Hokies loss means bogus Boise State win?

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Wow…another crushing loss for the ACC. First, No. 15 Georgia Techloses to Kansas, now Virginia Tech is 0-2.

After a strongly-played season opener against Boise State, a game thatthe Hokies could have won, they dropped their home opener against the Colonial Conference’sJames Madison.

The Dukes’ head coach Mickey Matthews noted earlier in the week that “[i]t’s kind ofcomical to thinkyou’re going to go down there and beat them.” Well, we’re all laughing now… just not at you.

Saturday afternoon’s bout between Virginia Tech and the Dukes of JMU was a true game ofsquandering and/or capitalizing on mistakes. The Hokies turned the ball over three times. Thelast turnover, though, was the killer.

On the Dukes’ 12-yard line trailing 21-16, Virginia Tech junior running back Darren Evans fumbled the ball, giving it over to JMU. The other two turnovers came way of quarterbackTyrod Taylor, one interception and the other a fumble.

Virginia Tech never punted, and only committed four penalties for 48 yards. But the threeturnovers squandered any hopes of scoring.

The Dukes showed great control by coming back from a 10-0 deficit. Prior to tonight, JamesMadison had lost ten straight games against FBS opponents.

No single person stood out for the Dukes’ offense. Quarterback Drew Dudzik was 5 of8 for 121 yards and a score. The leading rusher for James Madison was Jamal Sullivan,who had 49 yards on 20 carries. Dudzik added two rushing scores as well.

In the end, this loss may very well end up hurting Boise State more than the Hokies.

The Broncos have been and still are the clear-cut favorites to win the Western Athletic Conference. The Hokies are still in contention for the ACC title…but the season-opening win for Boise State over Virginia Tech now has less value with each winthe Hokies hand out, especially to a FCS program.

How can Boise State’s win over Virginia Tech hold any validity if a Division 1-AAteam in James Madison can beat the Hokies in Blacksburg? The computer rankingsand systems won’t forget this loss, even if the coaches’ poll remains constant.

I wonder howChris Petersen and Frank Beamer will prepare their polls? Alabama headcoach Nick Saban spoke out on Boise State earlier in the week, and hispoint of view might now reign supreme.

Randy Edsall adds FCS special teams coordinator to UConn staff

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Earlier this month, Randy Edsall lost one of his assistant coaches to the NFL. This week, he’s turned to one from the FCS ranks as a replacement.

UConn announced Monday the hiring of Eddie Allen as the Huskies’ new special teams coordinator. Allen comes to Storrs after spending the past three seasons in the same role at Delaware.

The hire fills a hole a created by the departure of Chris White, who has been named as the tight ends coach for the Detroit Lions.

“Eddie’s aggressive approach to special teams was exactly what I was looking for in our special teams coordinator,” a statement from the head coach began. “His teams have shown the ability to block kicks and be very fundamentally sound in the core four units involving special teams. He has delivered very good results as a special teams coordinator in all the places he has worked.”

Prior to Delaware, Allen spent six seasons as the special teams coordinator at Rhode Island. He was a football staffer for Greg Schiano at Rutgers (2005-07) before that.

This will mark Allen’s first on-field job at the FBS level.

“I am extremely excited to join Coach Edsall’s staff,” the New Jersey native said in his statement. “Being from the Northeast, I have followed the program closely through the years and I am looking forward to getting around our players and doing my part in the future of success of the program.”

Report: departing Miami DL coach could be headed to Alabama

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And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story.

Just a short time ago, Miami announced that defensive line Craig Kuligowski was leaving the football program after two years to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere.  Subsequent to that announcement, Bruce Feldman of SI.com tweeted that Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa could be the assistant’s ultimate destination.

Kuligowski and Saban have a previous connection as the former played defensive line under the latter at Toledo in 1990.  Saban is searching for a replacement to Karl Dunbar, the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach who left for a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month.

Other names floated as possibilities have included former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge and former UA assistant and current South Carolina line coach Lance Thompson.

DL coach Craig Kuligowski leaves Miami ‘to pursue other opportunities’

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At one point it appeared that Mark Richt had dodged a coaching-departure bullet.  In the end, however, his Miami staff has been hit.

Reports surfaced earlier in the day Monday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had interviewed UM defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for the same job.  Not long after the initial speculation first appeared, the NFL club confirmed that it had hired someone other than Kuligowski for the position.

Tonight, however, the Hurricanes announced in a press release that Kuligowski “is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities.” What and where specifically that opportunity is wasn’t divulged by the football program.

Kuligowski had spent the past two seasons with the Hurricanes and is widely considered one of the top line coaches in the country.

Mark Your Calendars: KU, Wazzu reportedly set for 2027-28 home-and-home series

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Are you ready for some good news? Kansas and Washington State are (finally, FINALLY!) going to meet on the gridiron.

Are you ready for some bad news? You’re going to have to wait nearly a decade to see it.

The Jayhawks and Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2027-28, according to documents obtained by FBSchedules. Washington State is set to host the first game on Sept. 11, 2027, with Kansas returning the favor on Sept. 9, 2028. The programs have met 10 times previously, but not since 1977. Kansas holds a 7-2 all-time advantage.

Washington State is also set to visit Boise State in 2027, but does not have any other games lined up for ’28. Kansas does not have any other agreements for either season.

Interestingly, Wazzu’s Kansas home-and-home is sandwiched around a home-and-home with Kansas State in 2026 and ’29. Washington State has not faced a Big 12 opponent since a 65-17 loss at Oklahoma State to open the 2010 season.

Kansas, who also has future games with Rutgers, Boston College, Duke and Illinois on the docket, has not squared off with a Pac-12 foe — not counting former Big 12 bunk mate Colorado — since a 41-17 loss to UCLA on Sept. 8, 2001.