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Pelini sold himself to FAU

New FAU coach, Carl Pelini, did some research before accepting his first college head coaching position on Monday.

Pelini said that he started to do research about FAU about a month ago, and prepared an 18 page booklet which he shared with athletic director Craig Angelos during his interview. Pelini said that he saw a great deal of potential in the program and referred to the Owls as a "sleeping giant ready to take off". Pretty solid compliment for a program that's only had football for 11 years.

The Owls are getting a proven assistant coach, and two time Broyles award nominee in Pelini, and someone that has already hit the ground running.




Maryland's assistants' contracts ($ included)

The Washington Post, through a freedom of information act request, received and published summaries of each assistant's contract (other than Gary Crowton's which wasn't received?). 

Of note, each of the contracts is three years in length; however there is a clause in each that stipulates that "termination shall occur in the event and on the day that Randy Edsall's service as the Head Coach of the Team shall end."

Defensive Coordinator Todd Bradford annual compensation including base pay and guaranteed bonuses from radio / tv, personal appearances, fundraising and apparel / equipment endorsements totals $350,000. 

Most of the other assistants are in the $170,000 - $250,000 range. 

The lowest paid full time coach is John Dunn, tight ends coach / recruiting coordinator who makes a combined $150,000. 

Andrew Wilson, head strength coach, makes $140,000 while Alan Weber, assistant strength coach, makes $75,000. 

Fran Foley, director of football operations, makes $110,000 (hey, how come the Ops guy doesn't get an apparel deal?).

Salary and bonus info for each of the assistants is available here




Tuesday TV

No football on tonight or tomorrow night, but NFL action will resume on Thursday.  Taking a look ahead, the schedule for the rest of the week is below.

Thursday - Cleveland at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL Network

Saturday - Army at Navy - 2:30 - CBS 

Sunday - Full NFL schedule





Video: Hugh Freeze introduced in Oxford

Hugh Freeze was introduced today in Oxford as the new head coach at Ole Miss.

The reports that we received from Oxford said the crowd loved the enthusiasm Freeze brought today.




Greg McMackin announces his retirement

Greg McMackin announced his retirement earlier tonight following his fourth season at the helm.

As you will see in this video, this was an emotional day for Coach McMackin.




An inside look at Jon Gruden

The New Yorker recently did a great write up on Jon Gruden, outlining what he brings to the table as an NFL analyst. Unquestionably, he brings a unique perspective to the booth, one that many coaches find refreshing. 

The article outlines how much time and preparation that he puts into the job, often times (according to him) putting in more office hours breaking down film and cutting up plays than he did as a coach, preparing for the week's game.

The article is not short (and that's putting it nicely), but definitely worth a read, and is filled with multiple Gruden nuggets to appreciate. 




Arkansas AD not happy with CBS

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long recently voiced his displeasure with CBS for airing Bobby Petrino's cross field comments during the 41-17 loss to LSU on November 25th.

Long said that he was disappointed with the way that CBS portrayed Petrino and in their decision to show it over and over again (even in slow motion) after the game. 

“Certainly none of us like the use of profane language, certainly, it happens in the heat of the battle and it’s unfortunate. But I think in this case, I’m disappointed it was displayed in the way it was by CBS.”

Long went on to say that no coach wants to be seen on national TV using profane language, but it happens and he has talked about the issue with Petrino.

“It’s not something that people should be shocked by, but, again, we don’t like the use of the language like that, certainly, where it can be shown and, being honest with you, taken out of context.”




Willie Taggart got snubbed

Last night's bowl announcements weren't filled with a whole lot of surprises, but one team that was left on the outside looking in was Willie Taggart's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers lost their first four games of the season, before winning seven out of their next eight games to finish 7-5. Their only loss during that stretch came at the hands of LSU.

Taggart nearly quadrupled Western Kentucky's win total since 2009 (0 wins in '09, and 2 wins in '10), and has done a tremendous job turning the program around and getting it back on track.

Last week the NCAA granted UCLA a bowl waiver to allow them to play in a bowl with a 6-7 record...and thus the great story that is the 2011 Western Kentucky team has come to an end. That's just not right.