Tracking The Growth and Success of FBS African American Coaches Week 3:

Week 3 of the college football season kicked off the beginning of conference play for most of the nation’s FBS teams. Due to that fact it was a very interesting week for the African-American Head Football coaches at the FBS Level. The main point of interest is that Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was involved in what was considered by the far the biggest game of the weekend.  Texas A&M and Alabama this past weekend could arguably be considered the biggest home game in the history of Aggies Football. All in all it was an entertaining weekend and one that helped the coaches improved their combined record, which now stands at 15-17 combined between all of them.

Week 3

 Charlie Strong (Louisville)- Coach Strong and the Cardinals ran their record to 3-0 this week after beating in state rival Kentucky for the Governors Cup Trophy.  The final score of 27-13 is much closer than how the game was actually played but the cardinals finally faced a team with a pulse. Given their cupcake schedule I called the wildcats a muffin and true to form the Cards play another cupcake this week in Florida International.  (3-0)

The Governors Cup Trophy

The Governors Cup Trophy

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)- The game of the year thus far this season matched Sumlin’s #6 ranked Aggies vs. two-time defending national champion Alabama. The people down in Tuscaloosa like to use the phrase “Roll Tide” and that’s exactly what the Crimson Tide did to A&M. This was a big game not only because they were both ranked top 10 but it was a divisional game as well. This week Colorado St heads to town given A&M a chance to get its defense together and Johnny Football to hand out monogrammed t-shirts of himself at the weekly College Station Women Over 50 Meet Up group. (2-1)

 David Shaw (Stanford)- In a tougher than expected matchup with the Army Stanford road receiver Ty Montgomery 6 catches for 130 yds and a TD to victory. Stanford is one of those programs that never wins pretty but always finds some type of way to get it done  * Rich Homie Quan Voice *. The Arizona State Sun Devils head to Palo Alto this week. In what will be a matchup of two undefeated top 25 teams. (2-0)

 James Franklin (Vanderbilt)- After an 1-2 start to this season James Franklin seems like a genius after (Vandy  is the Harvard of the South) replacing Ohio State with Austin Peay in week 2. This week loss to South Carolina drops the Commodore’s to 0-2 in the SEC play and they still have three ranked teams on the schedule. Their next three games @Umass, Home to UAB, and Home to Mizzou are crucial to Vandy making their third straight bowl game. If they do not go 3-0 during that stretch they will all be home for Christmas. (1-2)

 Ron English (Eastern Michigan)- The Eagles lost to Rutgers this week and fell to 1-2 for the season. They are now 11-40 overall during Ron English 5 year tenure in Ypsilanti.  With they’re being no signs of things improving it look as if the eagles are going to have another awful season. English, who is a hell of a defensive coordinator is suffering from the lack of high school talent produced by the state that looks like a glove. Thus why that School Up North best players always seem to recruit Ohio. (1-2)

Desmond Howard is originally from Cleveland, Ohio

Desmond Howard is originally from Cleveland, Ohio

Darrell Hazell (Purdue)- When I am dealt with a case of good news and bad news. I like to hear the bad news first so Boilermaker fans here it goes. Purdue lost this past weekend falling to 1-2 and this week Wisconsin they head to Mad-Town to face Wisconsin and their 41ppg. The good news is that Purdue seems to be improving. They lead Notre Dame 17-10 going into the fourth quarter before giving up 21 unanswered points. It is going to be a long season for Purdue but with a new coaching staff improvement is all that you can really ask for. (1-2)

 Curtis Johnson (Tulane)- Another week, another solid game for Nick Montana, and another win for Coach Johnson and the Tulane Green Wave. The Green Wave now sit at 2-1 on the season after knocking off Louisiana Tech on the road 24-15. Tulane heads to upstate New York this week to take on Syracuse in what is my upset pick of the week. I am calling it now little Joe throws for 300+ and 3tds you can take it to the bank. Just not during hurricane season. (2-1)

Mike London (Virginia) – UVA had a bye week and this Saturday they face VMI which means they have back to back bye weeks. (1-1)

 Garrick McGee (UAB)- UAB had a bye week as well and have Northwestern St coming up this weekend. However given that the Blazers are 0-2 the game against the Demons is a most win. (0-2)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)- In what was my choice for my Stupid Upset of the Week Pool. I was devastated when the Pirates fell to Vtech 15-10. East Carolina has a good team folks and is one of the more underappreciated

programs in the country. A matchup with in state foe UNC this weekend will determine if the Pirates can compete with the big boys or if they just the cream of the C-USA crop. (2-1)

Willie Taggart (South Florida)- I told you last week that a win over Florida Atlantic was far from a sure thing for the South Florida Bulls. Low and behold what happened? The bulls lost to at home to Florida Atlantic 28-10. Willie Taggart said he wanted Bullsnation to get on the bus during the offseason. Well I hope there aren’t to many passengers on that bus because it just swerved to the right of the tree, is off the road and on it’s way to crashing. (0-3)

Don Treadwell (Miami of Ohio)-It was a bye week for the Red Hawks and they needed it. They take on I-75 rival Cincinnati this week at least the team bus has a chance to stop by Skyline Chili after the game. (0-2)

Skyline Chili is Delicious

Skyline Chili is Delicious

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