Wednesday November 17, 2009
Duke's Mike MacIntyre wins AFCA assistant coach of the year award: Other finalists were Ole Miss DC Tyrone Nix and Kansas assistant Ed Warinner. The AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.
Winners from the lower divisions include: Mark Speir, Defensive Ends Coach & Recruiting Coordinator, Appalachian State University; Division 2 -David Needs, Quarterbacks Coach, Carson-Newman College; Division 3 -Jeff Thomas, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, University of Redlands; and NAIA-Josh Gehring, Offensive Coordinator, Morningside College.
FootballScoop would like to congratulate all of the 2009 winners.
Cignetti doing great job with Pitt offense:Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt had three requirements as he searched for an offensive coordinator in the offseason.
"Number one, running a pro-style offense. Number two, be committed to running the football. And then three ... get our quarterbacks to play on a higher level and add some [plays] to generate more points," Wannstedt said on the Big East coaches conference call Monday. Link...
Quoting Lane Kiffin: "Our No. 1 rule is 'Protect the team.' As the head coach, I have to make decisions that sometimes you don't want to do. It was a sad day yesterday for those two kids and I wish them the best of luck. They obviously made a very poor decision, but we can't allow that to be a part of our team."
Kiffin also discounted the notion that UT should have a midweek curfew during the season.
Quoting Army coach Rich Ellerson: "We have 120 kids on our team, so are we going to go to 120 houses at 11 o'clock at night and knock on their door and find out if they're there?'' Kiffin said. "I've never heard of that. I don't really know how you could do that."
"A hundred and eighteen teams played last week," Ellerson said. "They are the only four that lost the turnover margin by two and went on to win. BYU beats 0-10 New Mexico by five points (24-19). New Mexico misses three short field goals. Cincinnati beats West Virginia by three (24-21). Penn State wins by 11 (31-20 over Indiana) but they have a pick six. It's hard to win (when you do that)."
Ellerson is still flabbergasted over Army's season-high four lost fumbles in a 22-17 win over VMI last Saturday.
"We are literally dropping the ball," Ellerson said.
Quoting UCONN head coach Randy Edsall: "I don't know if anybody ever thought there would be a day that UConn football would have that opportunity to play such a storied program," Edsall said. "For a lot of fans, people are still 'Pinch me' that this is happening. For the players, we have to treat it just like another game."