ESPN decides on Urban Meyer's role for 2011
Your college football Saturdays in 2011 will start with Urban Meyer.
Today, ESPN is expected to announce that former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer will call the noon EST games that typically involve Big Ten teams.
Meyer will join play-by-play announcer Dave Pash and analyist Chris Spielman for the coverage. He will also appear live on a show called College GameDay build by the Home Depot. You may have seen the show before.
In a classic quote, ESPN senior coordinating producer Ed Placey said, “He wanted to do everything.”
Urban? Wanting to do everything?
Meyer has stated that he wants to stay away from criticism. Rather, it’s more important to analyze the game flow and situations as they happen, to present a unique picture for the audience.
Bodog.com has not yet set an over/under on how long it will take Meyer to drop his first, “You gotta be outta your mind.”
Looking at the schedule, it appears Meyer will set for assignment in Columbus, Ohio for the Akron vs. Ohio State matchup.
The daily grind in the coaching profession doesn't compare...
Much has been publicized about the pressure and daily grind in the coaching profession. Coaches are expected to win more than ever before. There’s hardly much job stability and with recruiting, the job has become 365 days a year.
Coaches don’t exactly spend as much time with family members as most other professions allow. There’s often not much time for sleep, especially during the season. Some coaches don’t sleep much due to the enormous pressure felt. You're constantly on the phone, many nights away from home in hotels, and not enough time in the day.
Furthermore, too many coaches don’t make enough time in the day to workout. For many, bring the kids to school isn’t really an option. In the fall, it’s not an option. Just hanging out, watching TV...that's not really going to happen very often.
So today, we look at the statistics from a USA Today article released this morning that shows how Americans are spending their day minute-by-minute.
Take a look at these figures. Obviously, the coaching lifestyle is quite different.
During the day, the average American spends:
- 8:40 - sleeping
- 3:30 – work and work-related activities
- 2:44 – watching TV
- 2:27 – leisure and sports
- 1:47 – household activities
- 1:15 – eating & drinking
- 48 min – personal care
- 45 min – purchasing goods & services
- 30 min – caring for household member
- 13 min – caring for non-household member
- 29 min – education
- 21 min – organizational, civic, or religious activities
- 20 min – other activities
- 11 min – phone calls, email, mail
Lembo working to bring together Ball State team and community
Ball State head coach Pete Lembo is trying to build a stronger sense of “team” while rallying a disengaged fan base.
In 2008, Brady Hoke led the Cardinals to a 12-0 regular season. The average home attendance was 19,201. A year ago however, the attendance fell to an average of just 8,947 fans during six home games. Following the season, head coach Stan Parrish was dismissed.
Lembo told the Star Press, "I want our team to be the tightest knit team on this campus and in the conference. We will work very hard to build relationships, establish trust, and develop intangibles."
Lembo knows the importance of having the community’s support.
This year, instead of traveling out of town for the Friday night pre-game destination, Lembo says the team will stay at a local hotel in Muncie. Not only will the move save the program about $25,000, but the local community will appreciate the move.
Ball State opens against Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. After a trip to Tampa to play South Florida, Lembo will coach his first home game in Muncie against the University of Buffalo.
25 colleges adding football teams before 2015
Lou Holtz said last week during a speech in Memphis, “When you are successful in football, there is a pride among the student body that can’t be duplicated in any other way, there is an association with the alumni that binds them back to the school, there is a pride in the city and state that we are committed to excellence.”
To no surprise, eight new programs will begin playing football this season.
The list includes of schools includes UT-San Antonio, Ave Maria University, Concordia University (MI), Presentation College (SD), Robert Morris University, Siena Heights University, Stevenson University, and Virginia University of Lynchburg.
Seventeen more programs will begin competing in football between 2012 – 2014.
Those colleges include Atlanta Christian College, Bluefield College, Finlandia University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Misericordia University, Wayland Baptist University, Florida Tech, George Fox University (OR), Hendrix College, Mercer University, UNC - Charlotte, Oklahoma Baptist University, Reinhardt University, Stetson University, University of New Orleans, and Houston Baptist University.
Some of the colleges are trying to increase enrollment. Others are trying to address gender imbalance. Others are hoping that football will bring more regional attention to the school.
Meanwhile, Trev Alberts has dropped football at Nebraska-Omaha.
FootballScoop will have complete job coverage including assistants and grad assistants for all of these programs as they continue to build. Be sure to stay tuned to The Scoop all throughout the year.
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Tuberville talks about his "Riverboat Gambler" nickname
Tommy Tuberville adopted the nickname “The Riverboat Gambler” during his days as the head coach at Ole Miss. The Rebels were down in scholarship numbers and clearly outmanned against a number of SEC opponents. So Tuberville decided to roll the dice and do anything and everything possible to win games.
It worked for the Rebels, who under Tuberville, won as big underdogs at LSU, at Mississippi State, and at Georgia. Tuberville looked like a hero.
So what do you think about the nickname now?
Tubs told the Dallas Morning News, “It depends on how good your football team is. Last year, I kicked two or three onsides kicks, faked punts, did a lot of things because we weren't very good. We couldn't stop anybody. I tried to get the ball back for our offense and keep our defense off the field.”
"That was the same thing that happened to us when I was given that name back at Ole Miss. We just weren't very good, and I told my players we're going to do everything we possibly can to win the game. If it means we go for it on fourth down four or five times, don't punt, fake field goals, do those things, so I was given the nickname "The Riverboat Gambler." For some reason, a lot of those worked.”
"Last year we didn't have much success in our trick plays. Once we start getting better, I like to take chances, but just to let our players out there know we are trying to win the game."
Hopefully, Tubs won’t need surprise onsides and fourth-down gambles against Texas State and New Mexico, the first two opponents for the Red Raiders this season.
Stanford, Northwestern, Penn State, and BC stand alone
We beg your pardon for starting the day with an article that even mentions NCAA violations. It’s not our style.
At least there is a positive side to this story…if you are one of four major conference athletic departments in the country.
According to the NCAA, only four athletic programs from major conferences have not been in violation of any major rules since 1953.
Congratulations to Boston College, Northwestern, Penn State, and Stanford.
Yes, you are being singled today by the Wall Street Journal, the single largest newspaper in the United States, for doing what is expected.
You do have an advantage, however. As the WSJ points out, “Three of the four innocents from major conferences (Boston College, Northwestern and Stanford) have a built-in advantage: As private schools, they're not required to comply with the Freedom of Information Act—a tool reporters have used to uncover wrongdoing at some public institutions.”
So congratulations to Penn State, the one major athletic department including a high profile football program that complies with the Freedom of Information Act, yet has still found a way to not get caught red handed.
Oklahoma State to build $16 million indoor practice facility
Oklahoma State will begin construction on an indoor practice facility on August 1, 2011.
Thanks in part to the help from booster Sherman Smith, upon completion the Cowboys will have the premier indoor facility in the Big Twelve and one of the tops in the country.
The structure will be over 90,000 square feet.
There will be no air conditioning or heating units, but a number of retractable garage type doors on each side of the structure.
Baseball and softball will be able to take infield practice inside and there will be a 100-yard track on one side of the facility.
The estimated cost for the facility is $16 million. You can see renderings of the facility, right here.
Sherman Smith passed away on June 6, 2011. He originally gave the university a large amount of money as part of the endowment, but his family has since agreed to fund the IPF project.
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