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Spurrier gives reporters a pop quiz

When Steve Spurrier is in front of the cameras, expect anything.

Even a pop quiz.

After briefly talking about his new defensive line hire, Deke Adams, Spurrier posed a pop quiz to the unsuspecting reporters in attendance.

"How many schools, in BCS conferences, have won 11 or more games each of the past two years?" Spurrier asked.

See if you can name each one before pressing play. Spurrier had a little gift for the guys that got it right...but don't be expecting the same from us here at The Scoop if you guess correctly.

 

 

Georgia state government shows what it means to live a rivalry

Louisville is very deserving of honors for its Sugar Bowl win over Florida. The Cardinals controlled the game from the opening kick to the final gun in their 33-23 upset of the then-No. 3 Gators. 

Now Charlie Strong's team is receiving official recognition from a state government. But not the commonwealth of Kentucky, or even the state of Louisiana. No, Louisville is being honored by the State Senate of Georgia.

“I got a lot of thumbs up,” Sen. John Albers, who introduced the bill, told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Down here in Georgia, we go by the ABF mentality. Anybody but Florida.”

We would throw in ESPNU's "Never Graduate" tagline here, but Albers has yet to actually graduate from the University of Louisville. He is currently enrolled in online courses through the university in an attempt to finish a degree he started back in 1990.

For the record, the Journal-Courier reports the Georgia legislature is working on an official resolution to honor Georiga's Capital One Bowl over Nebraska, and the commonwealth of Kentucky is working on the same for its Cardinals. 

Clemson's new indoor facility aims to simulate game day environment

Clemson got its new indoor facility up and running, and it looks pretty nice.

Here's a 360 degree look at it, complete with a fully functioning score board and video board, as well as four play-clocks to make it as close to a game day atmosphere at possible.

We're sure that they have plans to dress it up a bit, but if they don't they should give our friends at Advent a shout. Take a look at what Advent did with a similar indoor facility at Auburn.

They took a pretty basic facility and made it pop, immediately grabbing the attention of anyone that walks though it. There's a reason why these guys are regarded as the best in the business.

Full disclosure: Advent is not a paid advertiser of the site; but they did participate in the sponsorship of the party we held at the AFCA.

College football coaches - the anti-AARP club

Back in November we asked the question, "'Is he's too young' really valid?" With the vast majority of the major openings in college football filled, the answer is a resounding "No."

Take a look at number of coaches that joined the under-40 club among FBS head coaches: P.J. Fleck (32), Kliff Kingsbury (33), Bryan Harsin (35), Matt Rhule (37), Brian Polian (38), Mark Helfrich (39) and Matt Wells (39).

Additionally, Willie Taggart got his second head coaching job at age 36 when he was hired by South Florida on Dec. 9, and three more schools (Arkansas, Southern Miss and N.C. State) got significantly younger with the hirings of Bret Bielema, Todd Monken and Dave Doeren, respectively.

When we asked the foremost expert on succeeding as a young head coach, Pat Fitzgerald, who was just 31 when he took over at Northwestern and is still only 38, he said, "Age is just a number. It's something that's out of your control. I think what's more important is the evaluation of the coach as a leader and as someone that's the right fit for your program."

Age may be just a number, but those numbers are growing smaller and smaller within the ranks of coordinators and assistant coaches. Kingsbury's replacement at Texas A&M, Jake Spavital, is just 27. Kingsbury's co-offensive coordinators at his new job, Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris, are 31 and 27, respectively, and his co-defensive coordinator, Mike Smith, is 31. Oklahoma State's new wide receivers coach, Jason Ray, has yet to see his 30th birthday.

These are but a few examples, but the lesson is clear: enthusiasm and energy are in, and knowledge of how to work a rotary phone is out. 

With the fear of hiring an under-40 head coaching becoming more and more a thing of the past, look for our feature "Is He's Too Old' Really Valid?" this coming November and "Is Hiring a 22-Year-Old Head Coach Really Wise?" in the not-too-distant future. 

 

 

In case you missed it: news and top stories from the week

Just in case you don't spend every waking moment on Twitter and FootballScoop (and if not, where have you been?), we've corralled our top five stories of the week, as well as some of smaller bits of non-coaching news around the college football world that may have slipped through the cracks.

- The Big Ten is openly looking to switch up its bowl line-up between now and December. Expect the Pinstripe Bowl and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to join the rotation. 

- The Big Ten may also play neutral-site conference games in the upcoming future. 

- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in November that the conference was "inactive but alert" after the additions of Rutgers and Maryland in November. But Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said in December that the league's expansion talks were "ongoing"

- In non-Big Ten news, the Mountain West announced its divisional alignment when the league moves to 12 teams this fall. In a move that actually makes sense, the divisions will be called "Mountain" and "West".

- Conference USA also announced its divisional alignment and 2013 conference opponents this week. 

- Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated Friday the league is exploring an alliance with the ACC and two other unspecified leagues.

- Kentucky president Eli Capilouto has asked Wildcats fans to turn to an alternate source to get funding for UK's facilities improvements. 

- Central Florida and Penn State will play a home-and-home in 2013-14. 

- Troy and Duke will also play a home-and-home in 2013-14.

- Syracuse, Wake Forest, Missouri and the entire Sun Belt are in need of non-conference games for 2013.

- The Pro Bowl uniforms were released Friday and they are surprisingly restrained. 

Shameless Self-Promotion; or, Our Top Five Stories of the Week:

- The details of Charlie Strong's contract were released this week, and this much is clear: he has a really good agent.

- The NCAA passed some pretty comprehensive changes to its recruiting regulations last week. And by comprehensive changes, we mean they deleted them. We talked to someone whose job will be changed significantly by these changes about how exactly his life is about to change

- Exactly how valuable is college football on TV? Nielsen released some research from the 2012 season, and the answer is in: much more valuable than you think.

- Tulsa GA Zak Bigelow dived pretty deeply into college football statistics and has come up with some fresh ways to analyze the game. We discussed his most recent study here.

- Johnny Football got together with some trick shot artists, and the results were fantastic

 

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