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3 Great Champions in Action Over the Weekend – 2009 MAC Conference Coach and Team Predictions

 3 Great Champions in Action Over the Weekend

 

3 of the Greatest Champions of this era were in action over the weekend as Roger Federer won Wimbledon in a great 5-set battle over American Andy Roddick, Tiger Woods looks to be almost totally back on top of his golf game in winning his tournament the AT&T National, and Lance Armstrong is back racing again in the Tour de France. 

 

Roger Federer – What can one say about Roger Federer, but that he is a great champion.  We hope everyone got to see a great Wimbledon final between Federer and Roddick on Sunday morning, and did anyone else notice how Federer looked like he was barely winded after that 4+ hour battle?  Amazing!  Federer has proved he is one of the great athletes and great winners in sports history and it is going to be entertaining to watch him in the coming years pile up more major tennis titles.  As for Andy Roddick, what a great performance by a guy that has had the bad luck of having his career fall during the same period as Federer.  Let’s hope Roddick keeps his game together thru the summer and that he comes back and wins a second US Open title in September.  Roger Federer, 15 major wins in tennis, and he is only 27.   

 

 

Tiger Woods – Tiger’s golf swing and injured leg looks like they are both back to almost 100 percent and that is very bad news for his competitors in the game of golf.  Good news for those of us that watch golf though!  Woods now has piled up 68 PGA Tour wins and 14 Major Championship titles and he is only 4 wins behind the Great Jack Nicklaus.  We here at Coaches Hot Seat can only say that we have been very fortunate to have seen both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods when they were winning tournaments and major titles and what great fun it would be see to see those two golfers face off in their prime.  If we had to say who would win the most matches if Jack and Tiger faces off in 10 rounds, we would give the slightest of edges to Tiger because of his short game, but then again we might be very stupid selling Jack Nicklaus short! 

 

 

 

Lance Armstrong – Early on Saturday, July 4 here in the United States the Tour de France got underway with Stage 1 of that bike race going off in the very small country of Monaco.  Armstrong was in tenth place after Stages 1 and 2 and Stage 3 goes off this morning at 5:30 AM Pacific Time (which allows us to watch the race before we head off to work, on Versus, Channel 603 on DirecTV), which runs from Marseille to La Grande-Motte, France.  The Stage 3 race runs along the Mediterranean in southern France which is some of the most beautiful country in Europe and once you get away from the seaside resort towns, the people of southern France are not much different than what you would find in small towns in the United States.  One of the great things about watching the Tour de France is that Verus has a helicopter following the Tour and you get to see some great shots of the countryside and towns and to see some places that one might want to visit when heading to Europe.  Combine some Tour de France stages along the Mediterranean with some later stages to come in the Alps and you are talking about some incredible country.    

 

Here is an interesting look at the entire Tour de France route:       

 

 

 

 

Let’s hope that Lance Armstrong, or another great American rider that is also on Lance’s team, Levi Leipheimer can get in there and give these Europeans a run for their money.  It kills the Europeans when Americans win their biggest sports events, especially the Tour de France, which Lance Armstrong won 7 straight times, so give them Hell Lance!  Nothing like an European that is mad at an American for winning something that they believe we don’t have the right to win!

 

 

Now, let’s take a look at our predictions for the MAC  Conference Coaches and Teams for 2009:

 

2009 MAC Conference Coach and Team Predictions

 

MAC – Eastern Division

 

Buffalo

Head Coach:  Turner Gill – Turner Gill seems to have Buffalo on a roll and if he puts up another big season he will be up for several big head coaching jobs come this December. 

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            @ UTEP – L

            Pittsburgh – L

            @ UCF – L

            @ Temple – W

            Central Michigan – W

            Gardner-Webb – W

            Akron – W

            @ Western Michigan – L

            Bowling Green – W

            Ohio – W

            @ Miami (OH) – W

            @ Kent State – W

 

2009 Predicted Record:  8-4

Turner Gill back for 2010?YES

 

 

Temple

Head Coach:  Al Golden – Golden has Temple improving, all be it very slowly, and 2009 could be the year that the Owls take a big step forward.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            Villanova – W

            @ Penn State – L

            Buffalo – L

            @ Eastern Michigan – W

            Ball State – W

            Army – W

            @ Toledo – W

            @ Navy – L

            Miami (OH) – W

            @ Akron – L

            Kent State – W

            @ Ohio – W

 

2009 Predicted Record:  8-4

Al Golden back for 2010? - YES

 

 

Akron

Head Coach:  JD Brookhart – Brookhart has had Akron on the edge of a winning season the last two years, but the MAC is just a very tough place to win if your team is not constantly improving.  2009 could be another close, but not quite grasping the ring.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            @ Penn State – L

            Morgan State – W

            Indiana – L

            @ Central Michigan – L

            Ohio – W

            @ Buffalo – L

            @ Syracuse – L

            @ Northern Illinois – L

            Kent State – W

            Temple – W

            @ Bowling Green – L

            Eastern Michigan – W

 

2009 Predicted Record:  5-7

JD Brookhart back for 2010?YES

 

 

Bowling Green

Head Coach:  Dave Clawson – After a disastrous year as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Dave Clawson tries to get his head coaching “Mojo” back at Bowling Green, but Year 1 could be a struggle.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            Troy – L

            @ Missouri – L

            @ Marshall – L

            Boise State – L

            Ohio – W

            @ Kent State – L

            @ Ball State – L

            Central Michigan – W

            @ Buffalo – L

            @ Miami (OH) – L

            Akron – W

            Toledo – W

 

2009 Predicted Record:  4-8

Dave Clawson back for 2010?YES

 

 

Ohio

Head Coach:  Frank Solich – Frank Solich has had a great coaching career, but Ohio may be a bridge too far for anyone, including Solich.  The biggest thing working against Ohio is that the other teams in the MAC are getting better every year and Ohio seems to be standing still.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            UConn – L

            @ North Texas – L

            Cal Poly – W

            @ Tennessee – L

            @ Bowling Green – L

            @ Akron – L

            Miami (OH) – W

            Kent State – W

            @ Ball State – L

            @ Buffalo – L

            Northern Illinois – L

            Temple – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  3-9

Frank Solich back for 2010?NO

 

 

Kent State

Head Coach:  Doug Martin – Martin is 19-39 in 5 seasons at Kent State and he will need at least a .500 record in 2009 to keep his job.  That may not be easy the way the MAC conference is playing these days.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            Coastal Carolina – W

            @ Boston College – L

            Iowa State – L

            Miami (OH) – W 

            @ Baylor – L

            Bowling Green – W

            @ Eastern Michigan – L

            @ Ohio – L

            Western Michigan – L

            @ Akron – L

            @ Temple – L

            Buffalo – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  3-9

Doug Martin back for 2010?NO

 

 

Miami (OH)

Head Coach:  Mike Haywood – Mike Haywood begins his head coaching career at the “Cradle of Coaches,” but Year 1 could be a struggle.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            Kentucky – L

            @ Boise State – L

            @ Western Michigan – L

            @ Kent State – L

            Cincinnati – L

            @ Northwestern – L

            @ Ohio – L

            Northern Illinois – L

            Toledo – W

            @ Temple – L

            Bowling Green – W

            Buffalo – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  2-10

Mike Haywood back for 2010?YES

 

 

MAC – Western Division

 

Northern Illinois

Head Coach:  Jerry Kill – Jerry Kill is going to be a thorn in the side of other MAC teams and head coaches once he gets NIU rolling, and the Huskies may very well start rolling in 2009.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            @ Wisconsin – L

            Western Illinois – W

            @ Purdue – W

            Idaho – W

            Western Michigan – W

            @ Toledo – W

            @ Miami (OH) – W

            Akron – W

            Eastern Michigan – W

            Ball State – W

            @ Ohio – W

            @ Central Michigan – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  10-2

Jerry Kill back for 2010?YES

 

 

Western Michigan

Head Coach:  Bill Cubit – Western Michigan under Bill Cubit has been playing some of the best football of the non-BCS teams in recent years and the biggest challenge going forward is to stay ahead of the teams in the improving MAC.  A non-conference that includes 3 Big Ten teams is a bear, but another big year for WMU seems to be in the offing. 

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            @ Michigan – L   

            @ Indiana – W

            Miami (OH) – W

            Hofstra – W

            @ Northern Illinois – L

            @ Toledo – W

            Central Michigan – W

            Buffalo – W

            @ Kent State – W

            @ Michigan State – L

            @ Eastern Michigan – W

            Ball State – W

 

2009 Predicted Record:  9-3

Bill Cubit back for 2010?YES

 

 

Central Michigan

Head Coach:  Butch Jones – Butch Jones has done a good job replacing Brian Kelly at CMU, but a tough non-conference slate coupled with some key games in MAC being on the road could add up to a struggle in ’09.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            @ Arizona – L

            @ Michigan State – L

            Akron State – W

            Akron – W

            @ Buffalo – L

            Eastern Michigan – W

            @ Western Michigan – L
            @ Bowling Green – L

            @ Boston College – L

            Toledo – W

            @ Ball State – W

            Northern Illinois – W

 

2009 Predicted Record:  6-6

Butch Jones back for 2010?YES

 

 

Ball State

Head Coach:  Stan Parrish – Stan Parrish hopes to keep the ball rolling that he and Brady Hoke got going at Ball State, but any slip in play will be a long ways down from the undefeated season of 2008.

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            North Texas – W

            New Hampshire – W

            @ Army – L

            @ Auburn – L

            Toledo – W

            @ Temple – L

            Bowling Green – W

            @ Eastern Michigan – W

            Ohio – W

            @ Northern Illinois – L

            Central Michigan – L

            @ Western Michigan – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  6-6

Stan Parrish back for 2010?YES

 

 

Toledo

Head Coach:  Tim Beckman – Tim Beckman kicks off his head coaching career at Toledo against Purdue, Colorado and Ohio State.  Wow!  Year 1 for Beckman will probably be a struggle, but how much of a struggle will tell us just how good of a head coach Beckman is…

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            @ Purdue – L

            Colorado – L

            Ohio State – L

            @ Florida International – L

            @ Ball State – L

            Western Michigan – L

            Northern Illinois – L

            Temple – L

            @ Miami (OH) – L

            @ Central Michigan – L

            Eastern Michigan – W

            @ Bowling Green – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  1-11

Tim Beckman back for 2010?YES

 

 

Eastern Michigan

Head Coach:  Ron English – Ron English has his hands full in his first head coaching job at Eastern Michigan and Year 1 will be about building confidence, getting experience and transitioning to a first year coach.  Any wins will be big for EMU and English in ’09 so play and coach hard!

 

2009 Coaches Hot Seat Prediction

 

            Army – L

            @ Northwestern – L

            @ Michigan – L

            Temple – L

            @ Central Michigan – L

            Kent State – W

            Ball State – L

            @ Arkansas – L

            @ Northern Illinois – L

            Western Michigan – L

            @ Toledo – L

            @ Akron – L

 

2009 Predicted Record:  1-11

Ron English back for 2010?YES

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