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Bill Stewart answers questions amidst speculation

Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, we received word this morning that West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart would appear on Rivals’ Radio this morning with host Bill King.

Our staff at FootballScoop dreads listening to coaches having to answer questions about their future, especially a coach who is 28-11 in three seasons as a head coach.  Importantly, as least we think, we liked to point out that Bill King was extremely polite and classy with his questions.

Not surprisingly, Stewart was enthusiastic, honest, and up front.

Amidst speculation, Stewart told Bill King, “Whatever happens will happen.”  

Stewart went on to say, “Let’s just call those ‘rumors.’  I don’t deal with speculation.  The biggest issue right now is the NC State Wolfpack.”

He added, “I’m just telling you, we’re going to have a bang up, banner year in recruiting.  I’m just telling you.  Watch!”

Asked if he is confident he will be the WVU head coach next season, Stewart responded enthusiastically, “Yes, sir.”

Under Bill Stewart, West Virginia has finished 9-4, 9-4, and 9-3.  As the interim head, Stewart led West Virginia to a 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.

Props to Bill King!  Most importantly, let’s hope Bill Stewart remains the head coach at West Virginia.  Check that, let's hope Bill Stewart gets what he wants.  After all, he may not want to work for an AD that's dealing behind his back.  




The latest from Chip Kelly, Chizik, Stoops, and Al Golden

Do not ask Chip Kelly if he has jet lag: “No.  Jet lag is what you make of it.  Sun’s up, you’re up.  Sun’s down, you’re down.  Simple concept.  I learned that when I went overseas from a general in the Air Force for a long time.  You can’t get jet lagged if you do it the right way.”

“We’re just at practice.  You can label it whatever you want, but we label it 'practice.'  Not 'spring training', not 'training camp', it’s getting ready to play Auburn.”

 

Stoops talks about naming Josh Heupel co-offensive coordinator / play-caller: "As has always been the case, our entire offensive staff will work together in game planning, but there needs to be one coach who calls the plays and Josh will have that responsibility," Stoops said. "Josh has a good feel for the game and rhythm that we've been able to establish.”

"This is a great way to maintain our current style and continuity. Our current style fits our personnel and allows us to remain balanced, something that is important to me." 

 

Chizik’s statement regarding Malzahn: “Gus Malzahn has played a large role in the success of our football program the last two years and we're very pleased to be able to give him a raise and extend his contract. In my opinion we have the best staff in the country, and while we want our coaches to strive to become head coaches, retaining them as long as we can is important to me and the entire Auburn family. Gus is a very bright and talented coach and we are looking forward to beginning preparation for the BCS National Championship."

 

David Cutcliffe excited about the future of Duke football: “I knew this was going to be somewhat of a challenging year. I did think we would be able to work our way, coach our way, play-make our way through and have a good chance of being a bowl team. As you look, we lose by five to Maryland, five to Boston College, five to North Carolina and six to Wake Forest. We certainly could’ve been. We were a play or two short. So yeah, knowing what we had to do to begin with, knowing how far away it was, we’re on schedule. Because recruiting has gone so well, maybe ahead of schedule in that regard.”

“There’s so many more playmakers at so many positions. And for the first time, this will be the first year we have some real serious competition to see who’s going to start on both sides of the ball. We’re going into the spring looking to find out who’s going to be starting at a lot of places. That’s good.”

 

Al Golden meets with the media in Miami:

 

 



Hudspeth fires up ULL fans at introductory presser

Mark Hudspeth got ‘em jacked up in Lafayette during his introductory presser.  He even went Ed Orgeron style with, “We are going to put a fence around this state.”

Hudspeth stated, “This place is like a ticking time bomb ready to go-off and we are ready to light that fuse.  The more we investigated this opportunity, the more we met with Dr. Savoie, David Walker, and Scott Farmer, we really became so interested that we wanted this job worse than anybody in the country.”

“It’s unlimited potential.  This is an unbelievable state with unbelievable high school talent.  We are going to put a fence around this state.  And we’re going to keep them at home right here.  And we’re going to build a program with Louisiana high school football players.”

“Our football players and our staff, I can assure you this…we’re going to do our job.  Our football players have no idea what’s in store for them.  We’re fixing to hit the ground running with the best and hardest off-season they’ve ever been a part of.”

“I want everybody to understand, we have to do this together.”

Hudspeth will not remain at Mississippi State during bowl game preparations.  




Dave Doeren talks about his plan for NIU football

Dave Doeren spent 2 hours digging snow out of his driveway yesterday.  He then spent another 2 hours driving through a blizzard to get to Dekalb, Illinois.

Today, he’s officially the head football coach at Northern Illinois.

Moments ago, Doeren finished his introductory press conference.  Here are some quotes:

“You are getting someone who is very proud to be here.  It was crazy to get here yesterday.”

“The first thing I told the team was that they should be very proud for what they have accomplished.”

“I believe in a physical brand of football.”

“As far as building a staff, that’s something I’ve been working through over the last 7 days, once I got the call to interview.”

“I do not want to be the guy that runs the defense or the offense.  The x and o’s will have my brand on it, trust me, but I’m not going to be calling the plays on game day.”

“Offensively, it’s going to be built off what’s going on here already.  We are going to be balanced.  We are going to incorporate a lot of shifts and motions.”

You can watch the first part of the press, right here.

Doeren spent the last five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin.  He will coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl.  




Quick Hits: Hocutt, Saban, and Friedgen

Miami (FL) AD Kirby Hocutt explains Al Golden hire, not worried about Penn State: “The fact he’s been a head coach for five years. He has learned. He has grown. He has developed. He’s ready for that next step. He’s ready to come to a program that can compete and win national championships. He’s an excellent communicator. He is very organized, detail-oriented and he’s inspirational. He will inspire this football program to greatness.”

“We talked about that and there’s no doubt in my mind he will be the head coach at the University of Miami long term. Ask him the question and hear his response. Al Golden is very loyal. He wants to be at the University of Miami. He wants to build this program back to the pinnacle of college football.”

 

Nick Saban talks about coaching and family: "It's taken me a long time to figure out how to create that balance. I used to work a lot later than I work now and I just say 'I can't go beyond this point. "I didn't used to take very many days off."

"We have a lake house, we're gonna go there with the kids and take some many days off to try to create a balance. I think that everybody's got to do that."

 

Ralph Friedgen says Terps have been “disrespected” by the bowl process: "We are disappointed with the process. I think our players have deserved a lot more support. In a way, they've disrespected our school by this process."

 

Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi wrote an article this morning titled, “Is new Gators coach Will Muschamp a Stud or a Dud?” :  Bianchi voted Kellen Moore over Cam Newton for the Heisman, and now he’s putting “Muschamp” and “Dud” in the same sentence.  Call it up, Mike.  Take the week off. 

 

Quoting Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini: “We've had a lot of ups and downs; it's been a tough season. Then there was all the Miami stuff last week. It's just been an emotional year."

 




Finalists announced for D-II and D-III Coordinators of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop D-II Coordinator of the Year and D-III Coordinator of the Year award have been released.

See the DII finalists, right here.  See the DIII 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 D-II Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Tim Beck (Pitt State, 2008) and Scott Preston (Arkansas Tech, 2009).

Previous winners of the D-III Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Glen Fowles (Willamette, 2008) and Jim Zebrowski (Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2009).




Recruiting trip kept Bud Foster from Vanderbilt interview

The Vanderbilt search committee contacted Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, but Foster wasn’t able to interview early on due to a pivotal recruiting trip, according to The Roanoke Times.

Foster wanted to meet with Vanderbilt officials at a different time.

Foster said, "I told that to the search committee people, and they understood. I talked to them after that, and I gave them a date that I thought would be a good time for me if they wanted to continue on with me, and I haven't heard back from them. They might have taken that as maybe I wasn't interested."

"I've got a great job here. That's an SEC job, but I might have a better job here as the defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech. I say that because you guys know my personality. I don't know how I would do when the best you can do is maybe win five or six games a year playing your best football.”

Foster has proven over the years that he is one of the top defensive coordinators in the country.  Mark Richt and Jimbo Fisher have made runs in the past at hiring Foster. 

As Herm Edwards would say, “HELLO?”

Let’s hope Coach Foster gets his opportunity soon. 

Let's also hope that recruit signs with VA Tech and doesn't bust a coverage in a pivotal situation later in his career.  Foster will be thinking, "Son, you cost us a touchdown.  You also probably cost me the Vandy job and $2 million a year." 




Quick Hits: Pelini, Spurrier, Urban, and Rich Rod

Bo Pelini releases a statement: “The reports that I am preparing to interview at Miami are false. I will not have any additional comment on this matter."

 

Quoting Steve Spurrier: "We're going to do some things different this trip. Obviously, whatever the heck we've done hasn't worked well the past 2 years."

 

Urban Meyer says relationship with family is off the charts: “She was great. She was not great last year. That was really a tough deal last year. That had a lot to do with this year. I just hope you guys never have to go through what I had to. I’ve never been closer to my family. That was an eye-opener. The relationship I’ve got with my wife and my children, if it’s 1 out of 10, it’s 11.’’

“I want to be a part of college football. I don’t know [how]. I’m still working on that. I want to help. I’ve been asked and requested to remain at Florida as long as they will have me. They have been very gracious. I’m here to help in any way. I’ve got an idea, but we have to wait until the new coach gets in here.’’

 

Funny quote from Rich Rod: “I’d like to thank Coach Mullen for taking all heat on speculation off me, putting squarely on his shoulders.”

 

Utah State head coach Gary Anderson wants a “game manager” not a Peyton Manning: "We're going to hire the best quarterback coach to come in here and coach a young quarterback that's a freshman and teach him to be able to manage a football game. I'm not interested in a quarterback that has to come in here and be Peyton Manning and win games for us.”

"I'm interested in a young man that can come in here and be able to manage a football game and use the weapons around him effectively. That's what I want that coach to be able to do, and I also want that coach to be heavily involved in recruiting."