Video: Levine introduced to team
Tony Levine was announced to the team as their new head coach at a team meeting last night.
Levine has been at Houston since 2008 serving as the inside receivers / tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. In the spring of 2010, Levine added the title of assistant head coach
The video below shows some great footage inside of the meeting room of Levine being announced, and addressing the team for the first time as the head coach.
We've got a double dip of action tonight with both a bowl and NFL game.
All times are eastern.
Houston at Indianapolis - 8:20 - NFL Network
Maaco Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Arizona State - 8 - ESPN
A Game of Honor
SHOWTIME will air a documentary at 10 tonight highlighting the historic Army - Navy rivalry.
The film will show the unique journey of the student athletes from their top flight education, to their training on and off the football field all season leading up the rivalry game.
Producer Steve Karasik summed up the sentiment of what they tried to capture in the film, saying "These are the kids that are fighting for our freedom, there's been no one to really, truly document what they go through".
CBSsports.com has posted some previews, and we have included a promo below.
Fireside chat with Ellis Johnson
South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was officially named the head coach at Southern Miss yesterday.
Johnson, who turns 60 on Friday, was excellent at his introductory presser. He drew a great response from the audience when he was asked if he thought that his age was an issue taking a head coaching position late in his career...Johnson's response was right on the money.
"I've had no complaints from my wife, Caroline" Ellis said as the crowd erupted in laughter.
Johnson will start his duties working with the Golden Eagles immediately.
Ellis sat down for a chat with Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders. He provides some good insight into his plans here.
Hard to coach 2 teams at once
Tim DeRuyter has literally been working around the clock since being named the head coach at Fresno State, on top of his interim duties at A&M.
DeRuyter says that he often puts in 19 hour days to make sure he gets time for bowl prep, recruiting, and also has time to reach out and assemble his Fresno State staff.
"It's really different, I'm not sure I was really smart about what I wanted to bite off here. I'm attacking both of them. I'm trying to do right by our players here, which is the most important thing. I made a commitment to stay here and do that, but at the same time at night I'm trying to put a staff together and do some recruiting. It makes for a full day" he said.
DeRuyter will finish up his duties as the interim coach at A&M on December 31st as the Aggies take on Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Wednesday bowl action on tap tonight. Also, Game of Honor (a documentary about the Army / Navy game) airs tonight at 10pm on Showtime. The promos have been excellent.
All times are eastern.
Poinsettia Bowl: TCU vs Louisiana Tech - 8 - ESPN
Head ball coach on Mike Stoops
Hard not to enjoy listening to Steve Spurrier being Steve Spurrier.
Two video players below. The top one is the 15 seconds of his response to the question of whether Mike Stoops might be the next defensive coordinator. The bottom is the full interview which focuses more on Ellis Johnson taking the Southern Miss job, bowl prep, etc...
Illinois Staff update
As we've been telling you on The Scoop, Tim Beckman is bringing two staff members with him from Toledo.
Alex Golesh and Mike Ward were on site today at Illinois and spoke with reporters (see videos below). At Toledo, Golesh was the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach. Ward was co-defensive coordinator.
Our sources tell us these are the only full time assistants that will join Beckman.
If you listen to Golesh and Ward speak, it's very clear how fluid the situation is...both will be full time assistants; but neither is sure which position they will coach...Golesh doesn't sound like he knows which side of the ball he'll be on.
In fairness, this isn't the first time we've seen a situation like this; and it really wasn't unexpected once Toledo named Matt Campbell head coach. Beckman is trying to maintain as much flexibility as possible to hire the best possible coaches for his staff.