There’s turning the page, and then there’s ripping out the page. That seems to be the thought process for the Notre Dame football media guide, as the media relations department has decided to eliminate Notre Dame’s 3-9 season from the 2009 Spring Prospectus.Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, points out Notre Dame’s decision to omit records from Charlie Weis‘ bio that don’t accentuate the positive, a decision that goes back to when Weis was hired in 2005.”That’s the way we did it at the time and that’s what we’ve lived with, for the most part,” Notre Dame associate athletics director for media relations John Heisler said. “If you go back, it didn’t necessarily look the same as Bob’s or Tyrone’s or anybody’s. We weren’t trying to make it identical.”Rothstein points out other seasons that are missing from Weis’ bio, like the Patriots 5-11 season in 2000, or the 6-10 year in 1995, and the two losing seasons that South Carolina had in 1985 and 1986, when Weis was a beginning assistant coach.”In a lot of cases those decisions are made on the fly, on deadline pressure,” Heisler said. “Whenever we did that in the beginning for Charlie or whatever, I don’t know that there was a reason why we were trying to go back and make it look like something else.”Notre Dame admitted that they’ve been inconsistent with their presentation of information, especially when chronicling the years of former coaches Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham, possibly adding fuel to the fire of the many critics who thought that both Davie and Willingham got raw deals in South Bend.Yet all the creative accounting in the world won’t help Notre Dame’s fans and critics forget another sub .500 season if the Irish get off to a slow start this season.
If a Power Five program truly wants a Group of Five head coach, there’s little the latter can do. That, though, isn’t stopping UCF from at least trying to stave off the inevitable.
Mike Riley could very well be on the hot seat at Nebraska, leading to speculation, especially with a new athletic director, that he could be three-and-done in Lincoln. While some chatter on any potential replacement has involved a pirate, a favorite son has significant support amongst the fan base if a change is made.
Not only is Scott Frost a former Nebraska quarterback, but, as the head coach at UCF, he has the Knights ranked 20th nationally with a 5-0 start. And that’s coming off a six-win first season for Frost with a program that was winless the year before he arrived.
The pedigree as both a player and young head coach would make him a natural fit at a place like Nebraska, which explains why Frost’s current employer announced Tuesday an initiative to “secure commitments of over $1.5 million annually for the next five years” for the football program. Specifically, any money raised would largely be used to enhance coaching salaries, both for the head coach and his assistants.
Called the UCF Football Excellence Fund, the program is “pursuing gift commitments ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 annually to further enhance the program’s operating resources.” Frost himself has already committed his own money to the fund.
“I’m very excited about the success we’ve had in our time here and I’m committed to helping this program continue growing,” Frost said. “I’m happy to be part of the UCF Football Excellence Fund. We need more resources to keep taking this program where we want it to go. I’m hopeful my support will be a catalyst for others to jump on board and take part.”
According to the USA Today‘s salary database, Frost’s $1.7 million salary in 2016 was sixth among AAC head coaches, although the top two, Houston’s Tom Herman and Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville, are no longer with those programs. With built-in raises, Frost will likely make in the neighborhood of $2 million for this season.
That said, we go back to what was written as the opening sentence: If a Power Five program truly wants a Group of Five head coach, there’s little the latter can do — even if it’s not the 42-year-old Frost’s alma mater that comes calling.
Mika Tafua will begin his collegiate playing career in the state of Utah, but not at his original school.
In February of 2015, Tafua signed his Letter of Intent with BYU on National Signing Day. The linebacker then left on a two-year LDS mission in Tacoma, Washington, with the plan initially being to head to Provo when that church work was completed.
With the church mission completed, Tafua has decided, instead of BYU, he’ll start his career with Holy War rival Utah. The football program announced the development Tuesday.
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Tafua will also be eligible to play immediately for the Utes, who have six games remaining in the 2017 season. And, apparently, the true freshman could see action sooner rather than later.
“He’s already in the mix,” defensive line coach Lewis Powell said according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “He’s lifting and running around with the fellas. We’re excited about him.”
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A three-star 2015 recruit, Tafua was rated as the No. 17 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Hawaii on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.
The top-ranked rushing attack in the MAC will have one less weapon in its running-game arsenal for the foreseeable future.
LeVante Bellamy sustained an injury to his right leg in the Week 7 game against Akron that required an air cast prior to being carted off the field. While there’s no official word on the extent of the injury, it doesn’t appear that the running back will be on the field anytime soon.
“He’s booted up right now,” head coach Tim Lester said by way of mlive.com. “He’s not going to put weight on his leg for at least a week, and we’re going to revisit it. I don’t know if it’s a season-ending injury yet, but he’s not putting weight on it right now.”
Bellamy, who played in three games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, has 394 yards rushing this season, third on the team behind Jarvion Franklin (538) and Jamauri Bogan (462). His eight yards per carry leads the Broncos, while he’s second with three rushing touchdowns.
Through seven games, WMU is 20th nationally and first in the MAC averaging 237.9 yards per game on the ground.
Soon there will be another Holgorsen in major college football.
Logan Holgorsen, son of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, has committed to North Texas. Holgorsen the Younger made the announcement Monday on his Twitter account.
Holgorsen, a high school junior, played for Morgantown High School in West Virginia through last season before transferring to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore before recently transferring back to Morgantown.
Listed as a 6-foot-1, 185-pound pro-style quarterback, Holgorsen also held an offer from Bowling Green according to his 247Sports profile.However, choosing the Mean Green over the Falcons was an easy choice for Holgorsen as his relationship with North Texas head coach Seth Littrell and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell goes back to his childhood. His father Dana was an offensive assistant alongside Littrell on Mike Leach‘s Texas Tech teams in the mid-2000’s, which were quarterbacked by Harrell.
“North Texas is the place I always wanted to be,” Holgorsen told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “I want to play for coach Littrell and coach Harrell. Playing for my dad has been a thought. He told me that there was no better to place for me to be than at North Texas.”