Football team helping out a flooded town
By now, you've likely heard of the terrible flooding that has been inundating parts of Pennsylvania.
Well, in Bloomsburg, PA, the river crested at just under 33 feet, breaking a record that had stood for over 100 years. Officials estimated that over 1,000 buildings were damaged in this small town. The University located on high ground away from the river did not flood; however the campus is closed until Monday as so many people in town were affected.
Head coach Danny Hale and his staff have a big game tonight against IUP, nationally televised on CBSSN and streaming live on the NCAA's website; but that hasn't been the only thing on their mind this week.
Coaches and players have been going all week into the parts of town most affected by the flooding. Ripping out carpet, pulling up soaked flooring, hauling refrigerators out to the curb, etc...the team bus has been taking them back and forth from the field house.
An inspirational read from the Associated Press. We suspect the town will turn out in good numbers tonight to support the team.
Cignetti & IUP a great fit
Tonight Curt Cignetti leads the D-II Crimson Hawks of IUP (1-0) against 8th ranked Bloomsburg (2-0) in a game televised on CBSSN and which will stream live on the NCAA's website.
This past off-season Cignetti, who was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama, accepted the head coaching position at IUP, the same position his dad held for 20 years (1986-2005). Cignetti's father, Frank, led IUP to the national championship game twice and the program finished in the Top 25 19 times in 20 seasons.
Curt Cignetti spoke recently about his decision to accept the position, "It is a little bit of a different move, but it was the type of challenge and opportunity that I really wanted. I maybe could have stayed at Alabama or gone on to the NFL and stayed an assistant coach for the next 15 years but I really wanted to be a head coach. It will also give me a little more time around my family. At places like Alabama, you’re gone a lot recruiting and you sort of lose contact with the people that are important to you. It was a little bit of a lifestyle shift.”
At IUP, Frank Cignetti attends every practice, "I watch practice but I don’t say anything. Believe me, he’s been around a lot of great coaches and been mentored well by them. His opportunity to work with Nick (Saban) at Alabama put the icing on the cake for him as far solidifying his philosophy and views on how he wants to run a program. I’m strictly a spectator.”
One thing that Cignetti has had to adjust to is the massive difference in budget coming from Alabama, "The money and things that come with (being at a large Division I school) … you take for granted at places like Alabama. At a Division II school you wear a lot more hats. You have a lot less personnel in the office to help do things like order equipment and schedule facilities and travel itineraries. You’re involved in a lot more things at this level that you never had to worry about at the Division I level.”
Whenever we notice game checks, we like to keep everyone informed of the market. Today, we've got Idaho's numbers for this year.
This year, the Vandals travel to Texas A&M (for $850,000), to Virginia (for $700,000) and to BYU (for $500,000).
Idaho has also stroked some checks, paying both Bowling Green (which beat Idaho 32-15 in week 1) and North Dakota (who Idaho beat 44-14 in week 2) $125,000 each to come play in Moscow, ID.
UFL Staffs - Virginia and Omaha
So, the UFL season opener is tonight. For those that might have lost track, the league this year is playing with 4 teams (Virginia, Omaha, Sacramento and Las Vegas).
Virginia and Omaha play tonight while Vegas and Sacramento play Saturday night. The league tells us that all tevelvised games will be streamed live on www.ufl-football.com; unfortunately tonight's game is not televised and thus will not be streamed.
We thought we'd take this opportunity to catch you up on the current staff's of the 4 teams (will give you Virginia and Omaha now...the other two on Saturday as a reminder of that game).
Head Coach - Marty Schottenheimer
Offensive Coordinator - Terry Shea
Running Backs - Gerald Carr
Wide Receivers - Bobby Saunders
Offensive Line - Bill Laveroni
Tight Ends - Chet Fuhrman
Defensive Assistant - Kurt Schottenheimer
Defensive Line - John Marshall
Assistant Defensive Line - Delbert Cowsette
Linebackers - James Willis
Defensive Backs - Lionel Washington
Special Teams - Mike Stock
Head Coach - Joe Moglia
Offensive Coordinator - Bart Andrus
Offensive Line - Don Lawrence
Running Backs / Tight Ends - Brock Olivo
Wide Receivers - Kevin Daft
Quality Control / Offensive Line - Robert Hunt
Defensive Coordinator - Tom Olivadotti
Defensive Line - Brandon Noble
Defensive Backs - Pete Kuharchek
Quality Control / Defensive Line - Mike Gallagher
Special Teams - Richard Kent
First order of business, we need to set the record straight...no, Les did not show up at Mississippi State's Cowbell Yell last night.
Now, let's get to the TV schedule. "Have a nice day!"
LSU at Mississippi State - 8PM - ESPN
Bloomsburg at IUP - 8PM - CBSSN
Cherokee Trail (CO) at Mullen (CO) - 7:30 - ESPNU
Chandler (AZ) at Basha (AZ) - 10PM - FSN
Cowbell Yell...trust us, you want to see this
Fairly large game Thursday night in StarkVegas Starkville as LSU comes to town to play on ESPN.
The University has cancelled all classes for Thursday in order for the fans to work up an appropriate lather pre-game (and yes in the SEC that means beginning tonight). The New York Times has an article about the energy that Mullen has brought to town. Think about that, the New York Times has an article about Mississippi State and Starkville, MS.
Earlier today we saw a few tweets about former players showing up on campus (Fred Smoot in a white Rolls Royce). Clearly there's excitement for this game.
Tonight, Bulldog faithful have turned out in large quantity to participate in the first ever Cowbell Yell (we're pretty sure the gents up in Oxford are having quite a laugh about this right now). Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin just tweeted that over 9,000 people have shown up so far for the event. Impressive for a Wednesday night.
But moments ago our night just got that much better as Brandon Marcello who covers Mississippi State for the Clarion Ledger tweeted out a link to the video below. Yes, that's head coach Dan Mullen chest bumping Fred Smoot at the Cowbell Yell. Phenomenal. Can't wait for the game tomorrow.
Video: Sweet new trophy room at Oregon State
Nice inside look at the new trophy room at Oregon State.
At the 20 second mark you get quick glimpse at the players lounge as well. Looks good.
Dooley: Muschamp's guys haven't shown their stuff
Derek Dooley takes his team to the Swamp this weekend (3:30 CBS game) to play a 2-0 Florida team.
After practice today, Dooley spoke with reporters (video below).
A couple of quotes from Dooley:
On what it's like to go to the Swamp: "Last year we played Memphis on the road but that's a little different environment than the swamp" - [editor's note> a possible nomination for understatement of the year?]
On all of the different things Florida can do on offense: "Yeah, if you go look at Charlie's history just the first two games of last year's Kansas City Chiefs there were 10,000 different plays"
"We haven't seen hardly anything from them because of the two games they've played. Same thing on defense. They played vanilla defense the whole game. They're not going to do that against us."
"It's a new staff. They've played two games where it was over at halftime. So they haven't shown their stuff."