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"An intoxicated kicker is better than no kicker"

Tennessee was hosting Middle Tennessee Saturday night at 7. 

On Thursday, the Vols starting kicker hurt himself in practice; but expected to be able to play. Pre-game he said he couldn't go. Then during warmups, his backup pulled a muscle.

So Derek Dooley did what any coach would do...at 6:10 (50 minutes before the game) he called the frat house to get a hold of a redshirt freshman (Derrick Brodus), and had a police escort pick him up to get him to the stadium.

Brodus said he was laying on the couch, watching football when he got the call. "I didn't know what was going on...thought it was a dream."

Dooley said that we he shared the idea of calling Brodus with the staff, some were worried that the young man might have been enjoying a few frosty beverages given that he wasn't planning to dress out. 

When asked after the game about the decision Dooley said "'Hey, an intoxicated Brodus is better than nobody. Just get him here and we'll do a Breathalyzer. Fortunately, he didn't have anything bad."

Derrick Brodus showed up 10 minutes before kickoff, and ended up earning the game ball going 3 of 3 in PAT's as well as kicking a 21 yard field goal in the Vols 24-0 win over Middle Tennessee.

How does this stuff keep happening to Dooley? Glad this one had a happy ending.

 




Prepare yourself for some serious MAC football

A quick look ahead revealed that we're in for a treat this week.

Two MAC games tomorrow night (NIU at Bowling Green and Western Michigan at Toledo), one Wednesday night (Miami OH at Temple) and one Thursday night (Ohio at Central Michigan). 

Brilliant.




Ole Miss

Ole Miss has announced a 2pm (central) press conference with the University Chancellor and the athletic director. 

Houston Nutt is scheduled to speak at 3pm. 

We'll see if we can capture a live feed and if so will place it on this page. Obviously, we'll recap the news here as well.

Reports out of Oxford are that Coach Nutt will finish out the season and then resign. Very important question is whether it will be announced today that athletic director Pete Boone is stepping down as well. 

We'll keep you posted here throughout the day. 

Noon (central) Update> We have been told that Pete Boone will remain AD for up to 12 months while the University attempts to find the right person to replace him; however the same sources tell us that Boone will have little to no say in the search for the next head coach. We are told the search committee will be chaired by Archie Manning and Fedex VP Mike Glenn. 

2PM Update> 5 member search committee headed by Archie and Mike Glenn will make a recommendation to the Chancellor (Dan Jones) who will be charged with hiring the next head coach. Glenn leads Fedex's sports marketing worldwide. Boone says that last Summer he was asked (by the Chancellor) to come up with this plan (to use a search committee in lieu of him making the decision). Jones added that Archie and Mike Glenn will also lead the search for a new AD. Coach Nutt will be paid a buyout of $6 million over the course of five years. 




Come to the game, win a deer stand

Rule #1 - Know your audience.

Saturday Arkansas State is hosting a huge Sun Belt game (yes we did just make that statement). Hudspeth is bringing ULL (or UL, or Louisiana-Lafayette, or just Louisiana...or whatever it is that they want to be known as now) into town with an 8-2 overall, 6-1 Sun Belt record to play Hugh Freeze's Arkansas State team that is 7-2, 5-0. 

Freeze wants the place packed and rowdy. So what did he do?  

Free Beer? No; but probably the next best thing. This morning Freeze tweeted:

I know it's opening day of deer season, So go out to the woods early in the morning. Come in at noon and get to our game at 2pm win a deer stand

Yes, A-State is giving away a deer stand at the game. That's knowing your audience. Well played Coach Freeze, well played. 




New interim AD fired coordinator without consulting coach?

For those of you following the saga unfolding at Western Carolina, this revelation probably isn't shocking; but for the rest of universe, this might sound odd.

Two weeks ago, Western Carolina University dismissed their athletic director and brought a former senior associate AD out of retirement to serve as the interim AD. That's not the shocking part.

So, what was one of the first things the new interim AD did? He dismissed the defensive coordinator without discussing it with the head football coach.

Take a second and think about that.

Head coach Dennis Wagner is in his fourth season at the helm of the Catamounts. They currently are 1-8 this season and are a combined 8-35 under Wagner. 




Cavaliers bowl eligible for the first time since 2007

Virginia notched their sixth win of the season against Maryland on Saturday, making them bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

The last time (2007) that the Cavaliers earned bowl eligibility was also against Randy Edsall, while he was at Connecticut.

Mike London's team was impressive on both sides of the ball, putting up their best offensive performance of the season with 527 yards of total offense, 220 coming on the ground.  With a field goal in the first quarter, the Terps became only the second team in 9 games to score in first quarter against UVA.  Virginia has now given up a total of 10 points in the first quarter through those nine games, tied with Stanford for best in the country.

The 6-3 Cavaliers will take on Duke Saturday and wrap up the season against Florida State and Virginia Tech. Mike London and his guys have to be pleased with how this season is progressing. 




"Horrocious" on special teams

Horrocious. That's the word that Skip Holtz had to make up in order to describe the special teams performance against Rutgers Saturday.

In the 20-17 overtime loss, USF had a muffed punt that led to a field goal, and the Bulls kicker missed two field goals.  After being up 17-3, USF gave up a 98 yard kick return to help Rutgers cut the lead to 17-10. In the end the special teams proved the difference as USF fell 20-17 in OT.

When asked about the special teams, Holtz said "The biggest thing that shows up going back watching that film, our special teams were horrocious, they were awful. They were bad. When you play that well as an offense and that well as a defense, you're not supposed to lose a game like that, or even to be in overtime. Our special teams was a difference of 16 points in that game in four plays".

Poor special teams play is the only way to explain the loss when you take a look at the stat sheet. USF out gained Rutgers by over 150 yards, and the defense held Rutgers' starting running back to 15 carries for 12 yards (.8 yards per carry) and -7 rushing yards on the ground as a team.

USF had started off hot, but has now dropped 4 straight.  They will have a short week to prepare for Syracuse on Friday at 8 on ESPN2.




Monday TV

For those that didn't stay up, the Ravens came back to beat the Steelers on an improbable drive. Let's hope MNF can be as good.

All times Eastern.

NFL:

Chicago at Philadelphia - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

No games

High School:

No games