Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:12 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is a bit different from the rest of the honors on the college football postseason, as it specifically takes into account an athlete's off-field activities as well -- to quote the release announcing this year's winner, "a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition."
So it makes sense that this year's award went to Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs. Dobbs is arguably the greatest option quarterback of the past decade or so, an honorable mention All-American who totaled more than 2,000 yards of offense this season and set a single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback as a junior with 27.
But Dobbs is also due to graduate this sping with a degree in general science from one of the FBS's most challenging academic programs, and still finds the time to be involved with various community activities (including helping at multiple football camps in the Annapolis area). After graduation, he'll be serving (naturally) in the U.S. Navy. Tonight's the final game of his career as he takes on San Diego State in the waterlogged Poinsettia Bowl; it's your final chance to watch one of college football's best players in action, and we strongly suggest you take advantage of the opportunity. (Need a preview? The blog's got you covered .)
Also making the Lowe's Senior Class Award All-America first team: Northern Illinois defensive end Jake Coffman, Auburn center Ryan Pugh, Penn State guard Stefan Wisnewski, and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. Congratulatiosn are in order for all.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 4:06 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The great irony of the Outback Bowl is that one sideline will be coached by Urban Meyer, the poster child for the toll modern major college football coaching takes on those in the field, and the other by Joe Paterno, the indestructible symbol of the profession as it used to be in the days of 25-year tenures and mavericks whose name would wind up on the side of the stadium. The rumors about JoePa's health, ability to coach, and recruiting impact on his beloved Nittany Lion program have been around longer than Meyer's entire FBS head-coaching career. The contrast is staggering.
But even Paterno, 84 years young this week , is human. So the rumors have been beginning to curdle again, and they gained perhaps some measure of legitimacy in this report from the Patriot News on Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley's (now unsuccessful) candidacy for the Temple head coaching position. David Jones writes (emphasis added):
It has been increasingly difficult for PSU assistants to recruit around the age and apparent declining health of head coach Joe Paterno who turned 84 yesterday. Though Paterno has insisted he will coach next season, those surrounding the program have become increasingly skeptical that can happen .As Jones writes, that Bradley was fully committed to taking the Temple position indicates that he is not -- as has been widely believed in some quarters -- the man in line to succeed Paterno if and when he retires.
But as the closest thing to a "right-hand man" on Paterno's staff (where Bradley has coached since 1979 ), he is nonetheless a key figure in Penn State's future going forward. As Paterno is less and less able to handle his full complement of head coaching duties, more and more of those will have to be handled by Bradley and the other PSU assistants. And not only could Bradley not have performed those (obviously) as the head coach at Temple, Jones reports that he could have taken multiple other Nittany Lion assistants with him. If there's a worst-case scenario for Penn State beyond a sudden Paterno retirement for health-related reasons, it's a a sudden Paterno retirement for health-related reasons without Bradley or a handful of other PSU assistants on hand to help keep things afloat.
So the Owls opting for Steve Addazio over Bradley might be a bullet dodged for Penn State. There's still some issues to be addressed -- the questions about JoePa are already having a serious detrimental impact on PSU's recruiting, and assistants like Bradley looking ready to bolt won't help matters -- but Temple's decision gives PSU at least one anchor that won't have to be pulled up right away.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 1:33 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
That video is a few years old, but the premise behind it still holds true today. Joe Paterno is old. In fact, he's a year older, as the winningest coach in college football history turns a spritely 84 years old today. Yes, we've had some fun around here with Paterno's old age, but we're not too worried about it. The coach has admitted that he doesn't use the internet -- something else he's older than -- so it's not like he's ever going to see this anyway.
Still, he may be old, and he may be an easy target for jokes because of it, but he's still a remarkable man who has done more in his life than most of us ever will. Most of us can only hope we get the chance to live long enough to see our 84th birthdays, let alone still be leading a major college football program like Penn State.
So, from all of us here at the College Football Blog, happy birthday, coach Paterno. Here's to 84 more.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: December 21, 2010 12:23 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
For now, Steve Addazio is still the offensive coordinator at Florida. But after coaching the Gators against Penn State in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, Addazio will become another piece of the coaching carousel. One program in the market for a new head coach is Temple, who saw head coach Al Golden leave to accept the same position at Miami. After losing a promising recruit to Golden in the move, the Owls may feel the pressure to select a new man quickly, and begin preparing for the future.
The Philadelphia Inquirier is reporting that Addazio was in town on Monday to discuss the open head coaching position at Temple. Addazio, a Connecticut native, has been on Urban Meyer's offensive staff for his entire tenure at Florida. Despite criticism for this year's offensive struggles, he is still credited for helping put together the high-octane offense that won two national championships in three years between 2006-2008.
Other names connected to the Temple job have been current offensive coordinator Matt Rhule, who called the plays for Golden this past season, and Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. Cignetti is not guaranteed a job after the "resignation" of Dave Wannstedt, though there is a possibility he could be retained by new head coach Michael Haywood.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 12:41 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has taken pride in building a successful program both on and off the field. His accomplishments in 2010 may have been overshadowed by Maryland's Ralph Friedgen in the eyes of the conference [ENTER SOLAR ECLIPSE JOKE HERE], but Beamer is receiving his recognition on the national level.
The Hokies head coach was announced on Monday as the recipient of the inaugural Joseph V. Paterno Coach of the Year Award. The award is "designed to honor the spirit of Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, whose long-time success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it."
“This award is extremely special, No. 1 because of the coach’s name on it, a guy that I have deeply admired for many years and appreciate very much his impact on college football,” Beamer said in a release from the school. “And secondly, because of what it stands for. Academics and involvement in the community are things that I have strived hard to provide, along with a winning football program. I am very appreciative that other people recognize that.”
Beamer's on-field accomplishments have been well-documented. He is the only FBS coach to win 10 games in each of the last seven seasons. Since joining the ACC in 2004, Virginia Tech has won the conference championship four times, including running the table in 2010. After starting the season with two losses in five days, Beamer helped orchestrate one of the most impressive winning streaks in recent ACC history. After tearing through 11 wins and an ACC Championship, the Hokies now prepare to face Stanford in the Orange Bowl on January 3.
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 11:36 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
You know, it's no secret that Joe Paterno isn't exactly the youngest coach out there. In fact, he's the complete and total opposite of that. So it's easy to make fun of him, because it's easy to make fun of old people. Sure, some cultures respect and revere their elders, but this is America, and unless you're between the ages of 18 and 34, nobody gives a damn about you here.
Still, maybe we should show our senior citizens more respect. They did help lay the foundation of this great country of ours, and have forgotten more about life than most of us have learned. That is what we should do. What we shouldn't do? Let's not have them no our radio shows.
Isn't he precious?
Hat tip: SB Nation
Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2010 6:24 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
With the Big Ten adding Nebraska to the fold earlier this year, the old Big Ten logo with the subtle "11" embedded was suddenly rendered obsolete. The Big Ten's response? A Big Ten logo with a subtle "10" embedded. Here's the new logo unveiled by commissioner Jim Delany on the Big Ten Network today:
As for the division names, yes, they're "Legends" and "Leaders." The announcement was made after a five-minute presentation about alumni of each and every school doing good things, and as the image above indicates, the split is like this:
There'll be a time and place for editorializing about the new branding, but for now, here's what it all is. Reactions go in the comment section below.
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Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:01 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Kevin Newsome came to Penn State as a highly-touted recruit, and spent his freshman season on the sideline watching Daryll Clark finish his Penn State career thinking that he'd be the man to take over the job in 2010. Sure, he had to have a competition with Matt McGloin before the season started, but come on, McGloin was a walk on, the job was Newsome's.
What Newsome didn't count on was Robert Bolden coming in and taking the job away from both of them. To make matters worse, when Bolden went down with a concussion, it wasn't Newsome who got the call to replace him. It was McGloin, and McGloin would keep the job. So because of all this, it's not exactly surprising to hear the news out of Happy Valley that it's more of a Sad Valley for Newsome, and he's planning on transferring.
A report on the Penn State football website, Bluewhiteillustrated.com, indicates Newsome, a true sophomore, wants out of State College. There are no quotes from Newsome or Newsome's family members, the report is based on sources. PSU football spokesman Jeff Nelson said Thursday he was unaware of any change in Newsome's status. And it's also worth noting that the reporter who authored the story, Nate Bauer, was not sure if Newsome had informed the PSU coaching staff of his intentions.
Of course, as the report in The Patriot-News says, there is no official word from Newsome yet, nor has Penn State been told of these plans, so it's still possible that Newsome won't leave. Still, I doubt that's the case unless Newsome wants to spend the final two seasons of his college career holding a clipboard on the sideline.
I'm pretty sure that's not what he came to Penn State to do. He wants to play, and it doesn't look like he's going to get that opportunity in State College.