Coach aggressively stands up for his guy

Normally, Stanford head coach David Shaw comes off very relaxed and even keel, but on the Pac-12 teleconference today Shaw got fired up defending Andrew Luck.

When asked about the recent criticism of Luck, Shaw said he thought it was "an absolute joke"

Shaw went on to remind everyone that he spent 9 years in the NFL and evaluated every college quarterback in the country during that span, and he has never seen anyone like Andrew Luck. Shaw added that Luck is doing things that no one else in the nation is doing, even at the NFL level. He's often going into the huddle with four plays, and controlling the play call and protections at the line of scrimmage. 

Shaw went on to say "I was talking to somebody the other day. It's like Charles Woodson. Charles Woodson didn't win the Heisman Trophy off of stats. Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy because he was doing something that nobody else in the nation was doing and nobody else has done since then, which is play two positions at a high level. To me, that's what Andrew is. Andrew is doing something that I have not seen anybody do in college football."

Shaw's approach to everything is calculated. Hard to think this wasn't either; but it's always good to hear a coach sticking up for his guy (and in this case, it's hard to disagree with most of what he says). 

More Urban to Ohio State

Bill Greene, who writes for the Ohio State Scout.com site, just tweeted that Urban Meyer and Ohio State have reached an agreement. 

His tweet read: Meyer and OSU reach deal. Formal announcement next week. Signs deal after Michigan. It's done. 

Meyer, who was set to work the game for ESPN, has been reassigned that day. 

Again, this is unconfirmed; but one would think that someone in that position would have it have it rock solid to tweet it out in such a manner. 

Rich Rod

Rich Rodriguez was introduced today as head coach at Arizona and had the chance to field some questions from the media.

During the search process AD Greg Byrne sought some advice from coaches such as Urban Meyer who told Byrne, "If you hire Rich Rodriguez, you'll be getting one of the 5 greatest minds in college football". 

Rodriguez said that he plans to hire three or four guys that he has worked with in the past, and the guys that he hires that he has not worked with before will have recruiting ties to the west coast. He hopes to announce a few hires as early as next week and have his full staff in place by Christmas and will hit the recruiting trail himself, early next week. 

Rodriguez's contract is reportedly a 5 year deal worth $9.55m, including additional income coming from IMG and Nike. His base salary will be $1.5m this season followed by a raise in the base salary to $1.6m and $1.7m in the coming years. Potential bonuses he can earn include $150,000 for playing in the national championship game, $100,000 for any other BCS game, $75,000 for being Pac-12 South champs, $75,000 for being Pac-12 champions and $75,000 for being in a non-BCS bowl game. 

The Wildcats will kick off the Rich Rod era in 2012 against Toledo on September 1st. Our guess is there will be a few points scored in that one.  

Video: Week 2 of the D-II Playoffs

Once again, we are joined by Bob Eblen, national columnist for D2Football.com, to talk about the D-II playoffs.

6 minutes of D-II talk. Some great games this weekend.  Enjoy.

#HailState in the endzones?

This one comes from the, oh...no...they...did...not category. 

Mississippi State hosts the Egg Bowl Saturday night at 7 on ESPNU. Dan Mullen has won the last two meetings in this sometimes bitter rivalry. And yes, this will be Houston Nutt's final game on the sidelines for Ole Miss. But this story is about something entirely different...

Mullen and Athletic Director Scott Stricklin are a fairly media savvy group (yes, a few years back if one had said that people from Starkvegas were media savvy you would have been laughed off the Internet).  They use Twitter well, and apparently want to get more of the Bulldog Nation using Twitter.

OK, here comes....checkout the pic below. Yes, they have painted #HailState in the endzone. For those of you not familiar, that's the twitter hashtag that alerts people to the fact that you love Starkvegas and cowbells. Very interesting marketing ploy.

One last thought, we're pretty sure that 99% of the people in this great country believe that Mississippi State will win this one (Ole Miss is really struggling); but if by some chance the Rebels were to pull this one out...oh dear goodness...


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