James Franklin at halftime...
With his team leading Florida 17-3 at halftime at the Swamp, James Franklin had a message for his team.
"It is 0-0; and that is not coach speak...We have got to go out and take this second half..."
His guys went out and outscored the Gators 17-14 in the second half as well.
Another solid video here from Vanderbilt.
Video: Actor Michael Chiklis does his best post-game Bill Belichick impression
After losing to Carolina on a controversial no-call on Sunday night, Bill Belichick got in front of the cameras and talked to reporters like only he can.
The interview got plenty of play on ESPN, and today I came across actor Michael Chiklis (who has starred in the TV show "The Shield", and the movie "The Fantastic Four") impersonating Belichick's now infamous presser as part of a piece on ESPN's SportsNation.
Chiklis nails it too, from the nonchalant emotions, all the way down to the cut-off sweater.
The only actor I can think of that would do a better stone-faced post-game Belichick would be Bruce Willis, and I don't see that video going viral anytime in the near future.
Garrick McGee: "Give us an offseason"
Sometimes a tweet says it all. Heading into Game 23 under Garrick McGee, this is the state of UAB football with a nationally televised game versus Rice on Thursday night:
UAB asking fans to sit on same side of football stadium to make it look good for TV http://t.co/wbyqb2yVng (H/T steveggerken)— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 20, 2013
Sure, the Blazers play in an antiquated cavern of a stadium, but they were talking championships in Birmingham this offseason.
UAB is 5-17 in McGee's nearly two full seasons at the helm, and 2-8 this season. After Rice, UAB closes at home with Southern Miss so a 3-9 finish is likely, but a win on the final day of the season to match last year's 3-9 campaign does jive with the dictionary's definition of "progress."
"Regardless about what anybody says about our program, we're able to go out and getting kids that are preforming, that are able to perform as well as anybody in Conference USA," McGee told AL.com.
UAB ranks 75th or lower nationally in six of the eight major offensive and defensive metrics. The Blazers have one win against FBS competition this year, a 27-24 Oct. 12 win over Florida International, who itself needed a 24-23 victory over Southern Miss the week prior to earn its only win of the season. That doesn't come close to dampening McGee's outlook, though.
"Give us an offseason," McGee said. "We're going to continue to push forward. Our kids will be bigger, faster stronger and we're going to add another recruiting class plus about 17 guys that are injured and not able to play and will help us next year. I think the future is bright for us."
Status update at Miami (Ohio)
This was the scene in the second quarter last night at Yager Stadium as Miami (Ohio) hosted Buffalo. The Bulls won, 44-7, dropping Miami to 0-11 on the season. If you want a picture perfect example of the state of the program Miami's next head coach inherits, here you go.
Speaking of the next head coach, athletics director said last night his search was down to "eight to 10" candidates and that he'd like to have someone in place by the end of the season. It's painfully obvious this program needs its own James Franklin, someone with the experience and coaching acumen to build a winning team and also possesses the skills and desire to cultivate a prosperous relationship with the community. They need someone who can sell Miami (Ohio) football to recruits and fans, and smart enough to give them a reason to come.
In the meantime, the RedHawks will close their season next Friday, Nov. 29, at Ball State.
Matt Campbell's letter to fans includes warm incentives to show up
Fans showing up to the Glass Bowl tonight to watch Toledo take on undefeated Northern Illinois will be bundled up tight, as the temperature at kickoff is predicted to be a balmy 39 degrees.
In order to pack the stadium, Toledo head coach Matt Campbell wrote a letter to fans to tell them that they'll be some goodies for students who decide to brave the conditions.
To all University of Toledo students,
This Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., we play our most important game of the season thus far, a nationally televised battle with undefeated Northern Illinois. The Mid-American Conference West Division title is on the line, so we need every one of you to come out to fill the Glass Bowl and show the country your Rocket Pride! As you know, UT students get in the games for free with a student ID. Also, we’re going to give every UT student free thunder sticks, a free cup of hot chocolate and free hand-warmers to keep your Rocket fire burning hot. It’s our way of saying thanks to some of the greatest fans in the Mid-American Conference!
And since we are on national TV, don’t forget to bring your signs! UT students who bring signs will get a chance to win great prizes like ipads, a trip with our football team to an away game and $100 gift cards to Rocky’s Locker.
This is a huge game for our team and for our University. You can help us by coming out and cheering us on to victory!
See you at the Game! Go Rockets!
Head Coach Matt Campbell
Good creative move by Campbell to fill the stands.
For the record, hot chocolate seems like it would be a good mixer / chaser, right?
Mitch Barnhart: "We've done a horrible job mentoring young people"
In his 11th year as Kentucky's athletic director, Mitch Barnhart has seen his ups and downs in Lexington and now is definitely one of those upswings. The basketball program has become a machine in every sense of the word, and the football program is (slowly) in the initial stages of its climb out of the SEC cellar. With a staff that's shown the ability to reel in players and a much-needed renovations coming to Commonwealth Stadium, Barnhart believes 2015 will be the year Kentucky returns to the mix in the nation's toughest conference.
But that's not what Barnhart really likes to talk about, nor is it why he got into college athletics over 30 years ago after earning his Master's degree at Ohio. Barnhart got into the business because he loves helping young people succeed and, in a recent interview with Louisville's WDRB-TV, he said his generation has dropped the ball on molding today's athletes into complete people.
"I'm fascinated when I go talk some place and they say 'Can you believe these kids today, how bad they are? Can you believe that kid did that? Can you believe they're acting like that?' Who taught them? Who do you think they learned it from? They learned it from my generation, okay, so it's our fault. We've really been bad teachers."
"We've done a horrible job of mentoring young people because we've told them greed is good, selfish is better and being prideful people is really important. Marriages don't count anymore. If we expect a different result we'd better help them understand what it's supposed to look like and we better show them what we want them to do. And we're not going to be able to show it to them through social media. Now that may be an avenue or a tool but we'd better get relational with the young people in today's world because we don't want to have a lost generation or two or three, or we're going to find ourselves in a place we don't want to be.
"As much as anything else, that's what this job is about for me. It's about helping young people get to a spot where they can raise their families, be really, really good citizens at what they want to do, become people of character."
(Fast forward to around the 3:25 mark for the good stuff.)
Is this the fake punt of the year?
By the power of MACtion...
The scheme in this fake punt isn't that extraordinary. The upback takes the snap and rumbles around the end of an unsuspecting defense. You see it every weekend. But what you don't see every weekend...
1) The hurdle
2) The number. A guy wearing No. 69 shouldn't be able to do that.
3) The hair. Kent State defensive lineman Nate Terhune clearly knows how to party. Another note about Terhune: he broke his leg in Week 1 of this season, and was back on the field four weeks later.
Terhune's 61-yard touchdown rumble helped Kent State top Ohio, 44-13, last night.
Butch Jones: Changing the mindset starts with habits
A 4-6 start, and 1-5 SEC record isn't exactly what Butch Jones had in mind when he took the Tennessee job, but as the first year head coach explained to Sirius XM's College Sports Nation, the process of getting things turned around starts with developing championship habits.
"We need to make sure that this culture, and a standard of excellence is in place as we continue to move forward with this football program, and it is. We're getting there in increments."
"It is so much about a mindset, a culture, a mindset, a standard of excellence, by the way that we practice, the level of consistency that all of that takes." Jones explained.
"It has been more evident to me, this year, in college football than any other season, is the mental conditioning and the mental aspect is so important because you play in so many emotionally filled football games, it's about how you bounce back from the previous week. I've always said this, but if you practice differently, if your standards are the highest expectation, even if you're not at your emotional peak, but when your energy is still there it still carries you because of your habits. We talk about championship habits everyday, and I see those coming, but it doesn't change overnight."
"It changes and develops in your players, but it changes in the recruitment process as well."
The road to the top of the SEC is going to be a long grind, but Jones is encouraged with the flashes of promise that he's seen throughout his first season. I'm interested to see the improvement in Knoxville in year two and three under Jones and his staff.