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JoePa explains decision, Chris Ault makes bold statement

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno says he will return: "I didn't say I hope to. I'm gonna."

“I’ve never indicated to anybody that I’m not coming back. Now’s not the time to go. We’ve got a young team." 

“It's always been on my mind that now is not the time to go. I have not thought about getting out of it, let me put it that way."

 "I'm trying to do what I think is best for the program."

 

In his 26th year, Nevada head coach Chris Ault pretty clear about Boise State: “They don’t have a weakness anywhere on their team. That is the most complete, best team we’ve ever faced. Nebraska, Notre Dame any of them. This Boise State team is the best we’ve ever had to face.”

 

Indiana head coach Bill Lynch says AD’s support has been unbelievable: "(Glass') support has been unbelievable. Everything that he has said has been exactly what its been throughout the year. He's been as supportive as can be, week-by-week."

 

Leading the nation in blocked kicks / punts: Rutgers leads the nation with a total of 7.  Northern Illinois and Fresno State have 6. 

 

Da’Quan Bowers has more sacks than 17 teams: Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers has 15 sacks on the season.  That’s more than  ULL, ECU, Ball State, Utah State, Rice, Air Force, Memphis, WKU, UNLV, Iowa State, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, New Mexico, Kansas, Minnesota, and New Mexico State.

Spurrier: I thought about sending him a message about...

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. 

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