Western Carolina coach Mark Spier sounds off on Kirk Herbstreit
Alabama beat Western Carolina 48-14 on Saturday, one of four SEC vs. FCS games on the slate. The pre-Thanksgiving breather has become something of a tradition in recent years, something Will Leitch defended quite eloquently at Sports on Earth earlier this week.
Most, however, do not share Leitch’s point of view. Among those is Kirk Herbstreit, who called the practice “embarrassing” on College GameDay this morning.
Watching that segment in a Tuscaloosa hotel room, apparently, was Western Carolina head coach Mark Spier.
“A guy had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life, Ohio State, primadonna state quarterback talking about, ‘It’s an embarrassment,'” Speir told AL.com. “He ain’t ever coached.”
For the record, Lee Corso defended the practice during the same segment, and Mack Brown did as well later in the day on ABC.
“Coach (Nick) Saban had a lot of great things before and after the game about FCS playing the big boys,” Speir said. “Alabama needed this game. Like I said, whether they win or lose, Alabama, I think those fans had a good time today.
“I’m just proud of FCS football, I’m proud of our football team, I hope America doesn’t listen to a guy who sits behind a mike that hasn’t ever done it, with that silver spoon in his mouth, he never had probably a bloody nose or a callous like some of these guys.”
Spier ended his spiel with – what else? – a “Roll Tide.”
“(You’ve got a) governor who, until the employment rate went down, he ain’t takin’ a paycheck,” Speir said. “I wish some of those guys behind a (microphone) would work for a living too instead of putting their opinions out there.
“But I love your governor here. I love this program here and I’ll give you a Roll Tide.”
GameDay was at Harvard-Yale on Saturday, its second visit to an FCS locale in the show’s more than two-decade history. No word on its first visit to Western Carolina.
Video: This is what Navy football is all about
At Navy, being a football player is just a small blip on a long list of accomplishments for Midshipmen players.
After graduating from the academy, most of the men’s football careers will pale in comparison to what they accomplish off the field, and the changes that they’ll go on to inspire.
Last weekend’s game against Georgia Southern was Senior Day, and The Brotherhood put together a special tribute (complete with a true family feel) to that senior class.
At the end of the clip, Ken Niumatalolo talks about “how blessed he is to coach these kids,” and you’ll be hanging on every one of his emotionally charged words.
There’s a reason that this is considered one of the best weekly series, and the final installment of the 2014 regular season really captures the essence of why it’s so good. The guys behind the scenes in Annapolis do an outstanding job with these.
FootballScoop Mailbag: Open jobs, Michigan, hot coaches and one amazing URL
It’s a Friday before the real hiring season begins. Questions are pouring in from all angles and about all sorts of jobs and coaches. This morning we opened it up for mailbag questions and you guys slammed us. So here’s the rundown and what we addressed in today’s video mailbag.
1. How many FBS jobs do you see coming open this offseason (0:30).
2. Please, please, please shed some light on all of the current openings in FBS. We address them as follows: Florida (2:25), Kansas (8:00), SMU (9:05), Troy (10:30), Buffalo (12:10).
3. The situation at Michigan (13:20).
4. Give me a sitting FBS head coach who no one is talking about; but who will be asked to interview for “bigger” jobs (15:10).
5. Most viewed article this week on FootballScoop (15:45)? Coach and his family #ShakeItOff with nearly 100,000 views since Monday.
6. Bonus – This one is good for a solid laugh. Check out this college football website (16:50).
Video: Dan Mullen and DC Geoff Collins crash a class for a quick pep talk
Dan Mullen and his defensive coordinator Geoff Collins crashed a class taught by Professor Whit Waide Jr. recently to give his students a few quick words of wisdom as exam time approaches.
Coach Collins talks about how he preaches to his players the importance of “controlling what they can control” before getting the entire class going on a “PSYCHO….DEFENSE” chant, which is quite impressive.
Then Mullen takes center stage and talks about how professors like Whit Wiade Jr. and the university as a whole have contributed to their on the field success.
“I know professor Waide has been here much longer than I have, and made an impact on a lot more people than I have, but I know that he’s also a major part of the success that we have here.
“With the help of Professor Waide, and the faculty, and the leadership of the whole university, everyone kind of starting to come together about how great we can be, and that is what it takes. If you’re going to be great at anything, you’ve got to have a great plan, then you’ve got to have the people in place that believe in that plan and that are going to go get it done.” Mullen tells the class.
Video: ESPN takes you inside a Fat Guy Touchdown
Mercer notched the Fat Guy Touchdown of the year last week (sorry, Arkansas) in a throwback pass to Thomas Marchman, who immediately drew an excessive celebration penalty by bowling the ball into his teammates, who then fell over like bowling pins, and punctuated it all by doing a cartwheel.
According to Marchman and the other Mercer offensive linemen, the excessive celebration flag was a direct order from offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Casey Vogt.
“You’ve got a 290-pound man doing a cartwheel. That’s pretty athletic,” said head coach Bobby Lamb. “If he did that on a high school tape we’d sign him in a heartbeat.”