Tuesday September 30, 2008 Ole Miss (Special Teams Staff): Ole Miss special teams coordinator, James Shibest, had a little payback for Urban Meyer and the Gators. In the 2006 SEC Championship game, the Gators pulled an important fake punt vs. Akransas while Shibest served as the special teams coordinator. This week, the Rebels and Shibest handed the Gators a dose of their own medicine with a very similar fake punt conversion. Additionally, in the Rebels 31-30 win in The Swamp, the Ole Miss coverage units held in check Florida's dangerous return game throughout the game. But the biggest play in the game came when the Rebels blocked a Florida PAT late in the 4th quarter to leave the score 31-30 Rebels. Furthermore, the Rebels had an important 40 yards kickoff return and also pressured Florida into a crucial 11 yard shank punt. The Ole Miss special team units were certainly a difference in the 31-30 upset win in Gainesville.
Click here to Watch the Gator's fake punt vs. Arkansas in the 2006 SEC Championship Game Click here to Watch the Rebels' very similar fake against the Gators 24 second mark James Shibest (Special Teams Coordinator) Jay Jones (Special Teams Graduate Assistant)Oregon State (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the Oregon State offensive staff. In the Beavers 27-21 win over #1 ranked USC, the Oregon State offense allowed only 1 sack and did not record a turnover. The Beavers were able to establish the run and finished 7/16 (44%) with 3rd down conversions.
Danny Langsdorf (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks) Reggie Davis (Running Backs) Mike Cavanaugh (Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line) Jay Locey (Tight Ends / Running Backs) Tim Euhus (Offensive GA) Oklahoma State (Offensive Staff): How about 8 straight scoring possessions, 621 total yards, 35 first downs, and 0 turnovers? The Cowboys defeated Troy 55-24 on Saturday in Stillwater. After 5 weeks, the Oklahoma State offense is #1 in the nation in rushing offense and #4 in total offense. The Cowboys host Texas A&M this week before traveling to Missouri in two weeks.
Gunter Brewer (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks) Trooper Taylor (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers) Doug Meacham (Tight Ends) Joe Wickline (Offensive Line) Curtis Luper (Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs) Glen Elarbee (Offensive GA)Cornell University (Defensive Staff): Head coach Jim Knowles and the Big Red defeated Yale 17-14, handing Yale their first road loss since 2005. Knowles has always been a believer in pressuring the quarterback and stopping run. In the win, Cornell defense allowed 0 rushing yards, forced 4 turnovers, and tallied 5 sacks. Yale could only muster 4 of 16 3rd down conversions and finished with only 209 total yards.
Clayton Carlin (Assistant Head Coach / DC / Safeties) Pete DeStefano (Assoc. DC / Defensive Line) Rashaan Jordan (Linebackers) Ross Pennypacker (Defensive Backs) Texas (Defensive Staff): 9 months ago, Arkansas came close to hiring Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the Razorbacks head coach. Muschamp didn't forget the last minute (literally) spurning as the Texas defense totally dominated Bobby Petrino's offense. The Longhorns limited the Razorbacks to 191 total yards that included only 11 net rushing yards. The Longhorns forced 2 turnovers and sacked Arkansas 7 times in the 52-10 rout in Austin.
Will Muschamp (Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers) Duane Akina (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs) Oscar Giles (Defensive Ends) Mike Tolleson (Defensive Tackles / Special Teams Coordinator) Neale Tweedie (Defnsive GA)Villanova (Defensive Staff): Villanova defeated D-IAA #1 ranked University of Richmond 26-20. In the victory, the Villanova defense limited Richmond to 83 rushing yards and recorded 6 sacks.
Mark Reardon (Defensive Coordinator) Billy Crocker (Defensive Line) Clint Wiley (Linebackers / Special Teams Coordinator) Daniel Blum (Defensive Assistant)
Monday September 29, 2008
St. Louis Rams: Scott Linehan has been dismissed as head coach this morning. Former New Orleans Saints head coach and current Rams' assistant, Jim Haslett, has been named interim head coach.
UT San Antonio: UTSA has a strong interest in hiring former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Les Koenning as their first head football coach. Koenning is currently serving as the offensive coordinator at South Alabama, where the team still has another year before playing games. Koenning has previously coached at Duke, Houston, TCU, and Alabama.
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Sunday September 28, 2008
St. Louis Rams: ESPN is reporting that Scott Linehan could be dismissed as early as tonight. If Linehan is released as head coach, look for assistant coach Jim Haslett to be named interim head coach.
Thursday September 25, 2008
Syracuse: If indeed the Syracuse job becomes available, FootballScoop has confirmed there is at least one very influential Syracuse person who will push for Doug Marrone as the next head coach. Marrone currently serves at the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints. Marrone was a 3-year letterman at Syracuse from 1983-85. He has since coaches a places such as Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, New York Jets, and the New Orleans Saints.
Tuesday September 23, 2008
Iowa: Head coach Kirk Ferentz has hired Chigozie Ejiasi as the new Director of Player Development at the University of Iowa. Ejiasi has served the last 3 years as an administrative assistant within the program.
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AF2): Head football coach Jon Norris has signed an extension through 2010 as Bossier-Shreveport's head coach. Norris has guided the team to the Arena League 2 post season in each of the last 2 seasons.