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Remember Ron Prince?
Ron Prince — one of the worst hires in Big 12 football history — is in hot water during his first season as Howard head coach.
"HBCU Gameday has been contacted by several parents of Howard football players who accuse Prince of being verbally abusive and intimidating to the student-athletes," HBCU Gameday reported in early October. "In separate conversations, parents accused Prince of sending injured players home without treatment and creating an atmosphere of intimidation within the program by the constant threat of loss of scholarships."
Five weeks later, Prince has been put on leave as the school investigates allegations of abuse.
Spin it Again
"On Sunday, Florida State’s Willie Taggart became only the fifth Power Five coach fired for performance reasons before their third season," wrote Stadium's Brett McMurphy. "The others were Jon Embree at Colorado in 2012, Turner Gill at Kansas in 2011, Walt Harris at Stanford in 2006 and Keith Gilbertson at Washington in 2004.
Willie Taggart was one of 12 new Power Five head coaches during the 2018 college football season, and while the entire college football world has spent the last two years crapping on Taggart, his record over that time is actually in the middle the pack among those 12 coaches.
As McMurphy notes, based on record, Mario Cristobal has been the most successful hire, while Chad Morris has been the most unsuccessful hire (side note: Morris is nearing a remarkably depressing record). McMurphy spins the 2018 carousel again and asks, "Was Taggart the worst Power Five hire of 2018?"
Tebow the G.O.A.T.?
That's the declaration made by The Athletic's Matt Brown, who dropped "150 Years of College Football: The Athletic’s All-Time Team" on Wednesday morning.
"Tebow played a change-up role in Florida’s 2006 national title run and then led the Gators to another title in 2008. He became the first sophomore to win the Heisman in 2007, then became the first quarterback to finish in the top five of the Heisman race three times. He was at the forefront of a spread offense-driven statistical revolution, racking up 9,285 passing yards, 2,947 rushing yards and 145 total touchdowns. He is fourth in FBS history in career passing efficiency and fourth among QBs in rushing touchdowns.
"Forget what happened in the NFL. There have been better pure passers, and there have been more dynamic runners, but Tebow is an iconic player whose body of work and impact as a college player hold up next to anyone."
When Patrick Beilein, the son of John Beilein, was hired as head coach at Niagara in the spring, he hired Greg Paulus as an assistant coach. After his four-year run at Duke (and one-year run for Syracuse football), Paulus bounced around staffs at Navy, Ohio State, Louisville, and George Washington. He was named interim head coach at Niagara when Beilein abruptly resigned two weeks ago.
"Personal reasons I can no longer take lightly have led me to step away from my dream job," Beilein said in an Oct. 24 statement.
On Wednesday, Paulus' interim tag was removed and the 33-year-old former McDonald's All-American was named head coach. He is one of 58 first-year coaches in the country this season.
The Big Dump
MACtion! . . . Cole Anthony set the ACC scoring record for a freshman's first game . . . Where things stand between USC and Mike Bohn (maybe) . . . With Wake Forest at No. 19, ACC became the first conference to have every team appear in the CFP Rankings at some point . . . How to bet Washington (-10) at Oregon State this weekend . . . Bowl projections entering Week 11 . . . This would be the power move of the century . . . Hawai'i basketball coach Eran Ganot is taking a medical leave of absence.
Things aren't great in Lincoln at the moment: Nebraska football is in danger of missing a bowl game for the third straight season (for the first time since 1959-61), and Nebraska basketball got smoked by UC Riverside on Tuesday night.
Remember when…Jordan Westerkamp made this outrageous behind-the-back catch against FAU:
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