Wrapping up the Todd Hoffner saga, where a GA becomes head coach
Last week, former Minnesota State-Mankato head coach-turned-Minot State head coach Todd Hoffner announced his intention to turn to Mankato as head coach following a two-year ordeal in which he was wrongfully removed from his job as the Mavericks' head coach.
After a one-day boycott, the Mankato players and coaches got on the same page, and this chapter of the saga appears to be closed, at least for now.
However, there was a gaping hole left in the Minot State program.
Coming off a 2-9 season, the Division II Beavers now had to hire their second head coach in three months. To do that, Minot State plucked away another head coach, pulling Tyler Hughes away from Southern Virginia. Hired at Southern Virginia in March, Hughes spent the 2013 season as a quality control assistant at Ohio State. Prior to that, Hughes went 20-4 in two seasons as the head coach at Snow College in Utah.
At Southern Virginia, now faced with hiring its second head coach in a two-month span, the Division III Knights have promoted defensive coordinator Jason Walker to head coach. Walker spent the past four seasons as a graduate assistant at BYU. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah.
The dominoes of the coaching profession fall in strange ways sometimes, and now both Hughes and Walker have huge opportunities in front of them. Here's hoping each coach makes the most of his.
Video: Arizona isn't the only coaching staff with acting skills
Willie Fritz and his staff at Georgia Southern have a little fun with hitting the recruiting trail by creating a video called the "Eagle Invasion". Fritz got his whole staff in on the action, and they definitely had some fun with this one.
After watching this a time or two, I couldn't help but admit that Arizona no longer has a stranglehold on the "Best Coaching Staff in a 'Short Film'" category at the Oscars (at least when that category is finally added to the docket).
Excellent idea here.
Spring game hype videos aren't common, but neither was Auburn's 2013 season
Hype videos at spring games aren't common, or even necessary, but when you put together a season like Auburn had last year (especially the dramatic wins against Alabama and Georgia) you should really have something special put together for the occasion.
When 70,000+ of the Auburn faithful showed up to see how good Gus Malzahn's squad looks to be in year two of the new era, they got to feast their eyes on this red carpet worthy recap of that special 2013 season.
This one is really good.
Who wears what in the Power Five conferences
When word broke that Louisville had re-signed with Adidas, word leaked that the Cardinals had signed the third-richest apparel contract in college sports history. The other two? Notre Dame with Under Armour and Michigan with Adidas. Does that mean Nike is losing market share?
Far from it, actually.
A Louisville fan site tracked each of the 65 apparel contracts for major college football and found that Nike still dominates the market, outfitting 46 teams (70.7 percent). Adidas (10, 15.4%) and Under Armour (eight, 12.3%) were neck and neck for (an albeit distant) second, and the folks at Russell Athletic must be huge Paul Johnson fans because they have one apparel deal, and it's the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
So, yes, Adidas and Under Armour pay more at the top of end of the spectrum, but that's because they have to.
Thanks to LouisvilleSportsLive.net for the leg work.
Boston College - Under Armour
Clemson - Nike
Duke - Nike
Florida State - Nike
Georgia Tech - Russell Athletic
Louisville - Adidas
Miami - Nike
North Carolina - Nike
N.C. State - Adidas
Pittsburgh - Nike
Syracuse - Nike
Virginia - Nike
Virginia Tech - Nike
Wake Forest - Nike
Illinois - Nike
Indiana - Adidas
Iowa - Nike
Maryland - Under Armour
Michigan - Adidas
Michigan State - Nike
Minnesota - Nike
Nebraska - Adidas
Northwestern - Under Armour
Ohio State - Nike
Penn State - Nike
Purdue - Nike
Rutgers - Nike
Wisconsin - Adidas
Baylor - Nike
Iowa State - Nike
Kansas - Adidas
Kansas State - Nike
Oklahoma - Nike
Oklahoma State - Nike
Texas - Nike
TCU - Nike
Texas Tech - Under Armour
West Virginia - Nike
Arizona - Nike
Arizona State - Nike
California - Nike
Colorado - Nike
Oregon - Nike
Oregon State - Nike
Stanford - Nike
UCLA - Adidas
USC - Nike
Utah - Under Armour
Washington - Nike
Washington State - Nike
Alabama - Nike
Arkansas - Nike
Auburn - Under Armour
Florida - Nike
Georgia - Nike
Kentucky - Nike
LSU - Nike
Mississippi State - Adidas
Missouri - Nike
Ole Miss - Nike
South Carolina - Under Armour
Tennessee - Nike
Texas A&M - Adidas
Vanderbilt - Nike
Photo: The Boise State coaching staff on horseback
Not sure what's going on here, but I'm not entirely sure I want to know, either.
My guess is it's a photo shoot for this season's media guide, but I'd like to think Bryan Harsin is sending his staff through the Pacific Northwest to spread the word Paul Revere-style about Bronco football.
The "BRONCO BLITZ" rolls out tomorrow...Lets Ride Idaho! Stay Tuned.... pic.twitter.com/s2MnZ8QQqQ— Coach Bryan Harsin (@bryanharsin) April 21, 2014
Video: Texas co-OC/offensive line coach Joe Wickline mic'd up
Down Austin way, they haven't had an offensive line the folks in burnt orange and white were completely satisfied with since Vince Young was running into the end zone on fourth down to beat USC. That's two generations in the world of college football.
Which is why co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline is the most important coach on Charlie Strong's staff outside of Strong himself.
Here's Wickline mic'd up for a recent Texas practice.
Hows does a grad assistant make MLB.com you ask? Here's how...
Being a grad assistant requires long hours of thankless tasks with little to no recognition...
Unless you happen to jump out of your seat to snag a line drive at a local MLB game like Minnesota offensive grad assistant Trevor Olson did last night. Even though he seemed surprised to find the ball in his glove, it was a heck of a grab.
No one else in the area even got up to react to the ball flying their direction, so props to Olson on his cat-like reflexes.
The video isn't playable on mobile, so catch the whole thing here. Below is a still shot of the action.
Here are Washington's new unis
Yesterday Washington released their reaction video as they unveiled the new uniforms to the players.
Now we finally get a look at what the Huskies will be wearing as they usher in the Chris Petersen era of the program.
The all black look is sick, and while a lot of loyal Washington fans won't like the absence of the gold pants in the pic below (that combo does exist), the new unis still have a lot of historic appeal, yet still maintain a sense of modern attractiveness that will be a hit with recruits.
New uniforms for the Washington Huskies pic.twitter.com/favQU1X9FR— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) April 18, 2014