Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:59 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 1:52 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
UPDATE: Oregon released an official statement from Chip Kelly on Monday, confirming both Kelly's contact with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and his plans to remain as the Ducks' head coach.
“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization," Kelly explained. "I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.”
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted,” Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens said. “The University of Oregon is one of the nation's preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel. We are pleased with Coach Kelly’s decision to remain as our head coach. Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.”
Two sources with direct knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had agreed in principle to take the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was in the process of finalizing details of a multi-year contract but has changed is mind and will stay at Oregon. The Register-Guard first reported the news of Kelly's departure and that he would be staying in Eugene Sunday night.
"I don't know what to say... he changed his mind," one source said via text message.
News of the possible departure first surfaced during the middle of Sunday's NFC Championship Game with a report from Portland TV station KGW sports reporter Michael Berk. Tampa Bay fired head coach Raheem Morris in January after 10 straight losses to cap a 17-31 mark over three seasons.
Kelly, 48, is coming off the most successful three-year stretch in Oregon history, capped off with the program's first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years at the beginning of this year. The Ducks are 34-6 in three seasons with Kelly as head coach, including three straight BCS bowls and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011. He came to Eugene as offensive coordinator in 2007 after spending eight seasons at New Hampshire and promptly set a host of school and conference records on the offensive side of the ball.
Numerous questions surround the timing of the move to Tampa Bay, beginning with Oregon's still-open NCAA investigation into recruiting violations surrounding supposed scout Willie Lyles. Kelly is believed to be at the center of the probe regarding, among other things, a $25,000 payment to Lyles for scouting services and any improprieties surrounding former Ducks running back Lache Seastrunk. The school has retained attorney Michael Glazier, a partner in the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King with the nickname 'The Cleaner' for his expertise in dealing with NCAA cases. Oregon received a notice of inquiry in September.
There is also the issue as to whether Kelly's fast-paced spread option offense can translate to the NFL. The Ducks have finished in the top 12 in the country in scoring offense since he took over the reigns and he's terrorized Pac-12 defensive coordinators with an explosive run game and quick passing game. Kelly has zero NFL experience but has not exactly been shy about jumping up a level, telling multiple people that he's wanted to coach in the league at some point in his career. According to The Oregonian he was making around $2.8 million per year under a recently re-worked contract with a buyout in the neighborhood of $3.5 million.
Multiple reports said Kelly was pulled off the road and did not make scheduled in-home visits on Sunday as his contract was being negotiated with the Bucs.
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Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:19 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The first inevitable sign that a new regime has taken over at UCLA has arrived: roster turnover.
The Bruins announced Monday that three players have departed the program: redshirt sophomore defensive end Wesley Flowers, freshman tight end Raymond Nelson, and junior defensive back Randall Carroll.
“At UCLA, we have a high set of standards that we expect every student-athlete to adhere to. Unfortunately, these three gentlemen choose not to do so,” new Bruin head coach Jim L. Mora said.
Flowers and Nelson were dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, while Carroll "failed to meet UCLA’s academic requirements" and is no longer enrolled at the school.
Where their on-field impact is concerned, Carroll might be the biggest loss; the one-time star recruit (who Rick Neuheisel once lured away from USC to acclaim) still only collected two tackles this season, one fewer than the ostensible corner earned in receptions as a receiver. Flowers struggled to find the field after several injuries, and though Nelson saw action in eight games as a true freshman, he did not record a reception.
The bigger takeaway is that Mora -- like most coaches tasked with overhauling a stagnant program -- is wasting no time making over the Bruins in his preferred image. Mora has already declared an end to the Bruins' "over the wall" tradition and hired a former NFL player of his, Seattle Seahawks special teams coach Jeff Ulbrich, as the Bruins' new linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. The Bruins only narrowly missed on hiring longtime San Diego Chargers assistant John Pagano as their new defensive coordinator; he was promoted to the same position with the Chargers instead.
Mora's choice at offensive coordinator was more conservative (grabbing Noel Mazzone after his dismissal at Arizona State), but nonetheless, Mora has clearly begun putting his stamp on the program. But dismissing a handful of rule-breaking players and hiring position coaches are one thing--salvaging what had looked like another lackluster recruiting class will speak even more loudly, and it looks like Mora's well on his way to accomplishing that, as well.
It's still early to say anything's truly changed for the better in Westwood -- if Eye on CFB had existed when Neuheisel was hired, you might have been reading this same post four years ago -- but after developments like the dismissals and NFL-centric hiring approach, it's safe to say things have at least changed.
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Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:40 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:09 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
On Sunday the Denver Broncos, and Tim Tebow in particular, were blowing the minds of football fans across the country while beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the NFL playoffs. It was pretty much a wonderful day to be a Broncos fan, but it was also a day that may find the team in court soon.
That's because after the Broncos beat the Steelers in overtime there was this tweet from Texas A&M's Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Jason Cook.
Yes, before the game a man parachuted into the stadium waving a flag that said "12th man" and the flag was waved during the game. Which seems completely harmless and pretty much commonplace, but Texas A&M owns the trademark for it and is planning on getting its money.
It's not the first time that the school has gotten involved in something like this, as it filed a lawsuit against the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 for the same thing. Now any Seahawks broadcasts that mention the crowd as "the 12th man" also has to mention Texas A&M's trademark.
Seems pretty stupid, right? Yeah, that's because it is, though there's also an easy solution. Instead of referring to your home crowd as "the 12th man" just start referring to them as "the 12th player." Then Texas A&M will have to find a whole new way to waste everybody's time.
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Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:16 am
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:14 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
After letting go of head coach Rick Neuheisel and attempting to hire several big names, UCLA has finally found a head coach.
Former Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim L. Mora will be the new coach in Westwood, the school announced Saturday morning. The Bruins had attempted to hire Boise State's Chris Petersen, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Washington's Steve Sarkisian before Mora took the job. This will be the first time the Bruins have hired a head coach who has not been an assistant coach or player at the school since 1949. The LA Times first reported the news Friday night.
"As someone who has been around the game of football my entire life, I have always held the UCLA job in the highest esteem," Mora said in the release. "Given its location and its tradition, UCLA is truly a sleeping giant and I realize that an opportunity of this magnitude doesn't present itself more than once in a career, so I jumped at the chance to be a Bruin."
Mora has been out of coaching since 2009 after being let go by the Seahawks. He has been in the NFL since 1985, including stops in San Diego, New Orleans, San Francisco and Atlanta. In four seasons as a head coach, Mora compiled a 31-33 overall record and reached the NFC championship game in 2004 before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mora was serving as an analyst for the NFL Network the past two years before being hired by UCLA. Better known as Jim Mora Jr., he lived in Los Angeles when his father, Jim Sr., coached at the school in 1974. The 50-year-old also played defensive back at Washington in the early 1980's.
"UCLA has always been a place of high expectations, as it applies to our students, our faculty, our researchers and, not least of all, our athletic program. With more NCAA championships than any other university, the reality is that our fans count on us to be great. The hiring of Jim L. Mora as head coach of UCLA football proves that this is still a place where champions are made and integrity matters," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
The Bruins went 6-7 on the season under Neuheisel, losing 50-0 to crosstown rival USC and most recently to Oregon in the first ever Pac-12 Championship game last week.
UCLA will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on December 31 with offensive coordinator Mike Johnson serving as interim head coach.
Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Boise State, Bryan Fischer, Chris Petersen, Coaching Changes, Coaching Searches, Houston, Jim L. Mora, Jim Mora Jr., Jim MOra Sr., Kevin Sumlin, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Mike Johnson, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Oregon, Pac-12, Philadelphia Eagles, Rick Neuheisel, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Steve Sarkisian, UCLA, USC, Washington
Posted on: December 4, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 2:25 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
Another day, another report, another hint at movement in the coaching search for Arizona State. After moving on from Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, it appears school officials have set their sights on a coach a few hours up I-45.
According to reports out of Tempe, Arizona State met with SMU head coach June Jones on Saturday. KTAR radio's Paul Calvisi, citing multiple sources, said the two parties spent "a good part" of the day in discussions. The Arizona Republic said on Friday that ASU had interest in Jones but has not been able to confirm Saturday's meeting.
Jones, 58, is well-regarded for his run-and-shoot offensive system. After spending several years in the NFL, he took over at Hawaii in 1999 and led the Warriors to the Sugar Bowl in 2007. He moved on in 2008 to an SMU program that hadn't seen a bowl game since receiving the death penalty and quietly positioned the Mustangs to go to their third straight bowl this season.
If Arizona State doesn't go with Jones, former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, former Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora Jr. and current Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz have reportedly expressed interest in the job. The Republic has also mentioned Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as assistants who could be in the running.
ASU fired Dennis Erickson after five seasons and a 31-30 record.
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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:08 pm
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 3, 2011 12:28 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
After some false starts and blind alleys, Will Muschamp has his right-hand man on the Florida defensive staff, as Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn will become the Gators new defensive coordinator , the Gainesville Sun has reported. Quinn will officially join the Gator staff following the Seahawks' (probably short-lived) playoff run
Forgive Gator fans, though, for wondering if maybe one of those alleys (particularly the one labeled "Kirby Smart") might have led somewhere more exciting than Quinn. Muschamp is familiar with Quinn from their brief shared tenure working under Nick Saban for the Miami Dolphins, where Muschamp served as Saban's defensive coordinator and Quinn coached the defensive line, but Quinn has no prior experience as a coordinator at the FBS level -- he spent one season as the DC for the since-terminated Hofstra program in 2000 -- and hasn't been a college coach in any capacity in a decade.
The good news is that with Muschamp around, the Gators could have promoted Albert and Alberta Gator to co-defensive coordinators and still have more than enough defensive know-how to get the job done. Quinn has precious little experience calling defensive plays (particularly against the spread that's becoming the ever-more-predominant college base offense), but if Muschamp handles that responsibility, Quinn's NFL seasoning and Saban/Muschamp grooming should make him a useful stragegist all the same. The biggest hurdle might be learning the recruiting ropes at a major program like Florida, but the Gators have never seriously struggled in that department regardless of who was on staff.
So is Quinn a home run hire? No. But Muschamp knows what he's getting and knows from defensive coaches, so until/unless Quinn proves him wrong, he'll also deserve the benefit of the doubt.