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Colorado State adds Chuck Heater as DC

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Tuesday, the Colorado State football program announced its new offensive coordinator.  A day later, the coordinator on the other side of the ball has been added as well.

As part of a significant staff announcement, CSU confirmed Wednesday that Chuck Heater will be Steve Addazio‘s defensive coordinator with the Rams.  Heater has an extensive history with Addazio, serving as the latter’s coordinator at Temple in 2011-12.

They were both on Urban Meyer‘s Florida staff from 2005-10 as well.

“Across the country, when you talk about defensive football, Chuck Heater is a name that comes up again and again,” the Colorado State football head coach said in a statement. “Our paths have crossed at Florida and at Temple, and I am excited to bring Chuck back to Fort Collins as a part of this coaching staff. He has national-championship level experience, and I am looking forward to seeing our defense take shape under his leadership.”

The past two seasons, Heater was an assistant at Maryland.  From 2013-17, he was the defensive coordinator at Marshall.

Way back in 1991-92, Heater was was the defensive coordinator at Colorado State.

In addition’s to Heater’s hiring, there were four more additions to Addazio’s first Colorado State football coaching staff:

  • Louie Addazio, Offensive Line
  • Sean Cronin, Inside Linebackers
  • Anthony Perkins, Cornerbacks
  • Antoine Smith, Defensive Line

SEC finishes 2019-20 postseason with highest winning percentage; the Big 12, not so much

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After being knocked off its perch last season, the SEC is back atop the postseason heap.

LSU’s resounding win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night officially put the 2019-20 college football postseason to bed.  That was the eighth win for the SEC during this month-long postseason, easily the most of any other conference.  The .800 winning percentage for the SEC in the postseason was also far and away the highest.

Last season, the SEC went 6-6 during the 2018-19 postseason cycle, including Alabama’s beatdown at the hands of Clemson in the title game.  At .667 (4-2), Conference USA had the best winning percentage a year ago.

Getting back to 2019-20, the Pac-12 was the only other Power Five conference with a winning record this postseason at 4-3 (.571).  That’s an improvement from the 3-4 (.429) of a year ago and a far, far cry from the 1-8 (.125) egg the league laid two cycles ago.

Speaking of the postseason laying of eggs, the Big 12 went 1-5, posting a Pac-12-esque .168 winning percentage.  Three of those losses came by double digits, including Oklahoma’s 63-28 woodshedding by LSU in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.

As for the other Power Fives, the Big Ten went 4-5 (.444) and the ACC 4-7 (.364).

Football independents, incidentally, posted a .667 winning percentage (2-1).

And how did the Group of Five fare?

  • Sun Belt 3-2 (.600)
  • AAC 4-3 (.571)
  • Mountain West (.571)
  • MAC 3-4 (.429)
  • Conference USA (.375)

Washington State confirms hiring of Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich

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UPDATED 9:13 p.m. ET: In a release Tuesday evening, Washington State confirmed that Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich has taken the same job with the Cougars.

“We set a goal of bringing the best coach possible to Washington State University,” said athletic director Pat Chun in a statement. “Nick Rolovich is a genuine person, a program builder, an innovator and the exact fit to lead Cougar Football. Coach Rolovich is committed to academic achievement and developing every aspect of our student-athletes. He has a vision of taking Cougar Football on a path to win championships. We are fortunate to have Nick lead our program and we welcome his wife Analea, along with their daughter Alana and sons Daniel, William and Patrick to the Cougar Family.”

“I’d like to thank President Schulz and Pat for the opportunity and the trust they have put in me to lead these young men,” said Rolovich. “Not only on the football field, but we truly believe we are raising tomorrow’s husbands, fathers and community leaders. The excitement is real and it’s honest. Most recently what Coach Leach has built gives us a high starting point. I appreciate him as a friend and what he has done to build the program.

“We are looking forward to learning more about the program, the history, the anecdotes and the legends of WSU football. One of the more attractive things was the community, how it matches a lot of the values we try to live by and I’m excited to raise my family in Pullman. We can’t wait to get up there and get started.”

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When it comes to the Washington State football program, it appears the Cougars will shift from the Air Raid to the Run-and-Shoot.

After eight seasons, Mike Leach left as the Washington State football head coach on Jan. 9 to take over at Mississippi State.  Five days later, it’s being reported that Nick Rolovich of Hawaii will be hired to take over for Leach.

Rolovich is expected to receive a five-year contract from WSU that averages $3 million annually. Leach made $3.75 million for the 2019 season.  Rolovich?  $600,000 at Hawaii.

Leach’s salary was ninth amongst Pac-12 head coaches.  Rolovich’s was ninth in the Mountain West Conference.

An official announcement from Washington State is expected at some point Tuesday.

While Wazzu has yet to confirm the hiring, Hawaii has confirmed the departure.

The 40-year-old Rolovich just completed his fourth season as the Rainbow Warriors’ head coach.  In finishing 10-5 this past season, Hawaii reached double-digit wins for the first time since 2010.  They also played in their first-ever Mountain West Conference championship game.

Overall, Rolovich went 28-27 at his alma mater.

There is, though, an ugly incident in which Rolovich allegedly physically assaulted a newspaper photographer in November that Washington State will no doubt be forced to address if the hiring comes to fruition.

Colorado State names Steve Addazio’s offensive coordinator

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Nearly five weeks after being named as the new Colorado State Rams football head coach, Steve Addazio has gotten down to the business of filling two spots on his initial CSU staff.

Tuesday, the Rams announced that Joey Lynch has been named as Addazio’s offensive coordinator.  Lynch was an assistant at Ball State for the past 11 seasons, the last six as the MAC program’s coordinator.

Lynch also held the title of assistant head coach.

On top of Lynch’s hiring, CSU also confirmed the addition of Brian White as running backs coach.  He will also carry the title of senior associate head coach.

The past five seasons, White was on Addazio’s staff at Boston College as running backs coach.  White has also served in the same position at Florida (2011-14) and Wisconsin (1995-06).  He was also the Badgers’ offensive coordinator the last eight seasons in Madison.

“I am excited to bring Joey Lynch and Brian White to Fort Collins,” the Colorado State Rams football coach said in a statement. “Both men embody the characteristics we are looking for in this program: passion for the game, love for those around them, and an unrivaled toughness. I am looking forward to getting them both on the road to meet with recruits and around our program to grow with our players, staff, and community.”

Kansas hires former New Mexico DC Jordan Peterson as new safeties coach

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A coaching change at New Mexico has wound up working out for Kansas.

The Jayhawks confirmed reports on Saturday that former Lobos defensive coordinator Jordan Peterson has joined the program as KU’s new safeties coach.

“We are pleased to have Jordan join our staff at Kansas,” head coach Les Miles said in a statement. “He is an excellent teacher and has strong recruiting ties in Texas, an area that is vital to us. A rising star in the coaching profession and a true family man, Jordan is a great fit for what we are looking for in our program.”

A Lone Star State native, Peterson also coached safeties in Albuquerque in addition to his duties running the defense this past season. Prior to arriving at New Mexico in 2017, he was also an assistant at Fresno State. A former Texas A&M defensive back, he also spent two years on the Aggies coaching staff as a graduate assistant as well.

That wasn’t the only change Miles and Kansas announced recently either as the school confirmed that Emmett Jones was been promoted to Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach and given a multi-year contract to remain in Lawrence.

“Emmett has played a vital role in the development of our wide receivers and we look forward to their continued growth this season,” said Miles. “This promotion was well deserved and will be beneficial to our overall offensive scheme.”

The former Texas Tech and longtime high school coach getting a title bump and new deal comes after reported interest by Texas to bring him to Austin in a similar role coaching receivers.