Sonny Dykes and Gary Patterson
Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech struggled early in the season, starting 1 - 4 before rattling off 7 straight take the WAC title and finishing 8 - 4. On Wednesday, Louisiana Tech will take on Gary Patterson and TCU in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
Dykes and Patterson have known each other for many years, dating back to when Dykes was the receivers coach at Texas Tech and Patterson was beginning to turn around the TCU program.
Last December Patterson invited Dykes to visit campus as the Horned Frogs were preparing for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Dykes took the opportunity to study how Patterson ran his program behind the scenes and use that to help them improve on their 5 - 7 record in his first season as the head coach at Tech.
"The thing I wanted to do was evaluate the way they practiced, watch the way other people practice, and the way the coaches interact with each other, and how the players interact with the coaches" Dykes said.
Louisiana Tech and TCU will kickoff Wednesday at 8 on ESPN.
Mark Hudspeth and his Ragin' Cajuns finished off a very nice season on Saturday. Louisiana Lafayette lead for most of the game, but needed a 50 yard field goal as time expired to beat San Diego State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns racked up an impressive 568 yards of total offense, with nearly 500 coming through the air.
With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns finish up 9-4 with their 4 losses all coming on the road against Oklahoma State, Arizona, Western Kentucky and Arkansas State. Hudspeth's team was picked by most to finish at or near the bottom of the Sun Belt.
The victory marked the first bowl win in decades for Louisiana Lafayette football. Congratulations to Coach Hudspeth and the rest of the staff on a big program win.
Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football on tonight, and then we'll have at least one game the rest of the week, except Friday.
All times are eastern.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco - 8:30 - ESPN
NFL action today.
All times are eastern.
Carolina at Houston - 1 - FOX
Washington at NY Giants - 1 - FOX
Miami at Buffalo - 1 - CBS
Seattle at Chicago - 1 - FOX
New Orleans at Minnesota - 1 - FOX
Cincinnati at St. Louis - 1 - CBS
Tennessee at Indianapolis - 1 - CBS
Green Bay at Kansas City - 1 - FOX
Detroit at Oakland - 4:05 - FOX
New England at Denver - 4:15 - CBS
NY Jets at Philadelphia - 4:15 - CBS
Cleveland at Arizona - 4:15 - CBS
Baltimore at San Diego - 8:20 - NBC
Coach speak: Stanford DBs coach Derek Mason
Stanford has done a great job all season highlighting their coaches, and we have featured a couple of their "Coach Speak" videos already.
The video below with co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Derek Mason has some good coaching points in it, and then cuts to some raw practice film where it shows the coaching points in action.
Bowl games kickoff today! The DII national championship game, one NFL game, and FCS semi's are on as well.
All times are eastern.
Dallas at Tampa Bay - 8:20 - NFL Network
NCAA DII National Championship: Wayne State (MI) vs Pittsburg State (KS) - 11am - ESPN2
New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming vs. Temple - 2 - ESPN
FCS Semifinal: Georgia Southern vs. North Dakota State - 2:30 - ESPNU
NAIA National Championship: Carroll College vs. Saint Xavier - 4:30 - CBSSN
Idaho Patato Bowl: Utah State vs. Ohio - 5:30 - ESPN
New Orleans Bowl: UL Lafayette vs. San Diego State - 9 - ESPN
Aledo vs. Manvel - 12 - Fox Sports Southwest
Southlake Carrol vs. Fort Bend Hightower - 4 - Fox Sports Southwest
Spring Dekaney vs. Cibolo Steele - 8 - Fox Sports Southwest
Need a laugh?
It's Friday, time for a laugh.
So a few minutes ago a viewer texts us. He simply asks, "How many visits will there be to The Scoop today?"
We respond, "About 80,000. Why?"
He responds, "Tell every single one of them I'll bet them $1 that the Pitt AD will make the wrong hire."
Us: "You're going all in on Pitt's AD?"
Him: "Wife needs a new Lexus. Easy money!"
If anyone wants any part of the action let us know, we'll hook you guys up.
Just our opinion...but the candidates are so good for this job that it seems nearly impossible to screw this one up.
Recruits like this stuff
There has been a lot of talk circulating around the Vanderbilt football program this season about how James Franklin has changed the culture of the Commodore program.
Word is the video below is on the big screen as you enter Vandy's football facilities.
Vandy will take on Cincinnati in the Auto Zone Liberty City Bowl on December 31 at 2:30 eastern.