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Bret Bielema, so you're telling me there's a chance?

So you're telling me there's a chance.  Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said it today.  Russell Wilson may not end up as the Badgers starting quarterback when the season starts.

During his Big Ten media day press conference, Bielema was asked, “You called Russell a potential starting quarterback. Is there seriously a chance he wouldn't be your starting quarterback?”

Bielema responded, “Yeah, absolutely. I was very open with Russell during the recruiting process, You will have an opportunity to come in and show us what you can do.”

“I think that's one of the things that attracted him to our program. We were honest, truthful. My parents said if you tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said. That's what we said, come in, have this opportunity, take full advantage of it, you'll be the guy that reaps the rewards.”

“I haven't seen Russell Wilson compete one snap competitively in practice. I think I might know what will happen, but until it happens, that's where we're at.” 

Brady Hoke: This might sound arrogant...

Brady Hoke just wrapped up his first ever media session at Big 10 media day.

Most interestingly, Hoke made the statement that, “I don’t think we are rebuilding, period.  We are Michigan.” (Cutcliffe says, "We are Duke.")

Hoke also stated, “Denard ran the same offense in high school.” (Apparently, Hoke felt a little just more comfortable hiring Al Borges than the OC at Deerfield Beach HS.)

Asked why recruiting is going so well, Hoke said, “This might sound arrogant.  If it is, it is.  But we are Michigan.  We are the winningest program in the history of college football.”

Hoke explained that the change in offensive style will have an overall benefit to the Michigan program.

“When you’re defense plays against a pro-style offense all spring and all fall, you build a toughness and an edge. We think we can play better defense by how we operate on the offensive side of the ball because how they feed off each other.”

Michigan opens with five consecutive home games against Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State, and Minnesota.

In other words, a lot of Beth Mowins and Mike Bellotti.

Photos of Oklahoma State's new uniforms have leaked

The photos of the Oklahoma State’s new uniforms have leaked.

It’s been speculated for months that Gottlieb’s alma mater could be going “Oregon style” on us.

It’s true. To say the least, Gundy wont' be short on possible uniform combinations.  It appears that gray has joined the traditional colors of orange and black for Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys will have an “all black” look including black helmets.  They could opt for a number of combinations featuring gray, white, orange, and black.  A new gray helmet looks legit, but we’re not sure about that mean looking cartoon cowboy on the hip of the pants.

Here’s a look at the new threads.

But don’t get confused, running backs coach Jemal Singleton still wants a sea of orange inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

 

 

Erin Andrews fires back at TV show host for questioning Nick Saban

On Thursday morning, Erin Andrews and Kirk Herbstreit appeared in studio on The Morning Joe with host Joe Scarborough.

There was an awkward moment during the segment.  It's must see TV.

Scarborough, at one point, says “Can you believe how good this team (Alabama) was last year and how many loses they had? To be blunt, I think there’s some really bad coaching.  They had one of the best squads top to bottom.”

That’s when Eric Andrews lost it and Herb Herbstreit undoubtedly wondered in his mind, “Did I really just come on this show?” (Watch his facial expression.)

Erin Andrews responded in disgust, “Are you kidding?  You have one of the best coaches in America.”

Awkward.  Andrews wasn't joking.

Scarborough went on to ask Eric Andrews, “So how do our Florida Gators do this year?”

Andrews, still hot (about Scarborough’s statement regarding Saban), shot back, “You went to law school at UF, but you cheer for the Houndstooth, so don’t claim them right now.  And then you’re on national TV and you just said the horrible coaching of Nick Saban so…”

Just watch.  It was awkward.

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UNC chancellor explains why

During a Thursday morning press conference, UNC chancellor Holden Thorpe said, “We anticipate we won’t be dismissing Coach Davis for cause.  We will not.”

“I don’t believe he knew about the things that went on.”

Those were just two of the interesting things that were stated during the presser.

Athletic director Dick Babbour, who is under contract through next summer, acknowledged that he has offered to step down.  The chancellor will immediately begin a search for a new athletic director.  Baddour will stay on until the new AD has been named.

Baddour will not be involved in the selection of the new head coach.

Baddour explained, “As someone who has hired coaches for the past 14 years, I know it is even more imperative for my successor be able to name the next permanent head coach.  Therefore, I have asked Chancellor Thorpe to begin the search for an athletic director as soon as possible, so that that person may be available to hire the permanent head coach in time to recruit next season’s freshman class. Your head coach needs to know who your athletic director is going to be.”

Asked if dismissing Butch Davis was a reaction to potentially lightening the severity of the forthcoming NCAA penalties, Thorpe responded, “Absolutely, not.  We reached the point where that’s not the primary concern anymore.”

Thorpe said, “We can’t get better without making a change.”

“I considered making changes in the fall and throughout this whole process.”

“I know that the timing is terrible.”

UNC is on the hook for a maximum of $2.75 million to Butch Jones.  The chancellor will be meeting with the staff later today to determine who will serve as the interim head coach.

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