- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
On the same day coach Paul Chryst left Pittsburgh to take the head coaching job at Wisconsin, athletic director Steve Pederson learned that he would not be around to hire the next coach.
Pitt and Pederson parted ways in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision on Wednesday.
"With major decisions to be made about the future of football, I thought it was in the best interest of the University of Pittsburgh for Chancellor Gallagher to assemble his own team," Pederson said in a statement. "I am a Pitt and City of Pittsburgh fan, and want what is best for everyone moving into the future."
While Pederson helped guide Pitt through conference realignment and secure a spot in the ACC, his struggles with finding a consistent football coach ultimately cost him his job.
In 2010, Pederson forced out Dave Wannstedt following an 8-5 season and hired Mike Haywood, who had turned Miami-Ohio into Mid-American Conference power. However, Haywood lasted just 16 days before he was fired following a domestic dispute at his home on New Year’s Eve.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
After more than a week of speculation and flirtation, Paul Chryst is Wisconsin’s new coach.
Chryst, who had spent the past three seasons as Pitt’s head coach, was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator before taking the Pitt job. He’s also a graduate of Wisconsin.
Chryst was 19-19 with the Panthers.
“It’s a bit overwhelming to be able to come back to a place where you grew up, went to school and coached, where you have so many ties personally and professionally,” Chryst said. “This job has everything that we, as a family, and me, personally, are looking for. The bar has been set at a high level here and it didn’t just happen. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that tradition of success.”
Chryst had two coaching stints with the Badgers, but is best known for his time from 2005-11. During that time, Chryst was responsible for orchestrating six of the school's 10-best offensive performances. During the 2011 season, the Badgers, which boasted quarterback Russell Ball and running back Montee Ball, averaged 44.1 points per game, which was sixth-best in the country, a school record and the third-best mark in the Big Ten since 1916.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Could the Michigan Wolverines be floating an offer to Jim Harbaugh to make him the highest-paid coach in college football?
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Wolverines are offering the current San Francisco 49ers coach and former Michigan quarterback a $48-million deal over six seasons.
Sources: #Michigan has made another run at Jim Harbaugh after he initially rebuffed the school. U-M has made an offer of 6 years, $48M. Wow.
The $8 million per year average would be more than $800,000 higher than the total compensation Alabama's Nick Saban received in 2014. Saban's salary currently makes him the highest-paid coach in college football.
The salary compares well to NFL coaching pay too. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is the highest-paid coach in the league at $8 million a year.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Gary Andersen didn't tell his son he was in negotiations with Oregon State until the decision was done and ready to be public knowledge.
Andersen's son, Chasen, is a freshman walk-on linebacker for the Badgers. Andersen, who told Wisconsin last week that he was leaving the Badgers to replace Mike Riley as head coach of the Beavers, kept the decision a secret from his son and informed him when he told the rest of the team.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Bo Pelini does not have kind words for his former superiors at Nebraska.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Pelini had scathing words for Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst when meeting with players on December 2.The meeting was Pelini's first time with the players after he was fired as Nebraska's coach following the final game of Nebraska's regular season.
From the World-Herald:
“A guy like (Eichorst) who has no integrity, he doesn’t even understand what a core value is," Pelini told players. "And he hasn’t understood it from the day he got here. I saw it when I first met with the guy.
“To have core values means you have to be about something, you have to represent something, you have to have something that is important to you. He is a f------ lawyer who makes policies. That’s all he’s done since he’s been here is hire people and make policies to cover his own ass.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara has landed at Tennessee.
The Vols announced they had signed Kamara, a former four-star prospect, out of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.
Kamara spent the 2013 season at Alabama, but never saw the field. He was suspended twice and left home from the Sugar Bowl because of an unspecified disciplinary reason. Kamara announced via Twitter last January that he was leaving the Alabama program, but maintained that it was not because of the behavioral issues that landed him in hot water with Saban and his staff.
Kamara rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games with Hutchinson this season. Hutchinson is the same junior college that produced former Tennessee star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
The west side of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, which includes the press box and second and third decks, will be imploded on Sunday to make way for the final phase of the stadium’s $450 million remodel.
The new west side will include new luxury suites, upper decks, seats for fans, a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility for television media, and a Hall of Champions.
The west side also will have a mosaic of fan photos that have been collected by the university’s marketing department.
The implosion, which will happen around 8 a.m., will be streamed live and fans will be allowed to watch from near Reed Arena.
This implosion will begin the final push toward making Kyle Field the largest on-campus stadium in the state of Texas with a seating capacity of 102,512. All of the stadium construction should be complete for the start of the 2015 season.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is leaving the Mountaineers and heading to the NCAA.
The news,first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail, was made official by the NCAA later Wednesday morning. Luck is the NCAA's new executive vice president of regulatory affairs and per the organization, it's a new position "that will bring the national office regulatory functions – academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement – under one umbrella."
I am very pleased to have Oliver joining our team in the national office,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “He brings to us wide ranging, hands-on experience from across athletic, academic, and business worlds. Most important, his commitment to the success and well-being of our student-athletes is unquestionable. He has demonstrated that commitment on the ground and throughout his life. I'm anxious for him to get started with us."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Nike and the Miami Hurricanes have become synonymous. And it's possible that the two could be parting ways.
Miami first signed a deal with Nike in 1987 and was the first school to sign an all-sports contract with a brand. Since then, Miami has been a Nike school. But the contract between the two is up on August 31 and Under Armour and Adidas have made bids to be Miami's new supplier.
UM Athletic Director Blake James confirmed to the Post two undisclosed companies made bids and said Nike has an opportunity to match.
The bids submitted by Adidas and Under Armour are believed to be several million dollars per year richer than Nike’s deal with UM. As a private institution, UM does not release information on such contracts.
“Right now all I would say is we have a great partner in Nike and as our contract is coming to an end, we’re evaluating the options that are out there and available,” James said.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
After weighing his options, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has decided to put his NFL aspirations on hold and return to school for his senior season.
“I have unfinished business that I want to accomplish next year,” Cook said on Tuesday, per ESPN.com. “I think the only way I can do that is if I return.”
Cook, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound junior, threw for 2,900 yards and 22 touchdowns with just six interceptions this season for the 10-2 Spartans. Cook and the No. 7 Spartans will take on No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day.
He started for Michigan State for most of the 2013 season as well, leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory. He put up similar numbers last season, throwing for 2,755 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.