Tag:Coaching Changes
Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 12:09 pm
 

UConn players upset with Randy Edsall

Posted by Tom Fornelli

One of the things you can never be sure about when you commit to a school for four years is whether or not the coach that spent all those hours in your living room recruiting you will be there the entire time you attend the school.  The way that college football coaching works in this day and age, it's just a risk you have to take, and you have to remember you're committing to a school, not a coach.

Still, when that coach leaves, it could sting a bit.  Especially if that coach handles it the way that Randy Edsall apparently did when he told his UConn team he had taken the job at Maryland. One anonymous player told the Hartford Courant how the team found out, and he doesn't sound very happy about it .

"We were on hold for a half-hour, with the operations manager telling us Edsall would be coming on in a few minutes. When Edsall came on he was like, 'I just wanted to tell you that I'm sorry I can't do this in person, but due to circumstances ... I just want to let you know that it's not because of you guys. But it's an opportunity for my family. ... I can move on feeling like I've accomplished things here and I'm leaving the program in a good way.'

"A couple of coaches said that was BS. ... They didn't know about it. He hadn't told any of us.

 "It really pisses me off because he made Jordan (Todman) address the team (Sunday) night to say he was leaving. And he isn't man enough to do it face to face to us?

 "A lot of people were just really upset by the call. He made Todman get up and tell the whole team: 'Jordan, I think you have something to say to these guys.' He made him do it face-to-face. But he didn't do it face-to-face.

"I'm going to look [at other schools], not Big East or anything. ... When you bring in a new coach, the first three or four years [it's all developing the program)]. But these are Edsall's players, not the new guy's. ... Well, I'm going to get the (naughty word) out of here. But what happens with the incoming recruiting class? Are those guys still coming?

"The thing I'm concerned with is, am I going to get my release."

I understand that with all of the football players on break, it's hard to get the entire team together, and that Edsall is somewhat busy at the moment, but to do to it over the phone, after you made Jordan Todman do it in person seems pretty weak.  According to the player, Edsall told the team that he just found about about the Maryland job and it was something that just suddenly happened.

According to reports, Edsall had been in negotiations with Maryland last week.

So if you're going to make Todman man up and tell the team he was leaving, why couldn't he have done so himself either before or after the Fiesta Bowl?
Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:22 pm
 

It's been a bad 24 hours for UConn

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You have to wonder if UConn may be regretting the fact that it was chosen to play in the Fiesta Bowl a bit right now.  Forget about the fact that Oklahoma did what everybody expected Oklahoma to do to the Huskies on Saturday night, it's what's happened in the hours since then that have damaged UConn the most.

Now, even with the loss, getting the kind of exposure for the football program that being in the Fiesta Bowl brings is a good thing.  Of course, national exposure for a program is a two-way street.  Yes, people know who you are now, even if all they know about you is that you aren't as good as Oklahoma.  The problem is that exposure not only works for the program, but the people in it.

Jordan Todman has been one of the best running backs in college football all season, but because of where he rushed for all those yards and touchdowns, not everybody knew about it.  Now Todman had a chance to perform in the national spotlight, with the eyes of NFL scouts upon him.  He didn't have the greatest game, but it's no coincidence that he's now going to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

He knew that the spotlight on him probably won't get any brighter in 2011.

Then there's Randy Edsall.  The job Edsall has done at UConn can't be over looked.  He took a program from the FCS and helped make it a contender in a BCS conference, and only needed seven years to win the Big East and get to a BCS bowl.  It's because of this that Edsall's name has seemed to pop up in every coaching vacancy around the country the last few years, but it seems that one school finally couldn't resist passing up the opportunity to actually hire him.  

Sunday brought the news that Edsall was going to be named the new head coach at Maryland.  Now, less than 24 hours after the culmination of all the work Edsall put in at UConn, after the team finally reached a BCS bowl game, it's right back to where it started seven years ago.

Happy new year, UConn.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: December 13, 2010 10:28 am
 

Randy Shannon to replace Muschamp at Texas?

Posted by Chip Patterson

The weekend full of college football awards had very little surprises this year.  Cam Newton's runaway Heisman nod, Oregon's LaMichael James picking up the rest of the awards Newton could not technically win, and LSU's Patrick Peterson raking in most of the major defensive awards.  The biggest surprise of the weekend came out of Gainesville, with Florida announcing the hiring of former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the new head coach of the Gators.

Muschamp's ascension to the head coaching ranks is certainly no surprise, but the departure of Mack Brown's appointed successor is giving Longhorn fans reason to worry in Austin.  Even before Texas' disappointing 5-7 season, many had suggested that Muschamp's time to take over for Brown was rapidly approaching.  Now, after the worst season in the Mack Brown era at Texas, the Longhorns have to start over building for the future.

Replacing Muschamp is an immediate concern for Brown, writes Lake Litman from the Dallas Morning News.  Muschamp was a crucial piece of the recruiting at Texas, and any passing time without a new defensive coordinator could cause recruits (or even current players) to panic.  It is being suggested that Brown may look to former Miami head coach Randy Shannon to come fill the open position.

Brown reportedly had Shannon high on his wish-list before the defensive coordinator was promoted to head coach at Miami in 2007.  He is a proven recruiter, but had difficulty translating high-ranking classes into the conference title contention that was expected in Coral Gables.  It would be a big move geographically for Shannon, who spent his entire playing and coaching career in Miami.  

It would also be a big move for Texas, who could use the help of a recognizable name to replace Muschamp.  It is true that hiring Shannon would not provide the immediate answer for the future of Texas football.  But with the current state of the program, Brown cannot afford to spend his final years on the sideline rebuilding from the disastrous 2010 season.
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 19, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Dennis Erickson will return in 2011

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson has found the seat he's on to be rather hot this season, as Erickson's Sun Devils are 4-6 on the season and 2-5 in Pac-10 play. Last month Erickson received a vote of confidence from ASU AD Lisa Love, and on Friday he got an even bigger indication from Love that he'll be back on the sidelines in 2011.

Love was on 620 KTAR in Arizona on Friday, and she put any rumors of Erickson being fired to rest.

"I still support Dennis Erickson," Love said. "You bet I do. You've got to allow someone to go through the entire process. I'm impressed, by the way, with the process, the recruiting roster, the level of talent and the stable of redshirts we now are able to have. As opposed to the last two years of playing true high school freshman. It's been rewarding to watch. 

"I can tell you it's grueling to climb. It is grueling in a conference that is getting even more challenging to climb. I am absolutely confident, and Dennis Erickson has been since the day he walked in the door, that we will soon be ‘popping' relative to our competitiveness in ASU football. I have faith that we are going exactly in that direction and I have faith in Dennis to get us there."

What about the rumors that Erickson is going to be fired?

"You can put those rumors to rest."

Erickson has been at Arizona State since 2007 when the Sun Devils went 10-3 and lost to Texas in the Holiday Bowl.  Since then, however, the Sun Devils have gone 13-21 and haven't been to a bowl game since.
 
 
 
 
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