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Video: Hugh Freeze introduced in Oxford

Hugh Freeze was introduced today in Oxford as the new head coach at Ole Miss.

The reports that we received from Oxford said the crowd loved the enthusiasm Freeze brought today.




Greg McMackin announces his retirement

Greg McMackin announced his retirement earlier tonight following his fourth season at the helm.

As you will see in this video, this was an emotional day for Coach McMackin.




An inside look at Jon Gruden

The New Yorker recently did a great write up on Jon Gruden, outlining what he brings to the table as an NFL analyst. Unquestionably, he brings a unique perspective to the booth, one that many coaches find refreshing. 

The article outlines how much time and preparation that he puts into the job, often times (according to him) putting in more office hours breaking down film and cutting up plays than he did as a coach, preparing for the week's game.

The article is not short (and that's putting it nicely), but definitely worth a read, and is filled with multiple Gruden nuggets to appreciate. 




Arkansas AD not happy with CBS

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long recently voiced his displeasure with CBS for airing Bobby Petrino's cross field comments during the 41-17 loss to LSU on November 25th.

Long said that he was disappointed with the way that CBS portrayed Petrino and in their decision to show it over and over again (even in slow motion) after the game. 

“Certainly none of us like the use of profane language, certainly, it happens in the heat of the battle and it’s unfortunate. But I think in this case, I’m disappointed it was displayed in the way it was by CBS.”

Long went on to say that no coach wants to be seen on national TV using profane language, but it happens and he has talked about the issue with Petrino.

“It’s not something that people should be shocked by, but, again, we don’t like the use of the language like that, certainly, where it can be shown and, being honest with you, taken out of context.”




Willie Taggart got snubbed

Last night's bowl announcements weren't filled with a whole lot of surprises, but one team that was left on the outside looking in was Willie Taggart's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers lost their first four games of the season, before winning seven out of their next eight games to finish 7-5. Their only loss during that stretch came at the hands of LSU.

Taggart nearly quadrupled Western Kentucky's win total since 2009 (0 wins in '09, and 2 wins in '10), and has done a tremendous job turning the program around and getting it back on track.

Last week the NCAA granted UCLA a bowl waiver to allow them to play in a bowl with a 6-7 record...and thus the great story that is the 2011 Western Kentucky team has come to an end. That's just not right. 




How the coaches voted

USA Today has a great page to show you how each of the coaches cast their votes.

We noticed a few interesting nuggets while taking a look at the list, here's a look at a few.

Houston's ranking was speckled all over the board (actual ranking was #17), including being ranked as high as #9 by Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech, and as low as #23 by James Franklin (and a few others).

Big Ten champion, and #8 Wisconsin was put in the #16 slot by Art Briles of Baylor. 

Mark Dantonio put Michigan State at #12, followed by in state rival Michigan at #13, while Brady Hoke had the Wolverines at #11 and the Spartans at #13.

Tom O'Brien found a spot for Georgia on his ballot at #7, 11 spots ahead of their actual ranking.

Air Force's Troy Calhoun ranked Oklahoma State 5th, behind both Stanford and Arkansas.

Mack Brown and Texas got one vote in the top 25 from Rice's David Bailiff at #25.

Rocky Long, Brady Hoke's former assistant at San Diego State, voted Michigan 18th, lowest of any coach. The Wolverines actual ranking was 12th.

Note that not every coach has a vote.  Here's the link




Video: Archie announces Hugh Freeze

Archie explains the process and introduces Hugh Freeze.

"The decision was simple. The committee was immediately wow'd."




Curtis Johnson - Head Football Coach Tulane

Curtis Johnson will be named the new head coach today. We also expect Tulane to announce that they have received enough commitments from donors to move forward with plans to build a new stadium on campus.

Johnson, the wide receivers coach with the Saints, has been with New Orleans (his hometown) since Sean Payton was hired. 

In the late 80s and early 90s Johnson was an assistant at San Diego State. He went on to coach at Miami during their run (including 9 bowl games and 1 national championship while he was on staff). 

While working at the collegiate level, Johnson was known as a talented recruiter, especially when it came to the New Orleans area. 

Throughout Tulane's search, Sean Payton gave several public recommendations for Johnson. 

We'll keep you posted as the day unfolds.