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College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
Coordinator changes in college football can have an immediate impact on either side of the ball. Every year, it seems a handful of teams show significant improvement in the win column or on the stat sheet as a result of a coordinator change. Last season, TCU’s offense improved to one of the best in the nation after the hire of Doug Meacham as the team’s play-caller. Which...

Dana Holgorsen and Pat Narduzzi Trade Jabs Over Scheduling of Backyard Brawl

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
Rivalry games are a huge part of college football, but recent conference realignment has changed the outlook for some of these annual matchups. Missouri-Kansas and Texas-Texas A&M aren’t scheduled to play anytime soon, and Pittsburgh-West Virginia – known as the Backyard Brawl – is also in hiatus. The Backyard Brawl is among the best rivalries in college football, but...

Bottom-Line Sensibility for AD Steve Patterson Causing Problems at Texas

By Ryan Wright, 1 year 9 months ago
If you are the athletic director of a sports program that raked in over $161 million in 2014 and is part of a university that receives $3.45 billion in endowments what do you tell your athletic staff at meal time? If you are University of Texas AD Steve Patterson you tell your coaches to pay up! Several reports have emerged criticizing Patterson’s bottom-line CEO narrative with...

College Football's Top 10 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
College football coaches are always on the hot seat. The pressure to win now is greater than it was 15-20 years ago. With the 24-hour news cycle, social media and message boards, coaches, teams and players are always on the spotlight. The terms “hot seat” and “under pressure” don’t necessarily mean a coach is entering a year with concerns about job security,...

Why Baylor Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
Baylor is a program on the rise under coach Art Briles. The Bears have won at least 10 games in three out of the last four years and just missed out on a playoff appearance last season. There’s no doubt Briles has raised the expectation level in Waco, and this program has staying power as an annual contender to win the Big 12 and compete for playoff appearances. As the 2015 season...

Three Big 12 Programs Will Sink or Swim with New Coordinators

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 9 months ago
Save for a single program, the Big 12 didn’t budge in the annual offseason coaching carousel. And that’s despite another year of upheaval in the old Southwest: The familiars aren’t as formidable, while two private schools — Baylor and TCU — have leapt up to dominate the league on offense and defense. But the lack of new names at the top doesn’t mean the...

Is Pitt Refusing To Renew The Backyard Brawl?

By Jeremy Simon, 1 year 9 months ago
There is no question talks have taken place between West Virginia and Pitt to renew the Backyard Brawl, at least on a short-term basis. Both as well as media outlets out of Pittsburgh have verified that WVU athletics director Shane Lyons and Pitt AD Scott Barnes have been in discussions. However, Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen made a statement just...

10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results from the previous year, breakout players and recruiting – just to name a few. Experience and star power at quarterback is another factor that most...

Why TCU Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2015

By Jeremy Simon, 1 year 9 months ago
TCU enters the 2015 season with possibly the best team in school history. Led by Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin the Horned Frogs return multiple offensive weapons from a team that was only three points away from going undefeated last season.   With the controversy surrounding TCU being snubbed from the inaugural College Football Playoff the Horned Frogs are set up to control their own...

Could 2015 be the Year of the West Virginia Mountaineers?

By Jeremy Simon, 1 year 9 months ago
The last two seasons have been tough on West Virginia fans with up-and-down success from the both football and basketball teams. But an unexpected Sweet 16 run by the latter has fans prepared for what could be the Mountaineers' best seasons on the gridiron and court since joining the Big 12 conference. Let's begin with the football team, which is expected to be a...