Video: Zook's statement
Always a very difficult day for any coach. Ron Zook handled it with class.
In making the announcement, Illinois' AD was extremely complimentary of Zook as a person (called him an A+ person) and a leader (just felt the football team needed someone new at the helm).
46 teams still have games to play
A lot of coaching moves today and there will be plenty more this week...and 46 teams still have games to play.
Here's a look at what's left to go.
Thursday December 1, 2011
West Virginia at South Florida - 8pm - ESPN
Friday December 2, 2011
MAC championship game: Ohio vs. Northern Illinois - 7pm - ESPN2
Pac-12 championship game: UCLA vs. Oregon - 8pm - Fox
Saturday December 3, 2011
Syracuse at Pittsburgh - 12 - ESPN2
Conference USA title game: Southern Miss at Houston - 12 - ABC
Connecticut at Cincinnati - 12 - ESPN
Iowa State at Kansas State - 12:30
Wyoming at Colorado State - 2
UNLV at TCU - 2:30 - Versus
Utah State at New Mexico State - 3:30
Texas at Baylor - 3:30 - ABC
LA - Monroe at Florida Atlantic - 4
SEC Championship game: Georgia at LSU - 4 - CBS
Middle Tennessee at North Texas - 4
Idaho at Nevada - 4:05
Troy at Arkansas State - 4:30
New Mexico at Boise State - 6
BYU at Hawaii - 7:30 - ESPN2
Fresno State at San Diego State - 8
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - 8 - ABC
ACC Championship game: Virginia Tech vs. Clemson - 8 - ESPN
Big Ten Championship game: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State - 8:17 - FOX
Saturday December 10, 2011
Army at Navy - 2:30 - CBS
Steve Spurrier with the quote of the night
From last night, after South Carolina beat Clemson 34-13, head ball coach offered this one up to keep the fans from Clemson livid all off-season...
"We aren't LSU and we aren't Alabama. But we sure ain't Clemson."
Steve Spurrier ladies and gentlemen.
While you were sleeping
USC embarrassed UCLA. Early in the 4th quarter, it's 50-0. UCLA AD Guerrero had been building the case for keeping Rick Neuheisel for another season; but after this it's hard to imagine that being an option.
San Diego State, after a slow start, is putting UNLV away easily. Big changes coming for UNLV's staff.
The Scoop is going to be active the next few days. Keep both eyes on it!
James Franklin taking Vandy bowlin (for real)
James Franklin guided his team to their 6th win today and yes, Vandy is going to a bowl game (not bowling like he took the team in August)
It's hard to find the words to explain what Franklin has achieved in his first season as head coach. In short, it's remarkable. It's not the 6 wins and it's not going to a bowl game. It's the way that he has completely overhauled the program. Recruits now want to speak with Vandy because they are seeing Coach Franklin on ESPN, on the internet, on local TV. He's a tireless recruiter for his program.
In August we spent an afternoon with the Vandy staff. Believe it or not, that day, there actually were not any cameras following James Franklin around; but it seems that every other day Franklin or some facet of Vanderbilt football is showing up on the net. Hard to argue with the results.
We expect more and more programs will begin utilizing video to tell the story the way Franklin has over the course of this year; and that's a good thing.
Congratulations to Coach Franklin and the entire staff at Vanderbilt.
Video below was from mid-August when Franklin surprised the team by taking them bowling.
Plenty of NFL action today.
All times are eastern.
Houston at Jacksonville - 1 - CBS
Buffalo at NY Jets - 1 - CBS
Cleveland at Cincinnati - 1 - CBS
Minnesota at Atlanta - 1 - FOX
Arizona at St. Louis - 1 - FOX
Carolina at Indianapolis - 1 - FOX
Tampa Bay at Tennessee - 1 - FOX
Chicago at Oakland - 4:05 - FOX
Washington at Seattle - 4:05 - FOX
Denver at San Diego - 4:15 - CBS
New England at Philadelphia - 4:15 - CBS
Pittsburgh at Kansas City - 8:20 - NBC
Another day filled with great games. Iowa State looking for the sweep of the great state of Oklahoma. Georgia vs. Georgia Tech. Ohio State at Michigan. The Iron Bowl........all capped off with UCLA at USC.
All times are eastern.
Iowa State at Oklahoma - 12 - FX
Georgia at Georgia Tech - 12 - ESPN
Ohio State at Michigan - 12 - ABC
Rutgers at Connecticut - 12 - ESPN2
Eastern Kentucky at James Madison - 12 - ESPNU
Michigan State at Northwestern - 12 - BTN
Rice at SMU - 12 - FSN
Tennessee at Kentucky - 12:21 - SEC Network
Wyoming at Boise State - 2 - MTN
Grambling at Southern - 2:30 - NBC
Oregon State at Oregon - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2
Alabama at Auburn - 3:30 - CBS
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest - 3:30 - ESPNU
Virginia Tech at Virginia - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2
Penn State at Wisconsin - 3:30 - ESPN
Kansas at Missouri - 3:30 - FSN
Purdue at Indiana - 3:30 - BTN
Illinois at Minnesota - 3:30 - BTN
Duke at North Carolina - 3:30 - FSN
East Carolina at Marshall - 3:30 - CBSSN
Air Force at Colorado State - 6 - MTN
Florida State at Florida - 7 - ESPN2
Ole Miss at Mississippi State - 7 - ESPNU
Baylor at Texas Tech - 7 - FSN
Washington State at Washington - 7:30 - Versus
Clemson at South Carolina - 7:45 - ESPN
Notre Dame at Stanford - 8 - ABC
UCLA at USC - 10 - ABC
The FootballScoop Jinx?
Don't think we've ever heard of this one before; but yes, an astute viewer did write in to question the timing of our article this morning that talked about how Kyle Whittingham had his guys playing well after a tough start (they had won 4 straight games heading into today's match-up at home vs. Colorado.
As the viewer noted, "There is no other logical explanation for Utah losing at home to Colorado other than the FootballScoop jinx."
The viewer, a division 1 assistant coach that will remain unnamed, did request that we not write about his staff tomorrow morning.
While we don't believe in the jinx, we will refrain from writing any "this coach is really on a roll" articles tomorrow morning.
Quick side note, with Utah's loss, UCLA becomes the Champion of the Pac-12 South and will play in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.