Peyton on Ole Miss job: I'm 0-10 as an assistant
Co-chairman of the search committee, Archie Manning, plans to leave no stone unturned in the search for the next head coach at Ole Miss.
Archie said that he has even received a handful of emails from people suggesting that his son Peyton retire and take the helm of the Rebels. When Archie told Peyton about the inquiries, Peyton's response was to tell them "I'm 0-10 as an assistant with the Colts". Archie did add that "Peyton, some of his teammates and a couple of coaches put their heads together and recommended a few people."
Eli Manning's input was simply "Get a good one".
Archie says that he isn't going to divulge names, but also said that the school has no shortage of qualified candidates.
"A proven name (as a head coach) is good, but at the same time, every head coach out there has been an assistant at one time. So it wouldn't be wise for us to look away from assistants. We're looking at everyone, even in the pro ranks."
The five member search committee is being aided by the search firm of Eastman and Beaudine out of Texas.
For what it's worth, Mike Leach reports that he has not been contacted by Ole Miss.
Derek Dooley explains why he didn't show the video
Arkansas hosted Tennessee on Saturday and sent them back home with a 49-7 loss. By most accounts, Arkansas played at a very high level and just wore the Vols out.
Following the game, Derek Dooley chose not to review the film with him team.
See the video below for his thoughts on why he did that.
Notre Dame quietly 7-3
As we noted earlier in the year, the Irish have been able to get the job done on the ground this season.
We saw a tweet this morning saying that the Irish's 23 rushing touchdowns are 1 shy of their combined rushing total for the previous two seasons.
Running backs Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray have combined for 1,637 yards through ten games, and it's possible for the Irish to to end the season with two 1,000 yard rushers (Wood currently has 907 and Wood has 730). Clearly offensive line coach / running game coordinator Ed Warinner and running backs coach Tim Hinton have found what works for the Irish.
The ground attack is clearly working; but the passing game isn't struggling either (ND has 19 passing touchdowns, compared to 23 via the ground game).
The Irish got off to a tough 0-2 start but have quietly pulled it back together have won 7 of 8 games since, and finish their season with games against Boston College and at Stanford.
When in Death Valley, do as Les does
Willie Taggart got caught taking a page out of Les Miles' book this past weekend during their game against LSU.
A camera caught Taggart grabbing a free taste test from the Tiger Stadium. Judging from the smile on his face afterwards, it wasnt too bad.
Western Kentucky (5-5, 5-1) looks to finish their season strong with games at North Texas, and at home against Troy.
Weekday MAC action tonight...that usually means plenty of points to be scored.
All times are eastern.
Ball State at Northern Illinois - 8 - ESPNU
Great video with Todd Monken
Todd Monken spends 8 minutes talking about his relationship with Mike Gundy and how special this team and season are.
Great content in here. Talks about how hard it is to move on; but how important friendships are. Shares his thoughts on Gundy's growth as a head coach and how Monken has helped in that growth.
Worth watching all 8 minutes.
Video: D-III program earns first ever playoff berth
Sunday, DIII Illinois College, led by head coach Garett Campbell, learned of the first ever playoff berth in the history of the football program.
The Blueboys finished the season 9-1, with their only loss coming against Midwest conference champion Monmouth. The one loss record was good enough to impress the playoff committee and reserved them an at large bid for the NCAA playoffs.
Illinois College and has put up an impressive 499 yards per game under Campbell, and have been led by a freshman quarterback in Michael Bates. The Blueboys offense rank in the top 15 offensively in scoring (15th), passing (15th) and total offense (5th).
Defensively the Blueboys rank 3rd in DIII in interceptions with an impressive 20 picks on the season (with 2 defensive backs combining for 11 interceptions), and also rank in the top 10 in turnover margin at +1.40. Impressive job by defensive coordinator Ray DeFrisco.
Illinois College will take the field against Wabash Saturday. Take a look at the video below showing their reaction once they found out they had made the playoff field.
After Georgia's opening the season with losses to Boise State and South Carolina, there was a lot of chatter out there calling for a change at Georgia. Now, after rattling off 8 straight wins the talk has now swung to a contract extension.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs beat defending National Champion Auburn 45-7. They converted on 12 of 15 third down attempts and out-gained the Tigers 528 - 195.
Richt still has two years left on his current contract that currently goes through December of 2013. Georgia AD Greg McGarity that any update to Richt's job status would take place at the end of the season.
The Bulldogs will look to lock up the SEC East title Saturday against Kentucky and then close out the regular season with Georgia Tech in Atlanta.