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Ohio State has officially tabbed Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. That’s a nice hire. Ash was defensive coordinator at Arkansas last season under Bret Bielema, for whom Ash worked for as DC at Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012. And Ash’s area of expertise—the secondary—will dovetail well with what has been the biggest weakness on the Buckeye defense.
What was speculated has been officially announced: Indiana has a new defensive coordinator: Brian Knorr. And, he may have the biggest job of any coordinator in the Big Ten.
So, there was some serious coaching moves Tuesday. Not only did former Wisconsin and Arkansas assistant Chris Ash join Ohio State as co-defensive coordinator, longtime Penn State defensive line coach and ace recruiter Larry Johnson also joined Urban Meyer’s staff. FightOnState.com’s Mark Brennan joined Tuesday’s #BTNLive to talk about Johnson’s decision, among other things.
New Penn State head football coach James Franklin made quite the impression at his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon. The former Vanderbilt coach didn’t hide his personality, one bit, showing passion, humor and commitment throughout the hour-long presser. Watch our favorite moments from Franklin’s first media session as Penn State’s coach in this post.
After a nine day coaching search, James Franklin was officially introduced as the head football coach at Penn State today. Franklin, who coached at Vanderbilt from 2011-2013, was introduced to the public in a news conference Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
James Franklin was just introduced as the Penn State football coach, and here are his opening remarks from his introductory press conference. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaced Bill O’Brien, who left the Nittany Lions after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans. Watch Franklin discuss his new job in this post.
Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is Penn State’s new football coach, and he will be introduced in a press conference at 3:15 p.m. ET on BTN2Go. Franklin replaces Bill O’Brien, who left after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans. View a USA TODAY Sports photo gallery of Franklin in this post.
The Pennsylvania State University has selected James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native who is one of the nation’s most successful and dynamic coaches, as the 16th head football coach in its storied 127-year history.
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Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner said the school was going to move quickly to fill its coaching vacancy, and he wasn’t kidding. The school will hold a 4:15 p.m. ET press conference on Saturday to introduce Vanderbilt’s James Franklin as the next Nittany Lions head football coach.
BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network will offer a free live stream of Penn State’s 4:15 p.m. ET Saturday press conference where the school is reportedly set to announce Vanderbilt’s James Franklin as the new football coach. You can watch the entire event live online Saturday via BTN2Go.com or the Big Ten Digital Network.
Can’t say it was a shock to see the release from Indiana that announced defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris won’t be back. Wilson had to do something. The Hoosiers defense was an abomination in 2013 and a big reason why the school failed to reach a bowl for the sixth season in a row, as Indiana finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten.
It looks like Michigan already has hired a new offensive coordinator, as reports indicate Brady Hoke has tabbed Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier. That didn’t take long. Actually, it obviously likely has been in the works for a bit. The chair in deposed coordinator Al Borges’ office is still warm. Heck, pictures of his kids may still be on his desk.
Meet Al Borges, Michigan’s fall guy for the ultra-disappointing 2013 season.
Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner released a statement Tuesday regarding the school’s football head coaching search. Read the full release in this post.
Penn State made it official today: Bill O’Brien is leaving after two seasons. Now, the search is on for his replacement, which was a point of today’s press conference by Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner.
(AP) — Penn State is in the market for a coach again now that Bill O’Brien has jumped to the NFL. Here are six possible candidates to replace him.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles announced Monday that Georgetown assistant coach Kenya Hunter has been named an assistant for the Huskers.
Chicago Bulls strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland has been named to the same post for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, the school announced Friday.
Ohio State announced Tuesday afternoon that Washington’s Kevin McGuff has been named Ohio State’s new head women’s basketball coach.
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As the new men’s basketball coach at Minnesota, Richard Pitino spoke with the media on Friday morning to discuss his style and approach to the game. Watch the entire announcement here and here.
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Minnesota will introduce Richard Pitino as their school’s 17th men’s basketball coach on Friday morning and you can watch the entire press conference on BTN/BTN2Go beginning at 10 a.m. ET. BTN’s Mike Hall and Shon Morris host our coverage. Earlier, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote that this hire fits the job. We also tracked Twitter reaction to the news on Wednesday.
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Minnesota hired Florida International coach Richard Pitino as its new men’s basketball coach Wednesday. Pitino, 30, is the son of legendary coach Rick Pitino, who guided Louisville to this year’s Final Four, his seventh career such trip. See the Twitter reaction to the hiring of the younger Pitino in this post.
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The hiring of Richard Pitino as Minnesota coach is a gamble. But, it’s one worth taking.
Northwestern introduced longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins as its 24th men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Collins, who grew up in Northbrook, Ill., and starred at Glenbrook North High School, inherits a program that went 13-19, including 4-14 in the Big Ten, in Bill Carmody’s final season. Watch our one-on-one interview with Collins now and find other video in this post.
Northwestern hiring of Duke assistant Chris Collins as the school’s new men’s basketball coach has created a buzz in college hoops circles. Many love his pedigree, youth and energy. Collins sizzles with potential. Do you smell it? Could the thirtysomething wunderkind lead the Wildcats out of the wilderness of basketball hopelessness and to their first NCAA tourney ever? Collins will be hailed a hoop savant if he does so.