Coach Ron Meyer: More Coaching News

Coach Ron Meyer: More Coaching News

Every day brings more developments in the world of college football coaching. Let's try to get caught up with some of the recent news as you begin your early preparations for this month's bowl handicapping challenges.

  • Hugh Freeze, who had a great year at Arkansas State this season, was hired to replace Houston Nutt at Ole Miss. Freeze was an assistant on the Ole Miss staff back in 2005-07, so he's familiar with the program, and the program is familiar with him. This strikes me as a great hire, though it is true that Freeze doesn't have a particularly long track record. He certainly got a lot done quickly at Arkansas State, leading that team to a Sun Belt crown this year. Arkansas State will play in the Go Daddy Bowl on January 8th against Northern Illinois. At least the program has a long time to get ready for one of the last bowl games on the schedule. Given the caliber of play from both of those programs, the Go Daddy Bowl could still be a good one. I'll be reading local reports closely through the next several weeks to see how the ASU players are responding. Freeze got such a huge bump in pay that it would be tough for players to hold the move against him. Note that running backs coach David Gunn will be the interim head coach.

  • Greg McMackin retired as head coach of Hawaii, just four years into his five year contract. Perhaps he was doing that to avoid the axe. Hawaii has a very easy path to a bowl every year...but missed the postseason for the second time in four years this past season. And, the way the team fell apart in the second half vs. BYU this past Saturday Night was tough to watch indeed. Not a surprise to me at all that McMackin won't be coaching this program next season.

  • Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was hired by Florida Atlantic to replace Howard Schnellenberger. Nebraska is known for its defense, so that could hurt the team a bit as they get ready for South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on January 2nd (note that the traditional New Year's Day games are being played on January 2nd in 2012). And, be sure you're betting Unders next September in Florida Atlantic games! The name Pelini means defense is going to be played.

  • Tulane named Curtis Johnson as their new head coach. Johnson has been the New Orleans Saints wide receiver's coach since 2006. This kind of hire unfortunately has a poor track record at the college level. A team hopes somebody with NFL credentials will help recruiting. And, they hope anyone with an offensive background will jazz up the offense and attract fans. What happens is that the X's and O's suffer, the defense falls apart, and things stay as bad as they were to begin with. Hopefully Johnson can break that mold. He certainly has the enthusiasm to do well...you HAVE to believe you can move mountains to take a job like Tulane's.

  • I didn't get a chance last week to talk much about Mike Sherman getting fired at Texas A&M. I think beating Texas on Thanksgiving Night would have saved his job. But, the program just couldn't take that final indignity in their last home game as a Big 12 school. How can you carry any enthusiasm into the tougher SEC when you just fell apart down the stretch in the Big 12? The Aggies will face Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston on December 31st. Given the doldrums that this program has been dealing with, you have to think about Northwestern and possibly the Over in that game.

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