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  • Miami (Ohio) elevates offensive coordinator to head coach

    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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  • DJRamFan
    Native Hoosier Hoeppner leaves Miami (Ohio) for Indiana
    by DJRamFan
    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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    -12-18-2004, 01:49 PM
  • 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
    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
    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
    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