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Have you seen Locksley's final poll? What about Whittingham or Akey's?

Whitt, Locks, and Akey have some interesting finals polls.

USA Today has the final rankings from all the coaches in the country.  Surprisingly, three coaches have placed Auburn at #3 in their final poll.

Kyle Whittingham, Mike Locksley, and Robb Akey voted Auburn at #3.  In fact, Akey (who coaches at Idaho for those of you who are wondering) voted TCU #1.

Ron Zook voted TCU #6.  Dan Mullen and Gary Pinkel voted TCU at #5.

Wisconsin finished ranked #4, but Jim Harbaugh placed Wisky at #8, the lowest of any coach.

Apparently, Mike Locksley doesn’t believe in Boise State.  Locks put the Broncos at #16, by far the lowest of any coach.  Locks also had Alabama at #23, by far the lowest of any coach.

Check it out right here.


Quick Hits: Chip Kelly, Chizik, Spurrier, and Harbaugh

Chip Kelly:  “We don’t want to be known for our uniforms. We want to be known for our players.”


Oregon AD Rob Mullens: “What it does for your football program, for your athletic program, for your university is beyond anything you could ever buy.”


Gene Chizik: "He's (Cam) probably, the best football player I've ever seen. If you look over a 13-game span, I've never seen anything like it. It's running the ball, throwing the ball. Great quarterbacks usually do one better. What God has blessed Cam with the ability is to do both."


Steve Spurrier: “It didn't happen for us. We needed to play a really, really good game. And we weren't very close to that. But give Auburn credit. And so I think Auburn's got a chance to win it all, if they play like this. I think Oregon will play a lot better than we did, certainly. But they do have a chance to win it all in about a month or so. But, anyway, Cam Newton, not only can he kick it and run, he's an excellent passer. We couldn't stop him. We knew we had to stay on the floor offensively..


Monte Kiffin: "I would have thought (UCLA) would have (had more success this season) with the coaching staff and recruits. But you can't plan this out with injuries."


Jim Harbaugh: “I only talk about the job that I have and that’s the Stanford Cardinal. I have a sign on my door that says, ‘Just coach the team.’  That’s a sign that my Dad gave me and that’s what I try to do.”


Barry Alvarez praised North Texas for hiring Dan McCarney: “Dan was the first guy I hired at Wisconsin. I watched the [UNT] press conference online, and Dan and his new associate head coach [Mike Canales] reminded me of when we got to Wisconsin. We took a program that was flat on its back and built it from scratch. The athletic department was in debt and there were 17,000 fans in the stands the last game before we got there. We went out and were selling blue sky to recruits our first year, and that class helped us win the Rose Bowl.”

Typical Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin’s first season at USC is in the books.  The Trojans finished 8-5 after thumping UCLA 28-14.

Some coaches sugar-coat it.  Not Lane. 

Kiffin was asked immediately following the win over UCLA to describe his first season at USC.  Hardly cracking a smile despite the win, Kiffin responded, “Obviously, disappointing.  We wanted to win a whole lot more games.” 

“We’ll hit the road recruiting so this never happens again.”

USC lost two games (Washington and Stanford) on the dead last play of the game. 

Mike Leach: We would win national championships

Props to Gary Ferman of CaneSport.com for reaching out to Mike Leach. 

We doubt that Ferman had to ask much, but it’s certain Leach had a lot to say regarding the head coaching job at Miami (FL). 

Leach said, "I've tried. I've tried making calls. I've tried sending emails."

"We would win national championships.”

"Miami has great athletes. Miami has always been personified by wide-open offense. They aren't about double right and power right and power left. Miami is about the stuff that I run that revolutionized football. You can get all the skill players in Florida and get them the football and let them run.”

"If you look at the guys on NFL rosters, in the Big 12 Texas has 32, Oklahoma has 29, Nebraska has 28 and Texas Tech has nine. Yet we won 29 games in the last three years. Now you imagine what we could do at a place like Miami."

Here’s the entire interview.

4 finalists for Wide Receivers Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award were released this afternoon.

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 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award were presented to Bobby Kennedy (Texas, 2008) and Zach Azzanni (Central Florida, 2009). 

Video: Ault's post-game speech after defeating Boise State

Since we knew Nevada would upset Boise State last Friday night, we snuck one of our staff members, equipped with a tiny handheld camera, inside the Nevada locker room to catch Chris Ault’s post-game speech. 

In the second week of his internship, our guy didn’t understand our standards, so the first 45 seconds of his film are pretty much worthless.  Thus, FYI, we’re not paying “Intern #4” for mileage or per diem for his trip to Reno. 

Chris Ault says, “That’s not only the greatest victory in the history of this school, but the way you did it, the way you came back…"

“Men, you will be, when we’re done, the greatest team to ever play here. I can’t tell you how proud I am of you.”

At the end, you can see the team sing “Oh when the Pack Goes Marching In.”


Proposed NCAA Legislation (FootballScoop supports this one)

It's not often that we weigh in on proposed NCAA legislation; but when we heard this was being considered we thought it was appropriate to voice our support.

It is our understanding that in January, the appropriate bodies will propose legislation mandating that all intercollegiate football teams provide their complete staffs with iPhones.  Further, the legislation shall require that each phone come with the FootballScoop App pre-installed.  

In making the announcement, we expect to hear some high ranking official from the NCAA say, "In this day and age it is imperative that coaches everywhere be provided with the same access to the most trusted and reliable information possible and that they be able to access the information with the touch of one button."

In light of the relative lack of attention that the NCAA is getting this week, we expect this proposal to be at the top of their agenda. 

Freeze discusses plan as the new head coach at Arkansas State

During his introductory press conference, new Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze discussed his goals, plan, and how he ended up in Jonesboro after a short stint last spring as the offensive coordinator at San Jose State.

Freeze said his three goals include 1) Impacting the lives of the players 2) Achieving academic success 3) Competing for a conference championship.

“We will sit in drive-ways until midnight of the last contact day to make sure we are the last one in the house," said Freeze.  "We have a 12-month recruiting plan that will immediately put into effect starting tomorrow that I have to give credit to Coach Orgeron for when we brought in those great classes at Ole Miss, (a system) that he learned at SC from Pete Carroll and other places.” 

““We will recruit along the lines of what TCU has done and that is to recruit a bunch of athletes.  Hopefully, we will build it around speed.”

“We will refuse to back down from any challenge.  We go head to head with any of them.”

Freeze also made it clear that he wants the people of Jonesboro to rally around the program and they will be involved in the process.  "We want you to join us and be partners with us in this process," said Freeze.  "We can have a oneness about us in this community and among our team.”

(on his journey from San Jose State to Arkansas State) “I got to California, kinda realized I was out of my element.  I am a Southern boy. The truth is if I did really well as San Jose, my close friends may know but as far as getting me to where I getting me to where I ultimately wanted to go in this profession, and where I wanted to have my family grow up and raised would be very difficult to do, and I knew that was going to be a process out there.  The tug to come back home was what brought me here.  That’s how I ended up back here.”

After serving as the head coach at Briarcrest Christian HS (Memphis, TN), Freeze worked at Ole Miss under Ed Oregeron.  He then became the head coach at Lambuth University for two seasons before serving as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State in 2010.