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Dabo Swinney said early this morning that he has talked to Steve Spurrier a couple of times this year. 

When a reporter asked Spurrier about his communication with the Clemson head coach, a humble Spurrier explained, “He (Dabo) did text message me (after we won the East) and I called him back.  Mark Richt also sent a letter congratulating me on the East championship. I thought about sending him (Dabo) a message about beating Wake Forest, but I didn’t think he wanted to hear that.”

“To tell you the truth, I usually don’t send a message to the winner of the East.”

“I really like Dabo.  I think we have a healthy rivalry.  There’s no bad mouthing in recruiting between South Carolina and Clemson now.  I think that’s the way it should be and I think Dabo and his guys think the same thing.”

About the rivalry, Spurrier wouldn’t mind moving it to Game #1.  “It would make sense if we moved the game to the first game of the year,” Spurrier said.  “That would give fans something to talk about all year.”

“We’ve turned it a little bit, winning the East.  The next two weeks though will really determine our season.  Our players know that.” 

Playmakers and their coaches

On Monday, we will begin releasing the finalists for the 3rd Annual FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs.  In the meantime, here's a list of college football's best players with their position coach noted alongside.

Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player)
Da’Quan Bowers (Chris Rumph)
Nick Fairley (Tracy Rocker)
Patrick Peterson (Ron Cooper)

Biletnikoff Award (best receiver)
Justin Blackmon (Gunter Brewer)
Ryan Broyles (Jay Norvell)
Alshon Jeffery (Steve Spurrier Jr.)

Maxwell Award (best all-around player) and Davey O’Brien Award (best QB)
Andrew Luck (Jim Harbaugh)
Kellen Moore (Bryan Harsin)
Cam Newton (Gus Malzahn)

Outland Trophy (best interior lineman)
Gabe Carimi (Bob Bostad)
Rodney Hudson (Rick Trickett)
Nate Solder (Denver Johnson)

Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back)
Prince Amukamara, (Marvin Sanders)
Tejay Johnson (Chad Glasgow)
Patrick Peterson (Ron Cooper)

Doak Walker Award (best running back)
John Clay (John Settle)
Kendall Hunter (Robert Gillespie)
LaMichael James (Gary Campbell)

Pat Hill speaks the truth, causes quite a stir with Fresno State fans

Fresno State head coach Pat Hill offered some interesting words during his Monday press conference, which have caused quite a stir from the Bulldog fans.

Hill said, "You know, the plateau right now might be eight games a season. That's the way it looks. We've been a consistent eight-win-a-year type team -- and a bowl team. We are not right now in the upper echelon of our conference. We're not among the top two teams."

Asked if fan expectations are too high, Hill explained, “I toss that around in my mind. Expectations and support go together hand and hand. The expectations of this football team are very, very high. We're going to keep the expectations as high as we can.”

"I'd love to be doing what Boise is doing. I'd love to be undefeated. I'd love to be going to BCS games. That's what we want to do. That's what we've set our program to do. We haven't been able to achieve that, but I think we run a very competitive football team, a very clean team."

"We are not where we need to be at this time," Hill said. "And I'm not happy with this, either. I want to do everything we can to please this community."

Fresno State is 6-4 on the season.  The Bulldogs host Idaho and Illinois to finish the season. 

Norm Chow: Whatever needs to get done needs to get done

When Rick Neuheisel took over at UCLA in 2008, he never expected the Bruins would struggle on offense for three consecutive years.

The Bruins have gone from 111th nationally in total offense (2008) to 88th (2009), and now back to 111th (2010). 

Offensive coordinator Norm Chow told ESPNLosAngeles.com , “I'm a big guy. I've been around this business a long time. I've been fired before. It's part of the deal. Obviously it's something he's thinking through. That's his prerogative as a head coach."

"No one is more disappointed in the offense than I am. Whatever needs to get done needs to get done. You won't hear any excuses out of me."

Neuheisel explained, “I haven't ventured down that path. The evaluation period will start as soon as the season is over. Once we get to that point, then we'll make the decisions as to what's the best thing for UCLA football, just as my bosses do. My bosses have to do that as well."

“I believe in Norm Chow. I think he's a great coach; I think he's a great guy. I've got to decide what's best for UCLA football; and I can't do that right now. I've got to figure out right now what we can do to beat Arizona State."

UCLA finished 4-8 in Neuheisel’s first season.  In 2009, the Bruins defeated Temple in the EagleBank Bowl to finish 7-6.  This season, UCLA is 4-6 and travels to Arizona State this weekend before hosting USC in the season finale.  UCLA is 117th in turnover margin. 

Cabral wants Colorado job, Caldwell unsure of future at Vandy

Colorado interim head coach Brian Cabral is 2-0 with wins over Iowa State and Kansas State. On Monday, Cabral, who does have some support, made it clear he desires the job permanently.

Cabral said, “I'm seeing more and more former players that are getting more excited about the program again. They're all into it. They're very proud of this team. They're very proud of these players and what we've accomplished these last two weeks."

"I can lead. I can inspire. I can make a difference. I've always known that about myself."

"I represent every Buff that wore that helmet, every guy that put on black and gold. I represent them. And I'm living a dream right now. To be in this position and to lead a team, to lead a team into a week like Nebraska, to lead a team into a place like Lincoln, I'm so privileged. I'm so blessed to have this opportunity."

Colorado travels to Nebraska this weekend.

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell admitted that he doesn’t know what the future holds.

“I sure don’t. I have no idea. I’m just going to keep working. I can’t control that. I’m trying to work on things I can control, but good question,” Caldwell said.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here at Vanderilt, but hopefully it won’t be. ... I understand that’s the life of a football coach in this day and time. I told you the story a few weeks ago. Jim Valvano came in with a lifetime contract and got fired. There’s nothing in stone as a coach. You live from one year to the next. You hope to go from there.”

Vanderbilt hosts Wake Forest this weekend.

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If we had one, we'd drive it to the AFCA in January and pour beer all night long for these guys


At $41 million, Phil Knight and Oregon are officially not messing around

The University of Oregon has announced that construction on a new football-only operations facility will begin early next year.

A new release from the University of Oregon says the facility will be “unsurpassed in the country.”

The Register-Guard says, “The L-shaped, stand-alone, six-story structure, which will be ‘unsurpassed in the country’ will be entirely financed by donors Phil and Penny Knight. It will be constructed to the west and north of the Casanova Center, which has housed UO intercollegiate athletics offices for almost 20 years.”

The cost of the project is estimated at $41 million.

Here's the entire article on the new facility.

Pelini explains and apologizes, Mullen being Mullen, and more

Dan Mullen likes to talk: "Obviously since that game ('09 Egg Bowl) to now, we are the program that's on the rise. And we plan to keep it that way."

"There's probably not many people in Oxford, Mississippi that like me."


Bo Pelini apologizes, talks about sideline blow up: “I have total respect for Chancellor Perlman. We’re on the same page. The administration is behind me 100%. They know me and what I’m about. They made that known to me.”

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You hope that they look at what you’ve built up over time and know what you’re about. I bust my butt every day for this program. If I embarrassed anybody, I’m sorry. I didn’t do it intentionally.”

“My job isn’t to win football games, it’s to prepare our young men for the rest of their lives. That means accountability, discipline. I’m a very black and white, direct person. You don’t see our kids out there getting into trouble. They’re representing this program the right way.”

“Taylor and I have handled our issue. It was totally unrelated to the injury. I regret that it was on national TV. I usually do those things behind closed doors. I will say, the speculation that’s out there is totally off base. Taylor is fine. He’s frustrated with the injuries. We talked for 10 or 15 minutes after the game.He was excused from the team shakeout Sunday where players run around and work the kinks out. He couldn’t have run Sunday anyway.”


Iron Bowl Tickets: Only $394 each on StubHub if you need some.


Interesting quote from Steve Sarkisian: “From the first day I got here, so much was put on Jake Locker. This was Jake Locker’s team. Well, this is the Washington Huskies, and Jake Locker is a part of our team.”


Dantonio and Michigan State play for a championship on Saturday: "We played over at Penn State two years ago. It was our first time in that experience playing for a championship, and we didn't play very well. That experience should be invaluable over there."


Nevada coach Chris Ault on Boise State: "There’s nothing that I can say that the media hasn't said about how good this Boise team is."


Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph on Da’Quan Bowers’ draft status: "It's hard to find too many degrees that pay $20 million 1st year out."


Rich Rod is an 18-point dog to Ohio State, but says he want to be 18-point favorite: "I want us to get to the point where we are 18-point favorites in every game."