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Chizik shares candid comments in book about landing the Auburn job

Gene Chizik’s book, "All In: What it Takes to be the Best," will go on sale July 5.

A couple of parts have leaked including Chizik’s candid reasoning on landing the head coaching job at Auburn, despite a 5-19 record at Iowa State.

Chizik writes, “Make no mistake, I was humbled by Auburn's decision. And I knew this had to be a God appointment because this whole thing just didn't make sense otherwise. I knew God had to be behind opening this door."

In fact, Chizik had a weird feeling just before talking with Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs about the position.  He didn’t want to interview for the position unless he was truly a legitimate candidate for the job, fearing the consequences in Ames if he didn’t land the job.

Chizik admitted, "I don't know what it's like to cheat on a spouse, but on the ride over, I imagined the feeling had to be similar to what I was experiencing at that moment.”

In his two years as the head coach at Auburn, Chizik has led the Tigers to 8-5 and 14-0 records.  He recently signed a 5-year contract worth an average of $3.5 million per year.

He will receive a $100,000 bonus for 10 or more wins, $50,000 for playing in the SEC championship game, $100,000 for winning the SEC championship game, $50,000 for playing in a BCS non-national title game, $100,000 for winning a BCS non-national title game, $200,000 for playing in the BCS national title game, $400,000 for winning the national title.  He will also receive $25,000 for an APR score of above 930, $50,000 for an APR score above 950, and $75,000 for an APR score of 1000.

Bear Down! Massive video board going up at Arizona Stadium

Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne communicates with the Arizona fans as well as any athletic director in the country, respective to their fans.

It’s certainly something the Arizona boosters, fans, students, and alumni appreciate.

Today, the athletic department launched a video with Byrne informing the fans of the progress of the new gigantic video board that will soon sit high atop the end zone seats at Arizona Stadium.

Byrne says, “This will be the best board in the PAC-12 without a doubt.  On a national perspective, there will only be a handful of schools that have anything that comes close to comparing what our new board will be and the impact it will have for us.”

While serving as the AD at Mississippi State, Byrne led a project for the construction of a massive video board in the end zone at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.

He has seen the impact a video board can have on recruiting and the overall experience for the fans on game day.

Here’s the video, which includes renderings of the new video board:

Urban Meyer believes the media should adjust their role

Urban Meyer made some refreshing comments today on the College Football Playbook with Jack Arute and Mike Leach.

Meyer doesn’t like the amount of negative attention the media and television networks are bringing towards college football.

Meyer said, “I think it’s the responsibility also of networks to balance it off a little bit.  Maybe it’s not quite as sexy, but it’s the right thing to do.”

“Andrew Luck, that’s the poster child right now for college football.  He’s the one I want my son talking about.”

“Are you kidding me? That guy (Andrew Luck) turned down the #1 overall projected pick because of architectural design.  He wants to get a degree.  And you tell me that’s not one of the greatest stories in college football in the last decade?”

“To say it’s all bad, I don’t think that’s fair.”

“It’s seems like they’re the ones (the leaders) not getting the recognition.  It’s all the guys that make mistakes that get the air time.”

Surprisingly, Mike Leach disagreed to an extent with Meyer’s thought process, citing there’s just not new storylines yet to cover with guys like Andrew Luck.

Leach said, “I think the media is willing to cover stories like Andrew Luck, for right or wrong, I just think they’ve moved on until there’s so new material.”

Leach added, “I think everybody is waiting for new material.  There’s going to be new heroes.  I honestly don’t think we have the obsession with negativity (that everyone thinks).”

There is merit to Leach’s point, but all in all, there is too much negativity from the media these days.

Would you really care if you didn’t hear another word about Terrelle Pryor?

In fact, part of the thing we enjoy doing so much at FootballScoop is staying away from news regarding NCAA investigations, violations, hot seat speculation, DUI’s, and arrests.

We’d like to think that it’s part of the reason that coaches visit our site as frequently as you do.

For the first time as a head coach, David Cutcliffe gets...

Unlike most head coaches at the BCS level, David Cutcliffe has never had the luxury of benefitting from a finished indoor practice facility.

While serving as the head coach at Ole Miss, the Rebels opened an $18 million dollar state-of-the-art indoor facility during the fall of 2004, but by the middle of December, Cutcliffe was dismissed as the head coach of the Rebels.

Duke, however, will soon open its brand new multi-purpose fieldhouse that will house a 120-yard playing surface for the football program.

Cutcliffe and his coaching staff, several of which were on his staff at Ole Miss, will finally have the opportunity to showcase one of the most critical features for a D1 program. (See Lou Holtz’ comments from Tuesday night)

Cutcliffe is entering his fourth year as the head coach of the Blue Devils.  He has compiled a 12-24 record, winning two more games than the program had won in the previous eight seasons before he arrived.

Here’s Coach Cutcliffe talking about what’s ahead for the Duke coaches and program:

Median salary for head coaches is nearly $1.4 million

In 2010, the total revenue generated by twenty-two D1 athletic departments outweighed their total expenditures.

The total revenue comes in a variety of ways including media rights contracts, ticket sales, and donations.  In 2009, only fourteen athletic departments reported making money.

The median total generated revenue for D1 athletic departments was $48,298,000.  The median total expenses were $46,688,000.

The median salary for D1 head football coaches is almost $1.4 million, for the nine assistant coaches is nearly $2 million.

Oregon’s total revenue for 2009-10 was $122,394,483.  Their total expenses were $77,856,232.  Therefore, the Ducks made $41,853,109.

According to USA Today, the top 10 athletic departments with the highest profit were:

  Oregon ($41 million)
  Alabama ($26 million)
  Penn State ($18 million)
  Michigan ($17 million)
  Oklahoma State ($16 million)
  Iowa ($13 million)
  Texas ($13 million)
  Oklahoma ($10 million)
  Georgia ($9 million)
  LSU ($8 million)

The other athletic departments that made money include Kansas State, Florida, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Purdue, Michigan State, Nebraska, West Virginia, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Washington.


Mark Richt points out over-signing isn't over

Mark Richt was one of the coaches in disgust over the notion of over-signing.

Many felt the issue was settled during the SEC meetings in Destin when university presidents decided that coaches will not be allowed to sign more than 25 recruits on National Signing Day.

The issue has essentially died down.

Until now.

Today, Richt pointed out to the Atlanta Journal Constitution the rule isn’t the end all of over-signing.

Richt said, “All I’m saying is you can still over-sign with 25. If you only have room for 15 and you sign 25, you still sign more than you’ve got.  The question is everybody’s integrity. That’s the question. Are we all going to do things in the right way? And I think everybody’s trying to do that.”

“It’s not an easy thing to manage. It’s really not because on signing day, if you sign right to the 85 number, by the time august rolls around you might have only 79 because of the attrition that happens from the signing day until august and that’ what everybody’s trying to figure out. How can we start the season at 85 and not over-sign?”

“It’s not as simple as maybe everybody wants to make it.”

Not only will SEC programs be limited to 25 signees, but December junior college signees will no longer “count back” against the previous year’s class.

The SEC is hoping both rules will be national rules, not just enforced by the SEC.

Lane Kiffin explains procedure behind closed doors with infractions committee

Today on the College Football Playbook with Mike Leach & Jack Arute, Lane Kiffin explained what’s it’s like behind closed doors with the infractions committee.

Kiffin said, “The people making the decisions are from different universities around the country and sometimes they are not involved in athletics at all, so it is a unique process.”

“The enforcement staff basically presents their findings and what they’re beliefs are on the coaches or universities, then the committee of infractions kind of questions them as well as the universities and coaches to find out what really are the issues here.”

“There is actually lot of work that goes into it (beforehand).  All parties have attorneys in it, from the universities to the coaches involved.”

“(There is) A lot of people in the room including Commissioner Slive.  I guess there were probably 40 people in the room.”

Kiffin described the mood in the room as “not real tense.”

He added, “It’s just trying to get through all the information so everybody can understand what really happened.  Was there intent to go against the rules or was there just honest mistakes made?”

Kiffin pointed out the NCAA rules manual is really big.  Leach agreed.

Leach added, “It’s ridiculously big.  It’s one of those things where it’s just like some of those NFL playbooks where everybody gets an idea then they put it together.  The thing gets distorted into a monster, they have a book with 1000 plays and they’re going to go play a game where there’s going to be 65 plays and yet they’re drawing from a thousand.”

Kiffin said he was told a ruling should come in four to six weeks.


Must watch video: Ed Orgeron getting them pumped up

It’s 82 days until the first Saturday of college football.

That’s still plenty of time for athletic departments to push season-ticket sales.

This summer, we’ve seen some interesting commercials to gain the attention of fans, to create a sense of urgency or excitement to purchase season-tickets.

Last week, we highlighted a video produced by the South Carolina athletic department that featured All-SEC defensive end Devin Taylor.  That video was pretty good, but it doesn’t beat the latest video launched by the University of Southern California.

Simply put, you have got to watch this video of Coach Ed Orgeron.