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Dooley: The magic pill doesn't exist

Video below of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley after practice Tuesday. 

The first 1:35 seconds is worth your time (and truthfully, the rest ain't bad either).  

His comments in response to a question about how the new running backs look is great..."It's a daily grind, we get better and we get better and we get better. Everybody wants the quick fix, the magic pill that's going to make everything great. It doesn't exist. It doesn't exist in life, it doesn't exist when you want to lose weight, you got to work and that's it."


Luke Fickell now very confident at the mic

At today's presser, Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell appeared very relaxed and confident. 

Ohio State isn't playing as well as they'd like; but considering the extremely challenging circumstances, we feel Fickell is doing a pretty good job. 

If you know Fick, jump forward in this video to the 1:45 mark and listen to the [ridiculous] question from a reporter and then enjoy his response. Classic.


Spurrier shuts down a reporter

1pm Update> South Carolina has just released that they have dismissed quarterback Stephen Garcia from the team.

Original article:

Coaches, this video is worth 2 minutes of your time.

Steve Spurrier "disassociating" himself from a local reporter.  "I don't have to talk while he's in the room and I don't have to talk to him. It's my right."

Spurrier says that this is only the 2nd time he's had to do this in 26 years and he's doing it because Spurrier says the guy is not truthful about the program.


Texas Tech and A&M officially no longer friends

Tech and A&M won't be "hangin' out at the mall together" anymore. On and off the field issues arose this weekend and they don't seem to have dissipated just yet.

First, off the field...

It was widely reported before their game on Saturday that A&M's team busses had been vandalized. There were rumors that the buses had been painted and that an odorous brown substance had been thrown on and inside the buses. 

Most presumed that while some portion of that might be true, some of that has to have been blown out of proportion by the media.

Then Texas A&M athletic director took to twitter to (ahem) clear the air:

Someone vandalized our buses in Lubbock. Excrement inside and outside of buses plus spray painted vulgarities on outside. Classy.

Texas Tech responded with a press release:

Many of you are aware of a tweet from a Texas A&M official that their team buses were spray painted and animal feces were spread inside of the buses early Saturday morning.  The clear implication of the tweet was that this was the responsibility of Texas Tech fans or students. Texas Tech has conducted an investigation regarding this allegation, and has discovered the following:

  • The buses were not spray painted. Instead, washable shoe polish was used on the windows of one of the buses.
  • No feces were found either in or on the buses.  Fish bait was dropped onto the floor of one of the buses.
  • The alleged “vandalism” was cleaned by the bus drivers and Holiday Inn staff before it was seen by the A&M official who tweeted the information.

While incidents such as the ones alleged are inappropriate and strongly condemned by Texas Tech, it is no less wrong to condemn the entirety of our university, students and supporters by posting inaccurate information on the internet for the purpose of sensationalizing the actions of one or a very few. We are disturbed by the careless use of social media to share these inaccuracies.

So, shoe polish, not spray paint and fish bait, not excrement. Much better. Thanks for clearing that up Tech. 

Now, on the field...

After their 45-40 loss to A&M Saturday, head coach Tommy Tuberville seemed to insinuate that A&M defenders were taking dives to slow down Tech's offense, “That was kind of interesting. They’d go down and come back the next play. But I guess that’s football.”

Tech’s offensive coordinator, Neal Brown, added, “It was kind of ironic how they would have these bad injuries and then they would be back two plays later.”

Yesterday, A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter responded, “I take offense. We never teach that.”

He added that if Tech wanted to “use that as an excuse then go ahead.”

Ought to be fun on the recruiting trails in Texas over the next few months. 

Auctioning off the Tunnel Walk

We do have the best viewers anywhere.  This morning, a viewer sent us a note about this....

Northern Iowa is auctioning off the opportunity to join the team during the tunnel walk.

"Experience what it feels like prior to running out on the field on game day. Bid today for your chance to be in the garage with the UNI Football team prior to the Southern Illinios game on October 22nd. Package includes four tickets to the game and four autographed game programs...A maximum of 2 people in the garage only - no children allowed under the age of 18.

The auction ends in about 3 days. They are currently looking for their first bid at $250. 

Interesting idea. 

Mack Brown has never lost the week following OU game

Hard to imagine; but it's true...Mack Brown is 13-0 in games immediately following their match-up with Oklahoma.

Mike Gundy thinks that record is about to be broken.

Saturday at 3:30, Oklahoma State plays at Texas in a game that if Oklahoma State can win will put the Cowboys at 6-0, 3-0 in conference.  A lot of chatter out there about "what if" both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma make it to the final week of the season for an undefeated showdown.

As Gundy would quickly tell you, the Cowboys have a long way to go between here and there with games at Missouri, Baylor and Kansas State at home, then at Texas Tech, at Iowa State and finally the big one with OU at home.  Tough schedule; but...

Gundy knows this is a big one; but he's not crazy enough to make any outlandish predictions ahead of this game.  He's grown up.  He's a man.  Seriously, watch a few seconds below after they nearly hung 100 on Kansas he didn't even make any jokes (and thankfully he didn't dance either). 


No TV Tuesday; but next week...

No live games on TV tonight; but thanks to the fine folks of the Sun Belt conference (well actually thanks to the TV money from ESPN...well actually from the viewers) beginning next Tuesday we will have live action!

No games tomorrow either.





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Arizona: Stoops out, Kish interim

Arizona has decided to make a change. Mike Stoops, head coach since November 2004, has been relieved of his responsibilities and defensive coordinator Tim Kish has been named interim head coach.

Stoops will be paid a $1.4 million payout. In eight seasons, Stoops went 41-50, 27-38 in the Pac-12. 7-6 in 2010, 8-5 in both 2009 and 2008.  

This season the Wildcats were 1-5 and 0-4 in conference.  They have lost ten consecutive games against FBS opponents. Arizona is currently 117th in scoring defense and has shown virtually no pass rush.

Athletic director Greg Byrne said he decided to make the change now because, "We want them to have some fun playing football. We wanted our coaches to have fun coaching." Byrne added that he and a few others within his staff will "take care of the search." He added, "After today, I won't speak any more about our search until we have our coach."

Kish is a member of Stoops original staff and was made co-defensive coordinator two seasons ago and then was promoted to defensive coordinator after last season. He spent most of the decade before he came to Arizona in the Big Ten with stints at Indiana, Illinois and Northwestern. Prior to that he spent a good amount of time at Army and a few seasons at Ball State and Purdue. 

Don't expect this search to get deep into December; and depending on the route they go could be filled well before that. 

10:30pm Update> If you want to watch the presser that AD Greg Byrne held this evening about this you can do so at this link.  Byrne did state at the presser that none of the assistants have multi-year contracts...all are under contract through June 2012. 

10:45pm Update> Mike Stoops has just released the following statement:

I am very proud of the Wildcat football program and the many accomplishments we have enjoyed. Topping that list is our qualifying for consecutive bowl games the past three seasons for only the second time in school history.

I am also proud of the success our players demonstrated off the field. Not only has our team Academic Progress Rate (APR) improved significantly each of the past five years, but also our players have made great strides in conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the ideals of this University.

When I took this job, I was hoping to be the first coach to lead this program to a Rose Bowl. Although we fell short of that goal, we made significant progress, and our organization continues to strive for excellence.

I wish the entire Wildcat football program the best of luck going forward, and I thank the University of Arizona for the opportunity to be a part of the successes we have achieved over the past eight seasons.