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  • Citing health concerns, Charlie Stubbs steps down as head coach at Nicholls State

    It’s never a happy thing to see a head coach step down due to health reasons, but it’s especially disheartening to see a longtime assistant walk away from the job he waited 54 years to get.

    Stubbs worked as a graduate assistant under LaVell Edwards at BYU in the Cougars’ mid-1980s heyday, and accepted his first full-time assistant job at Oregon State in 1985. He continually climbed and waited until finally getting his first head coaching job at Nicholls State on Jan. 5, 2010, two and a half decades after his coaching career began.

    And Sunday, at age 58, Stubbs stepped down due to unspecified “major health reasons.” The news has been announced by the school, and was first reported by Mike Detillier of WWL in New Orleans.

    “For more than four years I have given my best effort to create the climate of change needed to support a winning football program here at Nicholls,” Stubbs said in a statement. “During the past year I have been diagnosed with major health issues, and I know that now is the time to step aside and focus my efforts on my health.”

    Stubbs was 10-38 in four-and-a-quarter seasons at Nicholls State, and the Colonels were off to an 0-3 start to 2014 after falling 27-10 to Division II Henderson State (Ark.) on Saturday. The high point of Stubbs’ tenure had to be the 27-23 win at Western Michigan on Sept. 7, 2013, the school’s third victory over an FBS opponent.

    “In many ways, he has advanced our program in terms of the academic success of our students and the overall accountability,” athletics director Rob Bernardi said. “For that, we are very grateful. We wish him and his family the best.”

    Stubbs is the second Division I head coach to step down this week, following the resignation of SMU head coach June Jones on Monday.

    Associate head coach/special teams coordinator/running backs coach Chuck Hepola will assume interim head coaching duties. Stubbs’ resignation means the Colonels also lose their offensive coordinator; the school has not released word on who will slide into that role.

    Nicholls State travels to North Texas on Saturday.

  • The FootballScoop (way too early) Top 25 – week 3

    Three weeks in the books and we’re beginning to be able to make some sense of where this season is headed, right? Umm, don’t answer that yet.

    This year we plan to offer up a FootballScoop Top 25 each week. We’ll give you our insight and opinions and we’ll see where this takes us. Hey, if the College Football Playoff committee can do it…

    Now, without further adieu here’s how we see it.

     RankTeamPrevious WeekResult Comments 
    #1florida-state.60#1 OffClemson (who also had an off week) comes to town Saturday.
    #2 oregon.60#2 Beat Wyoming 48-14Craig Bohl had his team ready to play; but Oregon is simply too much right now.
    #3 texas-am.60#3 Beat Rice 38-10Handled business.
    #4 oklahoma.60#4 Beat Tennessee 34-10Played a good football game.
    #5 alabama.60#5 Beat Southern Miss 52-12Handled business.
    #6 baylor.60 #7 Beat BuffaloHandled business.
    #7 auburn.60 #8 Off
    #8 lsu.60#10 Beat Louisiana Monroe 31-0Handled business.
    #9 notre-dame.60#9 Beat Purdue 30-14Purdue gave ND some trouble (as has been the case in recent years).
    #10 stanford.60 #12 Beat Army 35-0Handled business.
    #11 michigan-state.60 #13 Off
    #12 ole-miss.60 #15 Beat Louisiana Lafayette 56-15Big win for the Rebs.
    #13 georgia.60 #6 Lost at South Carolina 38-35Had chances, just didn’t get the Win.
    #14 penn-state.60 #18 Beat Rutgers 13-10Doing enough to win without a full compliment of players. Do they have enough to run through the #B1G?
    #15 byu.120 #25 Beat Houston 33-25An interesting team to keep an eye on. Schedule has plenty of potential pitfalls.
    #16 arizona-state.60 #14 Beat Colorado QB Taylor Kelly is hurt (and it didn’t look like he thought he’d be returning anytime soon). That’s not good.
    #17 oklahoma-state.60 #17 Beat UTSA 43-13Beat a solid football team.
    #18 ucla.60 #19 Beat Texas 20-17Jerry, Jerry, Jerry! Great short term story. Can Mora and co. pull it all together?
    #19 Missouri-Tigers-logo NR Beat UCF 38-10 Defensive line is nasty (and well coached).
    #20 Arizona-60 #21 Beat Nevada 35-28 Beat a good Nevada team; but Rich Rod’s team needs to continue to improve.
    #21 nebraska.60 #22 Beat Fresno State 55-19 Fresno isn’t having a very good season; but Nebraska played well and earned the win.
    #22 clemson.60 #23 Off Big one at Florida State this upcoming weekend.
    #23 west-virginia.60 NR Beat Maryland 40-37 Unpredictable…kinda like Holgo.
    #24 mississippi-state.120NRBeat South Alabama 35-3 State has done what they needed to. The real season begins this weekend when they travel to LSU.
    #25 pittsburgh.60 #25 Beat FIU 42-25 Pitt didn’t bring their A-game. Looking ahead to Iowa game maybe?

    Deserving mention: Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Boise State, NIU, Utah, Florida, South Carolina

  • Noel Mazzone admits: “I called the same flippin’ four plays the whole second half”

     

    NoelMazzoneUCLA

    UCLA’s offense had garnered their fair share of criticism through the first two weeks of the season after allowing five sacks to Virginia, and only escaping their match up with Memphis by seven points.

    Then on Saturday against Texas, their Heisman hopeful quarterback Bret Hundley goes down midway through the first quarter and backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel is thrust into the spotlight for the 12th ranked Bruins.

    Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone didn’t even blink, largely because of two reasons. First off, Jerry had been a part of Mazzone’s system for as long as Hundley had, and secondly, he’s the son of a former (rather well known) college coach.

    “I called the same flippin’ four plays the whole second half, so its not like it was hard on my part,” Mazzone told the media afterwards.

    It certainly worked. Neuheisel ended up going 23/30 for 178 yards with two touchdowns, including the go ahead touchdown.

    “Jerry has been in the system just as long as Brett. He’s been there and had a really good camp. You think, ‘Well okay, I am going to cut the game plan down a little bit’. But, I mean, unbelievable. Jerry went out and handled the situation better than anyone could. He really did an awesome job. I’m really proud of the way he played.”

  • Mike London donned a different hat each quarter to honor each branch of the military yesterday

    Mike London, who (as many already know) served as a police detective before getting into coaching, gave a tip of the cap to each major branch of the US military yesterday by donning a different hat in each quarter during Virginia’s 23-21 win over Louisville.

    Classy gesture coach London.

    It’s also worth noting that this is far from London’s first public acknowledgment of the military on the sideline. Back in 2012 against Miami (FL) he went camo from head to toe.

  • Randy Edsall says college football “has a problem” after WVU runs 108 plays

    West Virginia squeaked by Maryland 40-37 Saturday on a last-second field goal. Had Josh Lambert’s 49-yard field goal not sailed through the uprights, Maryland’s defense could have been on the field for 120 plays or more. As it was, the Terrapins only had to defend 108 plays, 49 passes and 59 rushes.

    Following the loss, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall decried his defense’s inability to get off the field as a systematic problem for college football:

    This isn’t the first time Edsall has lodged such complaints, and it probably won’t be the last. 

    It was quite ironic to read those comments and then turn to Arkansas-Texas Tech, a game that could not have been a more perfect test tube for the hurry up vs. slow down debate. Consider this stat: 

    Despite that massive disparity, Arkansas actually ran more plays than Texas Tech in the Hogs’ 49-28 win, 80-67. In fact, the Razorbacks recorded more running plays (68) than Texas Tech’s total sum of plays.

    Here is what Edsall refuses to admit, and what Bielema – who has been a bigger critic of hurry-up offenses than Edsall – realizes: you are in complete control of how many plays your opponent runs. Arkansas used its running game (68 carries, 457 yards, seven touchdowns) as its best defensive tool, running the ball 40 times and throwing only two passes in the second half. While Arkansas sat on the ball, Texas Tech’s fast-break offense stood and watched, and as it did that it fell out of sync. The Red Raiders marched 79 yards on eight plays on their first possession of the third quarter… but that was their only possession of the third quarter. Arkansas’ second possession of the second half didn’t end until the 13:59 mark of the fourth quarter, and as such the Red Raiders only ran eight plays in the entire third quarter. By the time Texas Tech touched the ball for the second time of the second half, Arkansas had run 26 plays, traveled 157 yards, scored 14 points, and eaten 13:46 off the clock. It’s no coincidence then that Texas Tech’s two fourth quarter drives ended in a punt and an interception.

    In the end, Arkansas ran exactly twice as many plays as Texas Tech in the second half, 42-21.

    Now let’s go back to College Park. Whereas Texas Tech touched the ball only 11 times on Saturday, West Virginia possessed it 18. The Mountaineers gained 33 first downs, while Maryland achieved 16. West Virginia went 11-of-24 on third down, while Maryland was just 4-of-15. West Virginia ran 108 plays, and Maryland ran only 65.

    The reason West Virginia’s offense never left the field on Saturday is because it had no other choice, Maryland’s offense kept pushing them back out there.