Tag:Coaching Changes
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 9:17 pm
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Toledo names OC Matt Campbell new head coach

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Having guided the Rockets to an eighth-place finish in FBS total offense, Toledo offensive coordinator Matt Campbell had two choices: he could follow his former head coach Tim Beckman to Illinois, or take over as the Rockets head coach himself.

Monday night, Campbell made his choice official, electing to remain in Toledo and serve as the program's 26th head coach. At just 32 years old, the Ohio native and alumnus of powerhouse Division III program Mount Union become the youngest coach in the FBS by nearly three years over newly-hired Memphis head coach Justin Fuente.

"Honestly, there's no place I'd rather be than right here at the University of Toledo," Campbell said. "My goal and dream has always been to be a head football coach, and I think coach Beckman knew that. I think he understood that." 

Both current Rockets and recent graduates of Beckman's revitalized program praised the move.

"With how our program was being run, you don't want someone coming in and destroying the momentum that the Toledo football program is building," Arizona Cardinals wide receiver (and 2009 Rocket) Stephen Williams told the Toledo Blade. "[Campbell] has been around. He knows where everything is going. He's a lot like coach Beckman, but he knows the direction he wants to take this program in, especially offensively." 

In four years under Campbell and Beckman, the Rockets improved steadily in the win-loss column but took a pair of giant leaps forward in offensive production. After finishing 84th in total offense under previous head coach Tom Amstutz in 2008, Toledo surged all the way to 13th in Campbell's first season. An inexperienced offense meant a slide back to 74th in 2010, but Campbell turned things around to the tune of top-10 finishes in both total and scoring offense in 2011.

Campbell will still have work to do to fix an often porous defense (76th in total D) and break through to the Rockets' first MAC title since 2004. But given his offensive track record and enthusiasm for the job, he'll have at least as good a shot at it as any other candidate the Toledo administration might have selected.
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Report: Colorado State to hire Bama OC McElwain

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Colorado State has reportedly found its new head coach. According to the Denver Post, CSU will hire Jim McElwain, Alabama's offensive coordinator. The contract is estimated to be a five-year deal, worth $1.5 million per year. McElwain will replace Steve Fairchild, who was ousted earlier in December.

The deal represents a substantial step up in both salary and prestige for the 49-year-old McElwain; this will be his first head coaching gig at any level, as he worked his way through the collegiate assistant ranks after graduating. Additionally, McElwain's salary will be nearly tripled from the $510,000 per year he was making at Alabama

McElwain's Alabama offense has improved its standing in the SEC for every year that he's been there; in 2007, Nick Saban's first at the helm of Alabama and the year before McElwain arrived, the Tide was ranked seventh in the SEC in total offense; in his first year, it was sixth, followed by finishes at fourth, third, and second in the ensuing years. In the one year McElwain spent as Fresno State's offensive coordinator, the Bulldogs went 9-4 (6-2) with a win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl, scoring nearly 33 points per game in the process. In addition, the Crimson Tide has scored over 30 points per game on average in every season McElwain has been at the helm of the Alabama offense; the Tide has averaged 36 points a game this year.

Colorado State has not officially announced the hire at this point, but the Post says the school will announce the hire at a Tuesday press conference. Meanwhile, Izzy Gould of al.com has reported that Saban met with his coaching staff on Monday to discuss McElwain's departure.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Kevin Sumlin officially headed to Texas A&M

Posted by Chip Patterson

Bruce Feldman's report from Saturday afternoon was confirmed when Texas A&M officially announced the hiring of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as the head football coach at Texas A&M University," Sumlin said in a prepared statement. "Having coached there before, I understand the culture and embrace the commitment by the 12th Man regarding Aggie football. Aggieland is a special place and I look forward to working with the young men in the football program and recruiting the type of players we need to be successful in the SEC."

Sumlin reportedly informed his Houston team of the move to College Station in a meeting on Saturday, with assistant Tony Levine serving as the interim head coach for the Cougars' appearance in the Ticket City Bowl against Penn State on Jan. 2.

Sumlin takes over after Mike Sherman was fired following a disappointing 6-6 finish to a season that started with high expectations for the Aggies. Texas A&M is hoping that the return of the former offensive coordinator - Sumlin worked under R.C. Slocum in 2001-02 - will help give the Aggies the momentum the program will need making the transition to the SEC.

As Bryan Fischer pointed out earlier today, Sumlin will have the opportunity to lock up a recruiting class that is currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally according to MaxPreps.com. The former Houston head coach carries a great reputation among players, and competing for recruits in the SEC is no easy task.

Houston is also on the move to a new conference, with the announcement on Friday of the Cougars' move to the Big East in 2013.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:16 am
Edited on: December 10, 2011 2:14 pm
 

UCLA hires Jim L. Mora as head coach

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After letting go of head coach Rick Neuheisel and attempting to hire several big names, UCLA has finally found a head coach.

Former Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim L. Mora will be the new coach in Westwood, the school announced Saturday morning. The Bruins had attempted to hire Boise State's Chris Petersen, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Washington's Steve Sarkisian before Mora took the job. This will be the first time the Bruins have hired a head coach who has not been an assistant coach or player at the school since 1949. The LA Times first reported the news Friday night.

"As someone who has been around the game of football my entire life, I have always held the UCLA job in the highest esteem," Mora said in the release. "Given its location and its tradition, UCLA is truly a sleeping giant and I realize that an opportunity of this magnitude doesn't present itself more than once in a career, so I jumped at the chance to be a Bruin."

Mora has been out of coaching since 2009 after being let go by the Seahawks. He has been in the NFL since 1985, including stops in San Diego, New Orleans, San Francisco and Atlanta. In four seasons as a head coach, Mora compiled a 31-33 overall record and reached the NFC championship game in 2004 before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mora was serving as an analyst for the NFL Network the past two years before being hired by UCLA. Better known as Jim Mora Jr., he lived in Los Angeles when his father, Jim Sr., coached at the school in 1974. The 50-year-old also played defensive back at Washington in the early 1980's.

"UCLA has always been a place of high expectations, as it applies to our students, our faculty, our researchers and, not least of all, our athletic program. With more NCAA championships than any other university, the reality is that our fans count on us to be great. The hiring of Jim L. Mora as head coach of UCLA football proves that this is still a place where champions are made and integrity matters," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.

The Bruins went 6-7 on the season under Neuheisel, losing 50-0 to crosstown rival USC and most recently to Oregon in the first ever Pac-12 Championship game last week.

UCLA will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on December 31 with offensive coordinator Mike Johnson serving as interim head coach.

Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 9:09 pm
 

UCLA looking at Sarkisian for coaching vacancy

Posted by Bryan Fischer

UCLA is searching for a new head coach after letting go Rick Neuheisel before the Pac-12 Championship game. And searching and searching. And searching.

They tried Boise State's Chris Petersen, checked in on others such as Houston's Kevin Sumlin and now, apparently, have moved onto someone with local ties. According to the LA Times, UCLA officials have approached Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian about the vacancy but the efforts have "fallen on deaf ears."

Sarkisian has several ties to the Los Angeles area, hailing from nearby Torrance, Calif. and spending several years as an assistant at USC. Washington athletic director Scott Woodward told the Seattle Times on Friday that officials have not asked to talk to the 37-year-old head coach.

"Steve, I know, hasn't talked to them, as far as I know," Woodward said via phone, adding, "I don't think anything is imminent. I'm not worried.''

After taking over a winless Huskies team in 2008, Sarkisian has guided the program to back-to-back bowl games in 2010 and 2011. He signed a new five-year contract with the school at the end of last year that will pay him up to $2.85 million in the final year of the deal with a $2.5 million buyout. Washington is also making a significant investment in facilities to upgrade the program, which includes a $250 million renovation of Husky Stadium.

"I have not been contacted, no,'' Sarkisian said after practice Friday.

Washington plays Baylor in the Alamo Bowl on December 29th.

Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 11:18 am
 

PODCAST: All-Americans and Best/Worst Bowls

Posted by Chip Patterson

The time between the final conference championship games and the opening of the postseason is filled with honoring the performances of the year and previewing the bowl games ahead. CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football Blogger Bryan Fischer sits down with Adam Aizer to break down the CBSSports.com All-American teams. The two discuss some of the most heated positions on the list, like whether or not Tryann Mathieu should have gotten the First Team nod as a punt returner.

As the mind behind CBSSports.com's Eye on Recruiting, Bryan also explains the reasoning behind the Freshman All-American squad. Finally, the pair take some time to preview the bowl schedule. Which games they can't wait to see, and which games they can't wait to see end.

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 10:48 am
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Posted by Chip Patterson

Illinois has hired Toledo's Tim Beckman to replace Ron Zook as head football coach, according to the Associated Press.

An AP source at the the University of Toledo confirmed that Beckman told his players on Friday that he has accepted the recently-vacated Illini job. Zook was fired after Illinois's 6-0 start finished with a six-game losing streak and berth to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA.

Toledo was Beckman's first stop as a head coach after serving as an assistant at Bowling Green, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State - where he was defensive coordinator from 2007-2008. In three seasons with the Rockets Beckman has compiled a 21-16 record and two straight bowl bids. Toledo (8-4) is slated to play Air Force in the Military Bowl, Beckman is not expected to coach that game.

Illinois is reportedly expected to hold a press conference this afternoon to introduce Beckman as the new head football coach.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Kansas hires Charlie Weis

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We have our early leader for most surprising choice of the 2011 Coaching Carousel.

Kansas announced via its Twitter account on Thursday night that the school has hired current Florida offensive coordinator, and former head coach at Notre Dame, Charlie Weis to be its new head coach. 

Weis hasn't been a head coach since 2009, after spending five seasons with Notre Dame, going 35-27 and three bowl games. Unfortunately for Weis, most of those wins came during his first two seasons.

He spent this season as Florida's offensive coordinator, and Florida's offense wasn't exactly a juggernaut this season, finishing in the bottom half of the FBS in yards and scoring.

Weis will be announced at a press conference on Friday.

And as surprising as this move by Kansas is, none of us are more surprised than Will Muschamp. 

According to CBSSports' Brett McMurphy, Muschamp had no idea his offensive coordinatorwas even interviewing for a job with Kansas, so he learned at the same time everybody else did. Muschamp was on his way to a press conference for the Gator Bowl when the news broke.


 
 
 
 
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