Spurrier and Garcia
You just have to know he planned it this way.
Late this week, head ball coach announced that Connor Shaw would start at quarterback rather than Stephen Garcia. Brilliant motivation tactic.
Shaw played the first 21 plays. The team accumulated 69 yards, no points (and was down 17).
In comes Garcia...however he does it, the team rallied behind him. Final score was a Gamecock victory, 56-37. Garcia ran for 2 TDs and threw for one (7-15 for 110 yards, 1 TD - 0 Ints, ran 5 times for 56 and the 2 TDs).
Asked about Garcia's performance post-game, Spurrier offered, "He cleaned up. He shaved. He decided to act like a quarterback."
Ohio State coaches motivate their players
Sources tell us that last night, prior to Luke Fickell's first game as head coach, that some of the other coaches arranged a special "players only" viewing of the video below. Players reportedly left the room "ready for war" against Akron.
We're pretty sure Fickell won't be sporting a sweater vest.
Corso and Cuban
For those of you that might have missed it, last night's TCU at Baylor was an unbelieveable game. "Instant classic" being thrown around openly last night on Twitter. Gary Patterson and Phil Bennett's defenses...and the final was 50-48 Baylor. Wow.
Likewise, for the guys working this morning that missed this live, on the Gameday set, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on set with Fowler, Herbstreit, Corso and Desmond (oh and Erin Andrews). Cuban picked Oregon over LSU, Corso, "Not so fast..."
Solid football throughout the day...and then Chip Kelly vs. Les Miles tonight!
All times Eastern. National coverage listed below.
Akron at Ohio State - noon - ESPN
Utah State at Auburn - noon - ESPN2
Miami (OH) at Missouri - noon - FSN
Northwestern at BC - noon - ESPNU
Western Michigan at Michigan - 3:30 - ESPN2 / ABC
Minnesota at USC - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2
UCLA at Houston - 3:30 - FSN
South Florida at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC
LA Monroe at Florida State - 3:30 - ESPNU
BYU at Ole Miss - 4:45 - ESPN
FAU at Florida - 7 - ESPNU
Oregon vs. LSU - 8 - ABC
Boise State vs. Georgia - 8 - ESPN
Tulsa at Oklahoma - 8 - FX
LA Tech at Southern Mississippi - 10 - FSN
Colorado at Hawaii - 10:15 - ESPN2
Ray Lewis talking to the team
2 minutes of Ray Lewis explaining life to the current players at the U.
"Greatness is a lot of small things done well...."
Ray can give a talk.
Field being named after Arizona State's DFO
John Wrenn, Arizona State's assistant athletic director for football operations, is a coaching legend.
In 20+ years of serving as a high school head coach, he was named state coach of the year five times in two different states (Arizona and Illinois) and his teams won three state championships.
Tonight, the field at Perry High (AZ) will officially be named, "John Wrenn Field"; a well deserved honor.
Tressel hired by the Colts
On a call where most figured Colts head coach Jim Caldwell would be discussing players they had to cut to get down to the roster limit, he mentioned a coaching hire.
Yes, Caldwell announced that he has hired Jim Tressel to serve as a "game day consultant".
Caldwell says Tressel will be up in the box during games, reviewing replays amongst other things. Caldwell cited their long time relationship and mutual respect in hiring Coach Tresel and he added that this was a position he's been looking to fill "for several years".
Zona's really big, video board
Arizona hosts Northern Arizona Saturday night.
Coaches on the field, as well as everyone else within a few miles of the stadium, will have a great view of HD replays on the new big video board.
Pretty high end video below showing the control room for the giant board. Looks like these guys know what they are doing.