This might be an Ohio State bye week, but folks — this isn’t the federal government. Here at tBBC, we never shut down. Unless of course, we’ve eaten too many nachos or sipped on too many bottles. We are like a torrent site on a ship in some random ocean. We don’t shut down — We RISE UP!
Without further ado, as your rebel pirate wannabe torrent lovin’ leader, and the power invested in me, I bring you the breakdown of some of the top stories in college football.
According to Miami University officials on Sunday, The Tread has worn off the tires of the RedHawk faithful. Don Treadwell was relieved of his responsibilities after a 21-9 loss to Central Michigan to open up MAC play. You cannot blame Athletic Director David Sayler for making the change. Treadwell was 0-5 this season and 8-21 while at the helm.
Just how bad was this team? Out of the 123 teams in the FBS, Miami is ranked 115th or lower in almost every major offensive and defensive category. It makes you wonder, how such a tradition rich program got so bad so quickly. Especially when you look at the history of coaching success at this program.
From Woody and Bo, to former assistants Jim Tressel, Sean Payton and Kevin Wilson. That doesn’t even touch on the echelon of historic coaches in Miami’s history. Names like Paul Brown, Ara Parseghian, Bill Mallory, Randy Walker, and Terry Hoeppner.
In late 2008, after Mike Haywood went to Pitt (for a mere two weeks), the school made a huge push for Treadwell, during his success as offensive coordinator at Michigan State. And honestly, it was the right move. Only three true finalists emerged for the job. One who wasn’t leaving his post. Current New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer had everything going for him at the NFL level and though a finalist, wouldn’t of left the NFL due to his prospects of moving up the ladder. The other finalist was Curt Mallory, whose dad was a well known coach for Miami. He would of served as a good replacement, but stuck it out with Ron Zook and is now a secondary coach with TTUN. I wouldn’t be surprised if his name resurfaces after the season.
There are a ton of coaching trees in play at a university that is well known for hiring coaches with a history in the program. But would Miami make some type of splash to jump start recruiting and success? I would be honestly surprised to see it.
Miami barked up the Dantonio tree with the Treadwell hire, but there are many coaches from that similar family that could really fit the bill.
Less than five hours from Oxford in Youngstown is former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino. The big man came out of hiding in March, after being brought in as a recruiting coordinator and assistant by Youngstown head man Eric Wolford. If the RedHawk’s are looking for a splash and are willing to take a chance on a flash in the pan — he could be a great fit.
As funny as it sounds, Mangino’s work at Kansas was revolutionary when it comes to player health. He was even able to do things at Kansas that no other head coach has even come close to. Most of his career has been spent rebuilding programs. The former Jim Tressel assistant could be the right fit.
If Mangino is interested in getting back to the game, Miami would be a great fit where it’d be easy to have success. The questions would be does the university want to take a chance on what was once known as a hot head coach? Would Mangino want to leave his alma matter after just one season?
Other interesting names to me do include Curt Mallory, Bill Cubit, Mark Snyder and John Shoop.
The Jerry Kill Situation
News leaked out early Saturday that Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill would miss that day’s game against Michigan because of a seizure at 4 AM that morning. It’s the first full game coach Kill has missed due to his condition, despite him telling ESPN’s Rick Reilly earlier this year that he has had near 20 seizures since being at Minnesota.
There are many out there saying it’s time for Kill to hang it up because of his condition. Knowing the mentality of the former Northern Illinois head coach, that’s probably not in the game plan.
This is the same guy that found out he had stage 4 liver cancer by phone, because he had no time to head to the doctor’s office because he was putting a game-plan together for an upcoming opponent and entertaining recruits who were on campus.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd wrote a great column yesterday on the topic. Kill has done a great job recruiting talent and rebuilding the Gopher program. I tend to agree with Dodd. As serious and unique the situation is, it’s still too soon to force Kill out of his job. I doubt that AD Norwood Teague wants to be the person to do it either. The newly hired Teague stood up for the coach he inherited earlier this week.
From an article written by Joe Christensen of The Star Tribune:
“It’s unfortunate that [Saturday’s seizure] happened, this timing, but we’re driving on,” Teague said. “I mean, I see improvement in this program every day, and it’s because of Jerry and his staff and the kids they’re bringing in.”
One thing about Kill and his staff that we know is that they are loyal and keep their word. Kill has stated before that if his health got in the way of the job he was doing, that he would move on.
I expect he will keep his word when the time truly does come.
You know the saying, “If a Baylor Bear craps in the woods, do you smell it?” I guess that’s better rephrased as, “If an offense scores 70,000 points of game, does a defense need to take the field?”
What this team has done in the first six weeks of the season is an evolution of the transcending steps the game of college football has taken since early 2000′s.
Screw the Duck and the uniform it rode in on.
This year’s Baylor offense is averaging 70 points per game, 437 yards passing and 347 yards rushing… I don’t know what’s more impressive. The fact that Art Briles continues to change the game of football with his creativity on offense and love for the big play…
Or that Baylor is pulling better recruits than Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. ESPN’s College Football Nation Blog broke down the numbers from this offense on Monday. Here are some nuggets to think about from that post:
I think it’s safe to say that if the numbers stay in tact, Petty is a Heisman finalists. Though some football purists will have issue with it.
What’s nuts about this Baylor attack is there is hardly any other team in the history of this game you can compare them to. They remind me a lot of the Texas Tech team that made a run under Mike Leach in 2008 that went 11-1. Still no comparison….
Week Seven Games to Watch
#25 Mizzou @ # 7 Georgia 12 PM ESPN – First test for Mizzou, and Georgia is looking to hold on after losing two of their top skill players last week in a squeak by win over Tennessee. Aaron Murray really needs to get his act together to keep Georgia’s BCS hopes alive. Whoever wins would be one of only two teams undefeated in the East Division of the SEC.
#12 Oklahoma vs. Texas 12 PM ABC – I feel like this is a classic retro throwdown. You know, when the WWE brings back Undertaker to take on HHH…. Yes I used a wrestling reference here… Look, Mack Brown and Bob Stoops are great coaches in this game. It’s funny though how just a few years of mediocrity can really turn them to coaches of the past in this sport… Bob Stoops though is looking for one last ride and beating Texas is a must. I don’t expect the Longhorns to be able to score. The Sooners aren’t very consistent on offense either. DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL BABY!!!?!?!?!
No. 17 Florida at #10 LSU 3:30 PM CBS – Florida is the most over rated team in the SEC in my opinion. LSU is arguably the most under rated. I really like their balanced offense, and the defense seems to be coming around. With one loss on the season, this Tiger team knows every snap matters when it comes to keeping in the hunt for the conference title. A battle of offense vs. defense. I guess we will really figure out if all the media pundits are right when they say Florida has the best defense in the country.
#15 Baylor at Kansas State 3;30 PM Fox – All I have to say is it’s Baylor. Now that you have a chance to watch them, DO IT!
#2 Oregon at #16 Washington 4 PM Fox Sports 1 – Stanford vs. Oregon back to back should be considered illegal. I think it makes this Husky team that much better. This is a trap game with a very possible backdoor cover. Either that or the Oregon offense will blow the doors off the hinges. This Washington D has only given up 15 points per game while the Ducks have averaged 59. Something has to give in week 7.