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  • Native Hoosier Hoeppner leaves Miami (Ohio) for Indiana

    Dec. 17, 2004 wire reports

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --Miami of Ohio's Terry Hoeppner was hired as Indiana football coach Friday and vowed to take the Hoosiers to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1968.


    Hoeppner, 48-23 in six seasons at Miami, takes over a team with 10 consecutive losing seasons.

    "Can we win here? There is no doubt about it," Hoeppner said. "We're going to build a championship football team here. That is no joke."

    Indiana fired Gerry DiNardo after ending a 3-8 season with a 63-24 loss to rival Purdue. DiNardo went 8-27 in three years.

    School president Adam Herbert said he expected Hoeppner to "reinvigorate" a football program that's also had a steep decline in attendance recently.

    Before introducing Hoeppner, athletic director Rick Greenspan placed a single rose inside a crystal bowl on the lectern. The message was clear.

    Terry Hoeppner promises <br>to take the Hoosiers to <br>the Rose Bowl. (AP)
    "If you're playing in the Big Ten and you don't aspire to this and set this as your goal, you're cheating yourselves," Hoeppner said. "We're going to take Indiana back to the Rose Bowl."

    Indiana has only been to that postseason game once and hasn't had a winning season since going 6-5 in 1994. Crowds averaged about 28,500 this season in 52,000-seat Memorial Stadium -- down from about 35,000 the year before.

    Hoeppner, 57, grew up in the northeastern Indiana town of Woodburn and coached high school football in Indiana before starting his college coaching career as defensive coordinator at Franklin College, his alma mater.

    He was an assistant at Miami of Ohio for 13 years before becoming head coach in 1999. His 2003 team, led by current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, went 13-1 and was ranked 10th in the final Associated Press poll.

    Miami went 8-4 this year. Hoeppner will coach the RedHawks against Iowa State in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 28.

    The Associated Press News Service

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  • DJRamFan
    Miami (Ohio) elevates offensive coordinator to head coach
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 28, 2004 wire reports

    SHREVEPORT, La. -- Offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery was promoted to succeed Terry Hoeppner as football coach at Miami (Ohio).


    Athletic director Brad Bates made the announcement Tuesday night in the team's locker room just before it played Iowa State in the Independence Bowl. Hoeppner, who has been Miami's coach for six years, took the Indiana job earlier this month.

    "I know I usually have the last word, but now Mr. Bates is going to have it," Hoeppner told his players.

    Bates then introduced Montgomery as the new coach and the team cheered.

    Montgomery, 37, has been Miami's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since March 2001. He helped develop Ben Roethlisberger, who led Miami to a 13-1 record last year and is having a sensational rookie season as the Pittsburgh Steelers starter.

    Shane Montgomery will take the RedHawks' reins in 2005. (AP)
    Miami officials said Montgomery will become the youngest head football coach in Division I-A.

    Before joining the Miami staff, Montgomery was an assistant at Chattanooga for eight years. He played quarterback at North Carolina State and spent one season as a graduate assistant there.

    Under Montgomery's tutelage, Roethlisberger threw for 4,486 yards and 37 touchdowns last season while completing 69 percent of his passes. This season's quarterback, Josh Betts, threw for 3,255 yards and 22 TDs entering Tuesday's game.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -12-29-2004, 02:51 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
  • DJRamFan
    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
    Alvarez to step down as Wisconsin coach but stay as AD
    by DJRamFan
    July 28, 2005
    CBS wire reports

    MADISON, Wis. -- Barry Alvarez eliminated all the surprise and speculation -- his 16th season as Wisconsin coach will be his last.

    Barry Alvarez has a 108-70-4 mark in 15 seasons at Wisconsin. (AP)
    Alvarez said Thursday he will step down after this year and focus solely on his role as the school's athletic director, a job he took on in 2004. And he's already picked his successor in defensive coordinator Bret Bielema.

    When Alvarez assumed both positions in April 2004, he said he planned to eventually transition into a full-time athletic director. But he gave no clue as to how much longer he would coach.

    It took just a year for double-duty to take its toll because of the constant demands on his time.

    "I believe it's the right time," Alvarez said at a news conference. "I certainly didn't want it to slip, and I just saw some potential for things."

    Alvarez, 58, was hired in 1990 to turn around a program that had only five winning seasons in the 27 years before he came on board. Three seasons later, Alvarez led Wisconsin to its first Rose Bowl since 1963, one of three Rose Bowl titles in his tenure. Alvarez is the winningest coach in school history with a mark of 108-70-4 in 15 seasons. He is 7-3 in bowl games.

    Career Record
    Year Record Bowl
    1990 1-10 None
    1991 5-6 None
    1992 5-6 None
    1993 10-1-1 Won Rose
    1994 8-3-1 Won Hall of Fame
    1995 4-5-2 None
    1996 8-5 Won Copper
    1997 8-5 Lost Outback
    1998 11-1 Won Rose
    1999 10-2 Won Rose
    2000 9-4 Won Sun
    2001 5-7 None
    2002 8-6 Won Alamo
    2003 7-6 Lost Music City
    2004 9-3 Lost Outback
    Totals 108-70-4 Bowls: 7-3
    Alvarez's teams have been defined by a punishing ground games and a stout defenses, both keys to their three Rose Bowl wins. His squads set a Big Ten record with 10 straight seasons with a 1,000 yard rusher, including Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.

    Alvarez brought in Bielema last year to take over Wisconsin's defense, which ranked in the top 10 nationally in points (15.4) and yards (291.2) allowed.

    Alvarez said he first approached Bielema about taking over earlier this summer. The combination of family, the responsibilities of two jobs and his confidence in Bielema convinced him it was time for him to give up coaching.

    "Bret Bielema is the right man to replace me," Alvarez said.

    Quarterback John Stocco said the Badgers will be motivated to make Alvarez's last season memorable.

    "We talk about how successful Coach Alvarez has been and what he's done for the program,"...
    -07-31-2005, 03:05 PM
  • DJRamFan
    With new AD in charge, Syracuse fires Pasqualoni
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 29, 2004 wire reports

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse fired football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Wednesday, eight days after a 37-point loss in a bowl game -- and less than a month after giving him a vote of confidence.


    Chancellor Nancy Cantor announced Dec. 6 that Pasqualoni would return for his 15th season with Syracuse, but 11 days later Daryl Gross was hired as athletic director and the Orange's humbling 51-14 loss to Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl apparently sealed Pasqualoni's fate.

    The decision to fire Pasqualoni was made by Gross.

    Pasqualoni was 107-59-1 and 6-3 in bowl games at Syracuse. But the Orange struggled to break even the last three years after going 10-3 and finishing 14th in the nation in 2001.

    Outgoing athletic director Jake Crouthamel, who hired Pasqualoni to replace Dick MacPherson, gave his coach a positive evaluation after the Orange upset then-No. 17 Boston College in the season finale. That vaulted Syracuse into a four-way tie for the Big East championship and made the Orange eligible to play in the postseason.

    The Orange, 4-8 in 2002 and 6-6 each of the last two years, began this season with a 51-0 loss at Purdue on national television. It was Syracuse's most lopsided season-opening defeat in the program's 112-year history. The Orange seemed to bottom out with their second straight loss at lowly Temple, a team with a total of 13 Big East wins that has been booted out of the conference.

    Dwindling home attendance also became a factor. For the five home games this season, the Orange averaged just over 37,000, about three-quarters of capacity in the 49,000-seat Carrier Dome and nearly 10,000 fewer than 1998, Donovan McNabb's final college season.

    Since McNabb left for the NFL after the 1998 season, the Orange have an overall record of 39-33 and 21-20 in the Big East Conference and lost regular-season games to Big East also-ran Rutgers, along with Temple.

    Pasqualoni departs as the second-winningest coach in school history, behind only Ben Schwartzwalder, who had 153 wins.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -12-29-2004, 02:45 PM