- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday38 mins 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.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr 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.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs 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.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs 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.
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.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs 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:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Rutgers has fired head coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann, school president Robert Barchi announced Sunday.
In a letter addressed to the "Rutgers Community,"Barchi said the athletic department needs a "fresh start."
"Today is a day of change for our Department of Athletics," Barchi wrote per NJ.com. "This afternoon, I spoke with Head Football Coach Kyle Flood and met with Director of Athletics Julie Hermann and informed them that I was exercising the university's right to terminate their contracts without cause and that I am relieving them of their duties effective immediately."
Flood just finished his fourth season leading the Scarlet Knights with a 46-41 loss to Maryland at home on Saturday. Rutgers lost to the Terps after blowing a 31-13 halftime lead. The loss gave the team a 4-8 record this season and Flood a 27-24 overall record.
Flood led the Scarlet Knights to bowl games in his first three seasons with the program (winning one), but the 2015 campaign was filled with off-the-field incidents.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Penn State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Donovan has been fired, the school announced Sunday.
Donovan had been a member of coach James Franklin’s staff for five seasons, including three at Vanderbilt, but came under fire this year after the Nittany Lions' offense ranked 82nd in the nation in passing, 106th in rushing and 108th nationally in total offense.
The Nittany Lions averaged 23.7 points per game this season, which ranked 101 st nationally.
Donovan is the first Penn State assistant Franklin has let go in his two seasons with the program.
Penn State ended the regular season with a 55-16 loss to Michigan State. The Nittany Lions finished 7-5.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Georgia has fired coach Mark Richt, according to various reports.
ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach was the first to report the move.
Georgia will hold a press conference on Monday.
Richt was 145-51 in 15 seasons with the Bulldogs, including a 9-3 record this year. The Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech on Saturday to end the regular season.
Richt won two SEC titles at Georgia, but the last came in 2005. Georgia hasn’t played for an SEC title since 2012. However, Richt has only had one season where he’s finished with fewer than eight wins (6-7 in 2010).
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity issued a statement Sunday thanking Richt for his service and offering him a chance to stay at the university in a lesser role.
Rumors of Richt’s firing have been floating around all season, but many believed after a 9-3 campaign that included three straight wins to end the season, Richt would survive for at least another year. However, Georgia was under a bit of pressure to make a move, especially with Florida getting better in the first year under a new coach and other fellow SEC East opponents Missouri and South Carolina looking for new leadership as well.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The Mike London Era at Virginia is over.
Athletic director Craig Littlepage announced London’s resignation Sunday morning after meeting with the coach to discuss the future of the program. London is 27-46 as the head coach of the Cavaliers, including Saturday’s 23-20 loss to Virginia Tech, the 12 th consecutive time the Cavaliers have lost to their in-state rivals.
"Mike London has been an outstanding representative of the University of Virginia,” Littlepage said in a statement. “During his tenure, Mike created a positive culture for our student-athletes to develop as young men, who improved each year in the classroom and represented us very well in the community. Mike was a tremendous mentor for his players and many of our coaches. His ability to inspire others helped our program establish great relationships among the high school football coaches in the state and he has been a tremendous ambassador for the University. We are thankful for Mike’s numerous contributions representing the University and Virginia athletics.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs 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.
“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.