Tracking the Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 8

Does anyone have Harrison Ford’s cellphone number because the past weekend was The Weekend Of Doom for black college football coaches. Louisville suffered its first loss of the season, Texas A&M loss ended any chance for a Johnny Football Heisman repeat, and Grambling St the once proud program of Eddie Robinson forfeited a game. I know Grambling St is a FCS program but if wasn’t for Eddie Robinson this column wouldn’t be written because none of these men would have a job. I don’t want to touch on it to long because Mola Ram might be looking for me.

Indiana Jones ended up defeating the evil Mola Ram

Indiana Jones ended up defeating the evil Mola Ram

Combined Record (39-42)

Week 8 Record (3-5)

Charlie Strong (Louisville)- In last week column I questioned whether the Cardinals could defeat another set of Knights on Thursday. Well UCF rode into Papa Johns Stadium stormed the kingdom and took the throne of the American Athletic Conference. The Season is not over for Louisville win out and they still have a chance at BCS berth. This week the face the South Florida Bulls led by Willie Taggart. (6-1)

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)- It was a matter of time before A&M defense cost them another game. The Aggie defense is just flat-out bad and after Saturday’s 45-41 loss at home to Auburn they are now ranked 104 in the country in Points Against. This week they face fellow AAHC (African-American Head Coach) James Franklin led Vanderbilt, potentially without Johnny Football. This is my upset pick of the week. (5-2)

David Shaw (Stanford)- Stanford defense came out of hiding this week and shutdown #9 ranked UCLA. It was a great showing by the Cardinal who are fighting for a rose bowl. This week they head on the road to face the Oregon State Beavers. They might want to leave the Stanford Tree behind.  (6-1)

Beavers love trees

Beavers love trees

James Franklin (Vanderbilt)- A great win for Vanderbilt this weekend as it knocked off #15 Georgia 31-27. The win was much-needed putting the Commodores over the .500 mark and keeping their bowl hopes alive. Lionel Richie and Thomas McClary would be proud. (4-3)

 Ron English (Eastern Michigan)- The Eagles lost for the 6th time in a row and for the fourth straight game allowed at least 42pts. These Eagles are truly and endangered species. (1-6)

Darrell Hazell (Purdue)- Even though the Boilermakers lost they fought hard and battled a solid Michigan State football team. A 14-0 loss against the team with arguably the best defense in the country is nothing to sneeze at. This week they have a bye before the Buckeyes come to town. (1-6)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane)- Tulane had a bye week this week and it came at a much-needed time to get the players healthy. Starting QB Nick Montana should be back this week as Tulane hosts an underachieving Tulsa squad. (5-2)

Joe Montana will be happy to see his son Nick back under center this week for Tulane.

Joe Montana will be happy to see his son Nick back under center this week for Tulane.

Mike London (Virginia) – A 0-3 start is not what Coach London expected this off-season when he looked at his schedule. However after this week home loss to Duke that is where the Wahoos find themselves. The rumblings in Charlottesville sound more like boohoos. (2-5)

Garrick McGee (UAB)- It was a bye week for the blazers. I hope it gave them a chance to work on a few things as they strive for back-to-back wins this week on the road against UT San-Antonio. (2-4)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)- ECU QB Shane Carden was phenomenal Saturday going 30/37 for 308 yards 3tds and 0 interceptions. When your quarterback plays that well you usually blow out the opponent; which is exactly what ECU did to Southern Miss.  East Carolina heads to Florida International Saturday with their hopes of C-USA East Division title firmly alive. (5-2)

Willie Taggart (South Florida)- A bye week for the Bulls after back-to-back wins streak is the perfect recipe for an upset. However don’t believe the hype (another Flava Flav reference) South Florida stands no chance against Louisville Saturday. (2-4)


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