The New York Jets win Gesture of the Day
Temple head coach Matt Rhule passed along something very cool on Twitter today.
New York Jets general manager John Izdik took the time to thank the Temple football program for "helping mold such fine young men" as Jaiquawn Jarrett, Muhammad Wilkerson and Michael Campbell.
Jarrett is in his third year as a pro, and first as a Jet, and has compiled 23 tackles this season out of his safety position. Wilkerson is in his third season with the Jets, the former first-round pick has contributed 52 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. Campbell is in his second year on the team, his third overall in the NFL, has appeared in four games this season as a wide receiver and is currently on the Jets' practice squad.
Very nice work by Izdik and the Jets' staff.
Azusa Pacific wins the NCCAA national championship
You've heard of the NCAA, but have you heard of the NCCAA? The National Christian College Athletic Association has existed since 1968, and it has held the Victory Bowl to crown a national champion every year since 1997.
The 2013 Victory Bowl was held recently in Rome, Ga., and Azusa Pacific defeated Greenville (Ill.) in resounding fashion. 67-0 to be exact. Terrell Watson led the way with 14 rushes for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and Dasmen Stewart completed 11-of-13 passes for 129 yards and three more scores. APU got points on 11 of its first 12 possessions.
“It’s outstanding to cap this whole season with a near-perfect game against a defending bowl champion,” said Azusa Pacific head coach Victor Santa Cruz. “Being able to play the kind of football we did with defense and special teams was a huge advantage for our offense. We came together in all three phases today.”
The win gives Azusa Pacific, a private, Division II school in Azusa, Calif., its first NCCAA title and provides a cap to a season that also brought the program's first Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. After starting last season 0-7 but winning four straight to close the year, Azusa Pacific is now 14-2 in its last 16 games. A remarkable turnaround by Coach Santa Cruz and his staff.
Coach gives his assistant two video cameras and tell him to 'have fun'...
Rocky Mountain College head coach Brian Armstrong had a problem. He wanted his players to feel like they played at a big-time program, but he didn't have the budget to do it. In fact, saying that implies he had a budget at all, which may be overstating things a bit.
So Armstrong gave assistant coach Chad Smith two cameras and told him to "have fun and make something for us to watch this week." With the help of two redshirt freshman camera operators and in between his time spent coaching and at his full-time job, Smith produced 13 hype videos for the Battlin' Bears.
The Montana-based NAIA school battled to an 8-4 record and made the playoffs for only the third time in school history.
We've provided the full playlist below, but you'll only need to see the first hype video to see what a good job Smith and company did.
College football profited more than $210 million from the 2012-13 bowl season
It's a good time to be in the bowl business.
The long-feared college football Armageddon - the College Football Playoff - has actually turned into a windfall for the entire sport. ESPN will pay out $5.64 billion over the next 12 years, and new bowls are sprouting up in the Bahamas, Miami and possibly other places.
And then there was this report Wednesday morning, stating that the NCAA's audit of the 2012-13 bowl season turned a profit for every FBS conference. In all, teams collectively took in $300.8 million of the $445.6 million the bowls earned, and spent $90.3 million on the trips. That's a profit of $210.5 million, just north of $3 million per participant or $1.68 million per FBS team.
Of course, that money was not distributed evenly.
The SEC took in the most money, followed by the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC. You know how this story goes.
Here's the full chart, courtesy of AL.com:
The SEC raked in the most total profit at $37,516,212, but the 10-team Big 12 earned the most per school at $3,191,025.
With the coming playoff and conferences staking more of a claim to the bowl process as a whole, both on the front end (selection) and back end (finances, ownership), these numbers will only rise from here.
Inside Craig Bohl's contract at Wyoming
Details of Craig Bohl's contract at Wyoming have been unveiled and, not surprisingly, he'll receive a significant raise from North Dakota State.
Bohl's contract lasts for five years and pays a base salary of $300,000, plus an additional $450,000 in 2014 and rising $50,000 a year from there. In all, Bohl is guaranteed $750,000 in 2014 and at least $950,000 in 2018.
The USA Today Coaching Salary database listed Colorado State's Jim McElwain as the highest-paid returning Mountain West coach (read: not Chris Petersen) at a salary of $1.35 million in 2013. Utah State's Matt Wells was listed as the conference's lowest-paid head coach in 2013 with a salary of $502,500.
Additionally, Bohl will earn $20,000 for each Mountain West win (up to $160,000), one month's base salary for a bowl game or a Mountain West Championship appearance, $25,000 for a Top 25 finish, up to $70,000 if Wyoming sells 10,000 or more season tickets, and up to $50,000 for a team GPA of 2.8 or higher. He'll also receive a $50,000 annual speaker and appearance fee, and a $750 monthly housing allowance.
By 2018, Bohl could be making up to $1.3 million.
Bohl signed an eight-year contract extension at North Dakota State in January, paying him a salary of $206,000 a year and up to $15,000 for an FCS championship.
Bohl is 101-32 in 11 seasons at North Dakota State and is in the process of chasing a third consecutive national championship.
Wyoming went 5-7 (3-5 Mountain West) in 2013.
Bryan Harsin is heading to Boise State
After just three seasons away from Boise State University (two at Texas as the offensive coordinator, and one at Arkansas State as the head coach), Bryan Harsin is heading back to Idaho to lead the Bronco program.
Harsin played quarterback for Boise State from 1995-1999, and got his coaching start at Eastern Oregon (NAIA) where he coached the running backs and receivers. The next season he took a grad assistant job at his alma mater that eventually earned him a full time job coaching the tight ends (2002-2005), and eventually leading to his roles as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach (2006-2010) before leaving for the Texas co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks job for two seasons (2011-2012).
In his one year at Arkansas State, Harsin led the program to a 7-5 record and an appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Arkansas State will now look to hire their 4th head coach in 4 seasons.
Just yesterday multiple outlets (including Boise's Rivals site) reported that Harsin had apparently withdrawn his name from consideration and Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was rumored to be the top candidate in the administration's crosshairs.
In this profession, a lot of rumors swirl at this time of year, and a lot can change in a matter of hours. Throughout the search process, we heard that the President of the university favored Harsin, while the AD wanted to talk to others. In the hierarchy of search processes, it doesn't get much higher than the president.
With Harsin, Boise gets a coach familiar with the unique culture and expectations, a familiar face, and someone that has proven himself in his first year as a head coach taking over a program that has seen a ton of success over the past few seasons.
Harsin will not coach the team in the bowl game, and defensive coordinator John Thompson will lead the team in their bowl game for the second time in as many seasons. Thompson led the team to a 17-13 victory over Kent State in the last GoDaddy.com bowl game.
Harsin is the sixth FBS head coach to be hired this season following Steve Sarkisian (USC), Chris Petersen (Washington), Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio), Craig Bohl (Wyoming) and Dave Clawson (Wake Forest). Five FBS head coaching jobs remain open: Connecticut, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, and now Arkansas State..
We'll update as more information becomes available.
Arkansas State would be the first FBS program since at least 1960 to have 4 full-time HCs in four years.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 11, 2013
Hard to grasp; but honestly believe A-State's program is in much better shape than 5 yrs ago. Program has been raised to a new level.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 11, 2013
Chatter we had heard through the search was that Pres of BSU favored Harsin while AD wanted to vet others. Pres wins.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 11, 2013
Expect Arkansas State to release news today that coach Bryan Harsin has resigned. 1 day short of a full yr on job.— AStateNation (@AStateNation) December 11, 2013
The difference between head coaches at the college and NFL level
The Los Angeles Times came out with an interesting article yesterday detailing the differences between being a head coach in the NFL, and being a college head coach.
I'll break down some of the more interesting angles and quotes below, but I highly recommend taking a look at the full piece here. Just reading the stories from some of Jerry Glanville's recruiting trips in the article are well worth your time.
- Pete Carroll on players getting in trouble: "When kids get in trouble and screw up in college, everybody feels the responsibility for it. Here, it's more on the player. You don't feel so terrible because the players are grownups. They're getting paid, they're professional. They're supposed to take care of their own world."
"In college, they make everybody feel responsible for it. The [athletic director], the president, the head coach, everybody feels responsible."
- Agent Bob LaMonte on what it takes to succeed at the college level: "What you have to have in a college coach is somebody who can absolutely bust his butt recruiting. I don't mean a little bit of the time. I mean 24/7, 365. The coach will sell his soul to the devil for time. He will not make it if he doesn't give his life over to recruiting."
"There's no end to the time you'll spend. If you don't do that, I guarantee you will fail as a head coach in college."
- Chip Kelly on the very different schedules: "My schedule [at Oregon], the day the season was over was a lot worse than my schedule here, because, you know, you're planes, trains and automobiles recruiting from Sunday night until Friday afternoon and hustling back and practicing, getting a practice in Friday afternoon, practice Saturday, practice Sunday, get back on a plane and fly around the country chasing down recruits.
"Maybe a misconception is when you're a college coach and the last game is done and then the bowl game comes, you don't have a month off. I would argue my schedule was more hectic from a recruiting standpoint than it was here. So I'm looking forward to being in the office every day and watching tape. That is the fun part of our job."
- Jim Mora on the different relationships with the players at both levels: "The relationships with players, it's different. They are younger. They are more impressionable. They need you more in their lives. You're dealing with mothers and fathers rather than wives and agents. It's much bigger than football."
"In the NFL, you are judged on one thing: Did you win or did you lose? In college football, you're judged on did you win or did you lose, but you're also judged on, are your students doing well academically? Are you helping them become responsible citizens? Are you introducing them to things in terms of community services, and things outside the realm of football? They don't do that in the NFL."
- Pete Carroll on why the NFL makes more sense, but college football is special: "Everything makes more sense in the NFL, it's more logical, more sensible, more understandable. The way they scrutinize makes more sense. The NCAA, in my opinion, doesn't look at the right things. They're trying to catch people doing things wrong, and you don't feel like they're trying to protect the university and the player as much as the league does."
"Representing the university and everything, that's really special in college. That's different here. There's more longevity, there's more history in the college game than there is [in the NFL]. We're in a more temporary world here."
- Barry Switzer on the very different goals of head coaches at each level: "The job of a professional coach is to win football games with 53 players, and his only goal is the Super Bowl. He doesn't need to know what the goals and ambitions of these young men are. He doesn't need to know [a player's] mother. He doesn't need to know if he had a father in the home, or if he had any siblings. All those things are irrelevant. That player might be in camp one day and on the waiver wire the next one, and the coach will never speak to him or see him again the rest of his life.
"A college coach sees every player — when you recruit a player, you've got him for life. You can wrap that up with one sentence."
Again, take a look at the full article here. You'll be glad that you did.
"We don't go after the five star recruits, our guys have job descriptions'
Winning seven games and heading to a bowl game for the first time in over a decade, Curtis Johnson has a lot of new players looking at his program in a new light.
Asked about his recruiting strategy yesterday, Johnson compared their approach to Stanford's before adding an interesting thought that all rebuilding programs should consider looking at a little closer.
"I don't think our profile changes a whole lot (because of the success this season). I look at a our program and think, who are you most like? I'd say we're most like Stanford. Stanford doesn't go after just any player in the world, what they do is they go out and they pick and choose their player and they sell some stuff at Stanford that's a little bit different, and I think you can definitely do that here."
Then Johnson added what him and his staff look for out on the recruiting trail, and it has nothing to do with star power.
"Our player, first you have to be smart, not just in the classroom, but smart on the football field also. You have to be a smart player to come here, and that's kind of what they've done."
"You might not go after the five star receivers, but the receiver that you get is going to be just, in your opinion, he's got a job description, similar to the philosophy of the Saints. They actually do job descriptions, whereas Atlanta went out and got the best receivers that they could find."
"So what's more effective, I don't know. Julio Jones is a great player, and I'd love to have him, but I also love Marques Colston."
While it's a different way of saying that they recruit to their scheme, having an actual job description for what you're looking for in each position has got to be extremely helpful when talking to high school coaches about players that can come in and help you get things turned around quickly.