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December 12th

Arizona State defensive coordinator will not stay with team 

… Part of the plan in hiring of Herm Edwards as a “CEO” of the Arizona State coaching staff was that the Sun Devils were to keep the staff in tact to ease the transition … 

From ESPN … Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will leave the program after coaching against NC State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl later this month.

Bennett said he made the decision for personal reasons. He met twice with new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards, who said in a prepared statement that he hoped Bennett would remain on staff.

“Family always comes first, and right now he needs to turn his attention to that,” Edwards said in the statement.

Bennett, 62, is completing his first season as Sun Devils defensive coordinator after coming over from Baylor, where he held the same post for the previous six seasons. He was hired by Todd Graham, who will remain Arizona State’s head coach for the bowl game before departing.

Bennett, who has a home in College Station, Texas, informed Edwards of his decision Tuesday morning.

“I will always be a Sun Devil fan,” Bennett told reporters Tuesday. “I will pull for these kids and this program. I think it’s in good hands. Just very appreciative to all of them.”


December 8th

Oregon offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal promoted to head coach

Related … “Oregon Ducks hire of Mario Cristobal is right guy, right time, right move” … from the Oregonian

Related … “Coaching Style: Oregon offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal” … from DuckTerritory.com

From the Oregonian … Oregon interim head coach Mario Cristobal will get the promotion Ducks players so badly wanted.

Cristobal, who joined UO’s staff as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach 11 months ago, will be the next head coach, a source confirmed to the The Oregonian/OregonLive. The hiring was first reported by NBC Sports Northwest.

This will be Cristobal’s second job as a head coach, following six seasons at Florida International. His career record is 27-47.

Cristobal, 47, came to UO with a reputation as one of the nation’s top recruiters and those skills were on display this week, following Willie Taggart’s departure to Florida State, by nurturing a player movement to name him head coach. More than 70 players signed a petition that was delivered to athletic director Rob Mullens’ office Wednesday that asked to promote Cristobal from his role as interim head coach for the Dec. 16 Las Vegas Bowl to the permanent job.

Publicly, Ducks players created a groundswell of support for Cristobal on social media, where players called for his promotion using the hashtag #cristobALLIN.

One program source this week said that UO felt like it had “three head coaches” this season because Cristobal and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt worked to build relationships across all position groups much the way Taggart did.

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Oregon players lobby for offensive coordinator to be named head coach

From the Oregonian … More than 70 players have signed a petition, delivered to AD Rob Mullens’ office, to keep Mario Cristobal as UO head coach, left tackle Tyrell Crosby tweeted Thursday night.

That’s an impressive sign of support for Cristobal, who serves as interim head coach. He also is co-offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach.

… If Oregon goes in-house for a promotion, two candidates already have head-coaching experience.

Mario Cristobal was 27-47 at Florida International from 2007-12. Jim Leavitt was 95-57 at South Florida from 1997-2009.

“We have an outstanding group of assistant coaches and we’re fortunate to have a couple who’ve had head coaching experience,” Mullens said Tuesday. “… There’s a number of coaches on our staff who have head coach capability and we certainly would want to talk to those.”

Tonight’s story takes a closer look at Cristobal and Leavitt and the movement, on the part of UO players, to persuade Oregon’s decision-makers to hire either. Read the whole story here.


December 7th

Mike Riley returning to Oregon State … as an assistant

From the Oregonian …  Following a three-year hiatus, Mike Riley is back at Oregon State.

Riley will return as an assistant head coach under Jonathan Smith, the school announced Thursday, reuniting the longtime OSU head coach with Smith — the former quarterback he recruited as a walk-on in 1997.

The return will mark Riley’s third time on the Beavers coaching staff, although his official assignment has not yet been determined.

Riley, 64, has the most wins by any head football coach in Oregon State history. He compiled a 93-80 record during two stints from 1997-98 and 2003-14. His last tenure ended when he left OSU to take the head coaching job at Nebraska, where he went 19-19 in three seasons.

In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald after his Nov. 25 firing, Riley said he wouldn’t mind being on a coaching staff as a secondary or quarterbacks coach, saying that he still felt young and had the energy to do it.

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Will Mike Leach spend his career as an outsider, coaching for the “have-nots” in the Power-Five?

From ESPN … If you needed any further evidence that Washington State head coach Mike Leach is on the outside looking in at the college football establishment, the University of Tennessee delivered.

Athletic director John Currie flew to Los Angeles on the last day of November to meet with Leach. Tennessee didn’t offer Leach a job, didn’t ask to meet with him again, didn’t thank him publicly and move on to another candidate. Instead, Tennessee fired Currie after he spoke with Leach.

To review: Currie had inquired about or talked to Chip Kelly, Dan Mullen, Matt Campbell, Greg Schiano, David Cutcliffe, Mike Gundy, Dave Doeren and Kevin Sumlin — basically, every coach short of the late Gen. Neyland — and no one squawked. But once Currie spoke to Leach, Currie didn’t last another 24 hours. That sets some sort of record.

That doesn’t preclude Leach from a high-profile job — Oregon could be a possibility — but it does bring up questions that have been percolating in my head over the second half of the season. Will Mike Leach ever be offered and accept a high-profile job? Is he destined to carve a career out of coaching have-nots?

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December 6th

Jim Leavitt non-committal on move to Florida State

Related … “Understanding Jim Leavitt’s buyout at Oregon and what it means” … from Duck Territory

From the Tallahassee Democrat … On Tuesday, it was reported that Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt was going to join Willie Taggart at Florida State.

Leavitt didn’t exactly decline those rumors, but did state that he wanted to be a head coach again someday on his Twitter account.

“Always been honest,” Leavitt wrote.

“Never have I mislead. Have great passion for the Ducks! Want to be a HC someday again Lord willing. Flying back tomorrow but tonight with my girls.”

He’s also responded to some fans asking why he was leaving stating that he “is still here” at Oregon.

Leavitt was previously a head coach at South Florida from 1997-2009 before being fired.

He resurfaced as the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014 before taking over the defensive coordinator position.

He was passed over for the interim head coaching tag — co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal got it — which led to speculation that he would not be back.

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December 5th

Candidates to replace Taggart at Oregon includes Kevin Sumlin and Mike Leach

Related “Report: Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt will take same position at FSU” ... from the Tallahassee Democrat

Related … “Oregon football: Seven names and one lesson for the coaching vacancy (updated)” … from Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News

Related … “Oregon coaching candidates: Kevin Sumlin, Mike Leach, Lane Kiffin among others” … from CBS Sports

From the Oregonian … Willie Taggart’s departure for Florida State has opened a coaching vacancy at Oregon for the second time in as many years.

Here are potential candidates for UO’s job, as gathered through media reports and sourcing.

Mario Cristobal

Steve Greatwood

Bryan Harsin

Jeff Tedford

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Finally official: Willie Taggart leaves Oregon for Florida State

From the Oregonian … Almost a year to the day after Oregon ended its last coaching search, it’s time to start a new one.

Taggart, 41, is leaving Oregon after just one season to coach at Florida State, a source confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Taggart will succeed Jimbo Fisher, who resigned last week to become Texas A&M’s coach, in a move that returns Taggart to his home state, where he has family and has recruited with success ever since breaking into coaching in 1999. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman and reporter Brett McMurphy were first to report Taggart’s decision to accept the Florida State job.

Players were notified Tuesday afternoon that a team meeting has been called in Eugene for 1:30 p.m.

Taggart now has the distinction of being the first Ducks football coach in 75 years to last just one season in Eugene.

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Report: Oregon facing “mass decommitments” over Taggart saga

From the Oregonian … The Oregon Ducks prized 2018 recruiting class may soon experience a mass exodus.

Since the beginning of the recruiting cycle, Oregon pledges have added one another to a class-wide group chat, where they discuss everything from normal high school activities to their futures at Oregon to upon whom the class should be focusing their peer recruiting effort.

According to several Oregon commitments, that group chat has turned into a discussion of frustration about the lack of information concerning coach Willie Taggart’s decision to remain at Oregon or accept the head coaching job at Florida State.

Several recruits have indicated they are leaning toward decommitting from Oregon regardless of Taggart’s eventual decision, based on the way the situation has been handled.

The Ducks have already lost the commitment of four-star athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison and experienced the loss of a handful of potential official and unofficial visitors.

But the blow to the recruiting class could soon get much worse – regardless of what Taggart decides.


December 4th

Confirmed: Florida State meets with Oregon head coach Willie Taggart

From the Orlando Sentinel … Florida State’s first coaching search in more than four decades could last just four days.

FSU officials met with Oregon coach Willie Taggart in Arizona on Monday and the two sides are negotiating a deal that potentially could bring Taggart to Tallahassee, according to a source.

The two sides hope to come to an agreement Monday night and a formal announcement of Taggart’s hire could come as early as Tuesday.

As FSU’s coaching search heats up, both Taggart and the Seminoles were focused on moving swiftly through the process in order to recruit ahead of the Dec. 20 early signing period.

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Herm Edwards introductory press conference “incredibly uncomfortable”

From CBS Sports … The pitchforks surrounding Herm Edwards as he stood at the Arizona State podium have immediately begun to feel like a metaphor. Edwards was officially introduced as ASU’s new coach on Monday, and it was everywhere from funny to absurd to incredibly uncomfortable.

Arizona State fired Todd Graham after the 2017 season, $12 million buyout and all. It then released the most ambiguous, convoluted plan since Ocean’s 13, detailing how it was going to follow a more NFL front office-like structure. Here’s the operative excerpt of the plan.

The department’s New Leadership Model will be similar to an NFL approach using a general manager structure. It’s a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of Sun Devil Football. This structure will allow the department to form a multi-layered method to the talent evaluation and recruiting processes, increase its emphasis on both student-athlete and coach development and retention, and provide a boost in resource allocation and generation.

OK, so that’s pretty confusing, but surely introducing Edwards will begin to shed some light on what the actual plan is right? Rhetorical question. No. The press conference was a theater of the absurd where in his introduction, his agent Pete de Picciotto said that “I have no doubt he will put a lot of points on the scoreboard of life.” Which is good, on a macro level, but Arizona State fans might have wanted to hear he’s going to put a lot of points on the scoreboard of football, too.

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Report: Oregon’s Willie Taggart to meet with FSU officials today

From the Tallahassee Democrat … Florida State is set to meet with Oregon head coach Willie Taggart on Monday according to a recent report.

The Seminoles have yet to meet face-to-face with Taggart about the Seminoles head coaching vacancy, but have met with his agent Jimmy Sexton.

He has been the hot name associated with the FSU opening since before Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M on Friday.

Taggart was offered a four year, $20 million extension by Oregon over a week ago, but he has not signed it yet.

According to a report on Sunday evening, A decision from Taggart is expected at some point today.

He was originally supposed to start his recruiting trip on Sunday night in Arizona meeting before traveling to Texas, but it looks as if Taggart never made the flight.

FSU needs to get this done quickly in order to salvage a recruiting class that has started to fall apart with seven decommitments since Wednesday.

According to a report by the Oregonian, Oregon officials are also hoping for a quick resolution.


December 3rd

Tallahassee newspaper: Chances of Willie Taggart being hired by Florida State: “Sizzling”

Related … “Florida State coaching hot board” … from the Tallahassee Democrat

From the Tallahassee Democrat … Florida State is in the midst of its first coaching search in 41 years.

Former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher resigned his position on Friday afternoon and then signed a 10-year, $75 million deal with Texas A&M to become its head coach.

On Saturday, FSU president John Thrasher said he hoped to fill the coaching position soon.

“Pretty quickly, we hope,” FSU President John Thrasher told the Tallahassee Democrat.

“We have a lot of interest. We are going to vet it out, be very diligent about it. We are going to make a decision here in a reasonable time. (The) best job in America (is) right here, right here.”

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart is considered the strong front runner for the job, though Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, South Florida’s Charlie Strong, and former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin have been mentioned as possibilities.

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Arizona State to introduce Herm Edwards as its new head coach on Monday

Related … “ASU football players react to Todd Graham’s firing, Herm Edwards’ hiring” … from the Arizona Republic

From the Arizona Republic … Former NFL head coach Herm Edwards is about to bring his football enthusiasm to the desert.

Arizona State will introduce Edwards as its new coach at a Monday morning news conference. Edwards replaces Todd Graham, fired Nov. 26 after six seasons.

Edwards, 63, becomes the first African American head football coach in school history. Since 2009, he has worked at ESPN as an NFL analyst. It’s not yet clear when those television duties will end.

Edwards has not coached in nearly a decade. He hasn’t coached in college in nearly three. Even so, he has a rich football background and a personality that demands attention.

As a player, Edwards spent eight years in the NFL, nearly all with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is best remembered for the 1978 “Miracle in the Meadowlands,” a play in which he scooped a fumble in the final seconds and returned it for a touchdown to stun the New York Giants.

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December 1st

Tennessee AD offered Mike Leach head coaching job, but was fired before the deal was done

From Spokane Spokesman-Review … Tennessee has suspended athletic director John Currie one day after reports surfaced about him meeting with Washington State’s Mike Leach in Los Angeles to discuss the coaching vacancy in Knoxville.

Tennessee has promoted former football coach Phillip Fulmer to the position of interim AD and UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport dismissed questions regarding Leach and the Volunteers’ coaching vacancy during a press conference in Knoxville Friday afternoon.

“It’s been a tough week for us,” Davenport said. “It’s been a series of events. There’s not a single event.”

Added Davenport: “I want to be clear today that we’re here to talk about the change in the leadership of the athletics department. I’m not going to talk about coaches at any other schools or at any other places.”

Chris Low of ESPN had previously reported that the Tennessee had “parted ways” with Currie Friday morning, “on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search.” The Tennessee AD was prepared to hire Leach to become the Volunteers’ coach, according to Brett McMurphy, but “university officials wouldn’t allow him to.”

McMurphy also reported that: “Fulmer has been sabotaging search process in hopes to become Tennessee’s AD.”

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Reports: Oregon’s Willie Taggart “clear front-runner” for Florida State head coaching position

From CBS Sports … There’s a new Best Job Available on the block, and it’s Florida State. With Jimbo Fisher high-tailing it out of Tallahassee the job is now open, and it’s going to be an attractive option to a lot of coaches around the country.

It’s one of the premier programs in one of the nation’s best conferences, and you can win national titles at Florida State. But who will be the coach Florida State tabs to try to win them?

Let’s go over the likely candidates.

Willie Taggart, Oregon: Taggart is the clear front-runner for the position. Some reports already have him pegged as the first person Florida State will offer the job to, and there were reports earlier this week that Florida State had already begun vetting Taggart in case Fisher ended up leaving. Taggart is only 41, is a Florida native, and spent four seasons as coach at South Florida. He left Tampa following last season to take over at Oregon, and while coaches are sometimes hesitant to leave a school after only one season, it’s not every year Florida State comes calling.

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Reports: Tennessee looking to hire Washington State’s Mike Leach

From CBS Sports … Mike Leach has become everyone’s favorite wacky coach on the Washington State sideline, and he’s apparently caught the eye of Tennessee athletic director John Currie. Several reports late Thursday have linked Leach to Tennessee with various degrees of progress.

It’s been tough sledding for Tennessee to this point with several coaches — including Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, Dave Doeren of NC State, Jeff Brohm of Purdue and David Cutcliffe of Duke — turning down the position that was initially offered to Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

The progress of a potential deal is, as of now, unknown.

Gridiron Now’s John Brice reports that Currie interviewed Leach, among other candidates, in the Los Angeles area on Thursday. Newy Scruggs of NBC Dallas/Fort Worth reports that the details of a contract are being worked out, and an agreement could be announced as early as Friday. Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel has only indicated that Leach’s name is “picking up steam” in the Tennessee search, whereas Kevin Sumlin’s is fading. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman says the aforementioned meeting “went very well” and insinuates that further developments are forthcoming.

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November 30th

Ten Thoughts on Arizona State hiring Herm Edwards

Related … “ASU football coach search: Herm Edwards blasted by media as Ray Anderson’s possible pick” … from the Arizona Republic

From the Arizona Republic … Herm Edwards is in position to become Arizona State’s next football coach. Pending president Michael Crow’s approval, an announcement could come early next week.

This is an outside-the-box move from Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson, one with a lot of risk. Edwards, a former NFL coach, last coached in 2008. He has spent the last nine years working as an NFL analyst for ESPN. He hasn’t worked a college sideline in nearly three decades.

My thoughts on the potential hire:

First off, nothing is final until the news conference. Think back to 2011. Crow and chief operating officer Steve Patterson met in Texas with agent Leigh Steinberg to finalize a deal with then-SMU coach June Jones. They had everything in place, but Steinberg brought up some final details, mostly minor. Crow objected. Deal fell apart. Six days later, ASU hired Todd Graham.

Anderson has had all season to think about this. After Anderson fired Graham, he announced that a national search would start immediately. In reality, he’s thought about this for months. Anderson wouldn’t have fired Graham without a replacement in mind. He said no search firm, which makes sense if you already have your guy. Also, according to the ASU Recruitment and Selection Handbook, there is no minimum number of applicants that needs to be interviewed for a position.

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November 29th

Arizona State “likely” to name Herm Edwards as its new head coach

From 247 Sports … Pending a successful introduction to University President Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State is likely to name Herm Edwards its next coach as soon as early next week according to two sources directly familiar with the matter.

Edwards will be in Tempe this weekend to meet with ASU officials, including Crow and Athletics Director Ray Anderson. The meeting isn’t taking place until this weekend so Crow can return from China, where he has been attending a Global Education Summit in Beijing.

Anderson, according to the sources, doesn’t need to be convinced of Edwards’ candidacy for the job. The two men have known each other for a number of years and Anderson served as Edwards’ agent when he was a NFL head coach. They’ve already had extensive conversations about the job, which Edwards is prepared to accept.

Rather, it is Crow’s final approval that will be sought during the weekend visit.

“Nothing will get done without Dr. Crow signing off on it, but if he does, this is going to happen,” said one source, who spoke on the condition on anonymity due to not being authorized to disclose the information. “[Anderson] has known he’s wanted to do this for a while and it’s just been about getting everything else lined up.”

Edwards, 63, was first mentioned as a candidate for the position by Paul Calvisi of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station.

Currently an analyst for ESPN, Edwards has eight years of head coaching experience in the NFL but hasn’t coached since 2008 when he went 2-14 with the Kansas City Chiefs. His overall head coaching record is 57-77. He was 39-41 in five seasons as head coach of the New York Jets from 2001-05 and 15-33 in three seasons leading the Chiefs in 2005-08.

Edwards discussed his interest in the ASU job opening on ESPN Wednesday morning, and later with Doug and Wolf on their 98.7 FM Arizona Sports show.

“When you talk, you have discussions with people that you’ve had relationships with and a lot of things are talked about,” Edwards said on the radio show. “For me, where I’m at in my life, everything had to come into play where it was a fit. And I think it’s more important that it’s a fit and this happened to be a fit. I owe [Anderson] a conversation where we could communicate and sit down and talk and we’ll see where it goes.”

It is rare for a legitimate candidate to openly talk of his prospects publicly at all, much less ahead of an interview. But Anderson, who has not confirmed Edwards’ candidacy, has indicated he’s willing to consider an unconventional approach.

Edwards is perceived as a very attractive candidate to Anderson, according to a source, because he’s viewed as someone who can be very successful as a chief executive type leader of a well run football operation that includes a ramping up of other staffing resources and managerial support.

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Oregon State has found its new head coach

Related … “Jonathan Smith comes home: Get to know the Oregon State Beavers’ new football coach” … from the Oregonian

From the Oregonian … Oregon State is expected to name Washington co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith its next football coach, sources close to Smith on Wednesday told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Smith will return to OSU after previously serving as the Beavers quarterback from 1998-2001 and a graduate assistant from 2002-03. He went on to serve as quarterbacks coach at Idaho (2004-09), offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana (2010-11) and quarterbacks coach at Boise State (2012-13) before joining the Washington staff in 2014 under Chris Petersen.

The 38-year-old Smith was a four-year starter at Oregon State and led the offense during the 2000 season, which ended with an 11-1 record and Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame to mark one of the greatest years in program history. He arrived from Glendora High School in Los Angeles County, California, as a 5-foot-9 walk-on and ranks third in Oregon State history in both passing yards (9,680) and touchdown passes (55).

Arizona State needs a “home run” hire in order to avoid backlash

From the Arizona Republic … Rhetoric can be dangerous. Oversized expectationsalmost always dissolve into disappointment. Arizona State’s Ray Anderson was smart enough to recognize the pitfalls, telling Todd Graham to turn down his trademark bluster before the 2016 season.

Too bad Anderson ignored his own advice, doubling down on every reckless promise made by the man he just fired.

The termination of Graham’s contract has had a strange effect on the Valley. The firing is backfiring. Graham came to ASU with a vagabond reputation and leaves as a martyr. Football fans in Pittsburgh seem to be the only ones cheering loudly, still jilted six years after he left that program without saying goodbye.

The shift in perception is stunning. It’s a nod to the undeniable progress made under Graham, who instilled military academy discipline at a school once known as Party U., forging a tremendous bounce-back season in 2017. It’s also a testament to the absurd power of the Territorial Cup, where beating the hated rival remains the best cosmetic on the market.

Had Graham lost to the Wildcats in the regular-season finale, it would sound much different around here. Anderson wouldn’t be at the center of the current firestorm, where the dimmest of wits are actually requesting his dismissal. In some ways, that’s exactly his point.

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November 28th

Is Herm Edwards a viable option for Arizona State?

Related … “Herm Edwards to interview for the Arizona State job this weekend” … from CBS Sports

From the Arizona Republic … Edwards, 63, is an outside-the-box candidate, but in some ways he makes sense. For one, he has a history with Anderson, who was his agent during his NFL head-coaching days. Also, he seems to fit the “CEO” coach Anderson described in Sunday’s news conference. Someone who would be OK with retaining ASU’s offensive and defensive coordinators. The drawbacks, of course, are obvious: Edwards hasn’t coached since 2008 and he hasn’t been in the college game since 1989.

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November 27th

Last man standing: Only Oregon State coach on the payroll is the interim head coach

From the Oregonian … The Oregon State athletic department has decided to part ways with its football coaching staff, except for interim coach Cory Hall, an OSU official told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Assistants have been told their contracts will be honored through completion, but to leave their offices at the Valley Football Center by Tuesday night. Oregon State initially said the coaches would be working from home, before clarifying that their “services are not being retained.”

Hall will continue serving in the interim role as Oregon State continues its search for a head coach.

The decision came one day after the Beavers ended a 1-11 season with a 69-10 loss at Oregon. According to a source close to the situation, Oregon State targeted having a head coach in the next week.

Hall and all other assistants on staff are under contract with OSU through the end of the 2018 season. Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes signed the assistants to contract extensions last summer. Not including Hall, the eight other Oregon State assistants are set to make a combined $2.39 million in salary next year.

Based on the terms of Hall’s amended contract after being elevated to an interim role in October, he is set to return to his duties as an assistant starting January 1, 2018. OSU agreed to pay Hall an additional $75,000 to his $200,004 salary for his term as the interim coach.

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Scott Frost not ready to talk about Nebraska head coaching vacancy

From the Lincoln Journal Star … As No. 15 Central Florida begins its preparations for the American Athletics Conference championship game against No. 20 Memphis on Saturday in Orlando, head coach Scott Frost on Monday was peppered with questions about Nebraska’s now-open head coaching job.

In the first 24 hours after Mike Riley was fired from the head job here, dominoes fell on a wild day around the country that seemed to line up Frost’s eventual move.

That trend only continued Monday as Frost answered questions about Nebraska directly and tried to deflect attention to his players, but also came off as though there’s writing on the wall.

“I’d be hurt if Nebraska wasn’t interested in me,” Frost said during a news conference “We’re undefeated and I’m from there. When you win, a lot of people are interested in you. That doesn’t matter. What matters are these players and what they’ve accomplished and they deserve he focus to be on them and not me.”

Not surprisingly, though, much of the focus is on the 42-year-old from Wood River.

“I’m not going to say much,” he said. “I can’t tell you how much I care about these players and that’s been true of my past, it’s going to be true every year I’m coaching. Our entire staff is that way. These guys are special and they deserve my best – I’ve said that all year, they deserve our coaching staff’s best.”

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ASU football “better off” for firing Todd Graham

Related … “Report: Bret Bielema wants Arizona State job” … from Larry Brown Sports

Related … “ASU football: Coaching search hot board” … from HouseofSparky.com

Related (Contrary view) … “Arizona State and Texas A&M fired winning coaches. That backfires all the time” … from sbnation.com

Note … This one is for the MacIntyre haters. The ASU athletic director is saying all the things you are hoping CU athletic director Rick George will soon say … 

From the Arizona Republic … If you’re uncertain about whether Ray Anderson should have fired Todd Graham as Arizona State’s football coach, don’t be. It was the right move.

Anderson, the vice president for university athletics, made it clear Sunday that he isn’t worried about anyone who thinks of him as Icarus.

“They are living in the past,” he said as an answer to those who might consider his expectations unrealistic.

In Greek mythology, Icarus flew on wings made of wax and feathers, but he ignored warnings and tried to soar too high. Icarus got too close to the sun. The wax melted, and he fell to his doom.

Anderson won’t be limited by such thinking.

Those who think recent performance has been good enough “don’t grasp the vision” that he and ASU President Michael Crow share, Anderson said. “They underestimate our potential. They’re living in the past. We’re about the future.”

Anderson wants a program that competes for a major bowl every year.

“Some folks are OK with going to the Cactus Bowl, and even the Sun Bowl, which is the fifth-ranked bowl amongst the Pac-12 contracted bowls of seven, that means you’re just the fifth-best team in the conference,” he said. “And if you’re going to the Cactus Bowl or the Las Vegas Bowl that means you’re the sixth- or seventh-best team in your own conference.”

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November 26th

Ole Miss keeping interim coach … no Mike MacIntyre to Oxford

From Football Scoop … Following an eventful and historic day in the SEC, Ole Miss has filled its head coaching vacancy by making the simplest move possible. Interim head coach Matt Luke will take over as full-time head coach, sources confirmed to FootballScoop on Sunday.

The news was first reported by Rebel Grove‘s Neal McCready.

The school has now announced the hire.

Mike MacIntyre a name “bantered about” for opening at Ole Miss

From the Oxford Eagle … Whether directly or indirectly, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork has been vetting candidates for months, but now that the season’s over, his search has begun in earnest. Ole Miss is leaning on the search firm Turnkey Search to help, but not much information about who Bjork’s targeting and who may have serious interest hasn’t leaked — a sign Bjork is handling this search almost exclusively.

But there’s been some. Oregon’s Willie Taggart, South Florida’s Charlie Strong (a former Ole Miss assistant), Memphis’ Mike Norvell and Texas-San Antonio’s Frank Wilson (another former assistant) are among those who’ve reportedly been vetted by Bjork. SMU’s Chad Morris, Colorado’s Mike McIntyre, Troy’s Neal Brown and even Lane Kiffin, who’s 8-3 in his debut season at FAU, are others who’ve been bantered about.

Ole Miss needs a quality coach but perhaps even a better recruiter given the Rebels’ scholarship reductions as a result of the NCAA investigation and more that could possibly be coming. Efficiency on the recruiting trail will be vital.

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Seven candidates for Arizona State to consider

From the Arizona Republic … After firing coach Todd Graham, Arizona State is in the market for someone to leads its football program. Over his four years in Tempe, this will be the biggest hire for Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson.

Which way will he turn? It’s difficult to say.

With Anderson’s NFL background, it’s possible he’ll want someone with NFL ties. He also may try to go with a young, up-and-coming coach who can grow with the program:

– Teryl Austin, defensive coordinator, Detroit Lions

– Pep Hamilton, assistant head coach and passing game coordinator, Michigan

– Jimmy Lake, co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach, Washington

– Derek Mason, head coach, Vanderbilt.

– Mike Norvell, head coach, Memphis.

– Charlie Strong, head coach, South Florida.

– Kevin Sumlin, head coach, Texas A&M.

Oregon State coaching search a mess; Mike Leach to Tennessee or Arkansas?

From the Oregonian … The coaching dominos are falling around college football in general and the Pac-12 in particular.

Arizona State fired Todd Graham, UCLA hired Chip Kelly, Mike Leach reportedly is looking for a way out at Washington State, Rich Rodriguez turned nasty in his postgame presser, and you have to wonder if the Oregon State coaching search has become a little more difficult after the way Oregon bullied the Beavers in the Civil War.

Whew. I need to take a breath after just typing that. There is much more about all this stuff lower in the links, but here are few of my thoughts.

— The FootballScoop,com report about Oregon State hiring Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin appears to be premature at best.

I’m hearing the Beavers haven’t finished interviewing candidates.

The Portland Trib’s Kerry Eggers is hearing similarly. He writes that the report is fake news, at least at this point.

And since nothing has been finalized, you have to wonder if Baldwin is having second thoughts.

OSU was awful in the Civil War. As I wrote from the scene, the Beavers looked lost. This will be a difficult rebuild, and it won’t happen overnight.

The O’s John Canzano writes the Ducks dealt Oregon State a rock-bottom moment.

Baldwin might want to sit tight to see what happens at Washington State. I’m hearing Leach could be involved with openings at Tennessee and Arkansas.

Continue reading story here

Todd Graham out as head coach at Arizona State

From ESPN … Despite beating rival Arizona on Saturday, Todd Graham did not save his job. Arizona State fired the coach on Sunday.

The Sun Devils beat Arizona 42-30 to finish the regular season 7-5 and 6-3 in the Pac-12.

The school said in a statement that Graham and his staff will stay on through the team’s bowl appearance.

Graham, 52, went 46-31 in six seasons in Tempe, winning 10 games in both 2013 and 2014. He is 2-2 in bowl games.

“When evaluating our head coaches, we have been very clear in our four-prong approach: integrity, academics, performance and fan affinity advancement,” Arizona State vice president of athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement. “From the moment he arrived in Tempe, Todd helped change the culture and emphasized the student in student-athlete here at Arizona State, elevating the program to unprecedented heights in the classroom and strong citizenship across the board.

“However, our athletic department, university and community expect our football program to compete on the field for Pac-12 titles, be competitively consistent and qualify to participate in major bowl games on a regular basis. In evaluating Todd’s body of work over a four-year period, it became clear that a change is necessary.”

Graham came to Arizona State from Pittsburgh, where he was 6-6 in one season. Before that he spent four seasons at Tulsa, amassing a 36-17 record.

Coming into this season, the Arizona State program had been in decline for three straight years. After winning the division with an 8-1 conference record in 2013, the Sun Devils went 6-3, 4-5 and 2-7 in the Pac-12, and it was understood that Graham needed to engineer a significant turnaround to save his job.

Anderson chose not to extend his contract after the Sun Devils finished 5-7 overall in the 2016 season. Graham’s buyout is reportedly worth at least $11 million.

November 25th

Chip Kelly hired by UCLA

Related … “Chip Kelly won’t have to duplicate Oregon model at UCLA” … from ESPN

From ESPN … Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly has been named the next head coach at UCLA, agreeing to a five-year contract worth $23.3 million with a $9 million reciprocal buyout, the school announced Saturday.

Kelly also had been considering the vacant Florida job, sources previously told ESPN.

“I am thrilled to welcome Chip Kelly to Westwood,” said UCLA director of athletics Dan Guerrero in a statement. “His success speaks for itself, but more than that, I firmly believe that his passion for the game and his innovative approach to coaching student-athletes make him the perfect fit for our program. ‘Champions Made Here’ is more than just a mantra at UCLA, and I’m confident that Chip will lead UCLA Football back to competing for championships. I’d like to thank Josh Rebholz, Casey Wasserman and Troy Aikman for their input during this process, as their candor, experience and support were invaluable.”

Kelly will be formally introduced as the Bruins’ head coach on the UCLA campus on Monday afternoon.

“It is an absolute honor to join the Bruin Family, and I am grateful to Chancellor [Gene] Block and to Dan Guerrero for this incredible opportunity,” Kelly said in a statement. “UCLA is a world-class institution with a distinguished history in athletics, and we will do our part to uphold its tradition of excellence.”

The Bruins have been looking for a new head coach since Jim Mora was fired Nov. 19, a day after a third straight loss to USC. He had been with the Bruins for six seasons. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

The Kelly hiring will bring back a well-recognized name to the Pac 12.

Continue reading story here

Nebraska fires Mike Riley

Related … “No more Mr. Nice Guy as Mike Riley leaves Nebraska exactly how critics expected” … from the Omaha World Herald

From ESPN … Nebraska has fired coach Mike Riley after the Cornhuskers spiraled to a 4-8 finish in his third season.

The school announced Riley’s dismissal Saturday morning. He was 19-19 in three seasons.

The Cornhuskers finished the 2017 season by losing 56-14 to Iowa on Friday. It was the first time in school history that Nebraska allowed at least 50 points in three straight games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“Riley has brought professionalism and energy to the Nebraska football program, but unfortunately, those attributes have not translated to on-field success,” athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement. “After a thorough review of all aspects of our football program, I have chosen to move in a different direction.”

Moos will discuss his decision to fire Riley during a news conference Saturday afternoon.

The 64-year-old coach had lobbied for another season Friday in the aftermath of his team’s fourth consecutive loss.

“I truly believe I’m exactly the right person to do this,” Riley said. “The football parts, I’ve been doing it so long, we know how to fix, and we also are doing a good job recruiting.”

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41 Responses to “Coaching Carousel”

  1. ep

    If Leavitt does become the duck HC I know one win every year that will please him immensely…make that 2. Us and OSU….although I doubt Chev will be the pushover BL is.

  2. KevMc

    Hmmm… Oregonian article says U of O has had Co-OCs… one to become interim coach.

  3. What an amazing coaching carousel season.

    As ya’ll know, I’m glad the Buffs aren’t participating. It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll be looking for new assistants, or not.

    It’s just funny what Tennessee’s done to themselves. Curious to see how Jimbo does at A&M.

    Really curious to see if Willie bails to FSU, and then, who will Oregon turn to? Leavitt? Someone else?

    Also, curious about Kelly’s staff in LA.

    2018 in the Pac 12 should be another fun and interesting season.


    Go Buffs.

    • VK Berlin

      Nah The Buffs aren’t playing in the ‘Coaching Carousel Game’, at least not yet……..
      But there is no question that the Mighty Buffs are playing in the:

      ‘Coaching Wheel of Fortune Game’ and……….

      That ol needle is just about on “Bankrupt”


      • That was actually funny, VK. Got a chuckle this fine morning. Maybe the time off on the international putt putt circuit is helping your one liners?

        Interesting to read that Walters won’t got to Nebraska w/ Frost, his buddy. I only saw the headline Stu posted though. Going to read it now.

        Go Buffs.

        • ep

          Walters, like Leavitt is doing well since he left here

          • The funny thing, even during the lost decade of CU Football, most of the assistants who left did well at their next stops. It was just the head guys who were mostly never heard from again…

            It’s also funny that “allegedly” Jonathan Smith, a Petersen disciple and dude running his offense for a long, long time, reached out to CU about Lindgren. Even if Lindgren was on the way out anyway, Smith must see something there VK doesn’t. Or, he’d have hired someone else.

            Now, having said that, I still maintain that coaching (or managing any enterprise) is as much about fit, as anything. Again, the most glaring example in football, is the difference between Singletary and then Harbaugh, at the ’49ers. Same roster. Same style of football. I’d argue same football knowledge. Yet, Harbaugh got the players to buy in and perform in a way Singletary could not. There are numerous other similar examples (geez, how ’bout dem Giants this year?). And, the fit w/ Lindgren at CU has run its course. Glad he was there to help put the lost decade of CU football behind us.

            Looking forward to seeing what Chev can do, now that he’s the lead dog of the offense. I think Adams may bring a bit more “nasty” to the equation. Lindgren certainly is the introverted, quiet, cerebral type. Attitude may just be the little thing that can make a big difference in CU’s 2018 offense.

            I think a more composed, experienced and focused Montez may be a huge help, too (Heck, if he wins the job. At least there can be a real QB competition now too! Montez, Noyer and Lytle can battle it out.)

            Can’t wait to see them out there in what, 10 months?

            Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            He sees gopher ville.

            You Up?

          • ep

            I was reading your post and nodding Eric until I ran into the word “cerebral.” I hope Lindgren does improve his stock at OSU, against Buffs excepted of course. He does have an opportunity to get a new perspective with an HC that is an ex QB who more than likely will force that new perspective.

  4. KevinMac

    Coach Mac’s To Do List:
    -Develop accountability of head coach and assistants
    -Put accountability on his players (why is Bobo not benched after 3 drops?)
    -Play the playmakers, not always the seniors (Winfree, Lavishka, Landman, Nixon – for the love of all that is good and holy please put slow, can’t make an open-field tackle “coach on the field” Gamboa on the bench)
    -Recruit D-lineman instead of receivers
    -Make some changes in the coaching staff
    -Learn how to act on the sideline – flat out embarrassing at times

    But from where this program came from over the prior decade, there’s no way you get rid of MacIntyre after a 10 win season.

  5. jhenry01

    lasting impression of MM: ” players make plays….. but coaches have no accountability”

    Cant scheme
    Cant adjust to a backup QB….TWICE
    Cant stop the running game
    Cant get up for a win-or-go-home game
    Cant prepare over a bye
    Cant be competitive early – 27 – 0? 28 – 0?
    Cant win night games
    Cant win in the rain

    Boy, if only there wasnt rain, night games, running qbs, or road games……

    MM blames players for a loss
    “didnt execute”
    “didnt respond”
    “dont know what they’re talking about”
    “werent ready to compete”

    There isnt any real accountability for the guys PAID to call the game, manage the plays or navigate the season.

    Going to be a long off season watching good coaches go elsewhere while MM refuses to accept responsibility and hire a better staff.

    • Chirality

      The biggest of these was clearly #3. If CU has even a middle-of-the-road run defense, they beat UCLA, AU and ASU, don’t have to ‘escape’ OSU, and have chances to upset UW and USC.

      You’re right that they came out flat far-too-often, though. Which is strange, considering they were never flat last year. Some teams just lack drive, though, and sometimes there’s simply not much coaches can do about it.

      The problem, I think was accountability. Run defense absolutely terrible? Fire Jeffcoat. “Black out boyz” not producing? Put in the younger guys instead. Etc.

  6. jhenry01

    Hey Stuart. How about an article on all the Pac-12 coordinators and position coaches now available with the recent firings (and what recruits they could bring with them) ?

    I want MM to go, as it appears the players are tuning him out for whatever reason. But, it appears we will be stuck for at least another year……

    What SHOULD be in play though are the assistants from PAC 12 programs, as upgrades are needed across the board at DL, TE, OC, DC, etc, etc…….and if they are good recruiters, bring some studs with you.

  7. Chirality

    I continue to be dismayed that Jim Leavitt is still (apparently?) being blackballed and isn’t at the top of some of these coaching lists

  8. VK Berlin

    The new UCLA Coach

    Kelly: great coaches “make simple seem complex to opponents
    but make complex seem simple to own teams”

    Whoa What a concept

    The Buffs coaching staff needs to take a class

    • Stuart

      Apparently the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers had coaches which needed to take that class as well …

      • VK Berlin

        Like the mighty buffs

        Poor staffs


        • Hmmm… poor staffs that Kelly had in the NFL created those failures, yet you’re out quoting his coach speak? Didn’t he hire those staffs?

          But, wait, don’t you claim it’s Mac’s poor staff that creates the failure at CU (10-win season notwithstanding)?

          Oh, and don’t forget that Kelly’s OC at Oregon, was your favorite Mark Helfrich (at least for half the time).

          Somehow, your logic gets more and more pretzel like each year. Must be an age thing?

          Carry on.

          Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            Notwithstanding Leavitt. Otherwise no 10

            Helfrich. Never cared for him

            Yup Kelley hired those staffs. In the nfl. Why he was fired

            You are not in the know

    • 83buff

      The more I think about how this season unfolded makes me more angry. I read a stat that since the AP began naming a coach of the year in 1998, MM is the 1st winner to have a losing record the following year! And each winner has won at least 8 games and gone bowling the following year! Let that sink in. I’m afraid he won’t be able to build any sustained success. I don’t think he has a vision for the program and is a small time thinker and doesn’t react well to criticism. His recruiting has become mediocre and if he wants to develop 3* players into prime performers he needs a top notch staff which he clearly doesn’t have and cannot seem to attract. I’m afraid we need to suffer through a disastrous season next year to get his ass out of hear and start over.

  9. KevMc

    The NCAA football coaching carousel is an interesting thing. It seems like there are a lot of things that need to fall into place for a coaching change to prove to be a good long term decision. Things have changed in recent years with really big money being thrown around by big time football schools. Like Leavitt’s decision, sometimes it’s hard to turn down a nice raise even if it’s not for a head coaching position. Even football schools with deep pockets sometimes whiff on their decision. Florida, for example. McElwain had a good “pedigree” with being an assistant at Alabama, and then had a pretty impressive run at CSU. Flopped at Florida. It’s not a proven science or “equation” type of deal. As I have stated in previous posts, I am NOT a McIntyre fan. I am, however, a big Rick George fan. I trust that he will make a good decision when the time comes. Unfortunately, this might not be the time, all things considered. My biggest concern is with the administration and academia at CU. I just don’t see that they will ever get on board with deciding to be, and declaring as, a big time football school. Seems to be a “Boulder thing” in general. Therefore, I’m not sure what reasonable expectations should be. I don’t think CU will EVER compete for a nat’l championship again in today’s college football world. It’s not an even playing field in regards to academic requirements, for one example. We don’t have a big time deep pockets donor, for another. I do, however, think it’s very reasonable to expect a top 25 team most years, and winning seasons at the very least. I don’t think we have the right head coach to accomplish that right now. I’m resigned to another disappointing year in 2018. After that, who knows? I sure hope Rick George is happy here…

  10. Jason

    They are a better team than they were 4 years ago but I did expect 7-5. Losses to ASU and UCLA shouldn’t have happened.

  11. Oregon Buff

    Dear Lord! What a season! I grew up Jersey and have been a NY Giants fan since before Parcells was head coach. When Parcells took over, the Giants suffered through a few 2-12 seasons. Even though the Giants weren’t winning, there was always a sense that the team was only going to be down temporarily. You saw it in Big Bill’s face and you saw it on the teams face that it was only a matter of time until the team turned around.

    For being Parcells protege, Big MM has not provided me with any sense that this team is on the precipitous of greatness. I don’t see it in his actions, I don’t see it on the other coaches faces, I don’t see it on the players faces.

    I’m tired of hearing we can’t “afford” this or that. Winning brings fans, winning brings recruits, winning brings national recognition, winning brings booster $$!

    Spend the money on a real coaching staff. Let not the brand new facilities go to waste!

    Another season like this and I’ll have to become a Duck fan (oh lord, please no).

  12. ep

    just read the Howell article where MM is quoted as saying he will have to go back and review every bit of film of this past forgettable season to figure out what went wrong.

    I cant believe he said that. Has he been asleep the entire season? He hasnt been evaluating things as they happened? As far as I concerned he has to go now. that will also take care of any lousy assistants we have all been griping about.

    This brings me to something else I have been griping about for years. In any other business there is an expected rate of performance on exchange for compensation. In football a coach can stink it up bigtime and still get millions guaranteed. The money has gotten so big in college football if parity is any concern at all, they might as well just become an NFL farm league, draft recruits, get rid of any academic requirements, call it what it is and be honest about it.

    • Hey EP, what business were you in? Self employed, or did you work for someone? I presume you were good at what you did, in either case. But, let’s take a step back.

      I agree, that football coaches get paid silly money. And, by and large, specifically D1 head coaches, are typically the most highly paid employee of a State. It is silly.

      On the other hand, in what profession do 15% of the people in that position get laid off every year? And, in coaching D1 football, it’s not just them losing their jobs, but their entire staff (in most cases). I could go on about the “trials and tribulations” of the profession, but…

      Coaching college football is a zero sum game. For every winner, there is a loser. Of what, 65 P5 coaches, roughly 10 get fired every year, only to resurface elsewhere, right? Or, in some cases (you know, some at CU) only to never resurface again?

      And, refilling that pipeline with “winning” coaches is not as easy as it looks. Legendary coaches are just not that common. Heck, consistently winning coaches aren’t either.

      Furthermore, it’s not just a matter of “knowing football” or being able to “inspire men” that makes a winning coach. There are obviously numerous other factors, but the right fit, is key too. Again, the examples here are plentiful.

      Now, does that mean that we cannot want more than a 5-7 season (another one) for our Buffs? Absolutely not. We can, and should. However, some perspective may be worthwhile.

      Five wins isn’t good enough. No doubt. But, it’s still tied for I think the 5th best season in the last 17 years of CU football. More importantly, the overall trajectory of the program is still pointing up – provided next year unfolds as I believe it will (more wins, obviously).

      And, I don’t think there’s anyone working harder to solve this year’s problems than Mac. Regardless of his comments in a press conference. Some may think he’s checked out. I don’t think that’s his style. Bad media relations? May be his style. But, I think the dude’s a tireless worker, who cares about his kids, his staff, and his entire program. Micro manager? Maybe. Tireless worker? Absolutely.

      Dude can still learn. Everyone can. Oh wait. Peter Principle says everyone hits their ceiling? Still curious, and have not heard, how people who buy into that principle square that with their self-image, but that’s another story.

      I’ll say it again. Mac is building a program. He put the “lost decade” of CU football behind us. They went from a laughing stock, to being able to beat anyone, on any given day (ok, being able to beat almost anyone).

      Did they regress this year? Yes. Will anyone deny that? No. Will the entire staff be working on what they can do to grow and move back in the right direction? Yes. Will the players? I think they will, too.

      Now, again, if they go through next year w/ similar play and results as this year? Then, it may in fact be that Mac is a “turnaround guy” not a “keep success rolling” guy, but? Until then, the jury is still out.

      Looking forward to seeing it all unfold.

      Go Buffs.

      • ep

        willing to accept mediocrity and brain dead O schemes and wait forever? If I had seen any other change except for Leavitt in the entire time he has been here maybe I would accept your pollyanna sometime in the next decade MM might learn or wake up argument

        • I think Schlabach captures my point pretty well: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21582719/tennessee-volunteers-coaching-search-takes-bizarre-turn-backs-away-greg-schiano

          And, so far, Mac is still heading in the right direction, in my estimation.

          Any comparison to coaches who’ve had better records after the same amount of time, who just got fired, must be taken in the context of where those teams were when said coach started their tenure.

          I challenge anyone to find a program that was arguably the worst in college football in the modern era, who got a new coach, who’s done a better turnaround than Mac has at CU in the same time frame. Go ahead. Who are they, and what are they doing now?

          Now, it’s completely fair to wonder if Mac is “only” a turnaround guy. But, in my opinion, that is still a premature judgement. 2018 will tell us a lot about that point.

          Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            Banker boy there are more than a few of them.

            One example

            2004 1-10
            2005 2-9
            2006 5-7
            2007 4-9
            2008 0-12
            2009 5-7 New coach
            2010 7-6
            2011 7-6
            2012 7-6
            2013 9-4
            2014 8-6 New Coach
            2015 8-6
            2016 12-2
            2017 10-2 (probably 12-2)

            As usual your facts are speculation which you need to provide any evidence that MickeyMac is not the second coming of the flim flam man.


          • VK, that looks like the UW record since 2004, right? I knew before I looked. My brother’s a Husky alum, and I grew up in WA.

            So, what are you saying? Who was the “turnaround guy” at UW?

            Was it Sark, who went from 0-12 to 5-7 then Seven Win Steve? Where is he now? Oh, back in the NFL?

            Petey? Surely, he didn’t turn that program around. He excelled w/ the cupboard Sark left him.

            So, your point again is what? I asked you to show me a similar turnaround to Mac’s and show me where the responsible coach is now. You did neither.

            Come on, man. Step your game up.

            Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            You got your interest rates wrong as usual.

            Sark took over from Willingham who went

            2005 2-9
            2006 5-7
            2007 4-9
            2008 0-12

            Looks pre MickeyMac

            Sark went
            2010 7-6
            2011 7-6
            2012 7-6
            2013 9-4

            So step your game up you fool. You get it wrong again and again.

            Your brother must be you assistant mail room guy.


            And guess what MickeyMac ain’t going there. Not as a DC as you would say he could be.

            Note: And Sark couldn’t handle a real business like MickeyMac
            Fired and moved on

          • Eric Grathwol

            Put down the sauce, my man. Everyone knows sark wasn’t 0 and 12. What I was pointing out is that you apparently were correlating sark’s turnaround at uw to Mac’s at CU. What I highlighted is that sark was seven win Steve. Mac won 10 and competed in a conference championship. Better than sark ever did. Mac had one year taking a step back. Seven win Steve was just that. Mediocre. You surely would have called for his head halfway through year two.

            One could also make the case that the CU roster was far less talented when mac took over than uw’s was from willingham to sark.

            Try again buddy?

            Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            Nope wouldn’t have called for his head he win. Every year.

            MickeyMac didn’t have Leavitt 4 years

            There ya go

            Leavitt did the same thing at Oregon he did at

            Just gotta look at the facts

            Hell, Sark mighta had 10 wins his 5th year

            I showed you someone who did it better than Mac cause you asked me too

            Again facts

            He did it better. Took a team with 0 wins and never won
            less than 7

            Not that I like sark cause I don’t

            Oh well you are blinded by your own foolishness

          • VK Berlin

            Le Bankanator says……..

            I challenge anyone to find a program that was arguably the worst in college football in the modern era, who got a new coach, who’s done a better turnaround than Mac has at CU in the same time frame. Go ahead. Who are they, and what are they doing now?

            So Let me correct that for ya

            Years before he took over….0-12…….1-11
            1st year…………………5-7……..4-8
            2nd year…………………7-6……..2-10
            3rd year…………………7-6……..4-9
            4th year………………….7-6……10-4
            5th year………………….9-4……5-7

            In 5 years sark went to 4 bowls. MickeyMac has gone to 1
            Sark is and OC in the nfl. Mac is still in boulder

            I call Bull Sheet on your statement. Which they mostly are

            Note: Sark was/is a drunk…………Mac is not.

            Note 2 in the 4 years before Mac took over the Buffs won 12 games. In the 4 years before Sark took over the Huskies won 11 games.

          • Let me get this straight, VK.

            You’re saying that Sark, who had an experienced Jake Locker for two years, did a better job than Mac in turning around a program? Really?

            I think you underestimate the difference in their respective rosters.

            Try again?

            Go Buffs.

          • VK Berlin

            Hmm yup Locker did okay eh?

            Amazing what good coaching will do for ya.

            I would like the Buffs to try that approach. (Good Coaching) Rather than your 10 “I am sure they will, I sure they will figure it out. blah blah blah……. ten year plan.

            You make your “cheer leader” bloviations (what a great non-word) then have to start doing the “Harlem Shuffle”


            Ya do the Monkey shine………Perfect


            You may be the real flim flam man #3

      • Hilarious. Now you’re saying that coaching is what made Locker a good QB? Dude was rated like the 5th best QB by ESPN in the 2006 class. Yet, his last two years “all” that great coaching from Sark could get from him was seven wins?

        Wow man. Your arguments turn 180s on themselves with each post you make.

        I wonder what CU’s turnaround under Mac would’ve looked like with a roster that Sark had at UW?

        Sadly, Mac had to start from ground zero, basically.

        5-7 this year? Sure, some reason to gripe. But, you still have not shown me any similar or better turnaround, and where those coaches are now. You tried w/ Sark and UW, but… there’s just no comparison there. Apples and oranges. Or, Buffs and Dawgs, maybe.

        You said there were lots of examples. So, where are they?

        Go Buffs.

        • VK Berlin

          Yup Mac has blinded you.

          You made an outrageous statement as you are most likely do. You did it without any qualifications.

          But you were shown you had no details not facts just an undying love for the MickeyMac. Once shown wrong you went into dance mode and denial mode And all the reasons it could not be true. And go into Locker mode.l Well boy it is true. And you were shown how you really are a Mac lover. You got more excuses than Mac himself.

          Your denial is a facsimile of the weekly press conference denials by FFM2. But That’s oKay. You want more? You go find em. You said there were none.

          You be having one. You are in total defensive mode (A huge MickeMac trait)

          Good bye loser. You have stood naked on the beach. And you ain’t it.

          • Sweet. Let the insults, opinions without substantiation and incessant pretzel logic keep flowing.

            I’ll look forward to seeing you back after your snow-bird trips to FL and AZ for some sweet putt putt.

            Go Buffs.

    • Jason

      I don’t like that quote. I don’t like the lack of preparation the team shows. Coach Leavitt took the same talent level and made it work. Get rid of Lingering and find a decent defensive coordinator. With as much money as this program had put in to it I’d like to believe we can attract top coaching talent with our campus and facilities.

      • KevinMac

        Not nearly true on talent level of the D. Leavitt had 2 x 300 pound D-lineman in his first year, then got a 3rd 300 pound D-lineman (the best one) back from a 1 year absence in his 2nd year. All 3 got into NFL training camps. He had 3 defensive backs who got drafted in the first 4 rounds of the NFL draft. Oliver was great, but big drop-off after that in the corners. And Tedric Thompson ran circles around Laguda. As a group they weren’t playmakers like the 2016 D.

  13. VK Berlin

    Come on RG let’s jump right in there. Wouldn’t it be fun? YeHaaaaaaaaa.


    Note: Come on Rebels save us.

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