No TV Wednesday

Unless you consider soccer to be football (in which case it you probably are on the wrong website), there is no live football on TV tonight.

Don't get dejected yet though, tomorrow night the whole country gets to watch Les coach in their SEC opener at Mississippi State.  Last night on his radio show, Coach Miles said he doesn't know how the grass at Scott Field tastes and hinted that he might just have to try it.

Coach, please do.





High School:


Mario Cristobal at the mic

FIU is 2-0 and has UCF, also 2-0, coming to Miami this weekend for the first ever matchup between these programs.

2010 Sun Belt champs versus 2010 CUSA champs.  Tough opponent for FIU; but we're 100% confident that Coach Cristobal is not afraid.  The man believes in his team and his team has bought in.  

Watch Coach Cristobal handle this press conference, he's prepared.  No fluff in these answers.  He knows the opponent inside and out.  Should be a great game.


Field goal block tips

In Saturday's game versus Utah, USC was clinging to a 17-14 lead with seconds remaining. Utah was in position for a 41 yard game tying field goal attempt.

USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil blocks the kick, USC wins.

Take a minute (and five seconds) and watch Kiffin explain the block.  A couple of good coaching points in here.  Credit special teams coordinator John Baxter who Kiffin calls the best in the business


Paul Johnson: I remember Kansas in the victory formation

Georgia Tech is 2-0 and has Kansas coming to town this Saturday.  You might recall Kansas beat Georgia Tech 28-25 in Lawrence.

In his weekly presser today, Paul Johnson was asked what the most vivid impression he has from that Kansas game last year...

"The end of the game, them taking a knee in victory formation.  I remember that."

There was then a 13 second pause before the next question.  Silent room.  Awkward.

We think Johnson will have his team motivated for this game.

Later, a different reporter asked Coach Johnson if he ever get's tired of answering the question "Can we win with just a passing game?".

Johnson's response was great...

No, not really...it's what you're not doing that people want to talk about...I remember talking to June [Jones] when he was at Hawaii...after a couple of years there, people complained that they didn't run the ball...I really don't think it matters.  The bottom line is do you have more points than the other team at the end of the game.  And you don't get any more for throwing than you do for running...Actually if you're trying to win the game, which is better a one play 77 yard drive or a 19 play 98 yard drive that eats 8 minutes?  I bet you the guys on defense would vote for the second. 


Air Force HC Troy Calhoun calls out a writer

The Mountain West held their weekly coaches conference call today.  Half an hour in, not much of note.  Then, it's was Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun's turn.  Reminder, Air Force is 1-1 after losing this past Saturday to TCU.  

"And the next question comes from The Mountain West senior writer Mick McGrane..." (editor's note...did anyone realize the conference had a senior writer?)

Here's the exchange.

McGrane: Troy, I was just curious, it seems like everyone is screaming that the sky is falling after Air Force loses one game.  How is your kids resolve right now?

Calhoun: Who did you say did?

McGrane: I was just curious as to what your kids resolve is now.  It just seems like everybody is screaming that the sky is falling because Air Force lost a game.

Calhoun: Who was that?  Who specifically said that?

McGrane: No, it just seemed to be general sentiment.  I was just wondering how your kids were holding up.

Calhoun: Is there one or two people that said that?  Just throw me a name, one or two of people that have said that.

McGrane: I don't have any names.

Healthy pause...

Calhoun: OK, shoot our kids like to play football.

McGrane: Thank you Troy.

Calhoun: You bet Mick.

As you might expect, McGrane's tone was of rejection at the end; whereas Calhoun's was of confidence.  You can listen to the whole exchange if you want at this link (jump to the 30:20 mark).  



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