Tag:Air Force
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Vandy to cut candidate list, as they should

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Thanks to the Jon Gruden panic at Miami, the Bill McCartney escapades at Colorado , etc., the coaching search at Vanderbilt has flown mostly under the radar to date despite it being the only vacancy this offseason in the SEC (barring Dan Mullen' s hypothetical departure at Mississippi State ). That doesn't mean the Commodore brass hasn't been doing their due diligence. In fact, as this report from the Tennessean indicates , they've been extremely diligent. According to the report, the full alphabetical list of coaches contacted or coaches whose agents have been contacted by the 'Dores --and it may not be comprehensive -- is as follows:

Troy Calhoun , head coach, Air Force
Dave Doeren , defensive coordinator, Wisconsin
James Franklin, offensive coordinator, Maryland
Al Golden, head coach, Temple
Todd Graham , head coach, Tulsa
Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator, Auburn
Greg Roman, offensive coordinator, Stanford
Don Treadwell,
offensive coordinator, Michigan State
Shawn Watson, offensive coordinator, Nebraska

If that seems like a lot of candidates, Vandy Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams agrees with you :
Williams said he will select three candidates — maybe four — from the first round of interviews to become finalists. There would then likely be a second round of interviews.

The cut could come as early as today or as late as next week.

"What I'd prefer to do is probably take more than three to the second round, but to get this thing done, three is probably the optimal number," said Williams, who has declined to comment on candidates during the search process.
We already know a few names on the above list that won't reciprocate enough interest to make the cut -- Calhoun, Malzahn, possibly Golden -- and even though Williams said the frequency of offensive-minded coaches on the list is "just how it's gone," add that frequency to the 'Dores hopeless struggles on offense the last few years and it's easy to see Vandy leaning in that direction.

This could lead the 'Dores to Roman, who's coming off of two incredible seasons with the Cardinal, has first-hand experience dealing with the Stanford-like academic requirements at Vandy, and even got some measure of name-recognition following his nomination as a Broyles Award finalist.

But before they can settle on one candidate, the 'Dores have to settle on three or four. It's time for Williams to make that call.

Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:01 pm
 

Troy Calhoun isn't leaving for the Broncos

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Troy Calhoun seems to be a very popular man in the state of Colorado.  First his name came up as a candidate to replace Dan Hawkins at Colorado before the school hired Jon Embree, and after the Denver Broncos fired Josh McDaniels on Monday, his name came up once again as a possible candidate in Denver.

Which was a bit surprising, seeing as how Calhoun -- who did spend three years on the Broncos sidelines -- runs an option offense at Air Force, but I guess the Broncos do have Tim Tebow, so maybe they were thinking that it might actually work in the NFL.  It wouldn't, but hey, if they were smart enough to hire Josh McDaniels, then they're smart enough to think they could run the option in the NFL.  

Of course, it's all a moot point now.  Calhoun released a statement on the school's website saying that he's not leaving Air Force for the Broncos.

"The Air Force Academy has tremendous General officers and staff members who are remarkably dedicated to the development of our cadets. It's inspiring that an 18 year old kid makes a commitment to embed the necessary character traits to grow into a fine young man or woman who honorably serves for at least five years," Calhoun said. "Our coaching staff and our families are proud to be a part of the daily lives of our nation's future officers. We certainly look forward to seeing our seniors graduate in May along with coaching the Falcons in 2011 and beyond."
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Troy Calhoun not interested in Colorado job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is a name that is likely going to come up as a possible candidate for a few different head coaching jobs this offseason. Calhoun has gone 33-18 in four seasons at Air Force, and his history both in college and the NFL is appealing to schools looking for a new head coach. One spot his name has come up pretty often is at Colorado.

Along with his experience, the fact that Calhoun is familiar with the state of Colorado thanks to his time at Air Force and with the Denver Broncos only makes him more attractive to the school.  Unfortunately for Colorado, Calhoun had to let the school know that while he's flattered, he's just not into them.

Calhoun recently let the school know that he won't be a candidate to replace Dan Hawkins, and removed his name from the discussion.  He's the second candidate to do so, as former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti removed himself from consideration a few weeks ago.

As for who the new front runner for the gig is, the names Bill McCartney and Eric Bieniemy keep popping up, and interim head coach Brian Cabral had an interview earlier this week.  There are also rumors that the school still has the pipe dream of stealing Les Miles from LSU.  Why Miles would ever leave LSU to take a pay cut at Colorado, I'll never know.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Bellotti pulls name from Colorado's list

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, we can scratch one name off of the list of potential Colorado football coaches.  Former Oregon head coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti has pulled his name from consideration, saying that the timing just isn't right for him to get back into the coaching game.

"At this point, the timing wasn't right for me," Bellotti told The Denver Post. "And I'm not sure it's the best fit. It's a combination of all that. Colorado is a great job for anybody, and I didn't want to stand in the way of focusing on somebody else."

Bellotti went on to say that his family played a role in this decision, as he didn't want to uproot his son -- who is a high school junior -- for his senior season of high school.  Of course, while the family is a convenient excuse to have, there's also the fact that the money Colorado could offer Bellotti probably isn't in the neighborhood of what he's looking for.  Which he hinted at a bit while discussing the differences between the facilities he was used to at Oregon, and would have to deal with at Colorado.

"There's a need to move forward and improve them," Bellotti said. "There's a need, too, for the administration, the boosters and everybody to get on the same page and help Colorado football."

As for who Colorado will now turn its attention to, the Denver Post lists Air Force's Troy Calhoun, Les Miles and former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney as the members of athletic director Mike Bohn's "A-list."  Of course, considering the way the Buffaloes have played under interim coach Brian Cabral the last few weeks, you have to think he's making a case for himself.
Posted on: November 20, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Robinson makes history in loss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Wisconsin didn't score 83 points again , but they made a decent go of it, gouging the sad-sack Michigan defense for 359 rushing yards, 560 total yards, and 48 points in a 20-point victory. Though the Wolverines made a respectable rally in the second half, twice closing within 10 points after trailing 24-0 at the break (and potentially closing within more if they'd recovered either of two well-executed onsides kicks), the Badgers were never seriously threatened.

But the headlines afterwards won't belong to the Badgers exclusively, not after Denard Robinson set a new single-season FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Robinson collected 131 yards on 20 carries , putting him over 1,500 yards for the season and breaking Air Force quarterback Beau Morgan 's record of 1,494 yards, set in 1996. Robinson added 239 yards passing, giving him more than 2,000 through the air for the season and making him the only member of the 2,000/1,500 club. Not to mention the 1,500/1,500 club, of course.

Because of a rash of interceptions and turnovers and Michigan's slide after their 5-0 start, Robinson's early-season Heisman momentum has stalled. But with these kinds of record-breaking, history-making numbers behind him -- numbers that would have garnered a lot more attention if the defense opposite him wasn't one the country's worst -- it will be a shame if Robinson isn't rewarded with at least a trip to New York for the presentation ceremony.
Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Bowl Blog: Catching up with latest rumors

J. Darin Darst

Checking in around the nation on the latest bowl rumors.

Penn State eyeing Florida

As reported by Pennlive.com, it looks like Penn State is headed to either the Gator or Outback Bowl. They break it down this way:

After Penn State's comeback win Saturday over Northwestern, it's hard to figure out any way the Nittany Lions will fall below the Gator Bowl. The Outback Bowl remains a possibility. The Gator Bowl, new this year to the Big Ten lineup, is slated for 1:30 on New Year's Day. It holds the possibility of being Joe Paterno's last game although we certainly can't count on it. But as of the second week of December when all the bowl invitations will be made, that allure should enter into bowl reps' thinking.

Currently, I have Penn State projected to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville taking on Florida. The Gator Bowl gets pick No. 4 or 5 from the Big Ten.

Liberty Bowl, Conference USA, SEC mess

Conference USA has sent their champion to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in every season since the league began in 1996, but there's a very real possibility that could be coming to an end. According to UCFSports.com, the 2010 C-USA Champion could be scrambling to find a new bowl, or be relegated to one of the league's lesser bowls, should the SEC not qualify enough teams to fill both their Liberty and Birmingham Bowl slots.

The Liberty Bowl's new partnership with the Big East apparently also gives first right of refusal to the SEC and they don't want to play a team from C-USA if they can help it. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Executive Director Steve Ehrhart spoke about this possibility Tuesday morning during his weekly radio segment on "Sportstime Extra with Dave Woloshin and Brett Norsworthy", which airs on 560 WHBQ in Memphis.

The early part of the interview centered around the possible SEC representative in the bowl, which includes Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Georgia or Kentucky. Assuming the SEC team would play the champion of C-USA, the show's hosts then asked Ehrhart to comment about UCF, who with a 5-0 league record is considered the current favorite to win the conference and that's when Ehrhart acknowledged a C-USA team may not go to Memphis after all.

"Not necessarily," Ehrhart said when asked about C-USA's participation in the bowl. "We may still go with a Big East team against the SEC, provided the SEC has enough teams. That's no disrespect to Conference USA. It just may work out the combinations work that way.


That's ridiculous that the conference champion might be forced to go play elsewhere. This really all comes down to whether or not the SEC gets two teams in the BCS or not. Also at play are teams like Ole Miss and Tennessee. Both are struggling to get bowl-eligible, but if they do, than there won't be a problem. Currently I project only one SEC team in the BCS, so Georgia or Kentucky would play the C-USA champion in the Liberty Bowl.

SMU or UTEP in Armed Forces Bowl

Looks like the Armed Forces Bowl is down to either one of those two from C-USA to play either a Mountain West school or Army in the Dec. 30 bowl. According to the El Paso Times, it looks like if SMU doesn't go to the Hawaii Bowl, the Armed Forces Bowl comes into play. It has been moved for this season only from Fort Worth to SMU's Robertson Stadium.

Air Force almost locked to Independence Bowl

It's not a done deal, but getting close, according to the Denver Post:

It doesn't take a lot of speculation to suggest that coach Troy Calhoun should contact his travel agent about making plans for the Air Force Falcons to travel to Shreveport, La., to play in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl. Jim Hagan, chairman of the Independence Bowl selection committee, said Monday that the Falcons are more than sentimental favorites to get the call and return to the bowl for the first time since 1984. "I think you can say that if Air Force still is on the board when we pick, it's our top choice," Hagan said. "We're going to be at their game Saturday. We're looking at them real strong."

Maaco Bowl might look to Big 12

The Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas is supposed to feature a team from the Mountain West and Pac-10, but the Pac-10 might not have enough eligible teams. If not, look for the bowl to take somebody from the Big 12. According to the Las Vegas Journal, Iowa State and Texas Tech are the Big 12's most likely at-large candidates, though Texas could find itself looking for a bowl.

Greenwood to perform at Sun Bowl

Grammy Award winning artist Lee Greenwood will headline the Hyundai Halftime Show at the 77th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Greenwood, who is a two-time Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, won a Grammy in 1984 and has charted seven No. 1 hits on the Billboard’s country chart.

Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Below the Radar: three other games to watch

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Every week there's plenty of interesting matchups -- no, really -- that don't feature ranked teams and don't make anyone's "must-watch" list other than the team's fans. Here's three of them you should keep an eye on regardless (all times Eastern)
:

UCF (6-2, 4-0) at Houston (5-3, 4-1), 8 p.m. Friday: It's less than three hours away from kickoff, but if you've got plans, change 'em: it's not every week you get a meeting between the leaders of each of Conference USA 's divisions (UCF in the East, Houston in the West). The schedule is less than kind to the Golden Knights, who already had what looked like a season-defining matchup in last week's 49-35 win over previous C-USA favorite East Carolina and now have the short week to prepare for their trip to Houston. But if they can get the same mix of Ronnie Weaver 's powerful rushing and new starting quarterback Jeff Godfrey 's efficient passing that powered them to 424 total yards last week, they'll be OK. For Houston, this is another chance to prove the three-losses-out-of-four skid following Case Keenum 's season-ending injury is truly behind them, and to put some distance between them and co-division leaders SMU .

Air Force (5-4, 3-3) at Army (5-3, n/a), 12 p.m.: It's been eight years since someone other than Navy took home the Commander in Chief's Trophy, but that could change tomorrow as a Falcons win would send the trophy back to Colorado Springs for the first time since 2002. That's not to say the stakes won't be equally high for Army; a win would make them bowl-eligible for the first time since 1996 and set up a winner-take-all showdown with the Midshipmen for the CIC Trophy. The Black Knights will be at home, but that may not be a help, since they've already dropped games to Hawaii and Temple at Michie Stadium this year and the Falcons have won six straight in West Point. With both teams well-versed in defending the other's option attack, the final result could come down to which team executes in their rare attempts to put the ball in the air.

Texas (4-4, 2-3) at Kansas State (5-3, 2-3), 8 p.m.: Admit it: it's fascinating to see how low the Longhorns can sink. And it remains possible they could sink all the way out of the postseason, with the 'Horns sitting at 4-4 and three potential losses still on the schedule in Oklahoma State , Texas A&M , and this week's date in Manhattan. If they can't contain Wildcat running back Daniel Thomas or get their 79th-ranked rushing attack going, Texas will slip below .500 for the first time in Mack Brown 's tenure in a long, long time. But there's a lot on the line for the Wildcats, too, who would secure themselves a bowl bid for the first time in Bill Snyder 's second stint at the KSU helm.
Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:10 am
 

What I Learned from the Non-BCS (Oct. 30)

J. Darin Darst

1. We are in for one hell of a game next weekend between TCU and Utah . For those who love that "the whole season is a playoff" nonsense, it basically is an elimination for a BCS game. I thought Utah would stumble to Air Force , but it held on to win 28-23. And of course, TCU blasted UNLV 48-6. So now this game is for a potential Rose or Orange Bowl berth. And I have no idea who is going to win this game. Both teams are playing so well on both sides of the ball, especially defensively. Can we please get the Mountain West an automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl next year and get rid of the Big East bid? Even San Diego State deserves to be in the Top 25!

2. UCF is the class of Conference USA. After beating East Carolina 49-35 with Ronnie Weaver rushing for 180 yards, the Knights are now the only undefeated team in the conference at 4-0. If it can win at Houston on Friday, it should be smooth sailing to the conference title game. UCF deserves to play a SEC team in the Liberty Bowl, but I'm not sure the SEC will have enough teams to qualify. Also, this conference now runs six teams deep with Tulsa's win over Notre Dame. That would be quiet an accomplishment for the conference to get six bowl teams. Speaking of Notre Dame ...

3. Notre Dame will miss a bowl game ... again. It had to win against Tulsa, but now at 4-5 it needs to win two of its final three games. With games vs. Utah, Army and USC and quarterback Dayne Crist out for the season, that doesn't seem like its going to happen. Some people are calling for Brian Kelly to be fired, but please ... the guy is in his first year. It takes time. You Notre Dame lovers can't expect your team to be 9-3 overnight. Give Kelly some time. Army on the other hand needs to win one more game to get bowl-eligible for the first time since 1996. All it needs to do is win one of these final games -- Air Force, at Kent State, at Notre Dame and at Navy.

 
 
 
 
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