August 2, 2014

Rob Chudzinski could be head coach candidate for Miami Hurricanes

chudzinskiRecently fired Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski could be a hot head coach candidate for the Miami Hurricanes, with the program likely to lose its coach as well any moment.

Al Golden, their coach for the last three seasons, is rumored to be leaving The U today or very shortly for Penn State University. Thus, multiple reports from Florida have Chudzinski, a Miami product and well-liked former assistant, as a top possibly replacement option.

Chudzinski, 45, was a three-year starter at tight end for the Hurricanes. He was a member of the 1987 and 1989 national championship teams. He then coached at the school from 1994-2003 as a graduate assistant, tight ends coach and finally offensive coordinator. He oversaw the development of pro prospects like Clinton Portis, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Kellen Winslow Jr and many more.

After several years as an NFL assistant, he then was hired by the Browns in mid-January 2013. He didn’t even last a full 12 months as head coach, however, as the team’s 1-10 skid to finish the season led to his surprise firing just hours after their Week 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Browns have now been rumored to be interested in a number of NFL assistants and college head coaches. It’s possible they could again hire someone with no previous head coaching experience. Today, they’re reportedly meeting with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Boston.

But for Chudzinski, it’s a matter of preference: Would he rather try to find a possible NFL offensive coordinator job again or be the King of The U? The program has had a rough last 10 years since Chudzinski was last around, so if he were to rebuild that program again, he could go down as an all-time legend.

[Related: WFNY Roundtable: The Firing of Rob Chudzinski]

Photo: Lonnie Timmons III / The Plain Dealer

LeBron James Shows Terrelle Pryor How Big of a “Buckeye” He Really Is

LeBron James is the close friend, confidant and self-purported mentor of Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  But on Saturday afternoon, when his friend was on his largest, most well-lit stage since January’s Rose Bowl, James was a no-show.

Though he was the talk of the town leading up to the big game between the Buckeyes and Hurricanes, James bailed on his “friend” because The Ohio State University said something that the two-time MVP had not heard in quite some time.

The word “no.”

James reportedly opted to pass up the chance to support his friend because Ohio State administration nixed his request for a full police escort, something that James obviously felt he needed on this day due to the 100,000 rabid Ohio State fans that would ultimately be surrounding him.  [Read more...]

Saturday Recap: Buckeyes Defeat Miami 36-24, Indians Fall 1-0

#2 Ohio State 36, #12 Miami 24

A week after a strong home victory over Marshall, the Buckeyes continued their hot start to the 2010 season with an impressive thrashing over the ranked Miami Hurricanes. The score resulted in a final 12 point margin, but it could have easily been at least 20 or 30 points based on the way the Bucks controlled the tempo in the second half.

The token BCS National Championship talk has already started with a focus on Columbus as the fall season still has not begun. No matter what however, the conversation is warranted based on the performances of Terrelle Pryor and company through the season’s first two games.

#1 Alabama lived up to their hype Saturday night in a 24-3 victory over #18 Penn State and Ohio State is the only other time to show as much as the dominant Crimson Tide. The Buckeyes defense has been clutch when needed and led by Pryor’s bulk production, the offense is starting to become one of the top machines in the country.
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While We’re Waiting… Buckeyes Recap and Browns Season Preview Edition

While We’re Waiting serves as a breakfast buffet (even on weekends) of WFNY-esque information for your early morning viewing pleasure. Have something else you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Recapping the fun of last night: “So much for the revenge angle. Looking to heal the wounds suffered eight seasons ago in Tempe, Miami simply didn’t have the personnel stay with Ohio State as the Buckeyes rode a stifling defense and the back of Terrelle Pryor capturing a convincing 36-24 victory this afternoon in a raucous Ohio Stadium.” [Chris/Eleven Warriors]

What would you predict as the list of Cleveland wins this season? “Browns will go 7-9 with wins over Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Carolina, Buffalo, Cincinnati at home and Pittsburgh (twice). No joke.” [Bud Shaw/Cleveland Plain Dealer]
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Open Thread: #2 Ohio State vs. #12 Miami

#2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs.
#12 Miami Hurricanes
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
ESPN/ESPN3, WKNR 850 AM,
3:30 p.m. EST

The Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Miami Hurricanes today in a huge rematch of the 2003 BCS National Championship. A week after a win over Marshall, the Bucks get their first big contest of the season against the Hurricanes.

It will be a showdown between two of the most highly touted quarterbacks in the country between Ohio State’s Terelle Pryor and Miami’s Jacory Harris. Whoever has a better first half controlling the ball and dictating the tempo should be in a good position for victory.

Follow along with the contest below and share your thoughts on the unfolding events. Below the jump you will find a list of previews and analysis from us and around the web.
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Buckeye Tailgate: Hurricane Warning

Saturday afternoon the Buckeyes and Hurricanes get to put to rest squabbles about crowd noise or who won what or who LeBron James cheers for. Once the whistle blows and the ball is in the air it is all about who hits hardest and executes plays better. Ohio State will be tested in this one, but I for one expect them to pass the test.

Game Info: 3:40 kickoff at Ohio Stadium.

Television: ESPN, commentators Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge.

Tickets:WFNY Tickets

As much as the QBs will get the coverage in this one, the defensive lines could easily decide it. Both Ohio State and Miami feature solid front fours that will likely see more than one starter playing on Sundays in the future. Both are expected to make plays and bring pressure on the opposing QB. Perhaps the real heroes for the Buckeyes will then need to be Adams, Boren, Brewster, Browning and Shugarts. If the offensive line steps up and contains Miami’s front four, Pryor and the running game should have no problem controlling the ball and the clock.

The experts have made the Buckeyes between 8 and 10 point favorites in this one. That’s more than just the home field advantage edge. Miami may have some individuals with great talent, but overall the Buckeyes have more and should come out on top Saturday. [Read more...]

Podcasting Browns/Buccaneers and Buckeyes/Hurricanes

Scott and I took part in what we hope will be a weekly feature over at Cleveland.com today with a podcast to discuss the big games this weekend.

We got into all kinds of subjects including our confidence level in Eric Mangini, depth vs ‘a bunch of guys on the roster’, and the LeBron/Pryor discussion. Rest assured, we talked about the match-ups as well. Thanks Dan Labbe and Cleveland.com for the opportunity.

Check out the preview podcast at Cleveland.com or listen here.

Move Over Pittsburgh, Cleveland Has a New Rival. Sort Of.

Could the city of Cleveland, Ohio possibly have a “rivalry” with the city of Miami, Florida?

Though not even close to being a regional rival like that of Cleveland-Pittsburgh or Ohio State-Michigan, it appears that the city of Miami is taking a page out of the Washington Wizards book by stirring up a little drama. The difference here is that this one may actually carry some weight with fans in the buckeye state as the last two months may have served as fuel to the proverbial fire.

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Terrelle Pryor: “If LeBron Does Come, Just Treat Him with Respect”

The Ohio State Buckeyes may be playing their biggest game of the season on Saturday when the Miami Hurricanes head to Columbus.  And while many fans will prefer to focus on the Xs and Os, Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor created a few headlines late Wednesday after he asked Ohio State fans to take it easy on former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James.

When prompted by a member of the media, Pryor reiterated that he and the two-time NBA MVP are close friends and that he supports his decision to leave the city of Cleveland, and he hopes fans can at least be courteous come Saturday afternoon.

“If LeBron does come, just treat him with respect and respect his decision,” Pryor said. “Please, no name calling or booing or anything like that. Please. That’s my mentor, and I’ve got a lot of respect for him and a lot of love for him.”

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While We’re Waiting… Ohio State/Miami Rematch, Hafner’s Shoulder, and LeBron Liner Notes

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

“A rematch of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl game is just what ESPN has been craving for years and there will be plenty of words exchanged between the fan bases of these two teams before this game. Ohio State will be the favorite at home and are trying to win a primetime game early in the season for the first time in 2006 when they went down to Austin and gave Colt McCoy a beating. Jacory Harris and the Hurricanes are trying to prove they are back and will seek revenge on the infamous pass interference call that turned the program down hill for years. Can Terrelle Pryor step up and show that he has indeed made the strides we’ve all waited for or will a hurricane hit Ohio Stadium and leave Buckeye fans in turmoil? September 11 cannot come soon enough.” [Eleven Warriors]

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