Tag:Ball State
Posted on: November 10, 2010 11:58 am

Brady Hoke now a candidate for Minnesota job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since Minnesota fired Tim Brewster, the school's head has been in the clouds when considering who to hire to replace him.  Names like Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, Jim Harbaugh, and somebody at the school has probably wondered about Bear Bryant too.  The thing that all these coaches have in common -- well, not the late, great Mr. Bryant -- is that if they were to leave their current jobs to take over at Minnesota, they'd be taking a step backward.   Which Minnesota just doesn't seem to get.

Which is why I was somewhat relieved to see the latest name to come up in the Gophers coaching search, because this one actually seems sensible. According to a report in the Pioneer Press, Brady Hoke of San Diego State is now on the list of "serious" coaching candidates.   Which just makes sense, so kudos to you, Minnesota.

Hoke has experience in the Big Ten, spending eight years at Michigan as a defensive coach and is from Ohio.  He also led Ball State to a 12-1 mark in 2008 before moving on to San Diego State.  Now, in his second season there, Hoke has the Aztecs at 7-2 with a chance at a Mountain West title if they can pull off the upset of TCU this weekend.

In other words, he's a coach that has had to work his way up the ladder, and had success everywhere he's been.  You don't think he'd be interested in coming back to the Big Ten -- most certainly a step forward for him -- and taking over the Minnesota job?  The most important thing for Minnesota to consider, though, is that it's not the the only school who has likely taken notice of Hoke.  Colorado has an opening right now, too, and it's likely going to turn its attention to Hoke soon as well.
Posted on: November 6, 2010 9:20 pm

New Mexico is off the schneid

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When the day started, only two winless programs remained in the FBS, Akron and New Mexico . And both teams were facing their best opportunity of the season to avoid going 0-for-2010, with the Zips facing hapless Eastern Michigan victims Ball State and the Lobos hosting the equally toothless Cowboys of Wyoming .

The Zips came as close as you can possibly come without getting over the hump, going into double overtime before succumbing 37-30 in double-overtime . So maybe that was the inspiration the Lobos needed to finish the job; tied at 31 late in the fourth quarter with Wyoming, first-time starter and true freshman quarterback Stump Godfrey (handed the job after a pumpkin-carving accident ended his predecessor's season) led an epic 11-play, 47-yard march that ate up the final 5:33 off the clock and ended squarely in field goal range. James Aho connected on a 39-yard attempt at the gun, and the Lobos officially moved into the win column, 34-31

The victory won't come close to saving Mike Locksley 's job, and it probably won't even lead to anything better than a 1-11 final record. But the Lobos can say they haven't lost every game they've played. And tonight, that probably feels like enough.

Posted on: October 19, 2010 4:24 pm

What the end of a 2-year losing streak looks like

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Entering last Saturday's date at fellow MAC struggler Ball State , Eastern Michigan had lost 18 straight games, the second-longest losing streak in the nation. Second-year head coach Ron English 's record at the EMU helm? You guessed it, 0-18. And with the Eagles down 21-0 in the second quarter on the road, it looked like 0-19 was fast approaching.

That's when Eagle quarterback Alex Gillett went to work. He would finish with 414 total yards (189 rushing, 225 passing), driving EMU into overtime tied at 35, and then he did this:

That's tight end Ben Thayer who appears to nearly pay for his game-winning catch with his life, but I don't think he minds too much.

But even as you watch EMU celebrate, remember that when an 18-game losing streak ends, that means another team has just lost to a team that came in on an 18-game losing streak. No, really, remember that. And that the pain of that fact probably wounds even more deeply when that team rampaged through a 12-0 regular season just two seasons ago and has gone a miserable 4-17 since with losses not only to EMU but FCS teams New Hampshire and Liberty. Just ask a Ball State fan, like Alan of Ball State fan blog Over the Pylon :

After each and every loss since this blog was started back in 2008 we’ve implored people to stay positive. We’ve begged people to not give up. We’ve assured folks that better days were coming. Today, all that positivity, all that fear calming, all that hope and optimism for this program in the near future appears for naught. I’m not sure what rock bottom is, but I fear that the Ball State football program is venturing dangerously close to it ...

The box score and recap for this particular contest is equal parts confusing and humiliating. EMU outplayed the Cardinals in nearly every facet, from time of possession to total yards ... To have a winless team mired in a significant losing streak rack up a 490-243 yard advantage is absolutely ridiculous ...

I never thought I would be saying this again after 2008 and the magical undefeated season we witnessed, but there is nothing positive to take away from this game and nothing that I can point to as a life vest in this abysmal era of failure and disappointment.
Alan certainly doesn't find that life vest in BSU head coach Stan Parrish ; after two years in charge of the Cardinals, the one-time Kansas State head coach has compiled an unbelievable 6-46-1 all-time record as a Division I head coach.

It's a portrait of a program suddenly awash in misery as abject as EMU's joy was, er, joyous. Even at the fringes of FBS football, every emotional high --no matter how high -- still has its corresponding low.

HT: Pre-Snap Read , who points out via Twitter that EMU's happiness isn't likely to be long-lived; in the past decade, the Eagles have never won three games in a row and won two in a row only five times.
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