0 View Comments Army coach Jeff Monken expected Arion Worthman to become a star at Air Force. But he wanted Worthman to play for him at Army. When Monken took the Army job in late 2013, he immediately started recruiting Worthman. “We got after him right away,” Monken says. “I went and visited him there at his home in Illinois. We were disappointed we didn’t get him.” It’s common for service academy teams to recruit against each other. Some of the biggest stars in service academy football almost became stars for rival programs. Navy coach Paul Johnson tried, and failed, to persuade quarterback Shaun Carney to play for the Midshipmen. Instead, Carney started four seasons for Air Force (2004-2007). Air Force coach Troy Calhoun came close to talking quarterback Keenan Reynolds into spending his college career on the edge of Colorado Springs. Instead, Reynolds gained 4,559 rushing yards for Navy and finished fifth in 2015 Heisman Trophy … [Read more...] about Army coach wanted Air Force star Arion Worthman to play at West Point
PINE BLUFF -- Introduced as a head football coach for the first time in his career, Cedric Thomas addressed the crowd of nearly 100 in a conference room at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. "Y'all got to excuse these tears, now," he said Wednesday afternoon, shifting behind the podium. "They call me the crybaby coach 'cause I get emotional." Thomas, a UAPB alum who played cornerback from 1998-1999, had spent the previous six seasons as a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Alcorn State. The Braves won Southwestern Athletic Conference titles in 2014 and 2015. Thomas signed a four-year, $150,000 per year contract that includes other incentives and expires Nov. 30, 2021. UAPB selected Thomas from "approximately 70 applicants," according to Athletic Director Lonza Hardy Jr. The decision came a week after the three finalists, including Thomas, spoke before a similar crowd of administrators, alumni and supporters while answering questions. Henderson State University … [Read more...] about UAPB pulls coach from inside SWAC
By Vincent Bonsignore | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: December 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm | UPDATED: December 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm What if I had told you at the beginning of the season the Rams would end the regular season as the NFC West division champions, earn a first-round home playoff game at the Coliseum, produce an MVP candidate in Todd Gurley, an NFL Defensive Player of the Year favorite in Aaron Donald, a Pro Bowl quarterback in Jared Goff and an NFL Coach of the Year candidate in Sean McVay? If you’re a long-suffering Rams fan who just endured 13 straight non-winning seasons, the obvious immediate reaction would have been: Where do I sign up? Followed by a sheepish: “Hold up. So what’s the catch?” You just knew that was coming, right? And there is one, as it turns out. The trade-off for all of that happening — and as we all know now, it all has happened — is that the Rams would rest many of their starting players in their … [Read more...] about Bonsignore: Rams coach Sean McVay makes the right call to rest starters against 49ers
Brian Shapiro didn’t change his lofty expectations of the Palos Verdes girls cross country team, even with just one returner from last season’s Division 3 state championship team. Instead, Shapiro, the 2017 Daily Breeze Cross Country Coach of the Year, continued to push the Sea Kings, knowing what the girls were capable of. “(Shapiro) is constantly pushing us to be better than we can be,” PV’s Samantha Steman said. “He sees what we can accomplish in the future and is constantly doing whatever he believes will allow us to reach that goal.” Under Shapiro, PV’s girls cross country program made its 11th consecutive trip to the CIF State Meet. While the girls finished fourth in Division 3, Shapiro was proud of what the girls accomplished. “This group was special. To finish as Bay League Champions, second at (Southern Section) and fourth at state, with a group of runners who had little or no championship experience is a great … [Read more...] about Daily Breeze Girls Cross Country Country of the Year Coach of the Year: Palos Verdes’ Brian Shapiro
A few weeks ago, I documented Tyrod Taylor's success against the Miami Dolphins during his time as the Buffalo Bills starter. Counting Week 15's performance in which he connected on 17 of 29 passes for 224 yards (7.72 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no picks, Taylor has now completed 89 of 137 passes (64.9 percent) for 1,232 yards (8.99 yards per attempt) with nine touchdowns, no interceptions and a 115.2 quarterback rating in five career games against Miami. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase had plenty to say about Taylor's performances against the Dolphins. When asked why he believes his team has had a tough time with Buffalo's quarterback over the past few years, this was Gase's response: "I’m aware, unfortunately. (laughter) I think he has done a great job of one, protecting the football, and I think he has done a great job where a lot of guys, when they play our defensive front, they do panic, and those guys get to them, where he has done a good job of staying in the … [Read more...] about Dolphins coach well aware of Tyrod Taylor’s success vs. Miami
Colorado State coach Mike Bobo locked in 17 players during the program’s early signing period, but the Rams would have reached 19 had they not suffered late-season coaching vacancies at both offensive and defensive coordinator. “I’m willing to sacrifice losing those two players to make sure I find the right fit for a coordinator,” Bobo said, “and I’m in the process of doing that right now.” Bobo could fill the openings using several different combinations of job duties, but these titles remain open: offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, linebackers coach, cornerbacks coach, special teams coordinator, and an additional 10th full-time assistant. The defensive coordinator will also have the authority to hire his own staff, Bobo said. Division I coaches are allowed to hit the road for in-person prospect visits starting Jan. 12, and having a full staff to recruit before National Signing Day (Feb. … [Read more...] about Who will Colorado State football choose to fill its many assistant coaching vacancies?
Deion Sanders has dipped his toes into the coaching waters a few times since his last NFL game in the 2005 season. He coached the football team at Prime Prep Academy, a Texas charter school he founded in 2012. It went … poorly. This past season, Sanders was offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, helping lead the Tigers to a Texas private school championship. But now, Sanders could be looking to move up in the world. According to Josh Newberg of Noles 247, he and new Florida State Coach Willie Taggart have “mutual interest” in Sanders joining his staff as its defensive backs coach. Sanders played football and baseball and ran track at Florida State before his Hall of Fame NFL career, and he has remained in the public eye as a pro football commentator for CBS and the NFL Network. But would any of the skills he has acquired translate to an NCAA coaching job, which would go beyond simply coaching defensive backs to include recruiting and the like? Would … [Read more...] about Coach Prime Time? Deion Sanders reportedly eyeing job at Florida State.
Rod Sherman is out as the Valor Christian football coach, the school announced Friday. In the five seasons under Sherman, the Eagles went 57-11 and won three Class 5A state championships. Valor Christian was undefeated in the regular season this year and earned the top seed in the playoffs before being upset by Grandview at home in the quarterfinals. It was only the second postseason loss in the program’s ten-year history. Prior to being named head coach in 2013, Sherman served as the team’s offensive coordinator and helped the team win four straight titles from 2009-12. He was also the school’s athletic director from 2007-14, and then the Director of Institutional Advancement from 2015 to present. During Sherman’s tenure as coach, the Eagles emerged as the state’s preeminent big-school football power, as the program churned out a long list of Division I recruits including running back Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), defensive back Eric Lee Jr. … [Read more...] about Valor Christian football coach Rod Sherman steps down
INDIANAPOLIS — No matter how much anyone in Broncos Country might want to fire coach Vance Joseph, there’s no way general manager John Elway can do so now. It took Joseph 14 NFL games to figure out what it takes for Denver to win. Maybe he’s a slow learner, but beating Indianapolis 25-13 on the road put an ugly eight-game losing streak farther in the rear-view mirror. Elway can now rationalize giving Joseph another season to grow into the job and avoid making a coaching change for the third time in four years. Giving Joseph a second chance? Thanks, boss. But it won’t matter unless Elway goes out and gets Joseph a bona-fide NFL quarterback. The Broncos overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and survived the loss of quarterback Trevor Siemian to yet another shoulder injury to record a victory that was as much about character as talent. It’s a credit to Joseph that players on a team eliminated from playoff contention focused on the football business at … [Read more...] about Kiszla: Hard to fire Vance Joseph after win in Indy. But if John Elway really loves coach, he’ll get Broncos a real QB.
Tiger Woods is embarking on his latest comeback without a swing coach. Woods said Friday on Twitter that since fusion surgery on his lower back in April, he has been relearning his body and his golf swing by relying on feel and the previous three years of work with Dallas-based Chris Como. “For now, I think it’s best for me to continue to do this on my own,” Woods said. “I’m grateful to Chris Como for his past work, and I have nothing but respect for him.” Como was not in the Bahamas when Woods returned following his fourth back surgery. In his first competition in 10 months, Woods had plenty of speed and power in his swing, shot three rounds in the 60s at the Hero World Challenge and tied for ninth against an 18-man field, 10 shots behind Rickie Fowler. More important than his score was his form: Woods looked strong and fit with his swing and his posture all through the week. He has not said where he will play first in 2018. Unlike the previous … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods decides to be his own swing coach, parts ways with Chris Como