Moments after losing its season-ending game to Missouri, Arkansas announced Friday the firing of coach Bret Bielema after five seasons at the school.The defeat capped a 4-8 campaign for the Razorbacks."During the course of the past five seasons, we have not been able to sustain the success on the field that is expected and required at the University of Arkansas," interim athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples said in a statement.Bielema went 29-34 overall and just 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference during his tenure after being hired from Wisconsin after the 2012 regular season."I was informed coming off the field that I am no longer the coach of Arkansas," Bielema said after the game. "Never had this happen to me in my life, so this is new for me."He was expected to employ the running attack he used to win 68 games in seven seasons with the Badgers. However, after initial success, including eight victories in 2015, the team slumped in his final two seasons. The Razorbacks … [Read more...] about Bret Bielema fired after five season as coach at Arkansas
There's always a stable of rising assistant coaches and coordinators who are advertised as being in line for a head coaching position. It looks like heading toward 2018, some of those guys actually have already been in charge somewhere.Last year, five teams — the 49ers, Rams, Bills, Broncos and Chargers — hired new coaches. All of them were assistants from a variety of organizations who moved up.A sixth change came in Jacksonville, where interim Doug Marrone got the full-time gig. He previously was a head coach in Buffalo, though.The five novice head coaches are a collective 21-30, from Sean McVay's terrific 7-3 with the Rams, to Kyle Shanahan's unsightly 1-9 in San Francisco. Marrone is 7-3 with the Jaguars.It appears there are more assistants and coordinators with previous top man experience who are in line for possible openings than potential rookie head coaches. Such names as Pat Shurmur in Minnesota, Jim Schwartz in Philadelphia and Josh McDaniels in New England are … [Read more...] about For head coach openings, will teams go for rising assistant?
What if everyone involved in the search for the University of Tennessee's next football coach were gathered in one place for Thanksgiving dinner?Where would they go? To Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's house, of course.At least that's the scenario the mayor and U.S. congressional candidate imagined and played out in a series of entertaining tweets Thursday.UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport, Athletic Director John Currie and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, whom many have speculated could be Tennessee's next coach, as well as others presumably involved in the coaching search were all present at the fictional Thanksgiving dinner.The scenario unfolded after one Twitter user asked the mayor whether Gruden was having dinner at his house.It wasn't true, but Burchett said in an interview that he was "in a turkey coma" Thursday and wanted to have fun with his response. More than 1,000 people liked his initial response and it had been retweeted 300 times by Friday.He replied … [Read more...] about Knox County mayor’s tall tale of UT Vols coaching search takes off on Twitter
22ND DISTRICT BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEWS BUTLERCoach: K.C. Goodin (third year).Last season: 16-12, lost to DeSales 47-45 in district semifinal.Player to watch: Jaquay Wales, a 5-9 senior guard, is the Bears’ top returning scorer after averaging 9.1 points per game last season.Other top players: F Devin Pendergrass (6-3, Sr., 3.6 ppg, 5 rpg); C Michael Burns (6-6, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.4 bpg); G Maurice Tolley (5-7, Jr., 6.3 ppg, 3 apg); F Frank Bentley (6-2, Sr.).Outlook: The Bears lost their top three scorers from last season (Marcus Montgomery, KelShawn Mozee and Austin Wise) to graduation but still have lofty expectations this season. Wales is ranked among the top guards in the region, and Burns provides a rebounding and shot-blocking presence in the paint. Goodin expects Pendergrass to emerge as one of the region’s top players this season. Must read: Ranking Kentucky's best boys high school basketball players and teams Girls basketball preview: … [Read more...] about Doss breaking in new coach in 22nd District | Boys basketball previews
After the Dallas Cowboys' third consecutive loss by 20 points or more — a 28-6 decision to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving — owner Jerry Jones backed coach Jason Garrett and the coaching staff, noting that he's "disappointed" but "not shaken.""I feel about this staff the same way I feel about my mirror. (You) don't change what's in front of the mirror," Jones said following the loss Thursday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "What I'm reluctant to do here is say an affirmative thing about our staff, and that look like (an) endorsement. I don't want it to look like they're getting the proverbial endorsement. That's not what's happening. The vote of confidence, yes, I want to say it the best way I can. That's not what I'm saying. I feel good about our staff, I'm not equivocating about it, and this isn't the negative vote of confidence at all. I feel good about it." MORE: Cowboys get stuffed, sliced by Chargers in third straight loss … [Read more...] about Jerry Jones: ‘I feel good’ about Cowboys’ coaching staff despite third straight loss
Sean McDermott may have taken a big step backward in his maiden season as an NFL head coach when he benched Tyrod Taylor in the middle of a playoff race last week.But I thought McDermott recouped it with a big step forward Wednesday when he set his pride aside for the good of the team and reinstated Taylor as the starting quarterback for Buffalo’s big game Sunday at Kansas City.You say I’m crazy because starting Nathan Peterman cost them the Chargers game; I’m saying the Bills weren’t beating Los Angeles regardless of who the quarterback was, so in the end, it’s a wash and we’re back to square one.I can’t lambaste McDermott for starting Peterman in Los Angeles because, when you analyze it, you realize that he had come to the same conclusion I, and many Bills fans, had already arrived at: Taylor is at his ceiling as an NFL player, and it’s not good enough to get the Bills to the postseason, at least not with the sub-par talent he has … [Read more...] about Rather than stubbornly start Peterman again, Bills coach McDermott made right move back to Taylor
A year ago, LSU was the only SEC program to make a coaching change. This season, the conference’s coaching carousel will be a lot more active.Already, Tennessee and Florida have fired their coaches and are hunting for replacements. Mississippi’s job, held by interim Matt Luke, is considered open. The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that Kevin Sumlin will be fired. Arkansas’ Bret Bielema might be on his last leg. If he falls, there’s speculation it could have a ripple effect on Auburn.Elsewhere, UCLA and Oregon State have openings.Competition will be fierce aboard the coaching carousel, but the consensus is that Tennessee’s opening should be appealing.“I think they’ll get a good coach,” said longtime college football writer Tony Barnhart, now with the SEC Network, “because Tennessee has too much going for it not to get a good coach.” What does Tennessee offer?Barnhart, along with three others interviewed for this story … [Read more...] about UT Vols football coaching job has plenty of appeal even after Butch Jones era, experts say
He was tough, demanding, charming and hilarious.Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, who died 10 years ago today, was a magnetic personality admired nationally and beloved by his players, and those who knew and worked with him.Jack Harbaugh, who coached on Schembechler’s staff, said there are three dates burned into his memory as life-changing events — the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and Schembechler’s death.“You could almost chronicle those days, what you were doing,” Harbaugh said. “They’re etched in your memory. The day Bo passed, I was working at Marquette, and I was walking down the hall of the third floor on Friday at 10:30, Tom (Crean, his son-in-law) was walking toward me, and I could see it in his eyes, the news was not good.“He told me about Bo passing, and it was emotional. He told me I needed to go home and be with (my wife) Jackie.”But there was more to … [Read more...] about Remembering Bo: The charismatic coach
PURVIS — It’s Monday afternoon and the Purvis High football team has been split up into several different groups across its sun-bathed practice field.With the offense and defense on opposite ends, the players are divided further still. Offensive linemen are separate from wide receivers. Defensive backs and linebackers working on their own.Defensive linemen, too. It’s there Perry Wheat is crouched in a two-point stance.The 69-year-old Purvis High football coach — outfitted in a pair of khaki slacks, a dark purple, long sleeve shirt and a camouflage cap with “Purvis football” stitched across the front, just above the bill — is conducting a tutorial. Three days before his Tornadoes are set to host Poplarville in a Class 4A South State semifinal game, Wheat is teaching the team’s defensive linemen how best to combat the undefeated Hornets’ high-powered run game.“Make him earn his living right here,” he tells his captive … [Read more...] about Four decades, 280 wins in, Purvis football coach Perry Wheat, 69, still chasing state title
Ole Miss has been in the coaching market since July, but its search has begun in earnest in recent weeks as the college football season nears its end.What we know is that while Turnkey Search is helping Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork with elements of the search, Bjork is largely handling this on his own. That has put information at a premium, with very few, if any, leaks so far. More: The Committable Offer: Hugh Kellenberger and Antonio Morales break down the hot board With that in mind, here is a list of candidates the Clarion Ledger believes Ole Miss has at least some interest in and who would have a mutual interest in Ole Miss.Mike Norvell, MemphisWhy Ole Miss would be interested: In two years at Memphis, Norvell has won 16 games, is 8-1 this season and has the Tigers ranked No. 21 nationally. They’re No. 6 nationally in scoring offense, and he also built explosive offenses as the coordinator at Arizona State. Norvell has also been very good in generating … [Read more...] about Ole Miss coaching hot board: Who will be the Rebels’ next head coach?