Thanks to the wonders of Twitter, the questions in the aftermath of Iowa’s stunning loss to Central Michigan came fast and furious, and can essentially be summed up with the following question: how in the hell does Kirk Ferentz still have a job?
Answer? An eight-figure buyout. With that answered and out of the way, there’s still big trouble in Iowa City.
Holding a 31-23 lead with just over two minutes remaining, the Hawkeyes allowed a Chips touchdown with :45 left to pull the MAC school to within two. After an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt, the Chips recovered an onside kick and, with a mere three ticks left on the Kinnick Stadium clock, kicked a game-winning field goal.
The 32-31 final stunned those in attendance, but not enough that they couldn’t shower the home team — and its head coach — with a steady stream of boos that likely included a healthy dose of expletives.
The loss dropped the Hawkeyes to 2-2 on the season, with the other loss coming to in-state rival Iowa State at home. Even in the two wins — both at home as well — the Hawkeyes were far from impressive — a one-point win over MAC-member Northern Illinois in the opener, and an 11-point win over FCS-level Northern Iowa.
In the two-plus years since Iowa’s 11-win season led to an Orange Bowl win, the Hawkeyes have stumbled to just 17 wins against 13 losses. In his 14th season and with a hefty buyout, there’s little doubt that Ferentz’s seat, barring a collapse of epic proportions, won’t even remotely approach warm, let alone hot.
The question is, especially after the start to the 2012 season, should it?
If one report is accurate, this weekend’s game against Ohio State will be Randy Edsall‘s last at Maryland.
Citing multiple sources close to the situation, the 247Sports.com website InsideMDSports.com is reporting that Edsall “is unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach” beyond this Saturday’s game against OSU. The site writes that, “[b]arring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”
Just this past June, Edsall was on the receiving end of a three-year contract extension from the school as the Terps were coming off a 7-6 campaign in their first season in the Big Ten. This year, however, they’re gotten off to a 2-3 start, including losses the past two games to West Virginia and Michigan by a combined score of 73-6.
Edsall is in the midst of his fifth season in College Park, and the overall results have been decidedly disappointing. Under Edsall’s direction, the Terps have gone 22-33 overall and 10-23 in conference play (6-18 in ACC, 4-5 in Big Ten). Edsall is 0-11 vs. ranked teams in that span.
This is far from the first time Edsall has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but this is by far the closest he’s come to the coaching gallows.
As for the financial ramifications of a dismissal? That new deal signed earlier this year ensured that the hit the school would absorb would be, relatively speaking, mild. From the report:
Edsall’s contract was extended for three years in June — a move aimed at stabilizing his public standing, especially with high school recruits — but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money; by firing Edsall before his original deal ends Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year’s salary and that half-million buyout.
What’s known is that D.J. Pumphrey will be with his teammates this weekend. What’s unknown is if he’ll join them on the field.
The star San Diego State running back sustained a high-ankle sprain in the Week 5 win over Fresno State. Originally, he was expected to be out for a period of 2-4 weeks.
However, it appears the injury isn’t as bad as originally thought as Pumphrey will travel with the team to Saturday’s game against Hawaii. Pumphrey even took nearly two dozen snaps with the scout team during Wednesday’s practice.
He is expected to be a game-time decision for the Mountain West game.
“He says he’s about 90 percent. That’s his estimation,” head coach Rocky Long said. “If he goes and does another 25 reps [with the scout team Thursday], then he will be cleared to play. So he will be with us in Hawaii. Whether he plays or not has yet to be determined. I assume he will be cleared to play tomorrow.”
However, even if he’s cleared, it’ll be up to Long and his offensive coordinator, Jeff Horton, to decide whether he plays.
Pumphrey currently leads the Aztecs with 429 yards rushing and has scored all four of SDSU’s rushing touchdowns. Last season, he finished fourth nationally with 1,867 yards, while his 20 touchdowns on the ground were ninth.