- Steven Lassan at Dr. Saturday33 mins ago
College football’s coaching carousel never stops, as programs are always looking for the next big thing or rising star when it comes to finding its head coach. All 128 coaches enter the season with the pressure to win at a high level, but there’s a hierarchy of jobs within each conference that set the level of expectations each season. And of course, there’s always some exterior factors than just the win and loss record that impacts a coach and his future with a particular program.
With the immense pressure on coaches to win every season, there’s always a handful of jobs open by December. Which coaches could athletic directors look to fill voids at the Power 5 level? Here’s a breakdown of the college football’s top 10 coaches on the rise:
1. Justin Fuente, Memphis 2015 Record: 5-0 Career Record: 22-20 (4 th season)
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday36 mins ago
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack has made up his mind; he’s going pro.
Bruins head coach Jim Mora announced Tuesday that Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago, has withdrawn from school and will enter the NFL draft.
Jim Mora says Myles Jack has withdrawn from UCLA and will enter the NFL draft.
Jack hurt his knee during a non-contact drill in practice on Sept. 22, ending his junior season. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Jack had the game-sealing interception for the Bruins a few days prior to the injury against BYU.
Jack emerged as one of the country’s more unique talents in 2013 as a freshman. He quickly ascended the depth chart and saw significant playing time at both linebacker and running back for the Bruins, finishing the season with 75 tackles and two interceptions along with seven rushing touchdowns. In 2014, Jack registered 88 tackles and eight tackles for loss at linebacker while also totaling 113 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
Before going down with the knee injury, Jack tallied 15 tackles in three games for the Bruins this season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack has earned the respect of opponents across the country with his stellar play the past few years. And after Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago, he received a letter from Pat Haden, the athletic director at USC, UCLA’s biggest rival.
Jack posted an image of the letter from Haden on his Instagram account on Monday.
The letter reads:
I have admired the way you play the game of football for the past three years. You have proven yourself to be one of the Pac-12’s best players for sure. Your play and leadership have been amazing. I was sorry to hear about your recent injury and wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon!
That’s a classy gesture from Haden.
Jack burst onto the scene as a two-way player (linebacker and running back) as a freshman for the Bruins in 2013. He has played mainly linebacker over the past few seasons and is considered a top pro prospect.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The College Football Assistance Fund announced Tuesday that it was giving the family of Southern receiver Devon Gales $5,000 to help with travel and loss-of-income expenses while Gales recovers from a neck injury he suffered against Georgia on Sept. 26.
Gales was playing on the kickoff team when his head appeared to make contact with the shoulder of Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan. He was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center .
Southern University announced that Gales suffered several fractures in his neck, but had movement in his upper body. He underwent successful surgery the Sunday following the game and is in the midst of a long recovery.
Southern University also started a fund to raise money to help pay for Gales' medical bills.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Kansas State defensive back Cre Moore was arrested for DUI over the weekend.
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Moore was involved in a one-vehicle crash at “approximately 2:55 a.m. Sunday.” Police found the vehicle driven by Moore “had left the roadway and collided with a light pole and a privately owned stone stairwell.”
Moore, who was uninjured in the crash, was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, according to the police report, Moore was in possession of “several pills which were identified as depressants” at the time of the incident.
Moore, 20, was taken to Riley County Jail but was released from custody as of Monday morning.
Moore, a redshirt sophomore, is a backup for the Wildcats who has played in three games for the team this season. He registered his first career tackle in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. He also appeared in five games in 2014.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
It is unlikely that Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams will play again this season.
Williams, a junior, suffered a neck fracture when he collided with the goalpost on a touchdown catch in the Tigers’ season-opening win over Wofford on Sept. 5. Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said Monday that Williams is focused on his recovery.
“The most important thing is for him to heal up,” Scott said per The Post and Courier. “At the very least, to be able to come back next year and have a great year, that’s probably what he’s focused on right now.”
Williams was Clemson’s top returning receiver with 57 catches for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. He was primed for another big season before his injury. He would certainly provide a boost for the Tigers’ offense moving forward, but the program is more concerned with him returning to full strength.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
D’haquille Williams has been dismissed from the Auburn football team, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday night.
Malzahn did not provide a reason for the dismissal, but AuburnSports.com is reporting that Williams was involved in an "off-the-field incident at a local nightclub during the weekend."
"When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences," Malzahn said in a statement. "I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out."
Williams, a senior wide receiver, had 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown this season. Williams emerged as one of the Tigers’ top offensive threats in 2014 after transferring from the junior college level and finished the season 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns.
Despite the on-field success, he had his share of disciplinary issues off the field.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The Mississippi State career of Kendrick Market is over.
Coach Dan Mullen said the senior safety tore his left ACL in the team's Saturday 30-17 loss to Texas A&M. Market isn't eligible for a medical redshirt because the injury happened in the team's fifth game of the year. He had played in four of them.
“Unfortunately that’s probably his last play of his career,” Mullen said Monday via the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.“It’s a shame. You never know what it’s going to end. He's a young man that’s done so much.”
Market had 23 tackles in 2015. He's currently sixth on the team in tackles.
"All the safeties’ roles are going to have to increase,” Mullen said. “He’s a guy that you wanted to play every snap of the game and everybody else rotate.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Kansas is going to be starting a true freshman quarterback against Baylor.
The Jayhawks announced Monday that Montell Cozart, the team's starter at the beginning of the season, is out indefinitely. Backup quarterback Deondre Ford is out for the season.
QB Montell Cozart out indefinitely with shoulder sprain; QB Deondre Ford out for year with torn ligaments in his thumb, KU announces.
The attrition leaves freshman Ryan Willis as the team's starting quarterback. Willis has attempted 18 passes in 2015 and completed eight. He has 100 yards passing and no touchdowns or interceptions.
Cozart is 66-of-105 passing for 752 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Ford is 11-of-23 passing for 132 yards and an interception. Cozart is also the Jayhawks' second-leading rusher. He has 113 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Cozart was named the team's starting quarterback because Michael Cummings was injured during the Jayhawks' spring game. Cummings suffered a torn left ACL.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Coming off Saturday’s win over Tulsa, Houston has a short week ahead with SMU coming to town on Thursday night.
To prepare for their in-state rival, Cougars coach Tom Herman found an interesting way to give his team an extra boost to begin the week of preparation.
As documented by Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle, Houston players will get plenty of reminders about their opponent this week with a bunch of SMU jerseys taped to the floor around the team’s locker room and meeting rooms this week.
The Cougars are riding high with a 4-0 record in Herman’s first year, but it’s clear the UH coaching staff doesn’t want the team to take the 1-4 Mustangs lightly on Thursday.