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Muschamp talks about Saban; but doesn't speak french

So, as anyone who watches the worldwide leader will be reminded 400 times this week, on Saturday Nick Saban takes his team from Alabama into the great state of Florida to play Will Muschamp's team.

Naturally, Muschamp was asked a few questions (ok, a lot of questions) about Saban today.  

In the video below, Muschamp says of Saban, "Nick never asked me to do anything as an assistant coach that he didn't do as a head coach, from a work standpoint, as far as film preparation, from a recruiting standpoint, as far as evaluation and going out and recruiting...He's a guy who works extremely hard.  He's got a great work ethic in what he does...program management, philosophically knowing who you want to be...offense, defense, special teams....identifying in the recruiting process what kind of player you are recruiting from a critical factor standpoint, not just from speed, height, weight but all of the intangible qualities..."

Then the questions just got a little silly.  Reporter uses some term from a recent Star Wars movie and Muschamp's response is awesome.  "Huh?...I don't speak french either."  Trust us, watch and laugh.

Muschamp's quotes about Saban begin around the 1 minute mark.  The Star Wars stuff begins around the 2:20 mark.


MAC commish lays it on the Big East commish

5PM Update> Toledo AD Mike O'Brien has issued a statement saying that they accept the ruling from the NCAA rules committee that the outcome of the game can not be changed.  Apparently, O'Brien doesn't share MAC commish Steinbrecher's hope that Big East commish John Marinatto will do the right thing.  

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MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher issued a well worded statement moments ago regarding the conclusion of the Toledo / Syracuse game on Saturday.  

For background...the refs mistakenly awarded Syracuse an extra point despite the fact that they had video evidence which showed the try was clearly not good.  The game went to OT with Syracuse eventually winning.  The Big East Conference admitted that the refs were wrong in allowing ruling the extra point good.  After the game, Toledo called on the Big East to vacate the win for Syracuse (and hence the loss for Toledo).

In Steinbrecher's statement, he first notes that he has been in communication with Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, then he noted that by NCAA rules there is "recourse to reverse an outcome"...but then he comes back with "We are confident that proper action will be taken by the Big East Conference." 

Well played Steinbrecher, well played indeed.  

Anyone expect Marinatto to roll over?

Sudden change defense to the rescue

Through 4 games, Notre Dame is 120th in the nation (yes folks, that's the same as saying "last") in turnover margin averaging -2.5 per game margin.  

However, despite this horrible margin, Notre Dame is 2-2 on the season.  How are they able to overcome the turnovers?  A stout defense after a sudden change.

We saw a note this morning that Notre Dame's defense, after the last 4 turnovers (against Pitt and Michigan State...both wins for ND) the ensuing drives have netted just 12 yards on 14 plays.  

We also noticed that over their last nine games, Diaco's defense has allowed no rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs (they have allowed 2 QB sneaks though).  Nine games.  That's strong.  Give defensive coordinator Bob Diaco some credit. 

Notre Dame travels to Purdue for an 8PM game Saturday night on ESPN. 

Halftime stat sheet..."He has thrown for 7 TDs?"

Hawaii hosted UC Davis this weekend.  At halftime it was 49-0 Hawaii.  

We can only imagine head coach Greg McMackin looking over the stat sheet trying to find something to use as further motivation for a strong second half..."wait, Moniz threw for 7 TDs already?  Sit him down."

Yes, Bryant Moniz threw was 30-40 for 424 and 7 TDs in the first half....also ran 5 times for 50 yards.  

We figured rather than show you some highlights, you might enjoy seeing the Haka Chant more.


Just go down, go down, no, no, don't throw it...

Dabo's got his guys 4-0 and they have some quality wins.  Couldn't have done it without the play of quarterback Tajh Boyd who has been very good.

Through 4 games, Boyd has completed 65% of his passes for nearly 14 yards per completions, has thrown 13 touchdowns vs. only 2 interceptions...

The Tigers won their game this weekend vs. Florida State so we're sure Boyd has been able to chuckle at least about the play you are about to see...


Monday TV

Prepare yourself for a week full of ESPN references to Muschamp vs. Saban; but first we've got MNF tonight.

All times Eastern.


Redskins at the Cowboys - 8:30 - ESPN



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Update on New Mexico's opening

Yesterday Mike Locksley was relieved of his duties as head coach at New Mexico and associate head coach / defensive coordinator George Barlow will serve as interim head coach for the rest of this season.  

There will be typical speculation, including some very prominent names, over the next few weeks.  We'll speak with the guys involved and keep you posted.

In the meantime, we took a look at the historical records of previous New Mexico coaches...

The last head coach to have a .500 overall coaching record was Joe Morrison who coached the Lobos from '80-'82 (yep, that's 30 years ago). Prior to him, a young man named Marv Levy last did it in '58-'59 when he won 14 of 20 games as head coach.  

In more recent memory, Rocky Long was just under .500 in 11 seasons ('98-'08) and Dennis Franchione was also just under .500 in his 6 seasons ('92-'97). 

Great punt return design

Anyone else catch this from yesterday's Bears / Packers game?

Bears are down 10 late in the 4th quarter.  Packers are punting from mid-field.  

Bears line up with two men on each gunner.  From here, we'll let you watch it on the video; but keep your eyes on the far outside defender lined up against the left gunner on the Packers.

Credit Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub for this one.