Corso and Cuban
For those of you that might have missed it, last night's TCU at Baylor was an unbelieveable game. "Instant classic" being thrown around openly last night on Twitter. Gary Patterson and Phil Bennett's defenses...and the final was 50-48 Baylor. Wow.
Likewise, for the guys working this morning that missed this live, on the Gameday set, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on set with Fowler, Herbstreit, Corso and Desmond (oh and Erin Andrews). Cuban picked Oregon over LSU, Corso, "Not so fast..."
Solid football throughout the day...and then Chip Kelly vs. Les Miles tonight!
All times Eastern. National coverage listed below.
Akron at Ohio State - noon - ESPN
Utah State at Auburn - noon - ESPN2
Miami (OH) at Missouri - noon - FSN
Northwestern at BC - noon - ESPNU
Western Michigan at Michigan - 3:30 - ESPN2 / ABC
Minnesota at USC - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2
UCLA at Houston - 3:30 - FSN
South Florida at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC
LA Monroe at Florida State - 3:30 - ESPNU
BYU at Ole Miss - 4:45 - ESPN
FAU at Florida - 7 - ESPNU
Oregon vs. LSU - 8 - ABC
Boise State vs. Georgia - 8 - ESPN
Tulsa at Oklahoma - 8 - FX
LA Tech at Southern Mississippi - 10 - FSN
Colorado at Hawaii - 10:15 - ESPN2
Ray Lewis talking to the team
2 minutes of Ray Lewis explaining life to the current players at the U.
"Greatness is a lot of small things done well...."
Ray can give a talk.
Field being named after Arizona State's DFO
John Wrenn, Arizona State's assistant athletic director for football operations, is a coaching legend.
In 20+ years of serving as a high school head coach, he was named state coach of the year five times in two different states (Arizona and Illinois) and his teams won three state championships.
Tonight, the field at Perry High (AZ) will officially be named, "John Wrenn Field"; a well deserved honor.
Tressel hired by the Colts
On a call where most figured Colts head coach Jim Caldwell would be discussing players they had to cut to get down to the roster limit, he mentioned a coaching hire.
Yes, Caldwell announced that he has hired Jim Tressel to serve as a "game day consultant".
Caldwell says Tressel will be up in the box during games, reviewing replays amongst other things. Caldwell cited their long time relationship and mutual respect in hiring Coach Tresel and he added that this was a position he's been looking to fill "for several years".
Zona's really big, video board
Arizona hosts Northern Arizona Saturday night.
Coaches on the field, as well as everyone else within a few miles of the stadium, will have a great view of HD replays on the new big video board.
Pretty high end video below showing the control room for the giant board. Looks like these guys know what they are doing.
Update> We spoke with Toledo staff and the "Adversity" coach Beckman referred to is as follows (MAC coaches you should read this)...
Apparently at some point this Summer the MAC introduced a new conference rule requiring that players on the home team hosting a weekday game to attend all classes that day through noon. Beckman's staff was not made aware of this new rule until earlier this week. Plans, obviously, had already been made, the team was staying at a hotel Wednesday night, gameday routines were in place (meals, meetings, etc...). Thus, players had to constantly be shuttled to and from campus Thursday morning (gameday)...creating a logistical nightmare for the team and staff....Adversity!
Hope everybody in the MAC is aware of this one.
Toledo came out last night with a big 58-22 win over New Hampshire last night.
The team played well on the field and by most any objective measure played a very good ball game.
Then came Tim Beckman's post game talk. Here's the open...
I would just like to first of all congratulate this football team for having to go through some adversity and do some things that not any other football team has ever had to go through before and I’m proud of the way that this senior group led this football team.
Reporters almost immediately jumped in to ask what this adversity was. Beckman did not care to disclose.
We honestly have no idea what he's referring to; but sure does pique our interest. No other team ever?
Dan McCarney - Brutal Honesty
Last night, FIU beat McCarney's North Texas team 41-16.
Immediately after the game, local news crews caught up with Coach McCarney and asked a few questions.
McCarney was open and honest about his team ("an avalanche hit us and we didn't handle it well...I'm not going to make excuses...I'll take full responsibility, I'm a man, a grown man, I'll handle this thing...we got to get this fixed") and his view of FIU ("Coach Cristobal has done a great job...he's doing everything the right way....I hope that's the best team in the Sun Belt").