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Kiffin drops the hammer on Bruce Pearl

While speaking to the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday, Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl joked about Lane Kiffin.

Well, actually we’re not sure if Pearl was joking when he said, “I've made mistakes, I clearly did. But what I was hoping for was that some other dumbass would get on the front page and take me off the hook.”

“I miss Lane Kiffin."

Pearl, as you probably know lied to the NCAA about recruits visiting his home, and is suspended from coaching 8 games during SEC play.

Chalk one up for Lane, who just like Spurrier would have, responded yesterday by saying, "Bruce is really smart. I can understand why he wouldn't want to talk about not being able to coach and violations, so he mentions Lane Kiffin. And everyone claps."

5 points for Kiffin!  Oh no wait, that’s what he needed against Notre Dame. 

Heck, we’ll give ‘em both a thumbs up for good entertainment.  Conference commissioners, y’all relax...just some coaches have fun!




4 finalists for Special Teams Coordinator of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year award were presented to James Shibest (Ole Miss, 2008) and Mike Tolleson(Texas, 2009). 




ACC Coach of the Year Friedgen: I stuck to my guns, refused to make staff changes

Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen led the Terps to an 8-4 record and has been named ACC Coach of the Year.

On Tuesday, Friedgen reflected on the past year and thanked those alumni and friends who never stopped supported him.

Friedgen stated, "You know a year ago, I was about to be fired. Because of their support, this moment is possible.”

"I hope this kind of serves as an inspiration to a lot of people. A year ago at this time, people wanted me to make (staff) changes. I refused to do that because I felt like I had the right people around me.”

"I kind of stuck with my guns. This is kind of vindication that I was right."

Maryland finished 7th nationally in turnover margin, while the Terps offense averaged 30 points per game.  We hope that athletic directors across the country take note of one-year turnaround a program can make.




Dan McCarney juiced up and speaking fast at introductory presser

Dan McCarney has been with Urban Meyer for three seasons and it sounded like it today during McCarney’s introductory press conference at North Texas just moments ago.  McCarney was juiced up and spoke really fast.

McCarney, who met with UNT athletic director Rick Villareal a week ago last Thursday in Gainesville at his home, said, “36,000 students?  Are you kiddin’ me?”

“Our plan is pretty simple…Play great defense, number 1.  That’s have good players and good coaches.  Two…win the turnover margin.  Three, score in the red zone.  Number 4…win the turnover battle.”

“I’m a real passionate guy.   I don’t sugar coat it.” 

“Our program will be built on honesty, integrity and fierce loyalty.  If they (our assistants) don’t believe in this, they won’t be in our program.  They won’t worry about the next job.  They’ll worry about the one they have.”

“You better get your tickets now.  Just on the bandwagon now.  I told Rick Villareal that we will fill that stadium.  There is absolutely during our first game against Houston on September 10th, there is no reason why we can’t have a full stadium.  If we don’t, I’ll die trying.”

“They (our assistants) will go 100 miles per hour because that is what I will demand.”

“A lot of people give lip service to it, but we are going to invest in special teams.”

“I have gone to the AFCA convention every year since 1975, there’s only 119 D1 jobs, to be a head coach again after four years, I’m humble and excited.”

(On his approach with the players) “I don’t care what you’ve done.  You’re starting on a clean slate. I could care a less about the past.”

"We’re going to build this thing on 4 year players, with high school kids."

“To me, why not North Texas?” 

McCarney also announced that Mike Canales has been hired as his associate head coach / offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.  He praised Canales several times and made it clear he is really pumped that Canales is staying around. 

McCarney also thanked Urban Meyer, Barry Alvarez, and Haydon Fry.   




Greg McMackin jacked about an iced-out diamond ring

In his third season as head coach, Greg McMackin has led Hawaii to a 7-1 record in the WAC, clinching a share of the conference championship.

Hawaii is currently 9-3 and hosts UNLV this Saturday.  The Warriors lost to Boise State 42-7, but defeated Nevada earlier in the season 27-21.  The key to the season was turnover margin, where Hawaii finished #2 in the nation.  The Warriors also lead the nation in passing offense (384 YPG). 

Nine wins (potentially 10) is cool, but McMackin is jacked about an iced-out diamond ring.

"It's going to be beautiful. Let me just say this: a lot of bling," described McMackin.

"I'm designing the ring. That's my job. I told my wife this morning, 'We're WAC champions, and I'm going to wear one of my WAC champion rings.' That's exactly what I did."

McMackin is reportedly going to Jared…the Galleria of Jewelry.  Or maybe he isn’t.  At least, he'd get props from Lil Wayne & Juvenile:

 




We found an athletic director you want to work for

Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, 99% of the time we leave out our opinions.  We’d rather just present the information as we know it and allow you to form your own opinions.

Coaches are already under too much scrutiny.  We try as often as possible to highlight as many  positive things that coaches are doing within their programs.

In this case, we’d like to give serious props to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, who yesterday stated, “Anything to do with the coaching staff, that’s entirely Les’ call. Those things are Les’ decision. I would never mandate to a coach who his assistants should or shouldn’t be.”

That’s an AD who "gets it." 

The best way to achieve success is for head coaches and athletic directors to be on the same page.  During your next interview, ask questions.  Make sure your goals and process are aligned.

Some AD’s (that we know of) echo Alleva’s words publicly, but they don’t stand behind their words behind closed doors.  Those AD's can (will finish later, gotta go, Scoop phone is blowing up).




Michigan AD: Speculation fueling curiosity - it doesn't change my approach

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will wait until after the Wolverines’ bowl game to make a decision on head coach Rich Rodriguez.

We were glad to see Brandon confess that, “all this speculation fueling curiosity – it doesn’t change how I’m doing my job.” That's good leadership!

On Monday, Brandon said, "I have so consistently stated what my process is, how I do this, and what is in the best interest of the program. All of this desire for information sooner, all this speculation fueling curiosity — it doesn't change how I'm doing my job.”

"Back when we were 5-0, I said (this would be the evaluation process). Along the way I've said it. After exciting wins I've said it. This is how I'm going to do my job. I have not equivocated on that at all. Just because people out there are stirring the pot, that's not going to deter what I'm going to do."

What about recruiting?

"Recruiting is a 12-month-a-year process. There will always be recruiting going on in one fashion or the other. It's a dynamic process. There's no good time, bad time, better time as it relates to how you manage the situation."

"The team has the opportunity to practice 15 days and prepare for a bowl game, which they've earned the right to. They've got a game to play. They need to get ready and go play. That's what I want them to do. I understand there's an enormous distraction, and a lot of people are enjoying stirring the pot. (But) they need to prepare for the game."

For the record, we hope Rich Rod keeps his job.  For that matter, we hope all coaches keep their jobs. 




4 finalists for Defensive Coordinator of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Nick Holt (USC, 2008) and Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009).