Pete Mangurian to Columbia
Columbia has officially announced Pete Mangurian as their new head coach.
Mangurian resume includes a head coaching stint in the Ivy League at Cornell from 1998 - 2000, as well as stops at Stanford and LSU, and NFL experience at New England, Atlanta, New York, Denver and Tampa Bay. His most recent stint with the Tampa Bay Bucs ended in January of this year.
The Lions are getting a coach that has had the opportunity to learn under some great minds working under Bill Belichick and Dan Reeves.
Mangurian will take over the Columbia program that finished 1-9 this season and 4-6 in 2010.
We don't ease into anything around here
A reporter asked James Franklin after practice yesterday how the team was doing as they ease into practice for their bowl game against Cincinnati.
Franklin responded with "We don't ease into anything around here". Silly reporter. Franklin goes on to talk about some position changes and how the players are responding to practice expectations as coaches are on the road recruiting.
The Commodores (6-6, 2-6) have already crushed their win total of the past two seasons (4 games total), and will take on the Bearcats (9-3, 5-2) in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl on December 31st.
Mid week NFL action returns tonight.
All times are eastern.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL
Navy's take on the Pro Combat uniform
Navy is the latest school to add the Nike Pro Combat uniform to it's jersey collection.
Top to bottom the uniforms are very classy. The underside of the collar features the words "Don't tread on me". Nice touch.
Take a look at the pictures below. They're definitely in better taste than some of the uniforms we've seen earlier in the year.
John L Smith to Weber State
John L. Smith officially returned to his alma mater as the new head coach at Weber State yesterday.
Smith has had head coaching stops at Idaho, Utah State, Louisville and Michigan State, and will take over a Wildcat program that finished the season at 5-6.
Athletic director Jerry Bovee is fully aware of the sideline personality that comes along with Smith, saying "I want to be surrounded by people that I have to pull back a little and not push forward, I built our staff that way, so that doesn't scare me."
John L. brings a career record of 132-86 as a head coach, and will surely add some excitement to the sidelines in Ogden, Utah. We'll keep you posted as he makes some decisions about his staff.
Petrino brothers reunited
Paul Petrino was in his car when he got the call from Bobby Petrino offering him the offensive coordinator position vacated by Garrick McGee's departure to UAB. Petrino's most recent stint as offensive coordinator at Arkansas was in 2009 before moving on to Illinois in the same role.
Paul was instrumental in the setting of offensive records at Illinois for points scored in a season (423), and points per game (32.5). The deciding factor for Paul was an opportunity to get back to an environment where "the head coach believes in everything that I believe in. Where the head coach starts everything with discipline where he believes everything I believe in offensively."
There's no better place to find continuity than working with your brother.
Given his familiarity with the system and terminology, this is one of the rare cases where we expect a newly hired coach to work the upcoming bowl game.
The Honey Badger for Heisman
LSU sports marketing recruiting staff strikes again.
The Honey Badger takes what he wants.
Video: Leach's plan: Win a game a week
Mike Leach was introduced today in Pullman and well, let's just say they love him already.
Leach's plan to win at Wazzu is very simple, win one game a week. Seems easy enough.