Stanford and Harbaugh
Just a couple of quick notes from the staff...
Stanford hasn't trailed this entire season. 6 games, 6 wins, have not trailed once. First year head coach David Shaw is fortunate to have Andrew Luck on the roster [yes, that statement qualifies for contention in the "understatement of they year" category].
Stanford's still got a long way to go though, with games at Washington State, vs. Washington, at USC, at Oregon State, vs. Oregon, vs. Cal and vs. Notre Dame.
On the flip side, former head coach Jim Harbaugh is doing pretty well for himself with the 49ers. The Niners are 4-1 with a two game lead in the NFC West...and would be 5-0 if the Cowboys kicker hadn't nailed a 48 yarder as time expired in regulation back in week 2.
Not bad football being played in the Bay area.
Houston Nutt describes why Saban is one of the best all time
On the weekly SEC coaches conference call today, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt was asked about whether he feels Nick Saban (this week's opponent) is one of the all time great coaches of the SEC.
The reporter noted that Nutt is the only coach that has coached against Saban every year that Saban has been in the SEC.
Nutt responded, "I think the biggest thing is he does a tremendous job with getting good players. You look at LSU, and you look at Alabama, two great programs. But the thing that he's done he's been able to recruit at a very high level. Then defensively is where you see his head, where you see his personality the toughness, the aggressiveness. Then he'll mix some things up on you. It won't be the same thing. ...It's a lot of good mixture with the fronts and the secondary. And then the blitz package. The blitz package and the different zone pressures heat things up making you play a little faster than you want, things like that I think that's the biggest thing."
Nutt added, "Whenever you hold up the crystal ball you've done something very special, and he's done it at two schools."
Nutt also noted that Alabama has already erected a statue of Saban. Enough said.
Avoid confusion on the sidelines
It's the first half and your defense is getting owned. Guys are out of position, not staying true to their assignments reacting incorrectly to new formations, etc...
Do you grab the board and try to make all of the adjustments on the fly on the sideline?
Well, if you are Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison you don't. Mattison's guys were getting punched in the mouth Saturday at Northwestern. In the first half, Northwestern put up 24 points on nearly 300 yards. Michigan's defense had not forced a single turnover.
At halftime Mattison quickly went to the board, diagnosed the problems and began outlining the corrections that needed to be made. The defensive staff then broke into position groups and coached'em up.
Mattison said the reason he likes to wait until the intermission to make adjustments like these is because it avoids confusion on the field, especially on the road.
The result. 0 points in the second half. A 42-24 win for Michigan. Nice work.
No TV Wednesday; but it's coming
No live action tonight; but keep breathing, it's coming. Tomorrow night we get USC at Cal and in two short weeks we'll have Wednesday night football from the Big East.
All times Eastern.
Dooley: The magic pill doesn't exist
Video below of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley after practice Tuesday.
The first 1:35 seconds is worth your time (and truthfully, the rest ain't bad either).
His comments in response to a question about how the new running backs look is great..."It's a daily grind, we get better and we get better and we get better. Everybody wants the quick fix, the magic pill that's going to make everything great. It doesn't exist. It doesn't exist in life, it doesn't exist when you want to lose weight, you got to work and that's it."
Luke Fickell now very confident at the mic
At today's presser, Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell appeared very relaxed and confident.
Ohio State isn't playing as well as they'd like; but considering the extremely challenging circumstances, we feel Fickell is doing a pretty good job.
If you know Fick, jump forward in this video to the 1:45 mark and listen to the [ridiculous] question from a reporter and then enjoy his response. Classic.
Spurrier shuts down a reporter
1pm Update> South Carolina has just released that they have dismissed quarterback Stephen Garcia from the team.
Coaches, this video is worth 2 minutes of your time.
Steve Spurrier "disassociating" himself from a local reporter. "I don't have to talk while he's in the room and I don't have to talk to him. It's my right."
Spurrier says that this is only the 2nd time he's had to do this in 26 years and he's doing it because Spurrier says the guy is not truthful about the program.
Texas Tech and A&M officially no longer friends
Tech and A&M won't be "hangin' out at the mall together" anymore. On and off the field issues arose this weekend and they don't seem to have dissipated just yet.
First, off the field...
It was widely reported before their game on Saturday that A&M's team busses had been vandalized. There were rumors that the buses had been painted and that an odorous brown substance had been thrown on and inside the buses.
Most presumed that while some portion of that might be true, some of that has to have been blown out of proportion by the media.
Then Texas A&M athletic director took to twitter to (ahem) clear the air:
Someone vandalized our buses in Lubbock. Excrement inside and outside of buses plus spray painted vulgarities on outside. Classy.
Texas Tech responded with a press release:
Many of you are aware of a tweet from a Texas A&M official that their team buses were spray painted and animal feces were spread inside of the buses early Saturday morning. The clear implication of the tweet was that this was the responsibility of Texas Tech fans or students. Texas Tech has conducted an investigation regarding this allegation, and has discovered the following:
- The buses were not spray painted. Instead, washable shoe polish was used on the windows of one of the buses.
- No feces were found either in or on the buses. Fish bait was dropped onto the floor of one of the buses.
- The alleged “vandalism” was cleaned by the bus drivers and Holiday Inn staff before it was seen by the A&M official who tweeted the information.
While incidents such as the ones alleged are inappropriate and strongly condemned by Texas Tech, it is no less wrong to condemn the entirety of our university, students and supporters by posting inaccurate information on the internet for the purpose of sensationalizing the actions of one or a very few. We are disturbed by the careless use of social media to share these inaccuracies.
So, shoe polish, not spray paint and fish bait, not excrement. Much better. Thanks for clearing that up Tech.
Now, on the field...
After their 45-40 loss to A&M Saturday, head coach Tommy Tuberville seemed to insinuate that A&M defenders were taking dives to slow down Tech's offense, “That was kind of interesting. They’d go down and come back the next play. But I guess that’s football.”
Tech’s offensive coordinator, Neal Brown, added, “It was kind of ironic how they would have these bad injuries and then they would be back two plays later.”
Yesterday, A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter responded, “I take offense. We never teach that.”
He added that if Tech wanted to “use that as an excuse then go ahead.”
Ought to be fun on the recruiting trails in Texas over the next few months.