Former Alabama head coach Mike DuBose OK after accidentally shooting himself

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One former Alabama head coach has apparently dodged a bullet, at least in the figurative sense.

According to multiple media outlets, Mike Dubose accidentally shot himself in the upper torso Monday afternoon while on family-owned property in Covington County, AL.  DuBose initially drove himself to the emergency room after the incident, but then was taken to a different, unspecified medical facility by helicopter for further treatment.

The latest update on DuBose’s condition is that he sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of being struck by a bullet from a .38 caliber handgun.  While initial reports had DuBose suffering the injuries while hunting, it was later clarified the incident happened as the coach was cutting grass*.

From WAAO-FM:

The family member said the pistol was being used for protection against snakes while cutting grass on the farm. Somehow, the pistol accidentally discharged while he was riding the mower, striking Dubose and eventually lodging in the clavicle area of his body.

DuBose played his college football at Alabama under the legendary Bear Bryant in the mid-seventies, then took over as the head coach of his alma mater in 1997.  Saddled with steep scholarship restrictions stemming from the Gene Stallings era, the Crimson Tide went just 4-7 in DuBose’s first season in Tuscaloosa before, two years later, playing in and winning the 1999 SEC championship game.  The Tide then plummeted to 3-8 the following season in 2000, the last year for DuBose in what turned out to be a 24-23 record during his four seasons at the helm.

Because of the highly-scrutinized recruitment of Albert Means on DuBose’s watch — the coach was cleared in an investigation that targeted a rogue booster — UA was hammered by the NCAA with sanctions that included the stripping of 21 scholarships over a three-year period, a two-year bowl ban and five years worth of probation.

After his stint at Alabama ended in 2000, DuBose coached at the FBS level just one more time — as the defensive line coach at Memphis from 2010-11.

(*As a resident of the Great State of West Virginia, I can attest to the value of being strapped whilst cutting grass/brush hogging/doing anything in non-residential areas that involves high grass/weeds.)

Texas State hires Incarnate Word coach Kinne to lead Bobcats

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Texas State hired Incarnate Word coach G.J. Kinne on Friday to lead a Sun Belt program that has had only one winning season since moving up to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

The 34-year-old former Tulsa quarterback has made a fast rise in coaching since ending his professional career in 2017.

After three years as an offensive analyst at SMU, Arkansas and the Philadelphia Eagles, Kinne became offensive coordinator at Hawaii in 2020. He held the same role for UCF in 2021 before landing the head coaching job at FCS Incarnate Word this season.

Incarnate Word is 10-1 and averaging 53 points and 8.3 yards per play, both FCS highs, heading into its playoff game Saturday against Furman. Kinne will remain with Incarnate Word through their playoff run.

“It’s with great honor that I’m accepting the call to be next head football coach of the Texas State Bobcats,” Kinne said. “We are going to play fast, have relentless energy, and when the going gets tough, have the mental confidence to win tight games in the second half and represent the state of Texas. Eat ‘Em Up!”

Texas State fired Jake Spavital last week after the Bobcats won just 13 games in his four seasons.

Kinne signed a five-year contract, the school said. Terms were not immediately released.

“My goal was to hire someone with demonstrated leadership experience, success as a head coach, established relationships with Texas football coaches, and success with recruiting and developing players,” said Texas State President Kelly Damphousse. “I sought a leader with a plan to capitalize on our location in the heart of the best high school football in the country.”

Florida Atlantic hires Tom Herman as football coach

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Former Texas and Houston head coach Tom Herman will take over at Florida Atlantic as it heads into its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

The hire comes just days after FAU fired Willie Taggart, who went 15-18 in his three seasons with the Owls. Details of the contract with Herman were not immediately available.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Tom Herman to Paradise,” FAU Director of Athletics Brian White said Thursday. “Throughout the process and the more we talked with Coach Herman, the more it became apparent to me that he was the right person to lead our football program. Beyond his knowledge of the game, which is obvious by his success over the years, he also truly cares about the young people in his program.”

FAU’s final season in Conference USA ended with a 5-7 record and an overtime loss to Western Kentucky. The Owls will be in the American next season.

Herman returns to college football after spending the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears as an offensive analyst.

Herman was 22-4 at Houston, a mark that helped him land the head coaching job at Texas where he went 32-18 with four straight bowl trips in 2017-2020. He also was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season, as well as stops at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State.

“All the pieces are in place at FAU for us to be successful,” Herman said. “There are already great young men on this team, great facilities, a great location, a great recruiting base and great leadership, all of which are important to building a successful program.”