Will Muschamp called into his own radio show as "Bill from Gainesville"

This is great.

Will Muschamp missed his regular Thursday night appearance on the "Gator Hotline" radio show tonight. With athletics director Jeremy Foley filling in for his head coach, a suspiciously named "Bill from Gainesville" calls in and suggests a new permanent host.

Video: "The Brotherhood" - Navy 31, Temple 24

Quick question: What's a better recruiting tool for Navy football?

This chart?

Navy salaries

Or this?

The answer, of course, is both.

B.C. will honor a former Eagle and 9/11 hero on Saturday

Red is not one of Boston College's colors. The Eagles opt for the darker shade of maroon. That's set to change on Saturday, and for a very good reason.

Today is the 13-year anniversary of, well, you know what today is. Former Boston College lacrosse player Welles Crowther was one of those unfortunately lost that day, one of those first responders displaying the impossible courage to run into a building others are running away from. To know Welles was to know his red bandanna, his personal trademark worn since childhood.

When the Eagles host USC on Saturday night, the football team will be replace their traditional maroon for Welles' familiar red bandanna pattern. With all due respect to BYU and Maryland, this is the best tribute in college football this weekend.




For a moving and detailed account of Welles Crowther's story, watch this.

Sean Payton has won the gesture of the week with a $10,000 purchase

Last week the Cincinnati Bengals had to make a tough decision. They could cut ties with defensive tackle Devon Still, a second round pick of the franchise in 2012, or cut him and relegate him to the practice squad.

What made that decision even tougher was that Still had just recently found out that his four year old daughter had been diagnosed with cancer. The Bengals made the classy decision to keep him on the practice squad so that he was still eligible for insurance benefits to aid in his daughter's treatment.

At this point, you must be wondering what New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has to do with the story. Well upon hearing that the Bengals were not only keeping Still as part of the franchise, but that the team would also be donating all proceeds from his uniform sales to pediatric cancer care and research Payton was moved.

Let that soak in for a second. One of the money machines that call themselves an NFL franchise sold the uniform of a practice player and donated the proceeds to the cause. Wow.

But back to how Sean Payton fits into the story. Payton was so moved that put in a call and ordered 100 Devon Still jerseys, on his own dime, after hearing the story on the radio, per ESPN. The purchase brought an additional $10,000 in donations to pediatric cancer research. The Still jersey became the hottest selling jersey that the Bengals have ever had in its first 24 hours on the market.

“All the support that people have shown me and my family, it’s truly a blessing,” Still told the Bengals website yesterday. “I just wish my daughter could understand. But once she beats cancer and she gets a little older, she’ll be able to look back and see what it all meant.”

That's enough to give you chills. Classy move coach Payton.

Rutgers signs Kyle Flood to a two-year extension

Heading into this season, Kyle Flood was a fixture of the generic hot seat talk in the preview magazines occupying your local newsstand. A 2-10 record against bowl-eligible opponents over a two-year period will do that for you. 

Scratch all that. On Thursday, Rutgers announced a two-year extension to Flood's contract, keeping him employed through the 2018 season. 

"Kyle Flood is a tremendous coach for our football team and has earned the opportunity to lead us into the Big Ten and build on our program successes. With the generosity of private funding, we are pleased to invest in our head coach and our entire staff at a level more consistent with our Big Ten peers," Rutgers AD Julie Hermann said in a statement.

I hate to break it to you, Julie, but your coach is still underpaid.

Flood entered this season as the only Big Ten coach making less than a million a year, and though the new deal gives him a nice bump, it still keeps him in the bottom tier of Rutgers' new home. Flood will make $1.25 million in 2015 (up from a scheduled $1.05 million), and his salary rises $100,000 a year, up to $1.55 million in 2018. All told, Flood will make $6.55 million over the next five seasons. 

Meanwhile, across the conference and across the country, Kirk Ferentz earned nearly $4 million last year alone. At Iowa.

At Penn State, a school Rutgers aspires to consider itself a rival to, new head coach James Franklin will make $4 million this year.

Here's how Flood's 2018 contract would rank him among current salaries of the other 13 Big Ten coaches (based on most up-to-date publicly-available information):

Rank Coach   School  Salary 
1.  Urban Meyer Ohio State  $4.608 million 
2. Brady Hoke Michigan  $4.154 million 
3. James Franklin Penn State $4 million 
4. Kirk Ferentz Iowa $3.985 million
5. Mark Dantonio Michigan St. $3.64 million
6. Bo Pelini Nebraska $2.975 million
7. Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern $2.221 million
8. Gary Andersen Wisconsin $2.2 million
9.  Darrell Hazell Purdue $2.16 million
10. Jerry Kill Minnesota $2.1 million
11. Randy Edsall Maryland $2.021 million
12. Tim Beckman Illinois $1.7 million
13. Kyle Flood Rutgers $1.55 million
14. Kevin Wilson Indiana $1.291 million

Again, Flood's salary five seasons from now  places him second-to-last right now. By 2018, when the current crop of coaches earns new contracts or new coaches are hired to replace them, it's a safe bet that Flood will again be where he is right now - the basement.

Speaking of Penn State, the announcement comes two days before Rutgers' first Big Ten game, a home date with Penn State in prime time on Big Ten Network. Both teams enter 2-0. This is the type of game Flood has not won at Rutgers and would be wise to start reversing that trend. Rutgers' next six games offer a much higher degree of difficulty than its previous two. After Penn State, Rutgers visits Navy, hosts an improving Tulane program, and then gets Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Nebraska in succession.

Flood has the opportunity to start performing up to his new contract, starting 48 hours from right now.

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