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  • SHR makes Patrick and Stewart crew chief changes official

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 7 hrs ago

    Stewart-Haas Racing will officially have two new crew chiefs in 2016.

    The team announced the addition of Billy Scott and the promotion of Mike Bugarewicz on Monday. Scott will be Danica Patrick's crew chief and Bugarewicz will crew chief for Tony Stewart. The moves were first reported after the 2015 season finale by

    “We made these changes after thoroughly evaluating our program to ensure that all four of our teams are consistently strong and competitive,” Stewart-Haas competition director Greg Zipadelli said in a statement. “In this business, you can’t rest and you can never be satisfied. You have to constantly improve. We feel these personnel changes enhance our strengths and shore up areas where we needed to be better.”

    Bugarewicz was an engineer for Kevin Harvick in 2015 and Billy Scott was a crew chief for Michael Waltrip Racing. He crew chiefed for both the No. 15 and No. 55 cars. Before becoming a crew chief in 2014, Scott was an engineer for Rodney Childers' Harvick's crew chief at MWR. Childers moved to SHR in 2014.

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  • Purdue parts with offensive and defensive coordinators

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Purdue coach Darrell Hazell will have two new coordinators in 2016.

    The school announced Sunday that it parted ways with defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, offensive coordinator John Shoop and defensive tackles coach Rubin Carter.

    "I appreciate the efforts of each of those guys over the last three years," coach Darrell Hazell said in a statement. "They are quality men who are well respected by their players and their peers, and I am disappointed that things didn't work out better. But I believe that in order to turn around this program, we need to make some significant changes and move in a different direction at those positions."

    Purdue was 2-10 in 2015. The Boilermakers gave up over 36 points per game and allowed 214 rushing yards per game. The offense wasn't much better. It was 94th in total offense and averaged 4.8 yards per play. Purdue quarterbacks Austin Appleby and David Blough split time throughout the season and each started a Boilermakers win. mentioned some possibilities for new coordinators:

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  • Matt Campbell named coach at Iowa State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Another Saturday coaching report became official on Sunday as Iowa State announced the hiring of Toledo's Matt Campbell.

    Campbell succeeds Paul Rhoads as the Cyclones coach. Toledo beat the Cyclones in Week 2 in 2015.

    “I couldn’t be more excited to receive the opportunity to coach at Iowa State,” Campbell said in a team statement. “Two years ago after we played the Cyclones in Ames, I called my wife (Erica) and said you simply would not believe this place. Their fans, the game-day environment and facilities are all incredible.  I could see us living in Ames and me coaching the Cyclones some day. My family and I are truly humbled.”

    Toledo finished the 2015 regular season 9-2. The Rockets were in line to go to the MAC Championship Game but saw the opportunity slip away with a loss to Western Michigan on Friday.

    Iowa State finished the season 3-9 after a 30-6 loss to West Virginia on Saturday. The Cyclones had conference wins over Texas and Kansas, the first winless Power Five conference team since 2008. Rhoads' dismissal was announced after the Cyclones blew a 35-14 lead to Kansas State and fell 38-35 to the Wildcats.

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  • Virginia Tech makes Justin Fuente hire official

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Virginia Tech announced the hiring of Justin Fuente on Sunday.

    News broke Saturday that the Hokies were planning to hire the Memphis coach to replace Frank Beamer, who is retiring at the end of the season. Tech released a statement Sunday confirming the news.

    We are thrilled to welcome Justin, Jenny and their three daughters into our Virginia Tech family,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. “We identified Coach Fuente as a top candidate early in our process. As our conversations progressed, we then met in person and it became obvious he is the right person to lead our football program. He possesses wisdom beyond his years, as well as a refreshing sense of humility and a calm confidence.

    Memphis is 9-3 in 2015 and was 10-3 in 2014. Virginia Tech continued its bowl streak with a win on Saturday against Virginia. It's the 23rd-straight season the Hokies are heading to a bowl game.

    The school also confirmed that defensive coordinator Bud Foster would return in his same capacity. Foster has been the Hokies' longtime defensive coach.

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  • Kentucky QB Patrick Towles says he's transferring

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles will play at a different school in 2016. The QB said Sunday he would switch teams for his fifth year of eligibility.

    Here's what he posted to Instagram.

    I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for giving me the opportunity to achieve my childhood dream of playing quarterback for the WildCats. The last four years have been ones that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. Although I wish my time here in Lexington could have ended another way, I'm eternally grateful. I've decided to transfer to play my fifth year at another university. Thank you to Coach Stoops, Coach Dawson, Mitch Barnhart, my teammates, the Big Blue Nation and the entire Kentucky Athletics Department for allowing me to achieve my lifelong dream. I will truly bleed blue til the day I die.

    Towles, a redshirt junior, played most of the 2015 season as Kentucky's starter. He was 183-326 passing for 2,148 yards, nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Drew Barker started the Wildcats' final two games of the season.

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  • Oklahoma moves to No. 3 in AP poll

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The revolving door of No. 3 teams continued in the post-Week 13 AP poll.

    Oklahoma moved up to No. 3 after drubbing Oklahoma State Saturday night. The Sooners leapfrogged Iowa, who fell to No. 4 after beating Nebraska. The move is more about the Sooners and less about the Hawkeyes. Oklahoma has beaten Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State in November and is likely heading to the College Football Playoff.

    Clemson stayed at No. 1 with its win over South Carolina and Alabama is at No. 2 again after beating Auburn.

    Iowa is followed by two Big Ten teams in the poll. Michigan State is at No. 5 and Ohio State is at No. 6. The Spartans beat Penn State and Ohio State beat Michigan.

    Stanford is at No. 7, North Carolina is at No. 8, Notre Dame is at No. 9 and Florida State is at No. 10.

    Here's the entire AP poll:

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  • Report: Iowa State hires Toledo's Matt Campbell

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Toledo coach Matt Campbell is reportedly heading to Iowa State.

    Per the Toledo Blade, Campbell accepted an offer to be the Cyclones' new head coach late Saturday night. Campbell would succeed Paul Rhoads as Iowa State's coach. Rhoads coached his final game with the Cyclones on Saturday in a loss to West Virginia.

    Toledo had offered to make Campbell the highest-paid coach in the MAC.

    From the Blade:

    “We think very highly of Matt Campbell and have made him a very generous offer to keep him as our head football coach,” O'Brien said in a text message.

    The Rockets' offer was for more than $800,000 in total, a different source said, but ISU's offer "significantly" trumped Toledo's.

    Iowa State will pay Campbell's $200,000 buyout, and the Rockets will begin the evaluation process for a new coach immediately.

    Toledo beat Iowa State 30-23 in Week 2.

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  • LSU beats Texas A&M; LSU AD says Les Miles will continue to be coach

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

     You can view the fan reaction during LSU's 19-7 win over Texas A&M as a tribute to Les Miles or a case for him to stay as the Tigers' coach.

    It was likely both.

    Before the game started, Miles was given a loud ovation.

    As the Tigers had the game wrapped up, Miles was saluted by the crowd, which started chanting his name.

    And then when the game was over, Miles was carried off the field.

    Miles' future has been murky over the past two weeks. The win Saturday night snapped a three-game losing streak. Would he be the Tigers' coach moving forward? When asked about it after the game, he responded that he had "no idea."

    If LSU administrators were paying attention on Saturday, they should have had a good idea of what to do. Athletic director Joe Alleva apparently was watching.

    Alleva: "I want to make it very clear that Les Miles is our football coach and he'll continue to be our football coach." #LSU

    Apparently Miles wasn't kidding when he said he didn't have any idea if he'd continue to be LSU's coach either.


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  • Ohio State steamrolls Michigan 42-13

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ohio State's offense learns quickly.

    A week after totaling just 132 yards against Michigan State in its first loss of the season, Ohio State ran for 370 yards in a 42-13 win over Michigan on Saturday.

    And while the domination is a sign Ohio State's offense wasn't broken beyond repair against the Spartans, it's also going to make Buckeyes fans wonder if things would have been different had Ohio State's offense performed like this earlier in the season.

    Ezekiel Elliott ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and J.T. Barrett ran for 138 and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes ran over, around and through the Wolverines. With Elliott and Barrett in the backfield, Ohio State made Michigan play gaps, and when the Wolverines overcommitted, one or the other would break a big gain.

    Oh, by the way, Elliott was asked about the play-calling in Saturday's game by ESPN's Holly Rowe. He had no complaints.

    Ohio State's rushing defense was pretty good too. The Buckeyes held the Wolverines to 55 rushing yards on 24 carries.

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  • Report: Jimbo Fisher tells FSU administration he has no desire to leave

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Jimbo Fisher-to-LSU link may not be as strong as many LSU boosters think it is.

    According to the Palm Beach Post, the Florida State coach has told FSU president John Thrasher he doesn't have a desire to leave the school. Fisher has been mentioned as a possible successor to Les Miles if LSU cuts ties with its longtime coach following the season. The Tigers have lost three straight games after starting the season 7-0.

    From the Post:

    Sources have told the Post that Fisher, whose name has been connected to the expected opening at LSU, has made it clear he is happy with the administration, the support he receives and the direction of the program, and has no intentions of leaving Florida State for another coaching job.

    At Florida State, Fisher has become one of college football 's most successful coaches . Since Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010, Florida State is 67-13. The Seminoles won the final BCS Championship after the 2013 season and went to the College Football Playoff after 2014.

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