Army Notebook

His name will always live in infamy at Army. Truth be told, Todd Berry ran the program into the ground. Sure, Berry deserves plenty of blame for the Black Knight's spiral. But, let's face it, Berry meets Army was a bad fit. He is still respected in the business. Before he left Louisiana-Monroe for the University of Miami last season, he interviewed for Tennessee's offensive coordinator job.

With new coach Randy Shannon coach in the mix at Miami, Berry may be on his way out as the Hurricanes' quarterbacks coach. Hey, Army could use a good offensive coordinator. Just kidding. But since Berry is an Army alum, who went 5-35 from 2000-03, we have to keep track of him.

Let's look at some of his possibilities and near misses this offseason.

1. Berry was a finalist for the North Texas job. He even told one newspaper in the Lonestar State that it was the best job in the Sun Belt Conference. Maybe. But it ain't his.

Todd Dodge was hired as North Texas' coach on Dec. 12. Dodge, 43, is widely respected as one of the nation's most successful high school football coaches for his winning records at Carroll High School in nearby Southlake, Texas. During the five years that Carroll has been designated a Class 5A high school, Dodge has won three state championships and compiled a staggering 77-1 record

2. Berry certainly had an in at Tulsa. He graduated from school and played quarterback there.

Former Miami coach Larry Coker, who hired Berry in Coral Gables, was also a candidate. But Tulsa went with Rice coach Todd Graham earlier this month.

3. The best possibility for Berry seemed a move crosstown to Florida International University. New FIU coach Mario Cristobal is a former Miami assistant. But Cristobal went with James Coley as his offensive coordinator. Not Berry. Coley, a Miami native who worked most recently as an offensive assistant and quality control coach with the Miami Dolphins, has coached some of the top talent in football at the high school, college and pro levels. His coaching resume includes stops at 2003 National Champion Louisiana State University and 2002 Florida 6A State Champion Norland High School, in addition to his experiences with the Dolphins.

4. The other options: Berry's name has also been mentioned as an assistant at Boston College. Miami may keep him. If not, who knows.

Former Army offensive coordinator John Bond (2000-03), who came to the Academy with Berry from Illinois State, is a candidate for Miami's offensive coordinator position. He has spent the last three years at Northern Illinois.

Word has it that Army will release its 2007 football schedule as early as later this month.


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