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Duke OL coach Jim Bridge takes over same job at Memphis

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Another day, another piece added to Ryan Silverfield‘s first Memphis Tigers football coaching staff.

Wednesday, Jim Bridge resigned as the offensive line coach at Duke to pursue other unspecified opportunities.  Two days later, Memphis announced the Bridge has taken the same job with the Tigers.

The school noted that the addition is pending completion of State of Tennessee hiring protocols.

“Jim is considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the country,” the Memphis Tigers football head coach stated. “He is coach that gets the most out his players in every way. He is a teacher that comes from the same offensive line coaching background and shares the same philosophies as me. His coaching experience includes 14 years in the ACC and four in the BIG Ten.

“Jim creates wonderful and meaningful relationships with his young men, and they play extremely hard for him and succeed on and off the field. His wife, Andrea, and the family are extremely excited to join him here in Memphis.”

Bridge spent the past four seasons with the Blue Devils.  Prior to that, he was the line coach at Purdue (2013-15), Boston College (2003-06) and N.C. State (2007-12).  In 2001, he was a graduate assistant at Ohio State.

With Bridge’s hiring, Silverfield’s Memphis Tigers football staff now consists of the maximum 10 on-field assistants.

Mike MacIntyre one of two coaches added to Memphis staff

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As Ryan Silverfield assembles his first Memphis Tigers football staff, he’s turned to a former head coach to assume an important role.

Early Thursday afternoon, Memphis confirms that Silverfield has named Mike MacIntyre as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.  The school noted that the addition is pending completion of State of Tennessee hiring protocols.

MacIntrye has been an FBS head coach twice, at Colorado (2013-18) and San Jose State (2010-12).

“Mike was the perfect fit to lead our defense,” said the Memphis Tigers football head coach in a statement. “Just three years ago, he was the National Coach of the Year. He is a Bill Parcells disciple with five years coaching in the NFL. He graduated from high school in Nashville and has deep roots in this state.

“He is a leader of men on and off the field. Coach Mac has nine years of head coaching experience and will be a tremendous asset to our program. He and his wife, Trisha, can’t wait to get to Memphis!”

Last season, MacIntyre was the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.  He’s also been a coordinator at Duke (2008-09) and Temple (1997-98).

In addition to MacIntyre, the Memphis Tigers football program also confirmed the hiring of Charles Clark as defensive backs coach.  Like MacIntyre, Clark spent the 2019 season at Ole Miss.

For two seasons (2017-18), Clark was the cornerbacks coach at Oregon. He was also a part of MacIntyre’s Colorado staff, as safeties coach in 2013 and 2014 and cornerbacks coach in 2015 and 2016.

“Charles is a home run hire,” Silverfield said. “He is a very well-respected man and defensive backs coach. He has great ties to this region and has been very successful at every stop. Not only does Charles do a tremendous job on the field, but he mentors his players and develops great relationships off the field. It is always good to have another coach from the 904 here in the 901! We are so excited to have Charles, his wife, Kristie, and their family move up the road to join us here in Memphis.”

Memphis stays in-house for latest assistant hire

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When it came to adding to his first Memphis Tigers football coaching staff, Ryan Silverfield didn’t have to look very far.

Tuesday, Silverfield announced that David Glidden has been promoted and will serve as the Tigers’ tight ends coach.  Glidden has spent the past two seasons as an offensive quality control analyst for the program.

“David Glidden was the right choice to be coaching our tight ends. He is a tremendous teacher and a rising star in this profession,” the new Memphis Tigers football coach said in a statement. “Over the last two years here, you could watch his growth as a coach and see the respect and trust he gained from everyone in the Memphis football program. He is smart, dedicated, passionate and we are so glad he will continue to be a Tiger.”

This will mark Glidden’s first on-field coaching job at the collegiate level.  Prior to coming to Memphis, he was an assistant at a high school in Oklahoma for two seasons (2016-17).

Glidden played his college football at Oklahoma State, where he was a wide receiver from 2011-15.  During his time in Stillwater, Glidden caught 115 passes for 1,655 yards and six touchdowns.  In 2015, he led the Cowboys in receptions (57) and was second to James Washington in receiving yards (866).

Mike Norvell adds Memphis assistant to Florida State staff

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Not surprisingly, Mike Norvell is mining his old Memphis staff now that he’s at Florida State.

Saturday afternoon, FSU announced TJ Rushing has been hired by Norvell.  Rushing will serve as the Seminoles’ defensive backs coach.

“I’m excited to announce TJ Rushing as the defensive backs coach here at Florida State University,” Norvell said in a statement. “Coach Rushing is one of the brightest minds and teachers in college football. His experience as an All-American in college to his playing career in the National Football League has prepared him well to mentor and develop our student-athletes at the highest level.

“Coach Rushing will bring a tremendous amount of passion and energy to every aspect of the program, not only on the field but also in recruiting the nation’s best and brightest to Florida State.”

Rushing and Norvell, as is ofttimes the case in the profession, have a previous working relationship.

The past two seasons, Rushing, who played his college football at Stanford, was Norvell’s defensive backs coach at Memphis. He was also the Tigers’ passing-game coordinator.

From 2016-17, he was the defensive backs coach at Arizona State.  He just missed working with Norvell on that staff as well.

“My family and I are elated to join Coach Norvell… at Florida State University,” Rushing said in a statement. “The list of great defensive backs that have played at this university are the Who’s Who in college football. I am eager to get there and assist in developing the next group of Seminole greats.”

With the hiring of Rushing, Norvell has now filled eight of his 10 on-field assistant positions.  The others:

  • Kenny Dillingham, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks (HERE)
  • Ron Dugans, wide receivers (HERE)
  • Chris Thomsen, offensive assistant (HERE)
  • Adam Fuller, defensive coordinator (HERE)
  • Odell Haggins, defensive line (HERE)
  • Chris Marve, linebackers coach/defensive running-game coordinator (HERE)
  • John Papuchis, special teams coordinator/defensive ends (HERE)

No. 10 Penn State tops No. 17 Memphis in highest-scoring Cotton Bowl

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The defense was apparently optional in this year’s Cotton Bowl Classic. In the highest-scoring Cotton Bowl in the history fo the game, No. 10 Penn State put the finishing touches on its second New Years Six bowl win in three years by holding off No. 17 Memphis in a wild 53-39 victory on Saturday.

Penn State got a terrific performance out of First Team All-American linebacker Micah Parsons, who was just everywhere in the game, and the defense caused a couple of key turnovers to help counterbalance a strong showing by the Memphis offense. Brady White passed for 479 yards but failed to throw a touchdown and was picked off twice by the Nittany Lions, with one being returned for a touchdown by Garrett Taylor.

Penn State had the decided advantage on the ground with its running game. As a team, Penn State rushed for 390 yards with everyone contributing. Journey Brown led the charge with 202 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Noah Cain added 92 yards and two more touchdowns. Ricky Slade added 57 yards and Devyn Ford scored a touchdown. Sean Clifford didn’t have a great passing day but did rush for 28 yards on a day he was sacked a number of times.

Penn State and Memphis combined for 84 points to set the record for the highest-scoring Cotton Bowl. Penn State’s 53 points is also a school record for most points scored in a bowl game. The previous record was 50 points in the Holiday Bowl in 1989 against BYU.

Memphis kicker Riley Patterson turned in a record-setting performance, and not just for the Cotton Bowl. Ferguson’s six field goals is a new national college bowl game record. Memphis certainly had the ball moving on Penn State’s defense throughout the game but had to rely on the foot of Ferguson a few too many times as drives stalled.

The Cotton Bowl victory improves James Franklin to 2-1 in New Years Six bowl games in the last four seasons and evens Franklin’s bowl record at Penn State at 3-3.

Penn State will open the 2020 season at home on Sept. 5 against Kent State. Memphis will begin its 2020 season on the same day with a home game against Arkansas State.