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Video: Quick look at the D-II playoffs

4 games this weekend.

Once again, we've got Bob Eblen, national columnist for D2Football.com, here to give us his insight on the bracket.

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Video: Saban speaking to the Super Six coaches

Nick Saban spoke to the Super Six coaches (AL high school state championships) at a recent dinner and had some good points on the formula to create champions.

"You cannot win a championship until you are a champion, it doesn't go the other way. You don't win a championship and then you're a champion. You have to be a champion first to win a championship." Saban said.

He also touched on how to communicate with players by saying "There's a lot of ways to say things, and you've never got to be demeaning to a player to get him to do what you'd like for him to do".

He elaborates in the video below, worth a listen.




Pac-12 Salaries

The Pac-12 has been the conference buzzing the last few weeks, with two big hires for Arizona and Washington State. 

The salaries in the Pac-12 for current coaches are below:

Chip Kelly -  Oregon: $2,800,000

Jeff Tedford - California: $2,300,000

Steve Sarkisian - Washington: $2,250,000

Mike Leach - Washington State: $2,225,000

Rich Rodriguez - Arizona: $1,190,000

Kyle Whittingham - Utah: $1,700,000

Mike Riley - Oregon State: $1,313,471

Jon Embree - Colorado: $725,000

Note that USC has not released Lane Kiffin's compensation; but we're pretty sure he's at the top of the list. Stanford, a private university, is not required to, and they do not, disclose David Shaw's compensation; but we're also pretty sure his would not be at the top of this list.

With the new TV money coming in soon, ASU and UCLA should have more than enough to be competitive on this list if they feel that is necessary to attract the right guy.  Best part of the TV money might be what lies in it for the assistants!

Quick summary of the 4 guys who are done:

Erickson was $1.5 million. Stoops was $1.465 million. Neuheisel was $1.285 million and Paul Wulff was $600,000. 




Championship Friday TV

Some title game action on tap tonight.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

No games.

College:

MAC Championship: Ohio v Northern Illinois - 7 - ESPN2

Pac-12 Championship: UCLA v Oregon - 7:30 - FOX

High School:

No games.




Texas A&M's statement

Texas A&M University Athletic Director Bill Byrne confirmed Thursday evening that head football coach Mike Sherman will not be retained for the 2012 football season. Byrne released the following statement:

Mike Sherman has operated our football program with the highest levels of character and integrity over the past four seasons and has served as a great ambassador for Texas A&M University. Mike has always put the welfare of the student-athlete and Texas A&M first.
 
I appreciate Coach Sherman's selfless service to Texas A&M as our head football coach and his tireless efforts in building leaders of character. He is truly one of the great offensive minds in football, both collegiate and professional, and I know that he has much to offer the game of football in the future.
 
After discussions with our coaches, we will decide who will be the interim coach of the Aggies in our upcoming bowl game. We will meet with the team and assistant coaches as soon as possible, probably tomorrow.




Spurrier's comments got under Dabo's skin

After the Gamecock's 34-13 win over Clemson, Spurrier offered up some bulletin board material saying "We aren't LSU and we aren't Alabama. But we sure ain't Clemson."

After practice today, Dabo was asked about his thoughts on the comments to which he responded "Carolina's in Chapel Hill and USC's in California and the university in this state, always has been, always will be...Clemson."

See more of Dabo's choice words in the clip below.

Update: It turns out the reporter wrongly credited Spurrier with the controversial comment....makes this whole thing even more bizarre.




Les speaks to the crowd at Tiger Stadium

After steamrolling Arkansas to finish 12-0, Les took a moment to address the crowd at Tiger Stadium.

"We love ya"




Lane's text to Urban

Lane Kiffin recently said that he extended a congratulatory text to Urban Meyer upon hearing that Urban had been named the new head coach at Ohio State. "I've grown up" Kiffin joked.

When Kiffin was asked whether he would give Urban advice on coaching through NCAA sanctions, he responded "Yeah, I would. I don't think that Urban will be calling me though".

In the same interview, the ever confident Kiffin also added that he thinks the Trojans (who finished 10-2) could have won 10 games playing in the SEC as well. We're not sure the context of the question; but after thinking about it, if they were in the East...

In all seriousness, we have no idea how they would have done in the SEC; but what they accomplished this season with at least one arm tied behind their back by the NCAA is impressive. Good coaching.