Win 3 games - pocket $500,000
Mike Gundy has Oklahoma State 9-0 and ranked #2 in the BCS.
If his Cowboys are able to win their three remaining games (at Texas Tech, at Iowa State and then home vs. Oklahoma), Gundy should wind up playing in the National Championship game. If he does that, regardless of the outcome, Gundy will pocket a $500,000 bonus.
Gundy's contract calls for three potential bonuses (he can only collect one). He gets about $35,000 for making a bowl game. He earns $100,000 for winning the Big 12 and he earns the $500,000 if they reach the title game.
Currently, Gundy's total compensation is about $2.1 million per season. Something tells us that if he makes the big game, that T. Boone will see to it that Coach Gundy gets a raise...and regarding that $500k "win or lose", we're thinking that if they win, Mr. Pickens might pick up the bar tab that night as well. Can you even imagine his joy if Gundy and gang were to beat former Oklahoma State head coach Les Miles and LSU in that game?
One Big East match up tonight. Both teams looking to end their losing streak, with South Florida having lost four straight and Syracuse has lost two straight. Somebody gets back on track tonight.
All times are Eastern.
South Florida at Syracuse - 8 - ESPN2
Mike McQueary won't coach this weekend
Penn State just released the following statement:
Due to multiple threats made against Assistant Coach Mike McQueary, the University has decided it would be in the best interest of all for Assistant Coach McQueary not to be in attendance at Saturday's Nebraska game.
Video: LB mic'd up, having fun
If you enjoy listenting to players mic'd up and getting after it, you will enjoy this video.
4 straight minutes of humor.
More Les (great quotes)
Today is Les Miles' birthday, as well as the "birthday" of the United States Marines.
On this site, we covering the former and very appreciative of the latter.
LSU's student newspaper has compiled their list of five favorite quotes from Les since he's been at LSU and 5 of his best moments.
See their list here, it's quality entertainment.
Video: Tom Bradley accepting his new role
Late last night, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was named interim head football coach at Penn State.
Bradley got a call from the Board of Trustees about 9:45pm last night asking if he would accept the head coaching position. Bradley accepted.
Here is one of his first interviews this morning.
Stanford's offensive game planning
Stanford's offense has been on a roll the past few seasons. With Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman (and others) leaving after last season to go to the 49ers many thought the Cardinal offense might be less efficient this season.
David Shaw went out and assembled a new offensive staff that ranks in the top 25 in every major statistical category. In additiona to Shaw (offensive coordinator last season), the two other major players in formulating the offensive game plan are Pep Hamilton and Mike Bloomgren.
Hamilton and Bloomgren both have a wealth of NFL experience on their resume (21 years total between the two of them and Shaw). Hamilton was promoted last season from receivers coach to offensive coordinator, and oversees the passing game. Bloomgren was hired off from the New York Jets staff and holds the run game coordinator title.
Shaw says that the three of them are on the same page when it comes to creating a game plan "We don’t exist in three different worlds, the head coach, the pass game guy and the run game guy, but I think the biggest thing is, we’ve got outstanding communication. We, by the end of the week, we make it all fit, so that there’s not separate parts of our offense. It all fits together.”
Having three members of the staff that are on the same page are a major reason that Stanford ranks in the top 25 in rushing (17) and passing (23), and more impressively, Stanford is the only team in the country to score every time they have been in the red zone, a perfect 52 of 52.
Stanford will take on Oregon Saturday at 8 on ABC.
Dantonio used Iowa to model the Spartans after
As Mark Dantonio prepares for Iowa this week, he took some time to reflect back on his first few weeks as a head coach at Michigan State to evaluate what type of team he wanted to model the Spartans after. His thoughts brought him to one team, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes.
Dantonio said "When I became the head football coach here, I looked at football programs that have some similarities to ours in terms of what challenges they may have and I thought, 'Here's Iowa, good defensive football team, built on toughness, built on stability, continuity on their coaching staff, good fan support. So I felt like that was a program to try and emulate".
Ferentz is in his 13th season with the Hawkeyes and holds a 95-63 record, including a 6-3 (3-2 in conference) mark this season. Dantonio is 40-21 in his fifth season at Michigan State, and currently has the Spartans on top of the Leaders division of the Big Ten at 4-1 in conference play and 7-2 overall.
Michigan State travels to Iowa for a noon kickoff Saturday on ESPN2.