Tracking The Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 7

This past weekend was the first slate of games after the firing of Don Treadwell. There are now 11 African-American head coaches at the FBS level and they put together their best collective record of the season. The main storyline from the weekend is Stanford being upset by Utah. I hated on the Utes last week saying that they didn’t have a chance against the Cardinal. No Karl Malone did not suit up for the Utes but sophomore Travis Wilson threw for  234yds in what was the biggest upset of the year. As a Buckeye fan that loss was big for us because Stanford still needs to play and Oregon. Lets go Cardinal and lets head to our FBS African-American Head Coach recap for this week.

Combined  Season Record (36-37)

Week 7 Record (5-5)

Charlie Strong (Louisville) – In the Thursday Marquee game Louisville beat future B1G member Rutgers 24-10. This was the first time Louisville has played a team with at least equal talent and the Cardinals defense stepped up. The Cardinals held Rutgers to 12 yards rushing and forced 4 turnovers in a very impressive display. This Friday they host the UCF Knights in what might be Louisville toughest game of the season. (6-0)


Louisville is facing two different versions of knights in back to back weeks. Will they the face the knights of Camelot three weeks from now.

UCF Knights

UCF Knights

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – I don’t know how Johnny Football did it but he found a way to lead the Aggies on a great fourth quarter drive to beat Ole Miss on the road 41-38. However if A&M wants to make a BCS bowl their defense that is giving up 32ppg has to improve. This week War Eagle heads to College Station for what should be another shootout. (5-1)

David Shaw (Stanford) – As you probably know Stanford lost to Utah. However the Cardinal are still an elite football team capable of winning the Rose Bowl. You want a bold prediction? Stanford will beat Oregon. (5-1)

 James Franklin (Vanderbilt) – Vandy was the only team on this list that had a bye week and it came and a good time for Coach Franklin. This week Aaron Murray and the #15 ranked Georgia Bulldogs head to town. A win for Vandy Saturday would be a season defining victory. (3-3)

Ron English (Eastern Michigan)- After a 50-25 loss on the road to Army Ron English firmly on the hot seat. I do not wish bad things upon anyone but there is no way Coach English will be living in Ypsilanti in 2014 (1-5)


Darrell Hazell (Purdue) – Another game another blow out loss for Purdue. The Boilermakers are the worst BCS School in the country. (1-5)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane) – In what was one of the top 5 games in all college football this past weekend Tulane beat East Carolina 36-33 in three overtimes. The Green didn’t have a single offensive touchdown in regulation. Instead they relied on Cairo Santos (who also hit the game winner in OT) 4fgs and a 99yd interception return for a touchdown by Derrick Strozier. Even more impressive is that Tulane won without starting QB Nick Montana. This is a good football team! (5-2)

Mike London (Virginia) – Even though it lost Virginia might have played its best game of the season in a 27-26 loss to rival Maryland. Given that they aren’t currently working I wonder if the folks on Capitol Hill headed over to College Park to check out the game. (2-4)

 Garrick McGee (UAB) – Coach McGee had to be rejoiced this weekend given that his team beat Florida International to win its second game of the season. If I were a UAB fan after every game I would say JUST BLAZE !!!! (2-4)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina) – I don’t believe in moral victories. “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME”.  East Carolina fought hard but couldn’t do beat Tulane in spite of Shane Carden’s 480 passing yards. The 99yard pick six he threw ended up being the difference in regulation and sending it to OT. (4-2)

Willie Taggart (South Florida) – USF also improved its record to 2-4 on the season by beating UConn on the road 13-10. It was a game so ugly that Flava Flav could have been a male cheerleader and looked better.  (2-4)




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