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Trooper says what he really thinks of Gus Malzahn

It’s unusual for an SEC program like Auburn to enter August camp unsettled at quarterback.

Of the major programs around the country, quarterback decisions remains to be made during pre-season camp at Auburn, Alabama, Texas, Ole Miss, and Notre Dame (if you really believe Brian Kelly).

But fresh off a somewhat disappointing (lack of verticality) chest bump with Barack Obama, Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor says, “It won’t matter. Just watch. I’m 100 percent confident that whoever he puts at quarterback is going to play big in this offense.”

Taylor added, “I’m a true believer. I’m riding the Gus bus. We’ll be successful on offense. Gus will make sure of that.”

“He’s a magician. He’s Harry Potter. All he needs is the broom. He’s got the glasses.”

Competing for the starting quarterback job will be Clint Moseley, Barrett Trotter, and true freshman Keihl Frazier.

Auburn opens the season by hosting Utah State.  Kick-off is set for 12 pm EST on either ESPN or ESPN 2.

There’s still no total confirmation on if Trooper will be wearing a jacket for the 12 pm EST kick-off.  Game time temperature should be around 98 degrees, so we’ll go ahead and assume the jacket will be go. 




Skip Holtz believes it's time to consider an on-campus stadium at USF

There’s just something about an on-campus festive game day atmosphere in college football.

And Skip Holtz knows it.  He believes there is merit to an in-depth study about construction a new stadium that could have an enormous effect on the entire university.

Holtz, heading into his second year at the South Florida head coach, told CBS Sports writer Brett McMurphy, "If done right, yes, I would be in favor of an on-campus stadium."

For years, the Bulls have played their home games at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Bucs.  It’s a great venue, but makes it very difficult for USF to make any meaningful profit off the game day experience.

Holtz says, "It's a very difficult economic time for a lot of universities and a lot of people. You have to be considerate of that with what you're going through. Is now the right time? Let's look at that and find out. It may be a little harder to raise [the funds] now, but it's also cheaper to build."

Miami (FL), Pitt, San Diego State, and Tulane also play their home games in NFL stadiums.

The average home attendance at South Florida last year was 40,849.

52,553 average attendance - 2009

49,690 average attendance - 2008

53,170 average attendance - 2007

30,222 average attendance - 2006

38,865 average attendance - 2005

 




Florida State says, "It's our time."

Florida State says, “It’s our time.”

And they may be right.

Jimbo Fisher feels great about his quarterback E.J. Manuel and the defense enters their second season under coordinator Mark Stoops.  In fact, ESPN's College Footabll Live pre-season Top 25 has the 'Noles ranked at #6 nationally.

The Seminoles coaching staff was just 1 of 25 staffs in the country to remain completely intact during the off-season.  All nine assistant coaches decided to stay in Tallahassee.

That list includes the staffs at Arkansas, Army, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, East Carolina, FAU, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, LA Tech, Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio, Oregon, Penn State, USF, TCU, Texas A&M, Troy, Virginia, and Washington.

We’ll hear more about Florida State when Jimbo Fisher speaks at the ACC Football Kickoff, which begins July 24 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC.

But for now, here’s what the Seminoles are saying…




Ohio high school coaches to rock Tressel's traditional wardrobe

As a sign of appreciation, most Ohio high school head football coaches will honor Jim Tressel by wearing a white shirt and tie during the first game of the 2011 season.

No vest, however.

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association announced the recommendation this week to all of its member head coaches in support of the former Ohio State head coach.

Each individual head coach will make a personal decision whether to participate or not, but the feeling is that most coaches throughout the state will honor the former Buckeyes head coach.

Here's a video tribute to Tressel:




Rick Neuheisel makes unusual statement for a head coach

If you follow our site, you probably know by now that we don’t enjoy the media discussing the proverbial “hot seat” with coaches.  It may be entertaining to some of you, but as soon as, say Mark May for example, talks about Neuheisel having to win six or seven games to keep his job, that's when we are changing the channel.

It’s mid-July and officially, we are now pulling for Rick Neuheisel as much as any coach in the country. August camp hasn’t even begun and Neuheisel is facing questions regarding his future as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins.

You don’t usually see this kind of statement from a head coach, but Neuheisel admitted yesterday that he needs to win at least half of his games this season and play in a bowl game in order to keep his job.

Neuheisel told the LA Times, “I hate talking like that, but, as an alumni, I would say absolutely yes. At the end of the day, I am responsible for this program."

"Obviously, I've had a number of conversations like, 'Hey, you're on the hot seat, you're the No. 1 guy on the hot seat.'"

In his first three seasons at UCLA, Neuheisel had led his alma mater to final records of 4-8, 7-6, and 4-8.

"I've done this before; I believe I can do it again. I just need to get it done," said Neuheisel.

In order to kick-start the program, Neuheisel made sweeping changes to his coaching staff in the off-season.  Mike Johnson has replaced Norm Chow as offensive coordinator.  Joe Tresey has replaced Chuck Bullough as defensive coordinator.  Inoke Breckterfield (defensive line) and Jim Mastro (tight ends / f-backs) joined the staff, while Angus McClure has replaced Frank Gansz Jr. as special teams coordinator.

The Bruins open at Houston before hosting San Jose State and Texas.  The four PAC-12 home games include Wazzu, Cal, Arizona State, and Colorado.




South Carolina unveils new uniforms

South Carolina unveiled their new uniforms this morning inside Williams Brice Stadium.  It’s the first uniform change since the Gamecocks went to Under Armour four years ago.

The Gamecocks chose to stick with “Carolina” only on the front of jerseys, but it’s a different font than the previous uniforms.

In total, there are six different combinations.  It appears to us that the garnet on garnet combination still looks the best, probably even a little better than Wyoming’s new brown on brown look.

We also like the black pants / white jerseys, but Spurrier picked up an “L” in Lexington last year in that combination.

The Carolina players say the jerseys are much tighter and allow more air to come through, while the new shoes are lighter.

South Carolina opens the season against East Carolina in Charlotte, NC.




Former SEC assistant reflects on losing his job after 9 good years

Following the 2009 season, Georgia head coach Mark Richt made the decision to dismiss three assistant coaches that had helped Georgia win a ton of ball games over the years.  It’s one of the difficult parts of the profession for an assistant coach.

One of the assistants to lose his job was defensive ends coach Jon Fabris, who help Georgia win 89 games in nine seasons, including two SEC Championships, three SEC Eastern Division Titles, six bowl victories and six Top 10 finishes in the final national polls. Fabris helped develop defensive ends David Pollack, Will Thompson, Quentin Moses, Charles Johnson and Marcus Howard.

After a brief stint at Louisville prior to the 2010 season, Fabris sat out of coaching last season.  He has since joined the Northwest Community College staff in Senatobia, MS.

This week, Fabris reflected back on his time at Georgia.

He told the Times Free Press, “I know what I was a part of at Georgia, and I also know that no one is perfect. Even Bear Bryant had back-to-back six-win seasons at Alabama, but I’m very proud that I was part of a program that finished in the top 10 six times in nine years. Seven of the top 12 Georgia players in career sacks were players I coached, and I’m proud that most all of the punt-return records in school history were set by the units I coached.”

“It is not a case where you leave with your head down. Things happen for various reasons, whether it’s pressure or politics. They are things you have no control over.”

“I don’t know if this is a change-of-life kind of deal or if something else is going to happen. I know I can still coach circles around some other people in coaching. I don’t know what this is all about, but I do know what I’ve gained in the last year and a half. God has given me priceless time with my children.”

Fabris will coach the defensive line this season for Northwest CC.  The Rangers open against Pearl River on September 1st.




2011 media guide released: Does anyone do it like LSU?

LSU has released their 2011 football media guide.

Interestingly, the Tigers chose not to feature any players or even head coach Les Miles on the front cover.  There’s not even a color photo of Tiger Stadium, the pride of LSU.

Perhaps it’s a message that this year's squad isn't about any one individual, it’s about a team.  It’s about a team on mission to end up in New Orleans, site of the 2012 national championship game.

OR it’s that LSU wants you to read a passage, so that you can truly feel Tiger Stadium.

"It is a pantheon of concrete & steele.  It is a city that rises.  Defiantly in the delta, alongside the father of waters.  It is the humidity of autumn       evenings that drapes stately oaks and broad magnolias.  It is haunted and it is loud.  It is Halloween night and cannon blasts.  It is a Louisiana gumbo of humanity that cheers its Tigers to victory & destroys the dreams of invading foes.  Chance of rain…never!  It is a cathedral of college football…and worship happens here.  When the sun finds its home in the western sky, it is a field of glory.  For sure, but much more than that it is a sacred place and it’s Saturday night in Death Valley."

Do yourself a favor.  Watch this video down below.  College football is approaching.

 

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