NCF Nation: Stan Brock
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Good afternoon. Here are some Big 12 links to go with your lunch today.
- The Sporting News details a few of former Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman's favorite things, including the movie "Braveheart," LeBron James and Jessica Alba.
- Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera reports that former Illinois State coach Denver Johnson and former Army coach Stan Brock are among those who have interviewed for the vacant offensive line coaching position at Colorado.
- Scott Wright of the Daily Oklahoman speculates that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy might give up some of his offensive play-calling control to do more work with the Cowboys' defense next season.
- Former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost has been hired to coach receivers at Oregon, Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard reports.
- Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Austin Meek reports that Kansas State has filed a petition for declaratory relief in a contract dispute against three members of former head coach Ron Prince's staff -- defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar, quarterbacks coach Warren Ruggiero and linebackers coach Cornell Jackson.
- Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle notes that the biggest standing ovations during Saturday's Texas-Texas A&M basketball game came when the Longhorns' football team and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy were introduced separately to the crowd at the Erwin Center.
• Newly named San Diego State coach Brady Hoke is bringing a different presence to San Diego, but will he bring his most trusted staff member with him? Ball State offensive coordinator Stan Parrish has a big decision to make, stay at Ball State or follow Hoke to San Diego.
• Should the WAC become a 10-team league? That's what the Reno Gazette-Journal's Dan Hinxman writes.
• No one thinks Utah is going to fare well against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but coach Kyle Whittingham and his team isn't listening.
• The WAC is sending five teams to bowl games this year, but the total cost is expected to be about $1 million, which is under budget.
• Could former Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon become the new Virginia offensive coordinator? According to the Charlottesville Daily progress, Brandon is at the top of coach Al Groh's wish list.
Stan Brock was given just two seasons, but apparently that was enough to show that he wasn't the right coach to lead Army into the future.
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|Stan Brock was fired Friday after two dismal seasons as Army coach.|
Brock's not-so-surprising firing was announced on Friday. Brock was 6-18 in his two seasons and had been thoroughly dismantled by Navy each of the past two years, including a 34-0 loss this year, the first shutout in the series since 1978. Overall, Navy had beaten Army 72-3 in their two meetings and the Black Knights have lost seven consecutive games to the Midshipmen, the longest streak in the 109-year history of the rivalry.
"I'd like to thank Stan for his hard work and dedication to the Army football program for the past five years and wish him and his family well in the future," director of athletics Kevin Anderson said in a statement on the team's Web site.
Whoever Army hires will be the fifth coach since 2000. During the past five seasons, the Black Knights are 12-56 and Army has not had a winning season since 1996.
"I support the athletic director's decision," Lt. Gen. Buster Hagenbeck, West Point superintendent, said in the Web site's story. "This was not a hasty or emotional decision, and Stan has been a great member of our community, but winning is particularly important to the military academy and to an Army at war. There is no substitute for victory."
According to the Times Herald-Record, possible replacements include New York Giants receivers coach Mike Sullivan, University of Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke, and New York Jets assistant coach Bob Sutton.
Sullivan and Warinner were both assistant coaches at Army and Sutton was the last Army coach with a winning record. Lobotzke played at Air Force.