Monday October 6, 2008
Washington: New athletic director, Scott Woodward, has recently stated that head coach Tyrone Willingham will be evaluated after the season. If Woodward decides to make a change, it will come after he evaluates the entire body of work.
Syracuse: Former Syracuse star Rob Konrad recommends Florida assistant coach Steve Addazio.
Former Orangeman Rob Konrad sent along a recent email that he sent to Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross and Nancy Cantor and wanted to pass along to you as well. His words are below.
I've had the pleasure of spending time with Greg Robinson during the past few seasons and competed against him as a defensive coordinator during my time in the NFL. Greg is a quality individual with a deep understanding of defensive football. Should he be relieved of his position with the University, I'm certain that he will continue his coaching career with success. It's my contention the failings of the program are due more directly to a general lack of understanding of the environment in which to operate a successful program at Syracuse University. A group of prominent football alumni, including several team captains and NFL players, have joined me to collectively provide their opinions regarding the current state of the program and possible remedies to the situation... Everyone who contributed to this message cares deeply about the program and has firsthand experience of the operations during its years of prominence. We hope that any suggestions are taken into serious consideration by the University. After several months of discussions, the following points outline our collective observations about relevant issues regarding the future success of the program.
1.) Syracuse facilities needed to be upgraded and expanded for the program to consistently compete with the state funded universities in the Northeast. You have addressed this need during your tenure at Syracuse and the University is well positioned for the future.
2.) Recruiting talented, high-character players is the single most important factor that contributes to the success of a college football program today. Recruiting the Northeast requires an understanding of the traditional protocol among the high school coaches of the region--prior relevant relationships certainly provide an advantage. Dick MacPherson, Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone had decades of history with high school coaches in Northeast, these relationships have never been replaced. Many quality players attended Syracuse in large part due to the relationship of their high school coach with the program and their subsequent recommendations.
3.) Syracuse will continue to struggle recruiting head-to-head against major programs around the country as a consequence of diverging resources (Penn State compared to Syracuse). Given this dilemma, a traditional pro-style schematic and preparatory coach will not yield the highest results for the program. It's our contention that Syracuse University should not endeavor to acquire a "big" name during a coaching search in order to cajole enthusiasm for the program. A search of this kind would more than likely yield a fiscally inappropriate candidate that again would waste several years attempting to learn how to recruit the Northeast and build a successful program at Syracuse. The program should strive to get back to the principles that lead to twenty years of prominence in Northeastern football. During our group discussions regarding coaching candidates, we have consistently arrived at one individual who as a Head Coach at Syracuse would fill the critical needs of the program addressed above. Steve Addazio is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach of the University of Florida. He coached at Syracuse 1995-98 before making stops at Notre Dame and Florida. Addazio began his career as a high school coach in Cheshire, CT and keeps many of the relationships of the past regime with the high school coaching element of the Northeast region. He has built a reputation as a tremendous recruiter and a passionate motivator who has become legendary for his pre-game speeches. Addazio has helped organize some of the most potent non-conventional offenses in college football including Florida's National Championship season and Syracuse's Big East Championship and BCS seasons. Besides coaching at the pinnacle of college football, local knowledge and motivational attributes, considering his past ties to the University, he can come with a reasonable price tag. I have not spoken to Steve Addazio since 1998, and I can't tell you if he's interested in the job. I can represent, with pure objectivity, that Steve Addazio is one of the most logical and qualified coaches to bring this once proud program back to life.
Rob Konrad "44"
Sunday October 5, 2008
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Thursday October 2, 2008
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Tuesday September 30, 2008
Oakland Raiders: ESPN's Chris Mortensen has confirmed that Lane Kiffen has been dismissed as head coach.
Wyoming: Athletic Director Tom Burman states, "Joe is our head coach, and we believe in him and his staff. At the end of the year, we will assess the program and the full body of work. Until then, we will just let them play."
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)