Wednesday November 19, 2008
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New Mexico: Danny Gonzales has been named interim head coach at New Mexico. Gonzales was in charge of coaching the safeties and punters. Gonzales is in his third season on the coaching staff, but he has been affiliated with the Lobo football program since 1994. He spent three years in charge of the UNM video department before joining the coaching staff in 2006.
New Mexico: We hear that Florida head coach Urban Meyer has already spoken with New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs. Meyer is likely recommending Florida DC Charlie Strong and/or OC Dan Mullen. Krebs is the former athletic director at Bowling Green from 2001-2007. He is responsible for giving Urban Meyer his first head coaching job (Bowling Green 2001).
Tuesday November 18, 2008
Texas: The University of Texas has just named Will Muschamp as designated head coach-in-waiting. Muschamp will replace Mack Brown as head coach when Brown retires. Muschamp will receive a salary raise to $900,000 in January and remain as defensive coordinator.
Tuesday November 18, 2008 (Update 2)
Greensboro College: Neal Mitchell will not return as head football coach. Mitchell recently finished his seventh season at Greensboro (D3) with a 2-8 record.
Tuesday November 18, 2008
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Lincoln University (MO): Lemar Parrish will not return as head football coach at Lincoln University (D2). The Blue Tigers finished 2-8 this season.
Utah State: Look for former Michigan State head coach John L. Smith and current Miami Hurricanes running backs coach Tommy Robinson to speak with Utah State officials in the next two weeks. Robinson is a former Utah State assistant from 1992-93. University of Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney is another candidate for the job at Utah State. Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes served as an associate athletic director at Iowa State while McCarney was the head coach of the Cyclones.
Tuesday November 18, 2008 (Game Changing Coaches - Week 12)
Buffalo (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the Buffalo offensive staff for a job well done in defeating Akron 43-40 on the road in the 4th overtime. Buffalo gained 27 first downs in a well balanced attack that included 252 passing yards and 224 rushing yards. In a game where every possession turned out very important, the Bulls did not record a single turnover and allowed just one sack. Buffalo was 5 for 5 on fourth down conversions and scored on all four possessions in overtime. The game winner came on a 40 yard field goal in the 4th OT.
Danny Barrett (Quarterbacks / Assistant Head Coach) Lee Chambers (Running Backs) Allen Mogridge (Offensive Line) Aaron Stamn (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator) Juan Taylor (Wide Receivers)Houston (Offensive Staff): The Houston offense accounted for 56 points in the 70-30 win over Tulsa. The Cougars converted 5 of 10 third down opportunities, amassed 32 first downs, and finished with 641 yards of total offense. Houston completed 29-42 passes without an interception. The only turnover came as the result of a fumble. In head coach Kevin Sumlin's first season, the Houston offense currently ranks nationally 2nd (passing offense), 3rd (total offense), and 8th (scoring offense). It looks as though head coach Kevin Sumlin made a brilliant hire in bringing in former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.
Dana Holgorsen (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks) Jason Philips (Co-offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers) Joe Gilbert (Offensive Line) Tony Levine (Inside Wide Receivers / Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator) Clarence McKinney (Running Backs) David Douglas (Offensive GA) Kliff Kingsbury (Offensive Quality Control)James Madison (Offensive Staff): James Madison (9-1) defeated William & Mary 48-24 behind a very impressive offensive performance. Give credit to offensive coordinator James Durden and the entire JMU offensive staff as the Dukes played their most efficient game of the season to win the Colonial Athletic Association. JMU completed 16-21 passes, converted 7 of 13 third down opportunities, leading to 28 first downs and 540 yards of total offense. Most impressively, the Dukes finished with 0 turnovers and 0 sacks. JMU is currently 4th in the nation in scoring offense, 5th in rushing offense, and 11th in few sacks allowed.
Jeff Durden (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks) Ulrick Edmonds (Running Backs) Chris Malone (Offensive Line) Clayton Matthews (Wide Receivers) Josh Haymore (Tight Ends)Oregon (Offensive Staff): Oregon scored on touchdowns of 66, 65, 44, 40 yards while defeating Arizona 55-45. The Ducks scored on 7 of their first 8 drives of the game. Just two weeks ago, the Arizona defense held USC to 17 points and the Wildcats are currently ranked in the top 25 of total defense. Give credit to offensive coordinator Chip Kelly and the Oregon offensive staff. The Ducks are now averaging 39 points per game (10th nationally).
Chip Kelly (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks) Steve Greatwood (Offensive Line) Gary Campbell (Running Backs) Tom Osborne (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator) Robin Pflugrad (Wide Receivers) Eddie Morrissey (Offensive GA)Florida (Defensive Staff): The Gators limited South Carolina to 11 first downs, 1 of 15 third down conversions, 173 total yards, and forced 4 turnovers. Linebacker Brandon Spikes scored on a 12 yard interception return in the game opening minutes and the Gators applied pressure all day long in route to a 56-6 win over the Gamecocks.
Charlie Strong (Defensive Coordinator / Assoc. Head Coach / Linebackers) Vance Bedford (Cornerbacks) Chuck Heater (Assistant Defensive Coordinator / Safeties) Dan McCarney (Assistant Head Coach for Defense / Defensive Line)Langston University (NAIA): Langston defeated Bacone College 29-8. Give credit to defensive coordinator Jo Nixon and the rest of the Langston defensive staff. The Lions were able to hold Bacone to 10 total yards of offense and break records for least amount of rushing yards allowed in a game, team interceptions in a season, sacks in a game, and sacks in a season. Bacone finished with -47 rushing yards on 28 attempts.
Jo Nixon (Defensive Coordinator) Orlando Rayfield (Inside Linebackers) Quinton Morgan (Defensive Backs) Kevin Starr (Outside Linebackers) Joe Simmons (Defensive Line)Rutgers (Defensive Staff): Rutgers is now 5-5 on the season after defeating South Florida 49-16 behind an impressive defensive performance. The Scarlet Knights forced 6 turnovers and recorded 4 sacks vs. USF. Jason McCourty added "pick six" while the Rutgers ‘D' allowed just 76 net rushing yards.
Gary Emanuel (Defensive Line) Bob Fraser (Linebackers) Chris Hewitt (Cornerbacks) Mike O'Connor (Assistant Linebackers) Ed Pinkham (Secondary)Kent State (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the Kent State offensive staff for their effort in defeating Temple 41-38. The Kent State offense amassed 27 first downs, 561 total yards, and converted 8 of 15 third down opportunities leading to 36 minutes of ball possession. The Golden Flashes are now 10th nationally in rushing offense and 29th in scoring offense.
A.J. Pratt (Offensive Coordinator) Jerry McManus (Running Backs / Co-Special Teams Coordinator) Jason Nichols (Wide Receivers) Terry Tilghman (Offensive Line) Kevin McKeethan (Offensive GA)