Wow! Here's how it went down
As a head coach, there is no right way or easy way to inform your players that you are accepting another job.
Jerry Kill explained the entire difficult situation, hour-by-hour, as he made the decision and informed his team that he had accepting the head coaching job at Minnesota.
Props to the guys at HuskyWire.com , who surely had a great relationship with Kill to get this interview. Important note…beware of end-of-the-year banquets. If you are looking for a job, they aren’t your answer.
Kill says, "Well, it's a situation that I met with them Saturday night in Chicago, somewhere around 7 p.m. and we visited for a long time with the (Minnesota) president and the athletic director. We came back driving home, I guess it was around 11 p.m., we talked, and I knew that I had the job offered to me.”
"(My wife) Rebecca and I had a chance to visit about it afterward and those are critical decisions. In college football, and just so everybody knows, it's no different than what Northern Illinois did when I was at Southern (Illinois). We lost a game at Southern (in 2007) and got beat by Delaware, and Northern was visiting with me the very next morning. That's just how this crazy profession is. In our profession, you have to make decisions that are lifelong decisions in a matter of hours, and it's very difficult. I got home late that night, visited with (NIU athletic director Jeff) Compher.”
"We had recruits in on Sunday, which is awkward.”
"So I did the best I could. I didn't have any guides. I'm not an expert on how to handle those situations.”
Vandy vice chancellor: I can tell you for a fact...
Vanderbilt vice chancellor Dr. David Williams spent his lunch hour talking with the guys at 104.5 The Zone in Nashville.
It appears Vanderbilt is waiting to hear who would be on James Franklin's coaching staff. They want to know who has accepted, not who will get job offers. They want to know, "Here are the guys coming with me."
Here is what Dr. Williams had to say:
“I want to know about the national aspect of recruiting and I want to know who and how you will build your staff. Not only from a philosophy standpoint, but I’d like to hear names.”
“Jeremy (Foley) picked up the phone, made one call and got his man. All power to Jeremy (Foley), but Vanderbilt doesn’t have that luxury. He did it in three days. I actually told our chancellor, even after Jeremy said it would take two and a half weeks, that he would get it done in a few days.”
“This is a time when Vanderbilt is very committed. The board is committed, the chancellor is committed, and I am committed. We are committed to being very competitive.”
“3 million is a little bit on the high side. Now if we were talking to Nick Saban, maybe the number would go up. I think you have to look who you are talking to.”
“I can tell you for a fact, we were not waving $3 million (a year) for 7 years to anyone.”
“Many people see the commitment being to the HC. No, that’s not right. It’s to the kids, program, and community.”
“Just as we are asking them to tell us about the staff, they are asking us to tell them about the past.”
Pelini offers a "This is Nebraska" speech on new website
Nebraska launches ThisIsNebraska.com : Bo Pelini delivers a great speech to sell Nebraska to recruits. Take a look.
Mark Richt talks about Muschamp: "I don't think he'd admit it to everybody, but he's still a Georgia man in a lot of ways."
ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth talks about part of his philosophy: “Anytime you can market your program and sell your program, create a new friend or fan of the program and create more interest all that does is benefit your program in so many different ways. (Getting more) people in the stands. Increase revenue through ticket sales and fundraising. All of those things go hand-in-hand because if we can do all of those things we're going to be able to improve our facilities. If we can improve the facilities, we can improve recruiting. If we can improve recruiting, we're going to improve wins and losses.”
Randy Edsall quit coaching the safeties after the Louisville game, helped UCONN rebound: “I had to some evaluation myself. After the Louisville game, I told the coaches I can’t do that anymore. I had to get back to doing the big picture stuff. As much as I was trying to help our team become better, I think there were some things going on with me not being focused on everything that took something away. I went back to really being the head coach, and I think it benefited everybody.”
Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze explains his offensive philosophy: “The two stats that concern me are third-down conversions and turnover margin. I don’t get hung up on time of possession. It’s ok for our defense to be on the field for 80 plays as long as we have 80 plays. We’ve got to get more possessions. This year, we lost 7 games by 7 points or less. The last three games we lost, we had the ball for 20 minutes and they had it for 40 minutes. We only had 8 possessions in the last 2 games we played.”
BOOM! Will Muschamp jacked up at presser
Muschamp just wrapped up his introductory presser. He is jacked to say the least.
Officially, nobody has ever spoken so fast at a presser. Talk about setting a tone...Muschamp brought it.
Quotes from Muschamp:
He (Jeremy Foley) talked about a fit.
I felt like he was describing me. I know there will be some criticism of hiring a guy with no head coaching experience.
I feel like I am the right fit for this job. The most impressive thing about Florida to me was the administration.
It’s really difficult being a coach’s wife, especially mine. I want to thank my wife. She’s a widow during the season. My wife is my best friend and a great mother.
We need to do a great job of conditioning our players to make good choices.
If they don’t want to get their degree, they don’t need to be here. There’s something I’m going to refer to as the 'Florida way.'
Our program will be based on three things…Trust, respect, and communication.
I got on the phone with Urban Meyer (when Jeremy was at my house). I can tell you as long as Will Muschamp is the head coach at UF, Urban Meyer will be involved in this program. He’s invited everywhere. I deal in reality. I have no ego. It’s about winning.
I want to be known as a blue-collar, overachieving team. That’s what I am. We will be a mentally and physically tough football team. We will be a physically tough football team. It’s not something you talk about, it’s something you live.
The SEC is a 'line of scrimmage' league. The difference between the SEC and the other conferences is defensive line. You have to stop the run. You have to be able to run the clock out at the end of the game.
I want to hire an experienced play-caller with a background in the NFL and college football. I want to hire a special teams coordinator.
There is only one source for Florida football and that's me.
I am not a big stat guy. I want to win. Turnover-ratio and big play ratio are important. That creates momentum in the game, which is a hidden stat.
Quick Hits: Al Golden, Dave Doeren, and Mike Price
Funny quote from Mike Leach today: "One year, for bowl gifts, we gave them iPods. Another year, we gave them some sort of machine that did something. I don't know what it was, but it did something."
Quoting Al Golden from the Joe Rose Show this morning: (on his first job) “Everything always comes down to people. It’s going to be a lot of personnel.”
“With things changing at Florida, it’s going to be a mad scramble. Coach Fisher hasn’t been at Florida State for 20 years either, so there’s not really an incumbent in the state right now, so we’ve got to get crackin’.”
“I think that could be our greatest asset. I we can supplement this with NYC metro and some Pennsylvania kids, that would be huge.”
(on Penn State) “That’s Coach Paterno’s job. I don’t discuss Coach Paterno’s job. I am committed to being here.”
“Things are going to be different. We’ve got to get back to demanding these guys have excellence, especially in the strength program.”
Quoting Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren: “Sleep will not happen here until signing day. But that’s OK.”
“At Wisconsin, we’re the lowest-penalized team in the nation. I think people that watch football know that we’re not getting because we’re not physical.
“We truly took pride in taking our opponents down and getting to the fourth quarter and watching them quit. That is what I want to do.”
Memphis AD R.C. Johnson says Larry Porter is recruiting all over the country: “ Larry was in Utah last week and he’s in New York now to recruit.”
Funny quote from UTEP head coach Mike Price regarding the BYU offensive line: “Their offensive line is 6-foot-6, 315 (pounds) across the board, average age 32, four kids. They are very good on the offensive line. They are huge."
Bill Stewart answers questions amidst speculation
Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, we received word this morning that West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart would appear on Rivals’ Radio this morning with host Bill King.
Our staff at FootballScoop dreads listening to coaches having to answer questions about their future, especially a coach who is 28-11 in three seasons as a head coach. Importantly, as least we think, we liked to point out that Bill King was extremely polite and classy with his questions.
Not surprisingly, Stewart was enthusiastic, honest, and up front.
Amidst speculation, Stewart told Bill King, “Whatever happens will happen.”
Stewart went on to say, “Let’s just call those ‘rumors.’ I don’t deal with speculation. The biggest issue right now is the NC State Wolfpack.”
He added, “I’m just telling you, we’re going to have a bang up, banner year in recruiting. I’m just telling you. Watch!”
Asked if he is confident he will be the WVU head coach next season, Stewart responded enthusiastically, “Yes, sir.”
Under Bill Stewart, West Virginia has finished 9-4, 9-4, and 9-3. As the interim head, Stewart led West Virginia to a 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.
Props to Bill King! Most importantly, let’s hope Bill Stewart remains the head coach at West Virginia. Check that, let's hope Bill Stewart gets what he wants. After all, he may not want to work for an AD that's dealing behind his back.
The latest from Chip Kelly, Chizik, Stoops, and Al Golden
Do not ask Chip Kelly if he has jet lag: “No. Jet lag is what you make of it. Sun’s up, you’re up. Sun’s down, you’re down. Simple concept. I learned that when I went overseas from a general in the Air Force for a long time. You can’t get jet lagged if you do it the right way.”
“We’re just at practice. You can label it whatever you want, but we label it 'practice.' Not 'spring training', not 'training camp', it’s getting ready to play Auburn.”
Stoops talks about naming Josh Heupel co-offensive coordinator / play-caller: "As has always been the case, our entire offensive staff will work together in game planning, but there needs to be one coach who calls the plays and Josh will have that responsibility," Stoops said. "Josh has a good feel for the game and rhythm that we've been able to establish.”
"This is a great way to maintain our current style and continuity. Our current style fits our personnel and allows us to remain balanced, something that is important to me."
Chizik’s statement regarding Malzahn: “Gus Malzahn has played a large role in the success of our football program the last two years and we're very pleased to be able to give him a raise and extend his contract. In my opinion we have the best staff in the country, and while we want our coaches to strive to become head coaches, retaining them as long as we can is important to me and the entire Auburn family. Gus is a very bright and talented coach and we are looking forward to beginning preparation for the BCS National Championship."
David Cutcliffe excited about the future of Duke football: “I knew this was going to be somewhat of a challenging year. I did think we would be able to work our way, coach our way, play-make our way through and have a good chance of being a bowl team. As you look, we lose by five to Maryland, five to Boston College, five to North Carolina and six to Wake Forest. We certainly could’ve been. We were a play or two short. So yeah, knowing what we had to do to begin with, knowing how far away it was, we’re on schedule. Because recruiting has gone so well, maybe ahead of schedule in that regard.”
“There’s so many more playmakers at so many positions. And for the first time, this will be the first year we have some real serious competition to see who’s going to start on both sides of the ball. We’re going into the spring looking to find out who’s going to be starting at a lot of places. That’s good.”
Al Golden meets with the media in Miami:
Hudspeth fires up ULL fans at introductory presser
Mark Hudspeth got ‘em jacked up in Lafayette during his introductory presser. He even went Ed Orgeron style with, “We are going to put a fence around this state.”
Hudspeth stated, “This place is like a ticking time bomb ready to go-off and we are ready to light that fuse. The more we investigated this opportunity, the more we met with Dr. Savoie, David Walker, and Scott Farmer, we really became so interested that we wanted this job worse than anybody in the country.”
“It’s unlimited potential. This is an unbelievable state with unbelievable high school talent. We are going to put a fence around this state. And we’re going to keep them at home right here. And we’re going to build a program with Louisiana high school football players.”
“Our football players and our staff, I can assure you this…we’re going to do our job. Our football players have no idea what’s in store for them. We’re fixing to hit the ground running with the best and hardest off-season they’ve ever been a part of.”
“I want everybody to understand, we have to do this together.”
Hudspeth will not remain at Mississippi State during bowl game preparations.