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Wednesday November 5, 2008

Texas Tech: Athletic director Gerald Myers has stated that the university will renegotiate Mike Leach's contract at the end of the season.  Leach is currently in the 3rd year of the 5 year contract that pays him over 1.45 million a year.

Weber State: Head coach Ron McBride has received a contract extension.  At 8-2 on the season, McBride has led the Wildcats to their first D1-AA top 10 ranking since 1998.  McBride was once head football coach at Utah for 13 years.  He then joined Rich Brooks' staff at Kentucky for a few years before becoming the head coach at Weber State.

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Tuesday November 4, 2008  (Game Changing Coaches - Week 10)

Texas Tech (Offensive Staff): 1-2-3.  After the 39-33 dramatic come from behind win over Texas, the Red Raiders now rank 1st in passing offense, 2nd in total offense, and 3rd in the country in scoring offense.  It's official, Mike Leach is a brilliant offensive mind.  Seriously, did you really think Will Muschamp's defense would allow 31 first downs, 579 yards, and converted 8 of 16 third down conversions?  Furthermore, the Red Raiders allowed only 2 sacks and turned the ball over once.  A 95 yard scoring drive in the first half was huge, but the 63 yard game winning 2-minute drive will be remembered forever in Lubbock. 

   Mike Leach (Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator)
   Seth Littrell (Running Backs)
   Matt Moore (Offensive Line)
   Lincoln Riley (Inside Wide Receivers)
   Dennis Simmons (Wide Receivers)
Millsaps College (Offensive Staff): Former Alabama head coach Mike Dubose led the Millsaps Majors to a 56-27 win over #8 (D3) Trinity College, snapping the Trinity 37 home game winning streak.  In the win, the Majors racked up 31 first downs, 576 total yards, and scored 8 of 8 times in the red zone.  First year offensive coordinator, John David Caffey, saw his offense convert 9 of 14 third down opportunities while not allowing a sack.  The Majors completed 30-43 passes for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The Majors did not record a turnover.  The win guarantees Millsaps at least a tie for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the third consecutive year.  Millsaps is now 8-0 on the season and is averaging 45 points per game.

   John David Caffey (Offensive Coordinator)
   Jon Long (Offensive Line)
   David Johnson (Wide Receivers)
   Drew Willis (Running Backs)
Alabama (Defensive Staff): The Crimson Tide defense allowed just 158 total yards in the 35-0 win over Arkansas State. Alabama limited the Red Wolves to 11 first downs, 2 of 12 third down conversions, created 4 sacks, and scored on Rashad Johnson's 32 yard interception return.  Coach Saban heads into this week's matchup at LSU with the 2nd ranked rushing defense, 4th ranked total defense, and 6th ranked scoring defense in the country.  Expect the Tide bring their "A" game in Baton Rouge. 

   Kirby Smart (Defensive Coordinator)
   Kevin Steele (Head Defensive Coach / Associate HC)
   Lance Thompson (Outside Linebackers)
   Bo Davis (Defensive Line)
Appalachian State (Offensive Staff): In front of a school record crowd of 30,931 fans, Appalachian State defeated Wofford 70-24.  The Appalachian State offense averaged 9.5 yards per play by gaining 620 yards in only 65 plays.  27 first downs, 0 turnovers, and only 1 sack allowed must be pleasing to play caller Scott Satterfield.  Read our summer article about Satterfield.  Impressively, the Mountaineers scored touchdowns on their first 6 possessions.  With the win, App State moves to 7-2 and now ranks 3rd in the nation in scoring offense, 5th in total offense, and 9th in turnover margin. 

    Scott Satterfield (Quarterbacks)
   Chris Moore (Running Backs)
   Antonio Carter (Split Ends)
   Brad Glenn (Slots)
   Shawn Elliot (Offensive Line)
   Nic Cardwell (Tight Ends)
   John Holt (Offensive Quality Control)
Dayton (Defensive Staff): Give credit to the University of Dayton (D1-AA) defensive staff for their effort in defeating San Diego 30-22 on the road.  Entering the game, San Diego was averaging 39.4 points per game and ranked in the top 25 in total offense.   However, the Dayton defense allowed only 226 total yards including 10 total yards rushing.   Trailing 22-7 at halftime, head coach Rick Chamberlin must be proud of his troops for shutting out the San Diego offense in the 2nd half.  The Dayton defense now ranks 6th in the nation in total defense, 2nd in rushing defense, and 4th in scoring defense.  Dayton moves to 8-1 on the year with win and 5-0 in the Pioneer Football League.  The win snapped San Diego's 28 home game winning streak.      

   Rich Chamberlin (Head Coach / DC)
   James Stanley (Assistant Secondary / Assistant S&C)
   Brian Steiner (Defensive Line)
   Landon Fox (Secondary)
   Craig Turner (Defensive Tackles / Special Teams Coordinator)
   Kris Ketron (Linebackers / Safeties) 
Announcement: For the first time in our 10 year history, FootballScoop will release the 2008 Position Coaches of the Year awards after the season.  You can email us with your suggestions.

Sunday, November 16th - Finalists Announced
Sunday, Dec. 7th - 2008 Position Coaches of the Year Awards
Tuesday November 4, 2008

Southwestern Oklahoma State: Ryan Held has resigned as head coach to pursue opportunities in the business world.  Held was not forced or encouraged to resign.  A year ago, the Bulldogs claimed a share of the Lone Star Conference North Division.  At this point in the 2008 season, the Bulldogs are 3-7.  

Toledo: As reported yesterday, Tom Amstutz has resigned as head coach.  Amstutz will stay on within the university as the director of special projects in the Alumni Relations Office.  Amstutz has spent almost 33 years at UT as a player, assistant coach and head coach. "I love the University of Toledo and have enjoyed my eight seasons as head football coach. I now look forward to continue serving UT in my new capacity in the Alumni Office."

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Monday  November 3, 2008   (Breaking News)

Tennessee: Philip Fulmer will not return as head coach.  An announcement is expected this afternoon during a press conference at Neyland Stadium.  Fulmer and athletic director Mike Hamilton mutually agreed this morning to part ways after the season. 

East Central University (Oklahoma): Head coach Kurt Nichols has informed his players and coaching staff that he will not return after the season.  "I was totally caught off guard when I was told on Monday.  I've done nothing wrong, other than I've tried to work within the limitations here, which are huge." said Nichols.  Nichols is in his 3rd season as head coach.
Monday November 3, 2008

Benedict College: Coach Stanley Conner experienced a "light active heart attack" during halftime of Saturday's game.  Conner was in stable conditon yesterday at the hospital.  Please keep Coach Conner in your thoughts. 

Toledo: Tom Amstutz is expected to announce at a 10 am press conference his intention to step down at the end of the season.
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