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  • Rick Neuheisel’s new song: Head Coach Lament


    Rick Neuheisel hasn’t been on the sidelines since 2011; but man he has continued to grace us all with some great moments from watching his son lead UCLA to a huge victory to all sorts of wonderful (?) songs.

    Rick’s latest creation, the Head Coach Lament walks us through the challenge it is to be a head coach at a place with high expectations.

    Grab a beverage, kick your feet up, turn up the volume and enjoy… Rick Neuheisel’s – Head Coach Lament.

  • The annual USA Today coaches salary database has been released


    The annual bible of FBS coaching salary information has been released by USA Today, with an all too familiar face at the top.

    But before we get into the finer details, let us be the first, on behalf of the entire nation, to thank everyone at USA Today who was involved in compiling all of this information into one usable database. Great job fellas. Thank you, on behalf of all of us that will bookmark this page and use it for the next year.

    With that said, not surprisingly, Nick Saban tops the list of coaches with an annual total salary of just over $7,087,481 million a year. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh comes in at #2 at just over the $7 million mark as well, followed by Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, and Jimbo Fisher to round out the top five.

    Interestingly enough, Mark Dantonio, who ranked second last season at $5,636,145 following a nice win in the Rose Bowl, can be found all the way down at #21 this season.

    The top 15 can be seen below, and you can take a closer look at the coaches annual salaries and their bonus information by following the respective links.


    Here’s a deeper look at some numbers we found interesting:

    -The highest paid non-Power Five coach is still Tommy Tuberville at Cincinnati at #50. His $2.2 million salary is the same from last year’s numbers when he ranked #44.

    – Scott noticed this from the bonus section:

    -The lowest paid coach from a Power-5 conference is Kansas’ David Beaty, who makes $801,169 and won’t even be able to hit the million dollar mark with bonuses (maxes out at $925,000). – Steve Berkowitz, the man behind the research, notes that there are 34 head coaches making at least $3 million this season, which is way up from where it was in 2010.

    – Missouri’s Gary Pinkel collected seven different bonuses last year, totaling almost an additional $1 million. If he earned every single bonus, he would have made an additional $1.85 million.

    -According to Berkowitz’s research, of the 94 FBS head coaches returning to the same program, 75 of them received at least one bonus. The median payout of that group? $94,000.


  • Every coach in America can learn from St. Xavier’s Steve Specht

    When a high school goes looking for a head football coach, all of them – every single one in America – wants to hire Steve Specht. I’m not talking about Specht specifically. Most of them, assuredly, probably haven’t heard of the 12-year head coach at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. But all of them are looking for their own replica of him.

    Specht has been St. Xavier’s head coach since 2004, leading the Bombers to a 106-36 record with two state championships. He’s been named the NFL High School Coach of the Year, an Ohio Coach of the Year twice, and as one of the top 10 high school coaches in America by Athlon. Specht sits on the board of USA Football and has coached in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    So, yes, each high school in America wants Specht’s win and his accomplishments. But what they really want, what their program, department, school and community truly crave, is a coach with Specht’s leadership capabilities and his outlook on the job. In that regard, many of Specht’s peers may stand to his side as an equal, but none are above him.

    In a 15-minute feature with Gridirons TV, Specht lays out his coaching roots, philosophy and outlook on his career and in leading the day-to-day of a powerhouse program, and through that Specht reveals how he’s been so successful.

    On his calling to coaching: “I think I’m one of the fortunate ones. I knew when I was younger what I wanted to do: I wanted to teach and I wanted to coach. For the most part it was the experience that I had with the coaches that coached me. That was a difference maker for me…. I studied the coaches that seemed to have a positive impact on kids, and I studied the ones that didn’t have a positive impact on kids. What I do today, it’s a combination of what I saw (that) I liked, I took a lot of great things from coaches that were positive with me, and I took away some things that I never wanted to do.”

    On his philosophy in leading a high school program: “When I speak at clinics I’ll have a slide that talks about the perception of team. Everybody looks at it as a pyramid, and at the top of the pyramid you have the individual player, and the parents are watching their son. Little bit below the pyramid you have the position coaches. They love their guys, and it’s so hard when you want to take a defensive back and make him a receiver because he might play as a receiver, the defensive back coach says, ‘You can’t take him, he’s my guy.’ Little bit lower you have your coordinators, the offensive coach wants to score a lot of points, defensive coach wants the offensive coach to run the ball to shorten the game, and at the bottom you have your strength coach, your alumni and the head coach, who look at the whole team. My goal is to flip that and have everybody buying into the team concept, to have the parents not only watching their kid but the whole team. Celebrating the play and not the player.”

    On leading and delegating: “It’s almost like being a CEO of a company. I’ve got to manage a lot of different personalities. I have a lot of help. My moms group that’s getting breakfast together for the kids today, I know that’s taken care of. I’ve got one coach assigned, he takes care of that end of it. We delegate to a lot of different coaches, give them more responsibility. How do you manage it all? You find great people to make you look good. I always tell the kids, ‘Hire up. When you’re in a position to hire, hire people smarter than you so that you look smarter.'”

    On if he looks to move on to college football someday: “Is it a fit? That’s the thing. I don’t know that I’m a college coach. I’ve been very blessed to be where I am. I love what I do. I wake up every morning wanting to go to work. I talk to college coaches all the time through the recruiting game, I see their lives and what they go through. I don’t know if that fits me right now. Maybe after my boys graduate then I start looking at things differently, but I’m going to be older, and it’s a young man’s game. I feel very blessed to be where I am. I’ve never been one to look and see, is the grass greener over there? I’ve been very content doing what I’m doing here, and I think that’s the key – to find something you love and work hard being the best you can at it. I don’t know that there’s a better job than what I have here.”

    On his favorite part of the job: “Everybody thinks that the Friday nights and the games are exciting. That’s drudgery for me. I love Sunday game-planning through Thursday practices, working with the kids. Game days, there’s too much going on. It’s monotonous. I wake up looking forward to seeing the kids, seeing how they’re developing, how they’re getting better, and I hope it always stays that way. If it ever changes then I’d have to reconsider what I’m doing.”

    Paul Franklin and the guys at Gridirons TV have done an excellent job with their first 3 videos. Looking forward to seeing what is next in their series.

  • Steve Spurrier has a request

    Steve Spurrier

    With the decision Wednesday to move South Carolina’s home game to Baton Rouge, both teams have reached out to their fans to encourage them to come out and watch what should be an entertaining ball game.

    Ticket sales have been open less than 24 hours and LSU has already surpassed 30,000 tickets sold. Impressive in my opinion.

    To encourage more fans to come out, Steve Spurrier joined local Baton Rouge radio royalty, Derek “The Prince” Ponamsky for this quick spot. Unable to contain himself, Spurrier, went “Spurrier” at the end. Don’t leave Steve, don’t ever leave.

    In all sincerity, class moves by LSU over the past few days. I’ve seen notes that LSU’s band is learning and preparing to play South Carolina’s alma mater and fight song and even saw mention that Sandstorm will be played in Tiger Stadium. I expect a very pleasant Tiger Stadium crowd Saturday, which most certainly isn’t always the case when SEC foes come to town. I’ll see you guys in stadium.

  • Report: Maryland plans to fire Randy Edsall

    Washington Post

    Washington Post

    Maryland plans to fire Randy Edsall as head coach, according to a report from InsideMDSports. The sites states the firing is expected to occur after the Terrapins’ trip to Ohio State this Saturday.

    The site lists offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as a leading candidate to serve as interim head coach.

    When asked about the report on his weekly teleconference Thursday, Edsall didn’t really discuss anything past this weekend. “The only reaction that I have to anything is what I said on Tuesday,” he said. “That’s all I’m worried about. I don’t read anything, see anything and I’m just more worried about playing Ohio State.”

    Maryland confirmed Edsall will coach the team this Saturday, but didn’t go one inch further than that. “Randy Edsall is our head football coach and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State,” the school said in a statement to ESPN.

    The Terps are off to a 2-3 start this season, with wins over FCS Richmond and South Florida, who is still looking for its first win over an FBS opponent, with blowout losses to Bowling Green (48-27), West Virginia (45-6) at Michigan (28-0) this past weekend. “Barring an unexpected last-minute reversal,” the report reads, “Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”

    Maryland is off next weekend before hosting Penn State on Oct. 24.

    Edsall was hired away from Connecticut after Maryland AD Kevin Anderson elected to fire head coach Ralph Friedgen following a 2010 season in which the Terps posted a 9-4 record and finished the year ranked in both polls. Anderson called the move a “business decision” at the time, stressing the need to push the program from “good to great.” Instead, the program slid backwards under Edsall. Whereas Maryland reached a bowl in three of Friedgen’s final four seasons, the Terps are on their way to missing for the third time in Edsall’s five campaigns.

    Edsall is 22-33 at Maryland, with high water marks coming in 2013-14, when he guided the Terps to consecutive 7-5 regular seasons and losses in lower-tier bowl games.

    Maryland inked Edsall to a three-year extension in June, but InsideMDSports reports the school will owe him a $2.6 million buyout.

    When complete, Maryland would be the second FBS program to make a coaching change during the 2015 season. Illinois fired head coach Tim Beckman on Aug. 28.

    As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.