More than three months after firing Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut has found his permanent replacement. Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will become the Huskies new head coach, the school announced on Thursday. The Football Scoop first reported the news. Bruce Feldman of CBS provided confirmation and indicated that Diaco’s deal would be for five years.
Diaco, 40, had emerged as one of the nation’s premier assistants. He was presented with the Broyles Award after leading a Fighting Irish defense that ranked second nationally in scoring (12.8 points per game) during the team’s run to the BCS title game in the 2012 season. Notre Dame currently ranks 32nd in scoring defense (22.9 points per game) in ’13.
It was rumored that Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was the frontrunner for the job, but Narduzzi reportedly declined UConn’s offer on Wednesday.
Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed three field goals in the Crimson Tide’s 34-28 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30. Due to Foster’s struggles, ‘Bama coach Nick Saban sent freshman kicker Adam Griffith out to attempt a 57-yard field goal with one second left to play — the missed field goal that Auburn’s Chris Davis eventually returned 109 yards for the improbable game-winning touchdown.
Many fans attacked Foster on Twitter for his play against the Tigers. However, the senior received support from one unlikely source: Former U.S. President George W. Bush.
The Heisman Trophy seems all but locked up for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, but there are five other candidates making their way to New York. This year, as in others, the idea of what the award means has come up. Is the Heisman losing some of its luster? Do the voting guidelines need to be reevaluated?
From the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to the BCS Championship Game, bowl season offers plenty of viewing options for college football fans. But not all bowls are created equal, and in the final year of the BCS, that certainly holds true. Which games boast the most intriguing bowl matchups, and which ones look like they’ll fall short of expectations?
There’s enough smoke to this Nick Saban-to-Texas thing to baffle a National Fire Academy training class. It’s clear that the Alabama coach is poised for a massive payday, but where he ends up remains to be seen. Message board warriors are leaving no stone unturned. Radio hosts are letting takes wash over them like water from a hot springs. National reporters are bitterly shaking their heads while keeping their fingers glued to their smartphones. And all this comes amid the speculation surrounding Mack Brown’s future, which is seemingly all but sealed.
In another time or context, this would make for great movie fodder. Heck, if Mel Gibson hadn’t gone and messed things up for himself, it’d be prime material for the Australian actor/director to cover and embellish, just as he did in The Patriot and Braveheart. What follows is a portion of the screenplay from The Battle for Saban, with Gibson in the title role.
*Note: This is clearly satire and in no way, shape or form is meant to be taken as true events. That said, I’m not ruling out this is how it will all go down.
Offensive linemen need to eat. You know this. We all know this. But doing so can require them to go beyond the nutritional norm, something best illustrated by a recent tweet from Georgia guard Watts Dantzler.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will be named the Home Depot Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the BCS Championship Game in his first season, ESPN announced Wednesday.
Auburn’s 59-42 victory over Missouri last Saturday made Malzahn the only first-year coach to win an SEC Championship Game. His Tigers are 12-1, are ranked No. 2 in the BCS and will face No. 1 Florida State in the BCS title game in Pasadena on Jan. 6.
After an eventful Championship Saturday, the national title matchup is now set. With Florida State and Auburn preparing to clash in Pasadena on Jan. 6, Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston and Tigers cornerback Ryan White grace the national cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.
Boise State has hired Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin as the Broncos’ next coach, the school announced on Wednesday.
Harsin will replace Chris Petersen, who left Boise State last week to become the coach at Washington. Harsin had previously worked as a Broncos assistant, serving as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2006 to ’10.
Coaching searches can make for extremely stressful times. It’s hard to separate truth from rumor, and with candidates hailing from all over the place, the idea of finding the right fit can make even the most composed fan fall to pieces. Some searches take a day or two. Others drag on for months. There are unverified reports, misleading comments, résumé breakdowns and countless uses of the transitive property. And if the hiring process doesn’t pan out as planned, fans go through their very own five stages of grief.
But fret not; there are ways to make a ride on the coaching carousel smoother. Here are 10 tips for fans that can help ensure a successful search.