Andrew Breiner has resigned as head coach at Fordham for a assistant coaching role at Mississippi State, reports the Jackson Clarion Ledger. This was also confirmed at the Fordham web site.

Breiner, 12-10 in two seasons at Fordham, joins the staff of Joe Moorhead, who was hired at Mississippi State late last month.

The Fordham post is one of two vacancies in the PL head coaching ranks. Holy Cross continues its search since firing Tom Gilmore in mid-season.

 

Offensive coordinator Michael Neuberger was fired this week, according to a HOYA column discussing the Hoyas' 1-10 season. This appears to confirm Neuberger's absence from the staff directory earlier this week.

Neuberger's offense was among the nation's worst in 2017, continuing a trend throughout since he succeeded Vinny Marino in 2014. The Hoyas averaged 12.5 points per game in 2017 and ranked last in the nation in time of possession.

Columnist Aidan Curran saves most of his column not on Neuberger, but head coach Rob Sgarlata (C'94, S'12), who has otherwise enjoyed a friendly reputation with campus press over his years on the Hilltop.

"Sgarlata's recruiting tactics have been lukewarm at best," Curran wrote. "Look at Georgetown football's Instagram feed and you will see the hashtag #DefendTheDistrict in many posts...For a coach who has placed an emphasis on establishing a pipeline to take advantage of the talent-rich DMV, the results through four years have been very discouraging."

Curran continues:

"It is important for a rebuilding team like Georgetown to schedule a couple of games against tough opponents to get a true measure of how much they are progressing as a team. However, playing a 14-time Ivy League champion, Harvard, annually, where the games are usually decided by the end of the first quarter, only contributes to a culture of losing." (Note: The Harvard series ended in 2017.)

 

Former Georgetown assistant coach Joe Moorhead was named as the head coach at Mississippi State on Nov. 29.

"Over the last decade, Mississippi State University has built a winning football tradition that has taken our program to unprecedented heights," said MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum in prepared remarks. "My charge to Athletics Director John Cohen was to find a dynamic, innovative new head coach for the Bulldogs who could embrace that winning tradition and build on it. In Coach Joe Moorhead, I think we have found that leader. I'm excited about having Joe, his wife Jennifer, sons Mason and Donovan, and daughter Kyra join our Bulldog family. I have great confidence in Coach Moorhead's commitment to competitive athletic achievement, academic excellence, and consistent integrity in the operation of all phases of our football program."

Moorhead coached under Bob Benson for four seasons on the Hilltop from 2000 through 2003, the latter season as offensive coordinator. He was an assistant at Akron from 2004-08, an assistant at Connecticut from 2009 through 2010, head coach at Fordham from 2011 through 2015, and offensive coordinator at Penn State in 2016 and 2017.

"This season, Penn State ranked in the Top 25 nationally in five different offensive categories, including seventh in points per game (41.6), 16th in passing efficiency (153.5), 17th in yards per play (6.55), 25th in passing yards per game (285.8) and 20th in red zone conversion percentage (91.1), reads the release. "They also produced four 50-point games, representing the most in a Nittany Lions season since 1994."

Moorhead becomes the first Georgetown assistant to be elevated to a major college head coach since John DaGrosa, who coached at Holy Cross from 1945 through 1947.

 

DL Khristian Tate and LB Ahmad Wilson were among five Georgetown players named to the Patriot League's all-league teams announced Nov. 21. A recap is found at GUHoyas.com.

"Colgate led all schools with 13 all-League selections, including nine on the first-team, read a Patriot League news release. "Lehigh and Lafayette tied with nine all-League members apiece; the Mountain Hawks had seven on the first-team offense, while Lafayette had five first-team honorees. Fordham and Bucknell both placed eight on the two squads, while Holy Cross had seven selections and Georgetown earned five spots on the first and second all-League teams. The squad is made up of 33 seniors, 15 juniors, seven sophomores and four freshmen."

 

Georgetown's rankings among 123 Division I-AA schools are posted as the last week of the regular season, where the Hoyas ranked last nationally in third down conversion and last in offensive time of possession.

Statistic Rank Value
Scoring Offense 119th 12.5
Points Allowed 71st 26.4
Rushing Offense 120th 59.5
Passing Offense 84th 182.6
Total Offense 118th 242.1
Rushing Defense 55th 147.5
Passing Defense 83rd 230.4
Total Defense 70th 377.8
Turnover Margin 89th -5
3rd Down Conversion Pct 123rd 18.2%
4th Down Conversion Pct 83rd 31.6%
Net Punting 77th 35.1
Punt Returns 95th 5.58
Kickoff Returns 29th 21.7
First Downs Offense 122nd 126
First Downs Defense 109th 242
Time of Possession 123rd 24:39
 

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