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Navy accepts invite to join Big East in football

 

The Navy Midshipmen football program has accepted the Big East Conference’s invitation to join the league starting in 2015.

The United States service academy has been an independent in football since the program’s inception in 1879.

The Big East is trying to the build the conference into a 12-team league for football, with eastern and western divisions and a league championship game.

Navy in Blue & Gold uniforms (photo by Navy sports Information Office via wikipedia commons)

In December, the Big East added Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and Southern Methodist, Houston and Central Florida in all sports. Those three schools will start play in 2013.

 

 

Info compiled from Navy athletics & Big East Conference news

Petrino rejoins Arkansas football staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Petrino as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Razorbacks.

Paul Petrino most recently completed his second season as offensive coordinator at Illinois, and has 20 years of collegiate experience and an impressive offensive background, which includes national top-10 rankings in scoring and total offense.

“I am extremely thrilled to have Paul become a member of our staff again,” said UA head coach Bobby Petrino. “Paul has had several options with high level programs the past few days and I’m excited he made the decision to rejoin our program. His experience the last two seasons, blended with our philosophy will give us continuity with our aggressive scheme. Paul has a talented offensive mind and he has had great success every step of his career. His offensive numbers and rankings speak for themselves, and he has always had an incredible ability to develop players.”

Paul Petrino (courtesy of Illinois athletics)

In 2011, Petrino coached A.J. Jenkins to one of the best seasons by a receiver in Illinois history, as Jenkins led the Big Ten with 84 catches. His 1,196 yards rank second in school history prior to Illinois’ appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and he also ranks in the school’s top-five in season receptions, season 100-yard receiving games, career receptions, career receiving yardage, career receiving touchdowns and career 100-yard receiving games.

Petrino guided an Illini offense that broke school records for total points (423) and points per game (32.54) in 2010 and featured running back Mikel Leshoure, who broke the single-season school rushing record with 1,697 yards. Illinois averaged 42.1 points and 448.9 total yards over the last seven games of the season and notched a 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl.

In 2009 as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, the team averaged 37 points per game, which ranked eighth in the NCAA, while also posting top-15 rankings in passing offense at No. 10 (303.3 ypg) and total offense at No. 14 (439.3 ypg). Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallet was the nation’s sixth-rated passer, averaging 285 yards per contest and throwing 29 touchdowns. The Razorbacks broke the school record for passing yards with 3,640, eclipsing the previous record that was set under Petrino in 2008.

Petrino coached at Louisville from 2003-06 and in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was the receivers coach in Atlanta after working the four previous years as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Louisville. Playing for Petrino, Roddy White enjoyed the best season of his pro career with 83 catches for 1,202 yards.

His teams at Louisville averaged 41.1 points per game from 2003-06; 34.6 in `03; 49.8 in `04; 43.3 in `05 and 37.8 in `06. Texas Tech was the only other school to rank in the top 10 nationally in total offense during those years. In 50 games at Louisville, Petrino’s teams went 41-9 and scored 40 or more points 28 times and 60 or more seven times.

Petrino coached three wide receivers who set single-season yardage records at Louisville. Arnold Jackson totaled 1,209 yards in 1999, J.R. Russell broke the record in 2003 with 1,213 yards and Harry Douglas had 1,265 yards in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals went 12-1, won the Big East title and finished the year ranked No. 6 in the nation. Louisville was second in the country in total offense (475.3 ypg), seventh in passing (290.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (37.8 ppg). In 2005, Louisville (9-3) was ninth in the nation in offense (482.1) and third in scoring (43.4 ppg) with six offensive players earning first-team All-Conference honors. Running back Michael Bush led the nation with 24 touchdowns, while receiver Mario Urrutia was second in the nation in yards per catch.

The 2004 team won the Conference USA title, beat No. 10 Boise State in the Liberty Bowl, finished 11-1, finished ranked No. 7 in the nation, and led the nation in total offense (539.0 ypg) and scoring offense (49.8 ppg). The Cardinals set school records for total yards, rushing yards and points in a season (597), also scoring 50-plus points seven times. Russell earned All-Conference honors for the second-straight season after catching 73 passes. He had 75 catches for a school-record 1,213 yards in 2003.

Petrino began his coaching career in 1990-91 as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Carroll College. He coached at Idaho for the next three years (1992-94), where he tutored receivers, running backs and special teams. As running backs coach, he coached Sherriden May to All-America honors after he led I-AA players with 150 points while rushing for 1,111 yards. Petrino moved to Utah State from 1995-97 as receivers coach and special teams coordinator. In 1995, Aggies’ receiver Kevin Alexander was second in the nation in receptions and third in yards.

In 1998, Petrino went to Louisville for two years in his first stint at the school. In 1998, with brother, Bobby, coaching quarterbacks and Paul coaching receivers, UL set records for points (473), scoring average (39.4), touchdowns, passing yards, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, completions and total offense. In 1998, the Cardinals ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing offense and ranked second in 1999.

From 2000-02, he was the quarterbacks coach at Southern Mississippi. In his three seasons, the Golden Eagles went 8-4, 6-5 and 7-6 with two bowl bids.

Born in Butte, Mont., Petrino was a four-year starter at quarterback for his father at Carroll College from 1985-88. He set 16 school records, earned Kodak All-America honors and was named the Football Gazette NAIA Division II Player of the Year as a senior. In Petrino’s four seasons, Carroll was 36-6 and won four Frontier Conference titles. He was an All-Conference and All-Region selection all four years and was a two-time All-American. Petrino and his wife, Maya, have two daughters, Anne Mari and Ava, and a son, Mason. Anne Mari and Mason are twins.

Playing Experience: Carroll College, 1985-88

Bowl Games: Texas Bowl, 2010; Liberty Bowl 2010; Orange Bowl, 2007; Gator Bowl, 2006; Liberty Bowl, 2004; GMAC Bowl, 2003; Houston Bowl, 2002; GMAC Bowl, 2000; Humanitarian Bowl, 1999; Motor City Bowl, 1998; Humanitarian Bowl, 1997.

 

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas media relations

 

Big East looking to increase membership

 

(courtesy of Big East Conference)

The Big East Conference is moving quickly to recover from the defections of long-time members Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and prospective 2012 member Texas Christian University to the Big 12.

The conference is planning to invite Boise State, Air Force and Navy as football-only members, and Central Florida as an all-sports member.

The conference also pushed its exit fee from $5 million to $10 million.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Boise State whips up on Fresno State, 57-7

 

Geraldo Boldewijn (courtesy of broncosports.com)

Number 5 Boise State extended its dominance over former Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State with a 57-7 win.

Geraldo Boldewijn caught two touchdown passes in his first game back from suspension for Boise State.

Kellen Moore completed 23 of 31 passes for 254 yards and three scores in his 43rd career victory for the Broncos who are now 5-0.

Boise State has completely dominated this rivalry which used to have close games.

Fresno State will join Boise State in the Mountain West Conference in 2012.

Info compiled from Boise State athletics

Ohio State drops out of Top 25; first since 2004

 

(file photo)

Ohio State’s lackluster performance on offense Saturday night on national TV cost them in the weekly rankings.

The Buckeyes have fallen out of the AP college football rankings for the first time in almost seven years. That ends the nation’s longest streak of appearances in the Top 25.

With the Buckeyes streak in the Top 25 over, Alabama has the longest with 53 and Boise State is next at 49.

The Buckeyes lost at Miami on Saturday night, 24-6. They were ranked at #17 before the game and had been in the AP Top 25 for 103 straight weeks since being out on November 20, 2004.

OSU has offensive problems, can’t decide on a quarterback and are missing offensive playmakers, wide receiver DeVier Posey and running back Daniel Herron, who are suspended until the Nebraska game for their part in memorabilia and tattoo scandal.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Ohio State news

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