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More coaching news from your hack-in-waiting

Posted on: December 2, 2008 11:17 pm

Nice move by Oregon to lock up Chip Kelly. Whether the move was accelerated by Syracuse's interest or not, it made sense. Kelly has been around only two seasons. It has been long enough to prove himself. In 2007, Oregon led the Pac-10 in scoring. This season, the Ducks lead the league in total offense. That's what you want out of your offensive coordinator.

Let's see, that makes five coaches in waiting: Kentucky, Purdue, Texas, Florida State and Oregon.

 Sometimes all you have to do break the code in these coaching searches. Cincinnati's Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that he was staying at the school. His name had been most recently linked to Notre Dame.


Kelly's action signaled to me that Notre Dame had decided to keep Charlie Weis. Otherwise, Kelly wouldn't have made a grandstand move out of sticking around at Cincinnati. Sure enough, Tuesday night it was announced that Weis would be back for his sixth season.

The best option for Notre Dame might be to wait a year, suck it up, and see if it can shake loose Urban Meyer. It's going to be incredibly awkward to pursue Meyer anyway at this point. The former ND assistant has at least a BCS bowl and maybe a national championship game to prepare for in Gainesville.

ND might be wise to ride out a choppy 2009 if it allows easier access to Meyer. The coach has said on numerous occassions that Notre Dame was his dream job. That was <>before<> he found happiness in Gainesville.

One of ND's few advantages are Meyer's success, strangely enough. If he wins his second national championship in three years at Florida, what is there left to accomplish?

 We have our first confirmation that Mike Leach has shown interest in the Washington job. The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that Leach had been in Seattle, ostensibly to interview. At the the same time, Texas Tech is readying a raise and extension offer. It better hurry. If U-Dub president Mark Emmert can get past Leach's quirky ways (and wardrobe), Washington just might have its next coach.


Leach had stoned potential suitors until after the season so he could concentrate on football.

 Syracuse is all over the map according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. The 'Cuse has interviewed or will interview Temple coach Al Golden, Eagles assistant Mark Whipple, Bengals assistant Paul Alexander, Florida assistant Steve Addazio, Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone and Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.


Buffalo's Turner Gill and East Carolina's Skip Holtz are also still in the mix.


Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 7:44 pm

More coaching news from your hack-in-waiting

Penn State and that's a game.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 9:20 am

More coaching news from your hack-in-waiting

You are so right. I've been saying for years that Bellotti is one of the most underrated coaches in the nation. All the folks here at Penn State were whining about the possibility of a rematch with Oregon State in the Rose Bowl, and I told them "No way! Bellotti will be ready and OSU is going to get smoked." Sure enough.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2008 6:43 am

Meyer to ND?

Sorry Irish fans, there is NO WAY Urban leaves Florida for Notre Dame. Sure, it was his dream job, when he was at Utah and looking to upgrade. But in Gainesville, he has a lifetime job if he wants it.
The problem with Notre Dame is that they think the are better than they really are! Notre Dame is a mere shadow of what it used to be. They dominated when there were only 70 or so Div 1 teams. 
Urban Meyer would never give up the dynasty he has created in Gainesville to drop down to mediocrity!

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 1:07 am

Oregon OC's under Belloti

They all go on to be head coaches.  Tedford at Cal, Koetter at ASU, it's a stepping stone job to being a head coach.  The offensive genius is Bellotti himself.  He can identify smart offensive minds and train them.  His protege's are spread around the way Bill Walsh produced a crop of talented coaches. 

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