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UCF announces new titles for three Knights assistants

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For a trio of UCF Knights football assistants, it was a day of adjustments for a trio of coaches.

Monday, the Knights announced that Anthony Tucker and Alex Golesh will serve as co-offensive coordinators.  Tucker has been the Knights’ running back coach and passing-game coordinator the past two seasons.  He’ll continue on as running backs coach.

Golesh is a new addition to Josh Heupel‘s coaching staff.  The past four seasons, he was the tight ends coach at Iowa State.  He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

“Anthony has done a great job of shaping what we do offensively,” says the UCF Knights football head coach in a statement. “He has been excellent in terms of leading his guys and developing them on and off the field. He has invested a lot in our program, and I’m extremely excited to have him take a greater leadership role with what we are doing.

“Alex is a tremendous teacher and motivator. He has done a great job of developing his guys wherever he has been. He has a fantastic track record as an elite recruiter. You look at what he has been able to do on the offensive side of the ball, developing the tight ends and the numbers they’ve put up–and so we’re excited about all the things he brings to what we do offensively and schematically.”

Additionally, Joey Halzle has been promoted to quarterbacks coach.  Halzle just completed his first season an offensive quality control assistant with the UCF Knights football program.

The former Oklahoma quarterback previously spent the 2016 season as an offensive analyst and assistant quarterback coach at Missouri after a year in that same role at Utah State in 2015. He was an offensive graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma from 2012-14 after helping the Sooners from 2009-11 as an offensive quality control assistant coach. In all those roles he worked under Heupel.

“I’ve either coached Joey or coached with him 10 of the last 12 years. He has a great understanding of what it means to play the quarterback position. He’s a fantastic teacher and understands the preparation you have to put in. He knows what it feels like to be inside the pocket when you play the position, and I think that will be critically valuable for him inside our meeting room in dealing with Dillon Gabriel and Darriel Mack. I’m looking forward to him developing those two guys, helping them understand what defenses are doing and getting them to go play their best football.”

The school noted in its release that “[t]he hiring of Golesh and the promotion of Halzle to a full-time assistant role fill the slots of former UCF offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, now in that same role at Ole Miss, and former Knight tight end coach Jon Cooper, now an assistant coach at Arkansas.”

Kevin Sumlin adds veteran defensive line coach to Arizona staff

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The reshaping of the Arizona Wildcats football coaching staff under Kevin Sumlin has officially continued.

In late November, defensive line coach Iona Uiagalelei was fired.  Nearly seven weeks later, that position has been filled as Stan Eggen was officially announced as the line coach on the defensive side of the ball.

“We are excited Stan Eggen has joined the Arizona Football Family as Defensive Line Coach,” the Arizona Wildcats football head coach said in a statement. “Stan’s personal and professional values, fundamental approach to teaching the game, as well as his track record for development and recruiting make him a great fit for our defense, and our entire program.”

The past four seasons, Eggen has served as the line coach at New Mexico.  He’s also been the line coach at:

  • Iowa State (2014-15)
  • Louisiana Tech (2008-13)
  • Texas A&M (2003-07)
  • Alabama (2001-02)
  • TCU (1998-2000)
  • New Mexico (1997)

Eggen was also the defensive coordinator at UNLV from 1994-96.

This coming season will be Eggen’s 42nd as an assistant coach at the collegiate level.  His other stints at Power Five schools were Alabama, Iowa State and Texas A&M.

“I want to thank Coach Sumlin and (defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads) for the opportunity to become a part of the Arizona Football Family,” Eggen said. “I can’t wait to get started immediately representing such a great institution, and getting to know our student-athletes. (My wife) Tina and I are excited to be able to make our home in the Tucson community.”

No. 15 Notre Dame dominates Iowa State in Camping World Bowl blowout

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The 2019 season may not have ended where No. 15 Notre Dame (11-2) wanted at the beginning of the season, but the Irish ended the season on a high note with a dominating performance against Iowa State (7-6) in the Camping World Bowl. Notre Dame’s 33-9 victory over the Cyclones of the Big 12 gave the Irish the fifth bowl victory under head coach Brian Kelly and sends Notre Dame into the offseason looking for a way back into the playoff mix in 2020.

Ian Book passed for 246 yards and a touchdown and Tony Jones Jr. led the Irish running game with 135 yards and a touchdown. Chase Claypool had a stellar showing as a receiver with seven catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. It was Notre Dame’s defense that carried the team in the bowl game with a bend-but-don’t break performance that saw Iowa State get some chances but also saw Iowa State fail to finish drives. A pair of early turnovers by Iowa State allowed Notre Dame to take a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, and Iowa State’s settling for field goals never gave Brock Purdy and company much of a chance to make up enough ground.

Notre Dame ha snow won four striaght bowl games not associated with the College Football Playoff dating back to 2013. But the Irish were in the playoff last year and will hope a win like this helps fuel the fire to get back to the big stage a year from now. That will mean moving forward after some key roster changes due to graduation and the NFL draft.

The 2020 season will begin for Notre Dame on Aug. 29, 2020 with a game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish will open its home schedule two weeks later after a bye when they host Arkansas on sept. 12. Notre Dame has some difficult games coming up in 2020 with a game against Wisconsin in Lambeau Field in Green Bay and a home game against Clemson in early November.

Iowa State will open the 2020 season at home on Sept. 5 against South Dakota.

Iowa State turnovers help Notre Dame take halftime lead in Camping World Bowl

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Notre Dame is heading to halftime in Orlando in a comfortable position against Iowa State. A 44-yard touchdown pass from Ian Book to Chase Claypool late in the second quarter put the Irish in position to take a 20-6 advantage on Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.

Notre Dame took the early lead in the game off a turnover by the Iowa State special teams. Punt returner Tarique Milton lost the football near midfield. The Irish took a 3-0 lead three plays later on a 39-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer. Fumble issues would continue for the Cyclones on the ensuing offensive possession when Brock Purdy lost the football while being sacked by Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who recovered the loose ball at the Notre Dame 42-yard line. Ian Book finished off the drive with a 24-yard pass to Chase Claypool for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Notre Dame has just one third-down conversion out of seven attempts and they have just 24 more yards of offense than Iowa State at the break. But having 10 points off Iowa State turnovers has been a major factor so far.

College Football Bowl Preview: Your Dec. 28 Viewer’s Guide

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Your trusty and semi-daily college football bowl preview that today takes a quick-hit look at the Dec. 28 bowl menu, one that features four games, including both College Football Playoff semifinals.

WHO: Notre Dame (10-2) vs. Iowa State (7-5)
WHAT: The 30th Camping World Bowl
WHERE: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
WHEN: Noon ET on ABC
THE LINE: Iowa State, +4
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: Penn State (10-2) vs. Memphis (12-1)
WHAT: The 83rd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
WHEN: Noon ET on ESPN
THE LINE: Memphis, +7
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: No. 1 LSU (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1)
WHAT: The 27th Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)
WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
WHEN: 4 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE LINE: Oklahoma, +13½
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) vs. No. 3 Clemson (13-0)
WHAT: The 49th PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal)
WHERE: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
WHEN: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE LINE: Ohio State, +2½
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.