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Posted on: November 18, 2009 12:29 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2009 3:14 pm

We all know that the SEC rules our lives. So what are we to make of the release this week of The Blind Side, the much-hyped movie adaptation of the famous book?

To me, it's free advertising for the coaches and schools involved. Free recruiting advertising.

Think that other coaches aren't jealous? The movie features Nick Saban (as LSU's coach), Houston Nutt (as Arkansas' coach), Tommy Tuberville (as Auburn's coach), Phil Fulmer (as Tennessee's coach) and, uh, Lou Holtz.

Sure, they're at other jobs, or out of jobs, but think about what they represent. When they watch the movie potential recruits will see the current coach of Alabama (Saban), the current coach at Ole Miss (Nutt) and a couple of out-of-work coaches who will be getting free advertising -- Tuberville and Fulmer.

I'm all for Tubby and Fulmer getting new jobs. Holtz, well, I think you know my stance on him. This is not the economy of health care, I just wonder if the rest of the SEC coaches, or the rest of college football will be so thrilled about Friday's premier.

Fiesta frolic: The Fiesta seemingly holds the fate of Boise State in the BCS. The bowl would get the second pick after the Sugar Bowl if the rankings remain the same -- Florida or Alabama at No. 1 and Texas at No. 2.

The Sugar Bowl would take the Gators-Tide loser because it would have lost its anchor team, the SEC champion, to the BCS championship game. The Fiesta would pick second because it would have lost its anchor team, the Big 12 champion (Texas). In that scenario, the only threat to the Broncos -- unless Texas is upset – is Oklahoma State. It could finish 10-2 and qualify as an at-large team.

Qualify is a relative term. It was communicated to me this week that the Fiesta Bowl considers its relationship with the Big 12 similar to that of the Rose Bowl with the Pac-10 and Big Ten. In other words, the Fiesta isn’t passing up a BCS-eligible Oklahoma State to take Boise State.

A lot has to happen: The Cowboys still have to beat Colorado and, more significantly, win at Oklahoma to finish 10-2. The Pokes would be going to Glendale having finished second in the Big 12 South with no wins over currently ranked teams.

Boise, then, has to be big Oklahoma fans on Nov. 28. If not, the at-large teams look like this: TCU, Big Ten (Iowa/Wisconsin/Penn State), SEC (Florida/Alabama) and Oklahoma State. The six other slots are taken up by the six major-conference champions.

TCU search: Sometimes you just get lucky. Nine years ago, the TCU coaching search’s was kept  small and secret. Dennis Franchione was going to Alabama. Then-TCU AD Eric Hyman was joined by NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt and TCU trustee Malcolm Louden.

They climbed into a private jet, hitting as many candidates as possible in as short a time as possible. Your loyal blogger recently obtained that candidates list:

Sonny Lubick, former Colorado State coach and former assistant at Miami
Rick Minter, former Cincinnati coach
Watson Brown, former coach at Alabama-Birmingham and current coach at Tennessee Tech
Jeff Bower, former coach at Southern Miss
Dave McGinnis, former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and TCU grad. McGinnis is now an assistant with the Tennessee Titans.
Dan McCarney, former Iowa State coach and current defensive line coach at Florida

After running through that group, The Thoughtful Three came back and found their guy in their backyard. They picked Dennis Franchione’s defensive coordinator, a guy named Gary Patterson. Things seem to have worked out.

McGinnis never was a head coach after the Cardinals. Bower was let go at Southern Miss a couple of years ago. Brown had a mostly mediocre stay at Alabama-Birmingham. Lubick is retired. Minter left Cincinnati after 2003 and is currently the defensive coordinator at Marshall.

“I watched Gary coach the defense and I knew he was a genius,” said Hyman now the South Carolina AD.

Goodbye, Dick Tomey: The classy, accomplished San Jose State coach retired this week (effective at the end of the season) reminded of the biggest tragedy of his career.

In 1995 while coaching at Arizona, Tomey endured the death of Damon Terrell. During a preseason workout Terrell collapsed due to sickle cell trait and died about a month later. A hospital technician removed a tube leaving an air bubble in Terrell’s bloodstream. He died not from a disease but because of hospital error.

Tomey was given the news during a game that year against Georgia Tech.

“That was gut wrenching … Damon was out of the woods, he was going to recover,” Tomey said. “At halftime of the game they told me that Damon had passed away. They weren’t going to tell a anyone else, because people were watching on television. The hospital had made an error.

“I knew it and I couldn’t tell anybody. I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t want to be anywhere …  I went in the lockerroom after the game. I was about to explode. I had to tell the guys their teammate had died. It was the most gut-wrenching thing. The outpouring of affection for that young man was amazing but the circumstances were clearly the most difficult thing I ever had to deal with.”

The next week at Illinois, Arizona called timeout before the opening kickoff. They formed the letters “D” and “T” with helmets held to the sky.

Most improved: So far it’s Idaho and SMU. They’re tied. Each is five games better than last season.

Idaho has gone from 2-10 to 7-4. SMU has rebounded from 1-11 to 6-4. Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads is the most successful first-year coach to this point improving the Cyclones, 6-5, four games from last season.



Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2009 5:07 am

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Nick Saban is the devil and Bama fans are the sum of the Earth.  The list of the biggest scumbags alive goes something like this.

1.  Bama Fans
2.  Bin Laden
3. Pedophiles

That made me laff!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2009 8:44 pm

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Are you serious. Holtz left an NCAA investigation in waiting at every stop he made. Mediocre coach with one lucky season.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 4:02 pm

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thegourds  Lou Holtz bailed on the New York Jets after the 1976 season because he said he wasn't cut out for the pro game. Noone has ever questioned Holtz's integrity for doing what Saban did. Saban has been successful at every school he has coached. His coaching style didn't translate at the pro level so he came back to what he loves.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 3:57 pm

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I would think any kid in America who knew anything about football would have known who the coaches were without seeing the movie.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:52 pm

Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl

There is no history or tradition between the Big 12 and the Fiesta Bowl.  The tie in between the Fiesta and Big 12 is only a few years old.  Big 12 teams have only played in 6 of the past 10 Fiesta Bowls.  The traditional bowls for the Big 12 are the Orange (Big 8) and Cotton (SWC).  The Fiesta Bowl shold pick Boise State over Oklahoma State if BSU remains undefeated.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 1:04 pm

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Nick Saban is the devil and Bama fans are the sum of the Earth.  The list of the biggest scumbags alive goes something like this.

1.  Bama Fans
2.  Bin Laden
3. Pedophiles

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2009 12:54 pm

Oh, and by the way...

Oklahoma is 64-2 at home under Stoops, and has the nation's longest current home winning streak at 28 games.

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2009 12:31 pm

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Boise State need not fear Oklahoma State.  Mike Gundy and the Pokes will not beat Oklahoma in Norman.  Since taking over for Les Miles in 2005, He is 0-4 against the Sooners, losing by an average of 3 touchdowns.  On Owen Field he is 0-2 losing by an average score of 46-16!  Things don't bode well for the Cowboys' BCS Bowl chances.

Here's to the Sooners beating Tech and Okie State, and stealing the Cotton Bowl bid!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2009 11:34 am

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I actually thought Saban was all about integrity. What has he EVER done wrong? Nothing. He left Miami after the season because he missed the college game and he took a better job at Alabama. His program has been run very cleanly. I like Holtz too, but you should learn what you're talking about before spouting off at your little keyboard.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:59 am

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Wow , talking trash about a man like Lou Holtz who stands for everything that is respectable and admirable in college football ? Saban is a good coach who has been successful but he can't exactly be compared to Holtz when you are talking about integrity now can he, and when it is all said and done that is what truly matters in comparing someone to someone else. Poor Dodd .... the SEC doesn't need any more help they already get enough press and love.

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