?  Hell, the AD said WHATEVER IT TAKES. Lol, I read that on footballscoop."

“I keep hearing Tubs is in it.  What do you hear?”

“Imagine their defense with Muschamp as the head coach!!”

“I don’t know, but I’ve got to get outta here.  We have no clue what we’re doing recruiting.”

“He needs to hire me if he gets the job.”

"Call you later.  What's up with Syracuse special teams job?"

"This profession is messed up.  I don't know but he would do great."

"Summy in it?"

"Mus is waiting on Tulane!!! LOL."

At this point, it doesn’t appear that Mack Brown will be retiring any time soon.  Muschamp’s contract states that if he becomes the head coach in 2011, his salary would be $2.25 million.  If he becomes the head coach in 2012, his salary would be $2.5 million.  Muschamp has no buyout clause in his contract.




Finalists announced for Defensive Backs Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive 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 Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award were presented to Tim Billings (Wake Forest, 2008) and Everett Withers / Troy Douglas (North Carolina, 2009). 




Kevin Wilson explains plan for Indiana at introductory presser

Kevin Wilson has signed a 7-year contract worth $1.2 million per year as the new head coach at Indiana. Just moments ago, Wilson wrapped up his introductory press conference. 

Here are some of Wilson's quotes:

“Win the day.  That will be one of our themes. We’re going to win on a daily basis.” 

“We are going to be tough.  We’re going to be physical.  You win the Big Ten and win championships by playing great defense.” 

“I think it’s a natural transition for me.  We’re ready to give you guys a program you can have a lot of pride in.” 

“I need to give our team some direction.”

“It will be Coach Stoops’ call on the bowl game.  He’ll make that decision.  Coach Stoops is going to do what’s best for Oklahoma and for those guys to win that bowl game.”

“I’m going to take some time (putting staff together) because we do have time and we have to get it right.  To have a strong person there (defensive coordinator) will be important.”

“To speculate (on assistants)…you can because I don’t have a clue.”

“I’m going round and round on that (play calling).  We’ll see who we have as a guy directing the offense.  I will have a strong vision in that.  No matter who our play caller is, I have a pretty good vision for what we want to do.”

“I don’t have a clue yet as if I will call plays.  I don’t know if I’m comfortable as a play caller from the sideline so we’ll see how that goes.”

“We will win as a group.  If we put together the right staff, I’ll look like I’m doing a good job.”

Post presser remarks with Big Ten Network: “I would start with both (spread and 2-back) because I think there is some element of spread you have to have to throw the ball, but to play great defense you have to go against 2-backs in practice.  To win in the Big Ten, our defense will have to go against 2-back and bring toughness, so we’ll have some of that.”




Maturi shows up for "grill session" from Twin Cities reporter

Minnesota AD Joel Maturi set out with an initial goal of “making a Tubby Smith type hire.”

Following the hiring of Jerry Kill yesterday, Maturi sat down with Pioneer Press reporter Bob Sansevere for a Q&A or “absolute grill session.”  You decide.  Sansevere is not upset at all with the hiring of Jerry Kill, but you can tell he is puzzled by the 51 day process of Maturi's coaching search.

Maturi, who isn’t the most popular person amongst Gopher fans, explained, “What I wanted, obviously, was somebody who had the integrity of a Tubby Smith and the values of a Tubby Smith and hopefully who creates the success of a Tubby Smith. I'm confident Jerry Kill can do that.”

“Well, I guess what I'm trying to tell you is, I knew we weren't going to get a BCS head coach. Now, I'd like to get a splash like that. Let's be honest about it. I'm not trying to downgrade Minnesota. The intention was to get somebody people can accept, people will feel good about, and hopefully will be successful and revered as much as Tubby Smith. It's words that I wish I would have taken back, quite frankly.”

“Again, I'm not trying to discredit us or whatever it is, but how many BCS head coaches would leave there to come here? If you could give me a couple, I'm willing to listen to you, especially successful ones.”

Interestingly, Maturi admits offering the job to Barry Alvarez. 

 




3 finalists announced for Linebackers Coach of the Year

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

See the 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 Linebackers Coach of the Year award were presented to Bill McGovern (Boston College, 2008) and Bob Fraser (Rutgers, 2009). 




How Dan Mullen helped Chip Kelly land the Oregon job

So according to Phil Knight, it all started with Dan Mullen. 

Huh?

Yes, Mullen is the guy that helped Oregon identify Chip Kelly.  Here’s Knight’s explanation on how Kelly ended up the Ducks’ head coach.

“Mike Bellotti figured that out. And it's a little bit of a long story. But Bellotti lost to Utah (in 2005). (Then-Utah head coach) Urban Meyer was running the spread (offense) -- one of the early adopters of the spread. In fact, some people credit him with being the inventor. Bellotti, when he saw that system, said, "We could use some of that. Literally, maybe within a year or two later, he decided to put in a spread. ... He sent (offensive coordinator Gary Crowton) down to work with Urban Meyer. So he went down there and the offensive coordinator for Florida was Dan Mullen, who's now the head coach of Mississippi State -- I told you this was a long story. Anyway, (Mullen's) from New Hampshire. And he says, 'The guy who really knows this stuff is Chip Kelly up at the University of New Hampshire.' So Crowton, when he came back he had some rough edges to the spread and he started calling Chip Kelly on Sundays saying, "This came up and I didn't quite know what to do with it." And Chip always had an answer. So, when LSU came and picked up Crowton, Bellotti knew he'd been talking to Chip Kelly, so he went to get Chip Kelly.” 

By the way, apparently Knight has a headset in his suite at Autzen Stadium that allows him to listen to Chip Kelly’s play-calling. 

Knight said, “If it was true I couldn't say, huh?”

Q: Why, is it illegal?

A: “No. I just wouldn't want to talk about it ... if it was true.”