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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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        No. 38: California

        While college coaches have struggled transitioning to the N.F.L., former N.F.L. defensive assistants, when promoted to defensive coordinator on the F.B.S. level, have largely experienced a smooth transition to the college game. Take Todd Grantham, for instance, who has helped lead the Georgia defense back into the upper echelon of the SEC over two seasons with the Bulldogs. There’s Greg Mattison, who worked miracles with Michigan last fall, his first season in Ann Arbor. After an up-and-down debut, Monte Kiffin has U.S.C. playing the sort of defense that wins championships. California has its own former N.F.L. assistant in Clancy Pendergast, but his record since moving down to the F.B.S. prior to the 2010 season has been defined by a troubling lack of reliability. Sometimes his defense hangs tight with nation’s best, such as it did against Oregon two years ago. But then it doesn’t, such as in the case of Colorado, the Ducks, U.S.C. and Arizona State last fall, and that’s the problem. The Golden Bears haven’t played defense with a reasonable level of consistency for the entirety of Pendergast’s tenure, which might explain why the program is a game under .500, at 12-13, over the same span.

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          Can Anyone Knock Oregon Off Its Perch?

          Oregon knew – or had a very strong suspicion – that LaMichael James was going to forego his final season of eligibility; Darron Thomas’ decision to follow James out the door came as a bit of a surprise. It was certainly surprising on a national level, as Thomas, while certainly one of the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12, could probably have used another season of college seasoning before taking his game onto the next level. Oregon’s offense shouldn’t have much trouble replacing James, as strange as that might sound, since the Ducks can turn to the three-headed monster of Kenjon Barner, De’Anthony Thomas and Tra Carson to help pick up the slack.

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            The Year in Review: California (7-6, 4-5)

            While college coaches have struggled transitioning to the N.F.L. — take note, Chip Kelly — former N.F.L. defensive assistants, promoted to defensive coordinator on the F.B.S. level, have largely experienced a smooth transition to the college game. Take Todd Grantham, for instance, who has helped lead the Georgia defense back into the upper echelon of the SEC over two seasons with the Bulldogs. Consider the case of Brian Stewart, now of Maryland, who provided the sort of defense that Houston coveted to go along with its high-powered offense. There’s Greg Mattison, who worked miracles with Michigan last fall, his first season in Ann Arbor. And after an up-and-down debut, Monte Kiffin has U.S.C. playing the sort of defense that wins championships.

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              As Maynard Goes, So Goes Cal (And Tedford)

              We’ve found the nation’s best brother-to-brother passing combination in college football, even if California’s Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen win by default, and even if they’re half-brothers, not brothers of the more traditional variety. How the pair came to be on the passing and receiving end of Jeff Tedford’s offense is one of those only-in-college-football recruiting stories: Allen was one of the nation’s best prospects, only he wanted to play alongside Maynard, his older brother and then the quarterback at Buffalo. So Tedford rolled the dice, accepting Maynard as a transfer as the price for landing Allen’s signed letter of intent.

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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 Countdown

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