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Coaches Poll: No. 1 Alabama remains in charge while Florida State and Clemson swap spots


Through two weeks of the young college football season, no team has looked as dominant as Alabama. Alabama remains the top-ranked team in the coaches poll this week, gathering 62 first-place votes out of 64. No. 2 Florida State moved up one spot, switching spots with division rival Clemson, the new No. 3 in the coaches poll.

There was some movement within the coaches top 25 this week, with No. 24 Arkansas and No. 25 Miami making their debuts in the poll following their latest wins. Jim Harbaugh and No. 5 Michigan switched poll spots with Harbaugh’s previous program, No. 6 Stanford. No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Louisville cracked the top 10 this week following their latest blowout wins to start the year. Despite a blowout of its own, No. 11 Iowa was jumped in the process.

After being taken to the wire by lowly Nicholls State, the coaches dropped No. 13 Georgia four spots this week. No. 14 Oklahoma and No., 15 Tennessee each also dropped a spot as the coaches were not impressed enough by either of their victories this weekend, perhaps to make room for some shuffling above in the poll.

The only two teams to drop out of the top 25 hail from the Big 12. Following home losses, TCU and Oklahoma State each dropped out of the poll, leaving room for Arkansas and Miami to jump in. Arkansas was responsible for TCU’s loss with an overtime victory against the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth Saturday night. Oklahoma State’s loss never should have counted, but the coaches had no mercy on the Cowboys.

Here is a look at the latest coaches poll, with first-place votes noted:

  1. Alabama (62)
  2. Florida State (1)
  3. Clemson (1)
  4. Ohio State
  5. Michigan
  6. Stanford
  7. Houston
  8. Michigan State
  9. Washington
  10. Louisville
  11. Iowa
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Georgia
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Tennessee
  16. Texas
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Notre Dame
  19. Baylor
  20. Texas A&M
  21. Oregon
  22. LSU
  23. Florida
  24. Arkansas
  25. Miami

Jeff Brohm stays in-house for new Purdue assistant

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When it came to filling out his Purdue coaching staff, Jeff Brohm didn’t have to look very far.

Kevin Wolthausen, the football program confirmed in a release, has been hired as the 10th of Brohm’s allotted 10 Boilermakers assistant coaches.  Per the school, Wolthausen will be working with the team’s special teams and defense.

This marks a positional homecoming of sorts for Wolthausen as he spent the 2012 season as the defensive line coach at Purdue.  Last season, Wolthausen served as a quality control coach for both special teams and defense for the Boilermakers.

In between his two stints in West Lafayette, Wolthausen was the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at UConn in 2016; the two years prior, he was the Huskies’ defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

In 2013, Wolthausen was the special teams coordinator at Florida International.  The 60-year-old long-time college football assistant has also spent time on staffs at Louisville, Arizona, USC, Arizona State and Oklahoma.

Neal Brown completes Troy staff with FCS co-DC

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For the most recent addition to his Troy coaching staff, Neal Brown has dipped into the Football Championship Series.

The Sun Belt Conference program confirmed Tuesday that Brandon Hall has been hired by Brown as his new linebackers coach.  Hall had spent the past four seasons as the co-defensive coordinator at FCS Jacksonville State.

“Brandon is an outstanding defensive coach and has experience coaching at a lot of different levels,” a statement from Brown. “He is relentless on the recruiting trail and already has developed strong relationships in the areas that we believe are key. Looking at his track record, it comes as no surprise that Brandon helped build one of the top defenses in the FCS at Jacksonville State over the last four years.”

Prior to JSU, Hall had spent time at Arkansas State, Auburn and Oklahoma.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join this program and coaching staff,” Hall said in his statement. “You can’t help but get excited as a coach when you look at what Coach Brown and the rest of this staff has done over the past three years with the Troy program. My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Trojan Family and continuing the strong tradition of Troy football.”

Longtime UCLA staffer Angus McClure’s hire one of two announced by Nevada

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The departure of a longtime UCLA staffer has officially been confirmed.

Late last week, reports surfaced that Angus McClure was leaving UCLA for a position at Nevada.  Tuesday, the Mountain West Conference football program confirmed that McClure has been hired as Jay Norvell‘s new offensive line coach.

McClure had been with the Bruins since 2007, serving at various times as position coach for both sides of UCLA’s lines as well as special teams.  Most recently, McClure had served as recruiting coordinator for the Pac-12 school.

McClure and Norvell have a prior working relationship as they were both on the same staffs at Nebraska and UCLA.

In addition to McClure, David Lockwood was announced as Nevada’s new safeties coach.  Lockwood was on the UNLV staff last season after spending the previous three years as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona.

“I think we made our staff stronger with these two veteran hires,” Norvell said in a statement. “I’m excited about the experience and expertise that we have added to the Wolf Pack coaching staff.”

Former Kansas State head coach Jim Dickey dies at 84

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Former Kansas State head coach Jim Dickey died on Saturday night at the age of 84.

A Texas native, Dickey played quarterback at Houston in the 1950’s and started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. From there he took assistant jobs at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas and North Carolina before landing the K-State job ahead of the 1978 season. He went 25-53-2 in seven-plus seasons on the job, which doesn’t look like much at first blush until one takes stock of where the Wildcat football program was at the time.

Dickey took Kansas State to the Independence Bowl in 1982, a 14-3 loss to Wisconsin, which was the first bowl appearance in program history. He was named the Big 8’s Coach of the Year for that season.

After back-to-back 3-win seasons in 1983 and ’84, he was let go after an 0-2 start to the 1985 campaign. The program would remain historically down until future College Football Hall of Famer Bill Snyder built the program up in the 1990’s.

Dickey finished out his career as an assistant on the pre-Steve Spurrier Florida teams before retiring in 1989. He lived at a rest home in Houston at the time of his passing, according to the Manhattan Mercury. Dickey’s son, Darrell Dickey, is the former head coach at North Texas and currently the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M.