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Video: A look at the D-II playoff pairings

FootballScoop and D2Football.com got together to take a look at D2 bracket and the first round pairings.  

Bob Eblen, national columnist for D2Football.com, shared his insight into some of the match ups that will occur this weekend.  We thank Bob for his time and look forward to having him join us weekly throughout the playoffs. 

Friday TV

There will be a whole lot of points scored tonight.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

No games.

College:

Oklahoma State at Iowa State -  8 - ESPN 

Toledo at Central Michigan - 8 - ESPNU

High School:

No games.

Bob Davie pitches his plan for New Mexico

Bob Davie took to the podium today to address the media as the new face of the Lobo football program.

Davie admitted to "wearing out" athletic director Paul Krebs in his pursuit to lead the New Mexico program (he said he interviewed 3 times), saying that he loves the Southwest, and it's a natural fit because he lives in Arizona and loves the people of the region (even said the people of the great state of New Mexico were quirky; but in a good way). 

Throughout the search, our sources told us that Krebs was looking for someone with head coaching experience, with high energy, willing to rebuild for the long term, to recruit locally and willing to live and breath UNM football. 

At his presser, Davie touched on each of those.  He referenced a phone call he had last night with Dennis Franchione in which Franchione told him that he red shirted every freshman in his first season. Davie will focus on recruiting four year players out of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas instead of worrying about "out-starring" other programs.

Davie said that he plans to see some family over the weekend and will return Sunday night and sit down with each staff member on Monday to get a better gauge of his future plans. Davie said that he will let the existing staff know promptly if it's clear they won't be retained. Davie did state that he plans to let interim coach George Barlow finish out the season as interim head coach uninterrupted, as they finish out the season against Wyoming and Boise State.

Davie said that he's looked at getting back into coaching every off-season since he's been out.

Possibly our favorite part of the presser was when he said, "Look I've been the TV guy. I've put the makeup on. I'm done with that, I'm ready to just get out there and coach!" Davie noted that his kids are all older now and he (and his wife) are ready to roll "24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the head football coach".  

Davie's agreement is six years. He'll be paid $700,000 in year 1 and $760,000 in each of the other 5 years. 

Chip ain't buying what Lane's selling

We're not sure this will surprise anyone; but since we showed Lane Kiffin's interview from yesterday we figured we'd follow that up with Chip Kelly's thoughts.

Yesterday, Lane spent a few minutes talking about Robert Woods inability to run by his service team corners and basically said that Woods might not be able to go. Kiffin said Woods was "going in the wrong direction" in terms of healing and Kiffin chose to sit Woods down rather than have him practice. Basically called it a game time decision.

Kelly heard those words and responded. "He's playing."

"He's playing, I can tell you that right now...I love that kid, he's a competitor. He's playing." 

However, as defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti reminded everyone, even "if Robert Woods isn't able to go, the next guy who is there isn't all bad."  Yes, USC has some talent at wide receiver. 

As for the outcome of the game, we're not making any predictions; but we noticed that Chip Kelly has never lost at Autzen as head coach. How much would Lane enjoy being the first coach to beat Kelly there?

Kelly added his own zinger as well. Yesterday Kiffin noted that he's more open with the media that Kelly is particularly with regards to injuries. Today, Kelly agreed that Kiffin is more open with the media, "But, I'm $10,000 better with the refs!" 

Gagliardi will return for 60th season

Legendary St. John's head coach John Gagliardi made it clear today that he will be returning to the sidelines in 2012 for his 60th season.

Gagliardi had the following to say about the only thing that could keep him from returning. "There's that satellite up there in space they say could come crashing back to Earth, that could hit my car as I'm driving home. If that happens, I won't be back."

Gagliardi, now 85, was the first active coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. This season St. John's seemed destined for their first losing season in over 40 years; but they wound up winning 4 straight to finish up 6-4. Gagliardi's career record now stands at 484-133-11. 

 

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