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  • Whittingham takes Utah promotion over offer from BYU

    Dec 8, 2004 wire reports

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham was hired as the school's football coach to replace Urban Meyer.


    Whittingham rejected an offer from rival BYU to take the Utes' job. He was to be introduced at a news conference Wednesday, Utah sports information director Liz Abel said.

    Whittingham will replace Meyer as Utah's coach following the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl. Meyer was introduced Tuesday as the new coach at Florida.

    Whittingham was to have led the Utes' Tuesday practice, but didn't attend to consider the offers from the two schools.

    BYU still needs to replace Gary Crowton, who resigned last week after the Cougars' third straight losing season. Whittingham, a Provo native, was strongly considered for the Cougars' job because he is a BYU graduate, former player and graduate assistant.

    He also fit one important requirement for BYU as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the school. But Whittingham also has developed strong ties to Utah in 10 years as an assistant with the Utes.

    Utah safety Morgan Scalley and a group of players met with Whittingham on Sunday night to talk to him about taking over for Meyer, who kept Whittingham on his staff when he was hired from Bowling Green two years ago.

    Whittingham will have to start building his own staff immediately. Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was hired Monday to coach UNLV, and both he and Meyer could take any number of assistant coaches with them, leaving the Utah coaching staff in limbo as the Utes prepare to play in the Fiesta Bowl against Pittsburgh.

    A message left with BYU on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

    The committee responsible for hiring the next BYU coach was in New York for former Cougars coach LaVell Edwards' induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    McBride takes over coaching position at Weber St.
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 8, 2004 wire reports

    OGDEN, Utah -- Former Utah coach Ron McBride is taking over as the coach Weber State.


    The 65-year-old McBride was introduced as coach of the Wildcats on Wednesday after two seasons as an assistant at Kentucky.

    "This is a dream come true for me," McBride said. "I love the state of Utah and have missed being here. This is the job I want and Weber State is an ideal situation for me."

    WSU athletic director William J. Weidner said McBride is a proven winner who brings 40 years of coaching experience to the job.

    "Coach McBride possesses all of the qualities that one would look for in a successful head football coach," Weidner said.

    McBride was hired at Utah in 1990 and spent 13 seasons with the Utes before being fired after the 2002 season and replaced by Urban Meyer.

    McBride went 88-63 with Utah and led the Utes to six bowl games.

    McBride replaces Jerry Graybeal, who resigned last month after a 1-10 season, the worst in school history.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -12-10-2004, 08:46 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Meyer fills most coaching positions at Florida
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 13, 2004 wire reports

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer nearly filled out his coaching staff Monday, keeping two assistants from Ron Zook's staff and bringing four with him from Utah.


    Meyer also named Indiana offensive coordinator Steve Addazio the tight ends coach and hired Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison.

    Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong will work with Mattison on the defensive side of the ball, but Meyer did not specify their roles. Strong and Mattison were expected to be named co-defensive coordinators, with Strong handling linebackers and Mattison working with the line.

    Meyer also said running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Locksley will remain at Florida in the same capacity.

    Utah assistants Billy Gonzales, John Hevesy, Dan Mullen and Chuck Heater will move with Meyer from Salt Lake City.

    Gonzales will coach wide receivers, Hevesy will coach the offensive line and Mullen will coach quarterbacks. Heater, who was cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Utah, has not been assigned a role.

    "I'm very excited about the group of coaches that are joining our staff," Meyer said in a statement. "They fit in with the vision I have for this program and are quality people."

    Meyer still has one coaching spot open.

    Meyer, who will coach Utah in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, was hired earlier this month to replace Zook, who was fired Oct. 25 but finished the regular season. Zook was hired as Illinois' new head coach last week. Strong will serve as Florida's interim coach when the Gators play Miami in the Peach Bowl Dec. 31.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -12-14-2004, 10:22 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Nicholls State coach fired amid academic fraud scandal
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 15, 2004 wire reports

    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State football coach Daryl Daye was fired Sunday over accusations of academic fraud involving players and an assistant coach.

    Daye was not implicated in the alleged fraud, but an investigation found he failed to "maintain proper controls" of the assistant, the Southland Conference school said.

    "The assistant coach who committed the fraud and the head coach who personally selected the assistant coach ... must be accountable in this situation," athletic director Rob Bernardi said.

    The assistant also will be fired but his name was not immediately released because he had not been notified, university spokesman Michael Delaune said.

    A message left at Daye's home was not immediately returned.

    The investigation found questions involving the assistant's involvement in players' attempts to transfer summer credits from other institutions, Delaune said. He added the investigation is continuing.

    Daye had a 19-36 record in five seasons at Nicholls of Division I-AA. The Colonels finished 5-6 in 2003, third in their conference.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -08-17-2004, 09:58 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Colorado recievers coach headed to Nebraska
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 21, 2005 wire reports

    LINCOLN, Neb. -- Colorado receivers coach Ted Gilmore has been hired to coach the same position at Nebraska, Cornhuskers coach Bill Callahan announced Thursday night.


    Gilmore, 37, was on the Buffaloes' coaching staff the past two seasons. He previously coached at another Big 12 school, Kansas.

    "He is a specialist in his area of expertise and is a perfect fit for our football program," Callahan said. "Ted is a class act in every sense, and I know our players and fans will love him."

    Gilmore replaces Turner Gill, who resigned Dec. 3.

    Last season five of Gilmore's receivers caught 20 or more passes in Colorado's West Coast Offense.

    Before coaching at Colorado, Gilmore was receivers coach for two years at Purdue, where he worked on the same staff as Nebraska assistant Scott Downing.

    "Scott Downing is one of my mentors in the business. He recruited me to the University of Wyoming and the chance to work with Scott means the world to me," Gilmore said.

    Gilmore coached the top receiving tandem in the Big Ten in 2002, when Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford combined for 152 receptions and 2,096 yards.

    Gilmore also has had assistant coaching stints at Houston (2000), Kansas (1999) and his alma mater of Wyoming (1997-98). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on Joe Tiller's Wyoming staff from 1994 to 1996.

    Gilmore played his final two college seasons at Wyoming, lettering as a receiver in 1988 and 1989, after transferring from Butler County (Kan.) Community College.

    He earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior.

    "Coach Callahan is very well-respected in this business and after sitting down and meeting with him, I knew I would become a better coach by working on his staff," Gilmore said.

    Gilmore will have a two-year contract that will pay him an annual salary of $130,000.

    Also Thursday, Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson announced that the contracts of the other eight Nebraska assistant football coaches will be extended one year through Jan. 31, 2007.

    The assistants originally signed two-year contracts upon their hiring a year ago.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -01-21-2005, 02:30 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Onofrio, former Missouri football coach, dies at 83
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 5, 2004 wire reports

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Al Onofrio, former head football coach at Missouri who also helped design defenses for Dan Devine for more than a decade, has died. He was 83.

    Onofrio died Friday at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., said one of his sons, Mike Onofrio.

    About a week ago, Al Onofrio was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his son said.

    Onofrio, the Associated Press' Big Eight coach of the year in 1972, led Devine's defenses from 1958-70, during which the Tigers went 93-37-7, won two Big Eight titles and made six bowl appearances.

    When Devine left Missouri to coach the Green Bay Packers in 1971, Onofrio took over and went 38-41 in seven seasons. After going 1-10 in his first year, Onofrio guided the Tigers to the Fiesta Bowl in 1972 and Sun Bowl the next season. In 1973, the Tigers went 8-4 and finishing ranked 17th.

    "This is certainly a sad day for Mizzou," said Mike Alden, the school's athletic director. "Everyone associated with Missouri should be thankful for the time he spent here and how much he meant to the institution by what he brought not only with his football expertise, but also his character."

    Survivors include his wife, Joan, five sons and one daughter.

    Services will be Wednesday at Church of the Resurrection, Tempe. Burial will be Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -11-06-2004, 01:12 PM