Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ambrose announced as Towson coach

Towson has made its announcement regarding Rob Ambrose as new football coach.

A few more specifics: Ambrose receives a five-year contract.

Here's what the Towson AD Mike Hermann had to say, "Rob was on our list from the very beginning. But I felt it was important to conduct a thorough national search to ensure that we found the very best coach for Towson University. We had an outstanding field and discussed this opportunity with many well-respected coaches. At the end, it became clear that Rob Ambrose was the best choice to lead our program. Not only is he ready and willing to be the head coach of a college football program, he's ready and willing to do the job at Towson.

“His preparation for this position began long before our search process did. He admits he's been planning for this day since he left Towson as an assistant coach eight years ago. He has a passion for Towson and I'm confident that his passion will become evident to our student-athletes, to our alumni and to our community. It's great to welcome Rob home and I am confident that our football program will have an exciting future under his leadership."

And Randy Edsall's statement, "I think that Towson University has made an outstanding choice in selecting Rob Ambrose as its head football coach. He is an outstanding leader and an excellent football coach. Rob has all the ingredients to help student-athletes grow and develop. I know he will have a tremendous amount of success at Towson.
“Rob did a great job for us here at UConn. He helped us grow as a football program and he was a tremendous mentor for Dan Orlovsky. A few years ago, we promoted him to Offensive Coordinator and he made a very smooth transition. Rob also did an excellent job in recruiting the Maryland, D.C., Virginia area for us and I’m sure that will serve him well as the head coach at Towson."

Ambrose will coach the bowl game against Buffalo, and be introduced to the Towson-area media on Jan. 6.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news for a good guy. Now that everyone has had some rest from CFB for the last few weeks, let's hope that readers, bloggers and journalists give the area a daily dose of International Bowl build up from this moment forward. Hopefully a late surge of interested fans will make the trip. First and foremost to support our Huskies. But for those who like social life, Toronto is one of the best cities to visit. Tons of restaurants, live music, clubs, convenient subway system, shopping, hockey and hoops and very safe and inexpensive. If you go to the runway routinely, please try your best to go to Toronto!!

December 27, 2008 2:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chip any idea in direction Edsall will go?

December 27, 2008 11:38 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Not yet. But if he stays in house, it will be Mike Foley. Expect him to have someone in place within a week or two after the bowl game.

December 28, 2008 10:46 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foley makes sense but what about the quarterback coach since Ambrose was that along with the OC.

December 28, 2008 3:15 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Edsall has to make a new hire no matter what, so in that case it would be a new QB coach. Foley would remain as OL coach and OC.

December 28, 2008 4:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope people do not get this false sense of hope that UConn is going to go get some high priced/big name guy who is some sort of passing guru. That is not Edsall football - we've had good offenses under Edsall just balanced or run first offense. No doubt we need improvement with our passing game but we need to improve that thru better execution.

December 28, 2008 6:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just better execution, but more imagination. It just doesn't seem like anything goes on to get defenses off balance, going the wrong way, or to set patterns early that lures the defense and then opens up big plays later on in the game. Hopefully Foley has such imagination or else they should look for an OC from a successful offense elsewhere in I-A or even I-AA.

December 29, 2008 12:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just throw the ball more than 15 yards downfield and I'll be happy.

December 29, 2008 9:48 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anybody from the New Haven area here in buffalo?? Team hotel is hopping. It was a hell of a lot cheaper having the TO Sheraton accept my pricline bid than going through the exploiters that the university hired for their trips.

Gotta figure out a way to get more fanship from Greater NH to the games and to the bowls.

Chip is doing his best, but the university needs to market the program better.

January 02, 2009 4:34 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

I cannot believe they didn't send you to Toronto. Whats the point of having a newspaper if you're not going to cover the state's teams?

January 03, 2009 5:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something's up Sean'O, and probably with the editors/management. No original ramblings since the Ambrose hiring, and no quick responses since 12/28, would not be Chip's choice. The top dog there at NHR probably thinks NASCAR is more popular in CT than UCONN.

NHR owes it to the readers to send a sports reporter to the bowl game. The Buffalo media were all over the place. This was an extraordinary event with as much excitement over a few days for a CT sports team than anything short of a hoops final four. To see wire reports instead of one of our own is very disappointing. If Yale football played an away I-AA quarterfinal game, would NHR not send a reporter?

Hang in there Chip.

January 04, 2009 11:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally like Chip's blog the best out of them all so was disappointed he was not sent - if that is the case.

January 05, 2009 12:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, had I known, I would have asked the paper to do a fan blog from the team hotel like the paper did with some local dems and republicans attending the party conventions last summer. This would strictly be of service to fellow UCONN fans in greater NH, but wouldn't have undertaken it if that inadvertantly might have undermined futile efforts by the sports reporters at the paper to cover the game.

Those of us outside the loop need to be careful about assumptions and there are perhaps some valid reasons (personal, medical, dire newspaper economics allowing only highly prioritized travel) that kept Chip or the most college football-oriented backup reporter away from Toronto, but it would be good to vaguely know if this was just a management decision so that we can complain directly to the upper brass.

January 06, 2009 5:29 AM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

I thought at first maybe Chip had been laid off due to the lack of updates, so I messed around on the NHR site and found that he filed a story on the Quinnipac hockey game from Jan. 2nd.

So obviously Chip's still working and I have to assume it was a management/editorial decision to not cover UConn's bowl game. I can't imagine Chip saying he wouldn't want to follow his team/beat to its final game.

The reason it appears to be a management decision as opposed to a serious situation is that he covered a Quinnipac hockey game. Unless Chip was covering UConn basketball...they should have covered UConn's bowl game.

It's pretty embarassing for the Register. I think it's funny that papers are trying to survive by giving its readers LESS of what they want.

January 06, 2009 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Den said...

Terrible job by the Register. As a UConn grad, I enjoyed getting the New Haven perspective about UConn football. To not send your beat writer, after YEARS of covering the team, to the program's 3rd ever BOWL GAME is a disgrace. If the paper is struggling financially, pull the plug on the coverage of UConn football NEXT YEAR and explain to us, the readers, the circumstances that led to your decision. But to just blindly pull the plug on the entire operation one week before a bowl game is amateurish. The Register is a joke. Cancelling my subscription. Looks like we'll have to follow UConn football through the Hartford Courant.

January 08, 2009 1:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its too bad that only New Haven local area news or sports is important now. Not sure how that expands readership and revenues, however.

A priceline bid of 400 bucks would have gotten a 3 to 4 star hotel for 2-3 nights AND the airfare for Chip to go to Toronto. I'm sure he'd have eaten at Dunkin donuts and Subway to keep costs down if just able travel and sleep on the company dime.

A terrible decision and one that should be an issue with the athletic department, the university, and the legislature. NHR ought to get stonewalled the next time it's digging for news of any kind emanating from UCONN.


January 09, 2009 11:54 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

"A decision that should be an issue with the athletic department, the university, and the legislature. NHR ought to get stonewalled the next time it's digging for news of any kind emanating from UCONN."

That might be a tad extreme.

But thanks for the supportive emails. It's nice to know there are readers who care and feel so strongly about the coverage.

The blog will be back in force soon.

January 09, 2009 12:24 PM 
Anonymous Den said...

We do care, Chip (even Vinny). And I personally enjoy the blog immensely. I just do not understand, with all due respect to Yale and Quinnipiac hockey, how the paper can feel those are more newsworthy sports events than a UConn football bowl game.

Glad to hear the blog will be back up and running. When it's back, I'll be back.

January 09, 2009 3:39 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

I disagree with Den (what a shocker). The NHR is a New Haven paper...and as such, the local colleges and universities should come first. Believe it or not, most New Havenites aren't too concerned with UConn. In fact, it's my theory that until Jim Calhoun turned around the basketball team, no one south of Wallingford could care less with that cow school up in Storrs.

January 20, 2009 9:52 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zip-ed dee doo daa. An Akron guy, eh? Lets hope his time with the Zips means that we'll see some zipping the ball downfield more than once a game with these two promising quarterbacks with good arms.

Geez, Chip, do you think the paper will splurge for the road trip to Notre Dame in the fall?

January 20, 2009 7:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vinny obviously comes from a town that can't get any locals into UCONN to generate enough interest among the "staveners".

I'm sure there are more local kids at UCONN than at Quinnipiac (eh- hem, "Long Island U - north") or Yale and UCONN consumes enough of our New haven-area tax dollars to consider ourselves shareholders.

UCONN football in 20 years will exceed basketball in popularity in all of CT with or without the Register's management support.

January 22, 2009 10:48 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using Vinny's logic, the Register shouldn't report on any sports teams or stories outside of New Haven County. It's amazing. We still get unwanted coverage of UConn Women's hoops, who NOBODY cares about, but we can't get UConn football coverage any longer. Unreal. There's a reason why the paper is in trouble. And it starts with decisions made by the top brass. The paper has becoming a running joke. You want evidence, read some of Randy Beach's columns for a good laugh.

January 22, 2009 11:17 AM 
Anonymous Sean O said...


Since when is the STATE university of Connecticut not a local school? We're not Florida or a California...we're a tiny state...UConn is local to everybody.

I don't even you think that a Yale hockey game is more important a UConn bowl game.

January 26, 2009 2:28 PM 

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