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33 year old, 2nd time HC, "I feel like I won the lottery"

Saturday, Kyle Sweeney will lead D-III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps onto the field for the first time when they play at Lewis & Clark.  

Sweeney, 33, is a head coach for the second time.  In 2007 and 2008 Sweeney served as the head coach at MacMurray College (IL).  The past two seasons Sweeney was the defensive coordinator at the University of Chicago.  

When asked about the opportunity to become the head coach at CMS (in southern california), Sweeney said, "I feel like I won the lottery."  Sweeney noted that CMS, in regards to both athletics and academics, "Is very similar to the school I came from [University of Chicago]...and the weather is a whole lot better."

A California native, Sweeney played at Occidental before coaching at Illinois Wesleyan, Endicott College, MacMurray and the University of Chicago. 

Sweeney retained four assistants from last year's staff and has brought in two new coaches as they look to build off of a 7-2 season last year, the best record the Stags' have had in nearly a decade.

Hunt together...Kill together

Texas Tech is off this weekend, looking ahead to playing at New Mexico in week 3.  This past weekend they hosted and beat Texas State 50-10.

That game was new defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow's first in that role.  The Red Raiders forced four turnovers in the second half and shutdown the Bobcats ability to throw the ball; but they gave up a bunch of yardage on the ground against a surprising option attack from Texas State.  

Glasgow said his guys were caught off guard by the option based attack that Texas State came out with; but they made some adjustments and found ways to make plays.

Glasgow tells his guys to "Hunt together" and the players have added, "Kill together".  We like that attitude.

We noticed a great article today about the changes in Glasgow's life over the last year (see what happens when you win a FootballScoop Coach of the Year award).  Quick summary...

First, he got married and they begin building their dream house...then Glasgow and TCU make a great run, win the Rose Bowl...then he wins the FootballScoop award...has twin sons...hired to be defensive coordinator at Texas Tech...puts "For Sale" sign on the house, the day it was finished...

Notre Dame at Michigan under the lights

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison formerly held that same position at Notre Dame.

Saturday night, he'll participate in the first ever night game at Michigan.

Mattison on when he first went to Notre Dame, "I didn't really know what a big rivalry this was...[but] you're talking about two of the greatest schools in college football...they're aren't any better...it's Michigan, it's Notre Dame this is what it is."

Mattison, whose daughter was a 3 time All Big East softball player at Notre Dame, shares a great story about his guys stopping practice while he was at Notre Dame to listen to the loud speaker at the softball game (100 yards from the football practice field) to hear if she got a hit..."always had a really good practice when we heard her get a hit".  

 

No TV Wednesday

Hang in there, only one more day...No live games tonight; but tomorrow we've got quality in both the NFL and college.  

It's just one more day.  You can do it.

SEC invites A&M; if Baylor doesn't sue

The SEC just sent us the following statement:

Statement from Dr. Bernie Machen, Chair, Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors:

After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC.  We were notified yesterday afternoon that at least one Big 12 institution had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.  The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure.  The SEC voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M University as a member upon receiving acceptable reconfirmation that the Big 12 and its members have reaffirmed the letter dated September 2, 2011.

 

And here is that letter from Dan Beebe, commissioner of the Big 12:

 

Dear Mike:

This is to confirm our discussion yesterday during which I informed you that the Big 12

Conference Board of Directors unanimously authorized me to convey to you and their colleagues

in the Southeastern Conference that the Big 12 and its members will not take any legal action for

any possible claims against the SEC or its members relating to the departure of Texas A&M

University from the Big 12 and the admission of Texas A&M into the SEC; provided, however,

that such act by the SEC to admit Texas A&M is publicly confirmed by 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on

September 8, 2011.

Such admission of Texas A&M will result in the withdrawal of Texas A&M from the Big 12

Conference effective June 30, 2012. We both agreed it is in the best interests of each of our

conferences and our member institutions of higher education to waive any and all legal actions

by either conference and its members resulting from admission of Texas A&M into the SEC, as

long as such admission is confirmed publicly by September 8, 2011.

If any of your presidents and chancellors have concerns about this commitment of the Big 12

Conference, they may contact me or Brady Deaton, Big 12 Board of Director chairman and

chancellor of the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Sincerely,

Dan Beebe

Commissioner

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