Tag:Duke
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Panic in the streets of T-Town: Ingram out

Scratch another Heisman for Mark Ingram?

Alabama's Heisman Trophy winning back will miss Saturday's season opener against San Jose State after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee. Ingram hurt the knee in Monday's practice. After Saturday, he will be listed week-to-week.

"We will make every decision in the future based on what’s best for Mark and his career as we consult with [the doctors] on his progress," Nick Saban said in a press release.  "This is not an injury that will affect Mark’s future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame.”
 

After San Jose State, Alabama faces Penn State on Sept. 11, followed by Duke and Arkansas to close out the month.  In the case of minor arthroscopic surgery, it is conceivable Ingram could be back for the Penn State game.

"It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of it now, so he would not have any issues with it later on in the season," Saban added.

Chasing another Heisman is probably down on the list of concerns for Ingram at this point. Alabama is well stocked at the position. Sophomore Trent Richardson, a preseason all-SEC pick by the media, will likely start in Ingram's place.

Posted on: August 7, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Riffing on the preseason coaches' poll...

Nick Saban really is questioning whether Alabama is No. 1. He apparently gave his No. 1 vote to Ohio State.

Boise State is way too low at No. 5. I expected the Broncos to start at No. 3, at least. Nevertheless, Boise carries the banner for all non-BCS schools. Its ranking gives it a realistic chance at playing in the championship game if it goes undefeated. Only three conferences are represented among the four teams above it in the poll. Either Alabama or Florida will be "eliminated" when they meet Oct. 2. Boise should be concerned if Texas and/or Ohio State go undefeated. If two BCS conference teams go undefeated that could possibly block Boise. Of course, the Broncos should be used to that by now. The point is, Boise has the best shot of any team in the 13-year history of the BCS to become a non-BCS national champion.

Was it only two years ago that Georgia was the unanimous preseason No. 1? It starts this season at No. 21.

This is the third year in a row the SEC has been the coaches' preseason No. 1.

Looking ahead to 2011: There are five teams in the top 14 (including Nebraska) that will be Big Ten members next season.

No. 14 Penn State is the first team to play three teams that won BCS bowls the previous year. All three start the season in the top 10 -- No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa.

Oklahoma finished 2009 unranked. It debuts at No. 8.

No. 20 Florida State (7-6) has the worst 2009 record of any team in the top 25.

Surprise! Six SEC teams are in the poll.

Per urging from American Football Coaches Association director Grant Teaff, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier did not cast his traditional No. 25 vote for Duke, the school that gave him his first head coaching job.

No team has won back-to-back coaches' poll titles in the BCS era. USC won the AP title in 2003 and was unanimous champion in 2004. Of course, that might not last if the BCS rips the '04 title because of Reggie Bush.

It will be interesting to see where USC debuts in the AP poll. Remember, the Trojans can win a national championship in AP but cannot be considered in the coaches' poll. The Trojans could win the AP title but technically can't win its own conference. The program has been hit with a two-year bowl ban.

Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:38 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 12:47 pm
 

Son of fresh faces

Friday I offered up 10 fresh faces to watch for 2010. Here are 21 more ...


Nick Becton, OT, Virginia Tech -- This sophomore replaces three-year starter Ed Wang at left tackle.

Kolton Browning, QB, Louisiana-Monroe -- Redshirt beat out senior Trey Revell.

Clemson quarterbacks -- Depending on whether Kyle Parker signs a major-league contract. That means either fifth-year senior Michael Wade or redshirt freshman Tajh Boyd will take over.

Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn -- Alabama-Auburn is heating up again. Gene Chizik landed a top five recruit to go with new quarterback Cameron Newton.

Vidal Hazelton, WR, Cincinnati -- Transfer from USC could take over for Mardy Gilyard as the go-to guy.

Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State -- The progress of Florida State's defense under Mark Stoops will be one of the biggest stories going into '10. This redshirt sophomore is starting at rush end, a glamour position.

Skylar Jones, QB, Wake Forest -- Takes over for Riley Skinner. The junior won the job in the spring after not throwing a pass last season.

Logan Kilgore, QB, Middle Tennessee -- Transfer from Bakersfield (Calif). College, threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. Dwight Dasher is the man but Kilgore could be the next man.

Dan Mason, LB, Pittsburgh -- Pittsburgh's starting middle linebacker has been All-Big East first team each of the last five years. Will Mason make it six in a row as a sophomore?

Lamar Miller, TB, Miami -- With Graig Cooper rehabbing a knee hurt in the bowl, this homegrown redshirt freshman could be a savior.

Jason Peters, DE, Georgia Tech -- Al Groh was hired to install the 3-4. There is more pressure on the ends in that alignment. Peters was one of the stars of the spring.

Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina -- Overshadowed on one of the best defenses in the country.

Ryan Radcliff, QB, Central Michigan -- If you're asking who will replace Dave LeFevour, this is the guy. The redshirt sophomore threw 21 passes last season.

Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State -- This sophomore is replacing NCAA rushing leader Ryan Mathews in the Central Valley. Runs like Jacquizz Rodgers with similar measureables -- 5-foot-7, 185.

Rutgers Super Sophs -- Six-foot-five quarterback Tom Savage threw for 14 touchdowns as a freshman. Receiver Mohamed Sanu (51 catches) is one of the fastest players in the game.

Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois -- Redshirt freshman from high school power Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst was named starter by Ron Zook in the spring. Dual-threat guy needs to jump start Illini offense.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia -- For the first time in five years, the Mountaineers don't have an experienced quarterback returning. Smith could be great (65 percent on 49 passes in '09) but will have to come back from a broken foot in the offseason.

Josh Snead, TB, Duke -- Early enrolling freshman is a home-run hitter for a program desperate for a bowl.

Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh -- The Panthers always seem to be a quarterback away from doing great things. Coming off a 10-win season, Sunseri could be the difference in Pittsburgh getting back to a BCS bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on: April 5, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: April 5, 2010 5:54 pm
 

Source: Nets to go after Coach K

INDIANAPOLIS -- Welcome to your worst nightmare, Dookies.

Day of the national championship game, your coach about to tie Adolph Rupp for the second most titles ever, one of the most glorious days in school history.

Leave it to the New Jersey Nets and a Russian billionaire to muck it up. This report on NorthJersey.com says that the Nets are prepared to make Mike Krzyzewski an offer to coach the team. The offer, reportedly, will be worth $12-$15 million per year and might include GM duties. That dwarfs the $8-million-per-year offer Coach K got a few years ago from the Lakers.

It also has to be disturbing that Krzyzewski waxed nostalgic Sunday when talking about the Lakers' interest.

"I was more than tempted [to go]," Krzyzewski said. "I seriously considered it. One, because it was the Lakers ... It would have been an opportunity to work with Kobe. He and I are very close."

His boss in New Jersey would be Mikhail Prokhorov, that Russian billionaire. His purchase of the Nets is expected to be approved later this month. You can read more about Prokhorov here.

Coach K refuted rumors in February that the Nets were interested in him.

"The guy's Russian, right?" Krzyzewski said. "You think he'd hire a Polish guy?"

"No one's contacted me, and if they do, I think 'nyet' would be easy for me to say," he added two months ago.

Krzyzewski reiterated his non-interest in the Nets on Monday.

  

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 4, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2010 8:10 pm
 

Coach K talks about Urban Meyer

INDIANAPOLIS  -- Mike Krzyzewski spoke Sunday at the Final Four about the advice he gave Urban Meyer last year. I linked to a story Saturday that revealed Meyer had spoken to Krzyzewski about their shared health-related issues.  Coach K said Sunday he called Meyer at the suggestion of Duke AD Kevin White shortly after the Florida coach resigned for a day in late December.

Both coaches are brothers in stress. Krzyzewski took time off in 1995 after a bad back flared up. We're still not sure what Meyer did to address stress issues that had him in deteriorating health in December. He resigned Dec. 27, only to come back the next day. Somewhere between then and now Meyer allegedly took some sort of leave of absence.

"The main thing we talked [about] is that he wasn't the only guy who, you know, that kind of stuff can happen to," Krzyzewski said. "I think it happens to a lot of people, whether you're in sports or business, and you haven't done anything wrong by feeling that way.

"The main thing I told him was not to make decisions while you're feeling that way, to feel better and then make decisions, whatever that means."

Krzyzewski said Meyer came to Duke to get a physical about a month after they talked.

"I didn't call him to tell him about press relations about a month ago, he showed me he may have his vigor back. [That] showed me he's back quicker than I thought he would ever be back."

Krzyzewski actually did call Meyer again after his rant at the Orlando Sentinel reporter.

"I said, 'You shouldn't do that,' Krzyzewski continued. "The good thing about it, he has a great athletic director, people around him. They wouldn't allow him to make that decision [resign]. In other words, they're not going to accept that at that time because they shouldn't."

 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Duke, Florida
 
Posted on: April 3, 2010 10:46 am
 

Urban Meyer meets with Coach K

A couple of tidbits out of Gainesville:

Urban Meyer met with Mike Krzyzewski at some point during the offseason to get advice on how to handle his health issues. Coach K took time off in 1999 and 2002 for hip surgery. If Duke wins tonight, I intend to ask K here in Indianapolis about his meeting with The Urbanator. Stay tuned to this space for an update.

Also, running back Jeff Demps ran a 10.11 100 meters on Friday during the Florida Relays. That's the fastest time in the world this year. We need to see more of that breakaway speed on the football field. In his first two seasons, Demps has averaged six carries per game. That should change with a certain Mr. Tebow no longer carrying the ball.

Speaking of quarterback, Meyer said he plans to play two of them in the fall. That's sort of a revelation with everyone assuming the John Brantley era was set to begin. Meyer basically said that redshirt freshman Jordan Reed will be in on third-down short yardage situations. The 6-foot-3 Reed is a converted quarterback who had been working at tight end in the spring. Now there are reports Reed has been working in the Wildcat and throwing some passes as well. And Meyer loves him.

"I think we do (plan to play two quarterbacks) because we have to," Meyer told Florida Today. "On third down and three I know what we want to do and Johnny's (Brantley) probably not going to do it just because he's not that kind of player. Everybody said we just ran Tim because he was a great player. That's partially true ... Jordan Reed has proven he can do it."
   

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Duke, Florida
 
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Indications are that Derek Dooley will be named the next coach at Tennessee.

A person intimately involved in the search told CBSSports.com Dooley was "a great hire," Friday afternoon although no formal announcement had been made. At least three other outlets had reported that Dooley was expected to be Tennessee's choice. Knoxville radio station WNML first reported that Dooley was the choice at about noon ET.

Govolsextra.com reported that Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton would interview current assistant Kippy Brown at 1 p.m. ET.

Dooley apparently did not tell his Louisiana Tech staff of his departure but reportedly cancelled player meetings to travel from Ruston, La. to Knoxville. The son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley has a 17-20 in three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech.

As recently as Thursday night, Tennessee officials met with Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in Salt Lake City according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. Whittingham turned down a job offer according to the newspaper. Earlier this week, CBSSports.com reported that Tennessee had offered Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp $3 million per season. Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Friday he was staying at the school.

Dooley is a former walk-on receiver at Virginia who earned a scholarship in his second season. He went to earn his law degree from Georgia in 1994. He practiced law for two years in Atlanta before getting into coaching.

His coaching career started with Georgia in 1996 as a grad assistant under Jim Donnan. From there he went to SMU to three years before joining LSU in 2000. That’s where his career took off. Dooley coached tight ends, running backs, special teams and was the recruiting coordinator under Nicks Saban from 2000-2004

Dooley then followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins. In 2007, he was hired by Louisiana Tech. Dooley seemingly comes highly recommended by Nick Saban and Muschamp. All three were on the staff together at LSU.

Muschamp reportedly recommended Dooley to Tennessee after he was pursued by Vols AD Mike Hamilton. Dooley had recommended by Muschamp and Kirby Smart to Saban at LSU. Smart is now the Alabama defensive coordinator under Saban.

As LSU’s recruiting coordinator, Dooley helped LSU land the No. 1-ranked recruiting classes in 2001 and 2003. 

Dooley is expected to inherit the majority of Lane Kiffin's former staff. It was Cutcliffe's unwillingness to do so that kept the Duke coach and former Tennessee assistant from progressing further in talks with Hamilton.

The leftover members of Kiffin's are still recruiting, according to one of those coaches. Coach or no coach, Tennessee is expected to have a group of recruits in this weekend for official visits.

 

Posted on: January 14, 2010 4:38 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Tennessee down to Cutcliffe?

Tennessee has seemingly moved on to Duke head coach David Cutcliffe as its favorite.

The Vols' former offensive coordinator (on two ocassions) could be the fallback candidate now that Will Muschamp and Troy Calhoun have dropped out of the running. Cutcliffe is 9-15 in two seasons at Duke. Five years ago he underwent triple bypass surgery. He has rebounded nicely making modest improvement at Duke.

Cutcliffe is 53-44 overall including a successful six-year stay at Ole Miss where he was 44-29. The Rebels tied for the SEC West title in 2003. From 1983-1992 Cutcliffe was a Tennessee assistant. From 1993-1998 he was Phil Fulmer's offensive coordinator before departing for Ole Miss.

Tennessee assistant Kippy Brown is still in the running along with a new name -- Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley. The son of Vince Dooley is 17-20 in three seasons in Ruston, La. He coached under Nick Saban at both LSU and the Dolphins.

 
 
 
 
 
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