Tag:American Football Coaches Association
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:39 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 9:41 pm

Coaches to wear patch for Coach to Cure MD week

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Look closely at the sleeves of your favorite football coach this weekend, and there's a good chance you may spot something unusual--a green football patch, like this one on the shirt worn by Bronco Mendenhall during his BYU team's Friday night matchup against UCF:

That same patch will be worn by 109 of the 120 FBS coaching staffs this week (or in the case of bye weeks, next*) as part of Coach to Cure MD Week, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association and Parent Project MD. The goal is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder.

Including all levels of college football, the patch will be worn by some 5,000 coaches at more than 400 different schools.

This is the fourth year of Coach to Cure MD, with donations of the 2011 edition projected to top $1 million. The program has helped Parent Project MD fund muscle research grants at schools across the country, including football (and research) powers like Ohio State and Florida. Fans wishing to donate may visit CoachtoCureMD.org or text the word CURE to 90999 to contribute a $5 donation.

And if you wish to donate but need a reminder, you probably won't have to look any further than the clothing on the sideline Saturday.

*One exception: Texas wore them last week against, coincidentally, BYU.

Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:42 am

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mack Brown must have known that after the staggering disappointment of his Texas team's 5-7 2010 season, it was going to take a lot of work to get the Longhorns back on track. But even he might not have known how much work there was really going to be.

First there was the defection of coach-in-not-waiting-any-longer Will Muschamp to Florida. Then came the departure of four other coaches who were not asked to return to the Longhorn staff by Brown. And now multiple outlets are reporting that longtime secondary coach Duane Akina will be leaving Austin after 10 seasons to take the same position at Arizona.

This report from the Houston Chronicle cites sources claiming that the deal had not been finalized just yet, but added that Brown was "not shocked" Akina might bolt to a school where he spent 14 seasons in the '80s and '90s. (CBS's own Bryan Fischer also reported that Akina was the only Texas assistant not wearing a Longhorn t-shirt at the recent American Football Coaches Association convention.) At this stage, all signs point towards Akina making the departure official ... oh, any minute now.

It's just one more headache for Brown as he tries to piece together his new staff. Four coaches have already been hired, including an impressive new pair of coordinators in Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz, but the Longhorns still have no offensive line coach after both Auburn's Jeff Grimes and Oklahoma State's Bob Wickline told Brown "thanks, but no thanks." With Signing Day only days away and key recruits hanging in the balance (behind Grimes, Auburn has made a late charge for five-star tackle Christian Westerman), Brown now has to worry about finding not one but two coaches with most of the quality candidates already locked up.

Brown's handled worse, and with Harsin and Diaz in the fold, his most critical hires have already been completed in optimism-inspiring fashion. But until the last of the six new faces on staff are in place and their impact on the 'Horns 2011 recruiting class is decided, Brown's not going to sleep easy, and neither will Texas fans.

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