Maturi shows up for "grill session" from Twin Cities reporter

Minnesota AD Joel Maturi set out with an initial goal of “making a Tubby Smith type hire.”

Following the hiring of Jerry Kill yesterday, Maturi sat down with Pioneer Press reporter Bob Sansevere for a Q&A or “absolute grill session.”  You decide.  Sansevere is not upset at all with the hiring of Jerry Kill, but you can tell he is puzzled by the 51 day process of Maturi's coaching search.

Maturi, who isn’t the most popular person amongst Gopher fans, explained, “What I wanted, obviously, was somebody who had the integrity of a Tubby Smith and the values of a Tubby Smith and hopefully who creates the success of a Tubby Smith. I'm confident Jerry Kill can do that.”

“Well, I guess what I'm trying to tell you is, I knew we weren't going to get a BCS head coach. Now, I'd like to get a splash like that. Let's be honest about it. I'm not trying to downgrade Minnesota. The intention was to get somebody people can accept, people will feel good about, and hopefully will be successful and revered as much as Tubby Smith. It's words that I wish I would have taken back, quite frankly.”

“Again, I'm not trying to discredit us or whatever it is, but how many BCS head coaches would leave there to come here? If you could give me a couple, I'm willing to listen to you, especially successful ones.”

Interestingly, Maturi admits offering the job to Barry Alvarez. 


3 finalists announced for Linebackers Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Linebackers Coach of the Year award were released this morning.

See the 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 Linebackers Coach of the Year award were presented to Bill McGovern (Boston College, 2008) and Bob Fraser (Rutgers, 2009). 

How Dan Mullen helped Chip Kelly land the Oregon job

So according to Phil Knight, it all started with Dan Mullen. 


Yes, Mullen is the guy that helped Oregon identify Chip Kelly.  Here’s Knight’s explanation on how Kelly ended up the Ducks’ head coach.

“Mike Bellotti figured that out. And it's a little bit of a long story. But Bellotti lost to Utah (in 2005). (Then-Utah head coach) Urban Meyer was running the spread (offense) -- one of the early adopters of the spread. In fact, some people credit him with being the inventor. Bellotti, when he saw that system, said, "We could use some of that. Literally, maybe within a year or two later, he decided to put in a spread. ... He sent (offensive coordinator Gary Crowton) down to work with Urban Meyer. So he went down there and the offensive coordinator for Florida was Dan Mullen, who's now the head coach of Mississippi State -- I told you this was a long story. Anyway, (Mullen's) from New Hampshire. And he says, 'The guy who really knows this stuff is Chip Kelly up at the University of New Hampshire.' So Crowton, when he came back he had some rough edges to the spread and he started calling Chip Kelly on Sundays saying, "This came up and I didn't quite know what to do with it." And Chip always had an answer. So, when LSU came and picked up Crowton, Bellotti knew he'd been talking to Chip Kelly, so he went to get Chip Kelly.” 

By the way, apparently Knight has a headset in his suite at Autzen Stadium that allows him to listen to Chip Kelly’s play-calling. 

Knight said, “If it was true I couldn't say, huh?”

Q: Why, is it illegal?

A: “No. I just wouldn't want to talk about it ... if it was true.”

Gundy, Dantonio, Graham, and Meyer talk about assistants

Mike Gundy talks about keeping Holgorsen, compliments his assistants: "I'm pretty comfortable that we'll be able to keep Dana here," Gundy said. "I don't think there's any guarantees. I think anybody that says there are any guarantees is probably guiding you in the wrong direction in this profession. It's changed dramatically over the last three or four or five years, the way things are operated, because of money.

"There's so much money thrown around at these assistant coaches that you just can't guarantee anything, but we would like to try to keep our guys in place for the continuity and it's just the right thing to do."

"Without sounding egotistical or trying to boast, ever since we started winning games around here, people started coming in and trying to hire our coaches. I don't know any other way to put it. That's a good thing because when we were winning four games and the first year we won six, nobody showed up here looking for our coaches."


Mark Dantonio talks about Don Treadwell, compliments his assistants: "He's been a great asset, as well as our other coaches and they're ready for head coaching jobs. If someone has the opportunity to hire Don Treadwell or any of our other assistants, they should take advantage of that. We have an outstanding coaching staff.”

"One of the main reasons we're 11-1 is because of the job our coaching staff has done."


Todd Graham doesn't have other options, so he is committed to Tulsa : “Yes, there are people that have interest and they are going to have interest in our assistants. They have had interest in myself. But I can tell you this. I am committed to being here and my assistants are committed to being here. At the end of the day, they have to do what’s best for their families.”

“Right now, we have a great synergy and family atmosphere. There’s much more to this business other than just money. There is a great commitment that they have now.  We’re going to do everything we can to keep the staff here.”


Urban on Addazio’s return to the staff: "I am expecting that to happen. I'll have further updates as we get closer to the bowl game. Everybody's out recruiting and doing their business.”

"At this time, I can't make any statements because there's so much going on with the profession right now."


The latest from Mack Brown, Rick Neuheisel, and Spurrier

Mack Brown thanks Greg Davis, Mac McWhorter, and Mike Tolleson: "These are three special people who have given a lot of themselves and their families to The University of Texas and its football program. We appreciate everything they've done to help us have such great success during their lengthy stays with our staff at Texas. When you look at the last six years, especially - winning a National Championship in 2005, finishing No. 3 in 2008 and then being the runner-up after a tough loss to Alabama last year - it's just amazing what they've helped us accomplish.

"They are not only great coaches, but men who handled themselves with tremendous integrity, class and dignity on and off the field during their time here. I want to say thank you and wish them well because they will be missed."


Rick Neuheisel would like to move quickly with coaching staff decisions: “I haven't given myself that timetable. I would like to make those decisions quickly but they have to be prudent. I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make sure I've got everything I need information-wise and done the careful study that that requires."

"I want to look at what the facts are with respect to numbers and I want to have careful reasons as to why it's that way and how we get better. Ultimately we have to be better. And to get better you have to know how to, which means you have to have the reason."

"We have to make decisions that are best for the program. It could be that everybody is back and we keep getting better. I haven't made any conclusions about those kinds of things."


2010 FootballScoop Coach of the Year finalists presented by SpeedTracs: If you haven't seen all of the finalists, check it out.


Spurrier says Oregon vs. Auburn will be “60-55, something like that”: "I really think the two best offensive spread coaches in the country are going at it. So it will be heck of a game. Might be 60-55, something like that."

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