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Buffalo Fires Quinn

Blakeney To Retire At End Of Season

CFP Staff
October 5, 2014

Charlie Weis, June Jones and Jeff Quinn are the early departures in the head coaching ranks.

Jones announced on September 8 that he was resigning as the head coach of SMU.

Weis was fired from Kansas on September 28.

On October 13, Buffalo fired head coach Jeff Quinn after the Bulls became the first FBS team to lose to hapless Eastern Michigan this season. The school's AD, Danny White, who has been in his position just since May of 2012, said, "...Quinn's tenure has not matched our expectations for the growth of Bulls football." Just last season, Quinn coached Buffalo to an 8-5 campaign that earned the school's second-ever bowl bid. But the Bulls were just 3-4 this season with 2 victories against FCS schools and the other over lowly Miami (Ohio). Quinn was 20-36 at Buffalo and is 21-37 in his career. He was 1-1 as an interim head coach in bowl games for Central Michigan and Cincinnati before replacing Turner Gill at Buffalo. Alex Wood, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was named interim head coach.

On October 5, Larry Blakeney announced he will retire from Troy at the end of the season. Blakeney is in his 24th season with the Trojans, making him the second-longest tenured coach in the FBS behind Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.

Coaching Changes For 2015 Season
Team Out In
Buffalo Jeff Quinn (3-4) (i)-Alex Wood
Kansas Charlie Weis (2-2) (i)-Clint Bowen
SMU June Jones (0-2) (i)-Tom Mason
Troy *-Larry Blakeney (i)-?
(i) - Interim head coach regular season
*-Effective at end of season.

Charlie Weis was fired September 28 after Kansas lost 23-0 at home to Texas to drop to 2-2 this season with the wins coming over FCS member SE Missouri State and the MAC's Central Michigan. Combined with an earlier 41-3 loss to Duke, Saturday's 23-0 blanking by Texas means Kansas had been outscored 64-3 in in its 2 games this season against schools from Power 5 conferences.

His dismissal from Kansas, which had lost 25 straight road games, came just days before the West Virginia game which, ironically, is the only conference win Weis had on his resume (2013 season). His Jayhawk career ends with records of 6-22 overall and 1-18 vs. the Big 12.

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen assumed the role of interim head coach.

June Jones announced on September 8 that he was resigning as the head coach of SMU, effective immediately, due to "personal issues". The Mustangs have started 0-2 with losses of 45-0 at Baylor and 43-6 at North Texas. Jones was 36-43 in just over 6 seasons at SMU, won a Conference USA divisional title and tied for another, and took the Mustangs to four bowl games.

Defensive coordinator Tom Mason given the interim had coaching duties, while QB coach Dan Morrison and WR coach Jason Phillips were named co-offensive coordinators.

Jones began his stint with SMU on January 7, 2008 when he opted to leave behind the island paradise of Hawaii and the program he built into a perennial winner. The failure of the school to improve facilities ultimately contributed greatly to Jones' departure.

In the five years prior to taking over the Warriors in 1999, the team had won just twelve games in five seasons and was winless in 1998. Jones guided Hawaii to a 9-4 record in his first season.

Jones quickly worked some of that same magic with SMU. After a 1-11 inaugural campaign, he guided SMU to an 8-5 mark in 2009 and the first of four straight bowl games. But Jones never could get SMU to the next level. While the Mustangs won 3 of the 4 bowl games, they came up short in their only Conference USA championship game appearance.


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