VIDEO: Stanford's season highlight film is most excellent
For the first time in more than 40 years, Stanford will make back-to-back appearances in the Rose Bowl. A year after upsetting Oregon and winning the Pac-12 championship... the Cardinal upset Oregon and won the Pac-12.
Once again, Stanford led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (18.6 points per game), touchdowns allowed (28), rushing defense (91.62 yards per game), yards per carry (2.98) and total defense (339.4 yards per game). Stanford went 5-1 against the top half of the Pac-12, including two wins against Pac-12 South champion Arizona State, and beat Notre Dame in non-conference play. In all, seven of the Cardinal's 11 wins came against ranked teams, and they'll get an opportunity for an eighth win against No. 4 Michigan State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
This is the season highlight video the Cardinal showed its players at the team banquet on Sunday night. If you like hard-nosed football and clean cinematography, this one's for you.
The guys from College GameDay do their best Dick Vitale impression
Dick Vitale is celebrating his 35th year at ESPN this season, calling his first game back on December 5th of 1979.
That kind of longevity, paired with his one of a kind personality and catch-phrases, deserves a little extra recognition and what better way to do that than to get guys like Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, and various other ESPN personalities to do their best "Dickie V" impersonation?
Fowler's is by far the best in the entire clip. See him at the 24 second mark.
In the film room with Michigan State secondary coach Harlon Barnett
At this point in the year, you've heard it all about Michigan State's dominating defense.
Courtesy of the Big Ten Network, now you get to go in the film room and learn a a bit about what makes them so successful against the run (#1 ranked run defense), and against the pass (#2 pass defense rating).
If you've been to any clinic where a Michigan State defensive coach has talked over the past five years, the things that most people want to know revolve around the structure of the defense, and how they're able to run their cover 4 so effectively. Secondary coach Harlon Barnett touches on both of those things in this clip.
"We look at our defensive front, at times, as a nine man front counting both safeties to stop the run. In saying that, our corners are pretty much out on islands and have to play with great, pressed up man technique the entire game."
Plenty more quality coaching content from Barnett below.
Dave Clawson will be the next head coach at Wake Forest
Dave Clawson will be the next head coach at Wake Forest according to multiple outlets. Clawson led Bowling Green to the MAC championship on Friday night and, as we know, there are few things in sports more reliable than the MAC springboard.
If Clawson does go to Wake Forest, that makes six straight MAC champion coaches who have gone on to BCS coaching jobs.— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) December 10, 2013
Brian Kelly (2006), Butch Jones (2007, 2009), Turner Gill (2008), Mike Haywood (2010), Dave Doeren (2011, 2012), Dave Clawson (2013)— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) December 10, 2013
Clawson is in his fifth season as Bowling Green's head coach, his 14th overall as a head coach and has built his reputation as a turnaround specialist.
Clawson went 0-11 in his first season at Fordham in 1999, and then went 19-6 in 2002-03. He then went 3-8 in his first year at Richmond, and had the Spiders at 11-3 and in the FCS semifinals three seasons later. After a one-year stay as Tennessee's offensive coordinator in Philip Fulmer's final season, Clawson took over at Bowling Green in 2009 and debuted with a 7-6 mark but fell to 2-10 in his second season. The Falcons have improved their win total in each subsequent season, moving to 5-7 in 2011, 8-5 a year ago and then this season's 10-3 mark, capped by the school's first conference title since 2002.
Clawson will take over for Jim Grobe, who went 77-82 in 13 seasons at Wake Forest. After leading the Demon Deacons to a 28-12 record from 2006-08, including the ACC championship in 2006, Grobe suffered five consecutive losing seasons - including this season's 4-8 mark - before stepping down on December 2.
After playing his college ball at Williams College, Clawson took his first coaching position at Albany in 1989. He then climbed the offensive ladder at Buffalo, Lehigh and Villanova before taking the Lehigh head coaching job in 1999.
Clawson is the fifth FBS head coach hired this season, following Steve Sarkisian (USC), Chris Petersen (Washington), Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio) and Craig Bohl (Wyoming). Counting the freshly-vacated Bowling Green job, there five open head coaching jobs in FBS.
As always, we will have more updates when they become available.
Why did Chris Petersen leave Boise? 'It was just time'
Here's a riddle for you. When was the last time a school was so thrilled to hire a head coach it beat 38-6 three months earlier? Of course, Washington is hiring Chris Petersen for the work he did in his other 103 games as Boise State's head coach, not the Huskies' 32-point win over the Broncos on August 31.
First, the big question. Why leave? Petersen had his own little orange and blue kingdom nestled in the Idaho mountains, built over a solid decade of vanquished foes and ruthless consistency. He was paid well. His program was respected nationally - Boise State became a fixture in the 19-23 range of the annual preseason top 25 polls and had its own provision in the Mountain West television contract.
Why give that up?
"It was just time," Petersen said.
"For me to take the next step as a coach, as a teacher, as a person, I needed to take the next step out of there. Every place has a shelf life," he continued. "We talk to our players all the time about getting out of your comfort zone, taking on challenges, taking risks. If you're not growing, you're going backwards."
While the timing felt right for him to leave, Petersen also stated he believed the timing was also right for Boise State to welcome a new head coach. The Broncos have plateaued - if it's even fair to call it that - with a 19-6 record over the past two seasons after going 73-6 over his first half-dozen seasons. Considering that the Broncos' next head coach will have either coached the team before Petersen or worked under him, the Boise Way will clearly survive Petersen's departure.
Petersen mentioned timing and fit multiple times in Monday afternoon's press conference and, for a native Californian that's coached in Oregon and Idaho, Petersen expects to feel right at home in Seattle.
"I grew up in the Don James era of football. I admired this place for so long and what it was all about. To come in this place and play against the Huskies was always a tough task," Petersen said. "When you walked into this stadium, this beautiful environment, there's not a better one in college football. When you pack it with these fans, holy smokes. This is college football at its finest."
His College Football Hall of Fame-worthy .885 winning percentage is well publicized, and Petersen succeeds because he runs a complete program. "He has the second best APR of all the teams in FBS division, a 993, which means virtually all his players are on track to graduate," said Washington president Michael K. Young. "I have to say how pleased I am to have him on my side of the field."
Speaking of the field, Petersen didn't speak much about the Huskies product he will put on the field. He's first focused on putting a staff together. "We're still working things out," Petersen said when asked about the status of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. "We have a plan lined up, but it's not set in stone. Expect some news in the next week, week and a half."
Boise State switched to a pistol offense to jump-start an offense that had stagnated in the year following Kellen Moore's graduation. After ranking ninth nationally in total offense during Moore's senior year of 2011, the Broncos fell to 68th in 2012 but bounced back to 24th this season. "It starts with the quarterback. We'll play to that guy's strengths," Petersen said. "At the end of the day you want to be balanced. That's the best way to make a quarterback successful, is to run the ball."
Petersen will do the typical new coach routine for the next three weeks, until the team truly becomes his following the completion of Washington's Fight Hunger Bowl appearance against BYU two days after Christmas. He'll be around, get to know the players and do as much recruiting as he can until the winter dead period sets in, but he won't coach the team. Not that he doesn't want to. "I was so fired up I wanted to get after it right there," Petersen said of his introductory meeting with the team. "We're going to play smart, fast, physical and unified football. There's no doubt about it.
"I can not wait to win a game in this stadium."
That chance comes on September 6 versus Eastern Washington. Just 271 short days from today.
New name on the door: pic.twitter.com/pwCOIiH7Cy— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) December 9, 2013
Here's a quick peek at the memorandum of understanding: pic.twitter.com/rDUg2NwOhY— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) December 9, 2013
Petersen's buyout numbers: $3 million if he leaves in first year, $2.5 million in second, $2.5 million in third, $1.5 million in fourth.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) December 9, 2013
Interesting: Petersen's contract will be automatically extended through Jan. 31, 2020 if Woodward is no longer AD.— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) December 9, 2013
The Scoop's Divisional Playoff Round-Up
The NJCAA awarded its championship on Sunday to East Mississippi Community College and, after awarding its 10 conference championships, FBS takes a two-week respite before bowl season kicks in. Everywhere else, the playoffs march on. FCS is now into its quarterfinals, and Division II and Division III each set their semifinals over the weekend.
Here's a quick snapshot at where things stand in each division.
North Dakota State 38, Furman 7
Coastal Carolina 42, Montana 35
Coastal Carolina at North Dakota State (12 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Saturday): Coastal trekked nearly 3,000 miles to Montana and came away with a win. No doubt one of the most impressive wins by any team this weekend. Leaving the FargoDome with a win this Saturday would be doubly impressive.
Southeastern Louisiana 30, Sam Houston State 29
New Hampshire 41, Maine 27
New Hampshire at Southeastern Louisiana (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Saturday): How about the Wildcats? On November 2, New Hampshire was beaten 17-0 by William & Mary, dropping them to 4-4 on the season. Credit head coach Sean McDonnell for keeping the dream alive when things could have headed southward.
Eastern Illinois 51, Tennessee State 10
Towson 48, Fordham 28
Towson at Eastern Illinois (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Friday): This is the only one of FCS's four quarterfinal matches where everything has gone according to plan, with seventh-seeded Towson visiting second-seed Eastern Illinois.
Eastern Washington 41, South Dakota State 17
Jacksonville State 31, McNeese State 10
Jacksonville State at Eastern Washington (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3 Saturday): Eastern Washington is 13-1 on the red turf over the past two seasons. Good luck, Gamecocks.
West Chester 28, Shepherd 7
Lenoir-Rhyne 42, North Alabama 39
West Chester at Lenoir-Rhyne (12 p.m. ET, Saturday): If you're wondering why so many of the folks in Hickory, N.C., have red marks on their arms, it's because everyone's been pinching themselves so often lately. Lenoir-Rhyne has already set a school record for wins and will play in the national semifinals for the first time since 1962. The Bears are 19-1 in their last 20 home games.
Northwest Missouri State 59, St. Cloud State 21
Grand Valley State 35, West Texas A&M 28
Grand Valley State at Northwest Missouri State (3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday): September 14. That's the last time anyone played Northwest Missouri State to within one score, when Central Missouri battled to a 28-24 final score. The Bearcats have topped 43 points in their last six games. The Lakers pitched a 21-0 second-half shutout of West Texas A&M to advance to the semifinals.
Mount Union 62, Wesley 59
North Central (Ill.) 41, Bethel (Minn.) 17
North Central (Ill.) at Mount Union (12 p.m. ET, Saturday ESPN3): Mount Union put up a 31-0 first quarter lead on Wesley and had to survive an onside kick attempt three quarters later for a 62-59 final score. If you're looking for good signs for North Central, there you have it - these Purple Raiders are mortal. Mount Union has played three games decided by one score this fall after playing a grand total of zero on last year's march to the national championship.
Wisconsin-Whitewater 28, Linfield 17
Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, St. John Fischer 23
Wisconsin-Whitewater at Mary Hardin-Baylor (3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday ESPN3): You've got to love Lance Liepold's feast-or-famine Warhawks. After missing the 2012 playoffs, Whitewater is 13-0 and back in its customary spot in the Division III semifinals. Mary Hardin-Baylor hasn't played a game decided by less than 11 points this season and scored at least 31 points in every game this season. Whitewater hasn't allowed more than 17 points all season. This should be fun.
The complete list of notable 2013-2014 Bowl gifts
Bowl season means bowl gifts for the eligible participants, and that means a healthy debate about the best overall bowl package complete with the latest gadgets, high tech lounge chairs, and of course those gifts that make you say "huh?".
The NCAA allows each bowl to award $550 worth of gifts to participating schools, and schools can buy additional packages to stretch beyond the 125 people allowed to receive the gifts.
The biggest talk on top of always popular gaming systems this year is the addition of the Viva, which is a home theatre recliner complete with USB ports to charge your mobile devices. 800 of the chairs are expected to be given out as gifts amongst the various bowls.
11 of the listed bowl games gift packages (courtesy of the Sports Business Journal) include a football. Even though they may include the bowl's logo on it, this seems like the most original idea that any bowl committee could come up with.
Gift suites are another popular choice. These are events where players and participants are given an order form and allowed to select gifts up to a predetermined value, and any balance not used is forfeited.
I've decided to list some of the more notable bowl gifts and packages below:
Teams: Marshall vs. Maryland
Gift Package: Sony Playstation 4, winter hat, Ogio backpack
Thoughts: Teams collecting the PS4 are the real winners
Fight Hunger Bowl
Teams: Washington vs. BYU
Gift Package: Soundmatters wireless portable speaker system, Fossil watch, Maxx HD Wayfarer sunglasses, messenger bag, Macy's gift card
Thoughts: Pretty extensive package for a bowl aimed at fighting hunger, don't you think?
Teams: Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Gift Package: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Fossil watch, belt buckle, t-shirt, Ogio backpack
Thoughts: What kind of bowl game would the Texas Bowl be without a belt buckle?
Teams: Iowa vs. LSU
Gift Package: 150 Best Buy gift card, Fossil Watch, Jostens ring, Outback Steakhouse gift card
Thoughts: They seem to have covered everything in this one
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Teams: North Texas vs. UNLV
Gift Package: Gift suite, ESPN cap, football
Thoughts: Really, a football? How creative...
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Teams: Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
Gift Package: Timely Watch Co. watch, Top of the World cap, Majestic fleeve pullover, Ogio backpack, coin, Helen of Troy hair dryer.
Thoughts: A hair dryer? That's got to be the most puzzling bowl gift of the year.
VIDEO: 'Seasons' by Colorado is an absolute work of art
I'm not a video guy, so I can't tell you how long it takes to produce an 11 and a half minute video on average. But I can tell you this, it's not 10 months.
That's how long the Colorado video staff put into "Seasons", and every second of that investment was worth it.
Narrated by Colorado alum Chris Fowler, "Seasons" follows the life of a Colorado Buffalo from toddler to adult. "You don't just become a Buffalo by getting here," Fowler says, "you're not suddenly changed by putting on a jersey. You begin transforming yourself from day one, building up yet another newer, better person to become."
More than 300 man hours, 14 Terabytes of raw footage and 10,000 photos went in to making what I can say is the best football video of 2013. Every shot is a masterpiece.