PAC-12 divides into North / South divisions, commissioner explains championship game site
PAC-10 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed this afternoon the new PAC-12 will be divided into a North Division and South Division. The first PAC-12 conference championship game will be played in 2011 at the home stadium of the team with the best overall conference record.
Scott also confirmed the conference will operate an equal revenue sharing conference. The only stipulation is if the conference does not make over $170 million, then USC and UCLA would receive an additional $2 million from the conference. The revenue plan kicks in during the 2012-13 academic year.
A North Division will consist of Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State.
A South Division will consist of Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, USC, and UCLA.
Scott said, “All rivalries have been kept completely intact. We have agreed to a 9-game conference schedule with five division games and four cross-divisional games. Protecting all traditional rivalries was an important principle in the structure.”
The northern California teams will play the southern California teams every year.
Scott said that the schools will be able to publish their 2011 and 2012 schedules within the next 30 days.
The division of the conference is only for the sport of football.
Regarding the team with the best overall conference record getting to host the championship game, Scott said, "The idea of a collegiate atmosphere, rewarding the fans, and having it be something you earned were all priorities."
MacIntyre says Bama vs Boise State "would be a super game"
San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre in the only coach in the country to have played against Alabama and Boise State this year.
On Wednesday, MacInytre said Bama vs. Boise State “would be a super game.”
"Boise's very athletic. Those two receivers (Titus Young and Austin Pettis) will be playing on Sunday, there's no doubt in my mind about that."
"Their defensive backs are big and can run. You can't block their defensive line, and their quarterback (Kellen Moore) is as good as there is. And the whole team plays with a chip on its shoulder.'
In related news, Alabama radio personality Paul Finebaum has just written MacIntyre a thank you note for fueling today’s broadcast, which airs from 3-7 pm EST. Bama fans undoubtedly will have feisty reactions today.
Rich Rod open and honest in exclusive interview
Michigan is 5-2 on the season under third-year, highly scrutinized head coach Rich Rodriguez.
The Wolverines are IDLE this week, so Detroit News reporter Bob Wojnowski asked Rodriguez for an exclusive interview. Wait until you read this one.
Give credit to Rodriguez for his open and honest answers about his job security, defensive coaches, and pressure to win in the coaching profession.
Rodriguez says, “It's not like, 'OK, I'm gonna try harder because there's more pressure.' You kidding me? I'm gonna try as hard as I can whether we won the last 10 or lost the last 10. That's the way I think you should approach life. Go full speed.”
“Every year as a head coach in Division I is like dog years, it should count as seven. There's the toll on your family too.”
Rodriguez defended his program by saying, “A lot of people don't know what's going on in a program and make opinions based on what's written or what they hear or what's rumored. If they really, really knew everything, maybe they wouldn't be so quick to judge.”
Michigan travels to Penn State next weekend. The Wolverines round out their schedule with Illinois, at Purdue, Wisconsin, and at Ohio State.
Doc gives a shout out to Dan Mullen, other coaches applaud their assistants
At 1-5, Doc Holliday won’t flinch, says his plan is the same as Dan Mullen’s plan: "Anytime you lose a couple football games, everybody starts to analyze things and this and that. The plan to win is infallible ... The plan to win at Mississippi State is no different than the plan to win at Marshall. We're doing the same things and he just beat Georgia and Florida back-to-back. What we're doing is right; it's in place. We can't flinch. We got to continue the plan and work hard and good things will happen. I truly believe that."
Brian Kelly says Notre Dame assistant Chuck Martin (former Grand Valley State head coach) is ready to be a big-time head coach: “Chuck’s ready to be a head coach. He can coach anywhere in the country. Someday, if it opens up an opportunity for him (to be a Division I head coach), I’m sure that I’m going to be the first one on the phone recommending him.”
He didn’t come to Notre Dame to be a head coach (somewhere else). He came here to make sure that Notre Dame gets back to where it needs to be. I know that is his short- and long-term goal.”
Kyle Whittingham praises Utah offensive line coach by Blake Miller: "If we can give up one sack every six games, we'll take that. They've done an outstanding job this year. They really are the nucleus of the offense. The primary reason for our success on offense this year can be directly attributed to the offensive line."
West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel explains his style: "I don't concern myself with all that, that's what people end up writing about. I just try to do a good job, and that's the best I can do. I don't worry about whether my name is in the paper or not. You are going to be a good coach [dependent on] whether you have good players; I learned that a long time ago."
Bill Stewart talks about defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel: "Jeff doesn't have an agent, Jeff doesn't promote himself. People think what has made us click has been offensive stars. And, I have said it since I have been head coach, and I will say it again, Jeff's defense has kept us in games. ... I hope he stays under the radar so people leave him alone and he stays here forever."
Mike Leach talks about Dana Holgorsen's style: "He sees things real clear. And he's calm. You don't want a guy who panics, and he wasn't a panicker. I always appreciated that."
North Texas AD explains decision, compliments Todd Dodge
North Texas AD Rick Villarreal explains decision behind Todd Dodge’s dismissal: “Coach Dodge has some great skills, but I can tell you that being the head coach of an intercollegiate football team is a different world. There is a skill set you need. He was great in some areas, and like all of us, wasn’t good in others. We tried to work through it, but at the end of the day, we are where we are.”
“We felt like the success that he had in the state and the coaches he had made contact with would benefit us in the recruiting process. To some degree, that happened. We never made the hire because everyone would be excited today and then we would suffer down the line. We believed, and there were a lot of people with me, that [Dodge] could make the transition.”
Going forward at North Texas, Villarreal explains: “We are going to go out and look for coaches with a proven track record at the collegiate level, whether it is it is a coach who is a head coach at a school that would see North Texas as a better position, or a coach who is out of the business this year or two years who has a proven track record, or a highly successful assistant coach.”
“It will be a very quick, but thorough process so that we can truly go down the road in recruiting and get out there,” Villarreal said.
AD say he would recommend Dodge and commends coach for his class: “I would be more than happy to recommend him. He has a lot to give to young people and is a good teacher. He aspires to be at this level.”
“Todd was very understanding. He was a little apologetic and said that he was sorry he didn’t win any more games. He has been a class act through this whole process.”
Construction video of the new North Texas football stadium that will open in 2011:
Urban explains problems, Chizik's message, and Dooley's concern
Urban Meyer points out 2 problems on offense: “We have not had a running back make a big play in the run game since South Florida, which is alarming. Around here, we’ve always had hits in the run game.”
“We used to be 50-plus percent scoring — No. 1 in the country or No. 1 in the SEC — and we’re down to, like, 19 percent scoring on drives.”
Gene Chizik talks about LSU defense: “I think it all starts with their defensive line. Over the years it has been true that their defensive line has been very physical and athletic, and it doesn’t change as you go further back in their defense. The linebackers are the same, the secondary is the same, They’re just very talented. They’re very well-coached, very sound in everything that they do which you would expect.”
Auburn player Mike Berry talks about Gene Chizik’s message to the team: “It’s like coach Chizik says, ‘Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.’ The coaches have put a big emphasis on ‘Be humble rather than be humbled.’ Plus Malzahn is stressing real big with the offense, you still need to practice hard. If you don’t bring your ‘A’ game you can get embarrassed. That’s one thing we definitely don’t want.”
Dooley wants Vols to reestablish their brand: "All I care about is competing and that's all I tell them. I just want to see us go compete like you're in the back yard. When you're in the back yard, you don't back down. You don't get your head down when your buddy completes a pass on you or when the next door neighbor beats you on a double move post. Competing means not getting affected and playing aggressive. We're not there yet."
Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell says offense woes are hurting the defense: "Offensively, we haven't given them a whole lot to hang on to. We've got to keep the ball, move the ball, score some points and give them time to make adjustments. But they never complain. We're all in this thing together."
Check out this 30 second video of the Auburn student section during the pre-game tunnel walk (Everybody hand go UP) :
Dantonio puzzled how to rank teams, Fitz concerned about offensive balance
Mark Dantonio says he has no idea how to rank teams: "Yeah, I mean, what do you really know? I mean really, who am I watching? I love Bobby Stoops, but am I watching Oklahoma every weekend? How do I know how good they are?"
"It's hard for me to assess all these other football teams unless I watch them on TV, dipping a Dorito in something or eating something."
Pat Fitzgerald looking for better balance offensively to upset Michigan State: "We want to run the football but we want to win football games. We looked back at the tape and I'm not going to belabor the outcome, but we missed some things and we had some calls go against us. We had a couple single-guy breakdowns but we're close, we're not there yet but we're close. It's Big Ten football, you have to have some semblance of balance. We've been working on it for the whole season so hopefully we'll build on that.”
"You want to be able to control the football, to move the football and to score. As you move down the field, the field shrinks, so you have to be able to run the football most importantly to have success in the red zone. We're going to do everything we can to win, we've taken a hard look at everything we've done in the first half, some things have been positive and some have some room for improvement -- the run game is one of them. Hopefully we'll build off this week off and continue to get better."
UGA offensive line coach Stacy Searles on if he agrees with Mike Bobo that the OL run blocking has been good all year: “No, because … (Pauses and laughs). I’m not gonna disagree with Bobo but I guess I will. You know, it’s our job to block. It’s our job to make room for the backs and it’s our job to protect the quarterback. And we haven’t done that well enough for us to win, that’s the bottom line. We haven’t blocked good enough to win.”
Dabo Swinney frustrated with drops: “Maryland was over committed to stopping the run and they did a very good job. We had six drops in the passing game, including two touchdowns. That’s frustrating. We have to open it up a little more. If teams are going to over-commit like that, we have to open it up more.”
Butch Davis says Miami (FL) by far most physically gifted opponent yet: “By no stretch of the imagination at all, this is clearly the most physically gifted football team we’ve played. They are playing extremely well right now.”
Former Memphis coach Tommy West jokes that Cam Newton should get 2 Heisman Trophys if Auburn goes undefeated: “If he can take that (poor) defense and go undefeated, he should get 2 Heismans. Maybe he could get Reggie Bush’s Heisman.”
Richt's motivational tactic and the latest from Stoops, Patterson, Wannstedt
Mark Richt allowing facial hair as reward for winning turnover battle the last 2 weeks: “I hope they are the nastiest looking bunch in America by the end of the year.”
Funny quote from Minnesota interim head coach Jeff Horton: "I lived for 18 years in Nevada -- I like to gamble. And if it doesn't work out, they can't fire you twice, right?"
Bob Stoops’ response to being #1 in the BCS: "What's it matter? I don't remember anybody talking about a goal that Oct.15 we want to be No .1 in the BCS. That doesn't matter at all. All that matters is Missouri. We've played two conference games and our focus is on them. So, that's it."
Gary Patterson asks defense for special effort against Air Force: "If you want to prove that you're a great defense, you have to play on all fronts. You can't just play where you're great at defending the pass, or the I (-formation), or whatever it is. If you want to be known as one of the best defenses in the country, then you have to be able to play an offense like this and be able to get off cut blocks and not get blocked or knocked down. That's going to be our challenge this week."
Les Miles says LSU will be aggressive offensively against Auburn: "We have to be aggressive against Auburn," Miles said. "We are going to have to throw the football. But we also have to run it. We are going to run the same offense we've been trying to run. We recognize we have the need to score some points in this game, but we try to do that in every game."
Dave Wannstedt says it will take an aggressive Pitt team to beat Rutgers: "Last week, the word was 'physical;' this week, the word is 'aggressive.' Because they come after the ball, they force kicks, they pressure the passer, and they go after you deep in the passing game. That's been their formula for success. We've got to get ready to be challenged."
Mike Locksley gives credit to Rocky Long: "The job Rocky did is what made the job attractive to me. He obviously showed that you can win here at UNM. Obviously there was still some things that needed to be done to continue to build on that foundation that he started. I'm not worried about what it's like to follow Rocky, I'm worried about trying to beat Rocky." Locksley said.
Former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson doesn’t miss recruiting: "I miss the part of the strategy and trying to knock out a game plan with your fellow coaches, and practice, too. But I don't miss calling recruits and talking to the press every day.
"With all the other things you have to take care of with academics, and just keeping your team together, everything. You're in charge of everything. That's the thing. You're working 24 hours day, basically. Even when you're sleeping, you're getting calls sometimes. When things go wrong, you have to get up and go."
Saban talks about Dooley: "He is a very bright guy, a student of the game -- all parts of the game. He was never one of those guys that just thought he was a one-position coach. He looked at the big picture all the time. I think he has all the right stuff to be a very successful college coach."
Check out this final 2 seconds of this high school game. Down 7 with two seconds remaining: