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No TV Tuesday

No live games on TV tonight (or tomorrow).  Is the power of the Worldwide Leader dwindling?

Thursday night we've got Arizona at Oklahoma State and the Saints at the Packers.

Onside kick

In case you didn't see this on Saturday...

Auburn scored with about 2 minutes left to get back to within 3 points of Utah State (yes, let that part soak in for a minute).  Chizik decides to go for the onside kick.

Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware calls it...one high, long hop...catch it on the fly.  

Auburn lines up 6 guys (all speed) outside the hashes.  Utah State only has four guys there to counter.  Advantage Auburn. 


What happens after a 17 hour bus ride

Adrian College (MI) took it's team by bus to play Husson University in Bangor, ME.  That's over 1,000 miles...one way...17 hours on the bus for the guys.

When they got there, we envision head coach Jim Deere saying something like, "OK guys let's stretch our legs."  

His Bulldogs did more than that, they hung 77 on Husson.  Final score, Adrian 77 - Husson 7.  The Bulldogs scored 21 in the 1st quarter, 28 in the 2nd and 14 in each of the 3rd and 4th quarters.  

We guess after a 1,000 mile, 17 hour bus ride, you gotta let the kids play a little before packing them back in for the return trip.


Dabo in the locker room

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney allowed the cameras to roll during his pre-game and post-game talks in the locker room this week as his team hosted Troy.  Final score Clemson 43 - Troy 19.  

Good video.  A couple of quotes from Swinney:

"When they come in your house, you kick them out....you want to dominate them, you impose your will upon them.  You line up and you take your will and you make him like it....that's what good football teams do."

"If we can dominate two out three phases, we will win."

"Adversity is the companion of a champion, the enemy to the weak."

Playing (a lot of) true freshmen

Is the number of true freshmen that you play an indicator of the depth of your program?  

In week one, we saw a number of traditionally deep teams play a large number of true freshmen.  Relevance?

Here are some numbers of true freshmen that played in week one that we found...

Texas - 18

Auburn - 13

Ohio State - 12

Virginia - 12

Tennessee - 12

Clemson - 12

We also noted that the Texas coaching staff voted true freshman wide receiver Jaxon Shipley their offensive player of the game, Utah State true freshman quarter back Chuckie Keeton almost led his Aggies to a win at Auburn and Oregon State true freshman running back Malcolm Agnew is leading the nation with 223 yards rushing.  Interesting times...

Monday TV

No NFL MNF; but we've got Miami at Maryland.  Also, ESPN Classic will be re-airing Friday night's TCU vs. Baylor game at 5PM. 

All times Eastern.




Miami at Maryland - 8PM - ESPN

High School:

Camden County (GA) vs. Cleveland Glenville (OH) - noon - ESPN

Skyline (TX) vs. Cocoa (FL) - 2PM - FSN

Dwyer (FL) at Glades Central (FL) - 4PM - ESPN

Frederick A. Douglass (OK) vs. DeSoto (TX) - 5PM - FSN

Holgorsen talks about how they killed time

Yesterday's game between West Virginia and Marshall was interrupted and ultimately called early due to inclement weather (rain and lightning).  

In his post game talk, Dana Holgorsen was asked what his guys did during the down time during the lightning storm.

Holgorsen: "We had  X-Box games going on, we had pool games going on, some guys playing cards in the corner, TVs going on...watching the weather channel, the SMU / Texas A&M game, sitting in the weight room...we thought about putting in some study hall hours; but the academic people weren't here or...."

Funny how teams take on the personality of their head coach...Holgorsen's guys were relaxing, playing games, playing cards, etc...whereas Brian Kelly's squad at Notre Dame, when faced with the same type of delay the day before, "was given something to eat, we worked them out as best we could..."

Holgorsen's post game comments

Colts "suspend" Tressel

A few days ago Colts head coach Jim Caldwell announced that he has hired Jim Tressel has a "game day" only consultant. Tressel's responsibilities supposedly include sitting in box and watching the monitor to make recommendations to Caldwell about replay reviews. 

OK so get this, the Colts this morning, in an apparent bow to commissioner Goodell, have "suspended" Tressel for the first 6 games.  

The NFL is beating it's chest a little.  Seriously?  The man was hired for a one day a week gig, to sit in the box and oversee replay. "Suspending" him such that he can't start his replay job until week 7.  That's the right message? 

We're not pushing one way or the other here; but this just seems ridiculous.  If you're going to attempt to punish him / send a message, is the right way to do it to tell him that he can't serve as a game day consultant until week 7?