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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Luke Fickell added running backs coach Gerad Parker to his 2017 staff Monday.
Parker joins offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Denbrock, offensive line coach Ron Crook, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Doug Phillips, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, safeties coach Jon Tenuta, defensive line coach Al Washington and director of football sports performance Brady Collins on Fickell’s inaugural staff.
“I’m happy to welcome Gerad, his wife Kandi and their three daughters to our program,” Fickell said. “He’s another great family man and coach and I’m excited to see him get to work with our running backs this spring. We have put together a staff with some great recruiters and football minds. I am proud they have all taken a leap of faith to come to Cincinnati.”
Parker joins the Bearcats after four seasons at Purdue, most recently as the interim head coach for the latter half of the 2016 season. He was hired in West Lafayette on Feb. 11, 2013, and spent his first two seasons as tight ends coach before becoming wide receivers coach in 2015. He also has served as the Boilermakers’ recruiting coordinator.
Parker mentored standout receiver DeAngelo Yancey during his time as wide receivers coach. Yancey earned the Boilermakers offensive MVP award after earning second team All-Big Ten honors, posting a career-high 49 receptions for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016, his yardage and touchdowns totals were second among all Big Ten receivers in the regular season. He wrapped up his four-year collegiate career ranking among the top receivers in Purdue history, finishing seventh in both receiving yards (2,344) and receiving touchdowns (20) and 16th in receptions (141).
Parker previously worked at Marshall and spent two years as wide receivers coach. In 2012, Marshall led all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing offense with an average of 365.1 yards per game. Prior to Marshall, Parker spent three seasons at UT-Martin as the Skyhawks’ passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and running backs coach. He spent the 2007 season as a graduate assistant at Kentucky, his alma mater.
Additional coaching and staff appointments will be announced as they are finalized.
The Bearcats will announce their 2017 signing class on Wednesday, February 1 on National Signing Day. Be sure to tune into exclusive coverage onGoBEARCATS.com/signingday and follow the football team on social media at twitter.com/gobearcatsfb and facebook.com/gobearcatsfootball.
New season ticket deposits for the 2017 football campaign can be made online at GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Season ticket renewals will go out in February with the opportunity for seat upgrades occurring later in the spring.
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Muzerall makes return to Ridder Arena for first time as visiting coach
Minneapolis, Minn.— Ohio State held a lead for much of the game, but two third period goals from Minnesota were the differences in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Golden Gophers.
“I’m very proud of our team,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said after the game. ”They executed everything we’ve been practicing and everything we’ve been talking about on film. We just had a shorter bench and we were a little gassed. They did everything but it was just 10 minutes too long of a game.”
After a scoreless first period, Julianna Iafallo notched her fifth goal of the season to put Ohio State up 1-0. Maddy Field poked the puck free behind Minnesota’s net and it squirted out to Iafallo, who went stick side right by the goalie to give her team the lead. In that second period Minnesota peppered Kassidy Sauve with 18 shots, and the Buckeyes’ goaltender stopped every one of them
“She’s phenomenal,” Muzerall said of her goalie. “She’s an All-American, she’s fantastic. She’s been our backbone all year. It’s unfortunate how the first goal went it, that was uncharacteristic of her. But she kept us in the game. She controlled her rebounds and got whistles for us when we needed them. She played intelligently and composed.”
That first goal Muzerall reference came 10:48 into the third period and tied the game at 1-1. The Golden Gophers second goal came about six minutes later and gave them the lead for good.
In total Sauve stopped 31 shots on the night, over half of those coming in the second period. Ohio State recorded eight shots on goal, including Iafallo’s goal. On defense Jessica Dunne and Dani Sadek blocked four and three shots, respectively.
For Muzerall it was the first time she took in a hockey game as a visitor. She was an All-American for Minnesota and has won national championships as both a player and coach.
“That was actually really odd,” she said of returning to Ridder Arena. “There were a lot of emotions going through my mind, being a part of the inaugural program here and watching the growth and seeing the banners. I still have that pride in my heart for what my class and the girls that followed have accomplished. But that time’s over. I’m building a program at OSU.”
Tonight marked the third time this season that Ohio State scored first against Minnesota and, despite not coming away with victories in any of those games, there’s no doubt this team will be back on the ice tomorrow ready to compete.
“They don’t have any doubt in this team,” Muzerall said of her players. “They still believe, they’re going to come out firing and guns blazing because that’s who we are.”
These teams will face off again on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. ET
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A pair of 6-6 teams will play in the final bowl game for Saturday, December 16.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. The Rajun Cajuns used to be known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana until being renamed in 1999.
The 9 pm game will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and have local appeal to the folks from the State of Louisiana. Both schools are 140 miles from the city of New Orleans.
To become bowl eligible, Louisiana-Lafayette won three of its last four. Their defense is the team strength allowing only 22 points per game.
ULL is led on offense by LSU transfer, QB Anthony Jennings, a duel threat. In his only season with the Ragin Cajuns he threw for 2,083 yards, completed 61 % of his passes, threw 11 touchdowns and was picked off 12 times. On the ground, he rushed for 7 TD’s and 322 yards.
Southern Mississippi, who has beaten ULL eight games in a row, led Conference USA in defense, allowing 330.9 ypg and were top-12 nationally in pass defense.
The Golden Eagles dynamic offense is led by QB Nick Mullens and RB Ito Smith. Mullens has throw for 60 touchdowns the past two seasons while Smith has two straight seasons of 1,600 -plus total yards.
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Could you ever imagine an 0-12 team from 2015 being able to regroup just enough to get a bowl bid in 2016?
Well the answer is yes!
And the Central Florida Knights of the American Athletic Conference is success story of the college football season.
Head coach Scott Frost rallied his troops to get a 6-6 record and a bowl game against 7-5 Arkansas State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.
The Knights almost beat Houston. They led in the game at one point 24-3 but lost 31-24. But that is how tough it is to win the AAC.
UCF is led by LB Shaquem Griffin, who against Houston was all over the field with 14 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and an interception. His best game of 2016.
The Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference with a resounding 35-3 shellacking of Troy State.
They are led by QB Justice Hansen, who passed for 2,514 yards, 16 TD’s and 8 interceptions.