Tuesday  October 7, 2008

UT-Chattanooga: The rumblings have begun at UT-Chattanooga.  A decision has not yet been made on the future of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Rodney Allison, athletic director Rick Hart said Monday, two days after the Mocs lost 52-28 at home to Georgia Southern to fall to 1-5.  Six games into his sixth season, Allison has an overall record of 17-45 at UTC.  Allison is in the final year of his contract, and time is running short for any marked improvement over last year's two-win season.  "I'm not going to commit one way or the other," Hart said. "I'm just going to do what I think is best for the program. I don't have any preconceived timetables at this point."
Tuesday  October 7, 2008  (Week 6)

(UL-Lafayette (Offensive Staff):  Head Coach Ricky Bustle pushed the right buttons this off-season with the promotion of Ron Hudson to offensive coordinator and the hiring of former Eastern Illinois assistant Jorge Munoz.  The Ragin Cajuns have improved offensively and may have played their best game since the Jake Delhomme era this past weekend vs. Louisiana-Monroe.  In the 44-35 win, ULL amassed 728 total yards in only 60 offensive snaps.  How about 556 yards rushing and 0 sacks allowed? 

    Ron Hudson  (Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line)
   Jorge Munoz (Passing Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
   Brian Jenkins (Running Backs)
   Daryl Mason (Wide Receivers)
   Troy Wingerter (Tackles / Tight Ends)
Georgia Tech (Defensive Staff): The Yellow Jackets defensive staff put together a heck of a plan, thus limiting Duke to only 132 total yards in the 27-0 shutout win.  The Georgia Tech speed, pursuit, and athleticism held the Blue Devils to only 9 first downs and 35 yards rushing.  As mentioned earlier this summer, Georgia Tech has a heck of secondary coach in Charles Kelly.  Read our article on Kelly.  

    Dave Wommack (Defensive Coordinator)
   Brian Jean-Mary  (Linebackers)
   Charles Kelly  (Cornerbacks)
   Giff Smith (Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator)
   Nathan Burton  (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
Boston College (Offensive Staff):  On a day when the BC defense didn't play as usual, the offense stepped up to lead the Eagles to a 38-31 win over NC State.  The Eagles racked up 578 yards, converted 8/16 3rd downs, and amassed 28 first downs.  Give credit to offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. as the Eagles allowed only 1 sack in 51 pass attempts.  Steve Logan has obviously brought quarterback Chris Crane a long way since the season opening lackluster 17-0 win over Kent State.

   Steve Logan (Offensive Coordinator)
   Jack Bicknell Jr.  (Offensive Line / Assistant Head Coach)
   Ryan Day (Wide Receivers)
   Ben Sirmans  (Running Backs)
   Don Yanosky (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)
Elon University (Offensive Staff): Elon defeated Furman 31-10 to move to 5-1 and 3-0 in the Southern Conference.  In Saturday's home win, the Elon offense converted 9/14 3rd down conversions and had only 1 turnover.  Elon was able to gain 391 yards and 23 first downs in 65 offensive snaps.   This is a huge win for the Elon program.

    Mike McCarty (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
   Scott Browne (Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator)
   Rich Skrosky (Offensive Line)
   John Strollo (Tight Ends)
   Pete Lembo (Head Coach / Wide Receivers)
Pittsburgh (Defensive Staff): Former SMU head coach Phil Bennett is in his first year as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh.  On Thursday night, the Panthers defense stepped up big in their 26-21 victory at South Florida.  Pittsburgh limited South Florida to 245 total yards.  The Panthers were able to sack USF 4 times, created 1 turnover, and limited USF to only 3/9 3rd down conversions. 

   Phil Bennett  (Defensive Coordinator)
   Greg Gattuso (Defensive Line / Assistant Head Coach)
   Joe Tumpkin (Linebackers)
   Joe Hafley (Secondary)
   Greg Williams (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
Texas A&M - Kingsville (Offensive Staff):  Let's give credit to the Texas A&M - Kingsville offensive staff.  In their 27-16 victory over #13 (DII) Tarleton State, the Javelinas running back Billy Martin rushed 23 times for 178 yards versus a Tarleton State defense that was limiting opponents to less than 70 yards rushing per game this season.  Texas A&M - Kingsville moved the football with 24 first downs, 8/17  3rd down conversions, and 2/3 fourth down conversions. 

    Clay Patterson (Offensive Coordinator)
   Jaime Martinez (Offensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator)
   John Schroff (Wide Receivers / Strength & Conditioning Coach)
   Ryan Beard (Running Backs)
   Carlos Alvarado (Tight Ends) 
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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

Weekly Poll Result

Which former head coach is most capable of building another winning program?

   34%  Larry Coker
   29%  Glen Mason
   22%  Dennis Franchione
   15%  Dirk Koetter
MacMurray College: Assistant Football Coach/Residence Life Athletic Liaison - MacMurray College was founded in 1846 and is a four-year career-oriented liberal arts college located in Jacksonville, Illinois. The College has a culturally diverse student body of 647, and a faculty/student ratio of 1:12. The College offers 35 academic programs with top majors in Education, Nursing, Interpreter Training (American Sign Language), Criminal Justice and Business.  MacMurray College is a proud member of NCAA Division III and the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and sponsors baseball, basketball, football, golf and soccer intercollegiate programs for men and basketball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball for women.  MacMurray College invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach/Residence Life Athletic Liaison. This is ten-month position in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Responsibilities: Assist the head coach in the overall administration and logistics of the football program, coaching own position, maintain and build own recruiting area and other duties to be assigned. Participate in RA training, provide two programs per month for the residence hall community on fitness and health, one night per week of residence life duty, serve as the staff member on duty for breaks when student athletes are required to stay on campus, serve as a role model and resource person for all students, and respond to all emergencies when in the building.  Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, collegiate playing and/or coaching experience, excellent communication skills, leadership and organizational abilities, and a dedication to recruiting. Experience at all positions will be considered.  Compensation: Room, partial board and $5000 pro-rated stipend for 10 month position (August 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009).  MacMurray College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer; all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants may send confidential letters of inquiry, a résumé, and three professional references and one student reference to:< This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or to:  Department of Human Resources, MacMurray College, 447 East College Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650, <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thursday  October 2, 2008

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