The chances of seeing quarterback Ford Childress back at West Virginia looked grim back in January 2014 when word broke he was not enrolled at West Virginia for the spring semester. Childress had been suspended from the program for a violation of team rules, and now he is looking to renew his football playing career at Fresno State.
As first reported by BarkBoard.com, Childress will attempt to walk on to the Fresno State program. Childress is believed to have received interest from Texas and Texas A&M, which would make this a nice pickup for head coach Tim DeRuyter and the Bulldogs. He could also be stepping right into a chance to win a starting job once he becomes eligible to play again. Childress would be available to play this season after sitting out of action for the entire 2014 season. That bodes well for his chances of winning a job as a starter as well, as he will be the oldest quarterback at Fresno State and brings some previous starting experience to the table.
Fresno State is entering another year looking for a way to replace Derek Carr at quarterback. Last season Brian Burrell led the team with 2,690 yards and 22 touchdowns, but he was intercepted 18 times and completed 58.3 percent of his pass attempts. Burrell decided not to return to the football field this fall, leaving Fresno State with redshirt sophomore Zack Greenlee, redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson and true freshman Chason Virgil. Greenlee appeared in three games for Fresno State last season, in which he completed 18 of his 41 attempts for 213 yards and a touchdown.
Coming off the first 10-win season at Air Force since the 1998 season, head coach Troy Calhoun has been given a brand new contract. The academy announced the new contract agreement Wednesday. Calhoun received a new five-year contract that keeps him as head coach through the 2019 season.
“Troy Calhoun has been a great inspiration to our future Air Force officers,” Air Force Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh said in a released statement. “His priorities in coaching are clearly in line with the goals of the Air Force Academy, so we are delighted to be able to extend Troy’s contract for another five years.”
The value of Calhoun’s new deal has not been reported. Calhoun received a total pay of $892,750 in 2014 according to USA Today‘s database of college football salaries. That made Calhoun the fourth highest-paid coach in the Mountain West Conference, trailing Colorado State’s Jim McElwain (now at Florida), Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin.
Calhoun took over the Air Force program in 2007. Since being named the head coach of the Falcons, Calhoun has gone 59-44 with three bowl victories in seven postseason trips. In 2014 Calhoun turned around the program in impressive fashion. Winners of two games in 2013, Air Force reversed a three-year downward trend to win 10 games with a bowl victory in 2014. It may have saved his job as head coach at Air Force, and now he has a little more job security.
Fresno State has a need to improve on special teams, and fast. The Bulldogs will be holding an open try-out for all full-time students with previous kicking experience later this week. Just three weeks into the season, it is that desperate of a situation for the defending Mountain West Conference champions.
Earlier this month Fresno State lost kicker Colin McGuire, who left the team to deal with personal issues according to head coach Tim DeRuyter. That left DeRuyter to have to rely on freshman walk-on Kody Kroening for place-kicking duties. Punter Garrett Swanson continued with his responsibilities on special teams. Kroening has successfully connected on all five of his PAT attempts and one of two field goal attempts.
Kroening and Swanson are the only two kickers on the roster, which puts Fresno State in even more of a bind in the event either should happen to go down. Kroening can handle the punting duties if needed, but having Swanson take over place-kicking duties may not be the most ideal situation considering the circumstances for Fresno State.
Fresno State is one of three schools yet to record a touchback on a kickoff (SMU and Wisconsin are the others).
Fresno State announced Tuesday athletic director Thomas Boeh will no longer serve in the same capacity with the university, and he will be reassigned to another position.
“Thomas has effectively directed our athletics program to successes in the classroom and on the field,” Fresno State president Joseph Castro said in the school’s press release. “He has been unwavering in his commitment to our university, our intercollegiate program and our student-athletes. Fresno State has benefitted from his laser focus on student-athletes and dedication to Bulldogs athletics.”
Boeh will assume duties as special assistant to the president Aug. 15.
“After nine years as Director of Athletics at Fresno State, I am very proud of all that we have accomplished.” Boeh said. “Fresno State is a great university and I will look forward to continuing my service in a new capacity, one in which I believe I can contribute in a significant manner.”
Stephen Robertello and Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson will step into Boeh’s place and be named co-athletic directors.
“Our athletic programs will benefit from a fresh perspective and new leadership as they elevate to new heights of success,” Castro said.
Uncertainty always comes along with a fresh perspective. Fresno State’s football program was firmly in the nation’s spotlight last season under head coach Tim DeRuyter, though. DeRuyter is 20-6 after his first two seasons with the program. But lets see if he can maintain the momentum built last season without Derek Carr at quarterback. If Fresno State football falters over the next year or two, questions about DeRuyter’s status under a new athletic director will certainly be called into question.
(Hat Tip: The Fresno Bee)
Alabama’s Nick Saban may be the best coach money can buy, but Notre Dame is getting the best value for the money spent on the contract for Brian Kelly. That is what Forbes has to say at least, with a ranking of the best coaches for the money published Monday.
To put this list together, Forbes took Sagarin win percentages and a coach’s share of football expenses into consideration. There may be no perfect way to analyze a coach’s value to a program that everyone can agree on, but under the conditions used for this particular ranking this sounds like a good enough way to go about it. Using this method, Kelly comes out on top with the Irish thanks to a 21-5 record and just 3.36 percent of the football program’s expenses.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is ranked second on the list, followed by Saban, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier to round out the top five. The highest-ranked coach from outside of the typical power conferences is UCF’s George O’Leary, who is ranked seventh, followed by Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter.
You can check out the full list here.