Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:20 pm
 

UCLA hires Redskins' Spanos as D coordinator

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Jim L. Mora has finished filling out his initial coaching staff at UCLA, dipping into the NFL ranks one more time to hire his ninth assistant--and his first defensive coordinator.

That hire is Washington Redskins linebacker coach Lou Spanos, who Mora introduced with a statement Tuesday afternoon. A longtime NFL veteran, Spanos spent one season with the Redskins after 15 as part of a Pittsburgh Steeler defensive staff that oversaw some of the NFL's best units during that span.

"I am thrilled a coach with Lou's NFL background and defensive pedigree has agreed to join our staff. Now that our coaching staff is complete, I'd like to thank [athletic director] Dan Guerrero for his support as we sought to bring the finest coaches in football to UCLA," Mora said. "We have a collection of men that will not only be mentors to our student-athletes, but given their experience at the highest levels of football, will also be able to provide them a blueprint for competing and winning, and reaching their athletic potential."

Spanos has his work cut out for him; he takes over a Bruins defense that finished 89th in total defense this past season and 94th in 2010. He'll also have to climb that hill without any experience as a coordinator at either the pro or collegiate level.

Fortunately for the Bruins, Mora has plenty of that kind of experience; between the two of them, there's no shortage of NFL-tested experience ready on the defensive side of the ball. Thanks to other hires out of the pro ranks like linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich and strength and conditioning coach Sal Aloisi, the Bruin staff (per the announcement) "have over 90 years of experience in NFL as either players or coaches."

How much that experience is worth remains to be seen, since plenty of college staffs have been built around the idea of "NFL experience" before and failed miserably. But on paper, Mora has built the kind of staff that should be able to compete in the Pac-12.

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Doug Williams is Grambling's new head coach

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If at first you do succeed, try, try again. 

When Eddie Robinson finally stepped down as Grambling's head coach, he was replaced by Doug Williams in 1998. Williams would then lead Grambling to three straight SWAC conference titles from 2000 to 2002 before leaving the job to take a position in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office.

Williams, the MVP of Super Bowl XXII, stayed with Tampa Bay until last year before becoming the general manager of the UFL's Virginia Destroyers franchise. Well, it seems that being a general manager in the UFL wasn't all that much fun for Williams, as he's now decided he'd rather return to Grambling to be the school's head coach once again.

“I was looking forward to working with the Destroyers, but this is a great opportunity for me and it is very rare that a father gets to coach his son at the college football level,” Williams said. “ I went to school there, I coached there, and now I have a great opportunity to coach there again.

“I will keep tabs on the Destroyers and know they are going to do well.  They have a great fan base in an area that is a football hotbed and the UFL will succeed there.”

Another factor in this decision for Williams? His son Doug Williams Jr. is currently a member of the Grambling football team.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Georgia hires Redskins assistant Olivadotti

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Even after Tracy Rocker bolted to the Tennessee Titans, Auburn wasn't the only SEC school with an NFL -created hole on its coaching roster this afternoon; if you'll recall, the Carolina Panthers plucked away Georgia assistant Warren Belin two weeks ago.

But as of even later this afternoon, Mark Richt has gotten his team's hole filled, and in impressive fashion :



That's Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald reporting the news on Twitter. Not only is Richt replacing his NFL-bound assistant with an assistant from the NFL, but Kirk Olivadotti isn't the sort of coach who's just had a cup of coffee at the next level; he was Washington's longest-tenured coach , having spent 11 seasons with the team including three (from 2007-2009) as their full-fledged linebackers coach. It's hard to imagine a better fit for an LBs coach in coordinator Todd Grantham's NFL-honed 3-4 than a coach with a decade spent with NFL LBs.

Richt earned plenty of praise for his work this offseason on the recruiting trail. But Olivadotti's hire shows he's not bad at recruiting coaches, either.

Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:54 am
 

Report: Newton investigation still open

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Cam Newton, it's nothing but good news these days. His San Diego workout for the media drew a consensus of raves; he's projected to go to the Washington Redskins with the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft  by many , if not to a different team much higher ; and he just signed what might be the richest athletic endorsement deal for a rookie in NFL history.

For the Auburn team he left behind, the news these days regarding Newton is ... mostly good. But the shadow of the NCAA investigation into his arrival on the Plains hasn't lifted just yet, according to a new column from Birmingham News writer Kevin Scarbinsky :
According to people with reason to know, the NCAA is still conducting an active investigation into Auburn's recruitment of Newton. There is an enforcement staff official assigned to the case, and that person is turning over every rock to make sure the NCAA doesn't get blindsided down the road.

Auburn fans won't like that information. Some of them won't believe it. They'll be joined in their displeasure or disbelief by fans of other schools who read this nugget: The bomb is not about to drop.

According to those same well-informed sources, the NCAA has yet to discover or uncover new information that would wipe out Auburn's national championship season.

This echoes similar statements made recently by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who said "nobody had written him a letter" saying the case had been closed or that any new information had come to light. 

Which means that for the time being, the Newton scandal remains in the same limbo in which it's been mired since Newton was ruled eligible to play in November: no evidence that Newton or his family accepted any improper benefits to come to Auburn, but still enough legwork left for the NCAA to do that anyone who says definitively that no such evidence exists is jumping the gun.

As Scarbinsky points out, the last Heisman winner to walk away with the kind of deal Newton just inked with Under Armour was Reggie Bush. If there's anything we can say with certainty about the Newton case, it's that the NCAA isn't going to let the investigative media make its compliance staff look hopelessly behind (as in the Bush case) if they can help it. If the good news for Auburn is that there's no "bomb" poised to drop, the bad news is that they likely shouldn't expect an "investigation closed" resolution to drop anytime soon.

Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 6:55 pm
 

FedEx Field sold out for Boise St.-Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

We are almost done with the first weekend of college football, and you have to be pretty pleased with what you've seen.  We've had blowouts, upsets, close games, and one heck of a hail mary.  But arguably the most anticipated game was held for Monday night. 

With the NFL taking the night off before the season, Boise State and Virginia Tech will get the primetime treatment on national television for the first matchup of the season between two top ten teams.  

The game will be on the supposedly "neutral" FedExField, the home of the Washington Redskins.  But being just a short drive away from Blacksburg, VA and across the country from Boise, the game will be far from neutral.  In fact, it was announced Monday the game is a sellout.

"This match-up will highlight two college football powerhouses, and it is one of the most important out of conference games for each school as they compete to reach the National Championship game this year," Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said.

  "Tonight's sold out game is a tremendous financial success for the colleges, and a full house always guarantees an exciting football experience for the fans.  We look forward to bringing more high profile college football match-ups to FedExField in the coming years," Gershman said.


These early season non-conference games between elite teams has given a lot of meaning to a weekend that historically is mostly filled with blowouts by teams who have scheduled a cupcake to start the season.

These games are also great for the programs, raising status in the eyes of recruits and giving the team a chance to prove themselves on the national stage.  Oh yeah, revenue generated for the program doesn't hurt either. 

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