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The latest from Pelini, Graham, DeRuyter, and Okie State's team motto

Bo Pelini says Nebraska fans lacked spirit in 20-3 win over Kansas: “I thought it was dead. I thought it was disappointing. I felt like I was at a scrimmage.”

(compliments Texas A&M) “A well-coached football team gets better as the year goes on, and they’re a well-coached team. I don’t think it’s anything magical. They just continue to believe and they continue to practice hard, and their level of execution has gone up. That means they’re doing the right things.”

 

Oklahoma State corner Andrew McGee describes team motto: "Our motto is, 'Believe while others are doubting you.  That motto is on the back of our weight-room shirts. The same shirts that a lot of us wear under our pads during games."

 

Tubs says missed tackles killed the Red Raiders in the 45-7 loss at Oklahoma: “We had more missed tackles in this game than any one game all year.”

 

Tulsa head coach Todd Graham says team playing better than ever in his time at Tulsa: “I can tell you that our team is playing better than we’ve ever played. Our ’07 team and our ’08 team did not play at the level this team is playing right now. I think it’s the best we’ve played here since I’ve been here, right now.”

 

Texas A&M DC Tim DeRuyter addresses head coaching possibilities: “Coach (Mike) Sherman knows that when I came here, I came here because I'd like to be a head coach someday. And I thought learning from him would help me in my career.”




Houston Nutt, the Right Reverend, delivers Monday sermon to Rebel fans

After winning two straight Cotton Bowls, Ole Miss is 4-6 under Houston Nutt, who quite frankly, is tired of hearing from the quick-to-forget Rebel fans. 

The Right Reverend, as Rece Davis calls him, took control at his press conference today by delivering a Monday sermon to the Rebel fans.

And quite frankly, they needed it.

Nutt began, "Guys, I just want to hit briefly. Let's just go back to the start of the year. You know, this season has not gone the way we planned. It started with that first game. We knew this was going to be the year. We knew this third year, with the amount of players that we lost, we knew that this would be a difficult year. What we didn't plan on was about three knee surgeries, four concussions, a guy like (Kentrell) Lockett, your leader. We didn't plan on that, to lose a guy like that."

"But I just want to remind our fans of this, number one, it was just 50 years, it's been 50 years since you won back-to-back January 1 games. 50! 50! And so my point is, I'm excited about, not with wins and losses, but I'm excited that there are 12 freshmen that are playing. 12! I'm excited about the future. I know now, more in my heart than ever, I know we can get to Atlanta. I know we can. Because I know we can recruit here. We've proven that the last two seasons."

"What you didn't plan on was that first game to put you in a tailspin. What you didn't plan on was a couple of other things where, and it's my fault, we weren't as sharp, weren't as ready as we should have been. But I see a lot of hope. And I'm excited. I'm excited about these next two games. I don't want to lose focus on this. I remember the day we got here. I remember the day we got here, guys. I didn't see any life. I didn't see any. I saw a lot of no-hope. And I don't want that to come back on our guys now, and that's what I'm feeling a little bit. I don't want that. I want to convince them of this. Number one, you've got two ballgames left and a lot of these guys have done a lot of good things these last two years. And it's easy to dwell on the negative. It's easy to sit up on the 50-yard line, it's easy to sit there and say Bad, bad, bad, bad, embarrassing. And, hey, I was the first one to say it after Saturday. Man, I don't want to do that. If you think you're hurting, you ought to just look at the tip of my itsy-bitsy little finger and then go all the way up through my body. I'm sick to my stomach. The Tennessee game, because we planned on winning that game. But look at this, though, if you think Florida's happy? You think Georgia's happy? There's going to be a year, in this league, the greatest league in America, there's going to be a year where things don't go just right."

"But it isn't all about gloom and doom. And that's what's difficult about the world that we're in now because I've got 18 and 19-year-olds that actually believe everything that comes outside these walls. And so, I've got to turn that. I've got to turn it. You've got to listen to what's inside these walls. It's about your family and this football family. We've got some outstanding recruits, recruiting is still going good, the last two signing classes have been really good. I think this will be our best one. Yeah, I planned on being at seven wins, right now at this point, seven to eight, six at the worst, but the bottom line is, reality is, we're not."

"So, no more. I'm not going to allow my players to be gloom and doom. I'm going to let everybody else be gloom and doom. Remember, you're part of something that was great. It wasn't too long ago they're patting you on the back about, Can you believe it was a half a century? Fifty years and you went back-to-back and won January 1s? And you're putting up these Cotton Bowl deals? And you're helping bring in good recruits? There are good things getting ready to happen. And so, I just want to tell our fans that, I want to tell our players that, most of all. Get your head up. I just saw two out here with their head down. What are you doing? Get your head up. This is what's the greatest thing about football. It teaches you all you want about life. There's not a sin about getting knocked down. There's not a sin about that. The sin is if you stay down. And so, the thing I want to do, I want to make sure our coaches are going as hard as we can with all the energy and effort to make sure they're taking the correct step, the proper stance, the perfect read and play. You don't play tight. You turn it loose. One of the things we did, if you look the last two years, and the games that we played good this year, we turned it loose. That's always been that way with us. Always. You turn it loose, you play the greatest game in America with a lot of passion, a lot of enthusiasm, and you turn it loose. So we're getting ready to go play one of the best teams in America, LSU."




Bielema says Bill Lynch not upset with Badgers hangin' 83

Wisconsin scored 83 points in the Badgers win over Indiana, but Bret Bielema pretty much begged people to believe he wasn’t running up the score.

In fact, Bielema said Indiana head coach Bill Lynch gave no indication he was upset their post-game handshake.

Bielema, appearing on College Football Live, said, “I get it (that some would be upset).  It was a 10-10 game in the 2nd quarter and was a dog fight.  We talked (at halftime) about coming out and setting our identity.  Our two and three’s got in there and played very well.”

“I grabbed him (Lynch) because I knew some would want to go down that road.  He didn’t say anything.  I wasn’t running up the score.  You know Wisconsin.  We’re not sexy.”

“There were no style points involved there.  We had our 5th string QB in there at the end.  We got a late pick-6.  If you watched the game, you would know.  As much as people want to talk about it, things will all play out (BCS).”




Gundy pumped. 91st ranked WR prospect now closing in on Biletnikoff.

Rivals.com listed Justin Blackmon as the 91st best wide receiver coming out of Ardmore, Oklahoma.  Scout.com ranked him 58th nationally.  Blackmon, who is only a sophomore, is now averaging 9.3 catches and 158 yards per game. He has 16 touchdowns on the season for the 9-1 Cowboys.

Mike Gundy said, "I don’t think anybody would have projected him to have this kind of a year. We’ve been very lucky with him. He’s been very consistent in making plays each week. He’s getting a lot of bracket and double coverage and still making plays, but that’s based on the ability with Kendall to run the football and some of these other guys that can make plays. But I don’t know that anybody could have predicted that he would emerge and have the kind of year he’s having.”

“He’s obviously got some ability and he still continues to get better, but he has areas for improvement. It’s interesting that even as great a year as he’s having there’s areas that he can improve himself over the next year and obviously have a chance to come out early after his junior year."

Not only is Gundy pumped about Blackmon, but he also credits part of the Cowboys’ success to defensive coordinator Bill Young.

Gundy said, "The maturity that he brings to the table allowed me to just let him control the defense. When I hired him I was still calling defensive plays, so I needed somebody that could really be the head coach of the defense. He was able to do that."

Oklahoma State travels to Kansas this weekend, before hosting the Sooners.

The Biletnikoff Award semifinalists were announced today: Randall, Julio, AJ, and Alshon from the SEC.  Blackmon, Broyles, and Fuller from the Big Twelve.  Salas from Hawaii and a guy from SMU and a guy from Western Michigan.

No offense to the wide outs from SMU or WMU, but does anyone see either of these guys winning this award?




Position Coaches of the Year nominations

Today, FootballScoop.com announces the opening of our nominations process for the third annual “Coaches of the Year” awards that will recognize 15 different position coaches in college football. 

Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, November 24th.  Finalists will be announced beginning Monday November 29th.

To nominate a coach, please email [email protected] (note that nominations are only accepted from coaches, football administrators and football operations staff).  All nominations will remain confidential.     

“The FootballScoop set of awards is unique from other “Coach of the Year” awards in that there is no other outlet that focuses on position coaches and coordinators; whereas nearly every other “Coach of the Year” award is solely for a Head Coach.  Additionally, to be considered for our awards, a coach has to have been nominated by one of his peers”, said Scott Roussel, President of FootballScoop. 

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“We’re pleased to be joining FootballScoop in presenting these awards.  Our business is thriving in part because we partner with coaches to build great teams; we see these awards as an opportunity to recognize great coaches who have exhibited what it takes to build great teams” said Matt Thompson, President of SpeedTracs. 

A panel of current and former coaches along with prior recipients of the awards will evaluate the finalists will select the winners.   Internet voting will begin once the Finalists have been announced and will be considered; however the Panel has final decision over the awards.

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Urban on App State: This isn't some clown show now. This is a good team.

Man…the Gators are 84th nationally in total offense and 50th in scoring offense. 

Today, as he begins to prepare his team for App State, Meyer reminded the media, "This isn't some clown show now.  This is a good team."

App State is coming off a 43-13 drumming of the #4 ranked team in D1-AA, Wofford.  The Moutaineers are scoring 37 points per game, which ranks 4th nationally in D1-AA.

Yesterday, Meyer said, "My whole focus is making sure that team sticks together. You see it across college football where it disintegrates, and I can't let that happen. … The message was real clear after the game. That was a crushed, crushed group.”

In regards to the 36-14 loss to South Carolina, Meyer stated, "Our special teams and defense played their hearts out. We had no momentum at all on offense, we couldn't get that thing to go. All the tempo and everything we worked so hard on for the last three weeks, it was like it went backward to where we were. So we've got a lot of work to do, but the key message is stick together.”

Isn’t it amazing that Texas and Florida will likely combine for only 11 wins in this regular season?

At 6-4, Urban Meyer’s team will close out the season by hosting Appalachian State, before traveling to Tallahassee to play FSU.

 




Bronco explains Cougars significant improvement

BYU didn’t start out the season 1-4, but Bronco Mendenhall has the Cougars now 5-5 with remaining games against New Mexico and at Utah.

We watched the Bronco Mendenhall Show and the Cougars’ head coach said,  “There is no one, myself included, that will ever underestimate how much work it has taken.   For anyone to say says it’s random or lucky or happens to answer by chance, they have no idea what’s going on how hard we are working as a staff or players to reach our potential.  Only the players on this team know how hard we’ve had to work to get out of that hole.” 

Mendenhall also credited quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman for the tremendous improvement of true freshman QB Jake Heaps.

“Jake has tremendous potential and he came prepared at level that I haven’t seen from any freshman.  We struggled early with a very difficult schedule and a coach, in myself, that was trying to decipher between quarterbacks and limiting reps and probably dividing his productivity.  I think he is really doing a nice job, but I also think Coach Doman is having a huge influence on Jake and he is being tutored, I think, by one of the best there is.” 

Coach Doman has a great film-breakdown segment during the show.  You can watch it here, starting at the 6 minute mark.




Kiffin says reality is starting to soak in about no bowl, compares Pac-10 and SEC

After defeating Arizona 24-14, USC is now 7-3 under Lane Kiffin.   The Trojans have three games remaining, but Kiffin admitted that reality is starting to soak in that the Trojans won’t be playing in a bowl.

Kiffin said, “As I mentioned after the game, obviously it’s unfortunate, especially for our seniors, to have the bowl game taken away from them.  I used the word sad.  And it is pretty sad.  As we get closer to that, it becomes more of a reality.  You see it.  You look at them.  We motivate them just for the remaining games without the benefit at the end of it.  So we’re going to do our best coaching.”

Kiffin was asked to compare the Pac-10 this year against the SEC last year.

“I think last year was a great year in the SEC, you can tell that by the draft.  Obviously, Alabama won the national championship.  Florida lost to them.  That was kind of similar with two teams at the top. The SEC was the best conference in the country last year…the rankings show that, the power ranking and the draft shows that huge as you go back and study the draft. This year, for whatever reason, the SEC is a little down with some teams.  Now, the power ranking show the PAC-10 is best conference and it feels like that.   So, great timing for us (my coaching staff).”

USC travels to Oregon State, hosts Notre Dame, and finished at UCLA. 

In the meantime, Ed Orgeron exploded when USC's sports information department didn't credit USC will a blocked field goal against Arizona.  The film showed the ball was tipped, so the USC sports information director has made a correction to the stats that will appear next week.  Orgeron is known to take a tiny bit of pride in field goal block.  His "explosion" has not been confirmed.