Tag:Paul Rhoads
Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Hot Seat Ratings: The Big 12 coaches

Posted by Tom Fornelli

CBSSports.com's very own Dennis Dodd went through every head coach in the FBS this week and assigned a hot seat rating for each one, with 0 being the "coolest" seat and 5 meaning that the coach may end up in a hospital burn ward should he sit down. Looking through Dodd's ratings for each coach in the Big 12 this year, while I agree with most of his ratings, there were a couple I didn't feel were accurate.

Here's the list of Big 12 coaches and the Hot Seat Rating Dodd gave them from lowest to highest.

- Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: 0.0

- Bill Snyder, Kansas State: 0.5

- Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: 1.0

- Gary Pinkel, Missouri: 1.0

- Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: 1.0

- Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: 1.5

- Art Briles, Baylor: 2.0

- Mack Brown, Texas: 2.0

- Mike Sherman, Texas A&M: 2.0

- Turner Gill, Kansas: 3.5

Again, for the most part, I agree with Dennis' rankings, but there are a few of the coaches who I have some nitpicks about. So instead of just writing Dodd an email to let him know, why not publicize it?

Mack Brown - Dodd gives Brown a 2.0 ranking, which according to his system means "Safe--solid position." I do not agree. Honestly, if these were my rankings, I'd bump Brown up to a 4.0. Which Dodd describes as "Warm seat--feeling the pressure." Which is exactly where I think Brown sits at the moment. Coming off of a 5-7 season Brown had to let go of his offensive coordinator Greg Davis and brought in Bryan Harsin. He also saw Will Muschamp leave for Florida. Which means that he was already feeling pressure. You don't go firing your offensive coordinator, and essentially lay the blame at his feet in the process, if you aren't a bit worried about what might come your way.

In a sensible world, Mack Brown should be at 2.0. He should be safe. But this isn't a sensible world, this is Texas Longhorns football where a 5-7 season just isn't acceptable at anytime under anybody. Brown may have a national title to his name, but if Texas goes through another season like the one it went through in 2010, I don't care who Mack Brown is. He'll likely find himself out of a job.

Mike Sherman - Much like Mack Brown, Dodd sets Sherman at a 2.0, and much like Mack Brown, I feel this number is a bit too low. After all, last October when Texas A&M was 3-3 on the year and 0-3 in the Big 12, there were plenty of people who felt Sherman wouldn't be around College Station much longer. Sherman then made the move he had to make by benching Jerrod Johnson for Ryan Tannehill and Tannehill rewarded him by saving his job and helping lead the Aggies on a six-game win streak and berth in the Cotton Bowl.

Still, even with that 9-4 season, the Aggies are still only 19-19 in Sherman's three seasons with the school. The Aggies may not be the power that they once were these days, but I don't think a .500 record is ever going to sit well with a fan base that wants to rule the state of Texas year in and year out. Now, after such a positive finish to the season, expectations are raised at A&M. Should the Aggies and Sherman stumble out of the gate again this season -- and with a stretch of games against Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Missouri early, another 3-3 start isn't out of the question -- then Sherman's pants may be literally on fire before the year is done.

Art Briles - Dennis has Baylor's Art Briles at a 2.0, but I feel that's a bit too high. I'd put Briles at more of a 1.0 or a 1.5 because I just don't see a situation where he's going to be fired this year. In his first two seasons in Waco, Baylor had 4-8 campaigns under Briles, but there was improvement in the team that was evident in anyone who watched. Improvement that led to a 7-6 season in 2010 and Baylor's first trip to a bowl game since 1994.

At a school like Baylor, where football success isn't exactly a common theme, nor is it that big of a deal, I don't see any way in which Briles is going to be fired after leading the program to its first bowl game in 17 years. The only way I can envision Briles not coaching at Baylor in 2012 is if he gets a job somewhere else.

Bob Stoops - Dodd lists Bob Stoops as a 0.0, the safest coach in the Big 12. Dennis is right, Stoops is the safest coach in the conference, but I just don't feel that 0.0 is low enough. I'd put it at a -5.0 because the only way I see Bob Stoops getting fired is if he goes on some cross-country killing spree, and even then he might survive. 

Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Iowa State suspends Duran Hollis

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State has suspended redshirt freshman running back Duran Hollis, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance on Monday. According to athletic department spokesman Tom Kroeschell, Hollis has been "suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules." Apparently getting caught with a controlled substance does not comply with the rules Paul Rhoads has put in place in Ames. Who knew?

Hollis did not play in 2010, and while there's no word on when or if he'll be reinstated, it isn't clear how much playing time he's going to receive in 2011. Iowa State's leading rusher in 2010, Alexander Robinson, has left, but the Cyclones had a couple of other young backs behind him in Shontrelle Johnson and Jeff Woody.

That duo combined for 409 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries last season. 


Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:57 am
 

CBSSports.com College Football 100: 100-91

By the Eye on College Football bloggers

To celebrate the 100 days remaining until the first Saturday of the new college football season, this is the CBSSports.com College Football 100: our countdown of the 2011 season's 100 most influential players, coaches, administrators, venues, or any other related
things in college football. It's like that other "most influential" list, but, you know, more important. Also: it's supposed to be fun. Enjoy.

100. THE DOOLEY RULE, new NCAA regulation.
We don’t know when; we don’t know where. But we’re betting that at some point this season, college football’s new Dooley Rule -- which punishes offenses that commit a penalty in the last minute of either half with a 10-second runoff from the game clock -- makes a major impact on the outcome of a game. If it’s the right game, the rule could make a major impact on the outcome of college football’s entire season.

That’s not necessarily likely, of course. Until namesake Derek Dooley’s Tennessee team lost last year’s Music City Bowl when North Carolina stopped the clock with its own penalty, the situation hadn’t yet seemed to occur in a high-profile college football game. (There’s a reason it took until 2011 for the rule to be put into place.) But now that it’s there, we think the odds are good that we’ll see it put into practice this fall … and that the losing coach will be sure to let us know about it. -- JH

99. JARED HASSIN, running back, Army. For the last nine years, Army has fallen short of toppling their Navy counterparts. Could 2011 be the year that the Black Knights finally get over the hump? If they do, it will likely be thanks to the efforts of Hassin. He broke out in a big way his sophomore season, racking up 1,013 yards and 9 touchdowns, helping lead Army to their first postseason appearance since 1996 and first bowl win since 1985.

Hassin was originally enrolled in the Air Force Academy before transferring back to Army (his original commitment) and sitting out 2009. It was an odd recruitment, especially for the son of an Army graduate. But regardless of the process, the lifelong Army football fan is now playing for the team he grew up loving. He is undisputedly one of the most important players on the Black Knights, and fans hope the 6-3, 235-pound back can flash the historic rivalry back to the late 80's and early 90's, when Army took 9 of 11 from the Midshipmen. -- CP

98. GUNNER KIEL, quarterback, Columbus (Ind.) East High School. The nation's top quarterback in the class of 2012 and number two overall prospect according to MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming, Kiel holds a scholarship offer from just about every program in the country. The 6-foot-4, 210 pound signal-caller is ideal for just about any kind of system and has a good arm, throws the ball accurately and is a natural born leader on the field.

Kiel comes from a long line of quarterbacks - his uncle Blair played at Notre Dame and in the NFL and both of his brothers play the position in college - and the next in line might be the most talented out of all of them. His recruitment, as one would expect from a top prospect, is not being played out in the public as he is trying to keep things close to the vest. Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri and Alabama are a few of the schools making a strong push for his services but it will be well into the season (or after it) before he ends up making a decision; expect to hear plenty about it as 2011 progresses. -- BF

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97. RYAN TANNEHILL, quarterback, Texas A&M. The Aggies had two different seasons in 2010: one B.T. (Before Tannehill) and one A.T. (After Tannehill). With Jerrod Johnson at quarterback, the Aggies were 3-3 on the season, and 0-3 in Big 12 play. Then Tannehill took over the reins against Kansas on Oct. 23 and Texas A&M didn't look back. The Aggies reeled off six straight wins, including games over Oklahoma, Nebraska and (the coup de gras) Texas. They wouldn't know defeat under Tannehill until the Cotton Bowl, where LSU won 41-24.

Still, Tannehill was a revelation. Not only was he able to run a rather potent Aggies offense, but he did so without the crippling turnovers that became a trademark of Texas A&M under Johnson. This season will be different for Tannehill, however. No longer is he the former tight end-turned-savior, but the quarterback who is supposed to make sure Texas A&M takes the next step--its first league title since 1998, and just their second Big 12 title ever. -- TF

96. GREG MATTISON, defensive coordinator, Michigan. One could certainly make the argument that it was the continuing ineptitude of former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson that cost former head coach Rich Rodriguez his job in Ann Arbor. After all, Robinson's latter year spearheading the Wolverine defense was, by far, the worst in points allowed in Michigan history; the former was the third-worst (and just for good measure, the second-worst season came in Rich-Rod's first season, with one-and-done Scott Shafer as DC). Yes, Michigan has an unusually stingy history of defense, but that's just the thing: Michigan fans have every reason to expect that stingy defense. That's just how it's done at Michigan.

It'll be up to Mattison, then, to keep Brady Hoke's seat cool, and he's got the pedigree to do it. Mattison is entering his 35th year of assistant coaching defense and his 16th as a defensive coordinator, and he's been a part of some very successful defenses (Florida's '06 BCS Championship team, for one). Fans shouldn't expect miracles and shutouts on Day 1 or even in Year 1, but they're going to need to see some sense this year that Michigan's old way of football is coming back. Getting the points per game allowed back under 27.5 for the first time since 2007 would be a good start. -- AJ

95. TYLER BRAY, quarterback, Tennessee. Give the sophomore gunslinger from California this: he doesn't lack for confidence. From the moment he stepped into Tennessee's starting lineup as a true freshman in midseason 2010, Bray carried himself with a swagger that paid big dividends in the Volunteers' season-ending, bowl-salvaging four-game winning streak--a streak in which Bray threw for 12 touchdowns and better than 1,200 yards. Behind four more Bray scoring strikes, the Vols nearly upset UNC in their bowl game (see above), raising expectations for even bigger things in 2011.

But Bray might have taken a little too much self-belief into spring, where he finished an up-and-down camp with a miserable 5-for-30 performance in the Orange-White Game. If he can harness his confidence and continue building on last year's impressive debut, the Vols could be major spoilers in a logjammed SEC East. If not, one of the nation's proudest programs could slip below .500 for the third time in four years. -- JH

94. JON EMBREE, head coach, Colorado. After a disastrous experience with an outsider as head coach in Dan Hawkins, Colorado turned to someone with a strong connection to the program in Embree, a former tight end and assistant coach for the Buffs. He's never been a head coach before but his fiery attitude and pledge to bring back several school traditions have already gotten players and alumni fired up for the upcoming season.

Embree has his work cut out for him though, with Colorado coming off a 5-7 season and transitioning to a new league, the Pac-12. He installed a pro-style offense during the spring and has his staff hitting the recruiting trail hard over the past few months to get word out about the program. The schedule is tough, hosting Oregon and going to both Ohio State and Stanford, but Embree has a senior quarterback in Tyler Hansen and a few solid pieces to build around. Expectations are rising in Boulder and while it might be too much to ask of Embree to turn everything around in his first year, he sure will make things more interesting up in the mountains. -- BF

93. SAVON HUGGINS, running back, Rutgers. Huggins enters his true freshman season with the Scarlet Knights with high expectations from the Rutgers fan base. At their spring game in April, Huggins drew about as much fanfare in his street clothes as the boys in pads. Huggins was one of the few big signing day steals for head coach Greg Schiano, and the Maxpreps No. 1-ranked running back should be an immediate upgrade for the Big East's worst rushing offense in 2010.

Fans are not the only ones anxiously awaiting Huggins' arrival. The coaching staff failed to identify any kind of order for the position in the post-spring depth chart. When Huggins suits up for fall camp, he will have as much of a chance to play as the three current backs on the chart. Hailing from nearby Jersey City, NJ, Huggins is the new face of Rutgers football. If he doesn't pan out into the star Schiano is hoping for, the 2006 Coach of the Year might find himself suddenly on a warmer seat in Piscataway. -- CP

92. QUALCOMM STADIUM, home field, San Diego State. Thanks to years of incompetence from its regular Aztec tenants, the former Jack Murphy Stadium's most prominent ties to college football have been the Holiday Bowl and (more recently) the Poinsettia Bowl. And those aren't insiginificant, particularly considering some of the classics that have been played in the Holiday.

But that should change this year. SDSU is poised for potentially their biggest season in school history, with senior quarterback Ryan Lindley and sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman forming the most dynamic QB-RB combo in the Mountain West. To win the conference the Aztecs will have to go through both TCU and Boise State, but wouldn't you know it--both MWC frontunners must visit Qualcomm this year, the Frogs Oct. 8 and Broncos Nov. 19. With two chances for the Aztecs, don't be surprised if "the Q" plays host to this year's version of Nevada-Boise, the upset that turns the non-AQ BCS chase on its head. -- JH

91. PAUL RHOADS, head coach, Iowa State. When Paul Rhoads took over as head coach at Iowa State in 2009, replacing Gene Chizik -- whatever happened to that guy? -- he was walking into a tough situation. The Cyclones had only won five games in the previous two seasons, but the man who grew up 20 miles outside Ames led the team to seven wins in 2009, including a win over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl. Iowa State took a step back in 2010, but did get a huge win over Texas and narrowly lost to Nebraska in overtime.

In 2011, however, the time for moral victories has passed. While the Cyclones have won 12 games under Rhoads in his first two seasons, only six have come against conference opponents, four of them coming against former Big 12 North teams. Now the Cyclones will no longer have seasons in which they don't have to play Texas and Oklahoma, so winning in the conference won't be easy. Of course, it's not like anybody is expecting Iowa State to compete for the conference title every season, but if Iowa State wants to be better than a program that makes the occasional bowl appearance, Rhoads is going to have to do more than pull off the occasional shocker. -- TF

Check back tomorrow at Eye on College Football for Nos. 90-81 on the countdown, and follow us on Twitter.




Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Iowa State getting its own giant scoreboard

Posted by Tom Fornelli

That photo above is an artist's rendering of what the new scoreboard that Iowa State began working on this week. As you can see, the giant scoreboard will be built to tower over the school's Jacobson Athletic Building at the north end of Jack Trice Stadium. The plan is to have the scoreboard up and running before Iowa State plays its first home game this fall.

“With the Regents’ approval last month, we can now move forward expediently to have the video display and sound system ready to go when the Cyclones hit the field this fall,” Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “The amazing display and the versatility of the board will be a huge enhancement to the game-day enjoyment for fans. It’s like adding a huge flat screen HD television to your home.

“The impact of this structure on our football program is hard to quantify, but its size, quality and versatility will significantly enhance Jack Trice Stadium. Beyond a significant upgrade of entertainment possibilities, it also helps us maximize marketing potential within the stadium.”

The scoreboard will measure 36 feet high by 79.5 feet wide, and of course will feature a HD screen. Still, the question is, what should be the first video that Iowa State shows on it's new scoreboard? A highlight reel of the 2010 season? Possibly even an advertisment? These are good ideas, but I think we all know there is only one true possibility.

Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Here's Paul Rhoads punching a moose in the face

Posted by Adam Jacobi

No lead-in to this one, no exposition. You saw the title and you want Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads punching a moose in the face, so that's exactly what we're going to give you.

I am so proud to be your blogger today.

Okay, so you're probably wanting some context at this point. That's totally understandable. Here's the entirety of the video description, uploaded by user isuvideo:

Watch a skit played at Cy's House of Trivia as Paul and Vicki Rhoads, Leonard Johnson and Ter'ran Benton play the Griswold family in National Lampoon's Vacation

Obviously, it's from that movie (and expertly done, at that), but the question of "why" isn't exactly getting resolved here. So why even try? Let's just enjoy the video for what it is: the prohibitive favorite for the next Oscar for Best Short Film.

Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Iowa State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice. So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers. Today, we look at Iowa State, which started spring practice on Tuesday.


Spring Practice Question: Is the quarterback position as wide open as Paul Rhoads claims it is?

Over the last three seasons there wasn't much question regarding who would be playing quarterback for the Iowa State Cyclones. The job was Austen Arnaud's, and one he did pretty well. Arnaud finished his Iowa State career second on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 6,777 yards, and had the highest completion percentage in school history.

However, Arnaud is gone now, and the main focus with Iowa State this spring will be the battle to replace him. 

Before practice began earlier this week, head coach Paul Rhoads declared it an open battle, and said that whichever one of his quarterbacks performs the best is going to win the job. 

"You'd like to leave spring drills after 15 practices and three full scrimmages with a guy you know is your number one," said Rhoads. "There won't be any panic if we don't."

At the moment, Jerome Tiller is atop the depth chart, and that makes a lot of sense. After all, he has the most experience on the roster, as he's been needed to fill in for Arnaud at times over the last two years thanks to injuries.

Behind Tiller is rising sophomore James Capello and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett, but I don't see either of these two wrestling the job away barring some kind of super-heroic performances this spring. No, I believe there's another quarterback Tiller should be looking over his shoulder at.

Number two on the quarterback depth chart is Steele Jantz. Let's be honest, if we were going on name alone, Jantz would win this competition easily. However, there is more to being a quarterback than having a cool name.

"I know Steele's coming to take the first place job, and it's my job to protect it," said Tiller. "And may the best player play, but I plan on it being me."

Though I'm not sure that it's Rhoads' plan.

Jantz is new to Ames, as he comes to Iowa State as a junior college transfer. One that there has been a lot of talk about in recent months. Now, while Rhoads may claim that the competition is wide open, I'm just not sure that is really the case.

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Yes, Tiller has experience with the team. The output during that time, though, has been less than stellar. Tiller has completed 51% of his passes for under 5.0 yards per attempt over the last two seasons, and has thrown only 2 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. You could point out that Tiller is mobile, but after rushing for 216 yards on 44 carries in 2009, Tiller only managed 66 yards on 42 carries in 2010.

21 of those yards came on a single carry.

Jantz, on the other hand, threw for 3,075 yards and 23 touchdowns with City College of San Francisco last season. He also ran for another 610 yards while leading the team to an 11-1 mark. Now, I know there's a huge difference between the level of play at a junior college than in the Big 12, and I don't expect Jantz to just show up and start laying waste to Oklahoma's defense right away.

What really makes me wonder if the competition is as open as it's claimed to be is that Jantz is in Ames to begin with. If Paul Rhoads was really so comfortable with the idea of Tiller taking the reins this season, then why did he bring in a junior college transfer?

Why not just sign another high school quarterback to develop in your latest recruiting class?

I just find it hard to believe that Iowa State is bringing Jantz in from San Francisco to have him send in plays from the sidelines. So while Jerome Tiller may be on top of Iowa State's depth chart to start practice, I wouldn't count on him being there for very long.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Pair of players arrested in Big 12 North

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With the 2010 season well behind us but spring camps still weeks away, it's prime season for offseason malfeasance and player arrests, as two players in the former Big 12 North have illustrated.

One is Missouri junior defensive tackle Jimmy Burge, who was arrested near Columbia Jan. 17 after several items of marijuana-related paraphernalia were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The arrest is Burge's second in less than four months after being cited in October for drinking while driving.

Burge was suspended for two games following that incident. A Missouri official said that "any discipline measures will be handled internally" in this case. Burge started six games a year ago and would be expected to hold onto that position this fall for the Tigers, assuming he remains with the team.

Perhaps on even thinner ice is Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau'fo'ou, who was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning and charged with drunken driving after a blood-alcohol test. He has been suspended indefinitely by ISU head coach Paul Rhoads "for failing to comply with team expectations and policies."

As with Burge, the run-in with the law is the second for Tau'fo'ou during his stay in Ames; he was also charged with fifth-degree misdemeanor theft in September 2009 after reportedly taking a piece of computer equipment from an ISU bookstore. The transfer from the College of San Mateo started two games in 2010 and made 20 tackles.

With the North dissolved and the Tigers and Cyclones tossed back into the mix with Oklahoma and Texas, no doubt this is a critical offseason for both programs ... and no doubt Gary Pinkel and Rhoads will hope this is as noisy as that offseason gets.

HT: DocSat.

Posted on: December 14, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Report: Teryl Austin hired as Texas DC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Two offseasons ago, Auburn and Iowa State made a kind of coaching swap, as ISU head coach Gene Chizik went to the Plains and Tiger defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads became the new Iowa State head man.

If this report from the usually-reliable Orangebloods.com is accurate, Florida and Texas will be hoping for similar success after a similar swap of their 2010 defensive coordinators. You already know previous Longhorn DC Will Muschamp has gone to Gainesville as the Gators' new head coach, and now it turns out the guy who'll replace Muschamp in Austin is the guy left out of a job by Muschamp's arrival:



So much for the Randy Shannon talk.

As fallback plans to Muschamp go, Teryl Austin appears to be a good one, even besides the happy coincidence of his surname; the Gators finished ninth in the country in total defense and many weeks were forced to carry a Florida team devoid of any kind of offensive spark. Much like Muschamp's under-fire defense in Texas, you can't pin losses like the 10-7 debacle vs. Mississippi State on Austin's unit.

An argument could be made that Austin was blessed with an abundance of top-shelf talent and only had to maintain the previous good work done by Charlie Strong, but between his one successful season in Gainesville and always-handy-when-recruiting NFL ties, Mack Brown probably could have done worse.

 
 
 
 
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