How bad are things? "We're moving a LB to QB"
Utah (3-4, 0-4) has not made the first year splash they had hoped to make in the Pac 12. The last time the Utes finished a season with 4 losses was 2007 when they finished 9-4 in Whittingham's 3rd season.
The season has been filled with conference losses, turnovers, and perhaps most glaringly, injuries. The Utes have lost 5 key players to injuries in their first 7 games of the season. Three of those players have already undergone surgery which will likely end their season, including Jordan Wynn their starting quarterback.
Because of the injuries, Kyle Whittingham is taking linebacker Griff Robles and is moving him to quarterback. The idea isn't as far fetched as it seems, as Robles originally came to Utah as a quarterback before being moved to linebacker.
Let's face it, it's never a great thing to be moving a linebacker to quarterback (even if he came in as a QB).
Lane Kiffin on "The Jim factor"
Lane Kifin had some high praise for the Cardinal yesterday, as they prepare for Stanford to come to the Coliseum (Saturday at 8 on ABC).
Kiffin was asked what his thoughts were when Andrew Luck announced that he was going to return to Stanford for his Senior season, to which Kiffin jokingly responded, "Is there still a supplemental draft this week?".
Later on in the interview, Kiffin was asked what the major difference is between a David Shaw coached team and a Jim Harbaugh coached team. Kiffin gave Shaw high praise in saying that he saw no difference. Go to the 2:52 mark to hear Kiffin's thoughts on the "Jim factor" and Andrew Luck's return.
Tuesday TV - We've got football
Yes, we've got football tonight. Secondarily, if you watched any of the first 3 quarters of the Monday Night game, please identify yourself below. The NFL should be forced to send you a refund of part of your cable bill (horrible football).
All times are eastern.
Troy at FIU - 8 - ESPN2
The power of Alabama vs. LSU
You might have heard that LSU plays at Alabama next weekend (November 5th) in a fairly important game.
Yesterday, CBS announced that they had worked out a deal with ESPN (who held the rights to SEC night games), to show the game in prime-time at 8pm Eastern. [Can you even imagine what the viewership will be like for this game?]
Minutes ago though, we learned of the true power of Alabama vs. LSU. LSU athletic director just sent out word that as part of the agreement to move this game to prime-time, CBS also committed to using their one prime-time game for next season on the Alabama at LSU game (without even knowing the full schedule yet). Unprecedented.
New Mexico search update
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Alright, here's what we're hearing (and reading). First, we hear money is an issue. We hear locally that while some donors have pledged their allegiance, that a few others are waiting to see which way the university goes. While none of that should shock anyone, it likely will bring some realism to the ultimate selection.
Second, we're hearing that a lot of people do want to talk about the job. Plenty of names coming out of the states of Texas and Arizona, including both current head coaches and current assistants.
Finally, we read one last night that struck us as rather odd. Marv Levy was the head coach at New Mexico back in '58 and '59 before moving on to Cal. He went on to have a rather decent (yes that's a joke) career, being named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1988 and leading the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. Now here's the odd part, Levy says he's been trying to reach New Mexico's AD Paul Krebs' but has not gotten through to him. [Mr. Krebs please take that call next time.]
Levy says he wants to recommend Stanford special teams coordinator Brian Polian for the job. Polian, who also spent five seasons at Notre Dame, is the son of Colts vice chairman Bill Polian who was Levy's GM when Levy was head coach of the Bills.
Presuming that they go with an active coach, the timing of this one is going to largely be driven by the success of that coach's current team. We'll keep you posted with what we hear as we move into November.
Temple entered Saturday's game with Bowling Green 5-2 and was coming off of two large wins over Ball State (42-0) and Buffalo (34-0). Despite playing reasonably well on both offense and defense, the Owls weren't able to get the win at Bowling Green, falling 13-10.
After the game Temple head coach Steve Addazio was quick to point out that they didnt help themselves by committing 12 penalties for almost 100 yards.
There were no turnovers in the game, just hard nosed football. Temple had two guys rush for over 100 yards, and entered the 4th quarter tied at 3; but in the end, it was ultimately the penalties that stopped drives or allowed Bowling Green to keep them going that cost Temple. With the win, Bowling Green is now 4-4, 2-2 in the MAC.
This post game clip is classic Addazio. The goal is to win the game!
Navy loses another heartbreaker
Eastern Carolina got a very impressive outing from quarterback Dominique Davis Saturday as he completed his first 26 passes against Navy.
Davis went into the half 26 of 26, and his first incompletion came in his first attempt of the second half. The performance set a new NCAA record previously held by Cal's Aaron Rogers and Tennessee's Tee Martin who completed 23 straight. Davis had also completed his final 10 attempts the prior week against Memphis, so he also now holds the record for consecutive completions at 36 (Rodgers had it at 26).
Davis finished the game 40 of 45 for 372 yards and two touchdowns. Credit offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley with helping Davis improve each week this season. Davis is completing 68.5% of his passes this season.
The loss was a heartbreaker for Navy who have now lost 5 straight. Navy had a chance to win it at the end; but a receiver was unable to maintain control of a pass in the end zone and then their kicker hit the upright on a game tying attempt as time expired.
Video below of head coach Ken Niumatalolo talking about how difficult these past few losses have been.
Dabo: "It's a special time to be a Tiger"?
Clemson started the season without a single vote in the AP top 25 poll, now they sit number 5 in the BCS standings. In Clemson history, only four other teams have started 8-0.
Saturday against North Carolina the offensive staff, led by quarterbacks coach / offensive coordinator Chad Morris, helped lead Tahj Boyd to a 6 touchdown performance (5 passing and one rushing). Each of his 5 touchdown passes were to different receivers. In the 3rd quarter alone, the offense went off for 4 touchdowns.
Boyd's success can also be attributed to the great job done by receivers coach Jeff Scott, who already has freshman receiver Sammy Watkins in the Clemson record books for receptions and touchdowns by a freshman.
Dabo talked about it being a special time to be a Tiger in his post game interview.
"It's a special time to be a Clemson Tiger. We have to learn from this tape and just keep doing what we do. We have to empty the tank this week in practice and then leave it all on the field at Georgia Tech."
Clemson will take on Georgia Tech Saturday at 8 Eastern on ABC.