January 12, 2014 - 10:05 PM
By Bob DiCesare
UB coach Jeff Quinn is working awfully hard on retooling his coaching staff for someone rumored as a candidate to reunite with Brian Kelly at Notre Dame.
The Bulls have hired esteemed strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris to replace Zach Duval, who left for the same job at Wyoming. Morris, UB's S&C coach in 2006 before leaving for Pitt, starts on Jan. 27. He worked for the Panthers through 2010, returned to Buffalo, and told me tonight he has been aching to get back in football ever since.
Sources say two other departures from Quinn's staff likely will be absorbed from within. Notably, the intent is to have offensive coordinator/receivers coach Alex Wood drops receivers for quarterbacks after Don Patterson departed to become associate head coach/QB coach at UConn. Most recently, defensive line coach Jappy Oliver departed, reportedly for Virginia.
Would Quinn be actively reorganizing and hiring if he was looking to reunite with Kelly and become offensive coordinator at Notre Dame? Perhaps. Nothing's outside the realm of possibility in college coaching, and neither Quinn nor AD Danny White responded to messages left concerning the Notre Dame talk. A source close to Notre Dame football said it's not happening.
But there is an intriguing angle to the Notre Dame thing in that Quinn's at a crossroads as a head coach. To maintain a glow he has to sustain success comparable the eight-win season of 2013, and he has to do it with heavy graduation losses that include five first-team All-MAC players. Were the program to backtrack over the next couple of years his star dulls. J.D. Brookhart won the East and the MAC at Akron in 2005 and was fired after the 2009 season for failing to sustain. Coaching' can be a cruel world.
Now let's say Quinn became OC at Notre Dame -- he had the job for a week before being hired by UB -- and produced. His body of work at UB showing continual improvement would make him an OC with a successful head coaching stint, giving him a leg up on much of the competition if he pursued another head coaching vacancy at a higher level.
Just something to consider even though the winds appear to be blowing in the other direction.
Meanwhile, I'll be filing another blog on Morris's return to the Bulls in a short while.
---Phil Steele examines which teams he thinks can go 12-0 or 11-1 this season, a few of which are UB opponents.
---With an $11.4 million cut in state appropriations looming, regents will vote on Eastern Michigan's annual budget. Combined with a possible $12 million increase in expenses, the school could face a $23.4 million shortfall.
---Pat Chambers, pictured left, believes he can change the perception that Penn State is a bad coaching job. Why Chambers got into coaching is a good story.
---Gary Parrish hopes that no coach patterns his coaching career after former Kelvin Sampson.
---Bob Knight calls some NCAA rules idiotic.
---Jason King previews the top junior transfers in 2011-12.
---Here's a list of the 12 most-hyped recruits ever.
---The movers and shakers from pre-draft workouts.
---The BCS announced today it has stripped USC of its national championship in 2004, marking the first time a football or men’s basketball championship has been vacated since the polls began.
The BCS vacated the title based on the NCAA’s findings that tailback Reggie Bush was ineligible for the game. The NCAA ruled last year that Bush received improper benefits throughout his three-year career with the Trojans.
The Trojans crushed Oklahoma 55-19 in the 2005 Orange Bowl to win the championship and Bush rushed for 75 yards and has two receptions for 31 yards in the game. Last year, USC was banned from a bowl game for two years and given scholarship reductions as a result of a lengthy NCAA investigation.
The BCS waited until the school’s appeal was denied two weeks ago before its presidential oversight committee officially stripped USC of its championship. The oversight committee is chaired by Penn State’s Graham Spanier and includes presidents from the 12 major conferences and Notre Dame.
“The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for post-season football,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement released by the organization. “One of the best ways of ensuring that they remain so is for us to foster full compliance with NCAA rules. Accordingly, in keeping with the NCAA’s recent action, USC's appearances are being vacated.’’
The Associated Press earlier said it would not change its decision on crowning the Trojans national champions for that season.
“The BCS alerted us today that their presidents have voted to vacate USC’s 2005 BCS Championship Game victory,” USC athletics director Pat Haden said in a statement. “This was not an unexpected outcome. We will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this BCS vote.”
---With the 2011 season slowly arriving, the Bleacher Report takes a peek at all 120 FBS teams.
---This is a few days old, but UB associate head coach Ernest Jones talks about former Bull Josh Thomas.
---UB athletic director Warde Manuel joins Allen Wilson, Joe Major and myself on The Sports Insiders at 6:30 tonight on www.weck1230.com.
---Big 4 coaches, like Canisius' Tom Parrotta, view the Ohio State scandal as a time to educate student-athletes about off the field issues.
---These assistant coaches will be head coaches soon.
---Doug Flutie a head football coach?
---Is Thursday night the right night for Syracuse's opener?
---Army to the Big East?
---Notre Dame made an initial "termination payment" to Charlie Weis of more than $6.6 million and will continue to cut smaller checks to its former football coach for the foreseeable future, according to federal tax documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune. Weis' apparent buyout is revealed on the Form 990 Notre Dame must submit to the IRS. Weis' total severance pay — which was subject to debate as his tenure drew to a close — won't be fully clear for years, though.
---SI's Bruce Schoenfeld provides a look at the life of college basketball recruiters.
---A look at Syracuse's potential dance-partners in next season's Big East/SEC Challenge.
---Dana O'Neil profiles piece former Villanova forward Will Sheridan, who openly admits that he is gay.
---In a surprising move, Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey is leaving the coaching profession because of personal issues.
---Coach-K made $4.7 mil during Duke's 2010 National Title run. Worth every penny.
---This year’s Sporting News College preview just arrived at my door – I received a free copy since I wrote the MAC preview – are here is the predicted order of finish for the league:
2. Miami (Ohio)
6. Bowling Green
7. Kent State
1. Northern Illinois
3. Western Michigan
4. Central Michigan
5. Eastern Michigan
6. Ball State
In the Rating the MAC section, UB’s Steven Means is the best interview, while linebacker Khalil Mack is all-league. The recruiting roundup, written by TSN’s Brian McLaughlin, ranks the Bulls class 11th in the conference.
1. West Virginia
2. South Florida
In rating the players, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones was named the player with the best instincts while the Orange’s recruiting class was rated seventh. Jones, OL Justin Pugh, and DB Phillip Thomas were all named All Big East.
6. Boise State
7. Florida State
8. Ohio State
9. Texas A&M