Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Non-AQ news and notes
By Andrea Adelson
Here are a few news and notes from around the non-AQs:
-- BYU has signed bowl agreements with the S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl for 2012, and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for 2013. If the Cougars are not selected for a BCS game, those are the place they will land in those respective seasons.
“We are thrilled to have a relationship with these outstanding bowls. It’s an important step for our football program as we begin playing an independent schedule,” BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe said.
The Cougars will face a Mountain West team in the Poinsettia Bowl. They are scheduled to play a team from the Pac-12 at AT&T Park in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which will feature a Pac-12 squad versus an independent in each of its next three games -- Army in 2011, Navy in 2012 and BYU in 2013. That bowl will continue to have a backup agreement with the WAC in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
-- Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw announced he would conduct a nationwide search for a head coach to replace Al Golden, who left for the University of Miami.
“Temple is firmly committed to finding the best possible person to continue the success it has experienced over the past two seasons and lead it to even greater heights,” Bradshaw said in a statement. "The program has never been in better shape, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1978-79, with the 17 wins during that time tying the school record. Our goal is to find the right person to continue this success on the gridiron while also maintaining excellence in the classroom. With 14 starters, including five all-conference performers, this is a great opportunity for the right coach to keep the program on the winning track.”
-- New North Texas coach Dan McCarney announced the first official hires to his coaching staff. Clint Bowen will serve as defensive coordinator and safeties coach, while Nick Quartaro will be the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. They join associate head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Canales as the first three assistants to be officially named.
-- Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn also announced some changes to his staff. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Greg Forest and wide receivers coach Juan Taylor have both been relieved of their duties. Taylor was the senior member of the football staff, having come to Buffalo in 2006. Forest came to Buffalo last December with Quinn from the Cincinnati. Quinn set no timetable for replacing the positions, but hopes to have the positions filled in early January.
-- Nevada has sold out its ticket allotment for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Boston College on Jan. 9. The school sold 15,369 tickets in five days, and the university will not be getting any more tickets.
-- Fresno State linebacker Kyle Knox, wide receiver Matt Lindsay and linebacker Daniel Salinas did not make the trip to the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl against Northern Illinois on Saturday for an unspecified violation of team rules. Coach Pat Hill made the announcement on Tuesday.