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Posts Tagged ‘Little Caesars Bowl.’

South Florida hires Western Kentucky coach Taggart to replace Skip Holtz

 

Willie Taggart (courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics)

South Florida has hired Willie Taggart to take over its struggling football program.

The 36-year-old has established himself as one of the nation’s top young prospects by turning around a Western Kentucky University football program that had a history of losing.

Taggart led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record in 2012 and will make their first postseason appearance since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) when they take on Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Hilltoppers defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will lead the team in the bowl.

The Saturday press conference brought Taggart home to the Tampa Bay area where he grew up before going to play and later coach at Western Kentucky, which is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky on the Tennessee border.

Taggart replaces Skip Holtz, who was fired following the worst season in the Bulls 16-year history at 3-9, 1-6 in the Big East good for 8th place.

 

Info compiled from University of South Florida & Western Kentucky University athletics

 

Purdue gives Hope two-year contract extension

 

Purdue coming onto field (file photo)

Danny Hope (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

Purdue University has extended the contract of head football coach Danny Hope for two more years through December 2016.

Under Hope the Boilermakers are 15-31 in three seasons, but has pulled some upsets over the Big Ten’s top echelon teams including Ohio State in two of the past three years.

In 2009, his first year, the Boilers were 5-7. In an injury-plagued 2010, the team was 4-8.

In 2011, Purdue struggled out of the gate with losses to Rice and Notre Dame. But finished at 6-6 and returned to a bowl game for the first time in four years.

They played in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit against Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.

 

compiled from Purdue athletics

LITTLE CAESARS BOWL preview: Western Michigan vs. Purdue today at 4:30 pm ET on ESPN

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The former Motor City Bowl, now named the Little Caesars Bowl, will pit Western Michigan (7-5) of the Mid-American Conference against the Purdue Boilermakers (6-6) of the Big Ten Conference at Ford Field this afternoon (Dec. 27) at 4:30 pm in Detroit, Michigan.

Purdue will be making its first bowl appearance since 2007 and its second in a row to the Motor City. The Boilermakers beat Central Michigan in the bowl when it was the Motor City Bowl.

Western Michigan, while be playing a bowl game in its home state for the first time and fifth bowl game overall.

The Broncos will be getting their pro-ready QB returning from missing the season-finale against Akron because of a shoulder injury.

Carder has passed for 400 yards or more four times in 2011, and the offense operates at a high-level and fast-paced. The Broncos are third in the Mid-American Conference in total offense at 456.2 yards a game.

Western Michigan has the most dangerous passing attack in the MAC, as Carder leads the league with over 312 yards a game and a MAC-high 28 touchdown passes. He is able to throw to three top notch receivers, with the leader being Jordan White, who leads the college football in receptions (127), yards (1,646) and touchdowns (16).

Purdue’s secondary is very experienced has given opposing QB’s trouble all season.

GAME NOTES

*Purdue DT Kawann Short, led the team in tackles for a loss (17 1/2) and sacks (6 1/2) while earning team defensive MVP honors.

*Boilermakers KR Raheem Mostert, is a talented freshman who is dangerous everytime he touches the ball. Averages 31 yards per kick return with a high of 81 against Indiana in the season finale.

*WMU QB Alex Carder is a great passer and runner.

*Broncos WR Jordan White was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist who holds school records for career receiving yards, receptions and 100-yard games.

*WMU DT Drew Novak, was named the MAC defensive player of the year after collecting 83 tackles, including 20 for losses with 8.5 sacks.

 

Info compiled from Western Michigan & Purdue University athletic news

TOLEDO AT OHIO STATE GAMEDAY: #18/16 Buckeyes ready for dangerous Rockets today

 

(courtesy of Toledo athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes will host a second straight Mid-American Conference opponent this afternoon at 12 in the Horsehoe, as the dangerous Toledo Rockets come to Columbus, Ohio.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

With the 42-0 win over Akron last Saturday, Luke Fickell became the first Ohio State head coach to record a shutout in his debut since Woody Hayes in 1951.

The Rockets are 1-0 on the young season after a 58-22 win over FCS opponent New Hampshire last Thursday night, September 1 at the Glass Bowl in Toledo.

The Rockets featured a balanced attack on offense in the win accounting for 304 yards passing, including five TD’s, and 287 yards rushing.

Starting QB Austin Dantin completed 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards and three TD’s while sophomore QB Terrance Owens played and added two more scores on 10 of 13 passing for 122 yards.

Running back Adonis Thomas rushed for 115 yards and a score on nine carries while receiver Bernard Reedy compiled five catches for 113 yards and two TD’s.

Tim Beckman, a former Ohio State assistant coach from 2005-06, is in his third year at the northwest Ohio college with a record of 14-12 overall since 2009.

Last season, the Rockets finished 8-5 with a 34-32 loss to Florida International in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Toledo has the ninth-most BCS wins by a non-BCS school (6) since the 2003 season and have defeated five BCS teams in the past five years:

2010: Toledo 31 Purdue 20

2009: Toledo 54 Colorado 38

2008: Toledo 13 Michigan 10

2007: Toledo 36 Iowa State 35

2006: Toledo 37 Kansas 31 in 2 OT’s

Ohio State is 2-0 all-time versus Toledo.

The Buckeyes won the last meeting with Toledo, 38-0 on September 19, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

TOLEDO NOTES:

* The Best of Times for the Rockets program came from 1969 to 1971, the Rockets went 35-0, winning three consecutive MAC titles and Tangerine Bowls.

* The Worst of Times for the Rockets, from 1956 to 1964, the team won only 24 games while losing 57 and tying 2.

* The program also had one of the worst beginnings in its history of the game, losing the first three of its inaugural season’s games by a combined 262-0.

* Toledo joined the Mid-American Conference in 1952, and has remained there since that year.

LUKE FICKELL PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO PREVIEWING GAME:

47 747 Luke Fickell on QB play week 1

47 750 Luke Fickell on UT coach Tim Beckman

47 753 Luke Fickell on freshman exceeding expectations

47 760 Luke Fickell on Toledo being giant killers over the years

47 766 Luke Fickell on Joe Bauserman can handle things better at 25 than a 19 year old

(courtesy of OSU athletics via wikipedia commons)

TOLEDO AT OSU GAME WEEK: UT coach Beckman signs extension through 2015; architect of football resurgence

 

Tim Beckman (courtesy of Toledo athletics)

The University of Toledo and head football coach Tim Beckman have agreed to a contract extension that will run through the 2015 season.

UT athletic director Mike O’Brien made the announcement back in July.

The 46-year-old Beckman was named head coach in December 2008, inheriting a team that was 3-9 in 2007.

He led the team to a 5-7 record his rookie season of 2009 and an 8-5 mark, 7-1 in MAC play in 2010.

Toledo’s 8-5 record was its best since a 9-3 record in 2005. The Rockets’ 7-1 mark in league play was their best since a 7-1 mark in 2004.

Under Beekman’s coaching, the Rockets made it first bowl appearance in five years when it faced Florida International University in the 2010 Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit’s Ford Field. It’s previous bowl appearance came in 2005, a 45-13 win over UTEP in the GMAC Bowl.

Info courtesy of Toledo athletics

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