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The 2012 Locksley: Week 4

Important Locksley news: John L. Smith is not – I repeat, not – eligible for the 2012 award. Why? Let’s consider the first reason: Smith is an interim head coach. I can’t blame you for not being fully aware with the Locksley’s laws and bylaws, seeing that said laws and bylaws have never been put into print. But one crucial factor is that a candidate must be a real, bona fide head coach – not an interim head coach, as is Smith. A second reason is that Smith would be such a lock for the Locksley that taking him out of the running evens the playing field among a slew of other highly qualified candidates. Now, is there a chance that Smith could one day be recognized for his wonderfully inept work with the Razorbacks in 2012? I can see it now: The John L. Locksley. That’s an option. But there will be no trophy on Smith’s mantle once his tenure in Fayetteville runs its course. As recompense, Smith gets the quote of the week:

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    The 2012 Locksley: Week 3

    Blind squirrels are known to stumble upon a nut every now and again, especially if that nut is, say, Maine’s football team. Or if the blind squirrel is Middle Tennessee State and the nut is Florida Atlantic, which houses the only Sun Belt team more impotent than Rick Stockstill’s Blue Raiders. So what to make of these wins? At face value, dates with Maine and the Owls pushed Boston College and Middle Tennessee State into the win column – that’s the biggest takeaway for both the Eagles and Blue Raiders. But beyond that point, what did these wins prove? That B.C. is not good enough to run with Miami (Fla.) but good enough to beat an F.C.S. opponent? That Stockstill’s gang can beat F.A.U. but not McNeese State? The wins prove nothing, in short, because for teams of this quality – or lack thereof – true colors won’t shine until the calendar turns to conference play, and for both B.C. and M.T.S.U., the season looks bleak indeed despite a bump up to .500. The coaching quote of the week come from U.N.L.V.’s Bobby Hauck:

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      The 2012 Locksley: Week 2

      It’s going to be hard to fill a list without names like Callaway, Neuheisel, Nutt – last year’s Locksley winner – Porter, Ianello, Fairchild and Wulff. Hard, but not impossible – not even close to impossible. For every year, like clockwork, an already maligned head coach rolls out of bed, walks into his home stadium and loses to a team like McNeese State, as did Rick Stockstill last Saturday. Stockstill is one of only three head coaches from the final regular season list for last year’s Locksley still standing, joining Boston College’s Frank Spaziani and Central Michigan’s Dan Enos. Rest assured, all three names will feature prominently in the quest for the winner of the 2012 Locksley. The coaching quote of the week comes from Spaziani, whose team dropped a 41-32 decision to Miami (Fla.) in its season opener:

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        Once Again, Youth Will Define U.N.L.V.

        At some point, U.N.L.V. will no longer be able to rely on youth as an excuse. For the third straight year, Bobby Hauck and the Rebels prepare for the fall with startling youth on each side of the ball. A redshirt freshman should start at quarterback. Three sophomores lead the way at wide receiver, just as they do along the offensive line. Freshmen, sophomores and JUCO transfers share top duties at end. A redshirt freshman and two sophomores are in line for starting roles in the secondary. In all, the Rebels will start as few as two seniors; as of the end of spring ball, only six seniors were listed on the team’s two-deep. It’s a new year, but a similar story.

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          No. 115: U.N.L.V.

          U.N.L.V. hasn’t had a winning season since 2000, back-to-back winning seasons since 1983-84 and three straight winning seasons since 1978-80. Since 2004, the program’s final season under John Robinson, the Rebels are 22-73. Over this eight-year span, U.N.L.V. has been outscored by an even 1,300 points — by 555 points over the last two seasons. It’s not a stretch to call U.N.L.V. the most disappointing program in college football since 2004. See, Las Vegas was born from dirt, sand, tumbleweeds and the wholly American idea that if you build it, people will come. U.N.L.V. football has roots in the same idea: Las Vegas, America’s boomtown, surely has the backing, wherewithal and wall-to-wall moxie to house a thriving football program — and for the program’s first generation, this was undoubtedly the case. Given the last eight years, however, the idea that U.N.L.V. should win has been replaced by a question: Does U.N.L.V. have what it takes to ever win again?

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            An “Unprecedented” F.B.S. Hiring Cycle

            Only 17 staffs in college football have not had a coaching change this off-season including only 5 non-BCS programs. http://t.co/Xn4HpxzXWed Feb 08 02:52:31 via web

            All legwork here belongs to the indispensable Pete Roussel, whose Twitter account, seen above, is one of the must-follow feeds for every college football fan. I suggest making both Pete’s Twitter feed and his Web site one of your daily visits, especially if, like me, you’re interested in seeing how this current hiring cycle wraps up over the next three or four weeks. Pete’s always at the forefront; again, his work is nearly indispensable. For example, take note of a story he published yesterday on the vast number of coaching changes on the F.B.S. level, not merely at head coach but also at the coordinator and position coach level.

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              The 2012 Locksley: Winter Watch List

              They’re the survivors. Purdue’s Danny Hope barely nudged into bowl play, removing himself from the hot seat in the process — and landing a contract extension, in fact. George O’Leary’s common flirtations with mediocrity has led him to alter the makeup of his coaching staff, though he remains entrenched at U.C.F. as the program begins its move to the Big East. Another Conference USA head coache, Rice’s David Bailiff, putters along the road to mediocrity yet seems to experience minimal challenges to his job security. Middle Tennessee State’s Rick Stockstill is made of Teflon, if not some similarly strong fluorocarbon solid, as is UTEP’s Mike Price.

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                The Bottom 10′s Common Traits

                It’s not a good place to be, not that it means anything to be thought of as one of the 10 worst teams in the country. Games are played on the field in September, not on paper in May, and as we saw just last season in the cases of Miami (Ohio) and Florida International, it’s possible for a non-B.C.S. conference program to rise from rock bottom to the penthouse in the span of a single season. By and large, however, teams that are down stay down, often for longer than just a year or two – Kent State has been down for decades, as has New Mexico State. So now that the bottom 10 are in the books, what can we say these specific teams have in common?

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.