Wyoming to reportedly hire Craig Bohl
Wyoming has reportedly tabbed North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl to fill its vacant head coaching position, according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com. We heard the same thing throughout the day Saturday but were not able to confirm the news.
Wyoming has called a 7 p.m. ET press conference for Sunday.
Any way you slice it, this would be an absolutely fantastic hire for the Cowboys.
Bohl has led North Dakota State to the past two Football Championship Subdivision national championships, and the 12-0, top-seeded Bison are odds on favorites to bring home a third consecutive crown. North Dakota State defeated Furman 38-7 on Saturday, securing the program's fourth consecutive trip to the FCS quarterfinals.
North Dakota State has won its last 21 games and holds a 40-2 record since the beginning of the 2011 season. Bohl is 101-32 in 11 seasons in Fargo. He is 4-0 over the last four seasons against FBS competition, including a 24-21 win over Kansas State to open this season and a 22-7 defeat of his new rival Colorado State in 2012.
For Bohl, taking the Wyoming job is a guarantee at more money, a shot to prove himself at the highest level of college football and the chance to secure a BCS job down the road. And with 40 wins in his last 42 games, his stock will never be higher.
There really is no risk attached to taking the Wyoming job considering Bohl would likely have his pick of FCS jobs should things not work out in Laramie.
However, we fully expect Bohl to win at Wyoming. It's what he does.
In the last 5 mins I’ve had about 10 coaches text / DM me. Each says: “Great hire” “Great coach” “Surprised he took it” “He’ll win"— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 8, 2013
His coaching staff loves him. Coaches around the country respect and praise him. Just a great hire— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 8, 2013
A guy at Wyoming told me that Bohl beat them on several recruits. Well, now he’ll bring them to Laramie.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 8, 2013
@footballscoop he came to NDSU just as I was leaving. Stopped and talked to me for 30 minutes at the school paper. Very engaging guy.— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) December 8, 2013
Sunday TV - Showdowns in the NFC South and NFC West
Week 14 in the NFL is upon us.
As always, all times Eastern.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati - 1 p.m. - CBS
Atlanta at Green Bay - 1 p.m. - FOX
Cleveland at New England - 1 p.m. - CBS
Oakland at NY Jets - 1 p.m. - CBS
Detroit at Philadelphia - 1 p.m. - FOX
Miami at Pittsburgh - 1 p.m. - CBS
Buffalo at Tampa Bay - 1 p.m. - CBS
Kansas City at Washington - 1 p.m. - CBS
Minnesota at Baltimore - 1 p.m. - FOX
Tennessee at Denver - 4:05 p.m. - CBS
St. Louis at Arizona - 4:25 p.m. - FOX
NY Giants at San Diego - 4:25 p.m. - FOX
Seattle at San Francisco - 4:25 p.m. - FOX
Carolina at New Orleans - 8:30 p.m. - NBC
Ohio State's hype video for Saturday is title-game worthy
Fifty-eight seconds. That's all Ohio State needs to get you ready for what should be an epic conclusion to the 2013 college football regular season.
Missouri breaking out a special uni combo for Saturday
It's a special day for the Missouri football program, so it only makes sense that the Tigers would break out a special uniform combination.
Mizzou will wear their black matte helmets, white jerseys and gold pants for the SEC title game, the first time this specific uniform combination has been worn. (Should we mention that the last time Missouri broke out a special uniform combination - gold jerseys for the Kansas game in 2008 - the Tigers lost 40-37 on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds left in the game? No, no we probably shouldn't.)
2013-14 Head Coaching Changes
The 2013 regular season has come to a close for all but a handful of FBS teams, which means it's time to start tracking head coaching changes across the college football landscape.
This page will track head coaching changes at every level of football - NFL, NCAA and NAIA - throughout the 2013-14 coaching change season, so check back frequently.
In the NFL, one head coaching job has come open as of Friday, Dec. 6. There were eight coaching changes in the NFL following the 2012 season.
|Team||2013 Coach||2014 Coach|
|Houston Texans||Gary Kubiak|
At the FBS level, a total of 10 jobs have come open as of Dec. 9 and five have been filled.
As a point of reference, here are the number of coaching changes following the last five seasons: 22 (2008), 23 (2009), 24 (2010), 28 (2011), 31 (2012). Additionally, here is our list of coaching changes from the 2012-13 hiring season.
|School||2013 Coach||2014 Coach|
|Boise State||Chris Petersen|
|Bowling Green||Dave Clawson|
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English|
|Florida Atlantic||Carl Pelini|
|Miami (Ohio)||Don Treadwell||Chuck Martin|
|USC||Lane Kiffin||Steve Sarkisian|
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||Dave Clawson|
|Washington||Steve Sarkisian||Chris Petersen|
|Wyoming||Dave Christensen||Craig Bohl|
At the FCS level, we are showing 18 head coaching changes as of Dec. 10. Three positions have been filled.
|School||2013 Coach||2014 Coach|
|Alabama A&M||Anthony Jones|
|Albany||Robert Ford||Greg Gattuso|
|Central Connecticut||Jeff McInerney|
|Colgate||Dick Biddle||Dan Hunt|
|James Madison||Mickey Matthews|
|Mississippi Valley State||Karl Morgan|
|Morgan State||Donald Hill-Eley|
|North Carolina Central||Henry Frazier III|
|North Dakota||Chris Mussman|
|North Dakota State||Craig Bohl|
|Robert Morris||Joe Walton|
|Rhode Island||Joe Trainer|
|Southeast Missouri||Tony Samuel|
|Stephen F. Austin||J.C. Harper|
|Valparaiso||Dale Carlson||Dave Cecchini|
|Weber State||Jody Sears|
In Division II, 15 schools have switched head coaches and five positions have been filled as of Dec. 9.
|School||2013 Coach||2014 Coach|
|Bentley (MA)||Thom Boerman|
|Central State (OH)||EJ Junior|
|Central Washington||John Picha|
|Mary (ND)||Myron Schulz|
|Northeastern State (OK)||Kenny Evans|
|Northwood (MI)||Mike Sullivan||Pat Riepma|
|Pace (NY)||Chris Dapolito|
|Simon Fraser (Canada)||Dave Johnson|
|Southeastern Oklahoma State||Ray Richards||Bo Atterberry|
|Southern Connecticut State||Rich Cavanaugh|
|Virginia Union||Michael Bailey|
|West Alabama||Will Hall||Brett Gilliland|
|West Georgia||Daryl Dickey||Will Hall|
|West Texas A&M||Don Carthel||Mike Nesbitt|
At the Division III level, 16 schools have announced coaching changes and two positions has been filled as of Dec. 8.
|School||2013 Coach||2014 Coach|
|Aurora (IL)||Mark Walsh|
|Averett (VA)||Mike Dunlevy|
|Beloit (WI)||Chris Brann|
|Emory and Henry (VA)||Don Montgomery|
|Frostburg State (MD)||Tom Rogish|
|Loras College (IA)||Paul Mierkiewicz|
|Mississippi College||Norman Joseph|
|Nichols College (MA)||Kevin Loney||Dale Olmstead|
|Oberlin (OH)||Jeff Ramsey|
|St. Norbert (WI)||Jim Purtill|
|St. Vincent (PA)||Bob Colbert|
|Sul Ross State (TX)||John Tyree|
|Trinity (TX)||Steve Mohr||Jerheme Urban|
|Westfield State (MA)||Steve Marino|
|Westminster (PA)||Jeff Hand|
|Whitworth (WA)||John Tully|
In NAIA, three jobs have come open at this time and all have been filled.
|School||2013 Coach||2014 Coach|
|Dickinson State (ND)||Hank Biesiot||Pete Stanton|
|Edward Waters College (FL)||Brad Bernard||Alvin Wyatt|
|McPherson College (KS)||Pete Sterbick||Steve Fox|
As always, if we missed anyone please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ole Miss has released a "ball boy" rebuttal video
So yesterday we stumbled on a spectacular highlight video of Florida State ball boy known as Red Lighting. Well, it turns out that balls boys are held in a little higher esteem down south, and are rapidly gaining popularity.
Here's Ole Miss' rebuttal with their very own "Ball Man". This guy can flat out scoot.
The stakes have bumped up a few notches with this one. It's your move now Big Ten / ACC / Pac-12.
The Top Nine Coaching Matchups of Championship Weekend
Usually this column runs down the top 10 coaching matchups of the impending weekend, but we're a day behind this week. But since "Louisville 31, Cincinnati 24" has already happened, we're down to nine this week.
1. Tom Herman vs. Pat Narduzzi - I wrote about this game more extensively yesterday, but we'll boil it down to this: Ohio State ranks in the top 10 nationally in 10 offensive categories. Michigan State ranks in the top 10 nationally each of those same categories. When Ohio State runs the ball, there will be a difference of nearly five yards between what the Buckeyes normally gain and what the Spartans allow. Something's gotta give.
2. The Auburn offensive staff vs. the Missouri defensive staff - Auburn survived the SEC's top rushing defense just fine last week. Fifty-two carries for 296 yards and two touchdowns did the trick against Alabama, and now Auburn faces the SEC's second-ranked defensive front.
Gus Malzahn's biggest challenge this week, aside from Michael Sam and the rest of Mizzou's awesome defensive front, will be pulling his team's head out of the clouds after last week's once-in-a-lifetime win. There won't be any Kick Sixes to win this one.
3. Mack Brown vs. Art Briles - No one's playing for a national championship here, but I'd wager no two head coaches want a win on Saturday worse than this pair. For Briles, it's a chance to wrap up the best season anyone in green and gold can care to remember, to close out Floyd Casey Stadium the right way, and to beat Texas. For Brown, it's a shot at least a share of the Big 12 title and, most importantly, a shot at extending the Mack Brown era into 2014.
I fully expect this to be a close game in the fourth quarter.
4. David Shaw vs. Todd Graham - Graham drilled into his players' heads all off-season that they were worthy of playing in the Rose Bowl, now they've got one game on their home field to prove it. Arizona State has won all seven of its home games this year and, save for the Wisconsin squeaker, they've all been decisive. Stanford's last three road games? A 20-17 loss to USC, a 20-12 win over Oregon State and a 27-21 loss to Utah. Kevin Hogan's quarterback rating is nearly 20 points lower on the road, too. How much have these teams changed since Sept. 21, when Stanford built a 39-7 lead on the Sun Devils and en route to a 42-28 final?
5. The Bowling Green defensive staff vs. Jordan Lynch - There's no pretense here. Northern Illinois will ram Lynch into the Falcons' defensive line as many times as it takes until it breaks. Lynch has the third-most rushing yards of any player in college football, owns the highest yards per carry average of any player with at least 200 rushes, and it's his one chance to send his team to the Fiesta Bowl and himself to the Heisman ceremony.
Lynch will get his yards, but what will Bowling Green's top-ranked red zone defense show near the goal line?
6. The Oklahoma offensive staff vs. the Oklahoma State defensive staff - Old-fashioned style Bedlam is in store Saturday morning with snow on the ground and rumors of single-digit temperatures at kickoff. Oklahoma has finally found a mix that works offensively, rushing for 706 yards and seven touchdowns on 96 attempts (7.35 per carry) in its two games since losing to Baylor. The Sooners can't win if Trevor Knight has to throw the ball. No Big 12 team stops the run better or forces more turnovers than Oklahoma State. How many 3rd-and-8's can the Pokes force Oklahoma to deal with?
7. The Duke defensive staff vs. the Florida State offensive staff - Duke hasn't lost often this year but when it does, the Devils' back seven gets taken to the woodshed. Duke has surrendered 10 passing touchdowns in its two setbacks (compared with eight total in its 10 wins) and a shade over 11 yards per pass attempt. Its challenge Saturday night? The overwhelming favorite for the Heisman Trophy, playing with a clear head for the first time in weeks, with a shot at the national title on the line. Good luck, Cut.
8. The Fresno State offensive staff vs. the Utah State defensive staff - A week after facing its stiffest defensive test of the season - and failing - Tim DeRuyter's team faces the harshest opponent its prolific offense will meet all season. Utah State has surrendered 10, 10, 24, zero and seven points in its last four games (all wins). The Aggies rank seventh on the national scoring defense charts. The rest of Fresno State's schedule? 94th, FCS, 41st, 115th, 125th, 92nd, 97th, 102nd, 110th and 104th.
9. The Marshall offensive staff vs. the Rice defensive staff - Marshall has won five straight games and scored 53 points per game in its last half-dozen games. Quarterback Rakeem Cato has fired 28 touchdowns against four interceptions (on 8.5 yards per attempt) in the Thundering Herd's nine wins, and only six touchdowns against four picks (on under seven yards per attempt) in its three losses. Against a defense that's allowed the 12th-fewest passing yards in college football, and ranks 22nd nationally in pass efficiency defense and sixth in opponent completion percentage, the Conference USA title game shapes up quite nicely.
FCS Weekend Primer: Round of 16
The second round of the FCS playoffs is here, leaving with eight juicy matchups to breakdown.
Let's get right to it.
Furman at North Dakota State (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3): The Paladins have ripped off six straight wins against FCS opponents, allowing a shade under 16 points a game during that span. That all sounds mighty impressive, until you realize North Dakota State has won 20 straight games and allowed just a shade over 12 points per game.
Coastal Carolina at Montana (2 p.m. ET, ESPN3): Google Maps says it's a 2,490-mile, 36-hour drive from Conway, S.C. to Missoula, Montana. Clearly the NCAA did the Chanticleers no favors here. Each team averages north of 35 points (Coastal Carolina has a slight edge in most offensive stats), but Montana leads the nation in turnover margin.
New Hampshire at Maine (2 p.m. ET, ESPN3): Each of the games in the "South" regional semifinals - where Southeastern Louisiana is the top seed - is an intra-conference showdown and rematch from the regular season. Here, it's the home town Black Bears looking for revenge for the 24-3 spanking New Hampshire put on Maine back on November 23.
Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana (8 p.m. ET, ESPN3): And now to rematch No. 2, where Sam Houston State looks to avenge a 34-21 loss at Southeastern Louisiana on November 16 and keep its seven-game non-championship playoff winning streak alive. The key to that game? Southeastern Louisiana held all-everything running back Tim Flanders to 47 yards on 15 carries. Flanders has made his name in the playoffs, rushing for 1,178 yards in nine career playoff games, so expect an all-out effort from the senior.
South Dakota State at Eastern Washington (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3): The third-seeded Eagles boast an intimidating offense, but they can be lulled into a shootout, with final scores this year of 49-46, 49-34, 42-37, 55-34, 54-29 and, most recently, 42-41. Unfortunately for South Dakota State, that's not the type of game the Jackrabbits are conditioned to playing.
Jacksonville State at McNeese State (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3): We should know pretty early on which way the wind is blowing here. McNeese State either wins - and scores a lot of points doing so, averaging 49.7 points in their 10 wins - or gets blown out. The Cowboys' two losses this season have come by scores of 41-6 and 41-7.
Fordham at Towson (1 p.m. ET, ESPN3): There are three FCS teams that lost fewer than two games this season: top-seeded and undefeated North Dakota State, second-seeded and one-loss Eastern Illinois, and one-loss Fordham, who didn't receive a national seed and gets sent on the road this week. Think Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead won't bring that up to his team on Saturday? (He'll neglect to mention that the rankings are all justified, considering that Fordham dominated the non-scholarship Patriot League and Towson finished second in the always tough CAA).
Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois (2 p.m. ET, ESPN3): In their first meeting on October 26, Eastern Illinois out-gained Tennessee State by 226 yards, led 28-3 after three quarters and won 34-16. It was the closest game Eastern Illinois has played since its lone setback of the year, a 43-39 loss to Northern Illinois on September 21. I'd expect more of the same here. See you in Frisco, Panthers.