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
Published: Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:28
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?
Published: Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:07
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...
"Never Again" has been the battle cry posted all over the Alabama locker room since last season after giving up a 24-0 lead in an eventual 28-27 loss to rival Auburn.
Alabama strength coach, Scott Cochran has used the "never again" cry throughout the off season as motivation leading up to this weekend's rematch. Starting in the winter, signs were distributed in each locker, and for the players to put in their room for the constant reminder to never get comfortable.
The top of the motivational poster has the score when Alabama was up 24-0, and at the bottom is Auburn's Cam Newton and Nick Fairley celebrating with the final score in the background.
Auburn enters this weekends rivalry 7-4, 4-3, while the Crimson Tide are hoping to keep their national title hopes alive and improve on their 10-1, 6-1 record.