Nice brand new D-III facility
Take a look here at the new locker room at Benedictine University (D-III - IL), named the Borsellino Family Football Center. The new locker room had a $1.7 million dollar price tag and will be one of the nicest in the Chicagoland area.
This weekend, the Eagles (2-1) will be sporting some new all black uniforms with a black matte helmet for their home game against Northern Athletic Conference opponent Concordia Wisconsin (1-2).
There is a ton of excitement surrounding this program right now.
Al Golden reminds us what it's all about
One of this past weekend’s most gruesome injuries also provided one of the most uplifting coaching moments in recent memory. With the Miami Hurricanes leading Georgia Tech 12-0 late in the 1st quarter, driving for yet another score, highly touted freshman WR Malcolm Lewis made a catch inside the Tech 5 yard line. As he was corralled and brought to the turf, Lewis’ ankle snapped, dislocated, twisted almost 180 degrees.
A horrific injury.
Writhing around in pain on the field, his teammates were almost too sick to even look at his mangled leg. Trainers and medical personnel from Miami and Georgia Tech rushed to his side, and right there in the middle of it all, hugging, holding and consoling his young receiver was Al Golden.
Coming off what can only be described as a challenging first season as head coach of the Hurricanes, under the microscope of an NCAA investigation, and dealing with a self-imposed bowl ban, Golden and his staff put together a much heralded recruiting class. One of the top receivers in the nation, Lewis was an early commit, never wavering from Coach Golden and The U. And in that moment on Saturday, when Lewis needed his coach the most, he was right there with him.
“I knew he was scared,” Golden said, who held Lewis and spoke with him as the medical personnel set his severely dislocated ankle. “We were just trying to be there for him and make sure he knows we’re there for him and that we’ll get through it”. It’s moments like this that show the bond between a coach and his players goes well beyond the final score. They’re not just X’s and O’s guys focused only on wins and losses, but instead father figures, role models and protectors.
Wednesday TV - No games
No games tonight. Stanford and Washington tomorrow night.
Eastern time listed.
Absolutely amazing stat...First time ever?
Menlo college in California is off to a great start this season under new head coach Mark Speckman. The Oaks are 4-1 through five games. We took a quick look back, the last time Menlo won more than 5 games total was back in 2003.
This past weekend in their game vs. they did something that we're not sure has ever happened in college football before (or the NFL for that matter).
In their game against La Verne University, Menlo had two players each account for one passing, rushing and receiving touchdown. Kind of mind blowing actually.
The video below shows each of the touchdowns for quarterback Matt Pelesasa and receiver Mike Alexander.'
Has anyone ever heard of this happening before?
Feel good story of the week
Every once in a while have a story brought to our attention that deserves a little extra recognition.
The latest one is from Lackawanna College (JUCO - PA) and highlights the football team's effort to help a woman confined to a wheelchair move into her new place.
The players caught wind of Jessamyn Reinhard struggling to find a way to move all of her belongings to a new place and decided to pitch in and help out. What would have normally taken a few hours for Reinhard, the team had done in about 20 minutes.
As one player put it, “With 18 guys who can all bench press over 300 pounds, it’s really easy to move stuff and help people out.”
Head coach Mark Duda, who has been with the program for 19 seasons, noted that most of the group was comprised of offensive and defensive lineman.
"They’re all mostly offensive and defensive lineman. A 100 or 200 pound couch doesn’t mean much to them. They can do it really easily. You could tell they enjoyed it. When we were coming from the place with the pod they were asking what’s she like, what happened to her?” Duda explained.
Classy move by the players and staff at Lackawanna. Well done.
Since 2000 West Virginia is 78-3 when scoring at least 30
West Virginia and Baylor square off this weekend in a match up of two of the top 10 scoring offenses in the country. Both teams come in to the match up without a loss.
Baylor has yet to put up less than 48 points with games against SMU, Sam Houston State, and Louisiana-Monroe already in the books. West Virginia's lowest point total was last week against Maryland when they put up 31 in a win.
West Virginia's scoring offense is ranked 10th nationally, scoring just over 47 points per game, while Baylor comes in at #5, putting up over 51 points per game. Not surprisingly, both teams also bring top 5 passing offenses into Saturday's 12pm ET match up (Baylor is #5 at 362 ypg and West Virginia is just ahead at #3 with 370 ypg through the air).
If past history is any indication, 30 may be the mark to get to for West Virginia. According to their SID, dating back to 2000, the Mountaineers are 78-3 (96%) when scoring more than 30 points.
Wilmington head coach resigns
Earlier today, Wilmington College athletic director Terry Rupert announced that head coach Ken Minor had resigned his post as the head coach of the Quakers.
Offensive coordinator, and former highly successful high school coaching veteran, Jay Niswonger has been named the interim head coach. Niswonger joined the coaching staff this past off-season.
Niswonger is a Wilmington College graduate and Hall of Fame member that is known best for his tenure at Valley View, where they went 243-78-1 under him with 11 conference titles, 16 playoff appearances, seven state semifinal appearances, and three state championships in a four year period (1994, 1996, 1997).
We hear that the Wilmington campus is very pleasant, and they have good administrative backing to go along with sufficient financial aid support. This could be a really good job for the right fit.
Through the first three weeks of the season, the Quakers are sitting at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the ultra-competitive Ohio Athletic Conference. Mount Union, the perennial OAC power, has had a hold on the conference for quite some time now, with their last conference loss dating back to 2005.
It remains to be seen if Niswonger has a shot at the permanent gig. The University has stated that they plan to conduct a national search at the end of the season.
Only 6 of the 18 head coaches hired in 2008 are at the same school
Today, we saw an interesting note that prompted us to take a look back at the head coaching turnover before the 2008 college football season. 18 new head coaches were named prior to the 2008 season. Of those 18, only six are still in the same job today (4+ seasons later).
|Program||Coach||Record / Where they are now|
|Arkansas||Bobby Petrino||Not currently coaching|
|Colorado State||Steve Fairchild||Working with the San Diego Chargers|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson||36-21|
|Houston||Kevin Sumlin||Now at Texas A&M|
|Michigan||Rich Rodriguez||Now at Arizona|
|Mississippi||Houston Nutt||Working for CBS Sports|
|Northern Illinois||Jerry Kill||Now at Minnesota|
|Southern Miss||Larry Fedora||Now at North Carolina|
|Texas A&M||Mike Sherman||Offensive coordinator - Dolphins|
|UCLA||Rick Neuheisel||Working with the Pac-12 Network|
|Washington State||Paul Wulff||Offensive assistant with the 49ers|
|West Virginia||Bill Stewart||Deceased|
Fairly surprising that just over 4 years later, only 33% of these guys were still in place.
As you can see, of the head coaches still with their original school, Bo Pelini has accounted for the most wins (41). We saw an additional note from the Nebraska SID stating that Pelini is also one of only a handful (six) of other coaches to win at least 9 games in their first four seasons at a BCS level school (Tom Osborne, Frank Solich, Barry Switzer, Larry Coker & Bobby Petrino while at Louisville). Impressive.
This weekend, Pelini and the Huskers take on Wisconsin up at Camp Randall, and they'll be "spotlighting" some cool new shoes. The game can be see on ABC at 8pm ET.