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In case you were detained by Russian police last night and didn't get a chance to see...LSU's defense is stout!  Now moving on to tonight...

All times Eastern.

NFL:

None

College:

Boise State at Toledo - 8PM - ESPN

Iowa State at UConn - 8PM - ESPN2

High School:

Hueytown (AL) at McAdory (AL) - 8PM - ESPNU

 




Jerry Kill is back

Coach Kill was released from the hospital earlier today and his doctors told him he was cleared to return to practice "as soon as he felt well enough".

He's back.  

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Update> Video added.  Not much to see, other than yes, Coach is at practice.

 




They put this on the video board?

We enjoy showing everyone what other programs are doing around the country.  Coaches email us ([email protected]) videos all the time and we appreciate it.

Today, however, we saw one that just kind of stumped us.  

This season Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley has been wearing a new pair of orange pants on game day.  Hey, the man coaches at Tennessee, if wants to wear orange we have no problem with that.  We hear that most in Tennessee like them; but surely some have other opinions.  No problems with that either.

But then it was brought to our attention that they chose to run the video below on the video board in Neyland Stadium this past Saturday at the game against Cincinnati.  

Really?  

 

 




Ron Zook: If I weren't coaching...

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Coach Zook sat down with Mike Hall of the Big Ten Network for a segment on their "Step into my office" show.

A couple of highlights...on his best accomplishment Zook shares how proud he is of going from walk on to team captain during his playing days at Florida (see that pic!).

On what he'd be doing if he weren't coaching...Zook says he'd either be a dentist or a "jet jockey"...you know flying jets.

Watch and enjoy.

 




Football team helping out a flooded town

By now, you've likely heard of the terrible flooding that has been inundating parts of Pennsylvania.  

Well, in Bloomsburg, PA, the river crested at just under 33 feet, breaking a record that had stood for over 100 years. Officials estimated that over 1,000 buildings were damaged in this small town.  The University located on high ground away from the river did not flood; however the campus is closed until Monday as so many people in town were affected.  

Head coach Danny Hale and his staff have a big game tonight against IUP, nationally televised on CBSSN and streaming live on the NCAA's website; but that hasn't been the only thing on their mind this week.  

Coaches and players have been going all week into the parts of town most affected by the flooding.  Ripping out carpet, pulling up soaked flooring, hauling refrigerators out to the curb, etc...the team bus has been taking them back and forth from the field house. 

An inspirational read from the Associated Press.  We suspect the town will turn out in good numbers tonight to support the team. 




Cignetti & IUP a great fit

Tonight Curt Cignetti leads the D-II Crimson Hawks of IUP (1-0) against 8th ranked Bloomsburg (2-0) in a game televised on CBSSN and which will stream live on the NCAA's website.

This past off-season Cignetti, who was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama, accepted the head coaching position at IUP, the same position his dad held for 20 years (1986-2005).  Cignetti's father, Frank, led IUP to the national championship game twice and the program finished in the Top 25 19 times in 20 seasons.  

Curt Cignetti spoke recently about his decision to accept the position, "It is a little bit of a different move, but it was the type of challenge and opportunity that I really wanted.  I maybe could have stayed at Alabama or gone on to the NFL and stayed an assistant coach for the next 15 years but I really wanted to be a head coach.  It will also give me a little more time around my family.  At places like Alabama, you’re gone a lot recruiting and you sort of lose contact with the people that are important to you.  It was a little bit of a lifestyle shift.”

At IUP, Frank Cignetti attends every practice, "I watch practice but I don’t say anything.  Believe me, he’s been around a lot of great coaches and been mentored well by them. His opportunity to work with Nick (Saban) at Alabama put the icing on the cake for him as far solidifying his philosophy and views on how he wants to run a program. I’m strictly a spectator.”

One thing that Cignetti has had to adjust to is the massive difference in budget coming from Alabama, "The money and things that come with (being at a large Division I school) … you take for granted at places like Alabama.  At a Division II school you wear a lot more hats. You have a lot less personnel in the office to help do things like order equipment and schedule facilities and travel itineraries. You’re involved in a lot more things at this level that you never had to worry about at the Division I level.”




Money plays

Whenever we notice game checks, we like to keep everyone informed of the market.  Today, we've got Idaho's numbers for this year.

This year, the Vandals travel to Texas A&M (for $850,000), to Virginia (for $700,000) and to BYU (for $500,000).  

Idaho has also stroked some checks, paying both Bowling Green (which beat Idaho 32-15 in week 1) and North Dakota (who Idaho beat 44-14 in week 2) $125,000 each to come play in Moscow, ID.  




UFL Staffs - Virginia and Omaha

So, the UFL season opener is tonight.  For those that might have lost track, the league this year is playing with 4 teams (Virginia, Omaha, Sacramento and Las Vegas).  

Virginia and Omaha play tonight while Vegas and Sacramento play Saturday night.  The league tells us that all tevelvised games will be streamed live on www.ufl-football.com; unfortunately tonight's game is not televised and thus will not be streamed. 

We thought we'd take this opportunity to catch you up on the current staff's of the 4 teams (will give you Virginia and Omaha now...the other two on Saturday as a reminder of that game).  

Virginia:

Head Coach - Marty Schottenheimer

Offensive Coordinator - Terry Shea

Running Backs - Gerald Carr

Wide Receivers - Bobby Saunders

Offensive Line - Bill Laveroni

Tight Ends - Chet Fuhrman

Defensive Assistant - Kurt Schottenheimer

Defensive Line - John Marshall

Assistant Defensive Line - Delbert Cowsette

Linebackers - James Willis

Defensive Backs - Lionel Washington

Special Teams - Mike Stock

 

Omaha: 

Head Coach - Joe Moglia

Offensive Coordinator - Bart Andrus

Offensive Line - Don Lawrence

Running Backs / Tight Ends - Brock Olivo

Wide Receivers - Kevin Daft

Quality Control / Offensive Line - Robert Hunt

Defensive Coordinator - Tom Olivadotti

Defensive Line - Brandon Noble

Defensive Backs - Pete Kuharchek

Quality Control / Defensive Line - Mike Gallagher

Special Teams - Richard Kent