Jerry Kill: Our only goal as a staff is one thing...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, fresh off his #1 ranking from Athlon’s College Football Preview, hit the speaking circuit yesterday in the great state of Minnesota.

Kill told a group of Gopher fans, “The thing that we want from you more than anything is your loyalty, we want your support.  It’s going to be tough.  It won’t be easy.  Some days you’ll say, ‘Boy, I don’t know.’”

“Everywhere I’ve been, when we started, they’ve said ‘Boy, I don’t know.’ You can’t change things over night.  You’ve been patient for a long time.  I know some of you say, ‘Too damn long.’  I understand that.  I wish I had a magical wand or a crystal ball to make it right.”

“Our only goal as a staff is one thing…I want to see you smile and I want you to say ‘Boy, I’m proud of that football team and they reflect the great state of Minnesota.”

“Change is hard.”

“I’ll be honest with you.  We have a vision.  It’s not going to be easy.”

The Gophers open at Southern Cal.  The next three games are in Minnesota against New Mexico State, Miami (OH), and North Dakota State.

Oliver Luck: Would I do it again? I don't know.

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck just completed a radio interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.

As you probably know, there have been a number of stories that have surfaced recently regarding Dana Holgorsen and Bill Stewart.  We have been hesitant to mention the news because several stories have seemed skepitcal at best.  We wanted to hear from the horse's mouth.

Holgorsen and Stewart have yet to speak publicly, but here are the interesting comments from Oliver Luck:

“I’d be the last one to deny that we're in a little bit of a controversy.”

“It’s difficult to know what’s fact and what’s not.  I’ve got to have to time to figure that out.  I can’t really say much at this point beyond that.”

“We are having a little bit of drama.  I think the program is in pretty good shape.  We can get this all sorted out.”

“My information has left me with a high level of confidence that there were a number of blatant inaccuracies of these allegations (with Holgrosen).”

“I have a high level of confidence in his (Holgorsen’s) persona and discipline.”

Asked if he would make the coaching in-waiting hire again, Luck said, “I thought it made sense at the time.  Dana was given the opportunity to come in and focus on the offense, for Stew to act as the mentor, give him a bit of understanding of the state and the culture of Mountaineer football.  So in my mind, I thought in made some sense. In retrospect, we can all second guess.  Would I do it again, I don’t know.”

A Rocky Ending: Mike Hamilton to resign today

According to WBIR in Knoxville, athletic director Mike Hamilton will resign today as the athletic director at Tennessee.

Hamilton has been the athletic director at Tennessee since 2003, when he replaced Doug Dickey.

During his tenure, Hamilton hired Bruce Pearl, Lane Kiffin, and Derek Dooley.  He also made the decision to ask for the resignation of former head football coach Phil Fulmer.

In 2007, Hamilton dismissed successful baseball coach Rod Delmonico, who led the Vols to two SEC titles and three College World Series appearances.  Delmonico was the national coach of the year in 1995.

Most recently, Hamilton dismissed head baseball coach Todd Raleigh.

The resignation comes before the NCAA hearings for recent voilations against the basketball and football programs.

Oh, let the "Phil Fulmer for AD" rumblings begin.

UPDATE: During his press conference today, Hamilton said, "I think today was inevitable. I need to close this chapter of my life and move ahead."

Mike Leach creates a Top 9 list

Mike Leach seems down on the state of college football at the current moment, so he went to the keyboard on Monday.  

Leach, who many believed was portrayed in an unfair manner by the media, used twitter to share his thoughts.

@Coach_Leach wrote, “Football is a world of overreacting to a number of things.”

Here’s the list that followed:

1) Notion that everybody cheats.                                                                   
2) The main individual at fault is always the HC
3) Oversigning.
4) All athletes are broke.
5) Media's role as arbitrator.
6) Players don't know the difference between right & wrong.
7) The notion Coaches search for ways to cheat.
8) The notion administrators are blind to everything.
9) Notion boosters easily controlled.

Leach is currently living in Key West, Florida (perhaps in the house below).  He co-hosts the College Football Playbook on Sirius/XM hosted with Jack Arute.  The show airs from 12 - 3 pm EST on channel 91.  Tune in, today.  Should be a good one.

Doug Marrone: Those are the people we should be helping, not the players

Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone has a unique take on the issue of paying student-athletes.

To say the least, Marrone is on the opposite side of the spectrum than Steve Spurrier, who proposed paying student-athletes $300 per game.

Marrone told The Post-Standard, “I think the focus is so wrong when it’s put on the student-athletes.”

“It should be put on those people who can’t afford to go to school. Or on those people whose parents are working two and three jobs to send them to college. Or on those people who work and go to school part-time or full-time or through the summer. Or on those students behind the counter who are serving food to their peers or washing their peers’ dishes to pay for their education.”

“The question should be: How do we get them an opportunity? Those are the people we should be trying to help. Not the student-athletes because when you think about it, they have pretty good lives.”

“The fact is, at the end of the day scholarship athletes don’t have the kinds of financial difficulties that other students incur.”

Marrone is set to enter his third season as the head coach at Syracuse.  The Orange has finished 4-8 and 8-5 in his first two seasons.  Syracuse opens the 2011 season against Wake Forest, Rhode Island, and at USC.

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