John L. Smith: Nuss is a relater
In the late 80's John L. Smith recruited a left handed quarterback while he was at Washington State, and later landed him when he took the head coaching position at Idaho. That lefty was new Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. At Idaho, Nussmeier went on to win the Walter Payton Award.
Nuss went on to be a solid backup QB for the Saints for four seasons and in Indy for one.
John L. went on to hire Nussmeier during their time together at Michigan State, and was instrumental in Nussmeier's decision to leave Washington for Alabama. Smith said that Nussmeier reached out to him for advice early in the process and they laid out all of the positives and negatives between the two before making the decision to head to the Crimson Tide.
John L. shared his thoughts on Nussmeier as a coach with Travis Reier of BamaOnLine saying, "As a coach, I see Doug as a relater. That's what coaching and teaching is about: being able to relate to players and get the most of out your guys. Now, he's not afraid to jump up and down and get on them. He's been taught that you've got to be able to kick them in the butt but you've also got to hug them."
Richt went to jail to spend time with a recruit
We read the headline from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and said, nah, this is going to be some ridiculous story...but it wasn't half bad so here goes...
Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo were in Valdosta, GA last night to visit the #1 recruit in Georgia. Long story filled with details, but here's our summary:
Richt and Bobo met with the recruit and his family over dinner at their church. While there, the recruit's grandfather (and legal guardian) received a business call (he owns a Bail Bondsman's service). Three people needed to bond out of jail. The grandfather sent his daughter and the recruit (who are both bail bond agents) to jail to complete to paperwork to get the three out.
Richt chose to stay at the church and would wait to visit further with the recruit until he returned from doing his job.
Unfortunately, the grandfather got a call that his daughter had left her ID at the church and needed him to bring it to her at the jail. Richt, and Bobo, wound up riding to the jail with the family to bring the ID.
Richt and the recruit talked while at the jail and the two returned to the church before Richt left for the night.
Can you imagine the conversation between Richt and Bobo on the car ride home?
How to win the 4th quarter
Cincinnati outscored opponents in the 4th quarter this season 102 - 66. Ask any Bearcat, and they'll tell you it starts in the weight room.
Take a look at the video below for a sneak peek inside of the system that head strength coach Dave Lawson and the rest of the staff utilize to keep the Bearcats strong as the game wears on.
Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones and athletic director Whit Babcock sat down with the media to discuss Butch's contract extension yesterday.
Babcock cited Jones' commitment to building "something special" at Cinci as a large reason for the extension. Babcock went on to say that he has never been around a program where players play so hard, from the opening kickoff to the end of the game like they do for Butch.
The contract extension will run through 2017 and will bring his salary to $2.05 million at that time. He will also be eligible for bonuses of about $300,000 per year if he stays, according to ESPN.
Video: Advice from Urban
Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network sat down with Urban Meyer recently.
Urban talks about everything from the best advice he ever got as a coach (which came from Bob Davie) to the time with the ESPN family.
Urban wraps up the video with some advice to young coaches out there.
Joe Pa's legacy in statistics
ESPN's Stats and Information department did a great reflection over the weekend on Paterno's statistical legacy that he leaves behind. Take a look at our recap of the original article below.
- 409 wins rank second amongst all divisions. Only John Gagliardi of St. Johns (D-III - MN) has more wins (484).
- Paterno averaged almost 9 wins per season (8.9).
- Made 37 bowl appearances, winning 24 of those contests.
- Only six teams have more than 24 bowl wins in their school history.
- Paterno defeated 80 different teams during his tenure.
- Joe Pa coached a total of 548 games in his career.
- His coaching career spanned an impressive 12 Presidential administrations.
- Coached in over one third of the games in Nittany Lion football history.
NFL action on tonight.
All times are eastern.
Baltimore at New England - 3 - CBS
New York Giants at San Francisco - 6:30 - FOX
Football is back on TV today with two all star games, and tomorrow we'll see who's headed to the Super Bowl.
All times are eastern.
East vs. West All Star game - 4 - NFL Network
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - 6 - NBCSN