Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
 
Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Fulmer not interested in Minnesota job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Since firing Tim Brewster , just about every college football coach who has experienced any kind of success in the last 20 years running a program has had his name pop up as a possible candidate to take the head coaching job at Minnesota .  Names like Mike Leach , Tony Dungy , Chris Petersen , Gary Patterson and even Lou Holtz have been tossed out as candidates.  All coaches who probably wouldn't leave their current gigs for the Gophers without a gun pointed to their heads.

Another coach who had been named, and is actually out of work and looking to get back in the game, is former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer .  Fulmer would be a much more viable candidate than somebody like Petersen or Patterson, but there's one small problem for Minnesota.  According to a radio report, he doesn't want the job.

Jimmy Hyams , a radio host at Knoxville's WNML-AM/FM, said on his show Thursday that he contacted Fulmer about his interest in the Minnesota job and that Fulmer said it "was not a good fit" for him.  Which isn't all that surprising.  Odds are that at the age of 60, if Fulmer wants to get back in to coaching he's going to want to do so at a program that won't provide such a sizable challenge as Minnesota does.

The Gophers aren't built to compete in the Big Ten right now, and it would take years before any coach was able to get the program on par with schools like Ohio State , Wisconsin , Iowa , Nebraska and even Michigan .
Posted on: November 3, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Minnesota is shooting for the stars

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Halloween was four days ago, but it seems that Minnesota refuses to take off it's costume.  It decided to dress up as a big-time football program this year, and go from coach's door to coach's door offering each one the opportunity to take over for Tim Brewster.

So far in the Minnesota coaching search we've heard some big names.  Guys like Tony Dungy, Mike Leach and Phillip Fulmer have all been mentioned as possible targets for the Gophers.  Well, while it is somewhat delusional for Minnesota to think that it's the type of school that a coach would view as a step forward in their career, the Gophers want you to know that we've only seen the beginning of their delusions.

According to a report in the Pioneer Press, the Gophers have three other targets atop their list.

At least the University of Minnesota is shooting high in its quest for a new football coach.

A little birdie says the Gophers have targeted, in order of priority, Boise State's Chris Petersen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh and Texas Christian's Gary Patterson to replace the fired Tim Brewster.

It seems unlikely any of the trio would leave what he has built for a gigantic rebuilding challenge at Minnesota.
Look, everyone!  Minnesota thinks it's people!

Seriously, while I admire Minnesota shooting for the stars in its search for a new coach, who exactly is it trying to kid here?  Chris Petersen is at a program like Boise State that doesn't seem to have much in its way to a BCS bowl game every season, and if he chose to leave Idaho, he'd have his choice of just about any program in the country with an opening.

Why would he choose Minnesota?

Then you have Jim Harbaugh, who might be looking to leave Stanford for a job in the Big Ten, but that job is in Ann Arbor, not Minneapolis.

Gary Patterson is in much the same boat as Peterson, but it's possible that TCU could be moving to the Big East in the future, which would basically be a guaranteed trip to a BCS game every season as well.  Plus, Minnesota considered Patterson before hiring Brewster, and he wasn't all that interested then, so why would he be now?

I get why Minnesota is going this route.  First of all, you never really know.  If they drive up to one of these coaches homes with a Brinks truck full of cash, someone might just say yes.  It also looks good to the fan base that the school can say they tried to land the big name coach.

But it's not going to happen.

Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:07 pm
 

Michigan loses another starter for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

They've always said that practice makes perfect, but in Ann Arbor the saying has probably undergone a couple modifications, especially if you are an experienced member of the Michigan secondary.  The statement then becomes something more like "practice makes the rest of your season end."

The Wolverines lost Troy Woolfolk earlier this season when he broke his ankle during practice, and now the team's only remaining corner that could be considered experienced, J.T. Floyd, is going to miss the rest of the season as well.

During his press conference on Wednesday, Rich Rodriguez said that while the x-rays on Floyd's ankle came back negative, they did show ligament damage, and Floyd will be out for the rest of the year.

Which is a huge blow to a defense that couldn't stop anybody as it is.  It's also a punch to the gut of Rodriguez, who is once again coming under fire as his team has continued the trend of winning early and then getting beat up on in conference play.  Losing Floyd isn't going to help the Wolverines win any games, which hurt Rodriguez's chances of returning next season.

Floyd is Michigan's leading tackler this season, and also leads the Big Ten in tackles in conference play, which gives you another idea of how big of an injury this is.  A defense that has shown it can't tackle anybody just lost the one player on the team who could.

Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: November 3, 2010 10:10 am
 

Fulmer: Minnesota 'has great potential'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Yesterday, reports began to surface that former Tennessee head coach and current CBS College Sports analyst Phillip Fulmer had emerged as a candidate for the open coaching position at the University of Minnesota.  Initially, there was some speculation as to the probability of Fulmer being enticed by the position.  After all, names such as Tony Dungy, Mike Leach, Scott Linehan, and Marc Trestman (the hometown favorite), have all come up in reports since Tim Brewster's firing in mid-October.

Also, as Tom Fornelli pointed out, there is doubt that Fulmer, 60, would want to take on the task of rebuilding a program that has not seen overwhelming success in quite some time.  But after seeing his interest in the Louisville job, eventually given to Charlie Strong, it is fair to assume that Fulmer is most interested in coaching, less so where.  When asked by the Knoxville News Sentinel about any possible contact with Minnesota, Fulmer was non-committal, though he did offer some kind words about the program.     

“Minnesota has great potential, and with its new facilities it’s a place you could recruit to,’’ Fulmer told the News Sentinel on Tuesday night. “I believe it’s a place where you can compete.’’

COMPETE. There is that operative word for a program that has not won a conference title since 1967.  Fulmer would bring an awfully impressive resume to Minneapolis, particularly 13 nationally ranked finishes in his 17 years of head coaching.  While athletic director Joe Maturi said that he preferred the next candidate "get" Minnesota, other sources have indicated that a "Tubby Smith-type hire" may be probable to fill Brewster's position.  While Fulmer spent nearly all of his coaching career with the Volunteers, he is a seasoned and respected in the national scene.  His pedigree would elevate the program's status almost immediately, the challenge would be utilizing that status to produce winning seasons.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:07 pm
 

Phillip Fulmer a candidate at Minnesota?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A new name has emerged in the Minnesota head coaching search.  According to a tweet from Tom Dienhart , former Tennessee head coach and current CBS college football analyst Phillip Fulmer is a candidate for the job.



How seriously we should take this, I'm not sure yet.  Fulmer has made it known that while he enjoys the television work, his ultimate goal is to get back into coaching, which is why his name has surfaced in recent coaching searches at Notre Dame , Louisville and even back in Knoxville over the last year.

You also have to wonder if, at the age of 60, Fulmer would want to take on the task of rebuilding a football program at Minnesota that isn't exactly used to success over the last 40 years.  There's also the question of whether Minnesota would want to hire a 60-year old coach as well, or if they'd prefer a younger target.

Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:08 pm
 

Dan Persa should play against Penn State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa has done just about everything for the Wildcats this season.  Not only does Persa rank second in the country in completion percentage (74.4%) and ninth in pass efficiency (162.7) but he also leads Northwestern in rushing with 360 yards.  Without Persa, the Wildcats aren't 6-2 and on their way back to another bowl game under Pat Fitzgerald.

There was some concern that Northwestern would have to take on Penn State this weekend without its lynchpin on offense, as Persa suffered a concussion during a win against Indiana last week.  According to Fitzgerald, though, there's no reason to worry as he "fully expects him to play" this weekend.  Still, before it can be made official, Persa will have to pass Northwestern's "post-concussion protocol" which is a series of tests he'll need to pass before being cleared.

The team plans on having him participate in non-contact drills on Tuesday and hopes to have him cleared to play on Thursday.

Persa may have some extra motivation to play this weekend as well, as he grew up a fan of Penn State only a few hours away from campus, and his mom graduated from the school.  When he was in high school the Nittany Lions didn't show much attention to him, so he may want to give them a hint on what they missed out on.

Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:08 pm
 

PSU fan attacked for wearing Michigan costume

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's something to remember when you're going out on Halloween in a costume that may not be quite as obvious a disguise to others as much as it is to you.  For instance, when you see Cam Newton dressed up as the tooth fairy you know he's in costume because he's Cam Freaking Newton.

He might knock out a few of your teeth as he runs you over, but he sure as hell isn't sneaking into your room at night and leaving any money under your pillow for them.

One year, I dressed up as one of my friends for Halloween.  Now, my friends got the idea and found it rather amusing, while others just thought that I looked like some guy who really liked Pantera.

This Penn State fan took my route with costumes, and unfortunately, some of his fellow Penn State fans didn't quite get it.
A Penn State fan dressed as a Michigan fan for Halloween was assaulted by four men during Saturday night's Nittany Lions-Wolverines game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., according to a report.

Police told the Centre Daily Times in State College that the man was attacked because the assailants believed he was a Michigan fan.

The man was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center and was released, according to the report.
Way to go, Penn State fans.  Takes a lot of class to attack somebody just because they might be a fan of the opposing team.  Also, while I don't condone the actions these four morons took, I must say, I might understand their motive a bit more had Michigan actually been beating Penn State on Saturday night, and the Michigan fan was rubbing it in.

Instead these four just decided to attack a guy who would have had nothing to celebrate if he actually were a Michigan fan.  That's a special kind of crazy, one I like to call, alcohol.

Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Rodriguez plan for improved D is more Rodriguez

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The CBS College Football Blog wrote multiple times last week that Michigan 's visit to Penn State was a make-or-break game for Rich Rodriguez and his much-much-much -maligned defense, which couldn't ask for a better scenario than having a bye week to prepare for the Big Ten 's bottom-ranked offense playing without its starting quarterback. As you know by now, the Wolverines broke in spectacular fashion , giving up 435 yards and 41 points to a Nittany Lion attack that barely scored that many points total (46) in games against MAC cupcakes Kent State and Temple .

Naturally, this was the cue for yet another round of recriminations and rumormongering out of Ann Arbor Sunday, with most of the whispers centering on the continued employment of defensive coordinator Greg Robinson and the rest of Rodriguez's defensive staff. So loud had the rumors become by Monday that Rodriguez had to be asked about them directly , and responded as you'd expect:

Rodriguez said he has not made any changes to his defensive staff. He said he first heard of the rumors about a half-hour before meeting with the media.

His reaction?

"Laughed," Rodriguez said. "We've dealt with quite a few (rumors) over the last few years, haven't we? That happens in sports and life in general. You deal with it, so I don't mind answering the question ...

"How does this happen?" Rodriguez said of the rumors. "I don't know how these rumors get started. Everybody is frustrated on defense, our staff is frustrated, but it's always a collective effort when you win, and a collective effort when you lose, collective effort when you play well and a collective effort when you play poorly."
That's not what Michigan fans hoping for Robinson's head -- or anything that might signal a change-in-approach from the current disaster -- would want to hear, but Rodriguez's next comment might be even more bone-chilling:

Rodriguez said Monday he intends to spend more time on defense the next few weeks.

"Because I probably should do that because we have more inexperienced players over there," Rodriguez said ...

"I have a critical view of everything — every coach, every player, everything in our program every day," Rodriguez said. "That's what we do. That's what head coaches do."
This would make sense if Rodriguez had more experience (does he have any?) in coaching college defense from something more hands-on than the head coaching position. Multiple Michigan bloggers have noted since the disaster in Happy Valley that the Wolverine defense's problem likely isn't that Rodriguez hasn't been involved enough; it's that he's been too involved, asking Robinson (as well as previous coordinator Scott Shafer , now enjoying a highly successful season under Doug Marrone at Syracuse) to run the unusual 3-3-5 defensive scheme operated by Jeff Casteel under Rodriguez during his West Virginia tenure. Neither Shafer nor Robinson had any prior experience with the 3-3-5 before being asked to run it by Rodriguez, however, and the results have been predictably muddled.

If this is indeed the root of the defense's problem, Rodriguez may be better served by going in the opposite direction, by fully ceding control of the defense to his coordinator and allowing Robinson to run whatever scheme and make whatever playcalls with which he feels most comfortable. No one can blame Rodriguez for making moves out of desperation at this stage, but Michigan fans have to be worried that in this case, Rodriguez's cure could prove to make even worse an already program-wrecking disease.
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com