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October 14, 2008MORE: Dienhart's Weekly Awards | Rivals.com Week 7 National Awards | Olin's Heisman Ballot
? Out of work doesn't mean out of the loop for Kevin Cosgrove and Al Borges.
The former coordinators have devoted themselves to studying the game they love, looking to become better craftsmen when they get their next job ? which figures to be prior to next season.
"It has been great," says Borges, who was offensive coordinator at Auburn from 2004-07. "I have gone and studied with college teams and with NFL teams."
Cosgrove likes to think of his time away from coaching as a sabbatical.
"You never really get a chance to fully study and absorb some of the things you learn from other staffs when you're coaching full-time," says Cosgrove, who was defensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2004-07. "You are so busy doing your job. This has been a chance to really study my philosophies and afforded me the chance to become better at what I do."
Borges ran some strong offenses at Auburn, playing a huge role in helping the Tigers go 13-0 in 2004. Borges groomed NFL quarterback Jason Campbell, while also honing the skills and devising ways to use the talents of tailbacks Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams in the same backfield.
Cosgrove built some strong defenses at Nebraska before the unit struggled last season for numerous reasons. His 2006 defense ranked fifth (331.9 ypg) in the Big 12 overall and No. 2 in scoring defense (18.3 ppg). In 2005, Cosgrove's defense ranked No. 4 in the Big 12 (332.2 ypg) and fourth in scoring (21.0 ppg). Before that, Cosgrove's defenses at Wisconsin (1990-2003) were a big part of the foundation of a program that rose to great heights under Barry Alvarez.
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ONE MAN'S WORKING HEISMAN BALLOT
Addazio coached at Syracuse from 1995-98 under Paul Pasqualoni and understands how the university and region operate.
Even more vital: He would come relatively cheap and has numerous ties in the Northeast. Connections to high school coaches in the region haven't been strong under Greg Robinson. When the Orange was a power, it lured many blue-chippers from the region. Now, most of the top talent goes elsewhere.
GRADING THE "BIG SIX"
Did your school ? and conference ? pass last week?
Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.