Lot’s of coaching changes to catch up on in what I guess we’re now calling the “silly season.” (That name’s silly.) Let’s quickly hit each one:
BIELEMA TO ARKANSAS >>> I don’t get it. Not right now. Bret Bielema, as evidenced by three straight Rose Bowls, had a pretty good thing going. Even with the rise of Ohio State, Bielema was still in a spot where if he could beat Urban Meyer he was basically the favorite to make the conference title game. Now he’s replaced Urban Meyer with Nick Saban and Les Miles, not to mention the hot young talent at Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and A&M. And that’s just his half of the division.
HAZELL TO PURDUE >>> The Boilermakers reportedly moved on to Kent State’s Darrell Hazell only after Cincinnati coach Butch Jones removed himself from the running. Purdue’s better off this way. Hazell has an Ohio State pedigree and led the Golden Flashes to their first bowl game since 1972. There’s talent in West Lafayette and Hazell, I think, knows how to handle it. Next year’s game against Nebraska just got more interesting.
MALZAHN TO AUBURN >>> If it wasn’t clear back when Nebraska played Arkansas State, I like Gus Malzahn. His offense works and it’s worked in the SEC at two different spots. That was enough to overcome any, ummm, off the field concerns I guess. If you didn’t keep up with the Red Wolves after September, Malzahn led Arkansas State to the Sun Belt title with seven straight wins to end the season. Who he hires to run his defense will be key at Auburn.
ADDAZIO TO BOSTON COLLEGE >>> True story: I used to live about five blocks from Boston College’s football stadium and, on fall Saturday’s, it hardly ever seemed like there was a football game going on. Normally, I think you’d notice if a BCS conference football game was happening in your neighborhood. I never did in Boston and I always wished BC football was a bigger deal. Maybe Steve Addazio can get it there. Temple has become like Triple-A for the ACC. Is it a good hire? It doesn’t jump off the page but it is a little off the beaten path. Consider me intrigued.
SCHEMIN’ >>> I suspect this might be of interest to some Nebraska fans at the moment. Here’s Stanford head coach David Shaw on how scheme plays into a team’s success. The key quote is at the 1:40 mark, but I’ve also pulled it out below for those of you at work, etc.
You can win with any style of football. Once you make a decisions, you recruit to it, you teach it, you coach it, you build the culture that you’re looking for. If you do it well enough you’re going to get a chance to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re a spread offense or a power-I offense or an I-bone offense or a wishbone offense or a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 defense or a Cover-2 defense.
Full disclosure: I’m in love with Stanford football. Loved it under Harbaugh, love it under Shaw, and love it over at Western Kentucky with Willie Taggart at the helm. When people start running through their lists of potential Nebraska coaches should Bo Pelini leave, the Stanford guys usually end up near the top of my list. That brand of football would play very well here.
HUSKERS A BOWL WINNER? >>> Our old Big 12 friend Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman lists the Big Ten as one of his winners in the bowl selection process:
For a lousy conference, the Big Ten sure ended up with some decent — and winnable — bowl games. Nebraska could beat Georgia if the Bulldogs are emotionally down in the Capital One Bowl. Michigan has a shot at South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. Minnesota stinks but so has Texas Tech for a month and might still in the Houston bowl. Michigan State won’t get run over by TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and could have a chance at the end. Maybe even Wisconsin has a shot at Stanford in the Rose Bowl.