Three and Out - Guess who's going to Game 7 of the NBA Finals?
1. It pays to have friends in high places. Or, in Butch Jones' case, it pays to have an agent with another client in high places. The Tennessee head coach will be in attendance at tonight's Game 7 of the NBA Finals as a special guest of Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. The two share the same agent, Trace Armstrong, and have become fast friends. “We really hit it off,” Jones told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “We started to build a relationship and that trust factor. We found out we believe in a lot of the same core values and principles about motivating and developing your team from a leadership standpoint. And then we just kept talking and talking.”
Jones could cement his status as the Heat's official good luck charm, as the then-Cincinnati head coach was also inside American Airlines Arena when Miami clinched the 2012 NBA title over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
2. Penn State has traditionally used its hybrid public-private status to keep official monetary figures out of view. But Thursday's announcement of Bill O'Brien's new contract allows us to know just how much the second-year head coach will make.
Overall between base salary, Nike contract, and contractual appearance money, O'Brien is guaranteed $3,282,779.00 in 2013.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) June 20, 2013
That $3.2 million figure will make O'Brien the 11th-highest paid head coach in college football according to USA Today, just behind TCU's Gary Patterson and ahead of Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy.
3. The best non-conference schedule in college football, according to Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel, belongs to SMU. With a home date against Texas Tech and road trips to TCU and Texas A&M, the Mustangs are certainly deserving of that honor. But mixed in between the three former Southwest Conference rivals is FCS foe Montana State. In fact, each of Tramel's top eight schedules, and 15 of the top 19, features at least one FCS foe and one (Clemson) boasts two. Again, these are the best non-conference schedules in college football. The stigma generated from scheduling FCS opponents has officially been killed. Now can someone please ask the Big Ten exactly why they're dropping FCS games?