Monday November 16, 2009
SI.com writer Steward Mandel says: A knowledgeable person within the sport whose opinion I value told me Sunday that Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson "may be the best coaching hire in the last 30 years." The No. 7 Yellow Jackets (10-1, 7-1 ACC) are headed back to the ACC title game for the first time since 2006, only this time it feels like the Jackets' best days are still to come.
More from Colin Cowherd this morning: "Folks, before Mack Brown got to Austin, they were averaging 44,000 fans. Now they average 94,000 fans. $50 a ticket, 50 thousand more fans....that's 2.5 million dollars. Folks, you could argue Mack Brown makes his salary in 1 football weekend in Austin."
Interesting quote from Colin Cowherd: "If Jim Zorn makes the same call Belichick made last night, he's no longer the coach of the Redskins." In case you missed it, the Patriots went for on their own 28 yard line on 4th & 1 with 2 minutes to go. They didn't convert. Colts take advantage of the short field and win 35-34.
Props to Will Muschamp & Paul Rhoads: NBC announcer Al Michaels mentioned that the Indianapolis Colts coaches think cornerback Jerraud Powers could be the most intelligent corner to enter the NFL in years. Michaels mentioned his ‘Football IQ is off the charts' according to the coaches. We thought it was a nice compliment for the two coaches Powers played for at Auburn. Both Muschamp and Rhoads served as coordinators / secondary coaches during Power's career at Auburn.
Arkansas DC treated at hosptial: The school said only that Willy Robinson was treated for an infection. Inside linebackers coach Reggie Johnson called the defense in the win over Troy.
Q&A with Oregon State OC Danny Langsdorf:Q: Mike Riley is a prince of a guy with the media. Does he have a dark side that we are missing? Does he secretly have a horrible mean side behind closed doors?
Danny Langsdorf (Answer): "Oh, he's awfully mean to me [laughs]. What you see is what you get with him. That's the beauty of it. There's no hidden agendas. There's no false pretense with him. You watch him on TV or on the sidelines and he's smiling. It's the same stuff he's saying to me on the phones. We'll be in the middle of an important part of a game and he'll say something like, 'Man, isn't this fun!' He says stuff that you don't think a guy would say at a time like that. That's just how he is. He's relaxed and poised. He's pretty good to work for that way. He doesn't undress you and swear at you. He talks to you. He encourages you. And he'll get mad. But you don't see it very often."
Quoting Marshall head coach Mark Snyder: "I think we are playing some good football right now," said Snyder, despite consecutive losses to UCF and Southern Miss. "We are just coming up a little short.
"We have played some good teams. I told the kids down there tonight, 'You guys are giving it everything you have to win the game.' So, it makes it a little rough on everyone.
"For me to sit there and say we are not doing this and that well, we are not getting better, we are getting worse. ... I can't sit there and say that.
"I think this team is getting better every week. The competition has been going up every week, too, so I really have no complaints right now."
LSU equipment: LSU's budget allows for two sets of helmets for each of 105 players who participates in preseason camp. Staff began working on the helmets for the Ole Miss game Friday, the day before the Louisiana Tech game.
Pay Day for Chattanooga: This time, when Tennessee-Chattanooga plays the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, the visitors will walk away with a $400,000 payday.
Quoting Derek Dooley after close loss at LSU: "I'm proud of the effort, but at the end of the day we didn't get it done in the fourth quarter," Dooley said. "There is a lot to build on for the program, but I hate for the seniors that the results are what they are. I believe there are a lot of encouraging signs for the program."