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Uncharted territory exciting for Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh has the 49ers sitting at 14-3 and one game away from the Super Bowl, and much of that can be attributed to the energy he's approached the situation with.

Back when the Niners opened up camp in August Harbaugh told the New York Times "I didn't want to be in any comfort zone, I didn't want to be in any kind of guaranteed situation. The fact that it was uncharted waters, try to figure out ways to do things, gave me energy."

"... I just like being the guy who throws rocks at the beehive every now and then."

Harbaugh and the Niners will take on the Giants Sunday night at 6:30 on FOX.




What it's all about

In the late 90s, John Wrenn was coaching high school ball in Arizona. A young man named Terrell Suggs transferred to the school where Wrenn was coaching....

Take a few minutes to read this article by Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports and you'll quickly remember why most coaches are in this profession. 

That's what it's all about. 

Wrenn, a hall of fame high school coach, is now the assistant athletic director for football operations & high school relations at Arizona State. 




Former DFO named AD

Today, Tulsa announced that Ross Parmley has been named athletic director. Parmley had been serving as interim AD since Bubba Cunningham was hired a few months ago at North Carolina.Screen Shot_2012-01-19_at_2.11.08_PM

Parmley served as Tulsa's DFO in 2005 before moving into administration in 2006. 

Parmley is 38. 




Venables talks about the past week

Brent Venables joined Sports Talk 1400 this morning to talk about his decision to leave for Clemson.

Venables says that the toughest part of the decision was leaving behind the relationships he had formed with players, coaches and the community during his time in Norman.

Clemson has landed a defensive mind who's extensive resume includes five defensive Big 12 players of the year and two Butkus award winners.

The radio interview below gives good insight from Venables about how the process played out over the past week.




Chip Kelly busy sending care packages

Chip Kelly has made a habit of sending former players surprise care packages filled with Oregon gear throughout the season.

"A few weeks ago I got an Oregon sweatshirt with my college number on it. Just a 'Thank you,' for what we've done for the program and how we carry ourselves in the league." linebacker Spencer Paysinger said of the care packages.

He admits that when he wears his Duck gear around the locker room his teammates joke that "Uncle Phil (Knight)" must have sent the gear over.

This weekend, each NFL playoff team has at least one former Duck on the roster...and you can bet they're getting a care package. Nice move by Chip and the staff. 




Wisconsin's new offensive coordinator

New Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada met with the media last night to field some questions.

Canada compares the job at Northern Illinois to the job that Barry Alvarez began with at Wisconsin in terms of the players that they had on the roster and where they were able to recruit.

When asked about his offensive philosophy, Canada kept it simple saying "score points". Can't get much simpler than that.

Both Wisconsin and Northern Illinois were among five teams to average at least 230 yards per game rushing and passing last season.




Mouthwash for LSU

That championship game had to have left a bad taste...

So Les had his guys create a little video to get his guys looking forward to the 2012 season. 

 




Video: Meet PSU assistant Stan Hixon

PSUsports.com sat down with assistant head coach / wide receivers coach Stan Hixon yesterday to see how things have been going since his recent arrival on campus in Happy Valley.

Hixon talks about his first conversations with head coach Bill O'Brien, as well as an update on how things have been on campus since their arrival.