Coach Gerry Faust hasn't done zip with the Zips. After eight seasons he's still one game under .500, and his job is on the line. But even John Heisman resigned under pressure from Akron in 1894.
As the SWC begins its penultimate season, only the Cougars still need to find an affiliation for '96. Seeing as how they won only one game in '93, leagues are not exactly lining up to sign them up. Still, second-year coach Kim Helton's decision to scrap the run-and-shoot in favor of a two-back alignment should improve ball control (the team had the worst turnover ratio in the country last fall) and keep a most suspect defense off the field.
Coach Buddy Teevens said after last season that 1994 would be the team's best year since he arrived. Well, he arrived in '92, and the Green Wave has won two and three games, respectively, in the ensuing seasons. Even with a soft schedule sprinkled with the likes of Memphis and Navy, a four-win season will be difficult in the Big Easy.
104. Arkansas State
Some of junior punter Kyle Richardson's best work appears on the walls of the football office: Painted in vibrant blues and greens is a cartoon bearing the credo "Don't ever give up." The Indians desperately need some inspiration because last season's top rusher, Marquis Williams, transferred to LSU.
105. Northeast Louisiana
After three years of planning and fund-raising, the Indians finally departed Division I-AA for the bigs. But with a schedule that kicks off with Colorado, Auburn and Georgia, and eight players—including five projected starters—academically ineligible for the season, they may start longing for another A.
In 1988 the Miners were 10-3, their second winning season in 18 years. In '89 new coach David Lee installed an option attack, and they lost 41 of their next 53 games. Enter Charlie Bailey, who took over as coach seven games into '93. After he restored the pro set, UTEP proceeded to lose five games, by an average of 26 points.
107. Kent State
In the media guide new coach Jim Corrigall says, simply, "Thank you, Kent." But Corrigall, a Kent alum and a CLE Hall of Famer, may not be so grateful come December. He has inherited a team that lost all its games last season and that has only five wins since 1989. Look for the Golden Flashes to move into a tie for the fourth-longest losing streak (27 games) in Division I-A history by season's end.
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