Willie Taggart got snubbed
Last night's bowl announcements weren't filled with a whole lot of surprises, but one team that was left on the outside looking in was Willie Taggart's Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
The Hilltoppers lost their first four games of the season, before winning seven out of their next eight games to finish 7-5. Their only loss during that stretch came at the hands of LSU.
Taggart nearly quadrupled Western Kentucky's win total since 2009 (0 wins in '09, and 2 wins in '10), and has done a tremendous job turning the program around and getting it back on track.
Last week the NCAA granted UCLA a bowl waiver to allow them to play in a bowl with a 6-7 record...and thus the great story that is the 2011 Western Kentucky team has come to an end. That's just not right.
How the coaches voted
USA Today has a great page to show you how each of the coaches cast their votes.
We noticed a few interesting nuggets while taking a look at the list, here's a look at a few.
Houston's ranking was speckled all over the board (actual ranking was #17), including being ranked as high as #9 by Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech, and as low as #23 by James Franklin (and a few others).
Big Ten champion, and #8 Wisconsin was put in the #16 slot by Art Briles of Baylor.
Mark Dantonio put Michigan State at #12, followed by in state rival Michigan at #13, while Brady Hoke had the Wolverines at #11 and the Spartans at #13.
Tom O'Brien found a spot for Georgia on his ballot at #7, 11 spots ahead of their actual ranking.
Air Force's Troy Calhoun ranked Oklahoma State 5th, behind both Stanford and Arkansas.
Mack Brown and Texas got one vote in the top 25 from Rice's David Bailiff at #25.
Rocky Long, Brady Hoke's former assistant at San Diego State, voted Michigan 18th, lowest of any coach. The Wolverines actual ranking was 12th.
Note that not every coach has a vote. Here's the link.
Video: Archie announces Hugh Freeze
Archie explains the process and introduces Hugh Freeze.
"The decision was simple. The committee was immediately wow'd."
Curtis Johnson - Head Football Coach Tulane
Curtis Johnson will be named the new head coach today. We also expect Tulane to announce that they have received enough commitments from donors to move forward with plans to build a new stadium on campus.
Johnson, the wide receivers coach with the Saints, has been with New Orleans (his hometown) since Sean Payton was hired.
In the late 80s and early 90s Johnson was an assistant at San Diego State. He went on to coach at Miami during their run (including 9 bowl games and 1 national championship while he was on staff).
While working at the collegiate level, Johnson was known as a talented recruiter, especially when it came to the New Orleans area.
Throughout Tulane's search, Sean Payton gave several public recommendations for Johnson.
We'll keep you posted as the day unfolds.
Monday Night Football featuring two struggling teams...should allow more time to check The Scoop!
All times are eastern.
San Diego at Jacksonville - 8:30 - ESPN
Gundy: I've laid in bed and thought about it
After their huge win over Oklahoma last night, Mike Gundy's comments on the field were classic.
He then went into the locker room and spoke with the team and "the family". Oh, and yes, he danced again.
He followed that up with his presser. Good video; but one of the better lines was:
I have laid in bed thinking about tough losses, those things never go away; but I've also laid in bed thinking about giving that Big 12 conference trophy to Boone Pickens. Seeing the smile on his face, trying to give him something back for what he started here.
Good games throughout the day. Lions at the Saints tonight. Yes, points will be scored.
All times are eastern.
Carolina at Tampa Bay - 1 - FOX
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - 1 - CBS
Atlanta at Houston - 1 - FOX
NY Jets at Washington - 1 - CBS
Indianapolis at New England - 1 - CBS
Oakland at Miami - 1 - CBS
Denver at Minnesota - 1 - FOX
Tennessee at Buffalo - 1 - CBS
Kansas City at Chicago - 1 - CBS
Baltimore at Cleveland - 4:05 - CBS
Dallas at Arizona - 4:15 - FOX
Green Bay at NY Giants - 4:15 - FOX
St. Louis at San Francisco - 4:15 - FOX
Detroit at New Orleans - 8:20 - NBC