Saturday, January 10, 2009

Other notes

* Bobby Bowden will be back for his 34th season as Florida State coach, continuing his battle with Joe Paterno to see who will collapse on the sideline first.

* Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen, a redshirt junior who lost his starting job to Ricky Stanzi early in the season, will transfer to an undetermined school. This isn't a huge surprise, as Stanzi performed respectably and Christensen attempted only seven passes in the final eight games. He had no future at Iowa as anything other than a backup.

* USC promoted defensive backs coach Rocky Seto, who is 32 and has spent his entire career with the Trojans, to defensive coordinator. Linebackers coach Ken Norton was named assistant head coach for defense. Former USC receiver Vidal Hazelton, who was a five-star recruit in 2006 but left the Trojans in December, apparently is leaning toward transferring to an FCS school (although Western Michigan and Florida International are NOT in the FCS, as the article states).

* Clemson hired Alabama "defensive head coach" Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator. Steele was a top assistant at Florida State and with the Carolina Panthers before take the D-coordinator job at Alabama, so this seems like a bit of a steal for Tigers coach Dabo Swinney.

* UMass head coach Don Brown, who led the Minutemen to the I-AA title game in 2006, resigned to take over as Maryland's defensive coordinator.

* Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve, a redshirt freshman this season, is still looking for a home, but Miami isn't backing down much from the restrictions it set on Marve's transfer. He still won't be allowed to go to Florida, LSU or Tennessee.

* South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley, who split time this season with redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia, will transfer. He apparently plans to focus on baseball. Smelley had lost his grip on the starting job by the end of the season, but Garcia wasn't exactly spectacular when given the opportunity and is now the only scholarship QB on the roster. Steve Spurrier will have his work cut out for him next year.

* Minnesota hired former Nebraska and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove to share the D-coordinator spot with Ronnie Lee, who was promoted from defensive backs coach. Cosgrove was a reasonably well-respected coordinator until Nebraska fell apart on defense toward the end of his tenure there, so it will be interesting to see what he can do with the Gophers.

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