An FBS-worst losing streak that extends back to last season has cost a Southern Miss assistant in his first season his job.
First-year Golden Eagles head coach Todd Monken confirmed Tuesday that offensive line coach Pete Perot has been dismissed. Perot, who served in the same capacity for the Eagles in the late nineties, had spent the previous 13 seasons at Louisiana Tech before coming to Hattiesburg as part of Monken’s first coaching staff.
Monken stressed that a conflict with the players wasn’t an impetus for the dismissal. Rather, the move came down to performance, or lack thereof.
“We haven’t played particularly well as a team,” Monken said. “So this (staff change) is not solely put on that position. But at the end of the day, we’ve all got to perform better at all spots, starting with that group, and that just happened to start today.”
Graduate assistant Grant Garner will assume the line duties for the remainder of the season.
This season, the Eagles are 121st out of 123 FBS teams in rushing at 69.1 yards per game. They’ve run for just two touchdowns in 10 games — tied with USF for the low-water mark — while the 27 sacks the line has allowed is tied for 100th.
Southern Miss has lost 22 straight games, tied with Duke (2005-07) for the ninth-longest in FBS/1-A history. Miami of Ohio’s 14-game losing streak is the next longest; in early October, the RedHawks fired third-year head coach Don Treadwell.
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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”