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Unlike most head coaches at the BCS level, David Cutcliffe has never had the luxury of benefitting from a finished indoor practice facility.

While serving as the head coach at Ole Miss, the Rebels opened an $18 million dollar state-of-the-art indoor facility during the fall of 2004, but by the middle of December, Cutcliffe was dismissed as the head coach of the Rebels.

Duke, however, will soon open its brand new multi-purpose fieldhouse that will house a 120-yard playing surface for the football program.

Cutcliffe and his coaching staff, several of which were on his staff at Ole Miss, will finally have the opportunity to showcase one of the most critical features for a D1 program. (See Lou Holtz’ comments from Tuesday night)

Cutcliffe is entering his fourth year as the head coach of the Blue Devils.  He has compiled a 12-24 record, winning two more games than the program had won in the previous eight seasons before he arrived.

Here’s Coach Cutcliffe talking about what’s ahead for the Duke coaches and program:




Median salary for head coaches is nearly $1.4 million

In 2010, the total revenue generated by twenty-two D1 athletic departments outweighed their total expenditures.

The total revenue comes in a variety of ways including media rights contracts, ticket sales, and donations.  In 2009, only fourteen athletic departments reported making money.

The median total generated revenue for D1 athletic departments was $48,298,000.  The median total expenses were $46,688,000.

The median salary for D1 head football coaches is almost $1.4 million, for the nine assistant coaches is nearly $2 million.

Oregon’s total revenue for 2009-10 was $122,394,483.  Their total expenses were $77,856,232.  Therefore, the Ducks made $41,853,109.

According to USA Today, the top 10 athletic departments with the highest profit were:

  Oregon ($41 million)
  Alabama ($26 million)
  Penn State ($18 million)
  Michigan ($17 million)
  Oklahoma State ($16 million)
  Iowa ($13 million)
  Texas ($13 million)
  Oklahoma ($10 million)
  Georgia ($9 million)
  LSU ($8 million)

The other athletic departments that made money include Kansas State, Florida, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Purdue, Michigan State, Nebraska, West Virginia, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Washington.

 




Mark Richt points out over-signing isn't over

Mark Richt was one of the coaches in disgust over the notion of over-signing.

Many felt the issue was settled during the SEC meetings in Destin when university presidents decided that coaches will not be allowed to sign more than 25 recruits on National Signing Day.

The issue has essentially died down.

Until now.

Today, Richt pointed out to the Atlanta Journal Constitution the rule isn’t the end all of over-signing.

Richt said, “All I’m saying is you can still over-sign with 25. If you only have room for 15 and you sign 25, you still sign more than you’ve got.  The question is everybody’s integrity. That’s the question. Are we all going to do things in the right way? And I think everybody’s trying to do that.”

“It’s not an easy thing to manage. It’s really not because on signing day, if you sign right to the 85 number, by the time august rolls around you might have only 79 because of the attrition that happens from the signing day until august and that’ what everybody’s trying to figure out. How can we start the season at 85 and not over-sign?”

“It’s not as simple as maybe everybody wants to make it.”

Not only will SEC programs be limited to 25 signees, but December junior college signees will no longer “count back” against the previous year’s class.

The SEC is hoping both rules will be national rules, not just enforced by the SEC.




Lane Kiffin explains procedure behind closed doors with infractions committee

Today on the College Football Playbook with Mike Leach & Jack Arute, Lane Kiffin explained what’s it’s like behind closed doors with the infractions committee.

Kiffin said, “The people making the decisions are from different universities around the country and sometimes they are not involved in athletics at all, so it is a unique process.”

“The enforcement staff basically presents their findings and what they’re beliefs are on the coaches or universities, then the committee of infractions kind of questions them as well as the universities and coaches to find out what really are the issues here.”

“There is actually lot of work that goes into it (beforehand).  All parties have attorneys in it, from the universities to the coaches involved.”

“(There is) A lot of people in the room including Commissioner Slive.  I guess there were probably 40 people in the room.”

Kiffin described the mood in the room as “not real tense.”

He added, “It’s just trying to get through all the information so everybody can understand what really happened.  Was there intent to go against the rules or was there just honest mistakes made?”

Kiffin pointed out the NCAA rules manual is really big.  Leach agreed.

Leach added, “It’s ridiculously big.  It’s one of those things where it’s just like some of those NFL playbooks where everybody gets an idea then they put it together.  The thing gets distorted into a monster, they have a book with 1000 plays and they’re going to go play a game where there’s going to be 65 plays and yet they’re drawing from a thousand.”

Kiffin said he was told a ruling should come in four to six weeks.

 




Must watch video: Ed Orgeron getting them pumped up

It’s 82 days until the first Saturday of college football.

That’s still plenty of time for athletic departments to push season-ticket sales.

This summer, we’ve seen some interesting commercials to gain the attention of fans, to create a sense of urgency or excitement to purchase season-tickets.

Last week, we highlighted a video produced by the South Carolina athletic department that featured All-SEC defensive end Devin Taylor.  That video was pretty good, but it doesn’t beat the latest video launched by the University of Southern California.

Simply put, you have got to watch this video of Coach Ed Orgeron.

 




Lou Holtz encourages Memphis fans, relates his start at South Carolina to Porter's start

Lou Holtz served as the guest speaker on Tuesday night in Memphis as the University of Memphis kicked off their fundraising campaign to raise $10 million for an indoor practice facility.

In front of 1000 Memphis supporters, Holtz said the most important thing he did as the head coach at Notre Dame was convincing the university to build an indoor facility.

Holtz said he told the Notre Dame players, “We’re going to give you a chance to be the very best in the country.”

It’s an absolute necessity described Holtz.  There are no rain-outs during August camp, you are sure to have good preparation during bowl season, and players have a place to train on their own anytime the weather isn’t ideal.

“An indoor practice facility will do exactly the same thing here at the University of Memphis.”

In the bigger picture, Holtz explained, “When you are successful in football, there is a pride among the student body that can’t be duplicated in any other way, there is an association with the alumni that binds them back to the school, there is a pride in the city and state that we are committed to excellence.”

“I think it’s an absolute necessity to we all get together and we back Larry Porter and his staff 1000%.  That’s our obligation.  We take pride.”

One of the most interesting parts of Holtz’ speech was relating his start at South Carolina to the start of the Larry Porter era at Memphis.  Holtz went 0-11 in 1999 at South Carolina, Porter just 1-11 last season.

Here’s the video of Holtz relating the two situations:

 



Holgorsen talks with Leach about moving forward

Dana Holgorsen talked with his former head coach Mike Leach today during the Sirius/XM College Football Playbook with Leach & Jack Arute.

Asked how he would pull everyone together including players and coaches, Holgorsen said, “Well, you gotta call a meeting.”

He added, “We just gotta get united as a coaching staff and come together and communicate.  We’ll figure out how we want to change specific things organizationally and what we want to keep the same organizationally.  And that needs to trickle downs to the players, administrators, and fans as well.”

What about all the commotion the last three weeks?  Did it ever get to you?

Holgorsen said, “The only way I know how to get around that stuff is to get up early and get around the kids.  I try to ignore it.”

He laughingly said, “My stress release was a day on the river and jumping out of an airplane.”  (Here's the video of Holgorsen skydiving.)

Holgorsen did say that he took a few days off after Friday night’s announcement, but acknowledged that he’ll be busy planning itineraries and working on some small organizational things he’d like to change.

Leach butted in to remind his old friend that his book goes on sale soon.

As if Holgorsen has a lot of free time, Leach joked, “I’ll be up there to Morgantown, and we need to sell a lot of books.  You can start working on that for me.”

West Virginia opens the season against Marshall on Sunday, September 4.   ESPN will broadcast the game at 3:30 EST.




Heisman Trophy odds just released

Bodog.com has just released their odds on the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

We were surprised to see that Matt Barkley is 45/1.  The top 10 includes four quarterbacks including Michigan's Denard Robinson.  Although Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has the seventh best odds at 15/1.  Meanwhile, Blackmon's quarterback Brandon Weeden is just 32/1.  

  Andrew Luck - Stanford (9/2 odds)
  Landry Jones - Oklahoma (13/2 odds)
  Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina (7/1 odds)
  Denard Robinson - Michigan (15/2)
  LaMichael James - Oregon (15/2)
  Trent Richardson - Alabama (12/1)
  Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma State (15/1)
  Kellen Moore - Boise State (15/1)
  Knile Davis - Arkansas (15/1)
  Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma  (15/1)
 

Luck, Robinson, Blackmon, and Moore will each have a different position coach from a year ago.

Pep Hamilton replaces Jim Harbaugh.  Al Borges replaces Rod Smith at Michigan.  Kasey Dunn replaces Gunter Brewer at Oklahoma State.  Brent Pease replaces Bryan Harsin at Boise State.

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