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Army to add D2 coach as director of recruiting

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Saginaw Valley is losing its head coach to Army. Jim Collins, who had been the head coach of the Division 2 program since 2008, is leaving the program for a position within the Army football program. According to Football Scoop, that role is expected to be director of recruiting for the Black Knights.

Saginaw Valley confirmed the departure of Collins with a statement on their official website on Monday. Defensive coordinator Adam Gonzaga will take on the role of interim head coach of the program while a decision on the next full-time head coach will be made at a later time.

“I would like to thank the entire SVSU community for the opportunity and support provided to me to lead the football program over the last 11 years,” Collins said in a released statement.

“I am excited for the future of Cardinal Football and confident that I am leaving the football program in a very good place,” Collins said. “The program is made up of high character individuals who show up every day, work hard, compete, display an awesome amount of grit, and share a special bond with each other. I am extremely proud of all of them.”

Collins accumulated a record of 65-56 over the past 11 seasons. During that run, Saginaw Valley State played in the D2 playoffs in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and the Cardinals won three consecutive GLIAC North Division championships from 2011 through 2013.

Collins joins the Army program at a good time. The Black Knights are coming off a 10-win season and have enjoyed recent success against rival Navy. Recruiting for a service academy can be a difficult task, but this is clearly a worthwhile position to be in.

UCLA exceeds fundraising goal after receiving $10 million donation


UCLA received a donation of $10 million from Jim Collins and Carol Collins, who met each other during their college days at UCLA in the late 1940s. The donation pushed UCLA past the total goal of $50 million to raise for the project to build a new football facility near UCLA’s practice field.

The state-of-the-art football facility will include a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms. UCLA’s football history will also be on display in the new building, which is always a nice attraction for recruiting visits.

“Jim and Carol Collins have long known that UCLA is a special place for our student-athletes to compete and pursue their dreams,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a  released statement. “For them to give back in the manner that they have is a remarkable testament not only to their philanthropy and who they are as people, but to the importance those four special letters carry. Because of the generosity of the Collins family and many others, the Wasserman Football Center has not only become a reality, it is poised to become one of the nation’s premier football facilities.”

UCLA plans to break ground on the construction phase in the fall. UCLA is now setting sights on a donation goal of $65 million that will help provide the finishing touches to the interior of the new facility.

Every penny counts as schools continue to impress with their renovated football facilities.