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Wyoming DC in 2011 leaving for MWC rival Colorado St.

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Demoted following the 2011 season, Wyoming’s erstwhile defensive coordinator is leaving the program.

In a press release, Wyoming announced that defensive coordinator-turned-linebackers coach Marty English has decided to take his leave of the Cowboys to accept a position with fellow Mountain West member Colorado State.  While the release merely stated that English had “accepted coaching position” with CSU, he will become CSU’s new defensive line coach.

“We want to thank Marty for his contributions to the success of our program during his time here,” said Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen in a statement.  “Marty was a big part of our success these last three years.  We wish him all the best in his future.”

English had spent the past nine seasons in Laramie, the last three as coordinator.

The move to the Rams will serve as a homecoming of sorts as English graduated from Northern Colorado and coached at his alma mater from 1987-2002, the year prior to his arrival at Wyoming.

“For nine years, my family called Wyoming home,” said English.  “My children graduated from high school in Laramie, and it will always have a special place in our hearts.  The people of Wyoming are great people, and the support and passion they have for their university is outstanding.  My family and I want to thank everyone in Wyoming for their support through the years.

“I also want to thank all the players who played their hearts out for us.  Their dedication was what led to our success in going to three bowl games and winning two.”

In a subsequent press release, CSU confirmed the English hiring as well as announcing the rest of McElwain’s first rams coaching staff:

· Dave Baldwin, offensive coordinator

· Tom Ehlers, director of football operations

· Marty English, defensive line

· Derek Frazier, offensive line

· Tim Duffie, recruiting coordinator

· Jeff Hammerschmidt, special teams coordinator

· Rashad Harris, assistant strength and conditioning

· Mike Kent, head football strength and conditioning

· Billy Napier, assistant head coach/quarterbacks

· Tim Skipper, linebackers

· Alvis Whitted, wide receivers

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.