Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:14 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 2:22 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Tampa Bay's hiring of Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano is close to official, and now the Scarlet Knights are left with a short window of time to identify the head coach for 2012.
CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman suggested Miami Dolphins special teams' coach Darren Rizzi as one possible candidate to step in for the Scarlet Knights. Rizzi served on Schiano's staff from 2002-2007 before a one-year stint as the Rhode Island head coach, where Rizzi played played tight end from 1988-1991. Delaware head coach KC Keeler has led the Blue Hens to three I-AA/FCS Championship Games and could be ready for his first opportunity at the FBS level if the Scarlet Knights want more head coaching experience.
Other possible replacements could include Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bobby Diaco - New Jersey native - or Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, Rutgers' linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator 2001-2003.
One popular name, for any job really, is Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal. Cristobal was a tight ends and offensive line coach under Schiano, and likely will be at the top of Rutgers' wish list. He was reportedly a leading candidate to replace Todd Graham at Pittsburgh in December, before chose to stick with FIU.
The timing is brutal for Rutgers' recruiting, less than a week before National Signing Day. Schiano had assembled a strong recruiting class, and the Scarlet Knights were still on the board for several highly-touted prospects. Additionally, the athletic department may be facing an uphill battle financially when it comes to luring top coaching talent. Last July, USA Today reported that the school used nearly $27 million in university and student-fee money to balance the athletic budget. No other NCAA Division I school came close to Rutgers' subsidies.
For more details on Schiano's new gig with the Bucs, check out our NFL counterparts at the Eye On Football
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Posted on: January 10, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 4:47 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
The real hardware Gene Chizik will be looking to hold won't be awarded until later tonight, but the Auburn head coach was already honored once Monday with the announcement of the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award winners.
Chizik joined K.C. Keeler, University of Delaware, Bob Nielson, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Glen Caruso, University of St. Thomas, as recipients of the annual award given for excellence in coaching on and off the field.
Since the award's beginnings, much of the focus has been placed on the various civic and charitable responsibilities of a head coach in today's college football. Not only is "Community Commitment" one of the categories on which nominees are graded, but also the award comes with a $50,000 donation to the winner's cause of choice, as well as $20,000 in scholarship money for the university.
The award was presented at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, in nearby Phoenix, Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning was on hand to represent the College Football Hall of Fame and assist in the award presentation. The field is initially narrowed by a running fan vote that lasted through the regular season. More than 1,000,0000 fans participated to narrow the field to a group of finalists. The finalists were then chosen by a vote that was made up of 20% fan votes, 25% national football media members, and 55% by members of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Chizik, naturally, was not able to be at the award ceremony and pre-taped his acceptance. He was with the Tigers as they are going through gameday preparations for tonight's BCS National Championship Game against Oregon at 8:30 PM in the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 5:17 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Earlier today, the semifinalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the top senior quarterback in the nation, were announced. Sure, the list is going to pale in comparison to the Davey O'Brien Award, which is allowed to nominate the likes of Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Kellen Moore, Denard Robinson, et cetera, but the senior class is still pretty strong this season.
To that end, we celebrate these eight quarterbacks who were nominated by the Unitas committee:
All worthy honorees, these; of the eight listed, the top six seniors in passing efficiency are represented, and the other two (Ponder, Locker) are high-level pro prospects. It's likely that neither makes the list of five finalists, but they both deserve some credit for their long, eventful college careers.
But wait -- five finalists? Out of eight semifinalists? Oh, no no; here's the rub. There are actually 10 semifinalists. It's just that the last two are so inexplicable that we couldn't in good conscience discuss them in the same context as the first eight. The other two semifinalists, who you wouldn't have guessed given 10 tries, are Idaho's Nathan Enderle and Delaware's Pat Devlin. Yeah, exactly.
Enderle is currently 61st among FBS quarterbacks in passing efficiency, and he's tied for fourth in most interceptions thrown with 12. Yes, he's 11th in passing yards per game, but that just makes him the Jerrod Johnson of the WAC. Enderle's not exactly a dual threat, either; he has no rushing touchdowns on the season and rushes for about -18 yards a game once sacks are factored in. Enderle also likely holds the ignominious honor of the worst yards per reception rate in the NCAA, as he was credited for one catch for -13 yards against Hawaii last week. We hope that's the worst in the NCAA, anyway, because woe is anyone worse than that.
But for as odd as Enderle's selection is, Devlin's is downright mystifying; the Penn State transfer is currently helming the Delaware Blue Hens, who are No. 4 in the FCS, but that's about as far as Devlin's accomplishments go. He's accounted for six touchdowns on the entire year, and half of those came against D-II West Chester to begin the season. In other words, Devlin has thrown three touchdowns against FCS competition all season long. GET THAT MAN ON A SEMIFINALISTS LIST, STAT.
As with Ponder and Locker, it's extremely unlikely that these two guys make the final cut, and it's also unikely that any of the quarterback that got snubbed (FCS No. 3 Villanova's Chris Whitney, Texas Tech's Taylor Potts, and Fresno State's Ryan Colburn , to name a few) would have made the top five either. Still, any of those three would have been better choices than either Enderle or Devlin, and we're at a loss for trying to figure out why either of those two quarterbacks made the list of 10 semifinalists.
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