This one is for the wives

We don't often write articles on this site aimed at coaches wives (OK, we've probably never done it before); but this video resonated with us. 

Stanford special teams coordinator Brian Polian's wife Laura filmed a short clip for Stanford Athletics this week while in Scottsdale for the Fiesta Bowl.  The first minute or so of the video is Laura talking about the hotel where the team is staying...that's not the part that resonated with us.

Later in the segment she speaks about watching her husband coach. She mentions that she thinks he's a great coach, great mentor, etc...then she says sometimes she wishes he was a little softer on the players... (and then the clouds parted, sunlight appeared...cue the FootballScoop music)..."but that's his job...and they recognize he can't be soft on them".  

This clip should be required viewing for all prospective coaches wives. Well said Laura.

Baylor vs. Washington...unreal

Baylor and Washington set numerous records last night including the highest scoring regulation bowl game in history.

The 123 points shattered the previous regulation record of 102 set by Marshall and East Carolina in in the 2001 GMAC Bowl, where they went into double overtime and combined to score 125 points (which is still the overall bowl record).

The two teams also combined for 1,397 yards (Washington - 620, Baylor - 777) and 17 touchdowns, both setting new bowl records.

Washington quarterback Keith Price threw only 4 incompletions as he went 23 of 27 for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns, while rushing for another 3. Running back Terrance Ganaway ran for over 200 yards and had 5 rushing touchdowns for the Bears. Ganaway was one of three Bears to rush for over 100 yards on the day.

We have confirmed that the offensive game plans for both teams were pretty good. 

Friday TV

Four bowl games on tonight (starting at noon), five tomorrow and plenty of NFL action on Sunday. It's the start of a great football weekend.

All times are eastern.


No games.


Armed Forces Bowl: BYU vs. Tulsa - Noon - ESPN

Pin Stripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Iowa State - 3:20 - ESPN

Music City Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State - 5:40 - ESPN

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Iowa - 10 - ESPN

High School:

No games.

Chizik as defensive coordinator

Auburn defensive backs coach Tommy Thigpen was asked today what he thought of Gene Chizik's role of defensive coordinator for the bowl game.

"He is very detail oriented" Thigpen said. He added that accountability and intensity have been the biggest changes so far. On occasion, Thigpen said that Chizik will ask a question, goes over it for 30 minutes, and when you see him again on the practice field, you'd better be sure to have the correct answer or "you got to deal with it" he said with a grin.

"It makes guys accountable. When they are in the meeting rooms, you can see them scrambling, taking notes and making sure that when they go on the football field, they do exactly what he told them to do to carry it over to the practice field. It's been intense." Coach Thigpen added.

Coach Thigpen has some great insight in the interview below.

Coolest trophy up for grabs tomorrow night

Tomorrow night's Armed Forces Bowl features BYU and Tulsa, as well as possibly the coolest trophy of any bowl game.

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Trophy is comprised of actual elements obtained from the battlefields in Iraq. Those materials include parts from tanks and helicopters and the trophy weighs in at over 50 pounds.

The video below (although from last year), does a great job highlighting the making of the trophy and everything that goes into it. 

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