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  • Mississippi State center explains stomping on LSU defenders. We good here?

    Saturday night was an incredible one for Dan Mullen and Mississippi State. Maybe Mullen’s best in his six seasons in Starkville. His Bulldogs outclassed LSU in every phase of the game, racking up an unheard of 570 yards at night in Death Valley, as Mississippi State powered to a n0t-nearly-as-close-as-the-final-score 34-29 win. He called an incredible game.

    The only downer of the night (other than the final three minutes, which Mullen said took 7-10 years off his life) were two plays by Bulldogs center Dillon Day, who stomped on Tigers defenders in the aftermath of two plays.

    See for yourself below:

    Today, Day released an explanation, and it appears he will not face punishment. His explanation was retweeted by a member of Mississippi State’s sports information staff. Day’s explanation sounds sincere – or, at least, at sounds as if Day sincerely believes his explanation – but he’s not the only lineman that faces a similar situation throughout the course of a game.

    Read Day’s explanation below.

    Dillon DayCoaches, what do you think? Is Mullen right for standing by his player, or should he have some sort of punishment for his starting center?


  • FootballScoop Study: Why you want a coordinator in his early 40’s


    We’re nearly a month into the college football season, which means hiring season is closer than we’re all ready to admit. When hiring a coordinator, are you better off seeking an experienced mind, or rolling the dice with a bright, young mind? While there are certainly a number of success stories on either end of the spectrum, the numbers we found indicate you’re better off veering younger.

    We looked at the  coordinators for the top 10 scoring offenses and defenses over both the 2013 and (admittedly young) 2014 season, and our numbers indicate the target area for coordinator hiring is somewhere around the late 30’s or early 40’s.

    The logic behind that makes sense. At 40, a coach is entering the sweet spot of his career. He’s experienced enough to develop a firm idea in his identity and his scheme, but still young enough to stay on the cutting edge schematically and relate to players and recruits.

    Offensive coordinators, 2013 top 10 scoring offenses

    Philip MontgomeryBaylor42
    Jimbo FisherFlorida State48
    Tom HermanOhio State39
    Scott FrostOregon39
    Jake SpavitalTexas A&M29
    Dave SchrammFresno State51
    Bill LeggMarshall51
    Chad MorrisClemson45
    Lincoln RileyEast Carolina31
    Mike NorvellArizona State32

    Median age: 40.5

    Offensive coordinators, 2014 top 10 scoring offenses

    Philip MontgomeryBaylor42
    Jake SpavitalTexas A&M29
    Jim ChaneyArkansas52
    Mike BoboGeorgia40
    Scott FrostOregon39
    Dave WarnerMichigan State54*
    Mike NorvellArizona State32
    Dave ChristensenUtah53
    Tyson HeltonWestern Kentucky37
    Bill LeggMarshall51
    Tim BeckNebraska48

    Median age: 41

    Defensive coordinators, 2013 top 10 scoring defenses

    Jeremy PruittFlorida State40
    Vance BedfordLouisville56
    Pat NarduzziMichigan State48
    Kirby SmartAlabama38
    Mike ElkoBowling Green37
    Dave ArandaWisconsin37
    Todd OrlandoUtah State42*
    John SkladanyNorth Texas65
    Phil ParkerIowa51
    Derek MasonStanford44

    Median age: 43

    Defensive coordinators, 2014 top 10 scoring defenses

    Lance AndersonStanford40*
    Phil BennettBaylor58
    Dave WommackOle Miss58
    Brian VanGorderNotre Dame55
    Dick BumpasTCU64
    Bob ShoopPenn State48
    Jim KnowlesDuke49*
    Mark SnyderTexas A&M49
    Phil SnowTemple58
    Kirby SmartAlabama38

    Median age: 52

    * Estimated age

    The median age jumps a decade, but this one needs to be chalked up to sample size issues. That is, unless you believe Duke, Texas A&M, Temple and others will end the season ranked around where they are now.

    Let’s check again in a couple months and see what the numbers say.

  • Nick Saban shares advice on personal finance and women’s fashion in a new commercial

    Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Nick Saban, Regions Bank comes out with this commercial where he talks sound financial advice, AND a little women’s fashion.

    Next stop for Saban; New York Fashion week?

    The Tide are off this week, and will head to Oxford to take on Ole Miss October 4th.

  • The Twitter 12 pack of things I didn’t expect to see this weekend


    It seems like this weekend’s college and NFL action was full of nuggets that I (and many others) never expected to see. Here’s a recap of all of them in one place, purely for your enjoyment.

    Here’s your Twitter 12 pack from the weekend. Enjoy the snazzy new name.

    1) The “-kowski’s” dominated the Pats – Raiders match-up.

    2) Notre Dame and Texas A&M are the two remaining teams yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season. 

    3) At one point during Sunday’s action Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu had just as many passing touchdowns as a few well known NFL quarterbacks.

    4) I didn’t think Arizona would; A) need, or B) would be capable of scoring 36 points in the fourth quarter.

    5) Uh, what’s that guy’s title with the headset on?

    6) I know Lane Kiffin is a bright offensive mind…but I don’t know if anyone saw this one coming.

    7) Mike Leach did what?

    8) I’ve seen Michigan struggle firsthand, but this is nuts.


    9) Indiana lost to Bowling Green in a shootout last weekend, then they go into their match up with Mizzou and dominate (ON DEFENSE!) from the start.

    10) How is this even possible?

    11) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly – Dual Threat?

    12) A match-up made in heaven? Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ll show myself out now.

    Unrelated Bonus: How did I not notice this before?

  • Thirteen thoughts from the college football weekend


    I thought this tweet summarized Saturday’s action perfectly.

    The 2014 season has been going for nearly a month now, but this was the first Saturday college football truly felt back.

    Here are 13 thoughts summarizing a wild weekend.

    1. As a voting member of the FWAA, I nominated Mississippi State as my National Team of the Week, and they very much deserve it. I can’t tell you the last time a team walked into Death Valley at night and grabbed a 34-10 lead, but I can tell you it’s been a while. I’ve been critical of Dan Mullen’s ability to build a real SEC West contender, and, with one SEC game down, it appears he’s on his way. Now the Bulldogs have to do it again, and again. After a bye week, Mississippi State’s next two games: vs. No. 6 Texas A&M, vs. No. 5 Auburn.

    2. As exciting as Arizona’s Hail Mary win over Cal was for Rich Rod and the Wildcats, you have to feel for Sonny Dykes and the Cal staff. Seeking their first Pac-12 win since mid-October of 2012, the Golden Bears led 31-13 entering the fourth quarter, and still lost. How often do you see a team take an 18-point lead to the fourth quarter, score two touchdowns in that final quarter, and still lose? The good news is Dykes should only have to wait an extra seven days for his first conference win. Colorado comes to Berkeley on Saturday.

    3. I hope John Swofford has organized some sort of emergency support group for his coaches this week. How did Virginia Tech lose to Georgia Tech? How did Pittsburgh lose to Iowa? How did Clemson blow that game to Florida State? How?

    4. The most frustrating thing for Michigan in its two losses is that the Wolverines actually outgained Notre Dame and Utah in its two losses. Granted, the margins were 289-280 against Notre Dame and 308-286 versus Utah, but those numbers don’t indicate Michigan would be on the wrong end of a 57-10 cumulative score with zero offensive touchdowns. That’s what a minus-7 turnover differential will do for you.

    5. Yardage totals can be deceiving, but this one says a whole heck of a lot: Alabama 645, Florida 200.

    6. Mississippi State’s win over LSU means that if Arkansas beats Texas A&M on Saturday at AT&T Stadium, all seven SEC West teams will be ranked a week from now. This feels like the right time to mention that the Hogs are averaging 7.13 yards per carry with 17 touchdowns in on 45.5 carries per game. The Aggies’ front had better put some bricks in their britches on Saturday.

    7. I’m only mentioning this because the selection committee will notice it: Oklahoma beat West Virginia on the road more convincingly than Alabama did in a quasi-home game.

    8. Speaking of the Big 12, Kansas State’s loss to Auburn was the conference’s final chance to snag a win over a national title contender outside the conference. West Virginia almost beat Alabama, but didn’t. Oklahoma State almost beat Florida State, but didn’t. Texas almost beat UCLA, but didn’t. And Kansas State should have beaten Auburn, but didn’t. Considering the cannibalisitc nature of the league’s round-robin schedule, where an undefeated national title contender has been cut down in a November road game every year since the Big 12 moved to a nine-game schedule, and it potentially leaves the conference in a precarious place come Selection Sunday.

    9. Kansas beat Central Michigan 24-10 on Saturday. The last time the Jayhawks beat an FBS opponent by two touchdowns? A 42-16 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 25, 2010. That was 43 games ago, back when Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M were still in the Big 12.

    10. A statement that perhaps summarizes where both programs stand on the college football pecking order: Miami visited Nebraska on Saturday night, two historic programs that have squared off for multiple national championships, at one time the best inter-sectional pseudo-rivalry in college football, and the game was relegated to ESPN2, with nary a ripple on the overall national landscape.

    Although I have to say this is awesome.

    11. Congrats to Old Dominion. The Monarchs’ 45-42 win at Rice gave Old Dominion a win in their inaugural Conference USA game. This from a program that wasn’t playing football as recently as 2008. The competition hasn’t been great, but Bobby Wilder going 49-15 with a rebuilt football program is impressive.

    12. A number of games this week were not suitable for children. Wisconsin dropped 68 on Bowling Green, Michigan State hit Eastern Michigan for 73, East Carolina left a 70-point bomb on North Carolina, Georgia blanked Troy 66-0, Temple dusted Delaware State 59-0, and North Texas tied a Conference USA record by dropping 77 on poor Nicholls State.

    13. And finally, congrats to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets for defending Reveille from SMU wide receiver Der’ikk Thompson on Saturday.


    This now evens the scoreboard at Corps of Cadets 1, SMU 1.