College football is a game driven by offense, seemingly as much as it ever has been. And yet, in our review of the best Power 5 coordinator hires in this cycle, eight of the top 10 coaches in new places are defensive coordinators.
Hey, I see you Big 12 fans with your recency bias."Kansas! Turner Gill's team last season was the worst in the history of the Big 12!"Yes, those Jayhawks were one of only six teams in Big 12 history to go winless in conference play, and this year's Jayhawks have a chance to make it seven if they don't beat West Virginia on Saturday.
We're looking at coaches you love to hate this week, and today, it's all about the guys who left programs with a bad taste in its mouth.Mike Leach and Mark Mangino certainly had contentious exits from Texas Tech and Kansas, but they're hardly hated by the schools they left behind.
Thanks for all the mail this week. Here's where you can reach me.On to your mail ...Aaron in Plain City, Ohio, writes: In my mind I see Oklahoma as the clear favorite for the Big 12.
Here's the story of the Big 12 this week, as told by calculators.2: Holding penalties by Texas A&M's offensive line this season.9: Games since the Aggies' O-line has been called for a hold.
Thanks for all the questions. Didn't get yours answered? My mailbag is open as always.Trey in Whitesboro, Texas, asked: I know Texas A&M is returning a lot of starters this season but are there any players that are not being talked about that you think could have big contributions to this seasons team?
CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd took a look at the 2011 coaching hot seat ratings, and as the temperature outside heats up, now is as good a time as ever to check the gauge for the Big 12's coaches.
Good set of questions this week. Nice work, folks. Still time to make your presence known in the next one.Justin in Forney, Texas asked: DU, Can you expound on your thoughts behind every school in the Big 12 having a network like Texas?
In Gene Chizik's defense, I feel the same way when I drink Diet Pepsi instead of Diet Coke. Auburn coach Gene Chizik detailed his departure from Iowa State in his new book.
Colleague Mark Schlabach recently took a look at every major program, handing out a 1-5 health rating on the state of the program.Here's his scale:5: Consistent winner with potential to be BCS bowl contender every season4: Potential to join the sport's elite in the near future3: Recent mediocre results but seems to be building momentum2: Recent success but seems to be headed in wrong direction1: Below-average program with little success in past or futureAnd here's what he had to say about each team in the Big 12: BaylorRating: 3The Bears have a star quarterback (Robert Griffin III) and underrated coach (Art Briles), who guided them to their first bowl game in 16 years in 2010.
Thanks for all the questions. Didn't get yours answered? Send it to my mailbag and you might see it here tomorrow. Here's a few highlights from today's chat.
1. If the Big 12 is going to impress on big stages against other conferences, it has to get better at stopping the run. You saw it in last year's national championship game, which was part of the reason Texas committed to a downhill running game in 2010.
If you get rich off of this stuff, take care of my family. I don’t want my kids to have to go to college. Iowa State fans surely have mixed feeling about tonight's national championship, but Sean Keeler of the Des Moines Register says it's time to let former coach Gene Chizik's forgettable tenure in Ames go.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy are among 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.Fans can vote on the award's website for their favorite candidate, and the winner will be announced on January 10, 2011, just before the BCS National Championship Game.
Mike Gundy was named to the Dodd Coach of the Year Watch List, after leading his team to a 7-1 start.Gundy is the only Big 12 representative on the list, which also features Oregon's Chip Kelly, Boise State's Chris Petersen, Auburn's Gene Chizik, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Arizona's Mike Stoops and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.