1 of the 10 best rivalries?

Admittedly, no one on our staff lives in, or has coached at, either Toledo or Bowling Green; but we were a little surprised a few minutes ago when we took a look at twitter to see what coaches were saying this morning.

Now Tim Beckman is a great coach; and he has Toledo playing well and we expect that he will build on this for quite some time.

However, his tweet this morning in which he proclaimed "53 hours till kickoff of one of the 10 best rivalries in the country!" might be pushing the envelope a little.  Love the passion; not sure of the research behind the "10 best" part.

Regardless, good for him stirring it up in Toledo (and Bowling Green).  

Should be a great game.  

Historically huge game tonight

For only the second time in regular season history (that's a long time), the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the D-II poll are playing tonight. #2 Delta State (led by Ron Roberts) plays at #1 North Alabama (coach be Terry Bowden) tonight at 8 eastern. The game will be broadcast on CSS.  

These two teams have met 9 times already since 2006 and who knows, they might just see each other again in the playoffs. Last season, Delta State beat North Alabama in the quarterfinals and made it to the National Championship (Minnesota-Duluth won the title game). 

These two teams have won the last five Gulf South Conference titles. 

Huge game. Hope it's a great one.

Thursday TV

Good slate tonight.

All times Eastern.




Texas Southern at Alabama A&M - 7:30 - ESPNU

Delta State at North Alabama - 8pm - CSS

San Diego State at Air Force - 8pm - CBSSN

USC at Cal - 9pm - ESPN

High School:

Pearland (TX) at Clear Creek (TX) - 8pm - FSN 

Saban: I'm not going to pull a Steve Spurrier on you

Love this. Coach Saban has been receiving media requests every week to meet with his quarterback AJ McCarron. 

Saban allowed McCarron to speak briefly after a couple of their games this season; but does not regularly allow the media to meet with his quarterback.  

Saban's response today was basically: It's my job to decide what's best for our program and I feel that AJ needs to continue to focus on preparing for games. At some point I'll allow you guys to speak with him; but if you keep asking everyday, I'm going to hold him back even more.

Then Saban light-heartedly [we think] added, "I'm not going to pull a Steve Spurrier on you. The best thing to do is let a sleeping dog lie."


Adopting new technology at Oregon State

It wasn't easy; but recently Mike Riley took a big step...

Yes, Mike Riley sent his first.....wait for it......yes, his first text message!  Congratulations Coach.  

The man has been tweeting for months (well at least his account has been tweeting); yet he's just sending his first text.

Extremely fitting that the response from his first text was, "Who are you? Why do you have Mike Riley's phone?".

Whatever you do Coach, please don't start adding :) at the end of your texts.  


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