The Domino Effect

Nebraska's firing of Bo Pelini set off a chain reaction that has already effected a trio of college football programs. And it's not over yet as the Badgers are now looking for their next head coach.

It only takes one move. That’s it.

One change.

11 days ago the catalyst was Nebraska when the Cornhuskers fired Bo Pelini because nine wins a season wasn’t good enough.

Nebraska shocked many when they headed west to land Pelini’s replacement in Oregon State’s Mike Riley.

In turn, it was announced a few hours ago that Oregon State went into Big 10 country to land their next head coach, Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen.

There’s nothing like a friendly game of coaching dominoes when it comes to college football.

Nebraska’s move to remove Pelini started a chain reaction that’s still not finished, as it has directed effected two programs in the Big 10 and one in the Pac 12. And it’s not finished, as the Badgers are currently looking for their replacement in Madison.

There’s another potential huge game of dominoes brewing in Ann Arbor, as Michigan is in the middle of a coaching hunt. Gone is Brady Hoke and the Wolverines are looking for their next Michigan man.

Can you imagine the ripples in the college football world if Les Miles became the next coach for the Wolverines? As reported last night by GoBlueWolverine.com managing editor Sam Webb, Michigan has reached out to Miles.

This would make the Nebraska cause and effect small by comparison.

The implications of Miles to Michigan would naturally mean Jimbo Fisher is headed to Baton Rouge. Then Florida State is open and coaches all over America would be tripping over themselves to coach that loaded roster in Tallahassee.

Then again this is pure speculation. Why this may seem logical on some level coaching changes are sometimes far from logical.

ANDERSEN HEADS WEST
It surprised many today when it was announced that Gary Andersen was leaving Wisconsin for Oregon State.

But should it?

While Wisconsin looks like the better job Oregon State is the better fit for Andersen. After all he spent two dozen years coaching on the West Coast.

“I think coach Andersen was more comfortable being out West,” said Brandon Huffman, Director of Recruiting for Scout. “Aside from his two years at Wisconsin and one year as an offensive coordinator at Southeast Louisiana, he spent 24 years as an assistant or head coach out West. He’s recruited the West well while at Wisconsin, but it will become that much easier to recruit them to Oregon State. The Pac-12, top to bottom, is better than the Big Ten, and I think the coaching, top to bottom is better, and he upgrades it.”

There's in-state Oregon to contend with. USC, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington are all very good programs. It's certainly a deeper league than the Big 10 with quality coaches from top to bottom. And the Pac 12 just got a little stronger with the addition of Andersen. He did a nice job in Madison, coaching the Badgers to a 19-7 record in two years.

“You get a coach who has won a conference title in the WAC, then won the division in the Big Ten, so he’s been successful,” Huffman said. “He was the defensive coordinator at Utah during their last unbeaten season (2008) before turning that into the Utah State head coaching job. You’re not making a risky out-of-region hire like Arizona and Arizona State did (which paid off) or like Cal did (which is still to be determined). Anderson was a risky out-of-region hire for Wisconsin, but he’s back in his native region at Oregon State.”

IT'S OFFICIAL FOR SANCHEZ
Tony Sanchez was officially announced today as the next head coach for UNLV. He will be paid $500K per season for four years. Sanchez came by way of the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman high school. He won six straight state titles at Bishop Gorman.


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But should it?

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While Wisconsin looks like the better job Oregon State is the better fit for Andersen. After all he spent two dozen years coaching on the West Coast.

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“I think coach Andersen was more comfortable being out West,” said Brandon Huffman, Director of Recruiting for Scout. “Aside from his two years at Wisconsin and one year as an offensive coordinator at Southeast Louisiana, he spent 24 years as an assistant or head coach out West. He’s recruited the West well while at Wisconsin, but it will become that much easier to recruit them to Oregon State. The Pac-12, top to bottom, is better than the Big Ten, and I think the coaching, top to bottom is better, and he upgrades it.”

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There's in-state Oregon to contend with. USC, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington are all very good programs. It's certainly a deeper league than the Big 10 with quality coaches from top to bottom. And the Pac 12 just got a little stronger with the addition of Andersen. He did a nice job in Madison, coaching the Badgers to a 19-7 record in two years.

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“You get a coach who has won a conference title in the WAC, then won the division in the Big Ten, so he’s been successful,” Huffman said. “He was the defensive coordinator at Utah during their last unbeaten season (2008) before turning that into the Utah State head coaching job. You’re not making a risky out-of-region hire like Arizona and Arizona State did (which paid off) or like Cal did (which is still to be determined). Anderson was a risky out-of-region hire for Wisconsin, but he’s back in his native region at Oregon State.”

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IT'S OFFICIAL FOR SANCHEZ
\r\nTony Sanchez was officially announced today as the next head coach for UNLV. He will be paid $500K per season for four years. Sanchez came by way of the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman high school. He won six straight state titles at Bishop Gorman.

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It only takes one move. That’s it.

One change.

11 days ago the catalyst was Nebraska when the Cornhuskers fired Bo Pelini because nine wins a season wasn’t good enough.

Nebraska shocked many when they headed west to land Pelini’s replacement in Oregon State’s Mike Riley.

In turn, it was announced a few hours ago that Oregon State went into Big 10 country to land their next head coach, Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen.

There’s nothing like a friendly game of coaching dominoes when it comes to college football.

Nebraska’s move to remove Pelini started a chain reaction that’s still not finished, as it has directed effected two programs in the Big 10 and one in the Pac 12. And it’s not finished, as the Badgers are currently looking for their replacement in Madison.

There’s another potential huge game of dominoes brewing in Ann Arbor, as Michigan is in the middle of a coaching hunt. Gone is Brady Hoke and the Wolverines are looking for their next Michigan man.

Can you imagine the ripples in the college football world if Les Miles became the next coach for the Wolverines? As reported last night by GoBlueWolverine.com managing editor Sam Webb, Michigan has reached out to Miles.

This would make the Nebraska cause and effect small by comparison.

The implications of Miles to Michigan would naturally mean Jimbo Fisher is headed to Baton Rouge. Then Florida State is open and coaches all over America would be tripping over themselves to coach that loaded roster in Tallahassee.

Then again this is pure speculation. Why this may seem logical on some level coaching changes are sometimes far from logical.

It surprised many today when it was announced that Gary Andersen was leaving Wisconsin for Oregon State.

#BeaverNation, please help us welcome Gary Andersen as the new head coach of @OSUBeaversFB. #GaryAndersen #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/eAXbAi3BnZ

— Beaver Athletics (@beaverathletics) December 10, 2014

But should it?

While Wisconsin looks like the better job Oregon State is the better fit for Andersen. After all he spent two dozen years coaching on the West Coast.

“I think coach Andersen was more comfortable being out West,” said Brandon Huffman, Director of Recruiting for Scout. “Aside from his two years at Wisconsin and one year as an offensive coordinator at Southeast Louisiana, he spent 24 years as an assistant or head coach out West. He’s recruited the West well while at Wisconsin, but it will become that much easier to recruit them to Oregon State. The Pac-12, top to bottom, is better than the Big Ten, and I think the coaching, top to bottom is better, and he upgrades it.”

There's in-state Oregon to contend with. USC, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington are all very good programs. It's certainly a deeper league than the Big 10 with quality coaches from top to bottom. And the Pac 12 just got a little stronger with the addition of Andersen. He did a nice job in Madison, coaching the Badgers to a 19-7 record in two years.

“You get a coach who has won a conference title in the WAC, then won the division in the Big Ten, so he’s been successful,” Huffman said. “He was the defensive coordinator at Utah during their last unbeaten season (2008) before turning that into the Utah State head coaching job. You’re not making a risky out-of-region hire like Arizona and Arizona State did (which paid off) or like Cal did (which is still to be determined). Anderson was a risky out-of-region hire for Wisconsin, but he’s back in his native region at Oregon State.”

Tony Sanchez was officially announced today as the next head coach for UNLV. He will be paid $500K per season for four years. Sanchez came by way of the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman high school. He won six straight state titles at Bishop Gorman.

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