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Jerry Kill talks about the Minnesota job

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill has agreed to become the next head coach at the University of Minnesota.

Kill has received a 5-year deal that will compensate him $1 million in the first year, about the same Tim Brewster received. 

Kill said, "I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach at the University of Minnesota. It is a tremendous opportunity and -- I think -- great timing. I can promise all the people at the University of Minnesota and throughout the entire state that I am going to give them every single ounce that I can give them. I have done that on every job that I have taken. I was raised the old-school way by my father and mother to do my job to the very best of my ability. You go full speed at it and you don't let anyone out-work you. I have lived by that motto my entire life and that is what I intend to do at the University of Minnesota."

Minnesota President Bob Bruininks said, "We'll get some positives (on the hire); we'll get some negatives. But it doesn't really matter in the end; what matters is that we get better results."

Bruininks also made a point to praise Jeff Horton.  He said, "I think the world of Jeff Horton. I think Jeff did a masterful job, and that was a very difficult thing to do. I'll be honest — I watched that very, very carefully, and I must say I deeply admire Jeff Horton. I admire his character, his strength as a leader, and I certainly admire what he and his fellow coaches did in this stretch run to really salvage our season.”

"I think he can be proud of what he accomplished, and if anybody calls me and asks me for a reference, he'll get a very high reference on Jeff Horton."

AD Joel Maturi was set to spent multiple hours last night figuring out how he’ll make the Gophers’ fans believe that Kill was higher than his 7th choice. After his third cocktail, Maturi just called it up instead. 




4 finalists for Offensive Line Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year award were released this morning.

See the 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 Offensive Line Coach of the Year award were presented to Steve Greatwood (Oregon, 2008) and Tony Wise (Pitt, 2009). 




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.”