Tag:Troy Calhoun
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Independence Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Air Force out-optioned Georgia Tech just enough to win the game 14-7.

Air Force


Offense: Looking at the final score, you can see that offense was at a premium in this game.  Also, while Air Force won the game, the Falcons actually didn't play strong enough to even reflect the 14 points they did get.  All you need to know is that Air Force's option attack was so successful against Georgia Tech on Monday that the Falcons threw the ball 23 times.  During the regular season they averaged 12 passes a game.  Even crazier, Air Force was more successful throwing the ball than running it, as Tim Jefferson led a nice drive out of the shotgun before halftime to get a field goal.  As for Air Force's lone touchdown, it came following a muffed punt by Georgia Tech set the Falcons up inside the 15-yard line.  In fact, punter Keil Bartholomew was Air Force's offensive MVP, as two of his punts were muffed by Tech and resulted in about 90 yards of field position and eight points.  Grade: D

Defense: While they only gave up 7 points, the Falcons defense wasn't amazing on Monday night.  They did allow Georgia Tech to rush for 320 yards, and gave up nearly 5 yards a carry.  They also allowed Tech to convert 8 of 18 third downs, and 2 of 3 fourth downs.  The key for Air Force was that they forced a few key turnovers.  On the opening drive of the second half, Tech put together an 18-play, 77 yard drive that took over eight and a half minutes off the clock.  That's when GT's Tevin Washington was stripped inside the Air Force 5-yard line and the Falcons recovered.  The second big turnover came at the end of the fourth quarter when Jon Davis intercepted a Washington pass in the final seconds to seal the victory.  Grade: B-

Coaching: At the end of the day, you can't be too critical of a coaching staff when the team gets a win, but there were a few things I felt Troy Calhoun and the Falcons could have done.  Particularly after seeing the success that the offense had out of the shotgun at the end of the first half.  The Falcons couldn't get much going on the ground all day, so I would have liked to have seen Air Force shake things up a bit on offense.  Of course, following the script did get a win.  Grade: B

Georgia Tech


Offense: Coming into the game I had doubts about Tevin Washington and how well he could lead Georgia Tech in this game in lieu of the injured Josh Nesbitt.  Well, Washington didn't play poorly at all.  Yes, there were those two back-breaking turnovers that can't be forgiven, but he also had 131 yards rushing.  Anthony Allen finished with 91 yards, and Tech ran the ball well on the day.  The problem was that yards don't count for points, and the Jackets just couldn't punch it into the end zone when it mattered.  Grade: C+

Defense: I had a lot of crow to eat when it came to Georgia Tech in this game.  Much like Washington, I had low expectations for Georgia Tech's defense in this game as well.  Seems I forgot one important thing: when you spend all season practicing against an option offense, you tend to get pretty good at stopping an option offense.  Anytime you can hold Air Force under 200 yards on the ground and force them to air it out more than they want to, you've done your job, and Tech did just that.  It's not their fault they were let down by special teams and turnovers on offense.  I'd give them an even better grade than this had they been able to force some turnovers.  Grade: A-

Coaching: I can't fault Paul Johnson or anyone on his coaching staff for this game.  They had a plan, stuck to it, and the plan worked.  They were without their starting quarterback and were in the game with a chance to win through the closing seconds.  The coaches can't be held accountable for backup punt returners and a backup quarterback turning the ball over.  Grade: A

Final Grade


I was looking forward to this game for weeks because I'm a big fan of the triple option offense, and we don't get many chances to see two teams running it face off.  The problem is that option offenses generally struggle in bowl games, and it turns out that when they go against each other, it tends to make things worse.  Seriously, the most enjoyable part of this game was that the Air Force's falcon mascot literally flew away before the game and the academy needed to form a search party to find him in downtown Shreveport.  They did find him in the fourth quarter.  They would not confirm that he was found at a casino playing blackjack.  Still, the game was close throughout, and the bird did provide entertainment, so that bumps the grade up a notch. Grade: C+
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Vandy to cut candidate list, as they should

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Thanks to the Jon Gruden panic at Miami, the Bill McCartney escapades at Colorado , etc., the coaching search at Vanderbilt has flown mostly under the radar to date despite it being the only vacancy this offseason in the SEC (barring Dan Mullen' s hypothetical departure at Mississippi State ). That doesn't mean the Commodore brass hasn't been doing their due diligence. In fact, as this report from the Tennessean indicates , they've been extremely diligent. According to the report, the full alphabetical list of coaches contacted or coaches whose agents have been contacted by the 'Dores --and it may not be comprehensive -- is as follows:

Troy Calhoun , head coach, Air Force
Dave Doeren , defensive coordinator, Wisconsin
James Franklin, offensive coordinator, Maryland
Al Golden, head coach, Temple
Todd Graham , head coach, Tulsa
Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator, Auburn
Greg Roman, offensive coordinator, Stanford
Don Treadwell,
offensive coordinator, Michigan State
Shawn Watson, offensive coordinator, Nebraska

If that seems like a lot of candidates, Vandy Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams agrees with you :
Williams said he will select three candidates — maybe four — from the first round of interviews to become finalists. There would then likely be a second round of interviews.

The cut could come as early as today or as late as next week.

"What I'd prefer to do is probably take more than three to the second round, but to get this thing done, three is probably the optimal number," said Williams, who has declined to comment on candidates during the search process.
We already know a few names on the above list that won't reciprocate enough interest to make the cut -- Calhoun, Malzahn, possibly Golden -- and even though Williams said the frequency of offensive-minded coaches on the list is "just how it's gone," add that frequency to the 'Dores hopeless struggles on offense the last few years and it's easy to see Vandy leaning in that direction.

This could lead the 'Dores to Roman, who's coming off of two incredible seasons with the Cardinal, has first-hand experience dealing with the Stanford-like academic requirements at Vandy, and even got some measure of name-recognition following his nomination as a Broyles Award finalist.

But before they can settle on one candidate, the 'Dores have to settle on three or four. It's time for Williams to make that call.

Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:01 pm
 

Troy Calhoun isn't leaving for the Broncos

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Troy Calhoun seems to be a very popular man in the state of Colorado.  First his name came up as a candidate to replace Dan Hawkins at Colorado before the school hired Jon Embree, and after the Denver Broncos fired Josh McDaniels on Monday, his name came up once again as a possible candidate in Denver.

Which was a bit surprising, seeing as how Calhoun -- who did spend three years on the Broncos sidelines -- runs an option offense at Air Force, but I guess the Broncos do have Tim Tebow, so maybe they were thinking that it might actually work in the NFL.  It wouldn't, but hey, if they were smart enough to hire Josh McDaniels, then they're smart enough to think they could run the option in the NFL.  

Of course, it's all a moot point now.  Calhoun released a statement on the school's website saying that he's not leaving Air Force for the Broncos.

"The Air Force Academy has tremendous General officers and staff members who are remarkably dedicated to the development of our cadets. It's inspiring that an 18 year old kid makes a commitment to embed the necessary character traits to grow into a fine young man or woman who honorably serves for at least five years," Calhoun said. "Our coaching staff and our families are proud to be a part of the daily lives of our nation's future officers. We certainly look forward to seeing our seniors graduate in May along with coaching the Falcons in 2011 and beyond."
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Bieniemy in line for Colorado job?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We know now who the new Colorado head coach won't be, namely, Troy Calhoun . We also know that the Buffs appear set on making a run at Les Miles that has as much chance of succeeding as a run at Ralphie-powered space travel. But what we don't know yet is who the Buffs might actually hire.

According to the Denver Post , though, we know who's edged into pole position : former Colorado great and current Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy . Why?
Ex-CU players are putting a great deal of pressure on athletic director Mike Bohn to hire the former Buffs tailback, who had a good interview Saturday. The committee was impressed with the potential staff Bieniemy said he could put together.
In one sense, Bieniemy would be an uninspiring hire. The track record of NFL position coaches as college head coaches isn't a strong one (just ask Tim Brewster and Sylvester Croom ) and Bieniemy has never been a coordinator at any level. Well-meaning as the former Buffs may be, Bieniemy's hire would also only reinforce the impression -- first created by the school's flirtation with 70-year-old Colorado legend Bill McCartney -- that the program is simply trying to recreate their late-'80s-early-'90s heyday rather than living in the present.

But if Bieniemy does indeed have a pair of inspiring choices in mind to help him out as coordinators, he could prove a galvanizing choice. Few coaches should be able to sell the Colorado program to recruits as well as a young, (allegedly) charismatic, energetic head man with ties to Boulder as deep as Bieniemy's. That both Bieniemy and McCartney have received as much popular support as they have shows how deep the Buffalo fanbase's respect for the CU glory days runs, and Bieniemy should be able to tap into that optimism in a wa ythat Dan Hawkins never could. And as Doug Marrone 's impressive salvage job at Syracuse shows, NFL assistants coachin on behalf of their alma mater can certainly have success.

None of that guarantees Bieniemy anything at this stage. But if the Buffs are as intent on making a quick hire as the Post article suggests, the other candidates in the Buffs' pool will have to move up the ladder quickly if they don't want to see the job wrapped up.


Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Troy Calhoun not interested in Colorado job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is a name that is likely going to come up as a possible candidate for a few different head coaching jobs this offseason. Calhoun has gone 33-18 in four seasons at Air Force, and his history both in college and the NFL is appealing to schools looking for a new head coach. One spot his name has come up pretty often is at Colorado.

Along with his experience, the fact that Calhoun is familiar with the state of Colorado thanks to his time at Air Force and with the Denver Broncos only makes him more attractive to the school.  Unfortunately for Colorado, Calhoun had to let the school know that while he's flattered, he's just not into them.

Calhoun recently let the school know that he won't be a candidate to replace Dan Hawkins, and removed his name from the discussion.  He's the second candidate to do so, as former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti removed himself from consideration a few weeks ago.

As for who the new front runner for the gig is, the names Bill McCartney and Eric Bieniemy keep popping up, and interim head coach Brian Cabral had an interview earlier this week.  There are also rumors that the school still has the pipe dream of stealing Les Miles from LSU.  Why Miles would ever leave LSU to take a pay cut at Colorado, I'll never know.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:14 pm
 

Does Colorado have a shot at Miles?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If most of us were compliling a wish list of candidates for Colorado and their open head coaching position, we'd rank Les Miles somewhere between Condoleeza Rice and Zombie Knute Rockne . All three are intriguing options, but the day any of the three accept the Buffaloes'  head job is the day the world ceases spinning on its axis.

Or so we think. That's reportedly not the way Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn is thinking , however, as he tries to lure the former Buffs assistant back to Boulder:

Bohn isn't talking about the ongoing coaching search, but Miles' name will not go away. School sources say Miles remains high on Bohn's wish list, along with Air Force's Troy Calhoun . And if he pulls off a third straight win Friday, interim coach Brian Cabral should get prominent consideration.

What are the chances of Colorado luring Miles, winner of the 2007 national championship and the coach of the 10-1, fifth-ranked Tigers?

"Two weeks ago, I would've given that story a lot of validity," said Brandon LeGrange, a booster for 15 years in the powerful Tiger Athletic Foundation. "The pressure on him before his win in the Alabama game, I don't know how one man can stand it."

Pressure or no, the list of reasons Miles wouldn't relocate to Colorado seem endless; he'd be forced to take a huge pay cut to join cash-strapped Buffs, his chances of winning championships (both conference and national) would shrink dramatically, he'd have to abandon an LSU program he's recruited into one of the most talented in the country and is poised for its third BCS berth on Miles' watch, and all of that is before we start getting into the pain of uprooting his family.

In short, the pressure (along with Miles' alleged love of Boulder as a city) would be the only reason Miles might abandon Baton Rouge for Boulder, and after starting 9-1, Miles seems to be thriving as fully as he ever has under that pressure. If Miles was looking for a way out of his LSU job, it stands to reason he'd have taken the chance to go to a Michigan job he reportedly covets three years ago.

Stranger things have happened. And at this relatively early stage, there's not much cost (if any) to aiming high. But until there's some indication Bohn's interest is reciprocated in any fashion, we'd suggest the Buffs focus their efforts on Calhoun, or maybe some kind of unholy rite involved in hiring a vampire Vince Lombardi .

HT: EDSBS .

Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Bellotti pulls name from Colorado's list

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, we can scratch one name off of the list of potential Colorado football coaches.  Former Oregon head coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti has pulled his name from consideration, saying that the timing just isn't right for him to get back into the coaching game.

"At this point, the timing wasn't right for me," Bellotti told The Denver Post. "And I'm not sure it's the best fit. It's a combination of all that. Colorado is a great job for anybody, and I didn't want to stand in the way of focusing on somebody else."

Bellotti went on to say that his family played a role in this decision, as he didn't want to uproot his son -- who is a high school junior -- for his senior season of high school.  Of course, while the family is a convenient excuse to have, there's also the fact that the money Colorado could offer Bellotti probably isn't in the neighborhood of what he's looking for.  Which he hinted at a bit while discussing the differences between the facilities he was used to at Oregon, and would have to deal with at Colorado.

"There's a need to move forward and improve them," Bellotti said. "There's a need, too, for the administration, the boosters and everybody to get on the same page and help Colorado football."

As for who Colorado will now turn its attention to, the Denver Post lists Air Force's Troy Calhoun, Les Miles and former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney as the members of athletic director Mike Bohn's "A-list."  Of course, considering the way the Buffaloes have played under interim coach Brian Cabral the last few weeks, you have to think he's making a case for himself.
 
 
 
 
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