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Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:59 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 3:46 pm
 

MWC and C-USA forming new conference

Posted by Tom Fornelli



CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported on Monday that both the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA would be dissolving to form a new conference starting in the 2013 school season.
The new league – which is yet to be named – is expected to consist of Southern Miss, Marshall, East Carolina, UAB, Tulsa, Rice, UTEP and Tulane from C-USA and Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii from the MWC. Hawaii would be a football-only member, making a 15-team all-sports conference and a 16-team football conference.

Temple also is a possibility as the school was contacted by Conference USA, sources told CBSSports.com, when the Big East last week opted to invited Memphis instead of Temple.
It's a move that has been discussed and speculated for a while now, ever since the conference landscape began shifting so abrubtly last year. Now, however, it's official.

And you can't have an official conference without an official conference name, and as McMurphy pointed out in his story, the conference doesn't have one yet. Which means that its time to make your voice heard in two ways:

1. By heading over to the Eye On College Football page on Facebook and voting for your choice in our poll

2. By leaving the name you've come up with that we should have had in that poll in the comment section of this post. We'll use the best suggestions in another post tomorrow.

Though we can't guarantee that they'll listen to us, by working together, we can do our best to make sure this new conference has the name it deserves ... or at least, a nickname it deserves.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:11 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Rodney Coe tweets he's not headed to Iowa

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to running backs the last few years. Whether it has been because of injuries or transfers, the turnover rate on Iowa's running back depth chart has been remarkable. So much so that now it seems that the Hawkeyes may be losing running backs before they're even officially members of the program.

Rodney Coe had signed with Iowa as part of its 2011 recruiting class as a 258-pound running back. Coe failed to qualify academically, though, and instead spent the 2011 season at Iowa Western Community College. He also picked up a few pounds, moving from 258 pounds to 270, which means coaches at Iowa and his junior college are thinking a position change is in order for Coe.

Though if you judge by Coe's Twitter timeline on Monday, it's not a position change he seems willing to make.





The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse believes that running back was never in the cards for Coe at Iowa, which makes you wonder why he chose the Hawkeyes in the first place if that's the case. Was he told he'd be playing running back there? Did Iowa plan on having him play at running back, but after seeing him gain the weight, Iowa changed its mind?

Whatever the case, it seems Coe is set on playing elsewhere now, though it is hard to imagine there are a lot of schools looking to add a 270-pound running back. While he may not want to change positions, he may have to at some point if he wants to continue playing football. 

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Army opens spring practice, moves spring game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not easy for our nation's men and women in uniform to make the trip to West Point for the Army football team's spring game. So the Black Knights are bringing the game to some of them.

Army announced recently that the annual Black/Gold Game will be held at Doughboy Stadium on the campus of Fort Benning, Ga. The game will be held March 9 at the conclusion of Army's spring practice, which officially begins Monday after some weekend walkthroughs.

"It's something we're anxious to do," Army head coach Rich Ellerson said in a statement. "It makes too much sense. As spring football games have become a little bit more of a media event, it's a chance for us to showcase the program and articulate that connection with the U.S. Army ... It will be a great experience for us and hopefully for the folks at Fort Benning. It's a first-time thing. We had to get an exception from the NCAA, but it makes sense given the institutional relationships. We'll see where it leads us."

Maj. Gen. Bob Brown, Fort Benning's commanding general, said the "theme of the event and the focus of the day" surrounding the game would be "Duty."

The game at Fort Benning will wrap up what shapes up as a key spring practice for the Black Knights, one Ellerson hopes will help turn around the momentum from a disappointing 3-9 season. Ellerson said after Saturday's workout that more team veterans will have more work to do in spring drills than in 2011--particularly in the area of ball security, where the Black Knights ranked 120th out of 120 in fumbles lost.

“Frankly, those guys need it very badly,” head coach Rich Ellerson said. “We had the ball on the ground a lot last year. When we talk about the fundamentals, in some cases, I’m talking about our older guys. We need to either get them right or beat them out.”

For a CBSSports.com ULive video interview with Army senior quarterback Trent Steelman, click here. 

HT: EDSBS

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Denard Robinson is loved, has song to prove it

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Denard Robinson has seen some tough times during his career at Michigan, joining the program as it was transitioning from Lloyd Carr's old pro-style offenses to those of Rich Rodriguez's spread attack. Robinson then had to adjust to a pro-style offense once Rodriguez was replaced with Brady Hoke, and he seemed to adapt pretty well.

While Robinson isn't the prettiest passer in the world, he did help lead Michigan out of those dark times and back to the BCS and helped pick up a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. So, understandably, he's a popular guy in Ann Arbor.

So popular, in fact, that he's having love songs written about him.



The song was written by Pat Stansik, and performed by Ann Arbor band Mind's Eyes. Normally I'm not a huge fan of love songs about quarterbacks -- when will somebody write an ode to an offensive tackle!? -- but considering that this song somehow works in the word "dilithium" and makes it fit, I'm going to give it a thumbs up.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:13 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 12:16 pm
 

QB Danny O'Brien, two others leaving Maryland

Posted by Chip Patterson

Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has been released from his scholarship and will seek a transfer, the school announced on Monday. O'Brien's exit was announced in an official release along with starting offensive tackle Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson.

“I’m disappointed by Danny’s decision,” head coach Randy Edsall said in the release. “Danny told me that he’s not committed to our program, that he’s not ‘all in.’ I want what’s best for all of our players. Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere. I wish him well.”

O'Brien, the 2010 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, is coming of a rough sophomore season that included temporarily losing the starting job to freshman C.J. Brown. After lighting up opponents under former offensive coordinator James Franklin for 22 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions, O'Brien struggled in the new system. He finished 2011 with 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Sophomore Max Garcia started all 12 games at left tackle for the Terps, and according to Edsall is transferring closer to his home (Norcross, Ga.) to be near family. Rowson started four games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, and made appearances in 11. Edsall identified Rowson's displeasure as a position issue.

O'Brien's departure hurts the Terps' offense, particularly with the addition of prized recruit Stefon Diggs. Diggs, the nation's No. 14 overall recruit according to MaxPreps, reportedly was hosted by O'Brien on a recent visit to College Park. When the top ranked wide receiver announced his plans to stay home and play for Maryland, fans hoped that would be a good sign for retaining the strong armed quarterback.

Rising sophomore C.J. Brown now will be the top returning quarterback for the Terps. After being primarily a rushing threat in 2011, it will be interesting to see how Diggs and Brown are used by new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

Maryland opens spring practice March 10, for all the latest check out the Terrapins RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:59 am
 

Report: The Big 12 has eight schedules prepared

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There have been a number of times over the last two weeks in which the Big 12 was supposed to release its schedule for the 2012 season, and each one of those times has come and gone without a Big 12 schedule. As a result, it's the middle of February, and we still don't know when and where the conference's schools will be playing each other this season.

Though according to a report in The Oklahoman, the Big 12 has a schedule ready. In fact, according to the report, the conference has eight different schedules prepared, it's just not ready to release any of them yet.

The word is that the conference could release its schedule some time this week, possibly as soon as Monday, but if there are really still eight different models being considered, you have to believe we've still got some time to wait before finding out for sure.

Though at the same time, maybe the Big 12 should just announce whatever schedule it is that Texas Tech accidentally released. Last week Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he expected the schedule to be released on Friday, but the day came and went without a Big 12 schedule. That is, unless you have the official Texas Tech app on your mobile phone.

Then you would know Texas Tech's schedule in 2012.

The fact that Texas Tech accidentally released its schedule goes against the report that there are eight different schedules being considered. Maybe there had been at one point, but it seems that Texas Tech was fairly sure which schedule is going to be used.

Of course, when it comes to the Big 12's schedule these days, it's probably safest to assume nothing and just hope it's out some time before August.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 10:26 am
 

Reports: Kiffin makes two staff hires

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With Spring Practice only a few weeks away, USC head coach Lane Kiffin had three open coaching spots and little time to fill them. As of Sunday, he had filled two of the spots, hiring North Dakota State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton to coach linebackers and Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders to coach defensive backs, according to multiple reports including the LA Times.

The pair replace Joe Barry, who left to coach linebackers for the San Diego Chargers, and fill a void left after Willie Mack Garza resigned as the secondary coach right before the 2011 season.

Hazelton spent six years with the Bison, the last two coordinating the defense and won the FCS championship last season. Sanders spent only two months at Florida Atlantic, following Carl Pelini from Nebraska where he served as defensive backs coach for four seasons and sent several players to NFL. In addition to his stop in Lincoln, Sanders also served as defensive coordinator for two seasons at North Carolina.

The school has not officially confirmed the hires but numerous recruits were told during USC's Junior Day on Sunday.

The Trojans begin spring practice on March 6th. Kiffin still has to find a replacement for wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who left to take the same position with the Oakland Raiders.

Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:19 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:53 am
 

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, currently serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, has managed to stay in the headlines regarding the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Miami football and basketball programs. Shapiro has stayed in contact with numerous media organizations, including the Miami Herald, through email since in his incarceration. On Sunday, the Herald posted some of Shapiro's more aggressive claims from behind bars.

“The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months,” Shapiro, serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, wrote in numerous e-mails over the past few months. “It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both [UM and former players] and I’m going to be successful.

“I’m taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why? Because the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts].”

The Hurricanes have not received a notice of allegations from the NCAA, but chose to self-impose a bowl ban after their 6-6 finish in 2011 in response to the ongoing investigation.

One Miami official told the Herald he expects "one more bowl ban, maybe two at most," with additional scholarship penalties.

Shapiro has been out for revenge against Miami and the former players, feeling betrayed when they did not come to his aid during the legal troubles associated with the Ponzi scheme. Columnist Barry Jackson describes Shapiro as "a man determined to destroy the UM football program." The former booster believes that much more will come to the surface -- beyond what was alleged in the Yahoo! Sports investigation -- and Miami will get "the death penalty or damn close to it."

As the alleged details of Shaprio's involvement with the Miami football program have surfaced, one consistent theme has been his desire for attention. One Miami official told the Miami Herald that they expect if Shapiro were under oath, the school could "punch holes in much of what he says."

Despite the ongoing investigation, head coach Al Golden was able to sign 33 players to the 2012 recruiting class. The Hurricanes finished with the No. 7 class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. For more on the Hurricanes' recruiting class, check out Bryan Fischer's ACC Signing Day Grades at the Eye On Recruiting.

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