Dino Babers new head coach at EIU
For the first time in 25 years, EIU held a press conference yesterday announcing a new head football coach.
Dino Babers, special teams coordinator / wide receivers coach, was named head coach. Below, you'll see a five minute summary of Coach Babers' intro and thoughts on how he will run his program.
Some great college action on the schedule today, along with the Heisman presentation.
All times are eastern.
Montana State at Sam Houston State - 12 - ESPN
Grambling at Alabama A&M -1 - ESPNU
Army at Navy - 2:30 - CBS
Heisman Trophy Presentation - 8 - ESPN
Larry Fedora introduced at UNC
The UNC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Tar Heels choice in Larry Fedora to take the reigns of the UNC football program.
Fedora got off to a great start when he took the podium as he introduced his wife and kids and told everyone to take a look at his wife as proof that he can "recruit". Fedora won a lot of the audience over with his overall approach and undeniable passion throughout the presser.
Take a look at the video below for Fedora's comments in their entirety.
Video: Tulane's proposed stadium
Yesterday, Tulane announced plans to build a new football stadium to be completed in the fall of 2014.
The stadium will seat 30,000 people and cost around $60 million, with $40 million already committed.
The video below is a virtual tour of what the stadium will look like upon completion.
Behind the scenes video: Hugh Freeze day one
Ole Miss just released this behind the scenes look at Hugh Freeze's first day at Ole Miss. To get the video to play, you have to go two levels beneath the player and click on the icon for "The Season...Ole Miss Football".
Win the day.
Toledo coach implies Illinois is a dead-end job
Toledo's director of track and field and cross country, Kevin Hadsell, took to twitter this morning to issue a personal statement on Tim Beckman's decision to leave Toledo for the head coaching job at Illinois.
At 8:23 this morning @Rocketcoach70 said "Beck: Trust me, you are better than Illinois. I almost left for SEC. I stayed & we can be Top-15 next year. Keep rolling! Finish this!"
To top it off, he tweeted again six minutes later saying "You couldn't pay me enough $ to take certain jobs in big conferences. Some schools are dead-end jobs in some sports. Think two moves ahead."
Toledo, control your track coach.
9:30 Update> He's at it again...he has now tweeted, "To be clear on my tweets. I have the utmost respect for Beck. I think he's a great coach and is better than Illinois."
Toledo, you have a problem on your hands.
1:40 pm Update> Please take a moment to read the comment below from Coach Hadsell. People that know him have let us know that he is a good man and good coach. As you will see by his heart felt comments below that he had no intention of besmirching Illinois. Cut him some slack. Lesson for all of us...Twitter is real-time and it's growing. You tweet something and a friend retweets it...and suddenly (and within seconds) your message is spread far further than you ever intended (and possibly misconstrued as well).
The "Interim" Bowl
Illinois interim head coach Vic Koenning spoke with the media yesterday after practice. Koenning spoke for a while about getting his players ready to play against UCLA's pistol offense. Vic also smiled and said that even the coaches are referring to this game as the "interim bowl", as a lot of the media have already tabbed it.
Koenning said that he is trying to take on as much responsibility as possible so that other coaches can take all the time they need to go out and find jobs, and he shifts his focus to that as well from about 8pm until he falls asleep.
New head coach Tim Beckman will officially be announced today.
The Penn State Search
Well, here's the man (interim AD Dave Joyner) speaking about the search.
He gives his thoughts on the qualities that he's looking for him the next head coach, gives a timeline (next 30 days), says that he hasn't (and doesn't plan to) spoken with Joe Paterno about the search, doesn't go into specific names; but says they have a list, shares his thoughts on dollars, etc...