Leach's fingerprints all over the conference
The Big 12 is widely regarded as an conference based around offensive success. Jake Trotter wrote an article for ESPN this morning investigating how the evolution of the spread offense has impacted the conference.
Coaches told ESPN that the two things that have transformed the league from being a run dominated league a decade ago are Mike Leach and the explosion of 7 on 7 passing leagues within the Big 12 recruiting pipeline.
From a statistical standpoint, taking a look at the top offenses in the country through week 10, you see that half of the conference's quarterbacks rank in the top 10 in passing yardage, and Kansas State quarterback, Collin Klein, leads the country in rushing touchdowns (24).
The premise of the article is Leach was hired in '99 by Bob Stoops (and then left for Texas Tech), Mark Mangino took the offense from the Sooners to the Jayhawks, and Art Briles took it from Tech (to Houston, then) to Baylor, etc...
You can read the article in its entirety here. It's a good quick read.
A pattern of success
Oklahoma State has quite the pattern of coaches transitioning from Cowboy offensive coordinator to head coaching success.
Since '97, four OK State offensive coordinators have went on to become head coaches, and those coaches hold a combined 36-4 record this season.
Les Miles served as offensive coordinator with the Cowboys up until 2005 and took the head coaching position at LSU in 2001. Miles is currently 10-0 this season as head coach. Mike Gundy took over for Miles, and is also currently 10-0.
The other former offensive coordinators turned head coaches are Southern Miss' Larry Fedora (2006-07) and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen (2010). Fedora is currently 9-1 with the Golden Eagles and Holgorsen is 7-3 in his first season with the Mountaineers.
Todd Monken is in his first season with the Cowboys and will likely become a head coach soon enough.
On paper at least, it seems if you want to become a successful head coach, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator would be a good place to start.
Report Card: Record number of minority head coaches
Two years ago, there were no black head coaches in four of the BCS conferences.
Thanks largely to the success of NFL minority coaches like Tony Dungy, Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell earlier in the decade, five out of the six FBS conferences have at least one minority head coach this season.
The Big Ten is the only conference with no minority head coaches. The ACC, SEC and Pac-12 each have two minority head coaches in their conference.
In the past two years alone there have been 19 minority coaches hired at the FBS or FCS level (not counting historically black colleges and universities). According the the annual report card from the Black Coaches and Administrators, there have only been 51 minority head coaching hires since 1979. According to the report, there are now a record 28 minority head coaches at the division 1 level (FBS & FCS).
Double dose of MACtion tonight.
All times are Eastern.
Ohio at Bowling Green - 8 - ESPN
Western Michigan at Miami (OH) - 8 - ESPN2
Slowing it down brings Success
Todd Graham is known for his fast paced, high octane offensive attack. "Tempo, tempo, tempo."
Well, at times this season, the offense hasn't been as effective as Graham and his staff would like, so on Saturday they made a concentrated effort to slow things down against Louisville, and the results are hard to ignore.
Saturday, the Panthers beat the Cardinals 21-14 in one of their most efficient offensive outings of the season. In the first half, quarterback Tino Sunseri went 8-11, with his only incompletions coming on a dropped pass, and two decisions to throw the ball away under pressure. Sunseri finished 16-22 for 196 yards and the offense rushed for 200 yards.
Perhaps more importantly, the Panthers committed zero penalties on the day (they average 5.3 penalties for almost 50 yards per game).
Good coaches make the necessary adjustments.
The Panthers improved to (5-5, 3-2) on the season and will hope to become bowl eligible as they finish up with West Virginia (7-3, 3-2), and Syracuse (5-5, 1-4).
In the video below Graham describes his decision to slow things down.
Butch Davis puts out an interesting video
This morning Butch Davis released a wide ranging video discussing his history and experience, how he runs his programs, what went on at North Carolina and his future.
The nearly 10 minute video is extremely interesting. Coach addresses a number of issues head on and very direct.
Pat Hill talks about making changes
Pat Hill addressed the media yesterday for the first time since Randy Stewart decided to step down as defensive coordinator. Fresno is having a challenging season and currently is 3-7.
Hill said the decision to step down was 100% Stewart's. "It got to the point where he (Stewart) didn't feel like we were playing the way we had to play" Hill said. Tim Skipper will face Hawaii in his first game serving as the interim defensive coordinator.
Hill says in 15 years as the head coach at Fresno he has never fired a coach.
The Bulldogs have lost 3 in a row (and 5 of their last 6) and will look to get back on track against Hawaii, San Jose State and San Diego State.
Peyton on Ole Miss job: I'm 0-10 as an assistant
Co-chairman of the search committee, Archie Manning, plans to leave no stone unturned in the search for the next head coach at Ole Miss.
Archie said that he has even received a handful of emails from people suggesting that his son Peyton retire and take the helm of the Rebels. When Archie told Peyton about the inquiries, Peyton's response was to tell them "I'm 0-10 as an assistant with the Colts". Archie did add that "Peyton, some of his teammates and a couple of coaches put their heads together and recommended a few people."
Eli Manning's input was simply "Get a good one".
Archie says that he isn't going to divulge names, but also said that the school has no shortage of qualified candidates.
"A proven name (as a head coach) is good, but at the same time, every head coach out there has been an assistant at one time. So it wouldn't be wise for us to look away from assistants. We're looking at everyone, even in the pro ranks."
The five member search committee is being aided by the search firm of Eastman and Beaudine out of Texas.
For what it's worth, Mike Leach reports that he has not been contacted by Ole Miss.