Air Force HC Troy Calhoun calls out a writer
The Mountain West held their weekly coaches conference call today. Half an hour in, not much of note. Then, it's was Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun's turn. Reminder, Air Force is 1-1 after losing this past Saturday to TCU.
"And the next question comes from The Mountain West senior writer Mick McGrane..." (editor's note...did anyone realize the conference had a senior writer?)
Here's the exchange.
McGrane: Troy, I was just curious, it seems like everyone is screaming that the sky is falling after Air Force loses one game. How is your kids resolve right now?
Calhoun: Who did you say did?
McGrane: I was just curious as to what your kids resolve is now. It just seems like everybody is screaming that the sky is falling because Air Force lost a game.
Calhoun: Who was that? Who specifically said that?
McGrane: No, it just seemed to be general sentiment. I was just wondering how your kids were holding up.
Calhoun: Is there one or two people that said that? Just throw me a name, one or two of people that have said that.
McGrane: I don't have any names.
Calhoun: OK, shoot our kids like to play football.
McGrane: Thank you Troy.
Calhoun: You bet Mick.
As you might expect, McGrane's tone was of rejection at the end; whereas Calhoun's was of confidence. You can listen to the whole exchange if you want at this link (jump to the 30:20 mark).
Spurrier: Navy will play anyone tough...well not Alabama
Head ball coach is always good for a quote. South Carolina hosts Navy this weekend (6PM on ESPN2).
It's always tough to play against Navy's option offense and Spurrier spoke about that today. Some quotes from Spurrier:
Navy might be as good an independent team as their is in the nation.
We're gonna have our hands full slowing these guys down.
Our defensive coaches have been watching how other teams play against the option...
Navy takes care of the ball, gets the most out of their players, very well coached.
Navy will play anybody tough...maybe not Alabama. Alabama seems to know how to stuff people. But these option teams seem to play us well.
Is it important to win pretty..."No"
We took the time to listen to Lane Kiffin's presser from yesterday. He made a few great points in here.
First, at the very end of the press conference a reporter asks Coach Kiffin if it's important to "win pretty after two ugly wins" this week vs. Syracuse. Kiffin, "No. It's important to win and it's important for the team to improve."
Kiffin was also asked about special teams coordinator John Baxter's decision to play starting left tackle Matt Kalil on field goal block (yes, he got the block to save the game vs. Utah). Kiffin's response, "best special teams coach in the country."
Reporter stated that the punts this far haven't been pretty...Kiffin, "you have to look at the whole thing, we also haven't given up a single punt return yard the entire year...we're angling them...the punt may only go 34 or 35 yards; but since there is no return so that's a lot better than when you kick it 50 and they return it 20..."
For what it's worth, Houston is currently leading the nation with a 50.8 net yard / punt (including opponents returning 3 punts for -5 yards). Tip of the cap to special teams coordinator Tony Levine.
More new Nike Unis: LSU, Stanford, Army, Navy, Michigan State, Ohio State
Nike unleased another set of their "Pro Combat" series uniforms today.
Pics are below.
Bobby Bowden: I had prostate cancer surgery 4 years ago
This morning, Bobby Bowden is announcing that four years ago he had surgery for prostate cancer but didn't disclose it to anyone other than his family.
Bowden is going public this morning in conjunction with his role as a compensated spokesman for On The Line, a national prostate cancer education initiative.
In making the announcement, Bowden states that he didn't tell anyone about his diagnosis or the surgery for fear that it would impact recruiting. "What I knew was something like that happens to a coach and your opponents find out about it, the first thing they say is 'Don't go to Florida State, Coach Bowden is about to die'."
"If I knew then what I know now, I would have considered it my moral duty to bring it out in the open. I thought it was the right thing to do then, but that's not the message now."
Bowden says he is now cancer free, thanks to the fine work of Dr. Joe Camps. Camps, who played for Bowden, admitted Bowden to the hospital (under a fictitious name) at midnight to keep the secret. The surgery took less than an hour, after which Bowden was brought to a secure part of the hospital for recovery. He was discharged by 5AM.
No TV Tuesday
Unfortunately, the gods have decided that there will be no live football on TV tonight.
For those looking for a fix, we might suggest watching Tom Brady's effort from Monday Night Football.
32-48, 517 yards, 4 TDs, 1 freak pic; but truly an impressive, command performance of his offense.
Jerry Kill update
Team doctor Pat Smith updated Coach Kill's status a few minutes ago.
Smith said that he anticipates Kill making a full recovery and has a gut feeling that Coach will be back on the sidelines for this Saturday's game.
Smith added that Kill is anxious to get back to coaching and that Smith believes Kill will be released from the hospital sooner rather than later.
Smith stated that Kill's condition is a "benign seizure disorder" that many people have and live normal lives with.
Just taking a look at the national leaders in scoring offense...
A lot of teams up top as expected...#2 - #10 in the nation are: Georgia Tech, Arkansas, South Carolina, Stanford, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Oregon.
But, #1 is .... Washington State! Same team that scored a total of 144 points in all of 2009 has scored 123 in it's first two games this season. The Cougars put up 64 against Idaho State and 59 versus UNLV. Credit Paul Wulff and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy for sticking with their plan.
The opposing defenses are about to get a little tougher for the Cougars though. This weekend they travel to San Diego State before opening up the Pac 12 portion of their schedule at Colorado and at UCLA.