The latest from Miami AD, Kiffin, Harbaugh, Erickson, and Wulff
Miami AD Kirby Hocutt details his talk with Jon Gruden: “Gruden was cordial, he listened to everything UM had to say but no offer was made. He said he didn't want to go further because he is keeping all his options open, including the NFL. He didn't say yes. He didn't say no. But in effect, it's probably a no because it will take months before the NFL jobs come open and UM can't wait that long.''
Lane Kiffin’s response when asked about Cam Newton: "I didn't even see anything. We've scored two touchdowns in two weeks, so I'm not really worried about other people's issues.”
Jim Harbaugh explains why Andrew Luck should win the Heisman Trophy: “In terms of what the Heisman is about, it’s the person who strives for excellence with the utmost integrity. Andrew is pure excellence on the field. You see the same excellence in the classroom, and he has the utmost integrity. If I had to put my life in another man’s hands, in terms of integrity, it would be Andrew.’’
“His ability when the game is on the line to perform at a higher level. That, to me, separates the good ones from the great ones. He’s cold-blooded, calm and even more focused, all at the same time. He’s the best player I’ve been around, either on the same team or coached.”
Quoting Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson: "I see the improvement, the growth of the athletes. I know where we are, and where we need to be. I've done it before. This has taken longer than I would've liked, but I think the players see the light at the end of the tunnel," Erickson said. "And I'd like to stick around here."
Washing State head coach Paul Wulff puzzled by endless concussions: "It seems like every two or three weeks, guys are getting these concussions that are quote, concussions. Since I've been here, we're getting more concussions than I've seen in my entire life. Every game, we're losing guys. You just can't have it the way we're having it right now."
Mike London wants stronger mindset in 2011
Virginia finished 4-8 in Mike London’s first years in Charlottesville, but the Cavaliers will return nine starters on both sides of the ball in 2011.
London wants to see an improved mindset and maturity level. He said, "Winning breeds an attitude of winning; success breeds success. And you could tell after the interception was thrown (against VA Tech), they got the ball on the 5-yard line, and when you have a mature team, a team that's been in the ups and downs and has played in big games and won those big games, we didn't have that type of mind-set. They scored, and it was, 'Oh, here we go again,' type of thing.”
"A team that's more experienced and has the type of attitude of teams that have done things and been in championship games is: 'Okay, that's just another part of the game. Let's go. Spot the ball and let's play again.'”
UVA finished 41st nationally in total offense, but 75th in scoring offense. The Cavaliers finished 73rd in scoring defense.
$4.3 million on the line Saturday. Good luck, coach!
Twenty years ago, Chip Kelly broke into the coaching profession at Columbia University, where he coached the defensive backs and special teams.
He was probably making around $4300.
On Saturday, Kelly’s going for $4.3 milllion.
According to USA Today, “Kelly's new contract includes a provision giving him a one-year extension if the Ducks — now 11-0 — win at least 12 games in the 2010 season or participate in this season's BCS title game. His guaranteed compensation in that extra year would be $4 million, the same amount he is scheduled to receive in 2015-16.”
In addition to the $4 million, Kelly will net another $285,000 for winning 12 regular season game and qualifying for the BCS national championship game.
Chip, if you’re reading this story, please click on a few ads on the site, so we can make an extra $4 dollars and 30 cents today. Appreciate you, brother!
Kiffin drops the hammer on Bruce Pearl
While speaking to the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday, Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl joked about Lane Kiffin.
Well, actually we’re not sure if Pearl was joking when he said, “I've made mistakes, I clearly did. But what I was hoping for was that some other dumbass would get on the front page and take me off the hook.”
“I miss Lane Kiffin."
Pearl, as you probably know lied to the NCAA about recruits visiting his home, and is suspended from coaching 8 games during SEC play.
Chalk one up for Lane, who just like Spurrier would have, responded yesterday by saying, "Bruce is really smart. I can understand why he wouldn't want to talk about not being able to coach and violations, so he mentions Lane Kiffin. And everyone claps."
5 points for Kiffin! Oh no wait, that’s what he needed against Notre Dame.
Heck, we’ll give ‘em both a thumbs up for good entertainment. Conference commissioners, y’all relax...just some coaches have fun!
4 finalists for Special Teams Coordinator of the Year
The finalists for the 2010 FootballScoop Special Teams 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 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year award were presented to James Shibest (Ole Miss, 2008) and Mike Tolleson(Texas, 2009).
ACC Coach of the Year Friedgen: I stuck to my guns, refused to make staff changes
Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen led the Terps to an 8-4 record and has been named ACC Coach of the Year.
On Tuesday, Friedgen reflected on the past year and thanked those alumni and friends who never stopped supported him.
Friedgen stated, "You know a year ago, I was about to be fired. Because of their support, this moment is possible.”
"I hope this kind of serves as an inspiration to a lot of people. A year ago at this time, people wanted me to make (staff) changes. I refused to do that because I felt like I had the right people around me.”
"I kind of stuck with my guns. This is kind of vindication that I was right."
Maryland finished 7th nationally in turnover margin, while the Terps offense averaged 30 points per game. We hope that athletic directors across the country take note of one-year turnaround a program can make.
Dan McCarney juiced up and speaking fast at introductory presser
Dan McCarney has been with Urban Meyer for three seasons and it sounded like it today during McCarney’s introductory press conference at North Texas just moments ago. McCarney was juiced up and spoke really fast.
McCarney, who met with UNT athletic director Rick Villareal a week ago last Thursday in Gainesville at his home, said, “36,000 students? Are you kiddin’ me?”
“Our plan is pretty simple…Play great defense, number 1. That’s have good players and good coaches. Two…win the turnover margin. Three, score in the red zone. Number 4…win the turnover battle.”
“I’m a real passionate guy. I don’t sugar coat it.”
“Our program will be built on honesty, integrity and fierce loyalty. If they (our assistants) don’t believe in this, they won’t be in our program. They won’t worry about the next job. They’ll worry about the one they have.”
“You better get your tickets now. Just on the bandwagon now. I told Rick Villareal that we will fill that stadium. There is absolutely during our first game against Houston on September 10th, there is no reason why we can’t have a full stadium. If we don’t, I’ll die trying.”
“They (our assistants) will go 100 miles per hour because that is what I will demand.”
“A lot of people give lip service to it, but we are going to invest in special teams.”
“I have gone to the AFCA convention every year since 1975, there’s only 119 D1 jobs, to be a head coach again after four years, I’m humble and excited.”
(On his approach with the players) “I don’t care what you’ve done. You’re starting on a clean slate. I could care a less about the past.”
"We’re going to build this thing on 4 year players, with high school kids."
“To me, why not North Texas?”
McCarney also announced that Mike Canales has been hired as his associate head coach / offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. He praised Canales several times and made it clear he is really pumped that Canales is staying around.
McCarney also thanked Urban Meyer, Barry Alvarez, and Haydon Fry.
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.
"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: