Harbaugh still rollin in coach
Jim Harbaugh left the college ranks this past offseason for the glitz of the NFL. His introductory presser was filled with bling. In truth, it felt awkward. Didn't feel like a Jim Harbaugh event.
Well, this morning we saw a note that described the 49ers flight back to San Fran after their win Sunday over the Eagles (the Niners are now 3-1 and leading the NFC West by two games).
The players and coaches board the flight back to the west coast. Harbaugh's seat is up front in first class. What does Jim do, he goes and finds his big center Jonathan Goodwin and trades seats with him...Goodwin to first class, Harbaugh moves back to coach.
He spends the five hour flight watching some of the tape, walking around, talking up the players. That's how Harbaugh rolls.
If you have a few minutes and want to read up on how Jim and John grew up, read the article. It will give you an interesting take on hard work and perhaps a lesson on the values you want to instill in your kids.
Zook does his best Allen Iverson impression
We all recall AI's SportsCenter highlight, "I supposed to be the franchise player; and we in here talkin'bout practice. We talkin about practice...practice?"
Zook, unfortunately, had to go the same route yesterday when a reporter asked him about something that happened during a spring practice. Yes, you read that right, the guy asked him about something that occurred at practice 6 months ago.
Zook: "You asking me a question about the Spring? [gratuitous eye-roll]" If only he had added, "We talking about practice?"
Well done Coach, well done indeed.
AI's infamous, "We talkin'bout practice?"
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No TV Tuesday
Don't look down, it's depressing. Hang in there, only two more days until live action resumes.
You can do it. One step at a time.
Tom Osborne has Pelini's back
In terms of things that an AD can say publicly in support of his football coach, Tom Osborne hit a grand slam in this brief radio interview.
Literally, if Pelini had scripted it himself, we're not sure it would have come out any better.
Take a listen.
What do you say when you have to go play at Alabama
Vandy is going into T-Town this weekend to play Nick Saban's guys (7PM on ESPNU). Vandy had this past weekend off so there was plenty of time to watch the tape.
So, how do you lead off your game week presser when you're a massive underdog heading into Nick's house?
Well, if you're James Franklin, you lead off talking about how you are leading the nation in interceptions, then go on to say that your guys are 4 slots ahead of Alabama in turnover margin in the SEC. At this point, most of the reporters in the room are looking at you like you have just woken the dead.
Franklin then came around to conventional logic and gushed about how good Saban's defense is, "Collectively this is the best unit I've seen since I've been coaching college football. They are as big as any defense as I've ever seen...." Great offensive line, excellent running backs, very good special teams, etc...
Franklin eluded to possibly have some tricks up his sleeve planned for special teams against Bama as well.
A reporter asked if Alabama has any weaknesses. Franklin's response, "Every team has some weaknesses" but then couldn't name one.
No Hank Williams Jr. on MNF tonight
Regardless of whether he's "ready for some football" or not, Hank Williams Jr. will not be shown on Monday Night Football tonight.
Hank went on TV this morning and somehow analogized Obama to Hitler in calling this summer's golf game involving Obama, Biden and Boehner as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever...It would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu."
Ought to be fun to see what ESPN airs instead.
For those that care, here's the interview in which Hank made the remarks.
Bob Stoops is dialed in
Bob Stoops knows how hard it is to even get to a national championship game. These days, you've pretty much got to win them all...or have a whole lot of luck (see LSU 2007 season)...and you need some big wins on national TV. He knows that a big win over Texas this weekend would go a long way towards helping that cause.
Accordingly, Stoops has made a few changes this week. Rather than practicing on their practice fields (which are fairly open), Stoops had his guys practice in the stadium. He also has closed practice this week to former players, parents and boosters. No leaks.
We like it.