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Posted on: September 10, 2008 12:37 am
Edited on: September 11, 2008 12:06 pm

Following up on Sunday's blog: How hot is Skip Holtz? So hot that if polls were released today, the East Carolina coach's program could make a heck of an argument for being No. 1. What other schools at this point have defeated two top 20 teams that won their 
conferences last season?

So hot that agents are going to start lining up hoping to be hired.

Holtz is a unique kind of "free agent". Despite having just signed a six-year extension before the season, he does 
not have a traditional agent, choosing to work closely with his boss AD Terry Holland. His buyout, only $150,000 in 
his old deal, wouldn't scare away a school trying to hire him away.

"I'm pretty much old fashioned," Holtz told me last week. "The AD hired me, we can work on a handshake. When I need 
an agent to go in there and start negotiating I've got a problem."

It's a problem he might like to have. Holtz's next job could be a lifestyle changer. Coaches have cashed in on less 
than Holtz has accomplished just this season.

"His market value is definitely on the rise," said Matt Baldwin, a senior associate in client management with IMG 
Coaches in Minneapolis. "I think he'd be a fantastic client."

IMG is the worldwide conglomerate specializing in representation and marketing. Prior to the latest extension Holtz 
was making only $4.35 million over five seasons. His new deal guarantees $1.16 million per season. The old contract 
included modest bonuses for tickets sold and for more than five conference victories per season.

Holtz's name value alone should net him some offers after the season. The problem is there don't figure to be many 
high-profile openings. Michigan, West Virginia and UCLA all have new coaches. The only sure openings seem to be 
coming at Washington and Syracuse.

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is said to be interested in Washington. With the Syracuse situation deteriorating 
rapidly, AD Daryl Gross might have difficultly landing a major-program head coach to replace Greg Robinson.

If you really want to speculate how about Louis J. (Skip) Holtz Jr. at Notre Dame some day? The former Irish walk-on 
 played for his father in 1986.

 Speaking of Leach, even he thought he was crazy Saturday against Nevada going for it twice inside his own 30. The Red Raiders failed to convert each time.


"I thought I gambled stupid and it was just dumb," Leach said. "Being in Reno, I guess I got the bug. I was stuck in a hotel where you don't have any clocks and they were pumping oxygen in there. I thought it was my lucky day."

 Beanie Wells is playing Saturday in The Cage Match In The Coliseum. What did you expect? You know my feelings.

 Washington's Ty Willingham seemingly changed his stance since Saturday when he supported the official who threw 
that horrid excessive celebration against his team:

"I think we all know that it was not the right call. There are rules written for them to use discretion, and in this 
case we didn't do that. Proper judgment was not used. That was not an act of a young man taunting, not an 
unsportsmanlike act at all, and therefore it should have been viewed in its totality and not just isolated as to the 
letter of the law."

Reaction around the country varied widely ...

Pittsburgh's Dave Wannstedt: "At the staff meeting this morning we talked about that. I'm going to show our team 
that clip and reiterate what the rules are. My initial reaction was shock. I had to see it again to see what the 
penalty was. But when you read the rule book...the official had the right to throw the flag. Did I think it was 
right? I didn't think there was any taunting going on. I know what the rule is. The official made the call that way 
but there's a gray area that needs to be talked about.

Connecticut's Randy Edsall: "I don't know why everybody got upset. It's a rule. It's simply stated in the rulebook. 
If you score, hand the ball to the nearest official. I don't know why everybody is getting upset with the officials. 
The official had no other option but to throw the flag. If he doesn't then he has a problem. The guy was doing his 
job. The kid was wrong, didn't mean it intentionally but that's part of the rule."

 Sebastian the Ibis wasn't the only one with ruffled feathers after Florida kicked that late field goal against 
Miami on Saturday night. The Gators led 23-3 with less than a minute left when Urban Meyer called for a 29-yard field goal to make the 
final score 26-3. It seemed inconsequential at the time. But it was clear after the game that the Canes were upset 
that Florida was trying to run up the score.

Coach Randy Shannon issued a terse "no comment" when asked about it. Offensive lineman Jason Fox said "If I did 
(comment), I'd probably get in trouble."

Shannon later said: "Sometimes when you do things and people see what kind of person you really are, you turn a lot of people off.

A person in the office had an interesting thought -- that it was done intentionally to cover the spread, which was 21 
1/2 points. I won't go that far. To me, it was more of a reminder that Florida is Miami's, er, witch and will stay 
that way for some time. Miami had beaten Florida six consecutive times dating back to 1985.

These things always get blown out of proportion when a rivalry is involved. It is ironic, though, that Florida coach 
Urban Meyer famously stated in his book that Georgia's bum rush of the field in Jacksonville was "a bad deal."

" ... It will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our football team ... We'll handle it."

 Parity? What parity? The three power conferences -- Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC -- went a combined 30-1 over the weekend. The only slacker was Ole Miss which lost to Wake Forest on a late field goal.

The Big 12 enjoyed it first 12-0 week with the WAC On Steroids continuing its offensive assault. Oklahoma State became the first team in conference history to have a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver in one game (a 56-37 victory over Houston). That has been only four times in history.

The rusher was Kendall Hunter (210 yards), the receiver Dez Bryant (236 yards), the passer Zac Robinson (320 yards). The Cowboys seemingly haven't missed offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, now the head coach at South Miss. The Cowboys were eighth nationally last season in total offense averaging more than 200 yards each in rushing and passing. This year's group is 12th, once again averaging 200-200.

 In that 12-0 sweep, the Big 12 scored 71 touchdowns, 33 passing, 27 rushing and 11 on defense or special teams. The touchdown passes averaged 25 yards, the scoring runs averaged 11 yards.


Big 12 quarterbacks had a great "season" completing 250 of 365 for 3,475 yards and 39 touchdowns (only eight interceptions).

 The thinnest position at Utah is now thinner. Kyle Whittingham has lost starting defensive tackles at the same 
position -- with the same injury! -- in consecutive weeks. Kenape Eliapo broke his foot in the opener against 
Michigan (out six-to-eight weeks). Lei Talamaivao replaced Eliapo and broke HIS foot Saturday against UNLV.

 Nebraska linebacker Barry Turner's season is over after suffering a broken leg against San Jose State. That 
reminds us of his quote from the preseason on how much he loves playing at Nebraska.

"Once we lose a game shops close, people are sad, divorces go up. There's no other place I'd want to play."

 West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said there is a future after Saturday's loss to East Carolina: "Jesus, Mary and 
Joseph, yes. It's only the second game of the season."

 Through two games Texas Tech has seven rushing touchdowns and only two passing. In the prior two seasons, Tech has 
scored 90 passing touchdowns and 31 rushing.

 The most brutal loss last week? I can't even begin to describe it. Read on.


Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 11:57 am

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Why is there such a stigma on RUTS?  Not just in this case but in general.  Big wins help your team come bowl time, so why not win as big as you can?

In this case, RUTS makes perfect sense.  Meyer will be recruiting against Miami for Florida players next year.  If he can use a butt-whooping of Miami, why wouldn't he?

BTW, I hate the Gators.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 11:43 am

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meyer was only trying to get his kiker some in game experience can we stop the whining now its getting old

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2008 11:18 am

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I can't wait til Tulane beats ECU this weekend then it will shut everyone up and get all the folks that know nothing about college football off ECU's bandwagon.Care to make a sizable monetary pledge to back up that statement? I could use the money.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 9:52 am

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You guys can say what you want about ECU, but thry had WVU on their heels the whole game, I could'nt believe what I was watching.


Let it go Canes's just a FG. You know damn well you would have done the same to them. 

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 9:47 am

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I think the Big East would do well to get both ECU and UCF.

UCF is pretty good and would help South Florida by getting a team close to them. ECU as we have seen this year is a good team and if they could get to a BCS bowl that would be perfect for the Big East to do.

Then later, if the Big East wanted to add two more so they could make a championship game they could add Marshall and them maybe Tulsa.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2008 9:38 am

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I hope Skip Holtz knows that he would be extremely welcome in Knoxville.

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 9:31 am

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Good one Flip or whatever ur name is, insult YOUR OWN TEAMS FAN, and use him to call a Miami fan Pathetic and act like HE'S the idiot?

Hilarious. I feel SO sorry for the Gators with their growth of idiotic fans. I would hate to have so many bandwagon retards....

Whhhaaaaaa:( I'm amazed that Cane fans have their panties in such a twist over a late field goal.

As a die hard Gator fan, I used to love hearing my Grandfather talk about his late night trips back from Florida Field in the 70s when the Gators were far from elite. He kept his season tickets even when he moved 200 miles away because tickets were so hard to get. Miami couldn't fill their stadium even if they were giving tickets away:) FSU has had a handful of down years recently. I read a couple of weeks ago how area hotels are losing business as less people are coming from out of town to watch the games and the FSU staff is now having to find ways to boost ticket sales.

I love how Gator hators around the country refer to Gator fans as bandwagon fans. The rest of the country is tired of hearing it, but the SEC has the BEST fan base. Look at LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and UF. When these teams go through slumps, their fans still show up.

To the rest of the can bite my Gator @$$!!!!

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 9:10 am

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I can't wait til Tulane beats ECU this weekend then it will shut everyone up and get all the folks that know nothing about college football off ECU's bandwagon.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2008 6:27 am

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I was at the game, and it wasn't so much the kick that bothered me, but the first team offense being in all the way until the end and launching bombs into the endzone.

As somebody said, you say well just stop them! Miami did stop them. They gave the Florida O fits all night long, you had the great field position because of a punt return at the end. But gives us the chance to stop you again, if you score the TD, so be it, then the "we didn't stop you" argument has more validity. It's a heck of a lot harder to stop the FG.

As far as the Charleston Southern example I keep seeing pop up, it's a mis-guided analogy. Florida was throwing the ball with their Heisman-winning quarterback into the end zone with less than a minute to play. Miami was running the ball with its 5th string running back and 3rd string quarterback with over 2 minutes to play. That is not apples to apples.

But I don't think it's anything worth all this attention at all. What really sucks is that it has taken away from a lot of the positive feel of the game. As I said, I was there and Gators fans were good to me and vice versa from what I saw. It was a good game that I think both teams left feeling good: The Gators because they finally beat the Canes and Miami because there was a lot of positive to take from that considering the last two years in Coral Gables.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2008 4:47 am

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I guess if someone slaps you around for more than a decade and you then finally get your chance you try to do it good. I am a Canes fan and see nothing wrong with the field goal..... as your famous Spurrier once said .....I thought we were playing football. If you take a look as Shannons actual comments Gator back to back you will see that they are not near as bad as yours about him ...difference in class I guess.  HYPOCTITE, SORRY COACH, WHINER..........I hope we meet in a bowl game!!!!!

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