Monday, December 27, 2010

As the Carousel Spins...Monday Episode

     Everything has remained fairly quiet the last couple of days, as nobody wants to fire or hire during the Christmas Holiday. There have been some developments, however, so let's take a look at the few things that have gone down.
     Ralph Friedgen is still out at Maryland. This was a completely classless move in my opinion, as Friedgen was one of Maryland's own, and he has taken the Terps to 7 bowls in 10 seasons. Let's be honest. Maryland is never going to be any better than that. Maryland has not been a dominant program in going on 60 years, and it was a short lived period at that. Expectations seem to be out of whack here. Mike Leach was supposed to be hired immediately after the announcement, but he has held out, and now the firing looks even more ridiculous, and even if Leach does hire on, it ends up looking like Maryland got played. If Leach does not accept the job, this move ends up being a disaster.
     Steve Addazio is the new HC at Temple. Addazio took a lot of blame from the Florida faithful for the failings of the 2010 season, but it was not really his fault. Addazio can also be credited for the recruiting that won 2 national titles at Florida with his recruiting successes.
     Former Texas Tech DC James Willis is officially the new DC at Florida. There were several names that had been floated around for this job, and being that Tech has never been a defensive force, one has to wonder about this move. Stay tuned.
     Rumors continue to circle like a storm around Stanford HC Jim Harbaugh. The San Francisco 49ers have now fired HC Mike Singletary. There is a natural Bay Area progression to go from Stanford to the Niners. The Niners firing of Singletary comes as no surprise, nor does the timing, as the Niners seem to want to make an overture before Michigan does. Harbaugh also could stay at Stanford. Again, stay tuned.
     James Franklin has made another staff move at Vanderbilt by announcing that he will retain O-Line coach Herb Hand. Hand has years of experience, so this would be a solid move for the Commodore program.
     I reported on Twitter that a source had confirmed that Colorado High School Coach Dave Logan had become the top target at Northern Colorado, and that the job was his if he wanted it. Apparently, he doesn't want the job, as he has reportedly turned it down after heavy consideration.
     There is a new OC at Stephen F. Austin, as Shannon Dawson has moved on to West Virginia. The Lumberjacks have hired Texas A&M OC Mike Nesbitt for the job. Interesting move for Nesbitt moving from the Big 12 to the Southland. This should still be a good fit for SFA.
     Brother Bill Oliver has been hired by Jacksonville State HC Jack Crowe as a defensive consultant. He will not be a full time coach.
     Wingate HC Joe Reicht is the latest candidate at Gardner-Webb. Chuck Amato is already a candidate for this job.

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