None of the three was a big surprise. The Scarlet Knights defense had a strong case as being the worst in football in 2013, and Cohen also the allegations of bullying from former Scarlet Knights cornerback Jevon Tyree to deal with. Charges that he used threatening language and made Tyree feel physically threatened are currently being investigated by the school.
Rob Spence's main charge was developing Gary Nova as the starter, but that didn't happen. For the second year in a row, Nova collapsed down the stretch and was replaced by Chas Dodd. It was Dodd who started the final two games of the season, including the bowl-clinching win over the Bulls.
Greg Schiano, so Wroblewski took the fall for that.
Also notable was that Flood got to make those decisions at all. There was much speculation that the coach himself was in danger of not accompanying the team in its move to the Big Ten, but the fact that Flood was allowed to replace his coaches was an early indicator that he'd be back for a third season. If there was any doubt, athletic director Julie Hermann gave Flood a vote of confidence in the announcement of the assistant coaching changes.
"Our football program continues to evolve and grow, as evidenced by the changes Coach Flood just announced. I support these moves and Kyle's leadership as we transition into the Big Ten," Hermann said in a statement. "In two seasons, Kyle has led us to our first share of the conference championship and has guided our program to two consecutive bowls, including this season's highly anticipated New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Notre Dame."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We lose a quarterback and we lose our center. We had 15 surgeries throughout the year. Everybody has injuries, but we had an overabundance of them during the first half of the year. But anybody that we put in there battled and you couldn't ask any more from this team. They played hard, they played hard in the games we lost and at that time point in the season we weren't good enough to win and prevent mistakes. But you could tell tonight how much we have grown up." -- Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, reflecting on his team following its loss to Louisville in the regular-season finale.
NCAAF Team Report - Houston - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FIVE BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM WEEK 15 IN THE AAC:
1. The rest of the AAC won't have UConn linebacker Yawin Smallwood to worry about any more. The junior announced after the regular-season finale that he was forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
2. Houston will have a new offensive coordinator when it plays in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Doug Meacham left to become the offensive coordinator at TCU, and Cougars assistant head coach Travis Bush was promoted to replace him.
3. It was a cold-weather finale for the Florida teams. Central Florida played in 24-degree weather at SMU, its coldest game ever. South Florida-Rutgers kicked off at 33 degrees, tied for the second-coldest game in Bulls history, trailing only a 2008 game at West Virginia.
4. Neal Burcham was impressive for SMU before leaving in the fourth quarter with an apparent concussion. That's good, considering that with Garrett Gilbert graduating, he's the presumed starter heading into next season.
5. Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft had three more catches for 51 yards against South Florida. His 40 catches were tops on the team, which says a lot about both his unexpected development and the disappointing performance of the receiving corps.