Tag:Brady Hoke
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:28 am

Report: Stan Parrish out at Ball State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It looks like the MAC is about to lose its second head coach in as many days.  On Monday it was announced that Kent State head coach Doug Martin had turned in his resignation, saying that he'd finish the 2010 season and then step down as head coach.  Now, on Tuesday, the word out of Muncie, Indiana is that Ball State head coach Stan Parrish will be let go as well.

Ball State appears ready to pull the plug on the brief Stan Parrish football coaching era.

Two sources told The Star Press that negotiations haven taken place between the coach and university officials this week to determine parameters for a separation.The sources asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the situation.

Parrish did not return multiple messages seeking comment on his status.

Parrish took over the job in December of 2008 after Brady Hoke left to take his current job at San Diego State.  The Cardinals went 2-10 in 2009, and finished the 2010 season 4-8, and the team has gone 5-11 in MAC play under Parrish.  Which, to be honest, isn't all that surprising.  Parrish's last head coaching job in what we now call the FBS, but back in the days of lore was known as Division I, was at Kansas State from 1986 to 1988.

His teams went 2-30-1 during three seasons, including two winless campaigns in 1987 and 1988.
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:43 pm

CU chancellor wants coach with Big 12/Pac-10 ties

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this morning I wrote about the interest Minnesota has in San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke and said that if the Gophers are seriously interested, they should probably act quickly because Colorado may turn its attention towards Hoke as well.  Well, maybe they don't have to after all.

Colorado chancellor Phil DiStefano held a teleconference with local media on Wednesday morning, and although he says he won't get in the way of whatever athletic director Mike Bohn wants to do in his coaching search, he feels that the school would be best served to look for a new coach who has experience in either the Big 12 or Pac-10.

“A coach who is either successful now as a head coach or has recent coaching experience either with someone from the Pac 12 or the Big 12," said DiStefano. "Somebody in a conference similar to, if not equal to, the conference that we’re joining.”

DiStefano also said that he thinks moving to the Pac-10-soon-to-be-12 will help Colorado in its efforts to replace Dan Hawkins.

“I think going to the Pac 12 is actually going to help us,” DiStefano said. “The limited financial resources we have, we’re more similar to the teams in the Pac 12 than in the Big 12. I think we’ll fare well in the Pac 12, but we’ll probably have to look at some upgrades in facilities. And I don’t know what those are and I’ll certainly leave those up to Mike to work with, but I think that will be a priority for a new coach coming in.”

Now exactly who the next head coach will be, nobody knows, but Mike Bohn did say that there is no timetable to find a replacement.
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:58 am

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since Minnesota fired Tim Brewster, the school's head has been in the clouds when considering who to hire to replace him.  Names like Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, Jim Harbaugh, and somebody at the school has probably wondered about Bear Bryant too.  The thing that all these coaches have in common -- well, not the late, great Mr. Bryant -- is that if they were to leave their current jobs to take over at Minnesota, they'd be taking a step backward.   Which Minnesota just doesn't seem to get.

Which is why I was somewhat relieved to see the latest name to come up in the Gophers coaching search, because this one actually seems sensible. According to a report in the Pioneer Press, Brady Hoke of San Diego State is now on the list of "serious" coaching candidates.   Which just makes sense, so kudos to you, Minnesota.

Hoke has experience in the Big Ten, spending eight years at Michigan as a defensive coach and is from Ohio.  He also led Ball State to a 12-1 mark in 2008 before moving on to San Diego State.  Now, in his second season there, Hoke has the Aztecs at 7-2 with a chance at a Mountain West title if they can pull off the upset of TCU this weekend.

In other words, he's a coach that has had to work his way up the ladder, and had success everywhere he's been.  You don't think he'd be interested in coming back to the Big Ten -- most certainly a step forward for him -- and taking over the Minnesota job?  The most important thing for Minnesota to consider, though, is that it's not the the only school who has likely taken notice of Hoke.  Colorado has an opening right now, too, and it's likely going to turn its attention to Hoke soon as well.
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:06 pm

SDSU, BYU won't be exchanging Christmas cards

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It all started the way so many things in college football start: a blown call. Back on Oct. 9, a Mountain West conference replay booth ruled that BYU running back J.J. Di Luigi was down when he was obviously not , and a fumble recovery that could have led the way to a San Diego State victory instead became a first down that led to a BYU touchdown and a 24-21 Cougar victory instead.

Then it was revealed that two of the officials in the replay booth -- the "replay communicator" and "replay technician," who do not make decisions on reviewed calls but are responsible for providing the head replay official with the replay in question -- had BYU ties, one being an alumnus and the other a current BYU athletic department employee. Things unraveled from there: SDSU coach Brady Hoke called the situation "not appropriate"; the BYU-affiliated officials offered either no comment or an angry no comment at every turn; the MWC first suspended all three officials involved and then banned school alumni or employees from serving as replay officials at the schools they represent; an SDSU broadcaster called BYU " the dirtiest, slimiest, most ill-behaved football team" the Aztecs play and was forced to apologize.

And somehow, the furor has still more legs to it as three prominent SDSU boosters (one the former CEO of Jack in the Box ) have decided to take their complaint straight to the top of the BYU chain-of-command:

Leon Parma, Bob Payne and Jack Goodall sent the letter to BYU President Cecil Samuelson via express mail on Monday. In it, they also ask him to “declare the game forfeited” to SDSU if he finds evidence of gross negligence or foul play committed by the BYU alumni who were working for the Mountain West Conference video replay booth that day.

“There are too many open questions for you not to act on this matter,” said the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune ...

“Your representatives have stonewalled the press and others asking for an explanation and have... denied access to the three officials in the replay booth under the direction of either or both BYU and/or the conference commissioner’s office. You have the ability to clear the air on the issue.”

Odds this leads to a hard-hitting inquiry from Samuelson's office that results in a forfeiture: very slim. Odds this leads to some sort of veiled "mind your own business" retort from the BYU administration: much better.

But this is not to say that the SDSU boosters don't have a point. No less a personage than SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk has claimed that head replay official Mike Angelis wasn't shown the primary television feed that showed Di Luigi fumbling; if this is true, and the issue is more complicated than a replay official simply overlooking an obvious call, then the Aztecs have every right to know why that feed wasn't offered to Angelis.

That the Mountain West has yet to confirm or deny that key detail means that the longer the two BYU-affiliated officials go on issuing "no comment"'s, the more it appears they have something to hide. For the sake of the conference's integrity, it ought to issue a statement either clarifying what replays Angelis had access to and exonerating the officials of "gross neglicence or foul play," or admit that Angelis was denied key information and reveal whether this occurred through unfortunate human error ... or something worse.

If the MWC does not offer further comment, all indications we have to date are that the volleys back and forth between San Diego and Provo are simply going to continue until it does.

HT: The Wiz .
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 2:06 pm

Midseason Report: Rest of Non-BCS

The Midseason Report separates the contenders from the pretenders in each conference race, and in the some of the smaller conferences, it's anybody's conference crown. Here's what's happened so far and what might happen down the stretch.


The MWC crown is almost certain to come down to one game: TCU (7-0, 3-0) at Utah (6-0, 3-0) on Nov. 6. Neither the Horned Frogs nor the Utes have broken a sweat in conference play to date (the Frogs have gone three weeks without even allowing a touchdown), and with nonconference challenges like Oregon State, Pitt, Baylor, and Iowa State all collectively behind them, chances are good both teams will go into their showdown undefeated, ranked in the top 10, and ready for a mega-hyped, winner-take-all matchup for the conference title.

And if a handful of the BCS conference powers above them in the BCS standings drop games between now and then, the stakes could be even higher than that.

The only team with a realistic shot of upsetting the MWC Game of the Century apple cart is Air Force (5-2, 3-1), which will travel to TCU this week and host the Utes Oct. 30. The Falcons came within a whisker of collecting a huge scalp at Oklahoma and have the inside track on the Commander in Chief's Trophy after ousting Navy, but their 27-25 loss last Saturday at San Diego State (4-2, 1-1) means they'll likely have to sweep the TCU/Utah pairing to take the conference title. Good luck with that, Falcons.

And hey, speaking of the Aztecs, Brady Hoke 's impressive salvage job has SDSU all of six points (and two questionable calls, one each at Missouri and BYU ) away from a perfect 6-0 record. As is, they'll likely have to settle for playing spoiler against the two league powers and their first bowl berth since 1998.

The less said about the other five teams in the league -- and their combined 7-22 overall record -- the better.


We are in for quite a race in the East with East Carolina (4-2, 3-0), UCF (4-2, 2-0) and Southern Miss (5-2, 2-1). East Carolina already beat Southern Miss but plays at UCF on Oct. 30. The Golden Knights will host Southern Miss on Nov. 13.

 UCF might be the best of the trio with a defense ranked as one of the best in the nation. The Knights have been led by defensive end Bruce Miller (seven tackles for a loss) and cornerback Josh Robinson (eight breakups). The offense has come along despite not having starting running back Brynn Harvey. Freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey has done well this season, rushing for 310 yards, while throwing for 669.

East Carolina has one of the best passing offenses with former Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis (16 TDs, nine INTs). The Pirates can pass with anybody, but the biggest problem right now is the defense. East Carolina's defense is ranked 111th in the nation and has given up 40 or more points in four of the six games.

Southern Miss will need to beat UCF and get some help after losing 44-43 to East Carolina a few weeks ago, but this is still a pretty good team. Austin Davis is having a good season (1,480 yards), but top receiver DeAndre Brown has been struggling with a leg injury all season. The Golden Eagles need him to have a shot to win the conference crown. The defense is once again strong against the run with LBs Korey Williams and Ronnie Thornton leading the way.

In the West, SMU is in the driver's seat with Houston, UTEP and Tulsa all giving chase. The Mustangs lost some tough out-of-conference games against Texas Tech and TCU, but is still undefeated in conference play. It should be no surprise that SMU has been able to pass and put up points. Kyle Padron is doing very well with 1,818 yards passing and 19 TDs. Aldrick Robinson has become Padron's favorite receiver with 580 yards receiving. SMU faces Houston this weekend and at UTEP on Nov. 6. It already beat Tulsa 21-18 on Oct. 9.


Make no mistake about it, Boise State is in total control of the WAC. It went undefeated through the conference last season as is expected to cruise through this year. Kellen Moore is once against having a fantastic season with 16 touchdown passes with only one interception. Also to nobody's surprise, Boise State ranks in the top 5 in both offense and defense, including having the No. 1 rush defense in the nation. The only games that could spell trouble for the Broncos are vs. Hawaii on Nov. 6 and at Nevada on Nov. 26.

Hawaii's passing attack and Nevada's pistol offense can be tough to defend, but it would be a major shock if Boise State lost either of those games.


This conference is wide open, but looks like it's going to come down to Northern Illinois (5-2, 3-0) or Toledo (4-3, 3-0) in the West and a trio of teams in the East.

 Miami (Ohio) has been the biggest surprise of the conference, sitting on top of the East with a 3-0 record and 4-3 overall. The RedHawks still have their toughest competition left with Ohio (Oct. 23), at Temple (Nov. 23) still on the schedule. It's also pretty amazing since Miami (Ohio) has one of the worst rushing games in the nation, gaining just 69.7 yards per game (112th). I'm not sure this team can win the East, but we'll have to keep an eye on them.

Ohio stumbled against Marshall, but has won three in a row and can take a big step toward the East title with a win over Miami (Ohio) this weekend. It would have to play at Temple on Nov. 16. Boo Jackson is doing pretty well back at quarterback with 913 yards passing and nine TDs. The defense has done a solid job, being led by Donovan Fletcher who leads the team with 42 tackles and five interceptions.

Everybody's favorite Temple is right in the thick of the race and gets to host Ohio and Miami (Ohio) later this season. If I had to pick a team to win the conference, I would pick the Owls. The passing game needs to get better, but the rushing attack has been just fine. When Bernard Pierce is healthy, he gives the Owls a huge boost over every team in the conference. And when Pierce is out, Matt Brown has stepped right in just fine.

Out West, Northern Illinois has been using a strong rushing attack, led by Chad Spann (753 yards, eight TDs) and quarterback Chandler Harnish (457, 6.4 avg) to improve to 3-0 in the conference and 5-2 overall. It will host Toledo on Nov. 9 in what will probably decide the division. Toledo's offense hasn't been all that great this year, but does have one of the top wide receivers in Eric Page (54 catches, 580 yards). Archie Donald has been fantastic at linebacker, recording 72 tackles, which ranks 18th in the nation.

Sun Belt

The conference is Troy's to lose ... again. Middle Tennessee was supposed to contend, but the Trojans did away with them 42-13. Louisiana-Lafayette put up a fight, but Troy beat them 31-24. So who's left? Keep your eye on Florida International . The Golden Panthers are 2-0 in the conference and hung with Rutgers and Texas A&M earlier in the season. That game is at Troy on Nov. 13.

Troy hasn't missed a beat with freshman quarterback Corey Robinson . He has thrown for 1,740 yards and 12 touchdowns, while RB DuJuan Harris (300 yards rushing) and Jerrel Jernigan (501 yards receiving) have also done a nice job. FIU also has a good receiving core with Greg Ellingson and T.Y. Hilton . Anthony Gaitor is one of the best defensive backs in the conference and could be a factor in their game next month.

Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 3:15 pm

BYU employee helps officials rule in favor of BYU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Certain mistakes from college football officials are forgivable. Understandable, even. Like, say, ruling BYU running back J.J. Di Luigi down before his obvious fumble in the following play from the Cougars' Saturday meeting against San Diego State :


It's a bad call, but that's what the replay booth is there for, right? Except that the replay booth didn't bother to intervene--SDSU head coach Brady Hoke had to challenge the call to get it reviewed. But hey, that's what the coach's challenge is there for, right? Except that even after the review, the booth let the ruling on the field stand. BYU kept the ball, scored a touchdown on the drive, and would go on to win a 24-21 squeaker .

That kind of ineptitude falls under the heading of neither understandable nor forgivable, and so it's not particularly surprising that the Mountain West has suspended the three men responsible in the replay booth from working this week's MWC action. Hoke wasn't entirely certain of how things had gone so wrong:

[I]t’s not clear if the missed call resulted from human error, technical difficulties or a communication breakdown. Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke initially said after the game he was told by the Mountain West Conference that the replay official didn’t have access to the same video feed that viewers at home saw on television. On Tuesday, Hoke said he learned the replay booth did have access to that same feed after all.

“I don’t know where they fell short,” Hoke said. “They were given the feed. I don’t know if the technical official gave the feed to the replay official. I don’t know how it all works in the box. I just know the feed was available to them and they didn’t use it.”

Regardless of what happened exactly, it sounds like some pretty serious mistakes were made. But hey, if there's anything we can safely assume, it's that those were honest mistakes borne of human error, and that there wasn't any bias or favoritism involved. It's not like one of the guys in the booth was a BYU employee or anything. Oh wait :

A Brigham Young University athletic department employee was one of the three replay booth staffers who were suspended for botching a crucial replay review in San Diego State’s loss last week at BYU ...

In this case, BYU video coordinator Chad Bunn served as the technical advisor for the MWC in the booth along with head replay official Mike Angelis of Reno, Nev.
So: a BYU employee has a direct hand in making an officiating call that could decide a BYU game. That is something for which even "unforgivable" doesn't quite cover it. Coach Hoke, what would you call it?

“I wouldn’t think that would be appropriate.”
Suffice it to say, the CBS College Football Blog does not feel that would be appropriate either. Officials have a hard enough time already convincing common fans there's no bias or slant in their decisions; allowing individuals with a vested interest in the outcome to have such a major influence on those decisions is obviously a big, big step in the wrong direction.

At the very least, the Mountain West honchos-in-charge can console themselves that they're not the SEC. LSU fans who found out they'd lost on a bad call aided and abetted by a Tide employee would have gone torch-and-pitchfork on someone's rear end by now.

HT: The Wiz of Odds .

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