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Hawaii promotes Jordan Wynn to QBs coach, hires Kurt Gouveia to coach OLBs

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Hawaii head coach Norm Chow on Monday announced the hiring of NFL veteran Kurt Gouveia as outside linebackers coach and the promotion of former Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn from graduate assistant to quarterbacks coach.

“I’m awfully excited that Kurt and Jordan are now apart of our full-time staff,” Chow said. “Jordan was put into a very unusual circumstance last year as a graduate assistant and he responded like an experienced coach. Kurt has a tremendous history with the state as both a player and coach and the experience he has gained at the highest level will no doubt help our defensive staff.”

Wynn will continue to work with the quarterbacks and assist Chow with play-calling duties. He joined the UH staff last season after his playing career at Utah was cut short by a chronic shoulder injury.

Gouveia spent 13 seasons in the NFL and won two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. He was a high school assistant and an assistant in NFL Europe and the United Football League before coming to UH.

Both Wynn and Gouveia will need to do a spectacular job to help Hawaii improve in 2014. The Warriors finished 1-11, with their only win coming against Army.

CFT Predicts: the Pac-12

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As the 2013 season draws near, we peek into our crystal ball and guess project how each of the five major conferences will play out. Today, we examine the Pac-12.  

While we’re at it, be sure to check out our other conference predictions: SEC, Big Ten

Pac-12 North

1. Stanford (Last year: 12-2; beat Wisconsin in Rose Bowl)
What happened last season?
Though Stanford lost arguably the best quarterback to ever pass through the program in Andrew Luck, the Cardinal did something it couldn’t when Luck and Jim Harbaugh were on The Farm: win the Pac-12. David Shaw is quickly ascending the list of best college coaches in the country. I mean, the guy did a Ted Talk. Clearly Stanford is big-time now.

So why are they ranked here?
The Cardinal are experienced and there really aren’t many glaring weaknesses on either side of the ball. Quarterback Kevin Hogan is undefeated as a starter and has a solid offensive line and running game that brings back Tyler Gaffney. The defensive front seven returns plenty of starters too, including linebacker Shayne Skov. This is a solid team all around.

Anything else?
Things get a little more interesting schedule-wise in the second half of the season. The Cardinal play UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon in consecutive weeks before ending the year against Cal and Notre Dame. Weather that schedule and Stanford will absolutely be in the national title discussion. And I’d like their chances of winning it all (meaning, by rule of the jinx, they’ll go 8-5 and OMG I’m so sorry, you guys [sad face]).

2. Oregon (Last year: 12-1; beat Kansas State in Fiesta Bowl)
What happened last season?
Another BCS win for the Ducks would end up being the final game for coach Chip Kelly, who left for the NFL shortly thereafter. But the important story line here is that the one-point safety happened and we are all now better off as humans for seeing it.

So why are they ranked here?
The Pac-12 North looks like it could play out in a similar fashion to the SEC East, where Georgia and South Carolina could be slotted in either order as 1A or 1B. Oregon is actually the preseason favorite to win the North (and the league’s championship game) — albeit by the slimmest of margins — but if it comes down to it, I’m going to go with Shaw over first-year coach Mark Helfrich.

Anything else?
There’s a lot of national focus on Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel as far as as quarterbacks go, but keep an eye on Marcus Mariota. This redshirt sophomore was efficient in his first year as a starter, throwing for 32 touchdowns to just six interceptions while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He has great size (6-foot-4 and 211 pounds) and athleticism.

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Utah QB Jordan Wynn joining Hawaii’s coaching staff

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Jordan Wynn‘s college career came to an unfortunate end two months ago because of a shoulder injury, but the Utah quarterback’s involvement with football isn’t over. In fact, a new phase of Wynn’s career is just beginning thanks to a former coach.

Hawaii coach Norm Chow confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune that Wynn will become the team’s quarterbacks coach this upcoming January. Chow spent last season as Utah’s offensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job with the Warriors.

“It sounds like he has a good opportunity and I wish him well in that,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said of Wynn’s departure.

Wynn’s had an oft-injured career, but has been working with Utah’s younger quarterbacks this season after his injury.

Predictions 101 — Week 3

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Once again, the team here is seeing things clearly. In Week 2, we went 4-3 straight, gave you Oregon State over Wisconsin, nearly came through with another big dog in Penn State and pegged the points scored for both Missouri and Texas A&M in their SEC debuts.

Even better, we were 6-0-1 versus “the number.” Not that anybody cares about such things, right?

That’s what we’ve done for you lately. Now, on to what’s up next.

TOP 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK (Thurs., Sept. 13 thru Sat., Sept. 15)

1) No. 20 Notre Dame at No. 10 Michigan State
Sat., Sept. 15 — 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Whaddaya know, the Fighting Irish have a shot to become relevant again. All they need to do is beat the Spartans.

Such an occurrence would mean Notre Dame improves to 3-0 for the first time in 10 years, breaks a six-game losing streak to ranked opponents on the road and effectively eliminates the Big Ten from BCS title contention in mid-September. All fairly amazing. Also quite difficult.

We don’t have much confidence in the Irish offensive line that was able to carve out just 52 rushing yards against Purdue last week. That spells trouble when going against a rugged Michigan State defensive unit that has yet to allow a touchdown, especially with an inexperienced quarterback starting his first game in a hostile environment.

Good luck to redshirt freshman Everett Golson, who had some pre-snap difficulty last week at home, and Tommy Rees when he comes in from the bullpen.

Irish backers will point to their team’s success in last year’s 31-13 victory over the Spartans, but it’s hard to imagine Mark Dantonio’s crew laying another egg like that at home. It hasn’t happened since and there’s certainly no reason to expect a recurrence in this spot.

Opening point spread: Michigan State by 2 1/2

The pick: Michigan State 24-16

2) No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas
Sat., Sept. 15 — 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

As we all know, the Razorbacks had an utterly forgettable outing last Saturday. Allowing Louisiana-Monroe to leave Little Rock with a 34-31 overtime victory was an all-time low for Arkansas, which went from No. 8 to No. Nothing in a flash. (more…)

Jordan Wynn’s playing days are over at Utah

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After an injury-filled career, quarterback Jordan Wynn‘s playing days are over at the University of Utah. Wynn went down with yet another shoulder injury Friday in a loss to Utah State. Turns out, that was the last snap of his football career.

In a Monday press conference, Utes coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed that Wynn could not keep playing. Wynn will likely need surgery again to repair his left shoulder, which was in a sling after he was sidelined against the Aggies. Whittingham says Jon Hays, who has come in for Wynn before, has the upper hand in the job to replace the veteran quarterback.

Wynn finishes his time with the Utes with 4,637 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. He will remain an active part of the team through this year.

It’s been that kind of career for Wynn, whose seasons in both 2010 and ’11 were cut short because of shoulder problems.  Wynn originally missed the ’10 Las Vegas Bowl because of a lingering problem to his right (throwing) shoulder and wound up being sidelined for spring practices. In 2011, Wynn suffered an injury to his left (non-throwing) against Washington and was unable to finish the year after tests revealed damage.

It’s just a tough break. No player deserves to out the way Wynn has to. Best of luck to him moving forward.