Archive for July, 2009

Sporting News’ Top 50 Greatest Coaches Fails By Excluding Barry Switzer

July 31, 2009

In his “Sporting News Panel Gets It Wrong,” Steve at BRN gets right to the point with Osborne’s place at #34 on the Top 50 Greatest Coaches list. It’s not so much his spot at #34 but rather what’s ahead of him.

There’s one other reason why I have to disregard this list.

Someplace, somewhere in the Top 50 has to be Barry Switzer. He has to be.

(Even as a Husker fan, I’d pay top dollar for a replica of that shirt)

Consider his college resume:

  • Switzer coached at the University of Oklahoma 16 years from 1973 until 1988.
  • He compiled a 157-29-4 record with a winning percentage of 83.4% – 4th best ever.
  • He won or shared a Big 8 Championship every year from 1973 to 1980 and ended his career at OU with a total of 12.
  • He coached Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims.
  • He won 3 National Championships (1974, 1975, 1988.)
  • He won 13 post-season season games.
  • He coached 54 All-Americans.
  • He was the 1974 Walter Camp Coach of the Year.

And since we’re all hung up on the list:

  • His record vs. #13 Joe Paterno was 1-0.
  • His record vs. #24 Bobby Bowden was 2-0.
  • His record vs. #27 Woody Hayes was 1-0.
  • His record vs. #34 Tom Osborne was 12-5.
  • His record vs. Darrell Royal was 3-0-1.

That was college.

This is the NFL:

  • In 4 seasons, Switzer was 45-26 with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • He took the Cowboys to the NFC Championship in 1994 – his first season.
  • He won Super Bowl XXX in 1995 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Switzer is only one of three coaches to win both a college and an NFL championship – Jimmy Johnson and Paul Brown are the others.

Ara Parseghian, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bo Schembechler, Tom Osborne, Bud Wilkinson, Woody Hayes, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Joe Paterno, Knute Rockne, and Bear Bryant are the college football coaches that made the list. Insulting.

If you want to make a legitimate list, then throw your opinion of a man’s character out the door and make a legitimate list. If you want to make a popularity list, then make a popularity list and send it to TMZ.

"Walk-Ons: Huskers’ Edge" Premiere/Gator Bowl Replay

July 31, 2009

Need a great place to take your smokeshow date on Friday night? How about something to do instead of brunch the next morning? I’ve got answers for you then.

The blockbuster premiere of “Walk-Ons: Huskers’ Edge” will be Friday, July 30th at Marcus Village Point Cinema in Omaha (304 N. 174th St.). The documentary can also be seen August 4th @ 7 pm, August 6th @ 8 pm, and August 9th @ 6:30 pm on NET in Nebraska.

As Joel Geyer, NET senior producer said, “Now that Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini are back, both are passionate about walk-ons, and they’re recruiting kids from your TV viewing area. The last 16 points of the Gator Bowl were all scored by walk-ons, one of those was of course Todd Pederson of Grand Island.”

And if that doesn’t keep you late into the night on Friday, then make sure to check out the replay of the 2009 Gator Bowl vs. Clemson. KMTV Channel 3 in Omaha will be showing the game @ 11 a.m.

He’ll be watching and so should you. (Real Photo)

College Smokeshow Friday: 2009 USC Song Girls’ Pool Party

July 31, 2009

I kind of feel like I’ve been there, done that with the USC Song Girls before. Therefore, I need to get these pool party pics out of the way before we get into the heart of the ‘Smokeshow of the Week’ posts here. That’s a 2-for-1 this week. Don’t complain.

You might be curious as to who the dudes are in the photos below. Swimming team? Male cheerleaders? Current USC football players? Yeah, right. They’re USC football recruits in town for a visit. Go ahead, try and recruit against that because I don’t think you can.

(click on the pics to enlarge and set as wallpaper)

2009 Division 1 College Football Coaches’ Salaries

July 30, 2009

Following up with their recent Football Bowl Subdivision revenue blog post, the Orlando Sentinel is back at it again.

This time they are diving into college football coaches’ salaries. And after some in-depth research, what Iliana Limon found is obscene.

For example, Alabama will pay Nick Saban and his Alabama assistants $6.5 million this season. She states that if they reach the SEC title game and go to a bowl, then the school will be paying the staff a minimum of $464,285 per game.

Limon claims that $6.5 million dollars is ‘more money than 32 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) programs spent on their entire teams in 2007-08.’ Here is the list of what all of the non-BCS schools spend with those 32 schools denoted by an asterisks – LINK -.

Read the entire post from Iliana Limon by clicking here – LINK -.

(Click to see all of the Division 1 coaches’ salaries here)

Coach, school Conf. Salary*
1. Pete Carroll, USC Pac-10 $4,400,000
2. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame Ind. $4,200,000
3. Nick Saban, Alabama SEC $3,900,000
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma Big 12 $3,800,000
5. Les Miles, LSU SEC $3,800,000
6. Jim Tressel, Ohio State Big Ten $3,500,000
7. Urban Meyer, Florida SEC $3,400,000
8. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Big Ten $3,030,000
9. Mack Brown, Texas Big 12 $2,910,000
10. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas SEC $2,900,000
11. Mark Richt, Georgia SEC $2,900,000
T12. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan Big Ten $2,500,000
T12. Bobby Bowden, Florida State ACC $2,500,000
T12. Gary Pinkel, Missouri Big 12 $2,500,000
T12. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss SEC $2,500,000
T16. Mark Mangino, Kansas Big 12 $2,300,000
T16. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech ACC $2,300,000
18. Greg Schiano, Rutgers Big East $2,250,000
T19. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech ACC $2,100,000
T19. Butch Davis, North Carolina ACC $2,100,000
T21. June Jones, SMU C-USA $2,000,000
T21. Lane Kiffin, Tennessee SEC $2,000,000
T21. Gene Chizik, Auburn SEC $2,000,000
24. Al Groh, Virginia ACC $1,875,000
25. Bo Pelini, Nebraska Big 12 $1,851,000

**Source: CoachesHotSeat.com, gathered from contracts and media reports

ESPN SportsNation Poll

July 30, 2009

If you feel like getting ‘abso-tooting-lutely nuts,’ then head on over to the ESPN College Football homepage and vote for the poll, ‘Which team will win the Big 12 North?’ 48% of the ‘Nation likes Nebraska (inlcluding 90% in-state) while 53% of Missourians and 51% of Kansans (Jayhawks) like their state team.

***Check out Sporting News‘ ’50 Greatest Coaches (all sports college/professional) of All Time where Tom Osborne comes in at #34***

Zac Lee’s Time Is Near

July 30, 2009

There’s absolutely no question that Nebraska’s biggest issue with the skeptics heading into the fall is that of the quarterback position and the ability of Zac Lee. And even though few did get a chance to see Nebraska’s spring game where Lee showcased his talents by going 15/18 for 214 yards with 3 TD’s, they are still quickly to summarize the Huskers’ quarterback situation by simply saying, ‘Joe Ganz graduated and Patrick Witt transferred.’

#5 Zac Lee

It won’t be until September 5th that the rest of the Big 12 and college football will get their first glance of Nebraska’s probable quarterback for the next two seasons. Nobody knows Zac Lee yet.

In one year at San Francisco Community College, the 6’2, 215 lb. Lee impressed by leading the Rams to an average of 40 points/game while tallying up 3,400 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, and completing 64 percent of his passes. Other accolades that shouldn’t be underestimated were his team’s 10-2 record and an appearance in the California junior college title game, not to mention that he was considered the nation’s top junior college quarterback by Rivals.com, Scout.com, and SuperPrep Magazine.

That experience alone is an enormous difference to consider when you compare Lee with every other newbie that will be at the helm for the first time in their careers this season. Enormous difference.

(the quotes below are taken from Brian Christopherson’s article in the LJS on Tuesday)

Said Bo Pelini:

  • “He’s a very confident young man, borderline cocky, but not cocky. Very grounded. I’ve been around a lot of athletes and I like his makeup. I’m looking forward to having him as our quarterback.”
  • “He can make all the throws. He can get it out there down the field. He can throw those deep comebacks when need be. … There are some kids you don’t want that ball going to the outside of the field. Zac isn’t one of those guys.”
  • “We have to temper him sometimes. Sometimes he thinks he can put the ball in a pinhole. He has that makeup about him where he thinks he can do anything. Fortunately he’s taken well with Coach Watson and how he coaches him.”
  • “A natural leader.”

Said Roy Helu:

  • “He knows he hasn’t arrived by any means and we know we haven’t arrived as an offense. Leadershipwise, he has it. He was born with it. He’s funny. He’s a guy in the huddle who will come in – we’re in the middle of competition with the defense – and he’ll tell a joke. He’s kind of like a replica of Joe (Ganz), except his arm’s a little different and he’s just as fast if not faster.”

According to Christopherson, Shawn Watson told a group of Husker supporters recently that ‘Lee throws as good a ball as anyone he’s coached in 28 years.’

The bottom line is that this offense is going to be much more dynamic this season with the loss of Ganz. Joe was a fine college quarterback, but as Roy Helu said, Lee’s arm is a ‘little different’ and ‘he’s just as fast if not faster.’

And with some of the young speedsters at WR that haven’t seen much time before – such as Curenski Gilleylen, Marcus Mendoza, Antonio Bell, and Khiry Cooper – to go along with Niles Paul, Menelik Holt, Chris Brooks, Will Henry, and of course TE Mike McNeill (recently named to the Mackey Award watch list,) the Huskers have the pieces to not only be dynamic, but very explosive.

Nebraska Compared to the Big 12 North the Past 8 Seasons

July 30, 2009

**First off, make sure to go over to the new Illinois blog, “Hail to the Orange,” and check out a great post titled – ‘Please don’t ever retire, Joe Paterno‘ – it’s well worth your time.**

This is something interesting I just stumbled across. Here are the I-A Winning Percentages from 2001-2008 (8 seasons). Boise State, USC, and Texas all tied for 1st @ 85.4%, Oklahoma was 2nd @ 82.4%, Texas Tech was 17th @ 68.3%, and then Nebraska came in at 30th – 4th in the Big 12.

Here’s the North:

30th Nebraska 62.7%
36th Missouri 59.0%
49th Kansas State 54.5%
62nd Colorado 50.9%
70th Kansas 49.4%
88th Iowa State 39.7%

I was dying to know more about Texas Tech. You know that since 2001, Mike Leach hasn’t had a losing conference record in the Big 12? Also, Leach has only 5 non-conference losses over those 8 years, which includes bowl games. Fascinating.

Iowa State Players Liking Paul Rhoads; Gene Chizek Not So Much

July 29, 2009

As if Gene Chizek wasn’t already on shaky ground with Auburn Tigers’ fans, then along comes ISU Qb Austen Arnaud and DL Nate Frere at Big 12 Media Days.

(Paul Rhoads)

It sounds as if the Iowa State football team had a chance for a few last words with former coach Gene Chizek that it would have been something along the lines of ‘don’t let the door hit you in the ass.’

Said Arnaud:

  • “You hear about guys walking around like they were on egg shells (last year), but right now, coach Rhoads will be in the locker room, hanging out, sitting on the couch, just chillin’. That’s the cool thing about him. He’s down for us, and we’re down for him.”

Said Frere:

  • “I’ve played for three different coaches since I’ve been at Iowa State. Coach Rhoads is a people person, just like coach McCarney was. You can tell he cares – he puts the effort forward to get to know you and your family.”
  • “We kind of got burned on the last deal,” Frere said of Chizik’s surprising December departure. “When (Chizik) says that he’s staying for sure, and then you find out through the media that he took a trip to see another school about another job, and then having to hear about it through the media that he accepted it … and then he calls a team meeting after the fact …
  • “There was a lot of emotion in that room. There was a lot of anger.”

And when asked how Rhoads compares to Chizik, Frere said:

  • “No comment. Between workouts, coach Rhoads will come into the locker room and hang out with us, watch TV and sometimes talk about things other than football. This is the first time I can remember a coach doing that since coach McCarney left.”

And if there’s one thing that I like about Paul Rhoads’ attitude about taking on a team with 10 consecutive conference losses (17 on the road), it’s that he knows exactly what he’s gotten himself into:

  • “We’ve attacked those numbers from Day One. We don’t brush them under the carpet. We talk about them openly.”
  • “It’s a new era of Iowa State football. I think the challenges are you inherit a program that has no tradition, so to speak, in collegiate football and in the Big 12 since its inception back in ’96, I believe. We have one Big 12 North shared title, something that we’re very proud of, and need to build upon. But the lack of recent success is the first hurdle that you must overcome.”

If there’s a bright side for Iowa State and Paul Rhoads this season, then I guess you could point out the 15 returning starters, which includes Arnaud.

If I was an Iowa State fan, there are four games I’d have circled on my schedule: Kansas State in K.C., vs. Colorado, vs. Baylor, and @ Texas A&M. If there’s a conference win for this team in 2009, then it’s coming from there.

College Smokeshow of the Week: Florida State’s Margo

July 29, 2009

I realize some of you have been wondering about our lack of college coeds lately. Well, it’s time to put the football down as I pegged today as the day it all returns. You might find this hard to believe, but I’ve been stockpiling college girls (pictures that is) ever since the conclusion of the first annual Poon-per Bowl.

Our weekly/biweekly “College Smokeshow of the Week” feature will begin today and will show coeds from coast to coast, school to school. “Take the Double Extra Points” will still be exactly the same as in year’s past which means you are getting a double dose of college girls every week throughout the fall.

After sifting through photos of the candidates and after hours of deliberation, I had to make a very important executive decision about who gets the coveted honor of gracing the inaugural post. I have decided to buck the trend of cheerleaders/models and choose Margo (HT BC), who is a Florida State soccer player (remember Amanda anyone?) and whose hotness is only increased by her collegiate athletic ability.

Sure, there will be hotter girls to come, but I just had to go with an athlete this first time. Besides, have I ever you let you down before?

She’s on the left in the photo below. You’re on your own for the rest.

Mike DeArmond Is Blogging Again; Knows Why Nebraska Was Picked 1st

July 28, 2009

For reasons not yet known, I decided to go check in on Mad Mike’s mad blog at the Kansas City Star after last week’s debacle –LINK . And now that I read his latest blog installment titled “Media Ignorance?,” I’m officially making it my last visit. Unfortunately, I read it and now so must you.

In his latest attempt to debunk why Nebraska was voted first in the Big 12 Preseason Poll, the Missouri Tigers’ media ace in the hole comes up with this:

“The media that picked Nebraska to win the Big 12 North over Kansas and Missouri in the league’s voting, aren’t abso-tooting-lutely nuts. They’re just blissfully unaware. My new theory, and I’m sticking to it, is that too many media members who primarily cover the South division relied on the tradition of what Nebraska used to be, not on what they are, one of merely three Big 12 North contenders that are all flawed in one way or another this season.

“Can’t pick Kansas; everyone knows that is a basketball school. Can’t pick Missouri; couldn’t win with Coffman, Maclin and Daniel so sure as heck can’t win without them.
So who is left? Nebraska! The Cornhuskers used to be really good.”

“By the way, Nebraska center Jacob Hickman is a hoot.
Asked about having to play at Kansas and at Missouri this season, Hickman acknowledged Missouri fans can get a bit “rowdy.”
“Obviously, they are rambunctious fans,” Hickman said. “I got spit on a couple of times the last time I went out there. But that’s beside the point.
“If anything, that encourages you. . . if you do that it can help you, propel you, in the game.””

To summarize, Nebraska isn’t a basketball school nor did we lose Chase x 2 and Maclin, and therefore, the 17 out of 32 media representatives who voted Nebraska first on their ballots did so because of what Nebraska used to be. Either I’m abso-tooting-lutely nuts or he just really said that.

Not only does this clown attempt to insult the intelligence of every other Big 12 media representative out there but also insults the intelligence of every college football fan out there.

Nonetheless, Missouri still loves ya Mike. You’re a hoot.