Thursday September 18, 2008
Syracuse University: Our sources tell us that former Northwestern and Colorado head coach Gary Barnett is very interested in the Syracuse job if the job becomes available. The Syracuse administration is aware of Barnett's interest. Read more about Gary Barnett: http://garybarnettfoundation.org/bio.htm
University of Washington: Announced the official hiring of Scott Woodward as the new Director of Athletics. Woodward worked at his alma mater, LSU, as the director of external affairs in the chancellor's office from 2000-2004. He served as the liason from the chancellor's office to the LSU athletic department during Nick Saban's tenure as head coach. Woodward will be interested in Will Muschamp (Texas DC) and/or Derek Dooley (La Teach head coach) if the Washington job becomes available. Both Muschamp and Dooley served under Nick Saban in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday September 16, 2008
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Duke (Defensive Staff): Playing assignment football and team defense, the Blue Devils limited the nation's leading rushing offense to only 207 rushing yards (73 came on one play). In 2007, Navy led the nation in rushing offense averaging 348 rushing yards per game. Two weeks ago, the Midshipmen looked as usual by rushing for 346 yards vs. Ball State. However, this Saturday was different as a swarming Blue Devil defense limited the Midshipmen to only 207 total rushing yards in the 41-31 win. The Duke defense limited Navy to 4 of 13 third down conversions, recorded 2 sacks, and scored on Vincent Ray's 37 yard fumble return. This has to be encouraging to Blue Devil fans and head coach David Cutcliffe.
Robert Anae (Offensive Coordinator / Inside Wide Receivers) Lance Reynolds (Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs) Brandon Doman (Quarterbacks) Patrick Higgins (Wide Receivers / Special Teams) Mark Weber (Offensive Line) Steve Clark (Offensive Line) Auburn (Defensive Staff): New defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads has the Auburn defense tackling and finishing plays. The Tigers swarmed a Mississippi State offense all night long, leading to a 3-2 Auburn win. The Tigers limited Mississippi State to 116 total yards, 6 first-downs, and 0 of 14 third-down conversions.
Paul Rhoads (Defensive Coordinator / Secondary) Terry Price (Defensive Ends) Don Donn (Defensive Tackles) James Willis (Linebackers) Travaris Robinson (Defensive Graduate Assistant) Furman (Offensive Staff): In the 42-21 win over Colgate, Furman tallied 26 first-downs, 515 total yards, and converted 5 of 11 third-down opportunities. Most importantly, Furman did not record a turnover versus a Colgate defense that finished 22nd in the nation in total defense in 2007.
Tim Sorrells (Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs) Carroll McCray (Offensive Line) Tony Elliott (Wide Receivers) Drew Cronic (Tight Ends / Recruiting Coordinator) TCU (Defensive Staff): The TCU 4-2-5 defense limited Stanford to 193 total yards and forced 3 turnovers in the 31-14 win. TCU held the Cardinal to 2 of 12 third-down conversions and 10 first-downs. The Cardinal offense actually scored only 1 time as TCU blocked a punt for a touchdown. Sounds like Tight-G, Split-G, Dogs & Smokes were working for the Horned Frogs.
Dick Bumpas (Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line) Chad Glasgow (Safeties) Clay Jennings (Cornerbacks) Tony Tademy (Linebackers) Trey Haverty (Defensive Graduate Assistant) Michigan State (Defensive Staff): In a rain soaked game, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi slowed down one of nation's most underrated offensive attacks. Michigan State limited Florida Atlantic to 225 total yards, 9 first-downs, and 2 of 15 third-down conversions. Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith (2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year) finished 8-34 for 143 yards. The Spartans also recovered 2 fumbles.
Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State) Harlow Barnett (Secondary) Ted Gill (Defensive Line) Mike Tressel (Linebackers / Special Teams)
Monday September 16, 2008
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University of Albany: Blake Cundiff has accepted the strength & conditioning job for football at University of Albany. Cundiff previously served on staff at the University of Minnesota, the Dallas Cowboys, and University of North Texas.
Syracuse University: If Greg Robinson isn't able to turn around the Orange, expect Syracuse to have an interest in Dan McCarney. The former successful Iowa State head coach, McCarney is currently serving as the Assistant Head Coach for Defense & Defensive Line coach at University of Florida.
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Sunday September 14, 2008
Weekly Poll Result
Which staff pulls the upset of the week?
39% Dave Bailiff's staff at Rice upsets Vanderbilt 32% Rick Stockstill's staff at MTSU upsets Kentucky 29% Bob Toledo's staff at Tulane upsets East Carolina
Friday September 12, 2008
Los Angeles Avengers (Arena League): Maurice Blanding joins the staff at DC / defensive backs coach. Blanding spent the past 2 seasons as the defensive coordinator with the Kansas City Brigade. Chad Salisbury joins the staff as quarterbacks / wide receivers coach. Salisbury previously served as an assistant coach at Byron Center HS in Michigan. Leroy Thompson has been named linebackers / special teams coordinator. Thompson recently finished a 13-year career with the Columbus Destroyers. Mark Tucker joins the staff as offensive line coach. Tucker served in the same capacity last season with the Arizona Rattlers.