The filling in of coaching holes continues across the country, with Utah State the latest close a “help wanted” sign hanging on its coaching staff.
The Aggies announced Monday that Matt Wells has hired Dave Ungerer as both running backs coach and special teams coordinator. The hiring completes Wells’ first USU staff.
“Dave brings a wealth of special teams experience into the meeting room and onto the field during game day,” said Wells. “He has a lot of experience, having worked with three Pac-12 schools and one Southeastern Conference school, and that will be beneficial to both our staff and student-athletes. We are happy to welcome Dave and his family into the Aggie football family.”
Ungerer spent 2010 and 2011 at Washington State, serving in the same positions he’ll hold with the Aggies. He was out of coaching in 2012 after not being retained by new Wazzu head coach Mike Leach.
A coach at the collegiate level since 1983, Ungerer has held jobs on numerous staffs at the FBS level, including stops at Oregon (2007-08), Alabama (2003-06), Cal (2002), Maryland (1992-96) and Rutgers (1983-84).
“Utah State is a program on the rise and I’m very excited to be a part of that,” said Ungerer. “I have been very impressed by Coach Wells and his organizational plan to continue to take Utah State up the ladder as far as college football teams are concerned. I am very impressed with Logan, Cache Valley and Utah State University and anxious to get started.”
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.