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  • Hawkins to consider longer stay at Boise State

    Dec. 3, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    POCATELLO, Idaho -- Boise State coach Dan Hawkins is considering a five-year, $2.6 million offer from the university that could keep him with the school through 2009.

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    The State Board of Education on Thursday approved the new contract offer, which would boost Hawkins' salary more than 30 percent from this year.

    Hawkins, who has led the Broncos to 22 straight victories, said he wouldn't make a decision until Sunday, at the earliest.

    "I need to get back and mull it over and talk with my family and powwow," said Hawkins, who made $50,000 when he joined Boise State as an assistant head coach in 1998.

    The offer, which Hawkins himself helped structure, includes big bonuses and incentives -- but penalties if he left before the end of the deal. If Hawkins stayed for less than the full five years, it would cost him or his new employer $850,000 to end the agreement.


    Dan Hawkins has coached Boise State to 22 consecutive wins.(AP)
    "This is a package that (Hawkins) consented to," Boise State president Bob Kustra said. "We've discussed this with him over the course of the last few days. He knows everything that's in it, and he thought it was a very attractive offer for Boise State to make."

    Hawkins' name has come up as a possible candidate for several high-profile job openings, including Florida, and Washington.

    Hawkins said none of those schools have contacted him and he intends to consider the Boise State offer first.

    During his four years as head coach at Boise State, the Broncos have won three consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships and compiled a 44-6 record.

    Hawkins, 44, signed a deal two years ago that will net him $501,500 this season, including bonuses, if he remains employed at Boise State through March 1, 2005.

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    Boise State, Hawkins agree to five-year, $2.6 million contract
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 7, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State coach Dan Hawkins signed a five-year, $2.6 million contract extension on Tuesday that could keep him with the Broncos through the 2009 season.

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    "I'm very excited about what we have accomplished and even more excited about what is possible in the future," Hawkins said in a statement.

    The contract will pay Hawkins a base salary of $525,000 per year.

    The deal appears to take another highly desirable coach off the market. Hawkins' name has come up as a possible coaching candidate at places such as Washington, Mississippi and Stanford, and at Florida before Urban Meyer got the Gators job.

    California coach Jeff Tedford, who had been speculated to be a target of Washington's search, also signed a five-year extension on Monday. Louisville's Bobby Petrino, whose agent contacted Ole Miss, released a statement Tuesday saying he planned to stay with the Cardinals.

    Hawkins' new deal is packed with incentives.

    If Boise State wins at least six games, Hawkins would receive a 5 percent raise the following year. Eight or nine wins guarantees a 10 percent raise, while winning 10 or more games would give Hawkins a 15 percent raise.

    Additionally, Hawkins will get 1/12 of his salary if Boise State finishes in the top 25, and he would get an additional $10,000 bonus if the Broncos finish in the top 10.

    The contract also allows Hawkins to receive 1/12 of his salary bonus for a conference championship and a 5 percent bonus for a bowl appearance without a conference championship.

    If Hawkins stays at Boise State until 2008 he will receive a $350,000 bonus and if he stays until the end of the deal 2010 he gets an additional bonus of $150,000. If Hawkins wants to leave Boise State, it will cost him or his new team $850,000 to buy out the contract.

    During Hawkins' four years with Boise State, as head coach, Boise State has won three consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships and compiled a 44-6 record, including a perfect 11-0 this year.

    Since Hawkins took over at Boise State four seasons ago, the Broncos led the country in scoring twice and are second this year. The 10th ranked Broncos will play Dec. 31 in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., against No. 7 Louisville.

    "I'm looking forward to continuing to grow this program further," he said.

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    -12-08-2004, 06:37 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Utah State brings Guy back as head coach
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 10, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    LOGAN, Utah -- Brent Guy was hired to coach Utah State on Friday after spending the past four seasons as an assistant with Arizona State.

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    Guy, a former Utah State assistant from 1992-94, was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Sun Devils.

    "I am excited about the opportunity to coach at Utah State at this time because there is a lot of excitement as we enter the Western Athletic Conference and build a new athletic complex," Guy said. "This will help us to become a competitive team and become a consistent winner, which is what we have to learn to be."

    He replaces Mick Dennehy, who was fired after posting a 19-37 record in the past five years.

    "Brent Guy has been involved in reviving some football programs that have become national-level programs in Boise State and Arizona State," Utah State athletic director Randy Spetman said during a Friday news conference.

    The 44-year old Guy's contract will be for five years and about $300,000 per year.

    "He was here when Utah State won a bowl game and he understands our situation here," Spetman said.

    Guy previously coached at Utah State from 1992-94, working with the linebackers under head coach Charlie Weatherbie. During that time, the Aggies won the Big West Conference Championship and posted the only bowl victory in school history, winning the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl 42-33 against Ball State.

    Arizona State went 8-3 this season and will play Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, marking its second bowl appearance in the past three years.

    The Sun Devils' defense enters the bowl season ranked 33rd in the nation in pass efficiency defense, 35th in rushing defense, 48th in total defense and 52nd in scoring defense.

    Guy was defensive coordinator at Boise State from 1998-2000 when the Broncos won two league championships.

    Under his guidance, Boise State led the Big West in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense in both 1999 and 2000.

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    -12-10-2004, 09:42 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Illinois excited about possibilities under Zook
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 6, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Former Florida coach Ron Zook took over Illinois' struggling football program Tuesday, returning to his roots and promising to turn around a team that has sunk to the bottom of the Big Ten since winning a league title in 2001.

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    Zook, a native of Ohio and a former assistant coach at Ohio State, said taking the job was an easy decision.

    "I was raised in the Midwest. I coached in the Big Ten," he said. "It's one of the finest athletic conferences in the land."

    Athletic director Ron Guenther said he wanted to find a coach with integrity, who was committed to academics and with a strong ability to recruit. He called Zook "a perfect fit."

    "He's a players' coach," Guenther said. "His players picked up on the passion and played extremely well for him."

    Zook received a five-year deal, worth about $1 million a year, according to university spokeswoman Robin Kaler.


    Ron Zook doesn't get any down time as he steps right into the Illinois gig.(AP)
    Zook and Guenther talked last Tuesday, but Illinois could not name a new coach until a two-week waiting period to comply with state guidelines passed. The deadline was Monday.

    Florida fired Zook on Oct. 25, two days after the Gators lost at Mississippi State, satisfying a growing groundswell for his ouster that began two years earlier -- after he replaced Steve Spurrier.

    But Zook coached the Gators for the rest of the season and led them to a 3-1 record in their final four games and an invitation to the Peach Bowl. In his three seasons at Florida, he went 23-14 with impressive victories over eventual national champion LSU last season and an upset of Florida State on Nov. 20, the Gators' first win in Tallahassee since 1986.

    Zook has 27 years of coaching experience, including six years in the NFL as an assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints, where he was defensive coordinator for two seasons.

    At Illinois, Zook will replace Ron Turner, who was fired Nov. 22 -- two days after finishing his third straight losing season. Turner's teams won only five Big Ten games after winning the conference championship in 2001 and going to the Sugar Bowl.

    Illinois won only once in 2003 and lost 14 consecutive Big Ten games between Nov. 23, 2003, and a 26-22 win over Indiana on Nov. 6. Two of the Illini's four wins in the past two seasons have been against Division I-AA opponents, Illinois State and Florida A&M.

    Guenther replaced Turner after determining that recruiting problems had "reached a point of no return," he said.

    Zook has a reputation for being a tireless and effective...
    -12-08-2004, 06:36 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Paterno leaves decision to university on salary court ruling
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 13, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno said Saturday that he will defer to the university on how to respond to a court ruling that would make his salary public record.

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    "Whatever the university wants to do is fine. If you want to release it, release it. If you don't want to release it, don't release it," Paterno said during his preseason news conference at Beaver Stadium.

    A Commonwealth Court panel ruled 3-2 on Friday that the State Employees' Retirement System correctly decided last year that a newspaper reporter could see salary information for Paterno and other high-ranking university officials.

    Jan Murphy of The Patriot-News of Harrisburg had asked for documents that reflect years of service, salary and salary history for Paterno, Penn State's head coach since 1966, as well as three other Penn State administrators.

    The school has said that it will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Spokesman Tysen Kendig said Friday that none of Paterno's salary is funded by taxpayer dollars.

    Penn State is one of the four "state-related" universities in Pennsylvania. Total state aid to Penn State and the three other schools -- Temple, Pittsburgh and Lincoln -- has been about $650 million per year in recent years.

    "I think the university will do what they think is best for the university. As far as I am concerned, that's how I'm going to leave it," Paterno said.

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    -08-16-2005, 04:27 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Price ready for fresh start at UTEP
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 1, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Price is trying to keep a low-profile in his return to college football.

    Price lost a $10 million job with Alabama last year for a night of partying at a strip club. He returns to coaching on a much smaller stage Thursday night, leading Texas-El Paso against Arizona State.

    The Miners got more publicity by hiring Price than they earned by winning the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2000 -- one of only 12 times in the last 33 seasons that UTEP has managed to win more than twice.

    In keeping with his rebuilding job, Price has stayed under the radar -- even skipping the usual visiting coach's conference call Arizona State has for the media on Mondays.

    But his reputation for coaching sound teams precedes him.

    "Mike Price came from winning 10 games in his last two or three years coaching Washington State," said Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter, who has his own job-security issues despite the reassurance of athletic director Gene Smith that he'll start the 2005 season as coach.

    Koetter, trying to improve on last year's 5-7 record, knows he has a tricky home opener because of the Price Effect on UTEP.

    "I think it is going to be different for him with updated personnel," Koetter said.

    Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who spent two years as Price's assistant head coach at Weber State, was sure his former boss would turn the Miners around.

    "The reason he got the Alabama job in the first place was that he took very difficult schools and made them established," Campo said. "He's an outstanding recruiter. People get a comfort level around him, so there's no question he's going to have an impact there.

    "And I think his second strength is that he's very well-liked by his players. He has a way of putting games into perspective, a way of getting people to play for him because of his style."

    The last time the teams met, in 1995, Arizona State won 45-20, the Sun Devils' seventh straight over the Miners and 24th win in the last 25 meetings.

    The 2000 season marked UTEP's only bowl appearance in the last 15, the high-water mark of coach Gary Nord's career. But Nord was fired on Dec. 1 after going 2-9, 2-10 and 2-11 the next three seasons.

    That opened the door for Price, who is 129-121 after eight years at Weber State and 14 at Washington State. He turned out five first-round NFL draft picks and won a national coach of the year award, yet even with that resume, Price remained persona non grata after being let go by Alabama.

    Nebraska never considered him for its vacancy, and Arizona toyed with the idea only long enough for university president Peter Likins to say, "No way." ...
    -09-02-2004, 11:00 AM
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