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2011 special teams analysis

Heading into the 2011 season, twenty-five BCS programs return the combination of their starting place-kicker and punter.  On the flip side, seventeen programs must replace both their starting place-kicker and punter.

Several off-season coaching changes will lead to a different identity on special teams at several places.

In the off-season, Dabo Swinney and Mack Brown split up the special teams responsibilities amongst the staff. Steve Spurrier hired former Minnesota special teams coordinator John Butler when Shane Spurrier departed for Virginia Tech.

When Joe Robinson left LSU for North Carolina, Les Miles hired former NY Giants assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey as the new special teams coordinator at LSU.  Robinson was honored as the FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2010.

Some of the new special teams coordinators include Charles Bankins (Vanderbilt), Michael Barrow (Miami), Dan Ferrigno (Michigan), Lyndon Johnson (Maryland), Clayton White (UCONN), Mark Hagan (Indiana), J.D. Brookhart (Colorado), and Randall McCray (Pitt).

Here are the 25 programs that return the combination of starting kicker and punter:

ACC: Boston College, Clemson, FSU, Duke, Virginia

Big 12: Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas

Big East: UCONN, Louisville, South Florida

Big Ten: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin

PAC-12: Cal, Oregon, and Washington

SEC: Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

Independent: Notre Dame 

Here are the 17 programs that must replace both starters from a year ago at place-kicker and punter:

ACC: Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech

Big 12: Kansas, Texas Tech

Big East: Pitt

Big Ten: Nebraska

PAC-12: Arizona State, Colorado, USC, Utah

SEC: Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee

Here are the 14 programs that return only the starting place-kicker:

Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNC, Wake Forest, Washington State, and West Virginia

Here are the 11 programs that return only the starting punter:

Cincinnati, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, 




NW Missouri State head coach dies unexpectedly

Northwest Missouri State head football coach Scott Bostwick passed away on Sunday from an apparent heart attack.

Bostwick was named head coach on December 31, 2010.  He previously served as the defensive coordinator under former head coach Mel Tjeersdma.

At his introductory press conference, Bostwick said, "I've been a coordinator for 26 years and if I was ever going to be a head coach, this is where I wanted to be. It would be a challenge for anyone to try to walk in Mel's shoes, but I'm excited for it. It's what I've wanted, it's why I've stayed here and here it is."

The university said no other details of the death were available.

Bostwick was 49.  Please keep his family in your thoughts including wife, Sue, and two children, Leah and Eric.




40 quarterback coaches get returning starters

Less than two months from the start of August camp, we decided to look at the college programs that return their starting quarterback along with the same quarterbacks coach in 2010.

Conventional widsom leads most people to believe that quarterback is the most important position in football and experience certainly helps the overall performance of the quarterback.  

It should be noted, however, that it is possible to play for a BCS national championship with a first-year starting quarterback. (Tee Martin, Mike Vick, Craig Krenzel, Matt Flynn, Todd Boeckman, Greg McElroy, Cam Newton, and Darron Thomas)

In 2011, forty programs will have the same combination of quarterbacks coach / starting quarterback as a year ago.

Here is the breakdown by conference:

ACC: Duke (Kurt Roper / Sean Renfree), Wake Forest (Tom Elrod / Tanner Price)

Big East: Cincinnati (Mike Bajakian / Zach Collaros), South Florida (Peter Vaas / B.J. Daniels), Syracuse (Nate Hackett / Ryan Nassib)

Big Ten: Illinois (Paul Petrino / Nathan Scheelhaase), Michigan State (Dave Warner / Kirk Cousins), Northwestern (Mick McCall / Dan Persa), Penn State (Jay Paterno / Rob Bolden), Purdue (Gary Nord / Rob Henry)

Big 12: Baylor (Philip Montgomery / Robert Griffin), Oklahoma (Josh Heupel / Landry Jones), Texas A&M (Tom Rossley / Ryan Tannehill)

Conference USA: East Carolina (Lincoln Riley / Dominique Davis), Houston (Kliff Kingsbury / Case Keenum), UAB (Tyson Helton / Bryan Ellis), UCF (Charlie Taafe / Jeff Godfrey)

MAC: Akron (Ron Powlus / Patrick Nicely ), Bowling Green (Warren Ruggerio / Matt Schilz), Eastern Michigan (Ken Karcher / Alex Gillett), Toledo (Scott Isphording / Austin Dantin), Western Michigan (Ryan Cubit / Alex Carder)

MWC: Air Force (Blane Morgan / Tim Jefferson), Colorado State (Daren Wilkinson / Pete Thomas), San Diego State (Brian Sipe / Ryan Lindley)

PAC-12: Arizona (Frank Scelfo / Nick Foles), Oregon (Mark Helfrich / Darren Thomas), Oregon State (Danny Langsdorf / Ryan Katz), USC (Clay Helton / Matt Barkley), Utah (Brian Johnson / Jordan Wynn), Washington State (Todd Sturdy / Jeff Tuel)

SEC: Georgia (Mike Bobo / Aaron Murray), Mississippi State (Les Koenning / Chris Relf), South Carolina (G.A. Mangus / Stephen Garcia), Tennessee (Jim Chaney / Tyler Bray)

Sun Belt: FIU (Scott Satterfield / Wesley Carroll), North Texas (Mike Canales / Derek Thompson), ULM (Todd Berry / Kolton Browning)

Independents: Army (Ian Shields / Trent Stillman), Notre Dame (Charley Molnar / Dayne Crist), BYU (Brandon Doman / Jake Heaps)

 




If this lineup doesn't get you excited...

We'll start off with TCU's offensive coordinator Justin Fuentes helping you simplify your game planning.  Then Alabama's offensive coordinator Jim McElwain will clinic you on a couple of their packages.  That night we'll have West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen talk drop back game (please let there be a campfire and some Keystone Lights handy).

The next morning we'll have Wisconsin's Bob Bostad (OL) wake you up talking a little inside zone scheme.  Tim DeRuyter (A&M's defensive coordinator) will then educate you on linebacker play in their "wrecking crew" defense.  New Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is up next schooling us in quarterback play, fundamentals and showing us a few of their best drills.  That night you'll enjoy some of the best barbeque, coldest beer and funniest stories you've ever heard.

Day three features Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson and Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett educating you one on one.  

Are you man enough?

San Angelo Football Clinic - Wednesday June 15th - Friday June 17th 

We'd be remiss if we didn't also add that in addition to the coaches mentioned above, there are a number of other great speakers (both college coaches and some of the finest high school coaches in Texas openly sharing their thoughts and strategies).  Truly a great lineup.  Check it out at the link above and enjoy the clinic. 




Staff continuity - The grass isn't always greener...

Only seven college coaching staffs have the same nine assistant coaches right now as they did at the start of the 2009 season.

Those coaching staffs are Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Penn State, TCU, Washington, and Army.  Apparently, these guys believe the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

This off-season, twenty-five coaching staffs have remained the same.

The list of programs without an assistant coaching change this off-season include Arkansas, Army, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, East Carolina, FAU, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, LA Tech, Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio, Oregon, Penn State, USF, TCU, Texas A&M, Troy, Virginia, and Washington.

Last off-season, twenty-four coaching staffs remained the same.

Keep in mind, however, that several coaching changes occurred during the summer months last year.  If you remember, Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson retired.  There were also assistant coaching changes at Kentucky, East Carolina, Tulsa, North Texas, and Texas A&M.

Be sure to stay tuned to The Scoop.

 




Phil Fulmer supports paying players: Guys can't go on dates

Add Philip Fulmer to the list of coaches that believe college players ought to be paid.

In fact, the former Tennessee head coach laughs at how much things have changed in the last decade.

Fulmer says, “A good numbers of years back, coaches were just not paid to the level that they’re paid now. There wasn’t that much money brought in outside of attendance, and that’s not the case now. A number of years ago it was a scholarship and $15 – for us, it was called laundry money. They’re on scholarships … but I’ve seen many, many difficult situations for the kids financially.”

“Guys can’t go on dates or can’t go to the movies, and they’re positions that are tough. They’re having to sacrifice a lot. Like their health. They’re only going to play so many years – [and] they should get as much out of it as they can.”

Fulmer, who has been out of coaching for two years, hopes to land another head coaching job next season.  He has said recently, however, that if the right job doesn’t come along, he will be at ease.




Jay Paterno: Basically, our out-of-state players make $83.25 per hour

Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno believes that college athletes do not deserve anything on top of what they already receive.

Adamant about his stance, Paterno went to the notepad and has since published his thoughts on StateCollege.com

It’s a pretty interesting stance, one that is quite different than Steve Spurrier’s thought process.

Paterno writes, “Let me start the argument by making a proposal to parents and students alike. I am going to ask you to work no more than 20 hours a week for 21 weeks – with at least one mandatory day off every week. For another 23 weeks you'll work no more than eight hours a week. You'll get eight weeks off. (These are all NCAA-mandated time limits).”

“You will receive fall, spring and both summer sessions of education, plus room, board and all fees paid. For the 604 hours you put in, you'll get an education valued at $33,976 in state and $50,286 out of state (using last year's numbers from Penn State, the latest available). Keep in mind that number does not include several hundred dollars per semester for books and supplies, which are covered under the NCAA scholarship.”

“At those rates, the student-athlete on full scholarship to Penn State will earn $56.25 per hour if he is an in-state student and $83.25 per hour if he is an out-of-state student.”

To Paterno, the cheating and illegal extra benefits are not going away.

“The problem is what society sells to big-time athletes and their families. Society sells lights, camera, the NFL or NBA.”

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Wise move: Arizona AD Greg Bryne proactive, warns Arizona fans

In light of the unfortunate situation at Ohio State this week, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is being proactive.

In his weekly email to thousands of Arizona fans, Bryne warned Arizona supporters that it only takes one poor decision by a fan for something major to happen.

Bryne wrote:

We are one bad decision by a coach, employee, student-athlete and/or community member/fan from facing significant challenges that can damage our university and athletic program for many years to come.  

If you ever know of a situation where a student-athlete is receiving an extra benefit (something that the rest of the student body would not receive) please contact me.

At many schools, this story would never make news.  But Byrne is constantly in touch with the Arizona fans via twitter, facebook, weekly emails, and in-person appearances.  Because he understands the importance of social media, because he’s available and visible, the Arizona fans listen to his messages.

Check out this video that Byrne tweeted out during the middle of May: