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The Scoop on Dave Doeren to N.C. State

We have learned that Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren has accepted the head coaching position at N.C. State.

"Coach Dave Doeren is a highly motivated overachiever who shares our goals to pursue aggressively a high level of achievement in the classroom and on the field of competition," stated N.C. State athletic director Deborah Yow.

Doeren, 40, took over as the Huskies' head in 2011 after Jerry Kill left for Minnesota. In two seasons, Doeren led Northern Illinois to a 23-4 record with back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships. Doeren accepted the N.C. State job one day after leading the 12-1 Huskies to a 44-37 win in double overtime over Kent State in the MAC Championship.

"I am honored and excited to join the Wolfpack. NC State has world-class facilities and fans that are second to none," Doeren said. "I want to thank Chancellor Woodson and Debbie Yow for this tremendous opportunity. My family and I can't wait to get to Raleigh and become Wolfpackers. While I look forward to our future at State, I want to acknowledge and thank the Northern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Peters and Jeff Compher [athletic director]."

We are told to look for offensive line coach Rod Carey to be promoted to head coach at Northern Illinois. 

Doeren played at Drake from 1990-93 and got his start in coaching at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Doeren coached linebackers at Drake (1995-97), Montana (2000-01) and Kansas (2002-05), with a pit stop as a graduate assistant at USC from 1998-99, before taking the defensive coordinator position under Bret Bielema at Wisconsin from 2006-10. 

We aren't aware of any significant ties Doeren has to the immediate local area so look for him to hire some talented assitants with local connections. As always, we'll keep you posted on The Scoop




Saturday Scoreboard - Championship Week

For the final Saturday of 2012 we will bring you the important scores and highlights in this Championship Week edition of Saturday Scoreboard. 

Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31. Wisconsin got things rolling downhill quickly and never relented in a 39-point beatdown of heavily favored Nebraska. The Badgers opened the game with a four-play, 75-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead 1:59 into the game and led 14-0 one play later after Marcus Cromartie returned a Taylor Martinez interception 29 yards for a score. The Huskers would pull within 14-10 behind one of the crazier touchdown runs you will ever see (see below), but then Wisconsin put its foot on the gas and never relented. Bret Bielema's team ripped off four straight touchdowns to take a 42-10 lead at the half and then scored three more times in the third quarter to lead 63-17 through three quarters. In all, Wisconsin ran 50 times for 539 yards and eight touchdowns on the day. Wisconsin only needed to throw 10 times, but when they did, they found eight completions for 101 yards and a score. Wisconsin finishes the regular season at a hard-luck 8-5 and will play in the Rose Bowl for a school-record third straight year. 

Kansas State 42, Texas 24. Bill Snyder and co. wrapped up a well-deserved Big 12 championship and locked in a trip to the Fiesta Bowl to likely face off with Oregon. The Texas defense stymied the Wildcats' offense through the entirety of the first half, only surrendering a one-yard Collin Klein plunge after a near pick-six by Nigel Malone as Texas led 10-7 at the break. Kansas State has played its best after halftime this year, and that trend continued tonight as Klein led touchdown marches on five of Kansas State's six possessions in the second half. Texas, on the other hand, opened the second half with a seven-play, 90-yard touchdown drive but ended its next three drives with a punt, missed field goal and an interception. By the time Case McCoy found Malcolm Brown for a nine-yard touchdown pass there were just 55 ticks left on the clock and Kansas State owned a 35-7 second half edge. 

Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15. Florida State appeared to be rolling when James Wilder, Jr. scored from one-yard out to put the Seminoles up 21-3 with 4:56 to play in the second quarter. But Georgia Tech figured things out on defense, chipped away slowly at Florida State's lead and before anyone realized it, the Yellow Jackets were driving  to take the lead with two minutes to play. Paul Johnson's offense isn't built for two minute drills and it showed tonight as Georgia Tech needed eight plays to move 22 yards before Tevin Washington was intercepted by Karlos Williams at the 45-yard line to put a cap on Florida State's ACC championship. In the same week he accepted the head coaching job at Kentucky, Mark Stoops devised a scheme that allowed the Seminoles to hold Georgia Tech to 183 rushing yards, 140 yards under their season average. The 11-2 Seminoles will now prepare for the Orange Bowl and their likely opponent, future ACC rival Louisville. 

Alabama 32, Georgia 28. The contest for Game of the Year in 2012 is over and we have a hands down winner. After a would-be game-winning interception by Vinnie Sunseri was called back by review with 45 seconds left, Aaron Murray led the Dogs on a late drive that fell four yards short of the goal line. Alabama was four yards better than Georgia, and now will meet Notre Dame in Miami for the BCS National Championship. Running backs ruled the day as Georgia's Todd Gurley ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns but was bested by Alabama's duo of Eddie Lacy (181 yards, two touchdowns) and T.J. Yeldon (153 yards, one touchdown). 

 

Boise State 27, Nevada 21. On their way out of the conference, Boise State beats Nevada to claim a share of the Mountain West title along with San Diego State and Fresno State. The Broncos led 17-0 at the half and 24-7 after three quarters, allowing them to survive a late rally by Nevada. The win moves Boise State to 10-2 on the year, Chris Petersen's seventh double-digit win campaign in seven seasons. 

 

Arkansas State 45, Middle Tennessee 0. Rick Stockstill and Middle Tennessee arrived in Jonesboro with a chance to take the Sun Belt title away from the defending league champions. Gus Malzahn and Arkansas State would have none of it. The Red Wolves jumped on the Blue Raiders early, jumping out to a 21-0 lead through one quarter. Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns, and the team pounded out 274 more yards and three scores on the ground. 

West Virginia 59, Kansas 10. This season didn't go the way Holgo and co. hoped, but his team did finish strong in beating Iowa State and Kansas to head into bowl season. Geno Smith threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns, and the dynamic duo of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey produced their customary damage to the Kansas defense. Austin 12 times for 77 yards and a touchdown while also catching four balls for 110 yards, and Bailey led the Mountaineers with 11 grabs for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Bailey finishes the regular season with a ridiculous 23 touchdown catches. 

Baylor 41, Oklahoma State 34. The Bears and Cowboys may have fallen short of the 87 over-under but still managed to put on a good show. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence threw for 295 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 71 yards and a score, but the difference for the Bears was once again transfer running back Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk carried 16 times for 179 yards and one manly touchdown. After accumulating 29 carries through the Bears' first seven games, Seastrunk rushed 86 times for 694 yards (8.1 ypc) and six touchdowns in Baylor's 4-1 finish. For the second straight game linebacker Eddie Lackey returned an interception for a touchdown, this time taking Clint Chelf's pick 26 yards to give Baylor a 10-3 lead that the Bears never relinquished. 

Tulsa 33, Central Florida 27 (overtime). In a game decided by wild special teams plays, Tulsa made two more than Central Florida to win its first Conference USA championship since 2005. Each squad blocked an extra point, but Tulsa's punt return touchdown from Trey Watts on a play where UCF players appeared to think the ball was dead, but Watts scooped the ball up ran 54 yards for a score. The return knotted the game at 27-27, and UCF blocked the ensuing extra point to keep the score tied. Tulsa blocked Shawn Moffitt's 38-yard field goal try on the first possession of overtime, and Chris Singleton powered in from the one-yard line on the next possession to give Tulsa the win. 

 

Oklahoma 24, TCU 17. Oklahoma kept its Big 12 championship hopes alive by the skin of its teeth as TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin's fourth-down pass went through the hands of wide receiver Josh Boyce inside the end zone with 25 seconds to go. Michael Hunnicutt could have put the game away with three minutes to left but his 42-yard field goal try was swept away by a gusting Fort Worth wind. That wasn't the only eventful field goal try of the day, as Jaden Oberkrom's 32-yard try with 13:33 to go was controversially ruled no good. The key score came when Landry Jones led a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by a 24-yard scoring strike with 53 seconds before halftime to put Oklahoma up 14-7 at the break. The score was Oklahoma's sixth inside the final minute of the first half through 12 games. Oklahoma will now turn its eyes to tonight's Texas-Kansas State game as a Longhorns win would give the Sooners an outright Big 12 title. 




Saturday TV - Championship week continues

It'll be tough to match the excitement of last night's games, but be sure to enjoy the four conference title games on today along with some other quality match ups. It's that time of year where the cream always rises to the top.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

No games

College:

Oklahoma at TCU - 12 - ESPN

Oklahoma State at Baylor - 12 - FX

C-USA Championship: UCF at Tulsa - 12 - ESPN2

Coastal Carolina at Old Dominion - 2 - ESPN3

Central Arkansas at Georgia Southern - 2 - ESPN3

Illinois State at Appalachian State - 2 - ESPN3

New Hampshire at Wofford - 2 - ESPN3

Kansas at West Virginia - 2:30 - FSN Affiliate

Nicholls State at Oregon State - 2:30 - Pac 12 Network

Boise State at Nevada - 3:30 - ABC

Cincinnati at Connecticut - 3:30 - ABC

Cal Poly at Sam Houston State - 4 - ESPN3

South Dakota State at North Dakota State - 4 - ESPN GamePlan

SEC Championship: Alabama vs. Georgia - 4 - CBS

Pitt at South Florida - 7 - ESPN2

Stony Brook at Montana State - 7 - ESPN GamePlan

ACC Championship: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech - 8 - ESPN

Big Ten Championship: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin - 8 - FOX

Texas at Kansas State - 8 - ABC

South Alabama at Hawaii - 11 - TWCS

High School:

No games

 




The Scoop on Trent Miles to Georgia State

We have learned that Indiana State head coach Trent Miles will become the next head coach at Georgia State.

Miles, who had other options, steps into interesting times at Georgia State. Program architect Bill Curry retired following the Panthers' 1-10 campaign. Georgia State, which launched its football program in 2010, just completed a three-season stay in the Colonial Athletic Association in FCS, and will move to FBS's Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

Miles took over a moribund Indiana State program in 2008 and led the Sycamores to three consecutive winning seasons from 2010-12. Miles led Indiana State to a 6-5 record in 2010, its first winning season since 1996. He followed that up with another 6-5 record in 2011 and a 7-4 campaign in 2012. FootballScoop highlighted the turnaround effort executed by Miles following last season.  

Miles played wide receiver at Indiana State from 1982-86 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Sycamores in 1987. GA stops at New Mexico and Oklahoma led him to jobs coaching wide receivers at Northern Illinois (1991-94), Hawaii (1995-96) and Fresno State (1997-99) before catching on with the Green Bay Packers as a quality control assistant in 2000. He then coached wide receivers at Stanford and Notre Dame and coached running backs at Washington from 2005-07 before assuming the head coaching position at Indiana State in 2008. 

Below is a video showcasing Miles' coaching philosophy taken at an Indiana State practice.

"You're teaching everyday" Miles explained in the clip. "Whether you're on the field, or in the meeting room, or in and around the office, anytime you can, you're teaching".




What We're Watching - Championship Week

Where did the time go? It seems like three weeks ago that college football was just getting underway, and now we're at the last true college football weekend until Labor Day 2013. With that in mind, let's get right to it.

Louisville at Rutgers (7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, ESPN): Kyle Flood's team has played great defense all season, except when it hasn't. The Scarlet Knights have allowed just under 10 points per game in their nine wins, and given up 31 points per game in their two losses. Rutgers has the best pass efficiency defense in the Big East, with a collective opposing quarterback rating of 111.04. But against the best quarterbacks they've faced - Syracuse's Ryan Nassib and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, have a composite 142.35 rating with 775 passing yards. Enter Louisville's dynamic quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who enters Thursday on quite a roll. The sophomore has thrown for 1,495 yards and 12 touchdowns over his last four games. But Bridgewater must help Louisville halt its two-game losing streak. The Cardinals have yet to play a full 60 minutes on the road, losing 45-26 at Syracuse in their last road trip and struggling to get by dismal Florida International and Southern Miss.  

Northern Illinois vs. Kent State (7 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN2): Friday night's MAC Championship, all things being equal, is this weekend's biggest heavyweight bout as 11-1 overall and 8-0 MAC East champion Kent State squares off with 11-1 overall and 8-0 MAC West champion Northern Illinois with the winner not only claiming the conference crown, but also an outside shot at the Orange Bowl. Kent State will look to do what no one else has this season, slow down the indestructible Jordan Lynch. The Huskies quarterback, whose coach threw his name behind in the Heisman Trophy race, has accounted for 39 touchdowns while throwing for 2,750 yards and rushing for 1,611 more. Kent State runs the ball and stops the run as well as anyone in the MAC, but the only thing it truly excells at, its second-ranked 1.67 turnover margin, comes in handy in games like this. 

UCLA at Stanford (8 p.m. ET Friday, FOX): Let's do this again, shall we? After defeating UCLA 35-17 on Saturday, Stanford turns around and hosts the Bruins again six days later. If college football operated in a similar fashion to the NFL, Stanford would be the proverbial "team no one wants to play". The Cardinal, winners of six straight, have the nation's best defensive front and, with the insertion of redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan, an efficient, diverse offense. Jim Mora will hope the six day break will be enough to solve a Stanford front that sacked quarterback Brett Hundley seven times and stuffed running back Johnathan Franklin to the tune of 21 carries for 65 yards. 

Oklahoma at TCU (12 p.m. ET, ESPN): TCU head coach Gary Patterson has stressed the need for first-year Big 12 member to slay the win dragons Texas and Oklahoma that have dominated the conference for a decade-plus. Part one was checked when the Horned Frogs beat Texas 20-13 in Austin on Thanksgiving night, and part two comes to Fort Worth on Saturday. Patterson is also well aware of his team's struggles at home this season. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, who became the Big 12's all-time leading passer on Saturday, closes out his conference career against the Big 12's best pass defense. The Horned Frogs lead the conference in interceptions and trail only Oklahoma in pass efficiency defense. That match-up will be key because, oh by the way, at 97.3 yards per game and 3.07 yards per carry, TCU also has the conference's best run defense. 

Central Florida at Tulsa (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Conference USA has long been an offense-minded league, but its the league's two best defenses that will decide the 2012 title. Saturday's game is a rematch of Tulsa's 23-21 win over the Knights on Nov. 17. The final score indicates an evenly-played game, but in actuality the Golden Hurricane posted 461 yards against UCF's defense while limiting George O'Leary's team to just 235 yards. Tulsa was nearly undone by its two turnovers, including a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown. A clean game should equal a conference title for Bill Blankenship's bunch. 

Boise State at Nevada (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): Remember Boise State's last trip to Nevada? Chris Petersen certainly does. There isn't as much on the line as the last time the Broncos played in Mackay Stadium, but a win will give them a share of the Mountain West title. Boise Statte, the MWC leaders in five major defensive categories plus turnover margin, will work to keep this a low-scoring game, while Chris Ault will work to get his seventh-ranked rushing offense off to the races. 

Alabama vs. Georgia (4 p.m. ET, CBS): Saturday will be Mark Richt's 157th game as the head coach at Georgia, and without a doubt his biggest. Five SEC programs have won the conference's eight national championships in the BCS era, and this game will be the closest Georgia has come to joining that elite club. Meanwhile, all that's on the line for Nick Saban's team is a shot at three national titles in four years, a feat only accomplished by Tom Osborne and Nebraska in college football's ultra-modern era. Georgia's Aaron Murray leads the country with a 177.15 quarterback rating, trailed closely by A.J. McCarron at 176.26. Whichever quarterback can play the closest to that standard will lead his team to victory. 

Texas at Kansas State (8 p.m. ET, ABC): With starting quarterback David Ash is sidelined with a rib injury, junior Case McCoy gets his first start of the year. While McCoy has the penchant for the dramatic (see comebacks at Texas A&M in 2011 and Kansas in 2012), over 60 minutes opposing defenses tend to exploit his inability to stretch the filed vertically. On the other sideline is a Kansas State team looking to: a) lock up the Big 12 title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, b) give Collin Klein's closing argument for the Heisman Trophy and c) let out some pent up frustration after losing its chance at a national championship for the first time since the loss to Baylor. 

Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): With Miami self-imposing its bowl ban on short notice, Georgia Tech walks into a situation where it is quite literally Orange Bowl or bust. A win gives the Yellow Jackets the ACC's BCS berth, and a loss could sent the 6-7 Jackets home for the winter. Meanwhile, Florida State has done a lot of winning under Jimbo Fisher, but the Seminoles have not yet won the ACC. Fisher will have to pull his team off the mat after an emotionally and physically tough loss to Florida. Recently-named Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops will lean on his fourth-ranked run defense (85.1 yards per game, 2.65 yards per carry) to slow down the Georgia Tech's triple option. 

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (8:17 p.m. ET, FOX): A sea of red will descend upon the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, and Saturday's meeting will determine exactly which shade of red will be the Big Ten's representative at the Granddaddy of Them All. At 10-2, Nebraska has quietly put together a very solid season, victimized only by the spread attacks of UCLA and Ohio State. These teams met previously on Sept. 29, a 30-27 Nebraska win in which quarterback Taylor Martinez rallied the Cornhuskers from a 27-10 second-half deficit. The Badgers struggled to contain Nebraska's three-pronged rushing attack of Martinez (107 yards), Rex Burkhead (86 yards) and Ameer Abdullah (70 yards). After missing a month of action, Burkhead returned against Iowa and led Nebraska with 69 rushing yards. Wisconsin, hoping to win the Big Ten for the first time in school history, has lost three of its last four, but none in regulation. The Badgers fell to Michigan State 16-13 in overtime on Oct. 27, beat Indiana 62-14 on Nov. 10, lost to Ohio State 24-21 in overtime on Nov. 17 and then fell to Penn State 24-21 in overtime on Saturday. 

 




David Shaw explains how the staff get players invested in the game plan

Being able to lead your team to consecutive ten win seasons is impressive. Especially when it happens after following up a head coach like Jim Harbaugh that revitalized a program around and the #1 overall draft pick in the NFL draft shows just how good of a head coach David Shaw is. For the record, we hear that same sentiment from many coaches  around the country.

Being able to entice some of the best and brightest players in the country with a Stanford degree has undoubtedly played a role in that success. But as Shaw explains, he also thinks part of their key to success has been making players feel a sense of investment of the game plan week to week. 

Shaw explained the reason behind that outlook with Tom Tolbert of KNBR in San Francisco.

"I tell our guys all the time that if they do that just be ready to hear the words ‘no, no way and not going to happen.’ For us to be receptive it keeps these guys looking ahead and I want them to be proactive and I want them to look at film and say ‘hey here’s what I see coach, I would love to run this route.’

"Especially quarterbacks, receivers and running backs and even linebackers sometimes, they see a certain protection and say ‘hey if I blitz this way I can get home.’ I like that as players if you feel completely invested in the way the game plan is put together it kind of makes you want to play that much harder because you each have a hand in it.”

Interesting advice. It will be interesting to see the how everything plays out tonight in the Pac 12 title game when the Cardinal take on UCLA at 8pm ET on FOX.




VIDEO: Go inside the Stanford equipment room before the Pac-12 Championship

Pac-12 Network took a look inside the Stanford equipment room as Gary Hazelitt and his staff prepare for the Pac-12 Championship tonight against UCLA.

David Shaw promised his team before last week's UCLA game that if they won, the Cardinal would break out the all black uniforms for tonight's game.

The Cardinal have donned all black uniforms three times previously: a 68-24 win over Wake Forest in 2010, a 45-19 defeat of UCLA in 2011 and a 50-13 thumping of Duke earlier this season. 

Stanford hopes history repeats itself tonight.




Todd Monken talks OC to HC transition

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken talked about the process of coordinators moving up one chair to the head coaching spot with the media yesterday. He had a lot to say. 

“It’s hard enough to get a head coaching job without being a head coach," Monken told The Oklahoman. "With all the money people are getting paid now, (school decision makers) don’t want to guess."

Monken is correct. As more and more money pours into college football, the amount of pressure on coaches equally rises. Administrators have a quick trigger finger and aren't afraid to use it (see: Bohn, Mike). 

“The next step is an offensive guy who’s scoring," said Monken. "Put some people in the stands, exciting offense and all that. And that’s becoming more and more common. You have to take a smaller job, if you can, and win.”

This was a line of thought that played out on the FootballScoop Twitter feed earlier today.

Being the head man is an entirely different world than serving as an offensive coordinator. Monken smartly realizes his best move may be to follow the steps of Larry Fedora, who jumped from the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator to the head coaching job at Southern Miss, and Gus Malzahn, who did the same when moving from Auburn to Arkansas State. 

At a reported salary of $600,000, Monken knows he can afford to be picky. In fact, he reportedly turned down the offer to become head coach at Tulane last year. 

“You’ve just got to be careful. It’s OK to wave at the neighbor lady, flirt a little bit. I don’t know if it’s across the street. Better be careful, might not want to go in the house. But it’s nice to be wanted. It’s nice to have someone tell you, ‘Hey, we want you. And here’s this amount of money. And a five-year deal. It’s your own program…

“Everybody likes to be smoothed. Everybody likes to be wanted. And if you’re not careful, you can make an emotional decision, even if you know it’s the wrong thing.

“How many coaches have done that, taken the job and said, ‘Can I get the old one back, I screwed up?’”

Monken isn't a fan of the timeline that most coaching changes operate on. Coaches have to juggle the interview and hiring process while simultaneously helping their current team finish their season. It's an awkward timeline, but it's the price of playing poker in this day and age. 

"That’s what’s screwed up about our profession, you can’t control that," explained Monken. "When opportunities come up, they don’t allow you to finish. You say, ‘Hey, can we wait?’ They say, ‘We don’t want to wait.’”

As one of four finalists for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year award, we already knew Monken understood the coaching aspect of his profession. After hearing his thoughts; it's clear to us that he has a very good understanding of the process. He'll be a good head coach one day.