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Recruiting trip kept Bud Foster from Vanderbilt interview

The Vanderbilt search committee contacted Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, but Foster wasn’t able to interview early on due to a pivotal recruiting trip, according to The Roanoke Times.

Foster wanted to meet with Vanderbilt officials at a different time.

Foster said, "I told that to the search committee people, and they understood. I talked to them after that, and I gave them a date that I thought would be a good time for me if they wanted to continue on with me, and I haven't heard back from them. They might have taken that as maybe I wasn't interested."

"I've got a great job here. That's an SEC job, but I might have a better job here as the defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech. I say that because you guys know my personality. I don't know how I would do when the best you can do is maybe win five or six games a year playing your best football.”

Foster has proven over the years that he is one of the top defensive coordinators in the country.  Mark Richt and Jimbo Fisher have made runs in the past at hiring Foster. 

As Herm Edwards would say, “HELLO?”

Let’s hope Coach Foster gets his opportunity soon. 

Let's also hope that recruit signs with VA Tech and doesn't bust a coverage in a pivotal situation later in his career.  Foster will be thinking, "Son, you cost us a touchdown.  You also probably cost me the Vandy job and $2 million a year." 




Quick Hits: Pelini, Spurrier, Urban, and Rich Rod

Bo Pelini releases a statement: “The reports that I am preparing to interview at Miami are false. I will not have any additional comment on this matter."

 

Quoting Steve Spurrier: "We're going to do some things different this trip. Obviously, whatever the heck we've done hasn't worked well the past 2 years."

 

Urban Meyer says relationship with family is off the charts: “She was great. She was not great last year. That was really a tough deal last year. That had a lot to do with this year. I just hope you guys never have to go through what I had to. I’ve never been closer to my family. That was an eye-opener. The relationship I’ve got with my wife and my children, if it’s 1 out of 10, it’s 11.’’

“I want to be a part of college football. I don’t know [how]. I’m still working on that. I want to help. I’ve been asked and requested to remain at Florida as long as they will have me. They have been very gracious. I’m here to help in any way. I’ve got an idea, but we have to wait until the new coach gets in here.’’

 

Funny quote from Rich Rod: “I’d like to thank Coach Mullen for taking all heat on speculation off me, putting squarely on his shoulders.”

 

Utah State head coach Gary Anderson wants a “game manager” not a Peyton Manning: "We're going to hire the best quarterback coach to come in here and coach a young quarterback that's a freshman and teach him to be able to manage a football game. I'm not interested in a quarterback that has to come in here and be Peyton Manning and win games for us.”

"I'm interested in a young man that can come in here and be able to manage a football game and use the weapons around him effectively. That's what I want that coach to be able to do, and I also want that coach to be heavily involved in recruiting."




Serious props to these college assistant coaches!

A number of great players were recognized last night at the Home Depot College Football Awards show.  This morning, we wanted to bring recognition to the position coaches of the award winners.

We noted during August camp that Texas A&M assistant Nick Toth stated, “I coach the best player in the nation.”  Coach Toth, you were right.  Linebacker Von Miller won the Dick Butkus Award.  Props!

For Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, it’s the second time in his coaching career he has tutored the winner of the Biletnikoff Award (Randy Moss, 1997).  Brewer also coached previous runner-up Dez Bryant.

It was a special night for Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who tutored Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley.  As a player at Auburn in 1988, Rocker won the same award.

Special note to disgruntled young coach in cold city that’s saying, “Well, how hard is it to coach a guy like Cam Newton?”  Trust us, you wouldn’t have done as well as Malzahn.

Davey O’Brien (Cam Newton) – coached by Gus Malzahn

Walter Camp (Cam Newton) – coached by Gus Malzahn

Maxwell Award (Cam Newton) – coached by Gus Malzahn

Doak Walker Award (LaMichael James) – coached by Gary Campbell

Biletnifoff Award (Justin Blackmon) – coached by Gunter Brewer

Johnny Unitas Award (Scott Tolzien) – coached by Paul Chryst

John Mackey Award (DJ Williams) – coached by offensive GA Richard Owens

Outland Trophy (Gabe Carimi) – coached by Bob Bostad

Vince Lombardi  / Rotary Award (Nick Fairley) – coached by Tracy Rocker

Rimington Award (Jake Kirkpatrick) – coached by Eddie Williamson

Chuck Bednarik Award (Patrick Peterson) – coached by Ron Cooper

Bronco Nagurski Award (Da’Quan Bowers) – coached by Chris Rumph

Dick Butkus Award (Von Miller) – coached by Nick Toth

Lou Groza Award (Dan Bailey) – coached by Joe DeForest

Jim Thorpe (Patrick Peterson) – coached by Ron Cooper

Ray Guy Award (Chas Henry) – coached by DJ Durkin

Ted Hendricks Award (Da’Quan Bowers) coached by Chris Rumph




4 finalists announced for D1-AA Coordinator of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop D1-AA Coordinator of the Year award were released this morning.

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 D1-AA Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Heishma Northern (Prairie View A&M, 2008) and Bob Shoop (William & Mary, 2009). 




The latest from Mullen, Paterno, Fulmer, Dantonio, and Friedgen

Dan Mullen says all the speculation is kind of annoying: “There’s speculation everywhere. The hard thing with speculation is that in the college football world, we have to deal with reality. My reality right now is dealing with final exams, making sure our kids are taking their final exams, making sure the last 30 kids turned in their books, getting a practice schedule ready and getting a bowl schedule ready. And, trying to hold onto recruits during a time of speculation.”

“It’s kind of annoying because I have to answer a lot of questions that don’t pertain to our football team. And that’s really all I have time for, to worry about, is our football team.”

 

Joe Paterno was on a roll Thursday: "I fought for expansion and I wanted an Eastern team. And we ended up with Nebraska, and they ain't in the East.''

(on facing Florida) “When I got to bed, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, give me two touchdowns at least.' "

 

Phil Fulmer lauds Urban Meyer: “I think it’s just a huge statement that the pressure coaches nowadays are under. Good for him to have the courage to step down and do the things that are important to him.”

 

Mark Dantonio talks about the life of a coach: "You have to have a special wife and special children to deal with that, and I'm blessed with that, because it is a 24/7 job. If you can find the time you're together as a family and make it quality time rather than quantity time, there's a difference in that. We've tried to include our family in our football family."

 

Ralph Friedgen wants Maryland fans to “show up” : “Our fans need to really come out and support us. We have a chance to send a message to people that didn’t pick us for a bowl game that we can support a bowl game. East Carolina’s fans are going to show up. If people want to support this football program, they need to show up. We want to support the USO and make this a memorable experience. This is our backyard.”

 




3 finalists announced for Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year award were released this afternoon.

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 Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year award were presented to Don Summer (TCU, 2008) and Joey Batson (Clemson, 2009). 




Video: Lane Kiffin and Trojans erupt in locker room

The scene inside the USC locker room was wild following Allen Bradford’s incredible performance that led USC to a 28-14 win over UCLA.

The senior tailback led USC with 212 yards rushing on 28 carries.  Bradford also took a swing pass 47 yards to the house.

Check out Lane Kiffin, in rare form, as he celebrates Bradford’s special night.

Looking at the post-game stat sheet, Kiffin yells, “I think Allen Bradford went for 100 (Booooo), 150 (Boooooo), 185 (Booooooo), 200, 200 (Boooooo).  Maybe, HE WENT FOR TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY $U##ING YARDS!!!!”  (The locker room erupts).

Lane's speech begins at the 3:15 mark in the video.




Quick Hits: Alvarez, Belichick, Harbaugh, and Kevin Wilson

Barry Alvarez denies that Joel Maturi offered him the Minnesota job: “Maturi talked to me a lot about that job and what type of person to look for and what do you look for in the interview process, that type of thing. But, no, he didn’t talk to me about taking the job.”

 

Up 31-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, Bill Belichick yelled at his team: “We’re playing for 60 minutes, I don’t give a [expletive] what the score is.”

 

Florida president Bernie Machen on Urban Meyer: “He took us to another level, a level that may be reached but never exceeded.” 

 

Jim Harbaugh jacked about ticket sales for the Orange Bowl: “We sold 8,000 tickets in one morning after the announcement. That’s more tickets than we sold last year to the Sun Bowl. And that was only the first 12 hours. Our fans and alumni are really excited about this trip, so I think they’ll turn out for us.”

“To bring a team here, myself, is a great honor and to play in such a traditional bowl as the Orange Bowl. Our single focus and purpose for coming down to this game will be to bring back the Orange Bowl trophy.”

 

Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson want to starting by “winning each day” : “I don’t have a 3 or 5 year plan.  My plan is to win or be the best we can, today.  We want to start today for our seniors, fan base, for our ticket holders.  It’s nice to be great.  We want to be great 3 and 5 years from now, but we want to be the best we can and be great now and max it out.  We want to start winning each day and putting those blocks together.”