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  • The NCAA has denied Georgia Southern’s waiver to appear in a bowl game

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    In their first season of FBS competition, Georgia Southern is off to an impressive 8-3 start, and a win against ULM this weekend will bring them the outright Sun Belt Conference title.

    Back in early November, Zach wrote an article urging the NCAA to “not leave Georgia Southern hanging”. The NCAA wasn’t listening, and today they denied Georgia Southern’s waiver request to compete in a bowl game.

    On the heels of their success, Georgia Southern submitted a waiver to the NCAA asking to participate in bowl season but athletic director Tom Kleinlein recently announced that the NCAA’s legislative review committee’s decision to deny the waiver.

    Jump a class, reload with a whole new coaching staff, (perhaps) win the conference in your first year…and none of that is impressive enough to overlook an arbitrary rule to recognize the accomplishments of Willie Fritz and his guys.

    According to the NCAA, bending the rules to allow Georgia Southern into the field of bowl teams would prevent a worthy team of making a bowl trip. Evidently eight or nine wins isn’t enough to justify a bowl trip over a six win team? C’mon man.

    Kleinlein did share with the Savannah Morning News that he plans to file an appeal to the NCAA membership committee and expects to hear a decision on that appeal later this week, or early next week.

    Until then, keep your fingers crossed.

    What these guys have been able to accomplish in a “transitional year” is extremely impressive and the staff and team deserve a bowl trip.

  • 2014 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year – Finalists

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    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. Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors and other athletic department personnel. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of this award and will be announced the week of December 8th.

    The 2014 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at an event held in their honor at the American Football Coaches Association’s annual convention in January in Louisville, KY.

    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).


    Dave Baldwin, Colorado State

    In 2013, Garrett Grayson was just another quarterback. The junior ranked 48th in passing efficiency with nearly 3,700 passing yards for 23 touchdowns against 11 interceptions on an 8-6 team. A year later, Grayson is the most efficient quarterback in college football outside of Eugene, Oregon. Ranking seventh in passing at a shade over 310 yards per game, Grayson places second nationally in passing efficiency, hitting 66.8 percent of his throws for a full 10 yards per attempt with 29 touchdowns against only five interceptions. Grayson has been a key reason Colorado State is 10-1 with hopes of winning a Mountain West championship.

     Key Stats

    • 1st in completions of 30-plus yards (29)
    • 2nd in passing efficiency (176.3)
    • t-1st in yards per attempt (10.0)
    • 7th in passing offense (310.3 yards per game)

    Sonny Cumbie, TCU

    The best thing one can say about Sonny Cumbie’s work with Trevone Boykin is that he does not play like the Trevone Boykin anyone knew heading into this season. Boykin completed 107-of-176 passes for 1,198 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions a year ago, which would have ranked 88th nationally had he hoisted enough passes to qualify. In 2014, Boykin has triggered a 9-1 TCU team as it hunts for a Big 12 and national title, ranking 30th in passing efficiency and third in total offense. Boykin has nearly doubled his touchdown percentage (3.97 to 6.22) while chopping his interception percentage into fractions (3.97 to 1.3).

     

    Key Stats

    • 3rd in total offense (356.9 yards per game)
    • 8th in passing offense (302.1 yards per game)
    • t-16th in touchdown passes (24)
    • t-8th in pass plays of 40+ yards (12)

    Kevin McGiven, Utah State

    Utah State’s season story at the quarterback position can best be told in one sentence: They’re down to their fourth string quarterback, true freshman Kent Myers (who had to burn his redshirt), and he’s lighting it up (73% completions percentage). Myers has led the team to four straight wins while tossing 5 touchdowns and just one pick, and has rushed for another three. Back in early October, the Aggies learned that they lost starter Chuckie Keeton for the season, and have cycled through three more quarterbacks with a undeniable amount of success and efficiency.

             

    Key Stats

    • 9-3 record with 4 different starting quarterbacks
    • Freshman quarterback Kent Myers is completing 73% of his passes
    • Backup quarterback Darrell Garretson completed 67% of attempts
    • 4-0 record for freshman quarterback Kent Myers
    • Myers has accounted for 8 touchdowns (5 passing, 3 rushing) and thrown just 1 pick

    Tom Herman, Ohio State

    On August 18, Braxton Miller didn’t think he was going to start for Ohio State this season. Three months later, he’s a Heisman Trophy candidate. The redshirt freshman has posted arguably the best season in school history, surpassing even the 2006 Heisman campaign of Troy Smith, with 42 total touchdowns and 3,507 yards of total offense – school records on both counts, and with three games to spare. Barrett is the nation’s third-rated passer at 9.1 yards per attempt with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and has also rushed 156 times for 849 yards and nine touchdowns. Most importantly, Barrett has carried a 10-1 Ohio State team on its back to a second straight Big Ten title game and a possible College Football Playoff berth.

     

    Key Stats

    • 12th in total offense (318.8 yards per game)
    • 42 total touchdowns (school record)
    • 3rd in passing efficiency (171.39)
    • t-4th in yards per attempt (9.1)
    • 2nd in touchdown passes (33)

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  • Four assistants in line to interview for Kansas’ head coaching position

    The Kansas search is one that is likely to be settled the week of December 8th. Should Kansas beat Kansas State this Saturday though, nearly everyone that I have spoken with believes that Clint Bowen will wind up being the next head coach.

    If Kansas were to lose this weekend, the names that we keep hearing that Sheahon Zenger plans to interview include Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty and Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

    Here’s how we see it playing out…

  • Troy is locking in on their new head coach

    Larry Blakeney’s final game as head coach is Saturday afternoon when his Trojans host Louisiana Lafayette.

    Word in the coaching profession is that Troy will shortly thereafter attempt to finalize an agreement with their new head coach. We are under the belief; based off of what we have been hearing, that the new head coach will be in place by the middle of next week, if not earlier.

    Here’s a quick update on those who have interviewed as recently as this week and those that are real candidates. This is a high character group of individuals. Troy is going to have an impressive new head coach next week.

  • Mike London will return to Virginia for the 2015 season

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    Citing continued improvement over the last few years, Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage put any speculation to rest by announcing today that Mike London would be returning for the 2015 season; but has not extended London’s contract which ends at the end of the 2016 season.

    Four of the Cavaliers’ six losses this season have come by single digits, including back to back losses to Duke (by seven) and North Carolina (by one). A few weeks later against Florida State, they gave the defending national champs all they could handle before losing by two touchdowns. Needless to say, that 5-6 record could easily look a whole lot different.

    In the release, Littlepage pointed out the efforts of London and his staff to get things back on the right track.

    “It was important to see improvement in our football program this season. I’ve seen signs of progress in many areas.”

    “Through the staff changes made over the last two years, we are better at teaching the game and in the overall development of the student-athletes. We also continue to notice the commitment by this group of coaches and student-athletes to their academic and community responsibilities.”

    London’s teams are 23-37 cumulatively in his five years leading the program, including a mark of 5-6 this season. This weekend against a struggling Virginia Tech team, London will have the opportunity to triple their win total from last season (2) and match their combined win total from 2012 and 2013 (6).

    “The staff has re-focused its recruiting efforts to emphasize the need to attract student-athletes capable of helping the program compete at a high level in the expanded Atlantic Coast Conference.” Littlepage went on to explain.

    In closing, Littlepage noted the confidence that he has in London and the direction of the program.

    “I trust the plan Mike has in place and believe his leadership provides the best opportunity for Virginia football to be successful in the future.”