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MAC Notebook: Miami fires Treadwell

By STEVE NITZ snitz@shawmedia.com

Miami (Ohio) has fallen a long way since upsetting Northern Illinois in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Championship Game.

The RedHawks defeated Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl after the victory over NIU, after then coach Michael Haywood took the Pittsburgh job.

Haywood was fired by Pitt before even coaching a game after being arrested on domestic violence charges in December 2010.

Miami alum Don Treadwell was named Haywood’s successor, and went 4-8 in both 2011 and 2012.

The RedHawks have started the 2013 season 0-5, and after a conference-opening 21-9 loss to Central Michigan on Saturday, Treadwell was fired, with quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Mike Bath being named interim coach.

“It’s tough initially. You’re talking about, now a staff that is potentially done here in the next seven to eight weeks. Potentially,” Bath said. “The thing is, just dealing with coach Treadwell, coach Treadwell was such an unbelievably humble, great person and a guy that I’m going to be forever thankful for for giving me the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and be a coach.

“The last 27 to 28 hours, it’s just been a whirlwind. It’s been exciting, it’s been humbling.”

Sunday, Bath had just gotten out of the shower and was ready to go to church when he received a call from Miami athletic director David Sayler.

“Those plans for the day kind of changed,” Bath said.

Treadwell is the third head coach to be fired this season. Last week, Connecticut fired Paul Pasqualoni after a loss to Buffalo, and USC’s Lane Kiffin was fired in the parking lot at LAX after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State.

Ohio coach Frank Solich said the amount of coaches being fired midseason is a disturbing trend.

“I don’t think that’s a great direction to be going. Obviously, the way I see it, most coaches and athletic directors should have a relationship where there’s a lot of ongoing conversations about how they’re doing and how it’s all working. There should be a plan going into the season,” he said. “If you feel comfortable with a coach going into the season, he probably should get a season. But that’s not how it’s going.”

Carey expects Harris back: NIU running back Keith Harris Jr. tweaked his ankle in the first half of Saturday’s 38-24 win over Kent State. Harris missed the end of last season with the same injury, and was off to a good start before leaving the field at Dix Stadium.

Harris had two carries for 31 yards, and caught three passes for 54 yards.

Carey said Harris is day-to-day, and that he doesn’t see any reason why he won’t play Saturday against Akron.

Wenning into the BSU record books: Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning is having a heck of a season.

He’s one of two FBS quarterbacks, along with Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, to pass for 300 yards in each of his first five games, and after Saturday’s 346-yard performance, Wenning is Ball State’s all-time leader in passing yards.

Wenning has completed 62.7 percent of his passes and thrown for 1,996 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.

“We’re not necessarily a team that runs the quarterback a lot. We’re more of a drop-back team, and Keith is a good fit for that,” Ball State coach Pete Lembo said. “We’re fortunate to have some guys on the perimeter that can make some plays, and he does a nice job of getting the ball in their hands.”

Given a full slate of games against Big Ten teams, which team finishes with the best record?
NIU
Purdue
Northwestern