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40 of college football’s top assistants recognized by Broyles Award

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The Broyles Award announced the 40 assistant coaches to be up for consideration for this year’s award. The award honors the top assistant coach in college football and was first awarded in 1996. Over the years, a number of Broyles Award winners have gone on to become head coaches, including Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, UConn head coach Bob Diaco, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi and Houston head coach Tom Herman. Will any of this year’s nominees go on to be a head coach soon? There are certainly some names worth considering for some jobs.

Some top names on this year’s Broyles Award list of nominees includes Clemson defensive coordinatorBrent Venables, LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown and Colorado defensive cooridnator Jim Leavitt. There are a few offensive coordinators on the list as well, including Penn State’s Joe Moorehead and Pittsburgh’s Matt Canada, but defensive coordinators seem to be the story of the year for the Broyles Award.

low is the full list of nominees for this year’s Broyles Award:

  • Alabama – Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Arkansas State – Joe Cauthen, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Army West Point – Jay Bateman, Defensive Coordinator
  • Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator
  • Boise State – Scott Huff, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive
  • Washington State – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • Brigham Young – Ed Lamb, Special Team Coordinator/Safeties
  • Clemson – Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Colorado – Jim Leavitt, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Colorado State – Will Friend, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Georgia Southern – Chad Lunsford, Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • Houston – Todd Orlando – Defensive Coordinator
  • Indiana – Tom Allen, Defensive Coordinator
  • Iowa State – Tom Manning, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Louisiana Tech – Todd Fitch, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
  • LSU – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator
  • Miami – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Michigan – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Missouri – Glen Elarbee, Offensive Line
  • Navy – Ivan Jasper, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Nebraska – Trent Bray, Linebackers
  • North Carolina – Larry Porter, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
  • North Carolina State – Ryan Nielsen, Defensive Line
  • Oklahoma State – Mike Yurcich, Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Old Dominion – Brian Scott, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ole Miss – Matt Luke, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Ohio State – Kerry Coombs, Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks
  • Penn State – Joe Moorhead, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Pittsburgh – Matt Canada, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • South Carolina – Travaris Robinson, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Stanford – Mike Bloomgren, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Temple – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Troy – Matt Moore, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • UCF – Erik Chinander, Defensive Coordinator
  • USC – Clancy Pendergast, Defensive Coordinator
  • Wake Forest – Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Western Kentucky – Tony Levine, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator
  • Western Michigan – Kirk Ciarrocca, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • West Virginia – Tony Gibson, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Wisconsin – Justin Wilcox, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley was named the Broyles Award winner in 2015.

Darrell Dickey to join Texas A&M staff as offensive coordinator

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Memphis offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey is taking the same job at Texas A&M, according to a report from, uh, me.

Dickey has been on the Memphis staff for the past six years, first as an original member of Justin Funete‘s staff and continued on under new head coach Mike Norvell. His 2017 unit ranked among the top five nationally in scoring, total offense and yards per play, and came within a defensive stop of winning the American championship and playing in the Peach Bowl.

Beyond Memphis, the appeal for Jimbo Fisher is Dickey’s extensive experience in Texas. A Galveston, Texas, native, Dickey broke into coaching as a graduate assistant on Jackie Sherrill‘s staff at Texas A&M and bounced around in the state as the offensive coordinator at UTEP, SMU and Texas State, and served as the head coach at North Texas from 1998-06. He led the Mean Green to four straight Sun Belt championships from 2001-04.

It will be interesting to see how much control of the offense Fisher gives to Dickey. Memphis ran 882 plays in its 12 games this season, 41st nationally, while Florida State ranked 122nd with 734 — a difference of a dozen snaps a game.

Ratings for most major college football TV packages down in 2017

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TV ratings are down across the board for most sports and, heck, most of any form of televised entertainment these days. As our culture becomes more fragmented, so, too, do the ways we choose to consume in-home entertainment. And college football is not immune to that.

Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch compiled ratings for the major college football TV packages with the help of Sports Business Journal‘s Austin Karp, and here’s what he found:

CBS: 4.951 million viewers, down 10% from 5.489 million in 2016.

ABC: 4.203 million, down 18% from 5.097 million.

Fox: 3.625 million, up 23% from 2.951 million.

NBC: 2.742, down 3% from 2.814 million.

ESPN: 2.155 million, down 6% from 2.300 million.

FS1: 819,000, up 4% from 743,000.

However, this is not a doom-and-gloom report for college football. The pie isn’t shrinking, it’s just being cut into even smaller slices.

“I don’t think that meant less interest in college football,” Karp told SI. “If anything, I’d say the interest was higher this season compared to some prior years. If you look at total minutes viewed for college football, it had to be some sort of record this year.”

With the College Football Playoff returning to New Year’s Day this fall, expect many stories about how TV ratings were up for college football’s 2017-18 postseason. For the record, the last time the Rose and Sugar bowls held the semifinals, the Rose Bowl drew 28.2 million and the Sugar Bowl 28.3 million.

Shea Patterson announces transfer to Michigan, helping Wolverines solve QB riddle

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One of the continued frustrations of Michigan’s offense since the hiring of Jim Harbaugh has been the lack of play at the quarterback position. In 2018, that may not be quite the uphill climb it was this season. Shea Patterson is heading to Ann Arbor.

Patterson announced his decision to leave Ole Miss for Michigan with a released statement, via Twitter. Patterson thanked Ole Miss coaches, teammates and more in his brief statement.

Patterson may be eligible to play right away for Michigan. Because Ole Miss is under sanctions from the NCAA, seniors on the team were granted a free transfer without having to sit out a season. Patterson, a sophomore, would be required to have a waiver approved in order to be ruled eligible right away in 2018. Winning that immediate eligibility may just be a mere formality as players look to challenge their transfer restrictions from Ole Miss.

Regardless of the transfer eligibility for 2018, Michigan is landing a solid quarterback recruit one way or the other. Patterson passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns this season with nine interceptions in seven games. His 2017 season was cut short due to a knee injury.

Iowa safety Brandon Snyder arrested for drunk driving

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Iowa safety Brandon Snyder spent the early Sunday hours in a jail cell after being arrested for drunk driving. After being pulled over just after 3:00 a.m. in the morning on Sunday, Snyder admitted to drinking and failed a breathalyzer test.

“We are aware of the incident involving Brandon,” a statement from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “While we are currently gathering additional facts, we are very disappointed to learn of Brandon’s involvement. Brandon is subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, and the rules and regulations of our football program.”

Snyder was not expected to play in Iowa’s appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl this season due to injury, but it remains to be seen just what his official status will be in light of this weekend’s legal trouble.

As reported by the Des Moines Register, the 22-year old was pulled over near Kinnick Stadium. The police report notes Snyder was wearing multiple wristbands, suggesting he made a couple of stops to consume alcohol during the course of the night. He was released from a county jail at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.