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No. 105: Kansas

Go ahead. Make his day. Try him. He’ll be your huckleberry. See that line in the sand? Cross it, if you dare. All that’s missing is a gun, a holster, a wide-brimmed hat and a six-shooter: Charlie Weis, the new sheriff in town, won’t take any of your sass-mouth, your weak-kneed cowardice, your yellow-bellying. He’d be the Man with No Name, but Weis is far too recognizable a figure to go anywhere, anytime and go unnamed. Instead, he’s rode into Lawrence like Wyatt Earp, bestride his transportation device of choice and with an incalculable degree of confidence — self-christened or otherwise. How has Weis decided to reverse the apathy that has crept up and invaded every nook and cranny of Kansas football? He’s combined two parts schematic advantage, one part N.C.A.A. graduate-student loophole and four parts no-nonsense accountability. Want to challenge the new sheriff in town? Then draw, pardner. But you should pack your bags first.

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    The 2011 Locksley: Trophy Presentation

    I think the axe has stopped falling, meaning there shouldn’t be another firing in the F.B.S. until 2012. But never say never: June Jones might have aggravated S.M.U. with his recent dalliance with Arizona State, and there may be an influential — and rich — booster in Maryland willing to pony up to pay for a buyout for Randy Edsall and his overpaid staff. Don’t wait on either event coming to pass. The end of firing season means it has now become Locksley award season, and it’s time to hand out the hardware. Please note that no actual hardware exists.

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      A 2011 Coaching Change Primer

      It’s called Black Monday for a reason, though it should be called Black Sunday and Monday and Tuesday, seeing that college football’s annual coaching shuffle doesn’t begin in earnest until two days after the end of the regular season. Seven F.B.S. head coaches have been fired since Saturday: Rob Ianello, Dennis Erickson, Ron Zook, Turner Gill, Larry Porter, Neil Callaway and Rick Neuheisel. Add this septet to the list of coaches who were either terminated earlier in the season, opted for retirement or stepped down from an interim title — such as with Luke Fickell — and the list soars to 14 names, or 11.7 percent of the 120 head coaches in college football.

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        Two Years, Two Wins, Ianello is Fired

        Akron has fired coach Rob Ianello after two years and as many wins, ending the program’s failed experiment with a coach who was hired without having any head coach or coordinator experience on the college level. Akron’s lone win under Ianello in 2010 came against Buffalo, by 22-14 in the season finale. The Zips’ sole victory in 2011 came against V.M.I., a member of the F.C.S. Prior to being hired, Ianello was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. It was in the latter capacity, as a recruiter, that Ianello earned his stripes.

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          The 2011 Locksley: Week 10

          November isn’t just the time for teams to make their move, such as we’ll see with Alabama and L.S.U. tomorrow night. It’s also time for coaches to take themselves off the hot seat with a strong close to the season, perhaps going 4-0 or 3-1 heading into bowl play to convince the university administration that yes, one more year — if not more — would be warranted. But for some coaches, unfortunately, even a strong close to the year shouldn’t be enough: I can see at least two coaches in the F.B.S. who in no way, shape or form should be back stalking the sidelines at their current stop in 2012. Not even 4-0 or 3-1 should stop the hammer from falling on this pair. The coaching quote of the week comes from N.C. State’s Tom O’Brien, whose team dropped a 34-0 decision to Florida State last Saturday:

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            The 2011 Locksley: Week 9

            Last week’s Locksley roundup hit the presses prior to U.C.L.A.’s loss to Arizona but after U.C.L.A. athletic director Dan Guerrero termed Rick Neuheisel’s job status as “day to day,” which prevented Neuheisel from landing the sort of double-whammy that can propel a coach to the top of this list. With Guerrero’s noncommittal stance and the Arizona loss now firmly on Neuheisel’s plate, is there any way he can avoid leapfrogging Boston College’s Frank Spaziani in becoming the Locksley’s leader heading into the last Saturday of October. Each has his negatives: neither win much, both suffer ugly loss after ugly loss and both have drawn widespread calls for massive changes from their respective fan base. Each has their cons and their cons — I’m still looking for the pros. The coaching quote of the week comes from U.C.F.’s George O’Leary, who was not happy about losing to U.A.B., as one would expect:

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              The 2011 Locksley: Week 8

              Queue up a sad dirge for Bob Toledo, who resigned — yeah, that sounds right — from his position at Tulane with a career mark of 15-40. What was the straw that broke the camel’s back? Well, a 44-7 home loss to UTEP on Saturday was the specific loss that led Tulane to make a coaching move. But the university’s decision was years in the making, and blaming one loss for Toledo’s dismissal ignores the years and years of terrible football the Green Wave played under his watch. Tulane never won more than four games in any single season, bottomed out at 2-10 in 2008, and despite starting 2-2 in three of the last four years was unable to make any move whatsoever in Conference USA. So it was a long, long time coming. Up next? The Green Wave need to attempt to right a past mistake by offering Rich Rodriguez all it has in the bank. This week’s coaching quote of the week comes from Indiana’s Kevin Wilson, who had some nice things to say about Wisconsin’s running game:

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                The 2011 Locksley: Week 7

                That Mike Stoops, recently dismissed at Arizona, was not even considered a favorite for the Locksley in each of its first two installments reflects poorly on this list. Hindsight is wonderful: in hindsight, based on how Arizona had lost nine straight games against F.B.S. competition, it would have been wise to at least place Stoops along the back end of the list, alongside fellow B.C.S. conference head coaches like Mike Sherman and Tom O’Brien. Sadly, Stoops was giving his walking papers — they were wrapped around a check for $1.4 million — without even being a factor for the Locksley. A very disappointing development for Stoops and this prestigious weekly ranking. Onwards and upwards, beginning with this week’s coaching quote of the week. It’s from Washington State’s Paul Wulff, a former Locksley favorite who has removed himself from the hot seat with his team’s 3-2 start — but Saturday’s loss to U.C.L.A. won’t soon be forgotten:

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                  The Countdown

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