Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago
Mike Smith knew 2015 would be his final season with Texas Tech.
Smith was fired as Tech's co-defensive coordinator after the conclusion of the 2015 season. Smith told RedRaiders.com he was told about his firing before the season began.Seriously.
“This wasn’t a surprise to me,” Smith told the site. “Even way before the season started, it was known and I was told I would be fired after the season. So I chose to stay. I made a lot of promises to my guys and to my players. It wasn’t time for me to go somewhere else with (coming off) a bad season. I just love Texas Tech. Even if it’s one year, it’s worth one year.”
Smith told the site he was relieved of his duties on Friday and conveyed the news to his players on Sunday. Tech beat Texas on Thanksgiving to finish the regular season 7-5.
Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago
NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton is leaving the sanctioning body.
NASCAR announced Tuesday that Pemberton would vacate his position at the end of 2015. The statement did not mention the word "retirement." Pemberton has been with NASCAR since 2004.
“Robin has left an indelible mark on the sport while at NASCAR,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. “He joined us at a critical time and very quickly gave our highly visible competition group the credibility and confidence it needed to be successful with the industry. He traded a successful career as a competitor to help lead the sport for 12 seasons. We’re extremely grateful for his many contributions.”
You likely remember Pemberton from his "Boys have at it" quote in 2010. The term became the – not necessarily rightful – theme for NASCAR over the ensuing years and has been repeated millions of times (likely little to no exaggeration) by NASCAR fans when discussing the way the sanctioning body governs the actions of its drivers.
“I look forward to the next challenge.”
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago
Jimbo Fisher is not heading to the SEC.
The Florida State coach was mentioned as a possible successor to LSU coach Les Miles. But LSU decided Saturday Miles was staying. So when Georgia split with coach Mark Richt, Fisher, a former assistant at LSU and Auburn, was mentioned as a possible replacement.
He's not going to be doing that. Fisher was asked by the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchiif he was staying at FSU on Tuesday. Here's his straightforward answer:
"You're exactly right," Fisher said. "I'm staying right here at Florida State."
As we've mentioned before, Fisher would be silly to leave Florida State unless, well, he was heading for a job he had to have. And given that the Seminoles have been a consistent power and a national-title-winning team in his tenure, there aren't many jobs that seem incredibly more attractive than Florida State.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost is moving across the country for a head coaching position.
First reported by UCFSports.comand CBS Sports' Ryan Bass, Frost, 40, will be the new coach at Central Florida. The former Nebraksa quarterback has served as Oregon's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. He was promoted when Mark Helfrich took over as Oregon's head coach for Chip Kelly when Kelly went to the Eagles. The school made the hire official later Tuesday morning.
More: I am hearing Scott Frost will be officially announced by UCF later today. Press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Total surprise.
Scott Frost, Oregon's OC, will be named UCF's new head coach this morning, according to a source.
Confirmed via multiple sources, both inside and outside UCF: Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost will be UCF's next head coach.
UCF was looking for a new coach because of the retirement of George O'Leary. The Knights went 0-12 in 2015 but were considered a better job than a winless team because of the location and recruiting base of the school. UCF won the Fiesta Bowl after the 2013 season.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago
Oregon State quarterback Nick Mitchell is leaving the team.
The Beavers announced Monday that Mitchell was one of four players departing.
"I want to thank Coach [Gary] Andersen for the opportunity at Oregon State and wish all of my teammates outstanding success in the future," Mitchell said in a team statement.
Malik Gilmore, Luke Hollingsworth and Chris Hayes are also transferring. Gilmore and Hollingsworth are juniors while Hayes is a sophomore.
"Change is not always easy, but these young men embraced it and made valuable contributions to help build the foundation of this program, and we thank them for that," Andersen said.
Mitchell was a starter for five games in 2015 for Oregon State and was the team’s second-leading passer. He was 51-113 passing for 571 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He first saw action in the Beavers’ loss to Colorado. He also started games against Utah, UCLA, Cal and Washington. He was 0-7 against the Huskies before he was pulled. Freshman Marcus McMaryion was the team’s starter vs. Oregon on Friday. Oregon State lost 52-42.
For more Oregon State news, visit BeaverBlitz.com.
Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day 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 Motorsport.com.
“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 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.
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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 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.
For more Virginia Tech news, visit HokieHaven.com.
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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.
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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