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  • Southern Oregon wins its first NAIA national championship

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    Southern Oregon traveled across the continent and is coming home with its first national championship. The Raiders topped Marian (Ind.) 55-31 in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday.

    “We fulfilled a dream because the players bought in,” Southern Oregon coach Craig Howard told the Associated Press. “These guys have done everything we asked, and I promised these guys they would leave Southern Oregon with a degree and a national championship.”

    Southern Oregon rode its prolific offense – the Raiders averaged 51.5 points per game in their four playoff wins – to the title, as quarterback and NAIA National Player of the Year Austin Dodge completed 21-of-39 passes for 429 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Marian quarterback Hayden Northern matched Dodge yard-for-yard and touchdown-for-touchdown, throwing for 495 yards and four touchdowns, but was undone by six interceptions.

    “The turnovers were big,” Marian coach Mark Henninger said. “We probably left 21 points on the board in the first half. Playing against a team like Southern Oregon, you can’t turn the ball over like that and you can’t miss tackles like we did.”

    Marian held a 571-495 yardage advantage and a 27-17 edge in first downs, but was undone by a 6-1 turnover deficit.

    Southern Oregon led 24-7 through one quarter – aided by a pick-six of Northern – and 38-10 at the half. Marian out-scored the Raiders 14-0 in the third quarter but never pulled closer than 14 points in the second half.

    Southern Oregon finishes the season at 13-2 with wins over No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene, No. 1 Carroll College, No. 3 Saint Xavier and No. 7 Marian en route to the crown.

    Congrats to head coach Craig Howard, offensive coordinator and NAIA Coordinator of the Year finalist Ken Fasnacht and the rest of the staff for the national title.

  • Kevin McGiven – 2014 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year

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    Kevin McGiven – Utah State University

     

    FootballScoop is proud to announce that Kevin McGiven (Utah State) is the 2014 FootballScoop Quarterbacks Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.

    Many quarterbacks coaches prepare their entire room to play, but in the end only one guy actually does. In 2014, Kevin McGiven prepared his entire room, and that’s because his entire room had to play.

    The season began with Chuckie Keeton back in the starting lineup after missing the back half of the 2013 season due to a knee injury. He played the Aggies’ first three games – against Tennessee, Idaho State and Wake Forest – and completed 51-of-92 passes for 426 yards with two touchdowns against four interceptions while rushing 20 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Keeton led Utah State to wins in two of those three games, but he was again lost for the season after injuring the same knee that cost him much of the previous season.

    Enter Darrell Garretson, a sophomore who set a Utah State record a year ago by becoming the first Aggie signal caller to win his first five starts. Garretson finished the Wake Forest win, then played against Arkansas State, BYU, Air Force and Colorado State, hitting 91-of-135 passes for 1,140 yards with eight touchdowns against three interceptions, good for a 153.45 passer rating that would have ranked 14th nationally with enough attempts to qualify. But Garretson injured his wrist against Colorado State and was done for the season.

    On came Craig Harrison, a senior that played in nine games in 2013. He finished up the Colorado State game and then started the next week against UNLV, completing 13-of-23 passes for 221 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. But lightning struck a third time, as Harrison injured his knee against the Rebels and was not seen again.

    Finally, there was Kent Myers, a true freshman that began the season fourth on the depth chart and in line for a redshirt until injuries thrust him on the field. Duty called and Myers answered, leading the Aggies to a 4-1 record to close the season by completing 74-of-104 throws for 798 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing 41 times for 240 yards and four touchdowns.

    In the end, four different quarterbacks piloted the Aggies to a 9-4 record while combining to complete 238-of-377 passes (63.1 percent) for 2,714 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while rushing 88 times for 379 yards and seven touchdowns.

    “Kevin’s done an incredible job organizing our offense and keeping us on track,” said head coach Matt Wells. “Our offense has been seamless from quarterback to quarterback, and that’s because Kevin does a great job relating to our quarterbacks and what each player needs to prepare.”

    McGiven is in his second season as Utah State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Wells, and also spent the 2009 season as the Aggies’ quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. A native of Orem, Utah, McGiven played at Eastern Arizona Junior College and Louisiana Tech. He broke into coaching as an student assistant at Louisiana Tech and has previously coached at Mountain View (Provo, Utah) High School, Southern Utah, Weber State, Memphis and Montana State.

    The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Dave Baldwin [Colorado State], Sonny Cumbie [TCU], Tom Herman [Ohio State] and McGiven) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.

    McGiven will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.

    Previous winners of the Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award are Josh Heupel (Oklahoma, 2008), Tom Rossley (Texas A&M, 2009), Philip Montgomery (Baylor, 2011) Mark Helfrich (Oregon, 2010 and 2012) and Randy Sanders (Florida State, 2013).

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    4 quarterbacks started games          27 total touchdowns
    135.8 composite quarterback rating          9-4 regular-season record
           

     
     

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  • What coaching staffs were the best and worst values of 2014?

    Steve Berkowitz, the same man who put together the USA Today head coach and assistant coach salary database, came out with a chart recently detailing which coaching staffs were the best value of the 2014 season.

    The formula took into account the annual salary of the head coach, and his nine assistants and their total number of wins up until this point in the season.

    Of the 105 programs that made their 2014 salary information available, 11-2 Northern Illinois provided the best “bang for the buck” factor, costing just $116,820 per win. Worst on the list? Colorado who won just two games, costing just over $2.3 million per win.

    Not surprisingly, non-Power 5 conferences dominate the top of the list, but the first Power 5 school listed is Oregon at #36.

    The bottom ten teams include some of the larger names in college football including programs like Iowa State, Washington State, Michigan, Texas and South Carolina.

    Take a look at the full break down here. Below is a shot of the top 10, and bottom 10 coaching staff values of 2014.

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  • Video: Frank Caliendo does ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ in an ESPN medley

    This is pretty good. Not as good as our ‘Twas the Night Before Playoff, but still pretty good.

    Merry Christmas, everybody.

    (HT Awful Announcing)

  • Craig Kuligowski – 2014 Defensive Line Coach of the Year

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    Craig Kuligowski – University of Missouri

     

    FootballScoop is proud to announce that Craig Kuligowski (Missouri) is the 2014 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.

    In 2013, Missouri placed defensive ends two defensive ends on the All-SEC first team – with one end earning consensus All-America status. In 2014, Missouri again placed two defensive ends on All-SEC teams, one on the first team and another on the second team – again with one end earning consensus All-America status. While plenty of teams can earn four separate all-conference and two All-America nods in a span of two years, only Craig Kuligowski can create the best defensive end tandem in college football, watch both players graduate, and then have their replacements jump in and again be the best defensive end tandem in college football.

    In 2013, Missouri rode a strong pass rush (41 sacks, fourth nationally) to a surprising SEC East championship, and Kuligowski – who on Twitter goes by the highly-appropriate handle @LetsMeetAtTheQB – again engineered an SEC-best pass rush (40 sacks, sixth nationally) to make another surprise run at the SEC East title.

    Playing in the most competitive conference in college football, Missouri has recorded a total of 81 sacks over the past two seasons while no one else in the conference has more than 57.

    Individually, Shane Ray earned First Team All-SEC and consensus All-America honors by notching 12.5 sacks (first in the SEC, fifth nationally) and 21 tackles for loss (first, third) to go with 61 tackles, while Markus Golden added 8.5 sacks (fifth, 26th), 16 tackles for loss (third, 19th) and 68 tackles to collect a Second Team All-SEC nod. Defensive tackle Harold Brantley contributed five sacks, seven TFL and 50 tackles, and co-starters Matt Hoch and Lucas Vincent combined to produce 6.5 sacks, 17 TFL and 71 tackles.

    As a group, Missouri ranked 11th nationally – again leading the SEC – with 95 tackles for loss while allowing just 3.53 yards per carry. And in keeping with their disruptive nature, the Tigers ranked second in the country in forced fumbles (18).

    The Tigers, who who six in a row to close the year and clinch back-to-back division championships, ranked 26th nationally in scoring defense (21.4 points per game allowed), 14th in yards per play allowed (4.76) and placed among the top 40 in rushing defense and pass efficiency defense.

    “Craig is the best defensive line coach in the country,” said Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel. “He doesn’t need a quote, his record speaks for itself. He consistently develops our players into NFL-level talent year after year.”

    Kuligowski has coached under Gary Pinkel for the past 23 years, and the last 19 coaching the defensive line. A four-year standout at offensive tackle, he graduated from Toledo in 1991 and immediately went to work for Pinkel, first as recruiting coordinator, then as tight ends coach, and then as tight ends/assistant offensive line coach before moving to defensive line in 1996. In his 19 years coaching defensive line Kuligowski has produced 21 all-conference players.

    The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Ilaisa Tuliaki [Utah], Ikaika Malloe [Utah State], Dan Brooks and Marlon Hobby [Clemson], Sean Spencer [Penn State] and Kuligowski) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.

    Kuligowski will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.

    Previous winners of the Defensive Line Coach of the Year award are Dick Bumpas (TCU, 2008), Jim Panagos (Central Florida, 2009), Bill Kirelawich (West Virginia, 2010), Brick Haley (LSU, 2011), Randy Hart (Stanford, 2012) and Ron Burton (Michigan State, 2013).

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    6th Nationally – Sacks          81 sacks last two yrs – Most in SEC
    11th Nationally – Tackles for Loss          Two All-SEC defensive ends in 2013-14
    2nd Nationally – Fumbles Forced          14th Nationally – Yards Per Play Allowed

     
     

    ProGrass LLC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has emerged as one of the preeminent names in the synthetic turf industry. ProGrass installations can be located from Connecticut to California. The ProGrass product has been received as “One of the Best Products on the Market” by many customers who have spent years evaluating this industry. The reason is simple: we know the industry and have developed the TEAM, the products and processes that exceed the expectations of our demanding and knowledgeable customers. We don’t just sell turf, we know turf! For more information please visit: ProGrassTurf.com

     

    Created in 1999, FootballScoop.com is the premier source for coaching job information and has evolved into the most widely viewed website by coaches, athletic directors, strength & conditioning coaches, operations and equipment staff across America.  As the leading coaching job information venue, FootballScoop.com serves our viewers’ needs by providing 1st hand, timely & accurate information for our audience.  FootballScoop.com is the premier provider of official job postings.