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A wide range of games to enjoy tonight, including one from the NFL.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

Oakland at San Diego - 8:20 - NFL Network

College:

Ohio at Central Michigan - 7:30 - ESPNU

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech - 8 - ESPN

Houston at Tulane - 8 - CBSSN

High School:

Westlake Village (CA) at St. Bonaventure (CA) - 10:30 - FSN




"Joe Paterno is no longer the head football coach"

At 10pm tonight, the Board of Trustees of Penn State University held a press conference at which they announced that "Joe Paterno is no longer the head football coach effective immediately."

Tom Bradley has been named the interim head coach. 

The board stated that they are aware of no other planned changes to the staff composition and specifically stated that both Mike McQueary and Jay Paterno remain in their positions. 

The University President was also relieved of his relieved of his responsibilities.




First time head coaches' records

It's always tough to win as a first time head coach. 

From 2005 - 2010 there were 60 first year head coaches that had no previous head coaching experience at a four year college. Those coaches went a combined 279 - 437, winning 39% of their games in that first season.

2008 was the only season where first year head coaches posted a cumulative record over .500, combining to go 30-28. 

This season, first year head coaches are a combined 63-65 (49%), which includes coaches carrying the interim tag (Kish and Barlow...but not Hutson b/c he previously served as an interim head coach).

This week, Oregon will be looking to hand first year Stanford head coach David Shaw his first loss, while New Mexico's George Barlow will be seeking his first win this weekend as the Lobos welcome UNLV.

Current first time head coaches' records this season:

Tim Kish: 1-2

Jon Embree: 1-9

Will Muschamp: 5-4

Kevin Wilson: 1-9

Darrell Hazell: 3-6

Don Treadwell: 4-5

George Barlow: 0-5

Luke Fickell: 6-3

Everett Withers: 6-4

Dave Doeren: 6-3

David Shaw: 9-0

Steve Addazio: 5-4

Bill Blankenship: 6-3

James Franklin: 4-5

Dana Holgorsen: 6-3

 

University of Florida SID's research was used in compiling the 2005 - 2010 numbers used in this analysis.  




Attention reporters: Do not ask a coach this question

No coach enjoys suspending players. When it happens, the coaches will let you know about it and while it is a learning moment, it's not something that anyone should take joy in. 

With that said, here's a tip for all of the reporters out there, when a coach opens it up to questions, please don't make the first question, "Are there any suspensions we need to know about?"

Mark Richt's response to just that question:




A name we think you'll be hearing more about

After being called on to restart a football program in 2007, John Wristen has quickly built Colorado State - Pueblo to 10-0 and a legit DII national title contender.

Before coming to Pueblo, Wristen served on offensive staffs at Colorado, Northwestern and UCLA for 17 years. With only 13 months to prepare for his first season (and a limited number of scholarships) with the ThunderWolves program (which included holding open tryouts on campus, and having to borrow uniforms and helmets from local high schools for spring practice), he led the team to a 4-7 start, followed by a 7-4 season in only their second year of existence. In 2010 Wristen led to the team to a 9-2 finish, narrowly missing a conference title and national playoff appearance.

Defensively, Pueblo is very impressive. The ThunderWolves defense is ranked 5th in both rushing defense (83.8 yards per game) and passing efficiency (94.68), and has the top scoring defense in DII allowing only 9.3 points per game.

In only their fourth year of existence, Wristen has led the program to a #3 ranking in Division II and is primed for a conference title as they wrap up their season against 4-4 Western New Mexico Saturday.

Taking a look at what he has accomplished during his short time with the ThunderWolves, it would not surprise us to hear Wristen's name included in the conversation for some bigger head coaching openings.




Joe Paterno announces his retirement

Joe Paterno just issued the following statement:

I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can. This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.




MAC games are enjoyable to watch

Toledo has scored at least 60 points in back to back Tuesday night games, and last night's 66 points was just enough to come out on top against Western Michigan 66-63.

Toledo put up over 800 yards of offense, including 419 yards on the ground.  Western Michigan threw for 548 yards and 7 touchdowns despite losing the time of possession battle (39:30 to 20:30). The two teams kept the chain gang busy all night as well, combining for almost 80 first downs (the LSU / Alabama match up combined for 32 first downs).

Despite only turning the ball over 9 times in their previous 9 games, the Rockets turned it over 6 times last night; and still won! How often does that happen?  

One more note, the 126 points scored by Toledo in their past two games (and the 129 the teams combined to score last night) are more than New Mexico (113) and Florida Atlantic (103) have scored all season. 

Toledo is now 6-4, 5-1 on the season and Western Michigan is now 5-5, 3-3. 

And, we saved the best news for last...there's another MAC game on tonight!




Morning humor

Plenty of teams use a picture board to "signal" in their play these days. Fans are fascinated by this (think of the Chip Kelly ESPN commercial as an example). 

Recently, a Tulsa TV station decided to go over to Tulsa football to ask about how they use the picture boards.

The video is priceless. Offensive quality control Corey Heinz is on camera and is asked to explain the board. Watch him attempt to do so without revealing what the picture of Erin Andrews represents. 

Perhaps a freudian slip when Heinz at the end says, "one of these could be hot..." and then he looks off camera at the other guys in the room who undoubtedly are cracking up off camera.