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After six weeks at Miami (OH), ex-Nebraska assistant hired by Tennessee Titans

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The offseason in college football is always a reminder that coaches in the sport should rent, not buy, when it comes to housing. Case in point might be Scott Booker.

Per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:

Booker is a former player at Kent State who originally coached defensive backs with the Golden Flashes but was set to handle the wide receivers in his return to the MAC at Miami. Most notably he coached at Notre Dame for seven years, serving as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach from 2012-2016 before his short stint with Nebraska in Mike Riley’s final season.

Booker was hired by the Red Hawks in late January and spent just over six weeks at the school. The Titans list him as a defensive assistant on their website as he adds to the staff of another Ohio product in Mike Vrabel.

Miami (OH), Chuck Martin agree on contract extension

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Taking over one of the worst programs at the FBS level, Chuck Martin has been rewarded for the direction in which he has Miami of Ohio headed.

The MAC school announced Wednesday morning that the university and its head football coach have reached an agreement on a contract extension.  Martin, about to enter his fifth year with the school, is now signed through Jan. 30, 2021.

Financial terms of the extension were not revealed.  Last year, Martin’s total pay of $522,000 was sixth among conference coaches according to the USA Today coaching salary database.

In 2014, Martin took over a team that had gone winless the previous season and won a combined eight games from 2011-13.  In 2016, Martin guided the RedHawks to its first bowl game and first division championship since the 2010 season.

In his four seasons, Martin has guided Miami to an overall record of 16-33, included a 14-18 mark in conference play.  The RedHawks have, though, won 11 of their last 19 games.

“Chuck continues to reinvigorate the Miami football program,” a statement from athletic director David Sayler began. “Resurrecting a program that was on a 16-game losing streak to winning a MAC East Championship three years later shows that Miami football can compete with the top of the Mid-American Conference for years to come.”

Michigan QB Alex Malzone moves on to the MAC Miami

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Nearly two months after leaving Michigan, Alex Malzone has found himself a new college football home.

Taking to his social media accounts Monday evening, Malzone announced that he will be enrolling at Miami (Ohio) and will continue his playing career with the RedHawks. “Beyond pumped to join Coach [Chuck] Martin and this team,” the quarterback wrote.

Because he’s leaving U-M as a graduate transfer, he can play immediately this season for the MAC school.  Even better for Martin, 2018 will be the first of two seasons of eligibility Malzone has remaining.

A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2015 recruiting class, Malzone was rated as the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Michigan.  While he played in three games — one in each of the past three seasons — during his brief time in Ann Arbor, the 6-2, 224-pound signal-caller didn’t attempt a pass.

Cincinnati and Miami Ohio extend series through 2029

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The Battle for the Victory Bell will continue to be fought through at least 2029. Cincinnati and Miami Ohio have announced they will continue to play on an annual basis through 2029 in quite the long-term scheduling arrangement. The rivalry extends back to 1888 and shows no signs of being abandoned any time soon.

As part of the new scheduling agreement to keep the series going through the next decade and beyond, each school will get five home games and three games will be played in Paul Brown Stadium, the NFL home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Paul Brown Stadium will host the rivalry in 2018, 2022, and 2026. Miami will serve as the home team in 2018 and 2022 in the NFL venue.

Here is the updated series schedule between Cincinnati and Miami, starting with this week’s upcoming matchup at Miami.

Upcoming Series Dates
Sept. 16, 2017 at Miami
Sept. 8, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 14, 2019 at Cincinnati
Sept. 19, 2020 at Miami
Sept. 4, 2021 at Cincinnati
Sept. 17, 2022 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 16, 2023 at Cincinnati
Sept. 14, 2024 at Miami
Sept. 6, 2025 at Cincinnati
Sept. 19, 2026 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 11, 2027 at Miami
Sept. 9, 2028 at Cincinnati
Sept. 8, 2029 at Miami

Miami leads the all-time series 59-55-7, but Cincinnati is enjoying a winning streak of 11 wins in the series.

Toledo and Ohio top preseason MAC coaches poll

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While most of the 2017 conference predictions and preseason polls have been out there for over a month from the media day circuit, the MAC has held off until today to reveal its preseason coaches poll. As it turns out, the coaches in the MAC have some varied opinions on how things will shake out in the MAC this football season.

Ohio and Toledo were each selected to win the MAC East and West Divisions, respectively, by the coaches of the MAC, although a few others received first-place votes in each division as well. Ohio picked up nine first-place votes in the East to pull ahead of Miami. Ohio won the division last season and hopes to clinch its first MAC championship since 1968. Ohio has never played in back-to-back MAC Championship games, so returning to the game this year would mark a first for the Bobcats.

Toledo last won the MAC in 2004 but the Rockets are widely considered a conference favorite this season. Still, the coaches in the MAC have a different take on the West Division with four other teams receiving first-place votes. Toledo still received seven first-place votes, but defending conference champion Western Michigan picked up two, and Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, and Ball State each received a first-place vote from the MAC coaches.

Here is how the MAC coaches poll looks. For reference, the preseason media poll also tabbed Ohio and Toledo, with the Rockets being named the preseason conference championship favorite. The coaches did not vote on a preseason conference champion.

2017 MAC Head Football Coaches Preseason Poll

Team (First Place Votes)  Points

MAC East Division       

  1. Ohio (9)                                 69
  2. Miami (3)                              61
  3. Bowling Green                    45
  4. Akron                                     41
  5. Buffalo                                   20
  6. Kent State                            16

MAC West Division

  1. Toledo (7)                             66
  2. Western Michigan (2)        58
  3. Northern Illinois (1)            45
  4. Eastern Michigan               35
  5. Central Michigan (1)          31
  6. Ball State (1)                        17