Video: 'The Revival' at Auburn
I came across this fan-produced Auburn video earlier today, and realized that it was just too good to not share.
The video covers everything from the end of Gene Chizik's tenure, to the start of the Gus Malzahn's era and "The Revival" of the Tiger program since that point.
Buckle up and enjoy this one. It's one of the more well done fan videos that I've come across the entire year.
Mack Brown will reportedly step down at Texas
Texas head coach Mack Brown will step down after 16 seasons in Austin, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. The announcement is expected to come by the end of the week, Chip Brown states.
Brown will receive a $2.75 million buyout and step into a "special assistant to the president" position at $500,000 per year through the end of his contract, the report states. Brown is under contract through 2020 at $5.4 million per year.
Brown has denied the report. "I'm in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here," Brown texted to 247Sports.com. "I have not decided to step down." A Texas official also told the Austin American-Statesman that Brown "has not told anyone that he's stepping down." Note the wording here. No one in the UT camp, from the school president to Brown himself, has said that Brown will not step down or that he will be the Longhorns' coach in 2014, just that he "has not told anyone" that he's stepping down. Recall that this is the exact same playbook Texas employed in September when news broke of DeLoss Dodds' retirement, only to see him retire a couple weeks later.
Mack Brown once told me he was building a new office at UNC and "planned to use it." He took the Texas job the next morning.— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) December 10, 2013
With Brown's departure from Texas, the move the entire college football industry has waited for has finally dropped.
Brown is the second-winningest head coach in Texas football history and has produced the fourth-most wins in college football since his hiring in December 1997, guiding the Longhorns to a 158-47 record over that span. Brown also delivered a national championship in 2005 - the school's first since 1970 - two Big 12 championships, four Big 12 South championships, two trips to the BCS National Championship, four BCS appearances, nine consecutive double-digit wins seasons, the school's second Heisman Trophy winner (Ricky Williams, 1998) and two Heisman Trophy runners-up (Vince Young, 2005 and Colt McCoy, 2008).
Brown produced a 101-16 (.863) record from 2001-09 and a 69-9 (.885) mark from 2004-09, but fell to 30-20 over the past four seasons. In what many dubbed a make-or-break 2013 season - with Brown himself proclaiming his team had the ability to "win all the games" - Texas got off to a 1-2 start. The Longhorns rallied to a six-game winning streak, but lost two of their final three to close the season, capped by a 30-10 loss to Baylor in the de facto Big 12 championship game.
With the rise of Baylor and Texas A&M, coinciding with Texas' own backslide over the past four years and the retirement of longtime athletics director DeLoss Dodds earlier this fall, it was simply time to move on.
A lot of coaches I spoke w last week and this week felt this was a done deal several weeks ago.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 10, 2013
I also think that 99% of the coaching community was hoping Mack would make this announcement rather than reporters breaking it.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 10, 2013
There is real belief within the profession that Saban will happen. Absolutely fascinating times.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 10, 2013
With more than three decades as a head coach, beginning at Appalachian State in 1983, Brown ranks 10th in college football history with 220 career victories.
We will have more updates as they become available.
Kick it or go for it? A robot analyzes every 4th down decision in the NFL
As if NFL head coaches weren't already judged enough by every arm-chair quarterback in the entire world, there's a new critic on the scene and it's not even human. The New York Times has unveiled 4th Down Bot, an algorithm analyzing the merits of every single fourth down decision each in NFL Sunday.
4th Down Bot has studied every NFL game since 2000 and found that, on average, NFL coaches are far too conservative. According to the chart below, 4th Down Bot shows coaches should go for it on 4th and 2 or shorter no matter where they are on the field.
If you wish to follow and interact with the 4th Down Bot on Twitter, you can do so. If not, you can read the full article here.
From a statistical perspective, they say, going for it will lead to a maximization of points (their term) more often than not.
"The difference is stark: coaches are much more conservative than they should be if they are truly trying to score as many points as possible. Too often, coaches forfeit the ball through a punt, for instance, when they have a solid chance to make a first down. The field position they gain from the punt is often not worth the missed opportunity to keep a drive going."
Obviously, this is all much easier typed than done.
The site analyzes every fourth down decision from each NFL game. Here's an example from last night's Bears win over the Cowboys. Trailing 27-14 with 10:37 to play in the third quarter, Dallas elected to punt on a 4th and 4 from the Chicago 41. The 4th Down Bot disagreed with the decision, essentially because going for it would have increased the Cowboys' odds of winning by three percent.
This is how you showcase a D-II program on the rise
In the two seasons prior to the kickoff of the 2013 season, Assumption College (D-II - MA) won a total of 7 games.
This season was much more eventful, both on the field and off. Back in late October a few members of the staff saved a man from being mugged, and that good karma carried through the football season where the program notched their first 6 win campaign since 2010.
All but one of their five losses this season came by less than 10 points, and with the explosiveness that they have on both sides of the ball, and that good karma following them around on the recruiting trail after receiving national attention for rescuing the mugging victim, things are looking really good for this program in 2014.
Think about it; after seeing this highlight, what parent wouldn't want to send their kid to play for a program on the rise, coached by men of great character? This staff has a ton to sell on the recruiting trail this off season.
VIDEO: Try to find a happier locker room than this
Rice will not play for a national championship. They won't play in a BCS game. They won't be ranked in the top 25.
And they couldn't care less.
Rice won the Conference USA championship on Saturday with a 41-24 win over Marshall. It's the Owls first Conference USA title, and first outright conference championship since winning the Southwest Conference championship since 1957.
Following the win, Rice was invited to play in the Liberty Bowl - they'll face Mississippi State on New Year's Eve - and you could say they're pretty excited about it.
This jubilant locker room is a testament to the outstanding job done by David Bailiff and his staff. Rice is 10-3 this season and 15-3 over its last 18 games.
VIDEO: Stanford's season highlight film is most excellent
For the first time in more than 40 years, Stanford will make back-to-back appearances in the Rose Bowl. A year after upsetting Oregon and winning the Pac-12 championship... the Cardinal upset Oregon and won the Pac-12.
Once again, Stanford led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (18.6 points per game), touchdowns allowed (28), rushing defense (91.62 yards per game), yards per carry (2.98) and total defense (339.4 yards per game). Stanford went 5-1 against the top half of the Pac-12, including two wins against Pac-12 South champion Arizona State, and beat Notre Dame in non-conference play. In all, seven of the Cardinal's 11 wins came against ranked teams, and they'll get an opportunity for an eighth win against No. 4 Michigan State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
This is the season highlight video the Cardinal showed its players at the team banquet on Sunday night. If you like hard-nosed football and clean cinematography, this one's for you.
The guys from College GameDay do their best Dick Vitale impression
Dick Vitale is celebrating his 35th year at ESPN this season, calling his first game back on December 5th of 1979.
That kind of longevity, paired with his one of a kind personality and catch-phrases, deserves a little extra recognition and what better way to do that than to get guys like Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, and various other ESPN personalities to do their best "Dickie V" impersonation?
Fowler's is by far the best in the entire clip. See him at the 24 second mark.
In the film room with Michigan State secondary coach Harlon Barnett
At this point in the year, you've heard it all about Michigan State's dominating defense.
Courtesy of the Big Ten Network, now you get to go in the film room and learn a a bit about what makes them so successful against the run (#1 ranked run defense), and against the pass (#2 pass defense rating).
If you've been to any clinic where a Michigan State defensive coach has talked over the past five years, the things that most people want to know revolve around the structure of the defense, and how they're able to run their cover 4 so effectively. Secondary coach Harlon Barnett touches on both of those things in this clip.
"We look at our defensive front, at times, as a nine man front counting both safeties to stop the run. In saying that, our corners are pretty much out on islands and have to play with great, pressed up man technique the entire game."
Plenty more quality coaching content from Barnett below.