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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:34 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 11:39 am
 

Charlie Strong promotes Shawn Watson to OC

Posted by Chip Patterson

Louisville head coach Charlie Strong has officially promoted quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson to offensive coordinator, according to a release from the school on Monday.

Watson's promotion comes after assuming the offensive play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Mike Sanford four games into the 2011 season. After the change the Cardinals' offense improved from 18.8 points per game to 23.3, and with freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as the starter Louisville won five of their last six regular season games to earn a share of the Big East title.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Charlie has given me at the University of Louisville,” Watson said in a release. “I’m looking forward to working with this outstanding staff and a good nucleus of young and talented players.”

Watson's promotion was just one of several staff changes announced by Charlie Strong on Monday. It was announced that offensive line coach Dave Borberly will take on the duties as running game coordinator, and graduate assistant Sherrone Moore has been named tight ends coach. Moore, an offensive guard at Oklahoma from 2006-08, has spent the last three seasons with the Louisville program.

“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m very excited for this challenge,” Moore said in a release. “I’m excited about working with coach Watson and trying to win another Big East championship. I had a great chance to work with the tight ends toward the end of last year, and I’m excited about the challenges ahead with this young group.”

Strong recently welcomed 24 new signees to the Cardinals' team on National Signing Day. You can get a full recap on Louisville and the rest of the conference by checking out Bryan Fischer's Big East Signing Day Grades at the Eye On Recruiting.

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Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:35 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 8:37 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

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West Virginia's decision to abruptly cancel their 2012 non-conference matchup with Florida State has left the Seminoles in a difficult position, and the Seminoles' administration may decide to take legal action against the school.

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy first reported the Mountaineers' cancelation of their Sept. 8 game at Florida State, leaving the Seminoles very little time to fill the spot before the release of the 2012 regular season schedule. Coley Harvey, of the Orlando Sentinel, reported on Saturday that the school may decide to proceed with litigation if the Seminoles are "unable to find a suitable replacement" for the Sept. 8 date.

During Saturday afternoon's FSU men's basketball game, [athletic director Randy] Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel that the FSU may be forced to sue West Virginia if it is unable to land an opponent that would fill FSU's financial needs.

"It's not good timing," Spetman said of West Virginia's decision to cancel.

Although the Mountaineers are contractually on the hook for $500,000, per the game's official contract that was drafted in 2005 and amended in 2009, there could be other damages that FSU would try to persue.

Spetman speculated that total liquated damages — lost ticket sales, potential travel costs for the new incoming opponent, possible changes in television money — could run in the millions.

"We have the buyout, there's that, and then there will be whatever liquidated damages," Spetman said. "If we aren't able to find another team, that's what we're going to have to look at.

"You're talking about a lot of money."

The game was the first of a two-year, home-and-home series between West Virginia and Florida State, with the second showdown to take place in Morgantown, W.Va. in 2013. In his report, Harvey points out that with the both teams expected to be preseason top-10 teams and the game might have been a strong candidate to host ESPN's "College Gameday." Brett McMurphy suggested that Florida State's best options to replace West Virginia lie in the Big East, where all seven remaining teams will need one more game on their 2012 schedule if the Mountaineers leave.

West Virginia's cancellation of the game is considered to be another sign that the Mountaineers plan on competing in the Big 12 in 2012, despite the ongoing legal battle to leave the Big East. For much more on Florida State's non-conference schedule for 2012, follow Seminole RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:28 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Jameis Winston finally signs with Florida State

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State was a big winner on National Signing Day, locking up six of Tom Lemming's Top 100 prospects on the way to the top-ranked class in the ACC.

On Friday, the last loose end was tied when quarterback Jameis Winston signed, and faxed his letter of intent to play at Florida State.

“Jameis is a true impact guy,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He can be a great player for us. Not only from his physical standpoint, but from the way he approaches the game, the competitiveness which he has and the demand for excellence he puts on himself. He brings a lot of things to the table. We think he’s one of the great ones out there.”

Winston, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound standout from Hueytown, Ala., is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and No. 12 overall prospect in the 2012 recruiting class. In his senior year, Winston completed 69 percent of his passes for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns while adding 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. He has long been committed to Florida State, but Seminoles fans have been on the edge of their seats with a potential major league baseball career on the table for the two-sport athlete.

Like fellow classmate Ronald Darby with track, Winston will plan on playing football and baseball during his time at Florida State. He is already considered a top baseball prospect in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur draft, so that signed letter is also good news for baseball coach Mike Martin.

“As good as his athletic quality is I am just impressed with the fact that he will be a great addition to our baseball team,” Martin said. “He will be a great young man to have in the clubhouse and certainly his athletic ability speaks for itself. Jameis is one of the top athletes in the country. Mike Martin, Jr., has seen him play and speaks highly of his ability to play baseball professionally. We are excited that he is going to be with us. We are going to look at Jameis as both an outfielder and a pitcher. As I said, he is a better person than he is a player and that is saying a lot.”

Winston's allegiance to Florida State has been proven, and now the Seminoles will anxiously await the quarterback's arrival on campus. His faxed letter gives Jimbo Fisher 19 signees in the 2012 class.

For much more on Florida State's recruiting class, including a breakdown of what signees could have an immediate impact, check out Seminole RapidReports.  Read Bryan Fischer's Signing Day Coast-to-Coast Wrap for a breakdown of the biggest national storylines from National Signing Day.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:00 am
 

Mark Richt dismisses three UGA players from team

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Three Georgia players have been dismissed from the football program, head coach Mark Richt announced on Friday. .

Defensive back Nick Marshall, freshman wide receiver Sanford Seay, and freshman defensive back Chris Sanders have all been dismissed for undisclosed violation of team rules.

“It’s a privilege to play college football and to be a part of this team and University,” Richt said in a statement released by the school. “Along with that privilege comes certain responsibilities. Mistakes were made, and part of our job is helping them learn from mistakes. Going forward, we are committed to assisting them find opportunities where they can continue their education.”

Of the three players, all freshman in 2011, Nick Marshall was the only one to see significant playing time. Seay redshirted this past season, while Sanders was sidelined with an injury after three games. Marshall, who mostly played special teams, was expected to play a significant role in the Bulldogs' secondary next season. His high school coach, Mark Ledford, offered a comment to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"There were going to be a lot of opportunities for him," Ledford told the AJC. "It's a shame he's wasting those opportunities at Georgia. He's going to have to accept the consequences and hopefully learn from them."

Richt's dismissal announcement flies under the radar in the Bulldogs' news cycle, now that prized OLB/DB Josh Harvey-Clemons has officially signed his letter of intent. For much more on Georgia's roster moves check out the Bulldogs RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:29 am
 

Cincinnati RB dismissed from team

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With the letters signed and numbers set for the 2012 roster, this is the period when schools begin to tighten up the roster. For Cincinnati running back Akise Teague, who currently faces one count of burglary, that means a dismissal from the Bearcats football team.

“Akise Teague has been suspended indefinitely and dismissed from the University of Cincinnati football team," head coach Butch Jones said in an official release.  "Student-athletes in the program are held to a higher standard of conduct on and off the field as representatives of the University. This incident in no way reflects the values, principles and ideals of our football program.”

Teague is accused of going into unlocked dorm rooms while students slept and stealing various items on Jan. 22. When he was confronted by university police, he admitted to the crimes and offered a written confession.

The sophomore running back from Youngstown, Ohio appeared in two games for the Bearcats last season. He totaled 42 yards and one touchdown in eight carries, but was not even listed on the depth chart for Cincinnati's bowl game.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:38 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Utah promotes QB coach Brian Johnson to OC

Posted by Chip Patterson

Utah
announced the promotion of quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson to offensive coordinator, filling the void left by Norm Chow.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham issued a statement through the school on Thursday, as part of a staff restructure following National Signing Day

“After spending the past month conducting a national search for an offensive coordinator, it became very apparent that we had the best candidate for the job right here on our own staff,” said Whittingham in a prepared statement. “Brian is a leader and a special coaching talent, just as he was a special player, and he is the right person to lead our offense.”

Norm Chow left Utah after the 2011 season to accept the head coaching position at Hawaii. Johnson, who turns 25 on Feb. 16, joined the Utes' staff following a prolific on-field career for the program. The new offensive coordinator was 26-7 as a starting quarterback (2005-2008), earning 2008 MWC Offensive Player of the Year honors as he led Utah to a 13-0 record and 2009 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama.

“I am excited that Coach Whittingham has given me this opportunity and I am prepared for the challenge,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to working with a great coaching staff and putting together a productive offense that will help us win a conference championship. I’ve had many good mentors as a player and a coach, including Dan Mullen, Andy Ludwig, Aaron Roderick and Norm Chow.”

Johnson will continue to coach the quarterbacks from his new position, while Roderick - wide receivers coach - will also serve as passing game coordinator. Dan Finn, former Utah graduate assistant, has been hired to coach the centers and guards while offensive line coach Tim Davis will concentrate on tackles and tight ends. Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake will continue to serve as defensive coordinator and has been named assistant head coach.

After a rocky beginning to the 2011 season, that included an 0-4 start to Pac-12 play, the Utes won five of their final six games, finishing the season by overcoming a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to knock off Georgia Tech in overtime in the Sun Bowl.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:15 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:23 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: ACC



Posted by Chip Patterson

Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day

WINNER: Florida State

For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.



LOSER: North Carolina schools

Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.

WINNER: Miami

The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.



LOSER: Georgia Tech

Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.

WINNER: Maryland

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.

LOSER: Virginia Tech

While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:24 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big East



Posted by Chip Patterson


Breaking down who won and lost in the Big East on National Signing Day

WINNER: Rutgers

Losing your head coach less than a week before National Signing Day should be recruiting suicide, but Kyle Flood was able to not only hold on to most of the Scarlet Knights' class but sign one of the top recruits in the state of New Jersey. The addition of defensive end Darius Hamilton (pictured above, No. 29 overall prospect) gives Rutgers the only Big East class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.



LOSER: The Big East's national stock

The Big East was not a huge player in National Signing Day this year. Much of that is likely due to the uncertain football future of the league. While schools like San Diego State and Boise State may use the future move to their advantage in recruiting, an existing Big East school cannot promise a future with a BCS automatic bid.

WINNER: West Virginia

With 27 commits in the Class of 2012, Dana Holgorsen is bringing in a healthy load of talent to the Mountaineers program. There were only two National Signing Day commitments, but both were significant additions to the class. Adam Pankey is a 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive lineman who chose West Virginia after being committed to Pittsburgh since October 2011. Talented athlete Travares Copeland was the eighth Florida prospect in the 2012 class, a new hot spot for West Virginia apparently.



LOSER: West Virginia

Head coach Dana Holgorsen mentioned on National Signing Day that the "in between" stage of the West Virginia program as they transition from the Big East to the Big 12 hurt them on the recruiting trail. While some recruits may have heightened their interest in the Mountaineers because of the opportunity to play in the Big 12, competing schools used the ongoing legal battle as a reason to turn recruits away from Morgantown.  The Mountaineers' staff was able to keep many of the commitments they expected to sign, but it could have made West Virginia a bigger player for top prospects down the stretch.

WINNER: Louisville

Charlie Strong didn't shock anyone with a big National Signing Day surprise, but the Cardinals were able to hold on to a solid class of recruits that ranks among the best in the Big East. Strong once again dipped into the Sunshine State, pulling nearly a third of Louisville's class from the state of Florida. On a day when few Big East hats were on the table for top prospects, holding on to your commits was the best case scenario for the Cardinals.

LOSER: Syracuse

While Louisville was able to hold on to some of their prized recruits, Orange head coach Doug Marrone was not so lucky. Four Syracuse verbal commits changed their mind before National Signing Day, most notably defensive lineman Harold Brantley. Brantley, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound recruit from Hershey, Pa., committed to the Orange on June 29 but had a late change of heart after visiting Missouri this past weekend. Syracuse also lost linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who signed with South Florida.

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