News Nuggets, 12.10.03
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Grimes departs ECU for Mississippi State
resurrects O'Leary to lift beleaguered program... .. Bowls
leave 10-2 Huskies out in cold... .. Associated Press
basketball poll... ..
weekend: The good, the bad, the ugly... .. 'Good Samaritan'
nails SEC title game loot... .. AP and Coaches polls... ..
Final BCS standings... ..
job at Duke starts with Roof... .. Army, Navy marching in
different directions ... .. Schnellenberger creeps up on
weather grounds Pirates vs. Pirates... .. Saturday TV
capsule: Army vs. Navy ... .. Schnellenberger still on quest
for titles... ..
Bower, Davis headline league's individual honors... .. Eli
beats out Losman, Rivers for QB award ... .. Sun Belt
football expands into Sunshine State... ..
season doesn't hamper Pirates' all-league haul... .. Rouse
pays price for breaking Herrion law... .. ECU reels in seven
baseball recruits... ..
follows Dosh out of Gators program... .. Bowden locks in for
long haul at Clemson... .. Four members of Gamecocks staff
canned by Holtz... .. Tulsa likely bowl foe for Yellow
bowl picture settled for C-USA... .. Weak fan support spells
end for Cincy coach... .. Blue Devils big man to transfer...
.. Bowl Championship Series standings... .. Associated Press
basketball poll... ..
good, the bad, the ugly... .. TCU gets unwanted GMAC
invitation... .. UCF player bouncing back from spinal cord
injury... .. C- USA standings, scores, schedule... .. AP &
Coaches polls... ..
game briefs from around C-USA... .. Marshall names stadium
after woman benefactor... .. Pitino's recruiting haul among
nation's best... .. Tulane baseball inks elite class of
New Mississippi State football coach
Sylvester Croom announced Tuesday the hiring of J.B. Grimes to his coaching
staff. Grimes, 48, comes to the Bulldogs from East Carolina, where he served
one season as Pirate coach John Thompson's assistant head coach and
offensive line coach.
A veteran of 27 years in the coaching
profession, the last 25 of which have come at the collegiate level, Grimes
has been associated with teams that have won five conference championships
and gone to 14 post-season bowl games.
Prior to making the move to East Carolina,
Grimes served as the offensive line coach under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M for
five seasons, 1998-2002. During his time in College Station, A&M posted a
40-22 overall record.
Immediately prior to joining the A&M staff,
Grimes coached five seasons at Virginia Tech, 1993-97. As the offensive line
coach for head coach Frank Beamer at Tech, he helped the Hokies to a
composite 44-16 overall record.
Grimes served as offensive line coach at
his home-state institution, Arkansas, on two different occasions. He was
with Razorbacks from 1989-92, working under three different head coaches.
He served two terms as the offensive line
coach at Northeast Louisiana, from 1979-80 and again from 1985-88. With
Grimes as the offensive line coach, NLU won the 1987 Division I-AA national
Grimes worked one-year stints at Delta
(Miss.) State and Missouri in 1983 and '84, respectively, after beginning
his coaching career with two seasons at the Arkansas high school level.
A four-year letterman as an offensive guard at Henderson (Ark.) State, the
Memphis, Tenn., native earned his bachelor's degree in education from that
school in 1977 and received his master's in education from Northeast
Grimes is married to the former Jennifer Graves, and the couple has four
Title-winning Wolfpack coach passes
Norm Sloan, who coached North Carolina
State to the 1974 NCAA basketball title and led Florida to some of its best
and worst times, died Tuesday at 77. Sloan, whose 627 victories rank him
26th on the all-time list of Division I coaches, died of pulmonary fibrosis
at Duke Hospital, daughter Leslie Nicholls said. Sloan was living in
"There is not a day that goes by that I
don't apply something that I learned from coach Sloan in a positive way to
my personal life and my teaching of basketball," said New Orleans coach
Monte Towe, who played for Sloan's championship team.
Sloan went 266-127 at N.C. State over 14
seasons. He led the Wolfpack to the NCAA championship in 1974, and many of
the N.C. State faithful wonder if there could have been another title. In
1973, David Thompson helped the Wolfpack to a 27-0 record, but they weren't
able to play in the NCAA Tournament because of a probation related to his
Sloan left the Wolfpack in 1980 for a
second stint at Florida, where he led the Gators on their first true
basketball renaissance. He went 150-131 over nine seasons and took Florida
to the NCAA Tournament three times, after the program had gone more than 70
years without ever making it.
But the era was marked by scandal. The
team's star, Vernon Maxwell, later admitted to using cocaine before one
tournament game and taking cash payments from coaches. That, plus other
problems, landed Florida on probation and signaled the end for Sloan, who
was fired after the 1988-89 season. His replacement, Don DeVoe, famously
labeled himself "a no-nonsense guy in a nonsense program." DeVoe lasted nine
months at Florida.
Sloan's first run with the Gators went from
1960-66. He was the first full-time basketball coach at Florida, a school
that, until then, looked for its basketball coaches from its roster of
assistants from the football staff, or by picking a volunteer from the
physical education faculty.
Sloan went 85-63 in his first run at
Florida, then left for North Carolina State. Including stints at
Presbyterian and Citadel, Sloan had a career record of 627-395 over 37
accepts West Point marching orders
WEST POINT — Army is counting on Bobby Ross
and his record of success to turn around college football's worst team. The
NFL and college coaching veteran was hired to lead Army on Tuesday,
returning to football after resigning as the Detroit Lions' coach three
Ross's football experience is vast and his
credentials are impressive. He coached the San Diego Chargers to the Super
Bowl in 1995 and won a national title at Georgia Tech in 1990.
Army, meanwhile, is in disarray. It became
the first team in NCAA history to finish 0-13 after losing to Navy 34-6 on
Saturday. The academy fired coach Todd Berry in October with the team 5-35
in his four seasons. John Mumford acted as interim coach, going 0-7 after
Ross said his past service in the Army and
his sons' military background — one graduated from the Naval Academy,
another from the Air Force Academy — made him a good fit for the job. "I
believe I understand the mission of West Point. I do. I believe in it
strongly," Ross said at a news conference.
Ross noted that his father had an
appointment to West Point during the Depression but had to pass it up to
work. "I believe I'm going to have the opportunity to fulfill my
father's dream," he said.
Army would not disclose terms of the
Ross said he met with players Tuesday, and
is looking forward to seeing what they can do on the field. He also hopes to
finalize a staff by January. "Our commitment begins now. Right now," Ross
Ross, who turns 67 this month, hasn't
coached since 2000, when he quit the Lions after nine games. His Chargers
lost their only Super Bowl appearance, 49-26 to the San Francisco 49ers. His
NFL record was 77-68.
A Virginia Military Institute graduate,
Ross spent 15 years as a college coach, including stints with The Citadel
(1973-77), Maryland (1982-86) and Georgia Tech (1987-91). His national
champion Georgia Tech team went 11-0-1, sharing the title with Colorado. His
college record was 94-76-2.
Ross was hired after former Nebraska coach
Frank Solich turned down the job. The announcement came days after Ted Roof
was hired over Ross for the top job at Duke. Ross said he made the decision
to come out of retirement before Army called because coaching was still in
"You get tired of walking the dog and
things of that nature," he said. "... I've got a lot of energy."
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