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Turner Gill to Iowa State? The All-Too-Real Possibility

December 15, 2008

I’ll be honest. I (along with Husker Mike) am a tad frightened at what could be the outcome of what is more than likely about to begin this week.

It’s not going to surprise anyone that follows college football when Iowa State officially starts pursuing the hottest coaching commodity available. Gill’s coaching stock has soared since taking lowly Buffalo to heights never imagined. And for all different reasons, rationales, and circumstances, Gill and several BCS conference schools (namely Auburn and Syracuse) have decided to pass on each other.

BCS conference schools with openings for the 2009 season at one time: Tennessee, Auburn, Washington, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Clemson, Purdue, and Kansas State.

All gone.

The newly vacated head coaching job at Iowa State now happens to be the one and only BCS conference job left on the table. Simply put, it is the only job available where Gill wouldn’t be making a lateral move if he was to take another head coaching job for next season. His time is now. It would not be hard to be excited for Gill if this scenario was to happen. On the other hand, it would be hard to watch him succeed. Hypothetically speaking, if he was to pull off a Buffaloesque success story at Iowa State, it would be at Nebraska’s expense.

On a related sidenote, Gene Chizek autographed portraits are not selling very well down in Alabama. Read here for the backlash he is taking from the not so enthused Auburn fans.

You’re not in Iowa anymore, coach.

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Buffalo’s Banner Day

December 6, 2008

For one cold Friday in December of 2008, the city of Buffalo, NY became the sports mecca of the United States.

First, former Buffalo Bills running back and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Orenthal James Simpson received a minimum of 9 years in the Nevada State Penitentiary. Ironically, the Associated Press notes that “he was convicted of an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 13 and was found guilty on the 13th anniversary of his Los Angeles murder acquittal. The Las Vegas jury deliberated for 13 hours after a 13-day trial.” Good riddance.

Second, Husker legend Turner Gill took the Buffalo Bulls from the depths of Division 1 football all the way to MAC Champions. In fact, before Gill’s arrival at Buffalo just 3 years ago, Buffalo was a staggering 10-69 in just 7 seasons as a member of the FBS. Gill has a 15-22 overall record and now has a conference championship to add to his improbable run as head coach.

Said Buffalo Athletic Director Warde Manuel about Gill,

“So many people told us we couldn’t do it, told us not to come [to Buffalo], told [coach] Turner [Gill] not to come and just the belief of the kids and the community and the university and to be where we are today is just overwhelming,” Manuel said. “I thought it would take a little bit longer, but Turner is the best person, the best coach, the best motivator, the best leader, one of the best I’ve ever been around. What he’s done with these kids, we were told we couldn’t do it here.”

Hello Syracuse?