Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 12:33 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Tulane head coach Bob Toledo resigned a couple of weeks ago, and the school named Mark Hutson as its interim head coach, but it sounds like Tulane has some big plans for finding a permanent successor. The Green Wave are looking to make a splash as two of the names that have come up as candidates for the job are none other than Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez.
According to Scott Kushner, Rodriguez is one of the top candidates for the job and Leach is expected to meet with the school to discuss the job in the next two weeks as well.
As for what the odds are that Tulane could land either candidate, I'm not exactly sure. Rodriguez did spend two seasons at Tulane as offensive coordinator in 1997 and 1998 before moving on to take the same position at Clemson. Would Rodriguez, who currently serves as an analyst for CBS Sports, want to take a head coaching job at a school in Conference USA that's only won 86 games in the last 20 years after having such high profile gigs at West Virginia and Michigan?
As for Leach, I think he'd be more likely to accept the job. It's well known that he'd like to get back into coaching and with his current lawsuit against Texas Tech, it's hard to believe a big school would be willing to bring him on board right now. Tulane, on the other hand, might be a perfect fit.
It could be a perfect place for Leach to showcase his abilities to build a program and possibly use it as a springboard to a bigger job elsewhere.
Personally I don't like Tulane's odds to land either Rodriguez or Leach, but I've been wrong plenty of times before.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 11:48 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
With Howard Schnellenberger retiring at the end of the season, FAU has already begun planning for his replacement, and the school has a couple of big names in mind. According to a report in the Miami Herald, FAU athletic director Craig Angelos plans on talking to both former Miami head coach Randy Shannon and former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.
"Randy is a man of integrity, a first-class guy and first-class coach,” Angelos told the Herald. “I want to see if he’s interested.
“A lot of times when you give people a second chance they are better than the first time. They’ve learned from mistakes. They’re hungrier. That was the case with our basketball coach Mike Jarvis, and he won the conference here after three years. Randy can be better the second time around.”
Angelos also said that he "would consider" Leach and that the issues surrounding Leach that have kept him from getting a job elsewhere after his acrimonious -- and litigious -- departure from Texas Tech wouldn't be a problem at FAU. Angelos also mentioned the name of Jim Leavitt as a candidate, as he plans to "cast a wide net" and hopes to have something in place by December.
As for whether or not the interest in Shannon and Leach would be mutual, it doesn't sound like it with Shannon. According to the report, a "close associate" of Shannon's says he prefers a higher profile job than that of FAU, and would prefer it was out west, with the Arizona job currently catching his eye.
Leach, on the other hand, didn't say no.
“I do plan to coach,” said Leach when asked if he'd consider the FAU gig. “Craig is a great man and FAU is a great program. Anything negative that happens to Miami can only help FAU and FIU.”
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:55 pm
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Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:54 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer
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Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 4:11 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
During Monday night's South Carolina practice, starting corner Akeem Auguste reaggravated a left foot injury. Per CBSSports.com RapidReporter Josh Kendall, Auguste will now come off the bench in the Gamecocks' Saturday season opener against East Carolina--if he plays at all.
Starting in Auguste's place will be senior and part-time 2010 starter C.C. Whitlock, with the Gamecock's top backups in the event of Auguste's absence projected to be senior (and former walk-on) Marty Markett and redshirt freshman Cadarious Sanders. A former track athlete, Markett has one start in his two seasons on the Gamecock football team, while Sanders was one of the lower-profile additions to Carolina's 2010 class.
If the 'Cocks were opening their season against any random FCS or Sun Belt tomato can, nothing that was going on in the Gamecock secondary would matter. Even if they were opening against most Conference USA teams, or some lower-rung BCS squad, it wouldn't matter. But against the Pirates? It could matter.
It's not likely to, of course; South Carolina is a legitimate top-20 team and ECU -- 6-7 a year ago with a defense ranked dead last in FBS total defense -- is most certainly not.
But thanks to that ailing Carolina secondary, the Pirates could present the Gamecocks with a stiff challenge all the same. ECU's (newly slimmed-down) head coach is Ruffin McNeill, a former defensive coordinator under Mike Leach at Texas Tech, and McNeill's offensive coordinator is Lincoln Riley, a former Tech wide receivers coach and devoted Leach protege. So it wasn't a surprise when their 2010 Pirate offense was as close to Leach's old Air Raid as it was possible to get, throwing more often than any other team in the country, turning quarterback Dominique Davis into the country's fourth-leading passer, and receivers Dwayne Harris and Lance Lewis into a matched pair of 1,100-yard receivers.
Now Riley, Davis, Lewis, and two other players with 40-plus receptions* are all back for another go-round--meaning that they might present matchup problems for South Carolina even if Auguste wasn't injured. The Gamecock secondary was quietly the team's Achilles heel last season, ranking 97th in pass defense and a scarcely-better 87th in opponent's quarterback rating. And even those numbers might have been generous to the Carolina secondary, which had the good fortune of playing alongside the nation's fifth-most potent pass rush. In short: whenever opposing quarterbacks had time to throw against the 2010 'Cocks, they found plenty of success.
And ECU's system -- as with Leach's before it -- is structured in such a way that their quarterback always has time. Despite their nation-leading number of attempts, the Pirates still finished in the FBS top-20 in sacks allowed, giving one up just once every 50 dropbacks. Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing took notice:
"You can’t sack them,” Lawing said. “He just catches it and throws it, catches it and throws it. You can’t get there. It’s just not going to happen. You could have Lawrence Taylor up there five times and you can’t get there.”So ... if the Gamecock pass rush won't matter ... and the Gamecock secondary can't keep up ... what happens?
What happens is that South Carolina wins going away 9 times out of 10, maybe 95 times out of 100. The Pirates have no answer for the likes of Marcus Lattimore or Alshon Jeffery, no way to handle the size Carolina offers up front, no way to avoid wearing down in the face of the Gamecocks' superior depth. We're not suggesting an upset is imminent, not when the Gamecocks have the firepower to match every score the Pirates put on the board and then some. Even the secondary concerns may be overblown--while we don't feel Stephen Gilmore has been an All-SEC caliber player (for the reasons listed above), having him, Whitlock, and fellow returning starter D.J. Swearinger back must lead to some improvement.
That said--if Stephen Garcia has one of his occasional space-case performances? If Connor Shaw isn't ready for his close-up? And Davis and the Pirate wideouts begin abusing Auguste's replacements? And the game remains close into the third or even fourth quarters, and the favored Gamecocks can't find their mojo in Charlotte's neutral-site venue? This being the 1 time out of 10 isn't impossible.
*Though one of those players won't see the field Saturday.
Tags: Akeem Auguste, Brad Lawing, C.C. Whitlock, Cadarious Sanders, Conference USA, Connor Shaw, D.J. Swearinger, Dominique Davis, Dwayne Harris, East Carolina, Jerry Hinnen, Lance Lewis, Lincoln Riley, Marcus Lattimore, Marty Markett, Mike Leach, Ruffin McNeill, SEC, South Carolina, Stephen Garcia, Stephen Gilmore, Texas Tech
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 1:20 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Texas Tech's defensive line got some depth on Wednesday when it was announced that defensive tackle Delvon Simmons had been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Simmons originally signed a letter of intent to attend North Carolina in February, but asked to be released a month later when North Carolina's defensive line coach, Brian Baker, left the program to take a job in the NFL. Simmons ended up at Texas Tech in April though he couldn't officially be considered a member of the team until he took classes at the school.
He'd been practicing with the team even though his eligibility to play this year had been in doubt before this clearance from the NCAA.
Simmons was one of the top-rated defensive tackles in the country coming out of high school, and it's possible he may be the "best" recruit that Texas Tech has ever landed. Even in the Mike Leach years.
“Delvon has the ability to be a difference maker in our program,” said head coach Tommy Tuberville in April. ”He is an explosive and disruptive player and an outstanding athlete. We are thrilled to have him.”
Tuberville is no doubt a bit more thrilled after hearing today's decision.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 7:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
With the surprising news that North Carolina fired head coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, we can now all start wondering who will be taking his place in Chapel Hill. Of course, seeing as how the season is only a few weeks away from starting, it's unlikely that North Carolina will have a full-time replacement in place before then, so the school will likely slap the interim tag on an assistant for now. It could be assistant head coach Sam Pittman, offensive coordinator John Shoop or defensive coordinator Everett Withers.
But where will the school's eyes turn for the future? Let's take a look at some possible candidates.
Coaches Who Will Be Mentioned By Fans But Will Not Be North Carolina's Next Head Coach
Jim Tressel - The former Ohio State head coach currently has nothing else to do, but if you honestly think that a school that just fired a head coach amidst an NCAA investigation is going to hire somebody who was just fired by another school for his role in an NCAA investigation, well, you probably weren't able to read this sentence anyway.
Urban Meyer - There won't be a head coaching job available for the next nine months at a BCS program in which Meyer's name isn't tossed out as a replacement. The problem here is that Meyer really does seem content with his television gig, and if he does return, Ohio State seems to be the apple of his eye.
Mike Leach - I know I want Mike Leach to be a head coach again because he makes the sport that much fun and is a very good coach, but as long as he has that lawsuit against Texas Tech, no school is going to touch him.
Randy Shannon - Shannon is taking the year off to work in television, but he wants to get back into coaching. He has experience in the ACC and is very familiar with recruiting in the state of Florida thanks to his time at Miami. Of course, Butch Davis used to be a head coach at Miami too, and that didn't work out very well.
Terry Bowden - Bowden not only comes from a pretty good family blood line, but he has plenty of head coaching experience as well. He's at North Alabama this season, but North Alabama doesn't exactly strike me as the kind of place a coach plans on making his final stop. He's a name that could come up in Chapel Hill.
Tommy Bowden - Terry's brother has the same bloodline and also has head coaching experience in the ACC where he was at Clemson from 1999 to 2008. He also has six years of experience as an assistant in the conference at Florida State and Duke.
Bud Foster - Foster has been Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator since 1995, and has put together not only some of the best defenses in the ACC, but in the entire country during that time. He's expressed interest in head coaching jobs at West Virginia (2007) and Clemson (2008) but hasn't come up in the last few years. Could he get the itch to run his own program again this winter?
Gus Malzahn - Malzahn's star may never shine brighter than it did at Auburn in 2010, but if he's able to put together another strong offense in 2011 without Cam Newton, his name will once again be mentioned for a lot of job openings.
Rich Rodriguez - He's had his own run-ins with the NCAA before, but nothing on the level of what's happening at UNC. Plus, the man still knows how to put together a fantastic offense. As long as he doesn't bring Greg Robinson with him, it could work.
Just For The LOLs
John Blake - I hear Butch Davis trusted him quite a bit.
Randy Edsall - He's always said that Maryland was his "dream job" but that North Carolina is his "fantasy job."
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:19 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Well, that suspension levied on Bruce Feldman for co-authoring Mike Leach's book, Swing Your Sword, didn't last long. In fact, if you ask ESPN, it didn't happen at all. ESPN announced in a statement this afternoon that Feldman had been returned to his normal duties with the company, ending a 20-hour controversy over Feldman's treatment and involvement with the book. Here's ESPN's statement in full:
Now, the notion that Feldman was never under any disciplinary action, frankly, strains credulity. Again, it took 20 hours for ESPN to address this issue, and it's one that could have been resolved in, well, minutes. Further, the idea that Feldman wasn't suspended is apparently news to Mike Leach, who excoriated ESPN on the radio this morning, saying ESPN "isn't going to let little inconvenient details like the facts get in the way of their agenda."
Moreover, the suspension was all but confirmed by Craig James, who expressed surprise on Twitter about the news this morning -- something that SB Nation's Spencer Hall believed to be true in this editorial, which is a little too scathing and scattershot to be of merit here.
With that, then, this issue is effectively settled unless one of the parties feels the need to bring it up again; that seems unlikely. As mentioned before, suspensions almost always degrade a product, especially since Feldman was hardly a limiting agent for ESPN Insider, so ESPN is now better off for having reinstated (or whatever they want to call it) Feldman, so let's leave things like that and move on to more important things. Like video game football.