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Thursday TV - College football has arrived

The college football season has officially arrived. South Carolina and Vandy open up the greatest time of the year with a SEC contest in Nashville. Also tonight, Mike Leach makes his Washington State debut against his alma mater (BYU).

Eastern time listed for all games.

NFL:

Atlanta at Jacksonville - 6:30

NY Jets at Philadelphia - 6:35

Carolina at Pittsburgh - 7

Minnesota at Houston - 7

Baltimore at St. Louis - 7

Buffalo at Detroit - 7

New Orleans at Tennessee - 7

Cincinnati at Indianapolis - 7 

Kansas City at Green Bay  - 7 - NFL Network

Chicago at Cleveland - 7:30

San Diego at San Francisco - 10

Oakland at Seattle - 10

Denver at Arizona - 11 - NFL Network

College:

South Carolina at Vanderbilt - 7 - ESPN

UCF at Akron - 7 

Eastern Michigan at Ball State - 7

Southeast Missouri State at Central Michigan - 7

Towson at Kent State - 7

Northern Colorado at Utah - 7:15 - Pac-12 Network

Massachusetts at Connecticut - 7:30

UCLA at Rice - 7:30 - CBS Sports Network

McNeese State at Middle Tennessee - 7:30

Sacramento State at New Mexico State - 8 

Southern Utah at Utah State - 8

Eastern Washington at Idaho - 9

Washington State at Brigham Young - 10:15 - ESPN

Northern Arizona at Arizona State - 10:30 - Pac-12 Network

Minnesota at UNLV - 11 - CBS Sports Network

High School:

No games




Kiffin on Norm Chow: "One of the greatest minds ever"

When you coach some of the biggest name college quarterbacks in the past few decades, like Norm Chow has, a lot of coaches take notice.

Especially when one of those coaches, is a former colleague like Lane Kiffin.

After practice today, Kiffin called Chow "One of the greatest mind to ever coach college football" and touched on the type of mentor that he was to him and Steve Sarkisian.




Dooley not a fan of Friday night games

If it's solely up to Derek Dooley, this Friday nights game against North Carolina State will be the last Friday night game of its kind for the Vols.

“Hopefully once this passes we won’t have this scenario again.” Dooley explained on the SEC teleconference this morning.

Overall, the game doesn't change their preparation but does effect Vol nation in other ways.

"From a preparation standpoint, we just count the clock backwards. When it’s Sunday, it’s Monday. We treat it as a Saturday game from our game-week preparation."

“What does change is how it affects fans and high schools. It’s not something you want to do every year.”

The Vols have spent all week practicing on the indoor turf in order to cut down the acclimation time to the Georgia Dome playing surface.

“The reasons are two-fold. It’s being inside, but it’s also being on a surface that’s similar to what you’re going to get in the Georgia Dome. You never get fully adjusted to the dome environment until you get in there.”

 

 

 

 




A look at an All Pac 12 conference team comprised of coaches

The Tucson Citizen took an interesting look at what an All Conference team would look like if it were composed of Pac 12 coaches during their respective playing days.

Looking through the selections, UCLA leads the way with 5 coaches on the list followed by; Colorado (4) and Utah (4), Washington (3), USC (2) and Cal (2), and Stanford, Oregon, Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State rounding out the selections with 1 each.

In summary, here's what The Citizen came up with:

Note: The school where they are currently coaching, followed by the position they coach is listed in parenthesis:

Quarterbacks:

Scott Frost - Oregon (receivers)

Brian Johnson - Utah (offensive coordinator)

Tee Martin - USC (receivers)

Marques Tuiasosopo - UCLA ("Y" receivers coach)

Running Backs:

Eric Bienemy - Colorado  (offensive coordinator)

Steve Broussard -  UCLA (running backs)

Wide Receiver:

Wes Chandler - Cal (receivers)

Eric Yarber - UCLA (receivers)

Tight End:

Jon Embree - Colorado (head coach)

Offensive line: 

Adrian Klemm - UCLA (run game coordinator / offensive line coach)

Robert Anae - Arizona (offensive line)

Jim Michalczik - Cal (offensive coordinator)

Randy Hart - Stanford (defensive line)

Dan Finn - Utah (offensve line)

Defensive line:

Joe Salave'a - Washington State (defensive line)

Monte Kiffin - USC (defensive coordinator)

Tosh Lupoi - Washington (defensive line)

Linebackers:

Brian Cabral - Colorado (linebackers)

Kanavis McGhee - Colorado (defensive line)

Jeff Ulbrich - UCLA (special teams coordinator / linebackers)

Kyle Whittingham - Utah (head coach)

Secondary:

Ashley Ambrose - Cal (defensive backs)

Rod Perry - Oregon State (defensive backs)

Morgan Scalley - Utah (safeties)

Justin Wilcox - Washington (defensive coordinator)

To see a summary of their careers and the stats and accolades behind why they chosen, visit the original article, which can be found here.







Video: Tony Levine plays the sax

Tony Levine went out to visit the Cougar band to show his appreciation for what they do and ended up with a sax in his hand.

...and he's pretty good.




What Rich Rod looks for in an assistant

As coaches, when we look to fill a position and are reviewing resumes sometimes we're looking for experience at the highest level or overall quality experience, where and how they'll fit into the staff, or accolades as a player, and of course we'll take some time to take a look through the references to see if their are any mutual ties.

When Rich Rodriguez looks at a resume, he wants to see "humble beginnings", as the Tucson Citizen points out.

Seven of the 10 coaches on staff played college football at the small college level, and only one coach (co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee) has NFL playing experience.

Six of the 10 coaches started their careers at the high school level, and only offensive line coach Robert Anae got his start at the major college level (Hawaii) before spending some time at the JUCO level.

I don’t know if I would hire a guy if he hadn’t coached at the high school or small college level.” 

Rodriguez further explained his thought process. "When they go to a big school, all you do at a big school is get spoiled. If you’re in a small college or high school, you have lined off the field, you were the equipment guy, you were the only manager. Now I have managers for every position, trainers all over the field, people washing clothes, people painting.

“Sometimes, I don’t know where they all come from."

The coaching staff agrees that there's something special about having to work your way through the ranks from the bottom up and having to earn it every step of the way.




President Obama gives Paul Rhoads props

While campaigning in Ames yesterday President Obama gave some credit to Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads for his passionate pre and post game speeches.

Obama stated "I won't pretend I can give a speech like Coach Rhoads can, but I'm going to try."

Asked about it later on, Rhoads said that he had the opportunity to watch it when he took a short break from prepping for their home opener on Saturday against Tulsa.

"I watched it.  I actually watched it."

"There's some good research done there by his writers. They had him prepared. He didn't know my name before he said it and he forgot it right after he said it. Nonetheless, it's pretty cool."




Another solid episode of "Relentless"

Another great look inside the Ohio football program in the latest addition to the "Relentless" series.

This week the team heads to the movies, and they take a closer look at the offensive line during practice.