Tag:Al Golden
Posted on: January 19, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Headset Reset: Five new faces in the MAC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

"Headset Reset " is the College Football Blog's series reviewing the 22 new head coaches in the FBS and what they'll need to accomplish in their new jobs to succeed. In this edition: the five new head coaches in the MAC.

DON TREADWELL, Miami (Ohio) (pictured)

Why him? Because few assistant coaches in the country had a better 2010 than Treadwell, who turned a collection of average-looking talent into one of the Big Ten's most effective offenses at Michigan State and added a couple of victories as the Spartans' interim head coach to boot. For 2011, Treadwell needs to: capitalize on the momentum built by Mike Haywood's amazing 9-win turnaround in Oxford. A second straight MAC title isn't a necessity, but the pieces are in place for the kind of solid, winning season that would stamp the RedHawks as a contender for years to come. By 2014, Treadwell needs to have: won the MAC. With so much coaching turnover, there's a power vaccum at the top of the conference, and no reason Miami can't fill it. Chances Treadwell gets what he needs? Good-to-very good. Haywood left behind an excellent foundation and Treadwell's work in East Lansing suggests he's just the man to build upon it.

PETE LEMBO, Ball State

Why him? At just 40 years of age, Lembo already has 10 years of head coaching experience (all at the FCS level, no less) and just finished resuscitating a truly rotten Elon program. For 2011, Lembo needs to: just move the Cardinals in the right direction. Stan Parrish's dreadful two-season reign-of-error means Lembo has to get the program walking towards, say, not losing to Eastern Michigan before it runs towards bowls and league titles. By 2014, Lembo needs to have: put the Cardinals in position for a postseason berth; the Brady Hoke era showed it's far from impossible for the right coach. Chances Lembo gets what he needs? Not bad. BSU's not an easy gig, but Lembo's energy and FCS success mean he could be a sneakily good hire.

STEVE ADDAZIO, Temple

Why him? Not his efforts running the Florida offense, that's for sure, but his top-notch recruiting expertise, Northeast ties, and Urban Meyer -trained CEO skills won him the job all the same. For 2011, Addazio needs to: put together a coaching staff -- particularly at the coordinator positions -- that can take advantage of Addazio's good work on the recruiting trails. Maintaining Temple's perch near the top of the MAC East would be a nice signal that Al Golden's tenure wasn't a fluke, too. By 2014, Addazio needs to have: gotten the Owls back to a couple of bowl games; anything else would be a terrible waste of Golden's remarkable work. Chances Addazio gets what he needs? Better than you'd think. There's a reason Meyer tabbed Addazio as his replacement during his sabbatical; he's got the leadership skills necessary to head up a successful program ... if he can just find someone to call his plays for him.

DAVE DOEREN, Northern Illinois

Why him? NIU can't ask for a whole lot more than a long-time successful Big Ten defensive coordinator fresh off a visit to the Rose Bowl. For 2011, Doeren needs to: win the MAC? Those are high expectations for a first-time head coach, but the Huskies were the league's best team in 2010 and their offense returns almost entirely intact. By 2014, Doeren needs to have: won the MAC, no question mark. With the offensive talent left behind by Jerry Kill and Doeren's defensive acumen, the Huskies should find a way to finish what they started in 2010. Chances Doeren gets what he needs? Solid; none of the other new MAC coaches steps into a situation quite this friendly, and Doeren's defensive pedigree is promising.

DARRELL HAZELL, Kent State

Why him? No one the Golden Flashes could have hired knows the Ohio recruiting scene better than the longtime Buckeye receivers coach and recruiting ace. For 2011, Hazell needs to: find a difference-maker or two. KSU's been close to getting over the bowl hump, going 5-7 each of the past two seasons; if Hazell can recruit just a handful of actual play-makers, he could get them there in short order. By 2014, Hazell needs to have: reached the postseason. It would be a huge milestone for woebegone program that's had just two winning seasons since 1977, and has never played in a bowl as an FBS program. Chances Hazell gets what he needs? Like Addazio, it'll depend on who Hazell can hire for his staff, since he has no coordinating experience. But the talent level in Kent should definitely rise on his watch.

Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Golden hires Seahawks' Fisch to run 'Cane offense

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Miami head coach Al Golden may not have been able to keep Alabama from poaching away his offensive line coach yesterday , but he appears to have taken a big step forward in putting together his offensive staff all the same today . Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch has agreed to become the Hurricanes' offensive coordinator after one season under Pete Carroll in the Pacific Northwest.

And although Fisch has spent most of his coaching career in the NFL, he also has one year of experience as an offensive coordinator at the collegiate level, having helmed the Gopher attack at Minnesota for one year under Tim Brewster. Unfortunately, as the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro points out, that year didn't go so well:



Fisch will have substantially more talent on hand a Miami than he did in Minneapolis, but all the same he'll clearly have to do a much better job of preparation and play-calling to stay in the Hurricane job any longer than he stayed with the Gophers.

That said, Fisch has worked with any number of well-regarded head coaches -- including Steve Spurrier, his head coach when Fisch broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at Florida -- and with all accounts describing him as a young, energetic coach, he should be able to connect with both Miami's players and potential recruits. If he's learned from his Minnesota experience, Golden could have found himself a coaching steal.

Posted on: January 12, 2011 6:56 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 7:04 pm
 

UM O-line coach joins Saban at Alabama

Posted by Chip Patterson

New Miami head coach Al Golden did not decide to retain many members of Randy Shannon's staff when he arrived in Coral Gables to take over the Hurricanes program.  Some of the few pieces he did keep are reportedly migrating to the SEC.

Wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill recently left to join Will Muschamp's staff at Florida after originally being retained by Golden.  Now offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is making a similar move, joining Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.  The Miami Herald is reporting that Stoutland, who served as Miami's interim coach for the 33-17 loss to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl, will assume Joe Pendry's role in Tuscaloosa as the offensive line coach.  Pendry, 63, is retiring from coaching after 30+ years in the collegiate and professional ranks.  He was the only offensive line coach under Saban at Alabama, and served as assistant head coach in 2010.  

Stoutland was reportedly well-liked by the Miami players, and should be a good fit for Saban.  As for Miami, Golden is now left with plenty of positions to fill on the offensive end.  In addition to filling Stoutland's spot on the offensive line, he still needs to hire an offensive coordinator.  Stoutland's departure also only leaves one coach, linebackers coach Michael Barrow, from Randy Shannon's staff in Miami.
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Hey, did you know that there are other coaching searches going on right now besides the one at Michigan?  I'm serious, there are!  UConn still needs to find a head coach since Randy Edsall decided to leave following the Fiesta Bowl and take over for Ralph Friedgen at Maryland.  Though it's starting to look as though the job vacancy in Storrs has been filled.

Reports out of Florida say that former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, now out of a job following the firing of Randy Shannon and hiring of Al Golden, will be named the new head coach at UConn.

If the reports turn out to be correct, and the 53-year old Whipple lands the UConn gig, it will be his first head coaching job on the FBS level, and his first head coaching job anywhere since he left UMass in 2004.  While at UMass he won a Division-IAA national championship in 1998.  Whipple has spent the last two seasons as Miami's offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.  After a nice 2009 season that saw the Hurricanes score the most points they had in a season since 2002, things took a big step backwards in 2010.  Of course, that could be the fault of Jacory Harris throwing interceptions like they were going out of style more than it was Whipple's offensive system.

Either way, to lose a job as an offensive coordinator only to find yourself getting a job as head coach at another BCS program is a pretty nice turn of events for anybody.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:57 am
 

Miami CB Brandon Harris declaring early

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Randy Shannon gone from Miami , any Hurricanes he recruited to Coral Gables aren't too likely to stick around if they believe the NFL will give them a fair shake in the draft. So it's no surprise that two-time All-ACC cornerback Brandon Harris has elected to move on to the next level after his junior season :

“I’ve done a lot of thinking, going over it with my family and I got some advice for some former coaches, people who have been involved with me closely and I just decided that it was just time for me to declare for this year‘s NFL Draft,” Harris announced to InsideTheU Wednesday morning.

Harris finished seventh on the team with 45 tackles this past season. He also had one interception, two forced fumbles, and nine pass break-ups en route to second-team all-conference honors.

He received an encouraging grade from the NFL Draft advisory committee prior to the Sun Bowl that he was satisfied with.

“The committed told me some great things after they evaluated my film,” Harris said. “The position I was in it was kind of the point that it was hard to turn down. I’ve worked my butt off to get to this point, I did everything I could possibly do to set myself up to be in this position one day. Now that I am actually here, it’s time to take that next step, and see where I can go from here.”

The advisory committee hasn't always had cornerbacks' best interests in mind (witness Michigan's Donovan Warren coming out last spring after an encouraging grade, only to go undrafted), but with a handful of 2009 All-American honors under his belt, a major role on the nation's third-ranked pass defense, and a firm spot on the NFL's radar , Harris isn't in any danger of slipping too far down the draft.

But if the move makes a lot of sense from Harris's position, it's not going to help a Miami secondary that's already losing two seniors from the two-deep at corner. Al Golden will have to find some players willing to grow up in a hurry to keep the 'Cane pass defense anywhere near the lofty perch it enjoyed in 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Stephen Morris hurts ankle in practice

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We're only a few days away from the Sun Bowl yet we still haven't been told who will be starting at quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes.  Interim head coach Jeff Stoutland has kept a wraps on his plans since taking the job over, and has had Stephen Morris and Jacory Harris in a competition throughout practices.  Odds are that Stoutland will never tell anyone what his plans are until just before game time, or it's possible he won't say anything at all and everyone will just have to wait and see when the game starts.

Of course, even if Stoutland doesn't plan on showing his cards before the game, there are other ways of figuring these things out.  For example, the fact that Morris was on crutches after injuring his ankle in practice on Tuesday can't bode well for his chances.

Morris hurt the ankle while taking snaps with the first team and fell down.  It's not clear exactly what he did to the ankle, but he could not put any weight on it afterward, and had to use crutches to get around.  Which means that it's likely Jacory Harris will get one more shot to redeem himself in 2010.

Though this isn't just a chance to put a nice bow on what's been a disappointing season for Harris.  It's also a chance to give himself a step up in the competition for the job next season when Al Golden takes over.  After all, it's hard to impress NFL scouts and erase doubts about your abilities from the bench.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Sooners don't know much about UConn

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Ask the Oklahoma Sooners what formations their Fiesta Bowl opponent from UConn like to use, what coverages they'll employ on third-and-long, what a specific bit of pre-snap motion from the Huskies means for the Sooners' alignment, and there's no question they'll know all of that.

But as for what they know about the actual UConn program, well, it looks like all that study of the opposing football team doesn't lead to a better understanding of the institution they represent, at least according to an impromptu quiz of Sooner players by the Oklahoman on the finer points of UConn information. For instance, when asked who the Huskies' head coach is ...
Randy Edsall needs a better publicist because nobody got this one right. Only [DeMarco] Murray ventured an actual guess with “isn't it like Al something?” which was actually not that far off. Al Golden , who last week took a job with Miami , coached Temple to victory over UConn this season. [Jonathan] Nelson declared he knew Edsall's face but couldn't place the name. [Kenny] Stills didn't know who coached UConn football, but correctly offered up the name of the women's basketball coach: “Geno Auriemma."
The Sooners also struggled mightily to name where UConn is located, to name their best player (All-American running back Jordan Todman), and even UConn's nickname, with multiple players going with "Huskers."

None of which means a thing other than it being fairly amusing, of course; no doubt a similar quiz applied to similar teams preparing for similar bowls would yield very, very similar results. But it's interesting to see that once bowl practice begins, the players' focus can be laser-guided enough that even things like the opponent's head coach name aren't worth learning when compared to the X's-and-O's.
 HT: DocSat

Posted on: December 22, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 3:06 pm
 

Report: Addazio to Temple a done deal

Posted by Chip Patterson

After spending his Monday meeting with Temple officials, and his Tuesday being linked to an assistant coaching job at Texas, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting Wednesday that former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be the next head football coach at Temple.

The Owls were in the market for a new head coach after Al Golden left to take the open position at Miami replacing the fired Randy Shannon.  Steve Addazio was openly fired by Florida, but when Will Muschamp was hired as Urban Meyer's replacement it was clear the future of the Gators included a new offensive coordinator.  

Addazio began looking for other positions, quickly lining himself with the opportunity to make the move to a head coaching job.  Tuesday's reports of Temple looking at more candidates and Texas' interest in Addazio's services made it appear like Temple was quickly out of the picture.  Clearly, someone in Philadelphia liked what they heard earlier in the week.

The report from the Inquirer says an official announcement is expected as soon as Thursday.
 
 
 
 
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