How Dan Mullen helped Chip Kelly land the Oregon job
So according to Phil Knight, it all started with Dan Mullen.
Yes, Mullen is the guy that helped Oregon identify Chip Kelly. Here’s Knight’s explanation on how Kelly ended up the Ducks’ head coach.
“Mike Bellotti figured that out. And it's a little bit of a long story. But Bellotti lost to Utah (in 2005). (Then-Utah head coach) Urban Meyer was running the spread (offense) -- one of the early adopters of the spread. In fact, some people credit him with being the inventor. Bellotti, when he saw that system, said, "We could use some of that. Literally, maybe within a year or two later, he decided to put in a spread. ... He sent (offensive coordinator Gary Crowton) down to work with Urban Meyer. So he went down there and the offensive coordinator for Florida was Dan Mullen, who's now the head coach of Mississippi State -- I told you this was a long story. Anyway, (Mullen's) from New Hampshire. And he says, 'The guy who really knows this stuff is Chip Kelly up at the University of New Hampshire.' So Crowton, when he came back he had some rough edges to the spread and he started calling Chip Kelly on Sundays saying, "This came up and I didn't quite know what to do with it." And Chip always had an answer. So, when LSU came and picked up Crowton, Bellotti knew he'd been talking to Chip Kelly, so he went to get Chip Kelly.”
By the way, apparently Knight has a headset in his suite at Autzen Stadium that allows him to listen to Chip Kelly’s play-calling.
Knight said, “If it was true I couldn't say, huh?”
Q: Why, is it illegal?
A: “No. I just wouldn't want to talk about it ... if it was true.”
Gundy, Dantonio, Graham, and Meyer talk about assistants
Mike Gundy talks about keeping Holgorsen, compliments his assistants: "I'm pretty comfortable that we'll be able to keep Dana here," Gundy said. "I don't think there's any guarantees. I think anybody that says there are any guarantees is probably guiding you in the wrong direction in this profession. It's changed dramatically over the last three or four or five years, the way things are operated, because of money.
"There's so much money thrown around at these assistant coaches that you just can't guarantee anything, but we would like to try to keep our guys in place for the continuity and it's just the right thing to do."
"Without sounding egotistical or trying to boast, ever since we started winning games around here, people started coming in and trying to hire our coaches. I don't know any other way to put it. That's a good thing because when we were winning four games and the first year we won six, nobody showed up here looking for our coaches."
Mark Dantonio talks about Don Treadwell, compliments his assistants: "He's been a great asset, as well as our other coaches and they're ready for head coaching jobs. If someone has the opportunity to hire Don Treadwell or any of our other assistants, they should take advantage of that. We have an outstanding coaching staff.”
"One of the main reasons we're 11-1 is because of the job our coaching staff has done."
Todd Graham doesn't have other options, so he is committed to Tulsa : “Yes, there are people that have interest and they are going to have interest in our assistants. They have had interest in myself. But I can tell you this. I am committed to being here and my assistants are committed to being here. At the end of the day, they have to do what’s best for their families.”
“Right now, we have a great synergy and family atmosphere. There’s much more to this business other than just money. There is a great commitment that they have now. We’re going to do everything we can to keep the staff here.”
Urban on Addazio’s return to the staff: "I am expecting that to happen. I'll have further updates as we get closer to the bowl game. Everybody's out recruiting and doing their business.”
"At this time, I can't make any statements because there's so much going on with the profession right now."
The latest from Mack Brown, Rick Neuheisel, and Spurrier
Mack Brown thanks Greg Davis, Mac McWhorter, and Mike Tolleson: "These are three special people who have given a lot of themselves and their families to The University of Texas and its football program. We appreciate everything they've done to help us have such great success during their lengthy stays with our staff at Texas. When you look at the last six years, especially - winning a National Championship in 2005, finishing No. 3 in 2008 and then being the runner-up after a tough loss to Alabama last year - it's just amazing what they've helped us accomplish.
"They are not only great coaches, but men who handled themselves with tremendous integrity, class and dignity on and off the field during their time here. I want to say thank you and wish them well because they will be missed."
Rick Neuheisel would like to move quickly with coaching staff decisions: “I haven't given myself that timetable. I would like to make those decisions quickly but they have to be prudent. I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make sure I've got everything I need information-wise and done the careful study that that requires."
"I want to look at what the facts are with respect to numbers and I want to have careful reasons as to why it's that way and how we get better. Ultimately we have to be better. And to get better you have to know how to, which means you have to have the reason."
"We have to make decisions that are best for the program. It could be that everybody is back and we keep getting better. I haven't made any conclusions about those kinds of things."
2010 FootballScoop Coach of the Year finalists presented by SpeedTracs: If you haven't seen all of the finalists, check it out.
Spurrier says Oregon vs. Auburn will be “60-55, something like that”: "I really think the two best offensive spread coaches in the country are going at it. So it will be heck of a game. Might be 60-55, something like that."
Jerry Kill kills it at presser with enthusiasm, charisma, humor, and vision
We just finished up watching Jerry Kill’s introductory press conference at Minnesota.
He killed it…certainly winning the presser with enthusiasm, charisma, humor, and vision. (We'll try to get some video, later)
Here’s some of Kill’s quotes:
“I’m a small town guy. Grew up in a town of 2,000 people. I grew up very simple. Walk-on player at Southwestern College.”
“I have no hobbies except coaching football and family.”
“If I can capture that lady (wife), I wasn’t her first choice. I was second or third down the line. So this is the first time I wasn’t the first choice.”
“I am who I am. This is me. I’m not a guy that holds a card.”
“Bud Grant, Tony Dungy, I said ‘Jiminy Christmas,’ I get to be a part of this!”
“It’s not Jerry Kill’s football team. This is OUR football team.”
“If we can get in one direction, we can make this happen.”
“I’m a roll your sleeves up guy. My motto is “we will outwork people.”
“From a media standpoint, we need you. It’s your team. It’s your team. It’s not Coach Kill’s team.”
“That’s why (staff continunity) we’ve been able to turn it around (at Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois). I’m going to make sure we get the best coaching staff for the University of Minnesota.”
“We want to be a multiple offense, line up in 2 backs, but at the same time run some spread option and read option. I like an athletic quarterback. I want a fast team.”
“I was the best man in Gary Patterson’s wedding. You look at them (TCU), they are athletic. We want to recruit speed.”
“I’m not going the quick fix way. We’re not taking any short-cuts. We are going to honor the commitments made.”
(on when he will contact the current commitments) “Today. If I have to go all night. We’re going to work.”
“I love the journey.”
"My mom will be here at every game. If we don't win, she'll said, 'Boy we didn't play well today.'"
“We’re going to go through the journey and we’re going to work hard. As long as we’re all together, we’ll get the results.”
Finalists announced for Defensive Line Coach of the Year
The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year award were released this afternoon.
See the finalists, right here.
The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.
Previous winners of the Defensive Line Coach of the Year award were presented to Dick Bumpas (TCU, 2008) and Jim Panagos (UCF, 2009).
Jon Embree talks about his plan during introductory presser at Colorado
Moments ago, Jon Embree finished his introductory press conference as the new head football coach at Colorado.
AD Mike Bohn explained, “We’ve got to be united. He has the ability to pull everyone together. He is a Buff. He can rally all the Buffs together.”
Embree then took the podium and stressed the importance of selling the tradition of Colorado football that many people have forgotten about.
Here’s some of the interesting comments from Embree:
“I want this university to be the flagship university of the new conference.”
“Like I told the team this morning…there are no excuses. You either do or you don’t. We’re going to get swagger back in this program.”
“Does it need to be a Buff guy? Maybe not. But how are they going to know the Buffs passion if it’s not.”
“It’s important the players understand who we are, where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there. The vision and message will be clear.”
“I would not want to do this without Eric Bieniemy by my side. I want to thank him for coming aboard.”
“It’s a process. It may take some time, but I want you to know that I’m not a patient person. We’re going to try to speed up the process.”
“They can’t sell those mountains, they can’t sell this community, and our traditions. It’s won’t be a secret for long.”
“People are going to know about it now, I guarantee you that.”
“The biggest challenge is raising the bar in how we do things.”
“We’re going to be physical, both sides of the ball. We’re going to be balanced, a pro-style offense. When Colorado was at its best, our defense was hitting people.”
(on his plan to restore the alumni tradition) “Calling them and telling them that we want them back. I’d also like to have former players as honorary captains during game week.”
Derek Dooley's hilarious video montage
Props to the guy that put together this video montage of Derek Dooley. Props to Dooley for providing solid entertainment during the season.
TheTennesseeGuy titled his video, “The Eloquence of a Coach.”
You can watch Dooley talk about Germans, shower discipline, cash bonuses, Secretariat, texting, and much more.
Just got off the phone with Urban...
Just got off the phone with Urban. He called FootballScoop Headquarters this morning asking us to remind all the young coaches that he is looking for a “tough-ass coach” to fill the offensive grad assistant position.
As we first reported last week, Florida offensive grad assistant Justin Frye has accepted the offensive line job at North Texas under Dan McCarney.
In case you have important information like Coach Meyer’s tidbit, you can always send an email to email@example.com
The Scoop and High School Scoop should be busy all week long.