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Nutt: Until you've done it, it's one of the most difficult things, ever

Please don’t berate us.  Yes, this is an article mentioning “over-signing.”  Hopefully, it’s our last.  Not because it’s an unimportant issue, but because several media members do not fully understand the challenge of managing a roster.

As you know, college football programs are allowed 85 total scholarships and no school is allowed to bring in more than 25 members in any particular recruiting class.

But it’s a lot more complicated than that.  Players fail out of school, declare early, transfer, or get dismissed from the team.  In the meantime, coaches are expected to have a 3-deep at defensive tackle, right guard, and slot receiver.  When you don't, the results can really set back your program.

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt told the Clarion-Ledger today, “Until you’ve done it, until you’ve actually done it, it’s one of the most difficult things, ever.”

Rightfully or not (we believe “not”), Nutt has been harshly criticized in recent years for over-signing.  Now, the issues have become so public and concerning that they will be at the forefront of next week’s conference meetings in Destin, FL.

Head coaches, athletic directors, and presidents will be on hand to discuss the matters.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says, ““It’s more than just the question of over-signing or grayshirting. It’s a question of over-signing, grayshirting, early admissions, summer school admission. We’ve put together what we call a bit of a package to address these issues that will give our people a chance to think about these issues in a more global fashion. So then it will be an important discussion item in Destin.”

Georgia head coach Mark Richt recently shared his disgust regarding over-signing.  Richt said, “If you bring them in in the summer, and you work them and you let your strength staff work with them, and you kind of decide which ones you like the best, and you tell five of them, ‘Hey we know we signed you, and we expected you to be able to come in, we don’t have space for you, we’re really sorry about that but we don’t have space for you – you’re gonna have to leave and come back in January. I think that’s an awful thing to do, I think that’s the wrong thing to do. And it’s nothing that we’ve done since I’ve been at Georgia.” 

Although it may not be one of the most difficult things “ever,” as described by Nutt, neither is leading a program in the SEC.

You better not get caught short.

 

Stanford gets creative with recruiting mail-out

Stanford would like for their recruits to understand very clearly that choosing a college is a forty-year decision, not a four year decision.  Where you go to college will impact the next forty years of your life.

Part of Stanford recruiting strategy is to show recruits exactly how much a Stanford education will help them in the future endeavors, including making money.

Creatively, one of Stanford’s latest recruiting mail-outs to recruits included some figures from a PayScale.com report.

According to PayScale.com , the average salary of a “mid-career” alumni is $119,000.  But Stanford took it a step further, by pointing out that of the programs that finished in the Top 25 last season, only Virginia Tech and Texas A&M came within $30,000 of Stanford graduates.

Mid-career alumni, classified as those 15 years out of school, averaged $94,700 (Virginia Tech) and $93,300 (Texas A&M).

The recruiting letter reads, “While the complete college experience sets Stanford apart, there is no question that a Stanford degree later will provide you earning power which can forever change your life. The average Stanford graduate pulls down $40,000 (ital)per year(close) above the grads of the rest of the Top 25 college football programs in the country. Compounded over a career, this represents an advantage of at least $1-2 million. That’s just the salary advantage for the average Stanford grad, and there has been nothing average to this point in your life. Stanford Varsity Athlete alumni are the most sought-after employees across all sectors of the economy in every corner of the country.”

To find out what the average salary for your school is, click here.

Looking at the pre-season College Football Live Top 5, here are the mid-career average salaries for their alumni:

Oklahoma: $77,200

Alabama: $80,100

Oregon: $76,200

LSU: $79,700

Boise State: $66,100

Brian Kelly wants to face the SEC in a BCS game

Last week during a speech to a Notre Dame alumni chapter in Alabama, Brian Kelly made the statement, "Notre Dame will be taken serious when they beat an SEC team."

On Monday, Kelly did it again.

During a speech in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Kelly said, “Our (goal) at Notre Dame is to get back to a BCS game that hopefully draws an SEC team, so we can start to reverse that trend of where they think the best football is in the country because the SEC can hold that (claim) right now.”

The 2012 BCS bowl schedule is set up as follows:

January 2 - Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
January 2 or 3 - Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
January 3 or 4 - Orange Bowl (Miami)
January 4 or 5 - Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
January 9 - National Championship Game (New Orleans)

What if Notre Dame runs the table and plays Alabama in New Orleans for the national championship?  Do you think that would be a cheap ticket?

Eddie Gran wants the 'Noles to "Take Doak Back"

A year ago, Florida State was 6-1 playing inside Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.  In Jimbo Fisher’s first season as head coach, FSU defeated Samford, BYU, Wake Forest, Boston College, Clemson, and Florida.  The only hiccup in Tallahassee was a 37-35 loss to North Carolina.

The home schedule this season includes ULM, Charleston Southern, Oklahoma, Maryland, NC State, Miami (FL), and Virginia.

Not only does FSU running backs coach Eddie Gran want to run the table, but he also wants to “Take Doak Back.”

During a recent radio interview, Gran reiterated the need to fill the stands and to create a powerful environment at Doak.  Gran admitted the crowd on two separate Saturdays last year created that special goose bump feeling, but that was just two of seven opportunities.

Gran said, “There were five games where I didn’t feel you…we need to take that stadium back.”

And let’s be honest, having coached in the SEC for over ten years, Gran know the advantage the home team crowd can bring to the table.

Perhaps this is what Gran is hoping to see week in and week out:

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Art Briles as confident as ever, praises Phil Bennett

Baylor head coach Art Briles is usually a glass half-full type of guy.  Today, that glass may have been completely full, as Briles seemed downright giddy about his football team.

The Bears are coming off their first winning season since 1995, but did lose two first-round draft choices and a number of players on defense.

During an interview with Brian Smith of Fox Sports Southwest, Briles said, “We've got some guys (receivers) who can play, no doubt. We've got some playmakers, some difference makers. They're going to be counted on and they're going to make plays for us. But we'll still be tough and aggressive up front. We've got a great offensive line coming back this year, and we'll run the football effectively also.”

“Through the years, if you'll check the stats, we've been very productive throwing and rushing the football. We've been one of the few teams in America over the years to have a 3,000-yard passer, a couple of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. We're really one of only five or six teams to do that nationally.”

“We're always going to run the football. We'll be very effective running the football. We have our own style of play that we're not altering. We've had great success in how we've been able to do it. We finished 12th or 13th last year in total offense in America. We'll continue to do what we do, and we'll continue to get better as we're doing it.”

Coach, is Phil Bennett going to be able to rebuild and restructure the Baylor defense?

“There's no 'try' to it; he's already done it. He's a doer and he's a proven commodity. That's what I love him.”

Baylor opens with three consecutive home games against TCU, Stephen F. Austin, and Rice.

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