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Greg McMackin jacked about an iced-out diamond ring

In his third season as head coach, Greg McMackin has led Hawaii to a 7-1 record in the WAC, clinching a share of the conference championship.

Hawaii is currently 9-3 and hosts UNLV this Saturday.  The Warriors lost to Boise State 42-7, but defeated Nevada earlier in the season 27-21.  The key to the season was turnover margin, where Hawaii finished #2 in the nation.  The Warriors also lead the nation in passing offense (384 YPG). 

Nine wins (potentially 10) is cool, but McMackin is jacked about an iced-out diamond ring.

"It's going to be beautiful. Let me just say this: a lot of bling," described McMackin.

"I'm designing the ring. That's my job. I told my wife this morning, 'We're WAC champions, and I'm going to wear one of my WAC champion rings.' That's exactly what I did."

McMackin is reportedly going to Jared…the Galleria of Jewelry.  Or maybe he isn’t.  At least, he'd get props from Lil Wayne & Juvenile:

 

We found an athletic director you want to work for

Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, 99% of the time we leave out our opinions.  We’d rather just present the information as we know it and allow you to form your own opinions.

Coaches are already under too much scrutiny.  We try as often as possible to highlight as many  positive things that coaches are doing within their programs.

In this case, we’d like to give serious props to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, who yesterday stated, “Anything to do with the coaching staff, that’s entirely Les’ call. Those things are Les’ decision. I would never mandate to a coach who his assistants should or shouldn’t be.”

That’s an AD who "gets it." 

The best way to achieve success is for head coaches and athletic directors to be on the same page.  During your next interview, ask questions.  Make sure your goals and process are aligned.

Some AD’s (that we know of) echo Alleva’s words publicly, but they don’t stand behind their words behind closed doors.  Those AD's can (will finish later, gotta go, Scoop phone is blowing up).

Michigan AD: Speculation fueling curiosity - it doesn't change my approach

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will wait until after the Wolverines’ bowl game to make a decision on head coach Rich Rodriguez.

We were glad to see Brandon confess that, “all this speculation fueling curiosity – it doesn’t change how I’m doing my job.” That's good leadership!

On Monday, Brandon said, "I have so consistently stated what my process is, how I do this, and what is in the best interest of the program. All of this desire for information sooner, all this speculation fueling curiosity — it doesn't change how I'm doing my job.”

"Back when we were 5-0, I said (this would be the evaluation process). Along the way I've said it. After exciting wins I've said it. This is how I'm going to do my job. I have not equivocated on that at all. Just because people out there are stirring the pot, that's not going to deter what I'm going to do."

What about recruiting?

"Recruiting is a 12-month-a-year process. There will always be recruiting going on in one fashion or the other. It's a dynamic process. There's no good time, bad time, better time as it relates to how you manage the situation."

"The team has the opportunity to practice 15 days and prepare for a bowl game, which they've earned the right to. They've got a game to play. They need to get ready and go play. That's what I want them to do. I understand there's an enormous distraction, and a lot of people are enjoying stirring the pot. (But) they need to prepare for the game."

For the record, we hope Rich Rod keeps his job.  For that matter, we hope all coaches keep their jobs. 

4 finalists for Defensive Coordinator of the Year

The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year award were released this morning.

See the four finalists, right here.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists are nominated by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel.   Although fan voting is tallied, the eventual winner is most heavily determined by his peers in the profession and a select committee of coaches.

Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award were presented to Nick Holt (USC, 2008) and Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009). 

ULL athletic director and Sun Belt coaches compliment Rickey Bustle

On Monday, UL-Lafayette athletic director David Walker he wished this day had never come, the day he had to replace head coach Rickey Bustle. 

Walker stated, "I want to be honest with you. This will be a very difficult task in replacing coach Rickey Bustle. It will be very hard to find someone that has the character, the integrity, the dedication and the loyalty of coach Bustle. That is the task that we now face."

Bustle said, "In my dreams I could never imagine a football program could have been so down in 2001. This is not the case today thanks to some hard working coaches and classy young men that joined the program. There is care, respect and pride back in the program and the cupboard is not bare.”

Bustle added, "I gave nine years of my life and my son to this program. Everyone wanted more, but we could only get to the six win mark. I will continue to support Ragin' Cajun athletics in any way I can and wish the new football staff the best. Hopefully fans will get their trip to the new Orleans bowl."

MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill stood up for Bustle "My personal feelings are that you hate to see anybody get fired in this profession, especially when it happens to a friend. Rickey is a great, great person and a fine man, and he'll land on his feet."

Troy head coach Larry Blakely explained, "It really hurts me to see that happen. We're playing in a league where everybody wants to be bowl eligible and go to bowls, but nobody (in the administration) wants to give up the three or four guarantee games. We're not like the SEC or other leagues that get eight home games or play I-AA teams all the time."

Bustle finished 41-65 in nine seasons at ULL. 

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