Chris Petersen - New head coach at Washington
One of the most wildly successful coaches of the past decade has decided that the timing and situation is right for him to move on.
Boise State's Chris Petersen, who compiled a 92-12 record as the head coach of the Broncos, is expected to accept the head coaching job at Washington today, according to a report from Joe Schad (and we have confirmed as well).
Multiple reports state that Petersen's contract will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac-12.
At Boise, Petersen won nearly 90% of his games, and went 5-2 in bowl games, including an undefeated season and first ever BCS bowl berth in Boise history in his first year as a head coach. That was the year that the Bronco's captivated the attention of the nation when they beat Oklahoma in a thriller using the hook and ladder, and statue of Liberty in a game that will be remembered forever.
Ever since that first season, Petersen's Bronco's have played spoiler in more games than we care to count, and have been considered a major power among the non-automatic qualifiers.
It seems like his name popped up for every vacant head coaching job since that memorable 2006 season, and according to Schad, Petersen just felt that the timing and situation was perfect for him to make his move in this situation.
As soon as Petersen steps to the podium to formally accept the job, winning games in the Pac-12 officially gets a whole lot harder.
As always, we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Chris Petersen expected to be named Washington head coach today. Will be one of highest paid in PAC-12.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2013
Chris Petersen is ready for a new challenge and views the professional and family timing and UW destination as the perfect next step— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2013
I spoke w multiple Pac-12 North coaches past few days. Each of them felt Petersen was best hire UW could make. Each hoped it didn't happen— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 6, 2013
Throwback mic'd up video: Sark at USC in 2008
Long before nearly every program in the country was mic'ing up their coaches, USC put a mic on Steve Sarkisian during their 2008 spring game when their roster was full of studs like Mark Sanchez, Patrick Turner, Ronald Johnson, and CJ Gable.
It would turn out to be Sark's last full season with the Trojans before taking the Washington job, so this is a great look at what this season will look like with Sark back on the sidelines in the Coliseum.
Baylor's hype video for Saturday: 'Case Closed'
Baylor will turn out the lights - literally - on Floyd Casey Stadium after 63 years at the stadium. The Bears close out its home since 1950 in epic fashion, with the ninth-ranked home team taking on 25th-ranked Texas with a shot at Baylor's first conference title - shared or outright, depending on what happens earlier in the day in Stillwater - as Big 12 members.
After the game, eight Baylor luminaries will literally turn off the eight light structures illuminating Floyd Casey Stadium.
Light duty at Floyd Casey on Sat: Gale Galloway, Don Trull, Jay Allison, Bruce Davis, Grant Teaff, Cyril Richardson, Ken Starr, Art Briles.— David Ubben (@davidubben) December 5, 2013
It all adds up to what shapes up to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere in Waco on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
Friday TV - MAC title game
The definition of MACtion takes place tonight with the MAC title on the line. Bowling Green and Northern Illinois are in for a slugfest.
Easter time listed.
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois - 8 - ESPN2
Kabam! Cal has sold the naming rights to Memorial Stadium
California has sold the naming rights to freshly-renovated Memorial Stadium to Kabam Field, named after Silicon Valley-based gaming company Kabam.
Among Kabam's more popular titles are Kingdoms of Camelot and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age. Yep, sounds perfect for Cal.
For a price of $18 million over 15 years, you'll see this logo at both 25-yard lines and signage at the 50.
Kabam, of whom three of its four founders happen to be Cal graduates, will also contribute to the university in the form of library donations, a scholarship program, internships and, of course, an interactive gaming zone at the stadium.
Selling naming rights to the 90-year old structure is actually a significant development historically in college football. The home of the Golden Bears will no longer be one of the near dozen Memorial Stadiums in FBS, as Cal join the likes of ever-growing list of programs that has sold naming rights to its stadium.
Not including schools that borrow time in an NFL stadium (Miami, Pittsburgh, South Florida, etc.), we count 11 schools that have sold naming rights to their football stadium: Akron (Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium), Arkansas State (Liberty Bank Stadium), Central Florida (Bright House Networks Stadium), Louisville (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium), Minnesota (TCF Bank Stadium), North Texas (Apogee Stadium), Rutgers (High Point Solutions Stadium), Syracuse (Carrier Dome), Texas Tech (Jones AT&T Stadium), Wake Forest (BB&T Field) and Western Kentucky (Houchens Industries-LT Smith Stadium).
Barry Alvarez invited 25 ticket holders in to hear about the true fan experience
Barry Alvarez is one of the select athletic directors in the country that is truly willing to explore all the options available to improve the experience at Camp Randall.
In the past he has explored the option of being able to order from the concession stand from your phone, and then jump in an express line to pick your order up amongst other ideas aimed at increasing the fan experience.
His most recent idea involved bringing 25 ticket holders in to participate in an open discussion (called the Fan Advisory Board) about the game day experience in Madison where Alvarez and his staff engaged in an open forum discussion about everything from the concession stand choices to why they decide on certain things as an athletic department, and even included a tour of some of the new athletic facilities that are going up.
Interesting idea to get immediate feedback from the fan base and a great move by Alvarez to get fans invested in some of the changes coming to Camp Randall.
Three letters that guarantee big TV ratings: S-E-C
In television, there's nothing that guarantees monster television ratings like a brand name. It's why the Dallas Cowboys are in primetime seemingly every week despite being a championship contender once a decade, why the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are on national television every other night, and why ESPN manages to pit the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees against each other on Sunday Night Baseball fifty times a season.
College football has its own brand name that guarantees ratings success: the SEC.
College football's highest-rated television package, the SEC on CBS, was up 24 percent this season, giving CBS a record 4.2 rating since the network began its SEC-specific schedule in 2001.
"It was a good year," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in the understatement of the century.
SBNation has compiled a list of the 50 highest-rated teams in the 2013 regular season and, you're not going to believe this, but the top of the chart is littered with SEC teams. Four of the top five, eight of the top 11 and 11 of the top 25 are SEC teams. All 14 SEC teams are represented in the top 47 in the nation.
According to this chart, the average Arkansas game reached more eyeballs than the average Oregon game.
Filling in the gaps at the top of the list are other gold star, brand name programs like Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
Here's the top 25:
1. Alabama - 6.445 million average viewers
2. Michigan - 5.355 million
3. Texas A&M - 5.264 million
4. Georgia - 4.845 million
5. LSU - 4.486 million
6. Ohio State - 4.413 million
7. Auburn - 4.191 million
8. Notre Dame - 3.921 million
9. Florida - 3.433 million
10. Tennessee - 3.392 million
11. South Carolina - 3.382 million
12. Nebraska - 3.187 million
13. Florida State - 3.058 million
14. Stanford - 2.904 million
15. Clemson - 2.876 million
16. Northwestern - 2.684 million
17. Oklahoma - 2.640 million
18. Wisconsin - 2.619 million
19. Penn State - 2.573 million
20. Mississippi State - 2.555 million
21. Missouri - 2.513 million
22. Michigan State - 2.502 million
23. Ole Miss - 2.490 million
24. Arkansas - 2.401 million
25. Oregon - 2.377 million
Tom Herman on the B1G title game: 'This is why you coach. Bankers don't get to do this.'
Less than 24 hours from now, one of the great chess matches of the 2013 college football season will be underway. At Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ohio State's sledgehammer running game takes on Michigan State and its iron wall of a defensive front.
Take a look at some of the stats:
Ohio State rushing offense (321.25 yards per game, 2nd nationally) vs. Michigan State rushing defense (64.75, 1st)
Ohio State yards per rush (7.05, 1st) vs. Michigan State yards per carry allowed (2.23, 1st)
Ohio State total offense (530.5, 6th) vs. Michigan State total defense (237.7, 1st)
Ohio State scoring offense (48.2 points per game, 3rd) vs. Michigan State scoring defense (11.8, 4th)
Ohio State yards per play (7.33, 4th) vs. Michigan State yards per play allowed (3.77, 1st)
Ohio State passing efficiency (163.99, 7th) vs. Michigan State defensive passing efficiency (91.79, 1st)
Ohio State third down conversions (52.05 percent, 9th) vs. Michigan State third down defense (28.73, 2nd)
Ohio State first downs offense (26.2 per game, 9th) vs. Michigan State first downs defense (14.1, 2nd)
Ohio State red zone touchdown percentage (83.93, 1st) vs. Michigan State red zone defense (43.48, 6th)
Ohio State rushes of 10+ yards (130, 1st) vs. Michigan State rushes of 10+ yards allowed (19, 1st)
That's 10 categories where each unit ranks among the top 10 nationally. Michigan State holds the edge in six, Ohio State owns three and the clubs share a first place ranking in offensive/defensive yards per rush.
Think about it, can you remember the last time you saw a game where there was a difference of nearly five yards per rush lining up on opposite sides of the line of scrimmage?
“This is why you coach,” Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman told the Detroit Free Press. “These are the games your competitive nature can come out a little bit and say, ‘I’m going to have my offense, my checkers, my pieces are going to be more prepared and play harder and longer and with better technique and effort than yours.’
“At the end of the day, there’s only a few reasons to live this crazy life that we do. … Bankers don’t get to do this. They don’t get to go compete in Indianapolis against the No. 1 defense possibly in America and say — come out hopefully on top — and say, ‘My guys did that.’ ”
I don't know where you live, but chances are the weather should be awful on Saturday night. So settle in and feast your eyes upon one of the best schematic chess matches we'll see all year between two smart coordinators - stacked with talented, experienced rosters - before one or both of them take head coaching jobs.
The Big Ten Championship kicks off at 8:17 p.m. ET on FOX.