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  • Cooper defends South Carolina's decision to hire Spurrier

    Dec 9, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The only black football coach currently at South Carolina defended the school's decision to hire Steve Spurrier after the Black Coaches Association criticized the university for failing to conduct a full search.

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    Assistant Ron Cooper, a former head coach at several Division I-A schools, said Thursday he was contacted about the position when Lou Holtz decided to retire earlier this year.

    But when athletic director Mike McGee told Cooper there was a chance to hire Spurrier, Cooper said, "if you can hire Steve Spurrier, go hire him now."

    "It doesn't take a rocket scientist," Cooper said. "There are a lot of coaches out there that would have said what I said."

    BCA director Floyd Keith told prospective football recruits and assistant coaches to stay away from South Carolina because the school ignored the group's recommendation for a more open coaching search.

    Keith said earlier this week that South Carolina never contacted the BCA.

    "There was an announcement and a hire," he said. "That was so fast that a jackrabbit couldn't have had a family between all that."

    Cooper, a former head coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisville and Alabama A&M, said he was out of town this week when the news broke.

    "I know Floyd and I understand where he's coming from," Cooper said. But "to say that it was never brought up, it was brought up and it was talked about."

    Three of the five black head coaches at major colleges - Notre Dame's Tyrone Willingham, New Mexico State's Tony Samuel and San Jose State's Fitz Hill - won't be back with their schools next season.

    McGee has said the mission of the BCA is important to college football. Bur he said administrators faced a brief time frame to land someone as prominent as Spurrier.

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    South Carolina draws ire of BCA
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 8, 2004
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    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Black Coaches Association wants prospective football recruits and assistant coaches to stay away from South Carolina because the school ignored the group's recommendation for a more open coaching search.

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    The group's director, Floyd Keith, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that South Carolina never contacted the BCA. The group sent the school search guidelines before Steve Spurrier was hired to replace Lou Holtz last month.

    "There was an announcement and a hire," Keith said. "That was so fast that a jackrabbit couldn't have had a family between all that."

    Three of the five black college coaches -- Notre Dame's Tyrone Willingham, New Mexico State's Tony Samuel and San Jose State's Fitz Hill -- won't be back with their schools next season.

    The BCA first announced its plans regarding South Carolina in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee said the mission of the BCA is important to college football. However, he said administrators faced a brief time frame to land someone as prominent as Spurrier.

    Keith said South Carolina administrators should have shown the same consideration he's seeing from other schools with openings.

    One athletic director, Keith said, visited his Indianapolis office to discuss its search. University of Mississippi chancellor Robert Khayat has said administrators are working closely with Keith's group as it looks to replace David Cutcliffe.

    Keith said his group hasn't gotten a response from the Game**** athletic department since Spurrier was brought on board.

    "In my opinion and in the opinion of my association, what this says to us is they don't care," Keith said. "We want athletes and parents of color to start taking stock in the process that institutions take in choosing coaches."

    Keith had nothing but praise for Spurrier.

    "It's not about him," Keith said. "This is about the process."

    McGee said in a statement there were "unusual and extraordinary circumstances that we faced" when Holtz decided with several weeks left in the season to step down.

    "We had the opportunity to replace an accomplished and national championship coach with another," McGee said. "The window for that to occur was clearly uncertain. It certainly was not the normal type of coaching transition that an institution faces."

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    -12-08-2004, 06:35 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Nicholls State coach fired amid academic fraud scandal
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 15, 2004
    SportsLine.com 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.



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    -08-17-2004, 10:58 AM
  • DJRamFan
    McBride takes over coaching position at Weber St.
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 8, 2004
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    OGDEN, Utah -- Former Utah coach Ron McBride is taking over as the coach Weber State.

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    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.

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    -12-10-2004, 09:46 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Colorado recievers coach headed to Nebraska
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 21, 2005
    SportsLine.com 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.

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    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.

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    -01-21-2005, 03:30 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Whittingham takes Utah promotion over offer from BYU
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 8, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

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

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    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.

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    -12-08-2004, 06:34 PM
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