Kiffin: "I don't have any hobbies"
Lane Kiffin sat down during an interview with the Sporting News and fielded questions ranging from his thoughts on the national title game to giving Urban advice on the NCAA sanctions at Ohio State.
When Kiffin was asked if he was concerned about eventually getting burnt out of the coaching profession Kiffin responded "It's all I know. My dad, to this day, he sleeps right there at the hotel during the season, and his house is only 25 minutes away. He leaves here at 2 a.m. and comes back at 5:30. I was just kind of raised this way, not really knowing anything different'
He went on to say that they sometimes hire coaches from other staffs that are blown away at the hours that the USC staff puts in, and often reaches out to other coaches to find out how they structure their schedule, but always has the fear that "someone's outpreparing us; my fear is to hand our kids a plan and the other team's got something better."
Then Kiffin touched on the secret that he may have over some other guys by saying "The only thing I have going for me is I don't do anything else. When I'm not here, I'm with the kids. I don't play golf, I don't fish...I don't have any hobbies at all. So that's the only thing going for me".
No TV Friday
No games tonight, but there is one bowl game and plenty of NFL games tomorrow.
All times are eastern.
A message from Terry Bowden
Terry Bowden has a message for the Akron faithful.
Enjoy what you are about to see.
Video: Levine introduced to team
Tony Levine was announced to the team as their new head coach at a team meeting last night.
Levine has been at Houston since 2008 serving as the inside receivers / tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. In the spring of 2010, Levine added the title of assistant head coach
The video below shows some great footage inside of the meeting room of Levine being announced, and addressing the team for the first time as the head coach.
We've got a double dip of action tonight with both a bowl and NFL game.
All times are eastern.
Houston at Indianapolis - 8:20 - NFL Network
Maaco Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Arizona State - 8 - ESPN
A Game of Honor
SHOWTIME will air a documentary at 10 tonight highlighting the historic Army - Navy rivalry.
The film will show the unique journey of the student athletes from their top flight education, to their training on and off the football field all season leading up the rivalry game.
Producer Steve Karasik summed up the sentiment of what they tried to capture in the film, saying "These are the kids that are fighting for our freedom, there's been no one to really, truly document what they go through".
CBSsports.com has posted some previews, and we have included a promo below.
Fireside chat with Ellis Johnson
South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was officially named the head coach at Southern Miss yesterday.
Johnson, who turns 60 on Friday, was excellent at his introductory presser. He drew a great response from the audience when he was asked if he thought that his age was an issue taking a head coaching position late in his career...Johnson's response was right on the money.
"I've had no complaints from my wife, Caroline" Ellis said as the crowd erupted in laughter.
Johnson will start his duties working with the Golden Eagles immediately.
Ellis sat down for a chat with Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders. He provides some good insight into his plans here.
Hard to coach 2 teams at once
Tim DeRuyter has literally been working around the clock since being named the head coach at Fresno State, on top of his interim duties at A&M.
DeRuyter says that he often puts in 19 hour days to make sure he gets time for bowl prep, recruiting, and also has time to reach out and assemble his Fresno State staff.
"It's really different, I'm not sure I was really smart about what I wanted to bite off here. I'm attacking both of them. I'm trying to do right by our players here, which is the most important thing. I made a commitment to stay here and do that, but at the same time at night I'm trying to put a staff together and do some recruiting. It makes for a full day" he said.
DeRuyter will finish up his duties as the interim coach at A&M on December 31st as the Aggies take on Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.