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ACC Coach of the Year Friedgen: I stuck to my guns, refused to make staff changes

Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen led the Terps to an 8-4 record and has been named ACC Coach of the Year.

On Tuesday, Friedgen reflected on the past year and thanked those alumni and friends who never stopped supported him.

Friedgen stated, "You know a year ago, I was about to be fired. Because of their support, this moment is possible.”

"I hope this kind of serves as an inspiration to a lot of people. A year ago at this time, people wanted me to make (staff) changes. I refused to do that because I felt like I had the right people around me.”

"I kind of stuck with my guns. This is kind of vindication that I was right."

Maryland finished 7th nationally in turnover margin, while the Terps offense averaged 30 points per game.  We hope that athletic directors across the country take note of one-year turnaround a program can make.

Dan McCarney juiced up and speaking fast at introductory presser

Dan McCarney has been with Urban Meyer for three seasons and it sounded like it today during McCarney’s introductory press conference at North Texas just moments ago.  McCarney was juiced up and spoke really fast.

McCarney, who met with UNT athletic director Rick Villareal a week ago last Thursday in Gainesville at his home, said, “36,000 students?  Are you kiddin’ me?”

“Our plan is pretty simple…Play great defense, number 1.  That’s have good players and good coaches.  Two…win the turnover margin.  Three, score in the red zone.  Number 4…win the turnover battle.”

“I’m a real passionate guy.   I don’t sugar coat it.” 

“Our program will be built on honesty, integrity and fierce loyalty.  If they (our assistants) don’t believe in this, they won’t be in our program.  They won’t worry about the next job.  They’ll worry about the one they have.”

“You better get your tickets now.  Just on the bandwagon now.  I told Rick Villareal that we will fill that stadium.  There is absolutely during our first game against Houston on September 10th, there is no reason why we can’t have a full stadium.  If we don’t, I’ll die trying.”

“They (our assistants) will go 100 miles per hour because that is what I will demand.”

“A lot of people give lip service to it, but we are going to invest in special teams.”

“I have gone to the AFCA convention every year since 1975, there’s only 119 D1 jobs, to be a head coach again after four years, I’m humble and excited.”

(On his approach with the players) “I don’t care what you’ve done.  You’re starting on a clean slate. I could care a less about the past.”

"We’re going to build this thing on 4 year players, with high school kids."

“To me, why not North Texas?” 

McCarney also announced that Mike Canales has been hired as his associate head coach / offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.  He praised Canales several times and made it clear he is really pumped that Canales is staying around. 

McCarney also thanked Urban Meyer, Barry Alvarez, and Haydon Fry.   

Greg McMackin jacked about an iced-out diamond ring

In his third season as head coach, Greg McMackin has led Hawaii to a 7-1 record in the WAC, clinching a share of the conference championship.

Hawaii is currently 9-3 and hosts UNLV this Saturday.  The Warriors lost to Boise State 42-7, but defeated Nevada earlier in the season 27-21.  The key to the season was turnover margin, where Hawaii finished #2 in the nation.  The Warriors also lead the nation in passing offense (384 YPG). 

Nine wins (potentially 10) is cool, but McMackin is jacked about an iced-out diamond ring.

"It's going to be beautiful. Let me just say this: a lot of bling," described McMackin.

"I'm designing the ring. That's my job. I told my wife this morning, 'We're WAC champions, and I'm going to wear one of my WAC champion rings.' That's exactly what I did."

McMackin is reportedly going to Jared…the Galleria of Jewelry.  Or maybe he isn’t.  At least, he'd get props from Lil Wayne & Juvenile:


We found an athletic director you want to work for

Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, 99% of the time we leave out our opinions.  We’d rather just present the information as we know it and allow you to form your own opinions.

Coaches are already under too much scrutiny.  We try as often as possible to highlight as many  positive things that coaches are doing within their programs.

In this case, we’d like to give serious props to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, who yesterday stated, “Anything to do with the coaching staff, that’s entirely Les’ call. Those things are Les’ decision. I would never mandate to a coach who his assistants should or shouldn’t be.”

That’s an AD who "gets it." 

The best way to achieve success is for head coaches and athletic directors to be on the same page.  During your next interview, ask questions.  Make sure your goals and process are aligned.

Some AD’s (that we know of) echo Alleva’s words publicly, but they don’t stand behind their words behind closed doors.  Those AD's can (will finish later, gotta go, Scoop phone is blowing up).

Michigan AD: Speculation fueling curiosity - it doesn't change my approach

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will wait until after the Wolverines’ bowl game to make a decision on head coach Rich Rodriguez.

We were glad to see Brandon confess that, “all this speculation fueling curiosity – it doesn’t change how I’m doing my job.” That's good leadership!

On Monday, Brandon said, "I have so consistently stated what my process is, how I do this, and what is in the best interest of the program. All of this desire for information sooner, all this speculation fueling curiosity — it doesn't change how I'm doing my job.”

"Back when we were 5-0, I said (this would be the evaluation process). Along the way I've said it. After exciting wins I've said it. This is how I'm going to do my job. I have not equivocated on that at all. Just because people out there are stirring the pot, that's not going to deter what I'm going to do."

What about recruiting?

"Recruiting is a 12-month-a-year process. There will always be recruiting going on in one fashion or the other. It's a dynamic process. There's no good time, bad time, better time as it relates to how you manage the situation."

"The team has the opportunity to practice 15 days and prepare for a bowl game, which they've earned the right to. They've got a game to play. They need to get ready and go play. That's what I want them to do. I understand there's an enormous distraction, and a lot of people are enjoying stirring the pot. (But) they need to prepare for the game."

For the record, we hope Rich Rod keeps his job.  For that matter, we hope all coaches keep their jobs. 

4 finalists for Defensive Coordinator of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Nick Holt (USC, 2008) and Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009). 

ULL athletic director and Sun Belt coaches compliment Rickey Bustle

On Monday, UL-Lafayette athletic director David Walker he wished this day had never come, the day he had to replace head coach Rickey Bustle. 

Walker stated, "I want to be honest with you. This will be a very difficult task in replacing coach Rickey Bustle. It will be very hard to find someone that has the character, the integrity, the dedication and the loyalty of coach Bustle. That is the task that we now face."

Bustle said, "In my dreams I could never imagine a football program could have been so down in 2001. This is not the case today thanks to some hard working coaches and classy young men that joined the program. There is care, respect and pride back in the program and the cupboard is not bare.”

Bustle added, "I gave nine years of my life and my son to this program. Everyone wanted more, but we could only get to the six win mark. I will continue to support Ragin' Cajun athletics in any way I can and wish the new football staff the best. Hopefully fans will get their trip to the new Orleans bowl."

MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill stood up for Bustle "My personal feelings are that you hate to see anybody get fired in this profession, especially when it happens to a friend. Rickey is a great, great person and a fine man, and he'll land on his feet."

Troy head coach Larry Blakely explained, "It really hurts me to see that happen. We're playing in a league where everybody wants to be bowl eligible and go to bowls, but nobody (in the administration) wants to give up the three or four guarantee games. We're not like the SEC or other leagues that get eight home games or play I-AA teams all the time."

Bustle finished 41-65 in nine seasons at ULL. 

Mark Richt wants in-state "Dream Team" to become Bulldogs

Mark Richt was definitely looking forward to his radio show on Monday night. 

Coming off a 42-34 win against Georgia Tech, Richt made it clear he loves Georgia, will remain at Georgia, and wants his in-state “Dream Team” to join him.

Richt stated, “I’m definitely going to do more than hang with Georgia. Georgia is going to thrive, and Georgia is going to have a tremendous future ahead of us. And I’m excited to be here.”

“When you talk about in-state kids, that’s why I’ve been talking about this Georgia ‘Dream Team’, this team of guys that I think are the best players in the state of Georgia. And I believe if they will stay in the state and come together, we can prove to the United States of America that we have the best football in the country [in] the state of Georgia. We need those Georgia kids to stay at home and do that thing for the Bulldogs, and I think everybody is going to get excited about that.”

Georgia will likely play UCF in the Liberty Bowl.