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Michigan AD: We could sell 150,000 tickets for Notre Dame night kick-off

Rich Rodriguez has recently expressed disappointment that his staff didn’t get to see it through, didn’t get to finish the job.  Rodriguez felt the Wolverines were over the hump and on the verge meeting expectations.

AD Dave Brandon isn’t surprised by Rodriguez’ comments.

Brandon told the Free-Press, “He’s a good man and likely will go someplace and be successful, and I think in the right circumstance Rich has proven he can win football games. … I hear some of the comments out there — ‘If I had just had some more time’ — well, of course he’s going to say that. Why wouldn’t he say that? He should say that. … He’s a proud guy who believes in himself.”

Brandon also pointed out the Rodriguez was not solely the problem.

“To point the finger at Rich Rodriguez would just be wrong. You could do a book on all the factions that split off and all the camps: the Harbaugh camp, the Miles camp, the Carr camp, the Rodriguez camp. There was all kinds of splintering. And now you start losing and everything gets jump-started. … It was a lot of different factors, but it was no one individual.”

Of note, Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the Big House this season.  The game is set for a rare primetime kick-off at Michigan.  Brandon believes the athletic department could sell at least 150,000 tickets to the game if the stadium held that capacity.

Currently on Stubhub, you can purchase 2 tickets in the corner endzone for $250 each.  The cheapest sideline tickets will run you $559 per ticket.

Expect The Big House to be electric when Notre Dame comes to town.  Kick-off is set for 8 pm EST.

D1 offensive coordinator resigns to lead 8-man football squad

In an unlikely move, Tulane University offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Dan Dodd has resigned to accept the head coaching job at Capistrano Valley Christian School in California.

FootballScoop received word of the story early Tuesday evening.

Dodd, who also served as the assistant head coach for the Green Wave, is originally from San Clemente, California.  He joined the Tulane staff under Bob Toledo after nine years at New Mexico.

Located in San Juan (CA), Capistrano Valley Christian competes at the 8-man football level.  Here is a photo of the 2010 squad.  Dodd will also serve as the athletic director.

The move leaves Tulane fifth year head coach Bob Toledo without an offensive coordinator and play caller heading into the summer.

The Green Wave offensive staff includes Greg Davis Jr (running backs), Thomas Woods (wide receivers), Doug Lichtenberger (tight ends / recruiting coordinator), and Mark Hutson (offensive line).

Preseason preview magazines going to print, on sale soon

It’s almost that time of year when the college football preseason magazines hit the stores.  The glossy covers, bright colors, and bold headlines are sure to grab your attention at the grocery store.

Lindy’s College Football Preview releases their magazine at different times.  Southeastern (May 24), National College (May 31), Big 10 (June 7), and Big 12 (June 14).  Lindy’s will cost you $7.99 this year.

Athlon Sports College Football Preview Magazine will begin shipping on May 31st.  Athlon’s version will run you $8.99.

Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Magazine will be officially on sale June 9th.  The hardcore magazine, pretty much a must buy, will run you $8.95.

Steele writes, “Of course every other company will say they have the best, but put ours to the test! Go to the bookstore and hold them side by side. Look at their content and then look at ours!”

Unlike Lindy's and Athlon's, there are no sideline eye-candy photos in Phil Steele's magazine.  Additionally, Steele will not ship to you if you are located at a correctional facility.  (Not kidding, see website)

In case you would to know which magazine is traditionally the most accurate, take a look at this website.

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Mangino itching to coach again: In some ways, Kansas did me a favor

Former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino has not spoken much since resigning on December 3, 2009.

For the first time, Mangino opened up at length about his experience and the future.  Mangino (54) talked with his hometown newspaper, The New Castle News.

Mangino said, “In some ways, Kansas did me a favor. For the first time in 30 years, I’ve gotten to spend time with my family. My wife and I have been able to travel for the first time ever; we’ve made three trips back to New Castle in the past year to see our families and that’s something we’ve never been able to do.”

“The juices are still flowing,” admitted Mangino. “I’m getting the itch.”

“I think it was wise for me to take a step back, but I also feel like I have some unfinished business. Obviously, I’d like to be a head coach, but if that is not in the cards, then I will be the best assistant coach I can be.”

“I do have some criteria that would need to be met before I would get back into the game. I want to be in a football environment — in other words, I would only go to a place where football has a high level of importance. I don’t want to go someplace where football is an afterthought or a hobby, that just would not work for me.

“I firmly believe that a successful college football program needs to be a good blend of athletic and academics. I would not work for an institution that settled for any less.”

Mangino was 50-48 overall at Kansas, 23-41 in conference play.  He led the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record in 2007 and won the Orange Bowl.

Dan Mullen counting on All-SEC performance from overlooked prospect

For the first time in a long time, Mississippi State will enter the fall with high expectations.  The College Football Live poll, voted on by a bevy of ESPN writers, editors, and TV analysts, has the Bulldogs ranked #21 in their pre-season poll.

Urban’s vote may have nudged the Bulldogs up one spot from #22.

Head coach Dan Mullen knows the Bulldogs are entering unchartered territory.

Mullen explained, “It’s a very different year for us -- for our team, for our fan base. We have expectations this year. Last year we went out to prove people wrong -- we wanted to prove we could be better than what they expected of us. Now we have high expectations. Now we have to prove people right this year.’’

The third-year head coach is expecting big things from running back Vick Ballard, who rushed for 968 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2010.

According to both Scout and Rivals, Ballard was a 3-star recruit coming out of Mississippi Gulf Coast CC.  His only other offer was from Troy University.

Mullen said, “We expect an All-SEC performance out of him this season and want him to take his game to the next level. We expect him to be a leader of our team, carry our offense and team through next season.’’

It seems as though the Bulldogs did a great job of evaluating Ballard, who seemingly was overlooked by many on the recruiting front.

Mississippi State will begin the season at Memphis, at Auburn, then host LSU on Thursday night primetime.

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