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Eastern Illinois' Bob Spoo to step down

Bob Spoo announced at the end of last season that 2011 would be his last on the sideline for the Panthers.

Spoo has built an impressive coaching resume over the last 50 years at the high school and college level, and holds a 140-113-1 record during his 25 years at Eastern Illinois.  He is currently tied as the 4th longest tenured coach at one school.

In his tenure, Spoo has led Eastern Illinois to nine playoff appearances and eleven top 25 rankings. From 2000-2009 the Panthers won 72 games and 5 conference titles, and Spoo was named Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year 4 times.

Although they have struggled this season, Spoo has built a proven winner at Eastern Illinois, and the next head coach should have great community support and rich tradition to build on. A large part of that tradition and support includes alumni like Mike Shanahan, Sean Payton, and Tony Romo.

The Panthers will travel to take on Austin Peay Saturday in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Kentucky unveils all black uniforms

Kentucky rolled out some new black on black uniforms during their team meeting today.

Joker Phillips mentioned he had been catching some heat from the players, media, and fans about wearing all black for a while, and just feels like now is the right time.

"Just anything we can do to get some excitement. I think there will be more excitement if we’re making plays in those black uniforms. I explained to them that uniforms do not make plays. The people in them have to have the right attitude.” Joker said. 

While everyone was busy raving about the new look, Joker added "If we don't play well, we won't see them again".


Spurrier on how to stop jumping offsides

South Carolina is headed to Neyland to play Tennessee Saturday night (7:15 on ESPN2). 

Spurrier says Neyland can get loud at times and he noted that regarding the snap count when in the gun, they have gone to "lifting the foot". He says they've even gone to that at home. 

Spurrier joked that his center, TJ Johnson, was saying that he couldn't hear the quarterback's voice from the gun, "TJ Johnson is playing well; but sometimes his hearing's not too good....so we said [to the quarterbacks] pick your foot up and we'll all go when TJ's ready...that does eliminate jumping offsides." 

We like the Colts way of doing it...same concept, different implementation.

Spurrier's comments on this are in the last minute of this video

Cincinnati defensive staff getting it done

There have been only 10 performances this season where a defense has held their opponent to negative yards rushing.  Cincinnati (6-1) has two of those impressive performances.

The first of those came against North Carolina State, where Cincinnati held the Wolfpack to -26 net rushing yards.  The next week the Bearcats took on Miami (OH) and allowed -3 net yards rushing in a 27-0 shutout win.

Not only it is impressive to hold two teams to negative rushing yards, but co-defensive coordinators Tim Banks and John Jancek, defensive line coach Steve Stripling and the rest of the Cincinnati defensive staff, found a way to do it in back to back weeks. Very impressive.

Cincinnati is 2nd in the nation in rush defense and 17th in scoring defense. Defense is doing it's part in helping Cincinnati to a 6-1 overall record thus far, 2-0 and leading the Big East.  

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