College Football 2012 – The Coaching Carousel Continues!

Most of the major coaching vacancies were filled this week highlighted by Cincinnati’s Butch Jones leaving there to go to Rocky Top and the SEC wars.

In recent years, Cincinnati has become a coaching hot bed stepping stone to land a big time gig. Brian Kelly left there to get his dream job at Notre Dame and now Jones leverages his success at Cincy to move on to Tennessee. Butch is going to have a tough time rebuilding that program to it’s glory days. UT, much like Clemson, is stuck in a time warp. Many Vol supporters want to bring back Phillip Fulmer as their savior and Clemson thinks the only chance they have of winning is to bring back Danny Ford. Good luck Butch – South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are waiting for you! Auburn, trying to recapture their national championship days, brought back Gus Malzahn ( their former OC ) to try and rebuild their once proud tradition. The Auburn faithful just can’t stand Alabama’s success and are hoping for a miracle – tomorrow! Good luck Gus – LSU, Alabama, and Texas A&M are waiting for you! Arkansas, trying to bounce back from the Bobby Petrino debacle, names Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema as their head man. During his tenure at Wisconsin, Bielema’s teams have dominated the weak Big 10 and have gone to 3 straight Rose Bowl games. Good luck Bret – LSU, Alabama, and Texas A&M are waiting for you! Purdue nabs Darrell Hazell from Kent State, N.C. State lures Dave Doeren from Northern Illinois, Sonny Dykes leaves La. Tech for Cal, and Boston College names Steve Addazio as their top man. Good luck to all of you – mediocrity awaits you! Charlie Strong of Louisville just may be the smartest of them all! With all of the above mentioned schools chasing after him, Charlie parlays that into a raise and contract extension to stay put at Louisville. A chance for success at Louisville or move on to one of these schools and get fired after 3 years because you can’t win there? Stay Strong, Charlie, and a “real” football school will soon be calling! Speaking of Cincinnati, they just named Tommy Tuberville as their head coach. Tuberville leaves Texas Tech in the middle of the night and the Tech brass say they were blindsided by this move. Do you think Tommy would have felt blindsided if Tech had fired him after his recent side line altercation with an assistant coach? I think Tommy beat them to the punch and got out in the nick of time! Has anyone “lowered” themselves yet to take the Colorado job???

Congratulations to Johnny Manziel as he becomes the first freshman to win college football’s most prestigious award – The Heisman Trophy.

Manziel, the QB from Texas A&M, had a monster year as he surpassed SCam Newton’s NCAA record for total yards in a single season. A&M, in it’s first year of SEC competition, shocked the world by going to Alabama and handling the Tide. The Johnny Football hype machine was already rolling but the win over the Tide pretty much sealed the deal for Manziel. Manziel had to beat Manti Te’o and Collin Klein to win the award. Te’o was seeking to become the first true defensive player to win the Heisman but fell just short. Te’o, and the bigger prize ( the BCS National Championship ) may be his in 4 more weeks! For a good part of the year, Klein was in the driver’s seat to win but a late season collapse at Baylor opened the door for Johnny. Now we will have to wait and see if the Heisman Hangover wears off and A&M will play well in their bowl game versus Oklahoma.

Yesterday, Navy beat Army 17-13 for their 11th straight win in this match-up.  I love the history and tradition of the game, the superstars that have played in it, and the fact that it represents football played for all of the right reasons. There aren’t huge paydays tomorrow for these young men and women in the Armed Forces or Naval Academies. A few may get drafted in 4 0r 5 years but they are playing for something bigger – protecting our nation and the right for freedom and democracy. Sadly, this game signifies the end of the college football season. It has been another great year and I wish it could go on, but, we are now stuck with the bowl season mis-matches that begin on December 15.

Bowl Season will soon be upon us! 70 teams, 35 games, 28 ho-hum games, 6 good match-ups, and 1 game of significance awaits us. Seriously, other than LSU-Clemson, South Carolina-Michigan, Kansas State-Oregon, Texas A&M-Oklahoma, Georgia-Nebraska, Wisconsin-Stanford, and the BCS National Championship game between ND and Alabama, what other games have any national significance? The Division III national semi-finals had Mount Union ( 14-0 ) beating Mary Hardin-Baylor ( 13-1 ) 48-35 and St. Thomas defeating Wisconsin-Oshkosh by a score of 28-14. This sets up their national championship game ( Mount Union vs. St. Thomas ) Friday night in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl played in Salem, Virginia. Amazing, Division III has a playoff structure and we are left with insignificant bowl match-ups like San Jose State vs. Bowling Green, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, and Kent State vs. Arkansas State. They get the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl and we get the BBVA Compass Bowl, the Bridgepoint Education Bowl, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. I think I need to go and sit on the “Infamous A to Z Toilet Bowl” now!!!!

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2012 Bowl Game Schedule

Bowl Location/Tickets Date/Time Network
Gildan New Mexico
Nevada vs. Arizona
Albuquerque, N.M.
University Stadium
Dec. 15
1 p.m.
ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato
Toledo vs. Utah State
Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium
Dec. 15
4:30 p.m.
ESPN
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
BYU vs. San Diego State
San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 20
8 p.m.
ESPN
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
UCF vs. Ball State
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tropicana Field
Dec. 21
7:30 p.m.
ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans
East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
New Orleans
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Dec. 22
Noon
ESPN
MAACO Las Vegas
Washington vs. Boise State
Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium
Dec. 22
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
Sheraton Hawaii
Fresno State vs. SMU
Honolulu
Aloha Stadium
Dec. 24
8 p.m.
ESPN
Little Caesars Pizza
Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
Detroit
Ford Field
Dec. 26
7:30 p.m.
ESPN
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
San Jose State vs. Bowling Green
Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium
Dec. 27
3 p.m.
ESPN
Belk
Cincinnati vs. Duke
Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium
Dec. 27
6:30 p.m.
ESPN
Bridgepoint Education Holiday
Baylor vs. UCLA
San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 27
9:45 p.m.
ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Independence
Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium
Dec. 28
2 p.m.
ESPN
Russell Athletic
Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech
Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl
Dec. 28
5:30 p.m.
ESPN
Meineke Car Care of Texas
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech
Houston
Reliant Stadium
Dec. 28
9 p.m.
ESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Rice vs. Air Force
Fort Worth
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Dec. 29
11:45 a.m.
ESPN
New Era Pinstripe
West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Bronx, N.Y.
Yankee Stadium
Dec. 29
3:15 p.m.
ESPN
Kraft Fight Hunger
Navy vs. Arizona State
San Francisco
AT&T Park
Dec. 29
4 p.m.
ESPN2
Valero Alamo
Texas vs. Oregon State
San Antonio
Alamodome
Dec. 29
6:45 p.m.
ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings
TCU vs. Michigan State
Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium
Dec. 29
10:15 p.m.
ESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
NC State vs. Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field
Dec. 31
Noon
ESPN
Hyundai Sun
USC vs. Georgia Tech
El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl
Dec. 31
2 p.m.
CBS
AutoZone Liberty
Iowa State vs. Tulsa
Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl
Dec. 31
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
Chick-fil-A
LSU vs. Clemson
Atlanta
Georgia Dome
Dec. 31
7:30 p.m.
ESPN
TaxSlayer.com Gator
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern
Jacksonville, Fla.
Everbank Field
Jan. 1
Noon
ESPN2
Heart of Dallas
Purdue vs. Oklahoma State
Dallas
Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1
Noon
ESPNU
Outback
South Carolina vs. Michigan
Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium
Jan. 1
1 p.m.
ESPN
Capital One
Georgia vs. Nebraska
Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1
1 p.m.
ABC
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio
Wisconsin vs. Stanford
Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl
Jan. 1
5 p.m.
ESPN
Discover Orange
Northern Illinois vs. Florida State
Miami
Sun Life Stadium
Jan. 1
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
Allstate Sugar
Louisville vs. Florida
New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome
Jan. 2
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
Tostitos Fiesta
Oregon vs. Kansas State
Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Jan. 3
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
AT&T Cotton
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium
Jan. 4
8 p.m.
FOX
BBVA Compass
Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss
Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field
Jan. 5
1 p.m.
ESPN
GoDaddy.com
Kent State vs. Arkansas State
Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Jan. 6
9 p.m.
ESPN
Discover BCS National Championship
Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Miami
Sun Life Stadium
Jan. 7
8:30 p.m.
ESPN

 

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