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Weber not out of work long; hired at Kansas State

 

Bruce Weber while at Illinois (2010 photo by PhotoVandal via wikipedia commons)

Bruce Weber’s days at Illinois where numbered the day that the school hired athletic director Mike Thomas away from the University of Cincinnati.

Rumors across  Big Ten country, Champaign, Illinois and Chicago said that Thomas wanted his own coaches and was waiting for something to go wrong with the football program under Ron Zook and basketball program under Weber.

Well both have been fired.

Weber has been hired at Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, who left to take the South Carolina job.

Weber was let go with three years on his contract and after going 210-101 in nine seasons at the University of Illinois. He led the Illini to six trips to the NCAA Tournament and had a national runner-up finish in 2005.

The Illini went 17-15 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten.

Weber and Kansas State have agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year.

 

 

Info compiled from Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

Ohio’s Groce hired to replace Weber at Illinois

 

John Groce (courtesy of MAC & Ohio athletics)

University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas on Thursday announced that John Groce would be the Illini’s 17th head basketball coach.

He replaces Bruce Weber, who endured another disappointing season and the fan base and administration had grown tired of underachieving Illini teams year-after-year.

Groce  takes the Illinois job after four seasons as head coach at Ohio University, where he led the Bobcats to an 85-56 overall record as well as Mid-American Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2012.

Ohio was the story of the year’s Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed with victories over No. 4 seed Michigan followed by No. 12 seed South Florida. The Bobcats finished just short of the Elite Eight, falling to top-seed North Carolina in overtime in the regional semifinal. This year marked just the second time in Ohio’s school history and first since 1964 that the Bobcats won multiple games in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio finished the 2012 season with a school-record 29 wins and was known for its pressure defense, ranking second nationally in turnover percentage and third in steals percentage.

A former assistant caoch at Ohio State under Thad Matta, Groce has recorded a total of three wins during his last two NCAA appearances, as Ohio also made noise in the 2010 Tournament. Playing in the school’s first NCAA Tournament game in five seasons, the Bobcats received a No. 14 seed and defeated No. 3 seed Georgetown. With the 2010 and 2012 NCAA performances, Ohio became just the sixth school ever to win Tournament games as both a 13 and 14 seed.

Groce, who is 40, has a total of 19 years in the coaching profession and has been part of teams that have made 16 postseason appearances. His record in 15 years as an assistant was an impressive 349-156, giving him a combined record of 434-212 over his 19 years.

Reports say that Groce was offered $1.2 million a year on a 5 to 6 year contract and the most Ohio could offer to keep him was $500,000 annually up from the $300,000 he was paid this year.

 

Info compiled from Illinois & Ohio athletics 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

 

OSU TE Stoneburner named to mid-season Mackey Watch List

Jake Stoneburner (courtesy of 24 7 Sports Bucknuts.com)

Ohio State junior tight end Jake Stoneburner was named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end by the Nassau (N.Y.) County Sports Commission. He is one of 25 players under consideration for the award and one of only four from the Big Ten Conference, Northwestern’s Drake Dunsmore, Wisconsin’s Jacob Pederson and Nebraska’s Kyler Reed.

The 2011 recipient of “The Mackey” will be announced at the Home Deport ESPNU College Football Awards Red Carpet Show December 8, 2011 on ESPNU.

Stoneburner, a fourth-year junior from the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Dublin and a family resource management major, leads the Buckeyes with 12 receptions for 150 yards and six touchdowns. He caught his sixth TD pass Saturday against Illinois, a 17-yarder from Braxton Miller that was the only completion on the day for Ohio State in its 17-7 win over the 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten Illini.

Earlier this season against the Akron Zips, Stoneburner became the first tight end in modern Ohio State history to catch three touchdowns in a game. Bob Grimes caught four TD passes against Washington State in a 1952 game. He is listed as an end in Ohio State’s media guides for 1950-1952, but he was actually a tight end.

John Mackey Trophy (courtesy of Nassau N.Y. Sports Commission)

 

 

Info courtesy of the John Mackey Award & Ohio State athletics

 

 

OHIO STATE 17 ILLINOIS 7: Herron provides big-plays for offense

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS — Everybody around the Ohio State Buckeyes football team this year, fans, media and players have said that they’ve been missing a spark on offense.

Well, that spark showed up on Saturday afternoon in Daniel “Boom” Herron, who coming off an NCAA-imposed suspension in the memorabilia-selling scandal, looked like he had not missed a beat from 2010.

Daniel "Boom" Herron carried the offense on Saturday (photo courtesy of OSU athletics)

Herron rushed for 114 yards on 23 carries and scored a 12-yard touchdown. In four career games vs. Illinois, Herron has rushed for 320 yards and 5 touchdowns. And with his touchdown on Saturday, “Boom” has scored one in 13 straight games.

OSU GAME NOTES:

* Ohio State improves to 4-3, 1-2 in the Big Ten.

* Illinois drops to 6-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten.

* OSU is 4-1 when leading at the half this season.

* OSU retains the Illibuck Trophy for the fourth year in a row.

* Ohio State is 63-30-4 against the Illini.

* The Buckeyes are 34-12-0 in Champaign.

* The Bucks have not lost at Champaign since 1991.

* OSU was 2-2 in the Red Zone on Saturday, 18 for 21 on the season.

* Illinois came in averaging 447 yards of offense but could manage only 285 on Saturday.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES:

48 474 Daniel Herron OSU RB vs Illinois 2011

48 490 Bradley Roby OSU DB vs Illinois 2011

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