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Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 6:33 pm
 

Holgorsen and Rhoads mentioned for Pitt job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been a few days since Dave Wannstedt "resigned" from his position as head coach at Pitt before giving one of the shortest press conferences in history, and it seems that the school has already gotten started searching for its next head coach.  A couple of names that have popped up early are Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads (pictured).

Holgorsen's name came up as a candidate in a few reports, but if Pitt is planning on interviewing him, he doesn't know it yet.  Holgorsen told NewsOk.com that he hasn't been contacted by Pitt about the job, and when he was asked about whether he'd have any interest in the gig, he told the site that he is "pretty happy where I am at."

Still, just because he hasn't been contacted yet doesn't mean that Pitt has no plans on getting in touch with him.

There's also Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads, who served as defensive coordinator at Pitt from 2000-2007 before leaving to take his current job in Ames.  It's only natural that his name would come up given his history with the school.  While it's likely that Pitt will reach out to Rhoads at some point, as of now, it's unknown whether or they have as of this time.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 5:55 pm
 

Reports: Pelini "in the mix" at Miami; Tubby out?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

According to Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne on Wednesday, neither Husker head coach Bo Pelini nor Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt had requested permission to speak to the other about the Hurricanes' vacant head coaching position.

But if this report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is accurate -- and it's worth noting that Pelini declined to address the rumors about his flirtation with the Miami job, rather than simply denying them -- then Pelini and Hocutt (or their representatives) decided it was easier to ask forgiveness than permission anyway:
Pelini has spoken to ... Hocutt about the Hurricanes' coaching job but has not been offered it, two people with knowledge of the search told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday.

"He is in the mix," one of the sources said.
That's a mix that as of yesterday appeared to have been culled by one, with Dan Mullen likely pursuing the Florida job instead. And now it may be down another candidate, as the Austin American-Statesman reports that Tommy Tuberville is staying put at Texas Tech :
Tuberville has told school officials there he will not pursue further the head coaching vacancy at the University of Miami, a highly placed official at a Big 12 school told the Statesman Thursday afternoon.

“I think he could get it,” the source said of the Miami job, “because he’s been there before ... But he has shown no interest. They called and talked to him, but he didn’t want to visit with them.”

This runs contrary to previous whispers regarding Tuberville and the Miami job (which he was supposedly angling for), but where Tuberville agent Jimmy Sexton is concerned, smoke-without-fire is par for the course.

If the Sun-Sentinel report is correct that Al Golden has joined Tuberville and Mullen on the "thanks but no thanks" list, Hocutt's options have started to dwindle. If Pelini stays at Nebraska, Hocutt could be all-but-forced to go with a candidate like Randy Edsall or Kevin Sumlin by something like the process of elimination.

But Pelini hasn't declared himself out of the Miami picture just yet. While it's hard to see at first why Pelini would leave football-crazed Lincoln just as the Huskers prepare for the challenge of the Big Ten for a cash-strapped, fan-challenged 'Cane program treading water in the ACC, that Nebraska is still paying him a salary commensurate with schools like Kansas and Oklahoma State might have something to do with it. Until he says point-blank he's staying at Nebraska or the Hurricanes hire someone else, it will be premature to assume Pelini's not taking his coaching talents to South Beach.

 



Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Sugar, Sun Bowls sell out

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The economic slump has taken its toll on ticket sales and attendance figures for any number of bowls over the past couple of seasons -- no, John Q. College Football Fan does not want to spend his hard-earned cash visiting Detroit at the end of December to watch the Little Caesar's Bowl -- but that doesn't mean that with the right matchup in the right setting, fans still won't flock to their team's postseason destination.

Exhibit A: the Sugar Bowl has already sold out . It's the Sugar Bowl, sure, but getting to New Orleans from Columbus isn't the easiest of hikes, and while no one will accuse Arkansas fans of being any less fervent in their devotion to their football team than fans at their fellow SEC schools, they also simply don't have the numbers of an Alabama, Florida, or LSU. If it's taken less than 48 hours or so to sell out the Superdome, that's not bad.

But, yes, it is still the Sugar Bowl. And yes, it's the Hogs' first trip there in ages and the Buckeyes have one of the nation's largest followings. It's not bad, but it's not impressive. What might be, though, is Exhibit B: the Sun Bowl, in El Paso, Texas, has also sold out . It's even done so in record time, exhausting its ticket supply in less than 24 hours to break last year's mark by nearly nine days, and that's despite El Paso's less-than-desirable proximity to crime-ridden Juarez hampering its image as a tourist destination. (If you can't make it in person, remember that you can always watch the Sun Bowl at 2 p.m. EST Dec. 31, exclusively on ... wait for it ... CBS!)

That's what having two name-brand teams in Miami and Notre Dame set to renew the most famous and consequential rivalry of the late 1980s will get you, we suppose. (That the Irish declined to play a bowl game of any kind last season probably helps, too.) What happens if you're not pairing the 'Canes and Irish? What happens if you're pairing, say, a 6-6 Pac-10 mediocrity with a Big 12 opponent that 1. just crushed its legions of fans with a devastating championship game defeat 2. played in that same bowl game last year 3. obliterated that same Pac-10 team in that team's stadium earlier this season?

What happens is you have the Holiday Bowl and its Nebraska-Washington matchup, and you are also not going to see all that many Husker fans there :
The Nebraska athletic ticket office still has about 5,000 tickets for sale to the public, something that probably wouldn't have been the case had the Huskers made it to another bowl against another team.

"Last year we had two planes full within our first four days," [travel agent Vicki] Grieser said. "There's not the same interest, and we think it's mainly because of the opponent ... When I first heard Holiday Bowl I said, 'Oh, that's not so bad. People love San Diego.' But when it was against Washington people are thinking twice about it."
In many cases, yes, the economy will be to blame for bowl struggles. But as the Holiday is proving, there's often a lot more to it than that.

HT on Holiday story: DocSat .


Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Indiana to interview OU's Kevin Wilson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week there was a report that Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson had interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Indiana.  It was a report that Bob Stoops made sure to say was wrong.  Though, before he was done denying the report, Stoops did say that he hoped Wilson would get the chance to interview for the position.

Well, according to a report in the Tulsa World, that's what is about to happen.  A source at Indiana told the paper that Wilson was will interview for the position on Monday night.

If Wilson does end up getting the Indiana job, it would be nice hire for the school. Wilson has been at Oklahoma working for Stoops since 2002 and became the offensive coordinator in 2006 after Chuck Long left for his ill-fated job at San Diego State.  Wilson had been the co-offensive coordinator before that.

Obviously, he's been pretty successful in the postion and he won the Broyles Award in 2008 as the top assistant coach in the country when he ran a very prolific Oklahoma offense that got Sam Bradford a Heisman Trophy in 2008.  This season's offense was fourth in the nation in passing yards with 336.8 yards a game, and ranked 17th with 36.4 points per game.  Of course, there's a slight difference between the talent at Oklahoma and the talent at Indiana.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Embree and Bienemy: A win-win for Colorado?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Colorado can finally move past the Dan Hawkins era in Boulder, and they will have some familiar faces returning to lead the new regime.  On Monday, the school officially introduced Jon Embree as their new head coach.  A Colorado-grad, Embree played tight end for the Buffs in the 1980s and now is an assistant coach under Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins.  While Colorado did not get a coach with any head coaching experience, they were able to bring along another name from their wish list.  Eric Bienemy, the school's all-time leading rusher and now running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings, will be brought on as offensive coordinator under Embree.  

Bienemy and Embree not only will bring a sense of school pride to the program, but also were both names being discussed for the head coaching position.  In getting both of them, the Buffs find themselves in a win-win situation.  Combine that with winning 2 of their last 3 games, and there is reason to be excited about the beginning of this new chapter in Colorado football history.  The last time both coaches were on staff was under Gary Barnett in 2001 and 2002, with the first year being Colorado's only Big 12 Conference Championship.  It would be difficult to pencil them in as Big 12 contenders in 2011, but a change of scenery after next season could provide new opportunities for the evolving program.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:54 am
 

Texas OC Greg Davis has resigned

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week reports started surfacing that Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was going to be replaced following a 5-7 season in Austin.  More reports popped up over the weekend saying the same thing, but Davis told the American-Statesman that if he had been fired or asked to resign, nobody had told him yet.

Mack Brown was out of town, and until he returned, any evaluations of Davis and the rest of the coaching staff wouldn't begin.  

Well, Mack is back, and he's cleaning house.



An official release from the school will be coming later today, but as for now, it seems that the Texas fan base has its scapegoats.

Posted on: December 4, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Nebraska takes big lead, gives it all away

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Through the first 18 minutes of the Big 12 Championship, it looked like Nebraska was well on its way to a dominating victory in its Big 12 swan song. The Cornhuskers defense was completely stifling Landry Jones and the Oklahoma offense.  Through its first five possessions, the Sooners had punted three times and turned it over on downs twice.

Meanwhile, for Nebraska, Roy Helu Jr.was busting out for a 66-yard touchdown run, Alex Henery was hitting a 53-yard field goal that could have been good from 200 yards, and Rex Burkhead was doing what Taylor Martinez couldn't.  Completing a pass, and a touchdown pass at that.  It was 17-0 'Huskers with just over 12 minutes left in the second quarter.

Since then, however, it has been just about all Oklahoma save for a Henery field goal to end the half.  Landry Jones finally found his groove, throwing a 49-yard touchdown to Kenny Stills to get things started. Nebraska began turning the ball over, and Oklahoma soon scored ten more points to tie the game at 17-17.

Nebraska was able to re-take the lead just before halftime with a field goal to make it 20-17, but make no mistake about it, even though Nebraska has a three-point lead, Oklahoma seems in control of the game at the moment.  If Nebraska wants to turn things around in the second half, it needs to stop turning the ball over, and Taylor Martinez needs to get his act together.

Martinez completed only 3-of-10 passes for 58 yards, and 36 of those came on a gutsy fourth and 1 call.  Unfortunately, after the conversion, Martinez would make the mistake of throwing back across the field after scrambling and get picked off in the end zone.

If he doesn't get his act straight in the second half he may find himself on the bench shortly, because while the Nebraska defense has played well through the first 30 minutes, the Oklahoma offense has too much talent and is going to find a way to put more points on the board.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:36 am
 

Colorado and Dan Hawkins reach settlement

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Who knew getting fired could be so lucrative?

While most of the talk coming out of Colorado these days has been centered on who the next head coach would be in Boulder, the school still had some business to attend to when it came to the coach it just fired.  You see, when Dan Hawkins was fired earlier this season, he was fired with two years remaining on his contract, and there was that whole issue of how much money he still had coming to deal with.

Turns out that getting fired as head coach at Colorado comes with a lovely $2.1 million severance package.

Yes, that's right, Dan Hawkins' reward for going 19-39 without a single winning season in five years is $2.1 million or $110,526 per victory. 

Still, this does save Colorado $700,000 as it would have owed Hawkins another $2.8 million had he actually been around to see the contract to its end. That's $700,000 that could go to Colorado's next coach, and you have to think that after seeing Hawkins get $2 million to be fired, Jon Embree is a lot closer to accepting that offer right about now.
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