Sean Payton on what it takes to be a great assistant

We saw a quote from Saints head coach Sean Payton recently about Doug Marrone who spent three years on Payton's staff before being named the head coach at Syracuse (his alma mater).

Payton said he knew Marrone was a great Xs and Os guy; but that's only half the battle in being a great coach.

Here's what Payton had to say, "He came in as the offensive line coach and the thing about Doug that I'm sure Syracuse has seen now is he's a tireless worker, it's all about football, it's very important to him, he's passionate, and he's a great staff guy in that he gets along well with everyone in the building. That kind of compatibility aspect of being an assistant coach is critical. It's as important as your ability to coach."

Lesson: Even if you're the smartest guy in the room, it's not going to work out in the long-term if people don't want to work with you.

Friday TV

In case you didn't have a chance to watch last night...other than not being able to stop LaMichael James from getting to the edge, Cal played a pretty good first half (and had the lead 15-14 at halftime).  Unfortunately for Cal, they had to endure the 2nd half.  Oregon won 43-15.  LMJ looked like he snapped his arm late in the game; but he says he popped the elbow back into place and he's actually talking about playing again soon.  In other action, Western Kentucky won their first game of the year, in double OT at Middle Tennessee.  

As for tonight...All times Eastern.




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Chip Kelly didn't want to comment on LMJ's injury

Immediately after his handshake with Jeff Tedford last night, ESPN's Jenn Brown caught up with Chip Kelly and asked him twice about how serious LaMichael James' injury was.  

If you didn't see it, don't look for it as it is not the type of thing you want to see...the man's arm bent the wrong way.  It would be hard for anyone who saw that to think that he might return this season.  

Both times he was asked, Kelly responded that he really didn't know.  Kelly rarely discloses much about injuries and we assumed that was the case last night.  

What we didn't realize is that LMJ is apparently superhuman...and after seeing the video below we think that Coach Kelly might have simply been telling the truth...


A contract we'd all like to have

Steve Berkowitz of USA Today wrote an interesting article today on the contract of Louisville's athletic director Tom Jurich.

Berkowitz labels Jurich's contract, "unquestionably one of the most attractive in college sports".


Jurich's agreement runs through July 2023.  Base salary of $500,000.  $300,000 per year in "deferred income". Performance bonuses worth a maximum of $644,000 per year. "A page long list of financial costs the university agrees to absorb...".

That alone would be a lot.

But, Jurich also has a separate agreement with the University of Louisville Foundation for fundraising services.  That pays him more than $260,000 in base salary and guarantees that he will earn $300,000 of the $644,000 possible bonus available under his contract with the university. 

Jurich is 55. If he's still with the university at the end of June 2016, he will have vested in a plan which will pay him an additional $180,000 per year for 10 years.  

He gets 8 "priority 1" tickets to football and basketball games for as long as he, his wife or any of his four children live.  

Full article is available here.

On a completely unrelated note, we're hearing the football staff is "adjusting" some roles on the offensive side of the ball. Doesn't sound like a good situation. 

Best fake punt this season

There's talk out there that Navy pulled off a pretty sweet fake punt this weekend against Air Force.  

We've done some looking and made some calls and haven't yet been able to put our hands on video of it; but we're working on it and will update this article once we have it. 

This got us thinking...what has been the best fake punt so far this season at any level?  To make it more fun, we'll allow you guys to run it this weekend and then send us video.  To tip us off that you called the fake specifically in response to this article, please have the punter go through his normal pre-snap routine.

If anyone would like to submit video of an effective fake so far this season please email us at

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