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Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:08 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 9:09 pm
 

Report: Gruden and Miami close to deal

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that the dance between Jon Gruden and Miami may not be done after all.  Two days after Gruden released a statement saying that he was happy with his current job at ESPN, a report on Canesport.com says that Gruden and Miami are very close to a deal.  In fact, the report says that the two sides are basically just hammering out the final details.
Sources have told CaneSport that final details are being hammered out and, barring a last minute glitch, Jon Gruden will be the next Miami Hurricanes football coach.

The report also says that if Gruden is hired, his brother Jay Gruden will be brought on as his offensive coordinator, and that the deal could be announced as early as Wednesday.

Still, the phrase from the report that stands out to me is "barring a last-minute glitch."  That leaves an awful lot of leeway should this not come to fruition.  Especially since this is the same site that pronounced Dan Mullen "Option 1A" earlier on Tuesday.

If I were a Miami fan, i wouldn't go getting my hopes up or start trying to sell Chuckie dolls in Miami jerseys just yet.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So yesterday I told you about Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen saying that he hasn't been contacted by any schools about any head coaching jobs. He also went on to say that he is happy at Mississippi State.  Well, I also said that just because Mullen hasn't been contacted yet, that doesn't mean he won't be contacted in the near future, and that he'd be dumb not to consider any offers.

Well, bad news, Mississippi State fans.  Those sleepless nights are upon you, as according to a report on CaneSport.com, Mullen is option 1A in the Miami coaching search.

Sources have told CaneSport that they think that is Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt's ultimate vision if he can land Mullen or Gruden when they have conversations Tuesday and/or Wednesday and one of those two guys is hired as Miami's head coach.

Gruden has publicly denied interest in the job and there are questions whether Miami will have the budget to pacify a coach of Gruden's stature. At the same time, others are saying that budget issues have already been worked out and that Gruden is on the brink of being introduced as the new leader of Miami football. The Gruden speculation has created one of the craziest 48 hours in UM coaching search history. 

So right now, we are going to call Mullen and Gruden 1A and 1B and predict one of the two will land the job.


Seriously, Miami!  Let the dream of Gruden go!  Why would a coach that could get something like $5 million annually in a return to the NFL as a head coach accept $3 million to coach at Miami?  Not only would he make more money in the NFL, but he wouldn't have to recruit and he wouldn't have to deal with 18-year old kids.

Focus on Mullen.  He's just as good of an option as Gruden, if not better.  After all, we already know that Dan Mullen can do a good job on the college level, look at what he's done in the toughest conference in the country, in the toughest division.  Gruden has never been the head coach of a major college football program.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:45 am
 

ACC Championship game could sell out

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last few years when the ACC Championship has been played in Jacksonville and Tampa, it wasn't hard to notice all the empty seats throughout the stadium.  A fact that didn't reflect too kindly on the ACC or the venues the game was being played in.  After all, it was a conference championship game, and could you imagine watching an SEC Championship game with the entire upper deck of the Georgia Dome being empty?

It just wouldn't happen.

Well, the ACC has moved the game to Charlotte this season, and if you were expecting to see a lot of empty seats again this Saturday, you might want to change your plans.  As of Sunday the game was only 200 tickets shy of being a sellout.  Something that you can be sure the ACC is taking notice of while thinking about where to play future games.

"There was more involvement from the local community in Charlotte," ACC Commissioner John Swofford told the Charlotte Observer.

"Certainly being in the geographic center... gives you more opportunities than anywhere else. The history and tradition of the league is here. But I do think you have to... think about the schools not in the geographical center.

"These next two years will give a good indication of Charlotte's willingness to embrace the ACC. It appears it's off to a good start."

Now, there are some factors to consider before hailing Charlotte the capital of ACC football.  First of all, the two schools playing in the game this season are Virginia Tech and Florida State.  Home of two of the most rabid football fan bases in the conference, and two fan bases that will travel. Second, the people of Charlotte are dying to see an actual football game played in the stadium after having to be subjected to the Carolina Panthers every week.

It's a miracle they even want to watch football after that ordeal.

Seriously, though, the good news for Charlotte is that 28,000 tickets had been sold to the game before anyone knew it would feature Virginia Tech or Florida State, which is a very good indication of the interest in the Charlotte area.  Still, the real test of whether Charlotte is the long-term host of the game will be next season when the novelty of the idea has worn off amongst the locals.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Has Kyle Parker played his last snap at Clemson?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Kyle Parker told the Colorado Rockies he was going to play his senior year at Clemson before signing his professional baseball contract -- costing himself a year's worth of multi-million dollar salary in the process and risking his entire diamond career in the event of injury -- there's no doubt he didn't foresee his Tigers stumbling to a disappointing 6-6 record, or finishing his career with mediocre numbers like a 57.1 completion percentage, 12-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and 6.4 yards-per-attempt average for the season.

But this weekend's -- now apparent -- end to his time in Clemson must be worse than even Parker's worst nightmares. He was benched for redshirt freshman Tajh Boyd towards the end of Saturday's ugly 29-7 home loss to archrival South Carolina and did not return, leaving the game having gone a hideous 7-of-17 for just 117 yards and one interception duly returned by the Gamecocks for an easy touchdown.

So no one would blame Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney for making the decision to start the Boyd era in the Tigers' bowl game based on performance alone; with so little to play for, getting his certain 2011 starter as much experience as possible seems like at least as big a priority than trying to nab a largely meaningless seventh win in the Independence Bowl . But it's possible Parker's performance in the classroom has made that decision for him. Clemson Rivals site TigerIllustrated is reporting that Parker could be declared academically ineligible and be forced to miss his team's postseason game.

That's yet to be confirmed by any second media outlet (that we're aware of as of this posting), but it doesn't change the fact that all indications are that Kyle Parker has started his final game -- and has maybe even played his last down -- for the Tigers. When top college athletes turn down gobs of professional money to stay amateur, help their teammates, finish their commitment to their school, etc., it makes for a much more heartwarming story to see that decision pay off in stirring victories and rousing vindication. But this being the real world, sometimes that decision is going to end in heartbreak and disappointment, and it looks for all the world like that's how it's going to end for Parker.

Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Conference title games all set

J. Darin Darst

We still have a few regular season games left in the season that mean something, including Pac-10 teams trying to make a bowl (Arizona State and Washington), here is the schedule for the conference title games:

Dec. 3

MAC Championship: Northern Illinois (10-2) vs. Miami (Ohio) (8-4), 7 p.m. on ESPN2: Winner most likely goes to the Little Caesars Bowl, while the loser will be in either the GoDaddy.com or Humanitarian Bowl.

Dec. 4

C-USA Championship: UCF (9-3) vs. SMU (6-2), Noon on ESPN: Winner goes to the Liberty Bowl to most likely play either Georgia or Tennessee. If SMU loses they are probably headed to the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30. The Armed Forces Bowl is being played in SMU's Ford Stadium this year. If UCF loses, look for the Knights to play Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.

SEC Championship: Auburn (12-0) vs. South Carolina (8-3), 4 p.m. on CBS: It's easy for Auburn. Win and it plays for the BCS National Championship, lose and it will be in the Orange Bowl. A South Carolina win puts the Gamecocks in the Sugar Bowl. A South Carolina loss will most likely send it to the Outback Bowl.

ACC Championship: Virginia Tech (10-2) vs. Florida State (9-3), 7:45 p.m. on ESPN: Winner goes to the Orange Bowl, while the loser probably ends up in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. If the Chick-fil-A Bowl chooses a different team, than the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Notre Dame would be the next spot.

Big 12 Championship: Nebraska (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8 p.m. on ABC: Winner goes to the Fiesta Bowl, while the loser looks headed to the Alamo Bowl. The Cotton Bowl has the next pick out of the Big 12, but appears to be taking Texas A&M, so the loser of this game falls to the Alamo Bowl.

* Big East -- Connecticut at South Florida, 8 p.m. on ESPN2: A Connecticut wins, the Huskies go to either the Orange or Fiesta Bowl for the first time in history. If South Florida wins, than West Virginia wins the Big East and most certainly will play in the Orange Bowl.

 

 

Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:44 pm
 

So about that Gruden to Miami rumor...

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Squash it.  Squash it like a palmetto bug beneath your foot.  

The rumor of the day had been that Jon Gruden, a former NFL head coach that won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and currently works for ESPN, was going to be taking over for Randy Shannon at Miami.  It was all the rage on Twitter, and even the Sun-Sentinel reported that Gruden had contacted the school about the job opening.

Well, that may all be true, but as of Sunday night, Gruden finally spoke publicly.  He's not going to be taking the job at Miami.

"I am committed to MNF & to ESPN," said Gruden in a statement released on Sunday night. "I enjoy working with Mike [Tirico], [Ron Jaworski] and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job."

Doesn't sound like the words of a man who is on the verge of signing a contract with Miami in the near future, does it?  Of course, there will be those Miami fans who were so excited about the idea that will tell themselves that Gruden never said he ISN'T going to Miami in his statement, and that this is just a ploy to get more money and blah blah blah.

Listen, he's not coming. I'm sorry, I know you got excited by the idea, but it's just not happening. Things are going to be okay, I promise.  Miami is still a nice destination for a head coach, you'll be able to find somebody.  Besides, did you really want Gruden?  I mean, did you want to subject yourself to having to hear about THIS GUY and THIS GUY and how they're a FOOTBALL PLAYER every day for the next few years?

No.  Of course you didn't.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 7:07 pm
 

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

From the sound of things, the Miami Hurricanes may not be without a head coach for very long.  After announcing that Randy Shannon had been fired following Saturday's loss to South Florida, there are rumors out of Miami that former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is going to take over at Miami.

Now, it's important to point out here that neither Gruden nor Miami have said anything about this rumor.  It all started out as a solitary tweet on Sunday afternoon that quickly became an internet and Twitter wildfire.  Still, according to a report in the Sun-Sentinel, Gruden has reached out to Miami to talk about the job.

According to a UM source, former NFL coach Jon Gruden initiated contact with the university to express his desire for the job and that the interest in mutual. Hocutt said there's no timeline on the hire and that money will not be an issue in the selection.


Now, just because both sides are reportedly interested, that doesn't mean Gruden is going to be the next head coach at Miami.  Often times there's interest on behalf of both parties, but then once contract details begin getting hammered out, that interest can sometimes wane.

Still, the fact that this was reported in the Sun-Sentinel lends a lot more credibility to the rumor than a single tweet ever could.  There definitely appears to be some smoke here.

Whatever ends up happening, it's pretty obvious that 'Canes fans have already begun fantasizing about the possibilities.

Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:10 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 12:11 am
 

So who replaces Randy Shannon?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So now that it's official and we know for a fact that Randy Shannon has been fired by Miami, I suppose it's about time we got to speculating about who is going to replace him in Coral Gables.  Though the program hasn't been what it used to be, Miami is still the type of job that plenty of coaches wouldn't mind trying on for size.

After all, Florida is still a hotbed of football talent, and it's not like the ACC isn't there for the taking.  So who are some of the names likely to come up in the coming weeks or months?  Miami has said it will begin a national search, so just about anybody is in play.

Let's look at some of the likely suspects.

Mark Richt -- It sounded like Mark Richt would be in danger of losing his job earlier this season, but things have since calmed down at Georgia.  Still, that doesn't mean he wouldn't consider leaving the grind of the SEC for the sunny beaches of Miami.  After all, he liked the school so much he did decide to go to college there.

Dan Mullen -- Another SEC coach that the 'Canes may want to consider poaching.  Unlike Richt, he's at an SEC school that is considered more of a stepping stone than a destination.  Plus, if Mullen can do the job he's done in Starkville with a perennial bottom-feeder in the SEC, imagine what he could do at Miami.

Mike Leach -- As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a coaching vacancy anywhere that I don't think Mike Leach should be considered for.  College football needs it's Pirate King, and with Miami so close to the beach, Leach will finally have a place to keep his pirate ship.

Gus Malzahn -- There won't be many schools looking for a head coach who won't give Malzahn consideration.  He's been successful everywhere he's been, especially with what he has done with Cam Newton and Auburn this year.  He's an offensive innovator that will get a shot somewhere, so why not Miami?

Mario Cristobal -- A bit of a darkhorse candidate here.  Cristobal is currently the head coach at FIU, who just won the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday.  He also happens to be a former offensive lineman for the Hurricanes.

Tommy Tuberville -- I'm sure Miami could get him if it asked, but really, why would it?

Howard Schnellenberger -- Come on, Donna Shalala.  You know you want to.

Ron Prince -- A big name coach would be nice, but a power towel would be better.

These are just some of the names that are likely to come up, obviously, there will probably be many more floated around before Miami finally does settle on it's new head coach.  That's what happens anytime a big-time program begins a coaching search.
 
 
 
 
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