Big 12: Gregg Brandon
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Multiple reports from Virginia media outlets indicate that former Kansas State coach Ron Prince could return to Al Groh's staff as an assistant coach.
Charlottesville, Va., television station WVIR reported on its Web site that Prince could be in line to fill an opening created by the departure of Bob Diaco to Cincinnati.
The thinking is that Prince could shuffle into a position as possibly Groh's assistant head coach. He served as Groh's offensive coordinator in the final three seasons of a five-season stint on Groh's staff from 2001-05.
Prince was the head coach at Kansas State from 2006-2008, posting a 17-20 record while there.
The website ncaafootball.fanhouse.com notes that Groh's staff already has deposed former Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon on his staff, who is working as the Cavaliers' offensive coordinator. It might be interesting to see if one of the former head coaches ends up replacing Groh, who turns 65 on July 13.
So would it really be surprising to see Prince back coaching at his old school? Probably not, considering the job opening that potentially could materialize there very soon.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Newspapers in Toledo and Tulsa are reporting that Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman will be introduced later Thursday as Toledo's new head coach. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.
This much is true: The Toledo job is a nice first head-coaching gig because it's one of the power schools in the underrated Mid-American Conference. Gary Pinkel started there and used his success to catapult to the job at Missouri.
Beckman's name didn't surface in the search at Toledo until very late. He's a good choice with state ties. He grew up in nearby Berea, which is about 100 miles away. Beckman also cut his teeth as defensive coordinator on coaching staffs of Gary Blackney, Urban Meyer and Gregg Brandon at Bowling Green. And he later served as a cornerbacks coach on Jim Tressel's staff at Ohio State, giving him some wide exposure in that football-crazed part of the country.
After some initial struggles last season, the Cowboys improved markedly under Beckman in his second season. His offense was undersized, relied on a lot of junior college talent and didn't pressure opposing quarterbacks very well. But it was sound schematically and improved in most areas in his second season in charge in 2008.
Oklahoma State played well defensively before two late stumbles against Texas Tech and Oklahoma. But Beckman was credited with developing the blueprint to beat Missouri, which the Cowboys did by intercepting Chase Daniel three times.
But it is interesting that Beckman will be getting the head job considering his team ranked 109th nationally in pass defense, 108th in sacks and 85th in total defense. Some of those numbers have been skewed because of the offensive surges across the Big 12 in recent seasons.
There is no word on whether Beckman will continue with the Cowboys in their bowl game. But one of the first names to surface as a possible candidate for his replacement is former New Mexico coach Rocky Long, who served as a defensive coordinator at UCLA, Oregon State and TCU before getting the Lobos' job.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State