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California fires Tedford after dismal 3-9 season

 

Jeff Tedford (courtesy of California athletics)

Jeff Tedford’s 11-year reign as head football coach with the California Bears ends on a dismal note.

After a season of injuries to key players, he was fired with a 3-9 record in 2012.

Tedford, an offensive genius and recruiter, led an impressive turnaround for the California program after taking over for a one-win team following the 2001 season.

He won 82 games, which is a school-record. His accomplishments also included sending numerous players to the NFL, leading the school’s facilities upgrade, which included the $321 million renovation of Memorial Stadium, home of the football team.

Tedford had two 10-win seasons in his first five years and a share of the 2006 PAC-10 title. From 2006 until his firing, he was unable to get the Bears into the national spotlight with so many NFL-type players.

 

Portions of the article from University of California press release

 

In a surprise move, Loth leaves Otterbein for Western Connecticut State

 

Joe Loth (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

In a surprise move late last Thursday, May 17, head football coach Joe Loth surprised Columbus area media, the town of Westerville and Otterbein fans when rumors started circulating around town that he was leaving his alma mater, to sign a multi-year contract to rebuild the program at Western Connecticut State.

Loth’s leaving probably even shook the media relations department because until this day, there has not even been an article written declaring his resignation or leaving the university. That is strange in itself.

Western Connecticut State University is a public state university, established in 1903. It has an enrollment of 5,907 and located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is an NCAA Division III school with 14 varsity sports. Their nickname is the Colonials and play in two conferences, the ECAC, Eastern College Athletic Conference and the LEC, Little East Conference.

(courtesy of WCSU via wikipedia commons)

The rebuilding job at Western Connecticut State will take longer than at Otterbein. But Loth will recruit from talent in Connecticut, New York City and Long Island.

The football team plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, where it has had a tough time under former coach John Burrell, going 0-10, 0-10, 2-8 and 2-8. Its last winning season was in 2005.

The 45-year-old Loth could not pass up the chance at WCSU where he is very familiar with the town and university. He was the Colonials defensive coordinator from 1993-1997. His wife, Keri graduated from the school as well.

Loth is certainly good at rebuilding. During his tenure at Otterbein, he saw the football program receive a shot in the arm with new facilities for the football program, including a renovated Memorial Stadium and football field. Also, before he was hired by former athletic director Dick Reynolds, the Cardinals had only one winning season in 23 years. In his final seven seasons, the program had four winning years and saw the school’s first berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008 with a 9-2 record and 8-1 in the OAC, second to Mount Union. Loth was named OAC Coach of the Year and Ohio Coach of the Year that season.

 

Info compiled from Western Connecticut State University, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

OHIO STATE AT ILLINOIS: Illinois rolling with 6-0 start

(courtesy of Illinois athletics via wikipedia commons)

The tough month of October schedule continues for the Buckeyes on Saturday, as they make the 4-hour trip to Champaign, Illinois for a matchup with #15 Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

The game is set for kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV. The Buckeyes lead the series 62-30-4 and they won in Champaign last year 24-13.

The Illini are led by former OSU assistant coach and Loudonville, Ohio native Ron Zook.

The Illini at 6-0 have not started a season 7-0 since 1951 which was Woody Hayes’ first season at Ohio State.

The Illini on defense are not very good as they rank 56th nationally against the pass, allowing 217 yards per game.

The Illini offense is a good one led by QB Nathan Scheelhaase and WR A.J. Jenkins. That duo gave OSU fits last year and most definitely will this time around.

Jenkins leads the Big Ten in pass receptions (46), receiving yards (815) and receiving touchdowns (7). And Scheelhaase is a duo-threat who can run and pass. He is averaging 206 yards a game, with 10 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

The Illini have a running back by committee like the Buckeyes. They employ Troy Pollard and Jason Ford and ranks 13th in the nation and fourth in the Big Ten in rushing with 226 yards per game.

The Illini have the edge on both sides of the ball for this matchup.

Westerville home crowd sees Otterbein self-destruct against Heidelberg

Heidelberg University 1920 pennant (photo by Sobebunny via wikipedia commons)

A nice crowd of 3,754 saw the home team, Otterbein cough up six turnovers and allowed 31 first-half points and 496 yards in a 41-20 OAC loss to Heidelberg at Memorial Stadium in Westerville.

Michael Mees threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns for the Student Princes which scored 24 points in the second quarter. They also piled up 331 yards rushing, including 106 by Germany Woods.

Info compiled from OAC & Heidelberg athletics

Ohio Northern holds off Otterbein in OT, 34-33

 

(file photo)

Everytime Ohio Athletic Conference rivals Otterbein and Ohio Northern play each other, it is a high-scoring affair to the end.

Last weekend at Ada, Ohio, located in the Lima area, Ohio Northern won in overtime, 34-33.

Quarterback Austin Schlosser led the Cardinals attack with 266 total yards, but he missed a two-point conversion in overtime  which cost Otterbein in the OAC opener for both teams.

Tyler Rue put the Polar Bears ahead in overtime with an 8-yard touchdown run.

After Brock Burzanko’s 7-yard TD reception, the Cardinals opted to go for the win, but Schlosser’s pass to Trey Fairchild on the two-point try was incomplete.

Ohio Northern is 2-0, 1-0 in the OAC; Otterbein is 1-1, 0-1 in the OAC.

The Cardinals return to Westerville next Saturday at 2 p.m. as they host the Heidelberg Student Princes at Memorial Stadium.

Info courtesy of Otterbein athletics

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