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I believe this is Bielema's 3rd straight Rose Bowl?
While many don't like Bielema, he does what it takes to win in Madison.
I personally never liked him because he coached one of our opponents. But, you can't argue his success in Madison. Plus, he's a Hawkeye at heart.
I remember seeing the Stoops brothers dressed in Hawkeye gear when Iowa played Mizzou a few years back. Bob's success can't be argued.
I know it's been mentioned on here before that Diaco is a hot commodity.
Twitter - @chrisbrase
Just talked about this last night and I said Bielema
Not sure Iowa could get either one of them, but I think Chris Petersen and Pat Fitzgerald are two of the best coaches in the country. They've both got extensive experience being successful while recruiting at a place with inherent recruiting disadvantages.
I truly believe Bob Stoops would take the job. It's a place that is special in his life. There is a reason he wanted the job at Iowa from the beginning.
Right now, I'd take any new face out there. Really don't want any "recycled" veteran coach to take over once Kirk steps down. I like the idea of a young, brash go-getter coming in wanting to make a name for himself and build his own dynasty....just like Kirk almost did.
Fitz was quoted by one of his players a few years ago saying that "he hates Iowa."
But if offered he sure wouldn't hate all that Iowa money.
I honestly don't see how he's an upgrade from Ferentz, though. He's had a pretty good run at Oklahoma, but a lot of coaches could win at Oklahoma.
I'm not sure whether or not that's true, but even if it is, I think it's only natural to hate your opponents. I would assume Nick Saban hated Alabama when he was at LSU, and Urban Meyer probably hated Ohio State when he coached against them in the national championship game. Like you said, Iowa would pay him much more than he's making at Northwestern, and he wouldn't have to abide by quite as strict academic standards. I'm not saying he'd necessarily take the job with the Hawkeyes, but I do think he'd at least consider it.
Isn't Fitzy still upset that Iowa ended his season how many years ago when NW was good? I wasn't around to see it, but that's the story I've always heard about why Fitz "hates Iowa."
Also, I wouldn't want Bielema. I just hate his guts too much.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Broke his leg in the Iowa game in 1995 and did not get to suit up for the Rose Bowl.
And also supposedly angry at Fry for some lopsided losses and Fry saying something
like "hope we didn't hurt you too much out there..." -- even though that was way before
Fitz's time as a player at NW.
Maybe this is why Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz doesn't let freshmen talk to reporters. UPDATE: The post I refer to below was taken off the Northwestern News
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Dana Holgerson would be interesting. There's the Iowa connection, and people have been clamoring for a dynamic offense for years. Not necessarily saying I want him, but it would be interesting.
1. Kliff Kingsbury
2. Bob Diaco
3. Kirby Smart
4. Pat Narduzzi
5. Kendal Briles (Maybe too young right now, but I think he'll be a good candidate in a few years).
Good list IMO.
Please refresh my memory on this list. Where are they now and where have they coached in the past? Thanks.
1. OC at Texas A&M
2. DC at Notre Dame
3. DC at Alabama
4. DC at Michigan State
5. I'm honestly not sure who Kendal Briles is. Relation to Art Briles perhaps?
Just checked on Kendal Briles, passing game coordinator at Baylor.
1. Kliff Kingsbury--Texas A&M offensive coordinator. Since his freshman year at Texas Tech, he has played under or coached under the following offensive minds in either the NFL or college game:
2. Bob Diaco--Former Iowa LB, current defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Notre Dame. In four years as a DC, his team has gone undefeated in the regular season twice.
3. Kirby Smart--Alabama defensive coordinator. Need I say more?
4. Pat Narduzzi--Michigan State defensive coordinator. He has strong ties to Big Ten recruiting and has had consistently strong defenses in his time at MSU.
5. Kendal Briles (Maybe too young right now, but I think he'll be a good candidate in a few years).--Briles is a former safety at Texas and WR at Houston, where he played for his father, current Baylor head coach Art Briles. Kendal is currently the WR coach, passing game coordinator, and offensive recruiting coordinator for Baylor. He was instrumental in the development of Robert Griffin III, 1st round pick WR Kendall Wright, 2nd round pick (supplemental) Josh Gordon, 1800 yard receiver Terrance Williams, and other.
I'm honestly not sold on Smart as a head coach at Iowa should Ferentz move on. Is Alabama's defense traditionally great? Of course. But he also has a defense filled with studs at every position, and their backups are outstanding players as well. Having more talent and depth than just about every team in the country, it's difficult for a defensive coordinator NOT to look good. How would he fare at Iowa, where he wouldn't land anywhere close to the same talent level, and depth would be much more of a concern than he's used to?
Maybe it's too early in his career, but I'd like to throw Brian Johnson's name out there. Guy is 25 years old and is already a QB coach and co-offensive coordinator at Utah and has been a full-time assistant at Utah since he was 23. They didn't have a great year this past season, but he's very smart and he wouldn't be the OC of a Pac-12 school if he didn't have a lot of promise.
Former Utes quarterback, only 25, has head coach Kyle Whittingham says of new offensive coordinator
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Sine Missione -- Never be a spectator for unfairness or stupidity, argue for arguments sake; the grave will give plenty of time for silence.
Bob stoops, hand down. And as to "recycling veteran coaches" - hello, Urban Meyer?
Todd don't go there. Smart is very innovative on the defensive play calling. Guy could be a DC in the NFL. What's he doing 3-4 or 4-3? Nope it's a disgused 5-2 blitz. Every time the offense subs, he subs. Him & Saban are running the equivalent of a Oregon offense on the defensive side of the ball.
Smart is young and passionate. Has ties in Georgia, Louisiana, Florida & Bama. Sure he probably won't be able to sell a 5 star to come to Iowa but he'll do fine with they're leftovers. He loves recruiting unlike KF who's openly said he doesn't enjoy that aspect. Plus he's got balls, he has the balls to realize you don't keep 5th year seniors around that don't contribute. He'll blitzs. He recruits players that can ball and doesn't care what their GPA is. The guy has a SEC winner mentality and while everybody claims they hate it, they'd be praising it if it was at Iowa. Fact.
Fitz would never come here. i would like Petersen,Bart B (Herk or any old time Hawk fan should know who this is)
Grundy, Or a young little to no name up and comer that is either an Offensive or Defensive guru. i have no issues with a high tempo,highly emotional young coach with something to prove that I don't even know yet. I would like Stoops just because I will always admire him. And of course there are a ton I would like that just would not come here (all the big namers)
I like it when you try representing your 'Bama homer opinion as fact. It's a good reminder for everyone that SEC blood runs much smoother in your veins than Hawkeye blood.
Failing that......somebody with a pulse.
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