Coaches giving thanks
Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Take some time to think about what is important to you.
As Gene Chizik puts it in this well produced piece from CBS Sports, "Life is too short for you to have to be miserable everyday."
Be thankful for what you have and those that love you.
Pro combat uniforms strike again
Stanford will be taking the field this weekend against Notre Dame without the customary Cardinal colors on.
Instead, Stanford will be wearing their new Nike Pro Combat uniforms featuring deep red jersey and pants, and a black matte helmet.
Head coach David Shaw said that recruits are taking notice of the new style as well, saying that "when Nike unveiled them on Facebook, immediately we heard from our recruits about how excited they were."
Notre Dame and Stanford will kick off at Saturday at 8 on ABC.
Dooley may be getting other offers
After word of this interview leaked out, we hear that a number of SEC universities are considering approaching Derek Dooley about becoming a guest lecturer within their algebra and geometry sections.
No football tonight. We will have a full slate of games on tomorrow.
All times are eastern.
Coach aggressively stands up for his guy
Normally, Stanford head coach David Shaw comes off very relaxed and even keel, but on the Pac-12 teleconference today Shaw got fired up defending Andrew Luck.
When asked about the recent criticism of Luck, Shaw said he thought it was "an absolute joke".
Shaw went on to remind everyone that he spent 9 years in the NFL and evaluated every college quarterback in the country during that span, and he has never seen anyone like Andrew Luck. Shaw added that Luck is doing things that no one else in the nation is doing, even at the NFL level. He's often going into the huddle with four plays, and controlling the play call and protections at the line of scrimmage.
Shaw went on to say "I was talking to somebody the other day. It's like Charles Woodson. Charles Woodson didn't win the Heisman Trophy off of stats. Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy because he was doing something that nobody else in the nation was doing and nobody else has done since then, which is play two positions at a high level. To me, that's what Andrew is. Andrew is doing something that I have not seen anybody do in college football."
Shaw's approach to everything is calculated. Hard to think this wasn't either; but it's always good to hear a coach sticking up for his guy (and in this case, it's hard to disagree with most of what he says).
More Urban to Ohio State
Bill Greene, who writes for the Ohio State Scout.com site, just tweeted that Urban Meyer and Ohio State have reached an agreement.
His tweet read: Meyer and OSU reach deal. Formal announcement next week. Signs deal after Michigan. It's done.
Meyer, who was set to work the game for ESPN, has been reassigned that day.
Again, this is unconfirmed; but one would think that someone in that position would have it have it rock solid to tweet it out in such a manner.
Rich Rodriguez was introduced today as head coach at Arizona and had the chance to field some questions from the media.
During the search process AD Greg Byrne sought some advice from coaches such as Urban Meyer who told Byrne, "If you hire Rich Rodriguez, you'll be getting one of the 5 greatest minds in college football".
Rodriguez said that he plans to hire three or four guys that he has worked with in the past, and the guys that he hires that he has not worked with before will have recruiting ties to the west coast. He hopes to announce a few hires as early as next week and have his full staff in place by Christmas and will hit the recruiting trail himself, early next week.
Rodriguez's contract is reportedly a 5 year deal worth $9.55m, including additional income coming from IMG and Nike. His base salary will be $1.5m this season followed by a raise in the base salary to $1.6m and $1.7m in the coming years. Potential bonuses he can earn include $150,000 for playing in the national championship game, $100,000 for any other BCS game, $75,000 for being Pac-12 South champs, $75,000 for being Pac-12 champions and $75,000 for being in a non-BCS bowl game.
The Wildcats will kick off the Rich Rod era in 2012 against Toledo on September 1st. Our guess is there will be a few points scored in that one.
Video: Week 2 of the D-II Playoffs
Once again, we are joined by Bob Eblen, national columnist for D2Football.com, to talk about the D-II playoffs.
6 minutes of D-II talk. Some great games this weekend. Enjoy.