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David Shaw named Pac-12 Coach of the Year

Stanford head coach David Shaw was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year on Monday afternoon. Following the loss of all-everything quarterback Andrew Luck, Shaw was a very deserving winner with a 10-2 overall record, a Pac-12 North title and a giant-slaying of then-No. 1 Oregon in Autzen Stadium under his belt. 

This year marks the second time Shaw has won the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, joining a heady company of two-time winners: Washington's Don James, USC's Larry Smith and Pete Carroll, and Oregon's Chip Kelly. 

Here's what the Pac-12 had to say about Shaw's work this season:

Shaw, who was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second straight year, is the fourth coach in Pac-12 history to earn the award in consecutive seasons. He led the Cardinal to a 10-2 regular season record and a berth in the Pac-12 Championship. Stanford notched wins over five ranked opponents in 2012 and has turned in three straight 10-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Cardinal, which boasts the nation’s top rushing defense (71.33 yards per game), is tied for 11th in scoring defense (16.92 points per game), ranks 19th in total defense (328.75 yards per game) and leads the FBS in sacks (4.42 per game). Shaw’s defense has been particularly stringent on third-down, holding opponents to a 29.53 percent conversion rate on the year, a figure that ranks eighth in the FBS. Several of Shaw’s student athletes are in contention for national awards, including tight end Zach Ertz (Mackey Award finalist).

Gundy explains why Tuesday practices are vital to success on Saturday

Mike Gundy shared an interesting statistical nugget during his press conference earlier today.

Coming off a tough 48-51 overtime loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, the first thing that Gundy addressed in their staff meeting was making sure that they got over the loss as a staff, and then made sure that the team did the same. They needed to focus on having a great Tuesday practice heading into their game against Baylor, not the loss to their rival, if they were going to have any chance to come out Floyd Casey Stadium with a win.

Gundy then explained why Tuesday practices in particular are so important to a team's performance on Saturdays.

"If we don't practice well tomorrow (Tuesday), it takes about 30% of our chance away from winning on Saturday. There really just isn't any other option." 

Coach Gundy has been doing this for a while now, and there's no doubt he has practices down to an art, but it would be interesting to see some stats to back that one up.

Regardless, no coach in the country can afford giving up a 30% chance of victory. So if you're still playing on Saturdays, make sure your Tuesday practice is great!


Jon Embree clearly isn't happy

Jon Embree was fired after two seasons as Colorado's head coach on Sunday, following the conclusion of a 1-11 campaign. John Henderson of the Denver Post provided an excellent detailing of the factors that went into Colorado AD Mike Bohn's decision and how the move went down. 

Embree stated that, though he planned to go on the road recruiting early this week, Bohn's decision did not catch him off guard. 

"I had a funny feeling this morning," Embree told Henderson. "Something told me he'd do this."

"He said he didn't feel the trajectory of the program was going in the right direction," Embree said. "I said, 'What direction was it going when I got hired?' "

Embree inherited a program in the midst of five straight losing seasons and, due to attrition suffered during the Dan Hawkins era, Colorado played with one of the youngest rosters in college football, so he has a point. But, ultimately Embree left Colorado no choice. The Buffaloes carried a 3-15 Pac-12 record in Embree's two years, with 13 defeats coming by 25 points or more.  

In addition to the losses, growing unrest among CU's boosters drove Bohn to make a change. 

"The general feeling I have," said Brian Riley, the moderator of a Buffs fan site, "is all the people who were saying they were going to drop season tickets or cut donations are saying they'll increase them after seeing CU has a vision and is committed to winning football."

Kyle Ringo, Colorado's beat writer for the Boulder Daily Camera, supplied information supporting Riley's hypothesis. 

Embree sees something else as the root of his dismissal. 

"You know (black coaches) don't get opportunities," said Embree. "At the end of the day, you get fired and that's it, right, wrong or indifferent. (Former Notre Dame coach) Tyrone Willingham was the only one who got fired and got hired again. We get bad jobs and no time to fix it."


Video that Freeze and the staff showed the Rebels before the LSU game

The job that Hugh Freeze and his staff have done at Ole Miss is nothing short of remarkable. They've helped take a fledgling 2-10 program and built it into a 6-6 bowl eligible team that has been able to hang with the many of the top teams in the SEC.

Here's a look at the video that the Rebels watched before taking on LSU, a game that they eventually lost 41-35 in the waning moments.

No one can argue that the schemes that the staff prepare all week go a long way on game day, but getting your players in the right mind set to compete with some of the biggest and best in the country is one area that Freeze and his staff have obviously done an admirable job of this season. If 2012 is any indication, they've all got a bright future in Oxford.

Urban Meyer on going undefeated: "Once you're there, it tastes really good"

Urban Meyer's Ohio State team finished its sanction-shortened season at 12-0 on Saturday with a 26-21 win over Michigan on Friday. While the Buckeyes are ineligible for the Big Ten and BCS championships, Meyer's season laid a strong foundation for things to come. 

With a roster that returns nine offensive starters and five defensive starters, Meyer knows bigger things could be ahead for Ohio State. 

Meyer has been to the mountain top before, and with two national championships at Florida, an undefeated season at Utah and now an undefeated season at Ohio State, he's practically a Sherpa now. For Meyer, the biggest takeaway leading into 2013 was allowing his team to get a taste of winning at the highest level.

"The whole theme this week was go where the air is rare," said Meyer. "The last door is a big one. Open it up, kick it open, do what you have to do to get through that door. Once you're in there, it smells different, it tastes different, it looks different. I'm hoping our guys get that taste and they want to go do it again because once you taste that, it tastes really good."

Well said from a man who knows the trail to the mountain top.

Jimbo Fisher: "Rumors are a funny thing"

Jimbo Fisher joined Mike Bianchi on 740AM "The Game" this morning and wanted to set the record straight on his interest in other jobs and rumors that have been circulating that he may be interested in the Auburn job.

"Rumors are a funny thing. The guys who get rumored, if you go back and think about it, are the guys who never get the job. Those are the guys that have to start something on a blog to get some hits."

"I'm very happy at Florida State." Fisher added. "I'm content to be here. If they continue to have me, I'm very happy to be here." 

Fisher's got a very good situation with the Seminoles. The fan base loves him, he's in the hottest recruiting area in the nation, he will consistently be able to put together one of the top recruiting classes in the country, and it will only be a matter of time before Florida State is competing for national titles again. They've made big strides each year with him at the helm, and show no signs of slowing down with the talent pool that the coaching staff has been able to add to the roster.

Anything can happen at this time of year, but we don't see Fisher jumping ship for another gig. In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to The Scoop for all of the latest coaching news and information.



Video: "It's you versus them. Let's see what you got"

Really good motivational video here for Rutgers' (9-2, 5-1) regular season finale against Louisville (9-2, 4-2) on Thursday.

"The only thing that we can count on in any given moment is you."

"It's you versus them. You versus no. You versus can't. You versus next year, last year, statistics, excuses. It is you versus history. You versus the odds. It's you versus second place."

"The clock is ticking...Let's see what you got."


Monday TV - Panthers at Eagles

Carolina heads to Philadelphia tonight for some MNF action.

All times eastern.


Carolina at Philadelphia - 8:30 - ESPN


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