Monday November 9, 2009
Athletic Director Alert: Some leaders have a special talent to recognize young talent. Tonight, you will see 33 year-old Josh McDaniels vs. 37 year-old Mike Tomlin on Monday Night Football. Even 33 year-old Raheem Morris led the Bucs to a win over Green Bay yesterday. It makes us wonder which young college assistant is under the radar, but has the intangibles to lead a D1 program? Which AD will do his homework and hire the next young superstar? Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton took a chance. Now, coaches around the nation know that Lane Kiffin and Tennessee are building one heckuva program.
"There's not a better leader, a more creative, stimulating guy (than Mike Tomlin)," said John Gruden, who was fired after last season following seven seasons with Tampa Bay. "Whether he got his head coaching job when he was 32, 37 or 39, to me, that's a moot point."
Coaches Quick Hits: Great stuff on Quick Hits today. Check it out.
Oregon: According to the Register-Guard newspaper, Chip Kelly's first contract as a head football coach will pay him an annual guaranteed salary of $1.25 million this season and next, plus a share of Oregon's season ticket sales, and offer a myriad of bonuses for performance on the field and in the classroom.
The annual guaranteed salary would increase to $1.5 million beginning with the 2011 season.
The five-year contract, through March 2014, requires Kelly to pay the university $1 million if he leaves for a college or pro football job during the first three years, and $750,000 thereafter. The contract is automatically extended by one year if the Ducks play in a bowl game.
The agreement also gives Kelly the option of renegotiating the contract, or accepting an annual guaranteed salary of $2.3 million - or walking away from the deal without penalty - if the Ducks win 19 regular-season games, or win 20 games including bowl games, in any two-year period.
In addition to his annual guaranteed salary, Kelly can earn bonuses for such achievements as winning the Pac-10 title, winning the national championship, playing in a major bowl game and finishing in the top 10. This season, for example, Kelly could earn $300,000 in bonuses if UO wins a share of the Pac-10 title ($100,000), defeats OSU ($25,000), plays in the Rose Bowl ($75,000) and finishes in the top 10 ($100,000).
Kelly can also earn bonuses ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 based on graduation rates and grade-point average, and a bonus of $100,000 if the program has an Academic Progress Rate of 975 or greater.
Kelly will receive a share of season ticket sales, two-tenths of a percent this season and moving to a sliding scale next season - 3.25 percent for gross sales of $13 million or less and 1.65 percent of sales exceeding $13 million.
Sunday November 8, 2009
Cleveland Browns: The Browns are planning to talk with Mike Holmgren about running the team. The Browns are likely to offer Holmgren a position that is similar to Bill Parcells' job with the Dolphins.
Saturday November 8, 2009
Missouri State: We hear there is an assistant coaching position open.
Friday November 7, 2009
Florida: Urban Meyer has been fined $30,000 by the SEC for comments made regarding SEC officials earlier in the week.
Furman: Head coach Bobby Lamb says a change at Furman is possible. "It's possible," Lamb said. "I guess nothing would surprise me. They might decide to go in another direction. It's a possibility, I realize that, but I have to try to get this team ready to play."
"We never talk about the future of any of our coaches in season," said Furman athletic director Gary Clark, "but the trend isn't what Bobby wants it to be and it's not what any of us wanted, that should be obvious.
"I can only tell you we aren't making any judgments about anything right now," he said. "We will do what we always do -- evaluate things at the end of the season."
Thursday November 5, 2009
Colorado State: Offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Greg Peterson has been reassigned to serve only as recruiting coordinator. Head coach Steve Fairchild will now coach the receivers. Fairchild has called the plays all season.
Amarillo Dusters (IFL): Jon Lyles was named head coach this afternoon.
Strength Scoop: Plenty of spring semester internships opening up. Check the Strength Scoop to see several programs that are hiring.