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Uncommitted 2018 G Luke Armstrong will join the Rice football team as a preferred walk-on.

Armstrong (6'3/250) doesn't have any real recruiting resume of which to speak, but he does have one of the more famous fathers on the face of the planet. He's the son of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.
Apr 17 - 1:34 PM

Rice redshirt junior DB Christian Bertrand (undisclosed) has been medically disqualified for the 2018 season.

Bertrand (5'11/200) is expected to remain around the team, but he won't be playing during the upcoming campaign. Just what his injury concern might be is not currently known. This past season, Bertrand registered 18 tackles (2.5 for loss), a pass defensed and a forced fumble.
Mar 20 - 5:05 PM

Rice redshirt senior RB Samuel Stewart (undisclosed) has been medically disqualified for the 2018 season.

Stewart (5'9/205) was carted off the field after coming down injured against North Texas at the end of November. That health concern is apparently severe enough that it's already been determined that the redshirt senior won't be seeing the field during the 2018 season. Prior to sustaining the November injury, Stewart had rushed for 230 yards at a 4.0 YPC clip. Look for Nahshon Ellerbe, Austin Walter and Emmanuel Esukpa to see the bulk of work this offseason and beyond now that Stewart has been ruled out.
Mar 20 - 4:33 PM

Rice hired Klein Collins High School HC Drew Svoboda to serve as running backs coach.

An off-the-beaten-trail hire by Owls HC Mike Bloomgren, here. Svoboda was a tremendously successful high school coach in the state of Texas, leading his Tigers to a sharp 94-24 record over the past 10 seasons. His crews won five district championships in that space. While Svoboda's pedigree is certainly impressive, this will be his first coaching job at the college level.
Mar 10 - 2:19 PM

Rice hired Delaware State DC Gerard Wilcher to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Wilcher's most lengthy coaching stint came with Lehigh University, where he worked for 10 seasons before jumping to Seton Hall (2015) and then onward to Delaware State (2016-17). This gig with Rice will be his first at the FBS level.
Mar 10 - 2:10 PM

Rice DL Blain Padgett was found dead in his apartment on Friday.

Padgett was found in his apartment on a wellness check after not showing up for a team workout on Friday. "Our team is devastated by this news," Owls head coach Mike Bloomgren said in a statement. "All of my thoughts right now are how best to help Blain’s family and his teammates in this very difficult period." There has not been an official determination on the cause of death, but a TV report from KTRK-TV in Houston reports that he "apparently died in his sleep." He was 21.
Mar 3 - 5:57 PM

Football Scoop reports that Rice is moving S coach Scott Vestal to linebackers coach.

Vestal survived the coaching change from David Bailiff to Mike Bloomgren earlier this winter, with HC Bloomgren opting to retain the assistant as part of his inaugural staff with the Owls. 2017 was Vestal's first year in Houston.
Feb 16 - 1:03 PM

Former Ball State HC Pete Lembo will be the new associate head coach and special teams coordinator at Rice.

Lembo joines the Owls after spending the last two seasons as an assistant at Maryland. Before joining the Terrapins, he served as the head coach at Ball State, compiling a 33-29 record from 2011-2015 and coaching the Cardinals to two bowl games. He's also served as a head coach at Elon and Lehigh at the FCS level.
Feb 2 - 7:35 PM

Football Scoop reports that Rice will hire Stanford offensive assistant Joe Ashfield to serve as offensive line coach.

Ashfield has been on staff at Stanford since 2013. He had also previously worked as an assistant with the program from 2005-06. His new gig with Rice coaching up the o-line will be his first as a titled FBS coach.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that former Ball State HC Pete Lembo is a strong candidate for the Fordham job.

Lembo, who will turn 48 in April, has spent the last two years as the Assistant Head Coach along with coaching the special teams and tight ends. Before that, he coached Ball State to 33-29 record and took the Cardinals to two bowl games. He also served as a head coach at Elon and Lehigh, and has three playoff appearances at the FCS level. Fordham's previous coach, Andrew Breiner, left for Mississippi State to work under new Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 06:27:00 PM

ESPN's Ivan Maisel reports that North Carolina Central HC Jerry Mack has been hired to serve as Rice's offensive coordinator.

In the FBS ranks, Mack has previously acted as wide receivers coach for Memphis (2011) and South Alabama (2012-13). He's put up a 31-15 record with North Carolina Central since taking over as head coach prior to the 2014 season. He is well-acquainted with Rice HC Mike Bloomgren, having worked with him at Delta State in the mid-2000's.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:40:00 PM

ESPN's Ivan Maisel reports that Rice has hired Michigan DB coach Brian Smith to serve as defensive coordinator.

Smith initially joined HC Jim Harbaugh's staff in the winter of 2016 after spending the previous eight seasons working on the staffs of the Philadelphia Eagles (2015) and Jets (2007-14). Under his watchful eye, Michigan's pass defense has been among the best in the country over the past two seasons. His defensive-coordinating gig on new Rice HC Mike Bloomgren's staff will be the highest-profile job he's received at the collegiate level.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:01:00 PM

Rice will hire Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren as head coach.

The 40-year-old Bloomgren has served as the Cardinal’s offensive coordinator for the past five seasons and its OL coach the two seasons before that, coaching Andrew Luck and Christian McCaffrey along the way. Before that, he spent four years with the New York Jets. Bloomgren replaces David Bailiff, who went 5-7, 3-9 and 1-11 over the last three years after winning the Conference USA title in 2013.
Source: Yahoo
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Rice and head coach David Bailiff have parted ways and the team will make a new hire ahead of the 2018 season.

Bailiff's 10-year tenure at Rice is uncommon at the college level. The program during that time produced highs and lows, including a 10-3 season in 2008 and a 10-4 season in 2013. The program went downhill after that, however, as Rice finished 1-11 this year.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Rice junior RB Samuel Stewart was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter of Saturday's game against North Texas.

Stewart was done for several minutes before being assisted off the field via backboard and cart. Unless this injury concern is less serious than initially thought, the junior will likely not return to Saturday's contest. Austin Walter figures to see the bulk of carries for the remainder of the game.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 02:31:00 PM


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