BTN has confirmed that new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell has made the final big hire of his first Boilermakers staff, tabbing John Shoop as offensive coordinator. Shoop has an impressive background, coaching in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98, the Chicago Bears from 1999-2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and the Oakland Raiders from 2005-06. Shoop was offensive coordinator for the Bears, while also coaching quarterbacks in Chicago as well as in Carolina, Tampa Bay and Oakland. Shoop, 43, joined the college ranks in 2007, when he became offensive coordinator for Butch Davis at North Carolina until
Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from. Freeman, Heacock and Williams worked for Hazell at Kent State. Bollman comes from Boston College but worked with Hazell at Ohio State as offensive coordinator under Jim Tressel. Sherman was at Virginia Tech. Hudson was at Florida State and has no direct ties to Hazell.
BTN and BTN2Go will have live coverage Friday beginning at 11 a.m. ET of the University of Wisconsin press conference announcing Gary Andersen as the new head football coach. BTN2Go is a live 24/7 multi-platform extension of BTN that lets fans watch the TV network live wherever they are via the internet, mobile phone or tablet. Andersen was officially hired as the Badgers’ new coach Thursday, and will be formally introduced at Friday’s news conference. He replaces Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers for Arkansas this month. “I don’t know if I can really have a word for how excited
Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as its next coach, the Big Ten Network confirmed Tuesday night. The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the news. Badger fans may be familiar with Andersen, whose team lost at Wisconsin on Sept. 15 this season, 16-14, only after missing a 37-yard field goal in the dying seconds to allow Wisconsin to escape. Unlike the departed Bret Bielema who needed to be groomed for the job, Andersen brings a strong background as a head coach to Wisconsin. But like Bielema–and Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez–Andersen brings a defensive background to the job. Andersen, 48,
You have questions, and I have answers in this week’s mailbag. Many of you remain focused on football—and coaching news—even though hoop season is starting to hit full-stride. Bottom line: There’s a lot going on in the Big Ten with the holidays fast approaching. Who do you think Barry Alvarez will pick for the Badgers head coaching position? – Jeff Linderman Good question. Alvarez is well-connected and figures to make a good hire. Some have told me they think he will want to hire a person with head coaching experience, as he may not have the time, energy or inclination
All eyes are on Wisconsin as it continues to search for a replacement for Bret Bielema. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week he’d prefer to hire someone with head coaching experience, but some in the industry have suggested that might be because he doesn’t have the time and/or energy to devote to grooming a young coach like he did with Bielema. Just something to consider. Among sitting head coaches, the names that are getting mentioned the most are Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads and Miami’s Al Golden. But are they attainable? An interesting name is Brad
(AP) Morgan Burke wants Purdue back in the Rose Bowl, and he’s willing to put his money on Darrell Hazell to get there. After a whirlwind week of speculation, Burke ended the chatter by introducing the 48-year-old New Jersey native as the Boilermakers’ head coach Wednesday. The contract is for six years and comes with a succinct message from Burke: The Cradle of Quarterbacks is about to start rocking again. “We did it because we want to get back to Pasadena,” Burke said. Hazell comes to West Lafayette with a perfect resume. He’s a disciplined student of the game who
Three days after leading Wisconsin to its third consecutive Rose Bowl, Bret Bielema agreed to become Arkansas’ head coach. Yahoo! Sports and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde first reported the news. Bielema, who will be introduced Wednesday, led the Badgers to a 70-31 win over Nebraska in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the win, the Badgers became the first Big Ten team to reach Pasadena three consecutive seasons since Michigan from 1976-78. Arkansas 2012 Date Opponent Result / Time 9/1 vs. Jacksonville State W 49 – 24 9/8 vs. Louisiana-Monroe L
It’s apparent that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones is the top target for the Purdue job. Colorado also is in hot pursuit of Jones. Jones was reported to be in West Lafayette on Sunday interviewing to replace Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. Outlets also report that Jones was in Colorado on Monday to interview. Colorado is reportedly offering a five-year deal for $13.5 million. Jones, a hot commodity last year when he was linked to jobs at North Carolina, UCLA and Illinois, makes $1.57 million at Cincinnati. [RELATED: Boilers react to Hope’s firing on Twitter]
Nebraska has hired Shawn Eichorst as the school’s new athletics director to replace the retiring Tom Osborne, who will step aside on Jan. 1, 2013. Eichorst has been the athletics director the University of Miami since April 2011. Read the full release at Huskers.com and watch the video of Thursday’s announcement in this post. You can also look back at stories and videos on Osborne’s announcement, too.