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4 finalists announced for D1-AA Coordinator of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop D1-AA 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 D1-AA Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Heishma Northern (Prairie View A&M, 2008) and Bob Shoop (William & Mary, 2009). 

The latest from Mullen, Paterno, Fulmer, Dantonio, and Friedgen

Dan Mullen says all the speculation is kind of annoying: “There’s speculation everywhere. The hard thing with speculation is that in the college football world, we have to deal with reality. My reality right now is dealing with final exams, making sure our kids are taking their final exams, making sure the last 30 kids turned in their books, getting a practice schedule ready and getting a bowl schedule ready. And, trying to hold onto recruits during a time of speculation.”

“It’s kind of annoying because I have to answer a lot of questions that don’t pertain to our football team. And that’s really all I have time for, to worry about, is our football team.”

 

Joe Paterno was on a roll Thursday: "I fought for expansion and I wanted an Eastern team. And we ended up with Nebraska, and they ain't in the East.''

(on facing Florida) “When I got to bed, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, give me two touchdowns at least.' "

 

Phil Fulmer lauds Urban Meyer: “I think it’s just a huge statement that the pressure coaches nowadays are under. Good for him to have the courage to step down and do the things that are important to him.”

 

Mark Dantonio talks about the life of a coach: "You have to have a special wife and special children to deal with that, and I'm blessed with that, because it is a 24/7 job. If you can find the time you're together as a family and make it quality time rather than quantity time, there's a difference in that. We've tried to include our family in our football family."

 

Ralph Friedgen wants Maryland fans to “show up” : “Our fans need to really come out and support us. We have a chance to send a message to people that didn’t pick us for a bowl game that we can support a bowl game. East Carolina’s fans are going to show up. If people want to support this football program, they need to show up. We want to support the USO and make this a memorable experience. This is our backyard.”

 

3 finalists announced for Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year award were released this afternoon.

See the 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 Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year award were presented to Don Summer (TCU, 2008) and Joey Batson (Clemson, 2009). 

Video: Lane Kiffin and Trojans erupt in locker room

The scene inside the USC locker room was wild following Allen Bradford’s incredible performance that led USC to a 28-14 win over UCLA.

The senior tailback led USC with 212 yards rushing on 28 carries.  Bradford also took a swing pass 47 yards to the house.

Check out Lane Kiffin, in rare form, as he celebrates Bradford’s special night.

Looking at the post-game stat sheet, Kiffin yells, “I think Allen Bradford went for 100 (Booooo), 150 (Boooooo), 185 (Booooooo), 200, 200 (Boooooo).  Maybe, HE WENT FOR TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY $U##ING YARDS!!!!”  (The locker room erupts).

Lane's speech begins at the 3:15 mark in the video.

Quick Hits: Alvarez, Belichick, Harbaugh, and Kevin Wilson

Barry Alvarez denies that Joel Maturi offered him the Minnesota job: “Maturi talked to me a lot about that job and what type of person to look for and what do you look for in the interview process, that type of thing. But, no, he didn’t talk to me about taking the job.”

 

Up 31-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, Bill Belichick yelled at his team: “We’re playing for 60 minutes, I don’t give a [expletive] what the score is.”

 

Florida president Bernie Machen on Urban Meyer: “He took us to another level, a level that may be reached but never exceeded.” 

 

Jim Harbaugh jacked about ticket sales for the Orange Bowl: “We sold 8,000 tickets in one morning after the announcement. That’s more tickets than we sold last year to the Sun Bowl. And that was only the first 12 hours. Our fans and alumni are really excited about this trip, so I think they’ll turn out for us.”

“To bring a team here, myself, is a great honor and to play in such a traditional bowl as the Orange Bowl. Our single focus and purpose for coming down to this game will be to bring back the Orange Bowl trophy.”

 

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson want to starting by “winning each day” : “I don’t have a 3 or 5 year plan.  My plan is to win or be the best we can, today.  We want to start today for our seniors, fan base, for our ticket holders.  It’s nice to be great.  We want to be great 3 and 5 years from now, but we want to be the best we can and be great now and max it out.  We want to start winning each day and putting those blocks together.” 

 

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