Wednesday, December 15, 2010

As the Carousel Spins...Wednesday Episode

There was more moving and shaking going on today in the college coaching world. Let's take a look at Wednesday's moves...

     It's being confirmed by several sources that Pittsburgh has moved and hired Mike Haywood from Miami (Ohio) as their new HC. Haywood took Miami from 1-11 in 2009 to 8-4 and the MAC title in 2010. is hiring makes all the sense in the world to me, as he also has recruited the eastern/midwest recruiting zones. He also fits another need as he is a minority, making the NCAA folks happy with a look towards diversity. Haywood can flat out coach, and he is the personality that could drive the Panthers to consistency that they have really never had.
     Haywood was, however, the Panthers' second choice, as Dana Holgorsen was their first. He jolted a shot at that job to go to West Virginia where he was hoisted upon Bill Stewart to take his job after the 2011 season, and that's exactly what will happen. Holgorsen will be paid very well by WVU. Many people in Morgantown would have liked to have seen Holgorsen take over immediately, as the Mountaineers have seen season ticket sales drop by 4,000 since Stewart took over for Rich Rodriguez.
     Northern Illinois interim HC Tom Matukewicz will be retained by new HC Dan Doeren after the bowl game it has been announced. Matukewicz will coach the Huskies against Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
     Temple DC Mark D'Onofrio will follow Al Golden to Miami afterall. It had been rumored that he might succeed Golden at Temple, bt that has fallen through. There is no news on who Temple is going after that can be verified right now, but several names are being tossed around.
     New Minnesota HC Jerry Kill will retain RB Coach Thomas Hammock. The rest of the staff has been let go at this point. It's possible that those former assistants can help out with the volunteer snow shovel job being sought by the Vikings to play at the Gophers new digs this week.

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