Tuberville: Patience is key for a coaching career

Asked what has been the biggest lesson that he has learned over the course of his entire coaching career, Tommy Tuberville noted that learning patience has been one trait that has stuck out to him that is needed for a succesful coaching career..

"I had to learn patience," Tubs explained. "This is a hard business because you're competing with a lot of different teams."

"And it's about people. Dealing with different people every year. I don't care if you've got a hundred on your team and you have no seniors and they're all coming back the next year. It's a different challenge because these young guys are growing up."

Tubs noted that bringing guys from all different backgrounds, and areas together to work toward a common goal is something that every coaching staff is trying to do, and doing that successfully requires a balance between being patient and also having a sense of urgency to get your staff and players all on the same page.

In the beginning of the video, Tubs also explains what attracted him to the Cincinnati job and why he thought it was a good fit for him and his family.

VIDEO: Gary Andersen's first 48 hours in Madison

Good video here from Wisconsin chronicling Gary Andersen's first 48 hours in Madison.

The video starts with the plane touching down, and moves to a tour of the facilities and his inaugural press conference before covering his first encounter with the entire team during a team meeting.

Wednesday Bowl TV - Little Caesars Bowl

We hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday. Central Michigan and Western Kentucky will get the bowl season restarted tonight in the Little Caesars Bowl.

As always, Eastern time is listed.


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Little Caesars Bowl - Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky - 7:30 - ESPN

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The Scoop on the Hawaii Bowl - SMU vs. Fresno State

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl - SMU vs. Fresno State (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

SMU returns to the scene of its only bowl victory since 1984, and June Jones returns to the stadium where he lead Hawaii for nine seasons. In his first season at Fresno State, Tim DeRuyter has already brought home a share of the Mountain West title and now looks to win the Bulldogs' first bowl game since 2007.

Fresno State is one of the most underrated teams in the country. This is a team that ranks in the FBS top 20 in 10 of the 17 official statistics tracked by the NCAA. The Bulldogs' defensive backfield, led by FootballScoop Defensive Backs Coach of the Year finalist Tim McDonald, ranks sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense and fourth in pass defense, and are tied for fourth in the nation with 20 interceptions. The defensive unit ranks 19th in total defense and tackles for loss, tied for 11th in sacks and fifth in turnover margin.

On offense, Fresno State is led by the diminutive but powerful runner Robbie Rouse, who ranks 13th nationally with 1,468 yards and 12 touchdowns and also boasts 58 grabs for 406 yards and two scores. Rouse's backfield mate, quarterback Derek Carr, places 12th nationally in total offense and ninth in passing efficiency with 3,742 passing yards to go with 36 touchdowns and five picks. 

Fresno State has won five straight contests by an average score of 47-21.

Attempting to slow down Fresno State is an SMU team that needed a 35-27 upset of Tulsa, in which Tulsa's comeback bid fell one yard short of potentially tying the game, to reach 6-6. The Mustangs are keyed by running back Zach Line, Conference USA's leading rusher, and his 1,207 rushing yards and a dozen scores. In his first year since transferring from Texas, Garrett Gilbert has accumulated 2,720 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Gilbert struggled early, throwing 14 interceptions in his first seven games, but has completed 93-of-161 passes for 1,062 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions over his last five outings.

SMU ranks 59th or lower in every defensive category but, like Fresno State, has forced 33 turnovers this fall. SMU may not have the best defensive unit but it does boast the best defensive player in defensive tackle Margus Hunt. A 6-foot-8 former discus thrower from Estonia, Hunt has posted six sacks, one interception, 4.5 TFL and holds the NCAA record with 10 career blocked kicks. 

Saturday Top Ten - 2012's Best Alternate Uniforms

You've seen plenty of columns debating the best uniforms in college football. But with uniforms becoming less uniform by the year, we thought this edition of our Saturday Top Ten would focus on the best alternate looks in college football so far this season.

1. Navy - The Midshipmen shelved their gold helmets for a white look with an anchor and blue and gold stripes for their 17-13 win over Army on Dec. 8. 

2. Oregon - NCAA bylaws mandate that any uniform column mention Oregon, and since any uniform the Ducks broke out this season could technically be described as "alternate", we chose to go point out the one time Oregon wore its traditional colors, green and yellow. Oregon beat Arkansas State 57-34 on Sept. 1.


3. UCLA - The Bruins dubbed their all-blue look as "L.A. Nights". UCLA played lights out in racing past Arizona 66-10 on Nov. 3.


4. Boise State - Boise State is forbidden from wearing all blue at home by the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos went a shade darker for their 32-7 victory over UNLV on Oct. 20.

Boise State

5. Vanderbilt - Black and gold is one of the best color combinations a team can wear, and Vanderbilt worked it to perfection against Florida on Oct. 13. The Gators topped Vanderbilt, 31-17. 


6. Rutgers - For the second straight year, the Scarlet Knights traded scarlet in their scarlet, this time for a metallic silver with stars and stripes, against Army on Nov. 10. The Scarlet Knights beat the Black Knights, 28-7.


7. Southern Miss - Not a lot went right for Southern Miss this season, but the Golden Eagles looked good in their 1970's throwbacks in a 59-24 loss to Marshall on Oct. 20.

Southern Miss

8. Northwestern - Pat Fitzgerald's team wore an exploded Wildcat on their helmet for its game with Illinois on Nov. 24. Northwestern exploded on the Fighting Illini, 50-14.


9. Oklahoma State - Much like Oregon, nearly every uniform Oklahoma State wears could be classified as an alternate. We chose to honor the all-black kits with Pistol Pete on the helmet that the Pokes wore for their 36-10 defeat of TCU on Oct. 27.

Oklahoma State

10. West Virginia - The Mountaineers broke away from their traditional blue and yellow for an all-gray look in their 31-21 win over Maryland on Sept. 22. The gray was worn to honor the state of West Virginia's coal miners. 

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