Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:44 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Boston College offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers will take a leave of absence for health reasons, the school announced on Monday.
Rogers, in his first year on Frank Spaziani's staff, will being his leave immediately and be out indefinitely. Tight ends coach Dave Brock will be promoted to acting offensive coordinator and coach the quarterbacks. Rogers' previous stop was quarterbacks coach for the Minnesota Vikings and he assumed those duties as well when he arrived in Chestnut Hill.
"Our football program operates as a family unit, and we are totally supportive of Kevin," Spaziani said in the official release. "I would like to ask our fans and followers to support Kevin and respect his privacy. I have the utmost confidence in Dave Brock, and we will begin the transition immediately."
Boston College's offense has been crippled by injury, with 2010's leading rusher Montel Harris still not available (knee), and 2011's leading receiver Ifeanyi Momah out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the opener. The unit's inability to put points on the board has them ranked 110th nationally in points scored, and is a point of immediate emphasis heading into the Eages' conference opener against Duke on Saturday.
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 11:15 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Sunday was dedicated to the players at the ACC Football Kickoff. Two representatives from each of the 12 schools made their rounds with the media. This was my takeaway from Florida State
The buzz about Florida State is unmistakable down at the ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst. All through Tallahassee this offseason we've heard that "Florida State is back." One thing that is most certainly "back" for Florida State is ACC title expectations. Claiming that the Seminoles are "back" is something that quarterback E.J. Manuel is not comfortable saying, but he seems to understand why people have been talking.
"Me personally I have no control over that. People are going to say what they want and have their own opinions. But I think that's going to be settled when we actually go out there and play," Manuel said. "I'm not going to say "we're back" or anything like that because that would be taking respect away from those teams that were what Florida State is now. That's what we're working towards, and hopefully we do get to that point.
"I don't mind it, I can't control it. If that's what people want to say we appreciate it, but you also have to go out there and do it."
Manuel, a junior, has as much pressure as anyone else on the roster, being one of the few new starters on the depth chart. But the quarterbacking duties are not unfamiliar to Manuel, who saw several games of action while backing up former Seminole Christian Ponder. Manuel was asked Sunday how he thought he compared to Ponder, now a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.
"I think we are more similar than different," Manuel said. "A lot of people want to say I'm more of a runner, he's more of a thrower. But I think Christian can run the ball and throw the ball, and I can do the same. But personality-wise, everybody's different. I wouldn't say I'm just like Ponder or anything like that but I think we are both intelligent young men and want to win."
Manuel exhibits a confidence that makes you want to believe he is destined to be the next great quarterback from the Virginia Beach area. While his appearances in Ponder's stead were sporadic and inconsistent across his career, the back-to-back performances against Virginia Tech in the ACC title game and leading the game-winning drive against South Carolina in the Chick Fil-A Bowl have changed the public's expectations from Manuel.
As he said himself, now they just need to "go out there and play."
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 8:05 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:00 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
When the Colorado head coaching position first came open, one of the names mentioned most often for the job was former Buffalo running back and program legend Eric Bieniemy, running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings. So it was a minor surprise when Bieniemy came to Boulder even without being named head coach, agreeing to serve as offensive coordinator for friend and fellow Buff alum Jon Embree.
But if that friendship and the call of his alma mater helped explain Bieniemy's decision, today's release of his and Embree's salary information helps explain that much further. We're not sure how many other assistants are earning a salary fully equal to their head coach's, but now we know there's at least one, since both Embree and Bieniemy will be earning base compensation of $250,000 per year.
It's not accurate to say that Bieniemy's making the exact same amount total as his boss; thanks to a hefty extra compensation package for media appearances and the Buffaloes' annual football camps, Embree will take home some $725,000 while Bieniemy will net just a little over $500,000 (though he also received a $150,000 signing bonus). Embree also has a much higher ceiling on his final paycheck thanks to a number of big-money incentives (which, as Gene Chizik can tell you , can sometimes pay off handsomely).
All together, the package is enough to give both Embree and Bieniemy salaries competitive within the Pac-12. (The odd distribution of the income in the contracts does raise the question if they were structured to somewhat obscure their true compensation at the cash-strapped university.) But when all is said and done, that Embree and Bieniemy have the same number at the top of those contracts will still give them a head coach-assistant relationship unique in the world of major college football. Now we'll see how well that relationship will work out for the downtrodden Buffs.