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.
#CUBuffs officials were concerned about damage to the brand after so many lopsided losses the past two seasons.— Kyle Ringo (@KyleRingo) November 26, 2012
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
Notes from NC State's press conference
N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow held a press conference Sunday afternoon in the wake of dismissing head coach Tom O'Brien earlier today.
Yow began the press conference by stating her respect for O'Brien, and that she expects the next head coach to share O'Brien's character.
This being Tobacco Road, Mark Gottfried's success with the Wolfpack's basketball program will be used as a measuring stick for the football program. Yow knows the road to the top 25 starts with finding a great recruiter. "It starts at home. We're going to have to get our fair share of the top 50 players in North Carolina."
Yow has already had conversations with agents and search firms about this particular search. In line with what we're hearing, N.C. State will look primarily at current head coaches but did not rule out hiring a coordinator.
Speaking of coordinators, Yow invoked Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin's name unprompted to say that he was not a candidate. Before taking his first head coaching job with the Commodores, Franklin was the offensive coordinator at Maryland while Yow was the Terrapins' AD. Yow stated that the two have been friends for 12 years and they text occasionally. She has not offered Franklin the N.C. State job, offering that Franklin is very happy with what he's built at Vanderbilt.
Another unsolicited anecdote Yow offered was that a factor in O'Brien's dismissal was a declining season ticket base. The Wolfpack have lost 1,000 season ticket holders and, thus, $1.4 million in revenue, over the past six years.
Gene Chizik out at Auburn
After four seasons on the Plains, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was fired on Sunday. The Tigers lost to Alabama 49-0 on Saturday, concluding their 2012 season with a 3-9 overall mark and an 0-8 SEC record, a first in school history.
According to the Associated Press, Auburn will pay in excess of $11 million to buyout the contracts of Chizik and his assistants. Chizik's buyout states that he will be paid more than $156,000 per month through the life of his contract, which runs through 2015-16. The rest of the staff will be paid through June 2013, except for Scot Loeffler, Brian VanGorder and Trooper Taylor, who will be paid through June 2014.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs announced in his official statement that he, Mac Crawford, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan will serve as the search committee for finding the next head coach.
As always, we'll keep you posted on The Scoop with anything you need to know.
Chizik released this statement following the announcement.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had during the last four seasons to serve as the head football coach at Auburn University," he said. I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure.
"In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made.
"While we experienced a tremendous low in 2012, I will always be proud of the incredible highs that we achieved, including three bowl victories, an SEC championship and a national championship.
"I want to thank Dr. Gogue and Jay Jacobs for the great opportunity they gave me. I’m confident in their leadership ability to continue to move this football program forward.
"I feel blessed to have been surrounded with so many great coaches, players and administrators that have worked relentlessly and dedicated themselves to this institution. I will miss not being able to continue to mentor these players on a daily basis. I’m confident these young men will continue to excel both on and off the field. They are a great group and I wish them nothing but the best.
"I’ve been fortunate to spend seven years of my coaching career at Auburn, which is an incredible place to work and live. My family and I have been blessed to call Auburn home and look forward to remaining in the Auburn community. "I have said this many times, but the Auburn fans are the best in college football. They have an incredible passion and love for their school and I want to thank them for their support in good times and in bad times.
"As I said four years ago when I arrived, Auburn was great way before we got here and it will remain great long after we leave. My sentiments about Auburn have not and will not change. I wish the next football coach all the best and I anticipate a smooth transition.
"I encourage the Auburn family to continue to be ‘All In’ and support this great university and its athletics programs. War Eagle!"