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War Eagle and Welcome Paul Rhoads


It took nearly two weeks but Tommy Tuberville has finally found a replacement for Will Muschamp.

Auburn is expected to announce the hiring of Pittsburgh’s Paul Rhoads as its new defensive coordinator. The position came open Jan. 4 when Muschamp accepted the defensive coordinator position at Texas.
Rhoads will be AU’s fourth DC in the last five years.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported that Rhoads had accepted the position, which was later confirmed by through a source within the Pitt athletic department. The source said Rhoads informed the Pitt players of his decision this morning.

Rhoads was in Auburn Wednesday where he met with Tuberville and was offered the position.

The official announcement from Auburn should come within the next 24 to 48 hours once Rhoads’ paperwork is cleared.

Rhoads, who’s served as Pitt’s defensive coordinator the past eight seasons, will become Tuberville’s fifth defensive coordinator at Auburn. The 40-year old Rhoads nearly accepted the position in 2002 but had a last minute change of heart and the position eventually went to current Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik.

Rhoads is expected to more than double his salary at Auburn. He made approximately $180,000 at Pittsburgh.

Some of Auburn’s current staff has connections to Rhoads. AU defensive tackles coach Don Dunn and Andy Lutz, assistant to the head coach, both worked with Rhoads at Pacific in the early 1990′s.

Rhoads guided a Pittsburgh defense that finished No. 5 in the nation in total defense this season. Rhoads coached the Pittsburgh secondary for the first seven years before switching to linebackers this season.

He’s expected to coach the secondary as well as coordinate the defense at Auburn.

Rhoads has a total of 19 years of college coaching experience. Prior to joining the Pitt staff, he coached the secondary at Iowa State for five seasons.

Pantherlair editor Chris Peak contributed to this story.

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i will see it soon and tell you guys what i think…

Prosthetic-limbed runner disqualified from olympics

Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter, has been denied a shot at the Olympics… for being too fast. The runner — who uses carbon-fiber, prosthetic feet — was reviewed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (or IAAF), a review which found the combination of man and machine to be too much for its purely human competitors. According to the IAAF report, the “mechanical advantage of the blade in relation to the healthy ankle joint of an able bodied athlete is higher than 30-percent.” Additionally, Pistorius uses 25-percent less energy than average runners due to the artificial limbs, therefore giving him an unfair advantage on the track… or so they say. Oscar is expected to appeal the decision, saying a lack of variables explored by the single scientific study calls for deeper investigation into the matter.

Former Michigan QB Mallett transfers to Arkansas

source: espn.comĀ 

Quarterback Ryan Mallett, who left Michigan after his freshman season because of concerns he didn’t fit in new coach Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense, enrolled in classes at Arkansas on Wednesday, athletics department spokesman Kevin Trainor confirmed.

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Ryan Mallett


Former Michigan QB Ryan Mallett will have to sit out the 2008 season under NCAA transfer rules after enrolling at Arkansas.

Mallett, one of the country’s top quarterback prospects after his senior season at Texarkana High School in Texas, will have to sit out the 2008 season under NCAA transfer rules. He will then have three years of eligiblity remaining.

The 6-7, 252-pound Mallett gives new Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino a quarterback-in-waiting. Starter Casey Dick is a rising senior and the Hogs have no heir apparent after highly regarded sophomore Mitch Mustain transferred to Southern Cal before the 2007 season.

Mallett played in 11 games as a freshman for Michigan last season, filling in for oft-injured senior Chad Henne. Mallett completed 61 of 141 passes for 892 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He is a tall pocket passer with a very strong arm and is well-suited for Petrino’s pro-style offense.

Mallett, who also considered transferring to Tennessee and UCLA, threw for more than 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns as high school senior and was named the Texas Class 4A offensive player of the year.

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Breaking news (here ya go mikey a fresh post)


Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville has offered Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads a substantial salary to become Auburn’s defensive coordinator a source close to Rhoads told Wednesday night.
Rhoads is set to become Tuberville’s fifth DC at Auburn.

The 40-year old Rhoads, who makes approximately $180,000 with the Panthers, was offered a contract near $400,000 to accept the position at Auburn. He is expected to talk it over with his family tonight before making a decision but told this source that it was “a no-brainer.” has learned that Rhoads was offered the position by Tuberville in a meeting Wednesday before flying home to Pittsburgh.

Rhoads, who has served as Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator the last eight seasons, was nearly named AU’s d-coordinator in 2002, reportedly accepting the job before changing his mind after returning home.

Rhoads guided a Pittsburgh defense that finished No. 5 in the nation in total defense this season. In the final game of the season, Rhoads’ defense held a powerhouse West Virginia offense to 183 total yards in a 13-9 upset that denied the Mountaineers a spot in the BCS Championship game.

WVU went on to blowout Oklahoma 48-28 in the Fiesta Bowl, racking up 525 yards of total offense against the Sooners.

Rhoads coached the Pittsburgh secondary for the first seven years before switching to linebackers this season.

Rhoads joined the Panthers after serving the prior five seasons (1995-99) at Iowa State, where he was the secondary coach his last four years after coaching the inside linebackers in 1995. Prior to Iowa State, Rhoads spent three years at Pacific (1992-94), serving as the defensive backs coach

Rhoads began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State (1991) and Utah State (1989-90), working with the secondary at both schools.

A 1989 graduate of Missouri Western with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Rhoads was a three-year football letterman and the recipient of the Chris Faros Scholarship, honoring the program’s top senior student-athlete. He later earned his master’s degree from Utah State in 1991.

A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Rhoads was a prep special mention all-state free safety and valedictorian of his high school class.

Rhoads and his wife Vickie have two sons, Jacob (12) and Wyatt (10).