Saturday, September 03, 2005

Gameday Update | by Pat

Recruiting Rundown

Here's the lastest roundup on Irish recruits. There are still some games that will be played today, so check back throughout the weekend for updates.

Reading Material

There are still a number of hours until gametime, so he's some reading material to keep you busy.

One typical way to cover the upcoming game is to profile a certain player or coach. Here's a handful of articles that focus on Brady Quinn, Darius Walker, Travis Thomas, Ryan Harris, Maurice Crum Jr., Dwight Stephenson Jr., Coach Polian, and of course, Coach Weis.

The South Bend Tribune complied a list of the current records of college coaches who's previous job was in the NFL. Here's the breakdown.

Pros and cons

The following are the 19 Div. I-A college head coaches last season, whose most recent previous job was in the NFL. Also listed is their record and winning percentage at that school. BYU's Crowton and Illinois' Ron Turner have since been fired. Florida's Zook was too, but has landed at Illinois. Of the 23 new head coaches in Div. I-A in 2005, four -- Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, Pitt's Dave Wannstedt, Syracuse's Greg Robinson and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier -- fit the pro-to-college mold.

Coach School Tenure W-L Pct.
Pete Carroll USC 2001-Pres. 42-9 .824
Bobby Petrino Louisville 2003-Pres. 20-5 .800
Pat Hill Fresno State 1997-Pres. 64-38 .627
June Jones Hawaii 1999-Pres. 48-30 .615
*Ron Zook Florida 2002-2004 23-15 .605
Mike Riley Oregon State 2003-Pres. 15-10 .600
Al Groh Virginia 2001-Pres. 30-21 .588
Kirk Ferentz Iowa 1999-Pres. 42-31 .575
Chan Gailey Georgia Tech 2002-Pres. 21-17 .552
*Gary Crowton BYU 2001-2004 26-23 .531
Karl Dorrell UCLA 2003-Pres. 12-13 .480
Bill Callahan Nebraska 2004-Pres. 5-6 .455
Mike Shula Alabama 2003-Pres. 10-15 .400
John Bunting North Carolina 2001-Pres. 19-30 .388
*Ron Turner Illinois 1997-2004 35-57 .380
Sylvester Croom Miss. State 2004-Pres. 3-8 .273
Rich Brooks Kentucky 2003-Pres. 6-17 .261
Bobby Ross Army 2004-Pres. 2-9 .182
George O'Leary Central Florida 2004-Pres. 0-12 .000