Auburn’s Gus Malzahn wins Home Depot Coach of the Year, Washington’s Seferian-Jenkins wins Mackey AwardSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday50 mins ago
For leading the incredible turnaround from winless in the SEC to national championship appearance, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn has been named the Home Depot Coach of the Year. The award will be presented to Malzahn at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.
After a year at Arkansas State, Malzahn took over a Tiger program that went 3-9 in 2012 and led them to a 12-1 record in 2013, improving its win total by nine games, the best among all FBS teams. If Auburn wins the BCS National Championship over Florida State, Auburn’s turnaround would be the best in FBS history.
Malzahn is only the second head coach to lead his team to the national championship game in his first year on the job. Miami’s Larry Coker did it in 2001. Malzahn is also the only first-year coach to win the SEC Championship in the title game’s 22-year history.
In addition to Malzahn, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be presented with the John Mackey Award as the country’s outstanding tight end.
In his three years at Washington, Seferian-Jenkins has accumulated 143 catches, 1,801 yards and 20 touchdowns. This season, Seferian-Jenkins had 33 receptions for 413 yards and seven touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Earlier this season we had the wonderful punt completion for a first down and now we have a punt for a safety.
Arizona Western was punting from its own end zone against New Mexico Military Academy in the El Toro Bowl and the punt was into a strong wind. A wind so strong that the punt hardly went anywhere.
And then to add to the insult, the punt bounced backwards and out of the end zone for the safety. The funniest part of the video? The audible noises in the background of the press box as the punt hits the ground and spins towards the goal line.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Army-Navy game is one of the most historic rivalries in all of sports, and on Saturday when the captains from both squads meet at midfield for the pregame coin toss, a coin with a unique history will be used.
President John F. Kennedy was supposed to use the coin during the coin toss of the 1963 Army-Navy game, and on Saturday – more than 50 years later – the coin will finally be used to decide who gets possession to open the game. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, eight days before he was scheduled to participate in the game’s coin toss.
The 1963 game, a 21-15 Navy win, was postponed to Dec. 7, and one week later, Midshipman captain Tom Lynch received a package in the mail. It was a package from Cyrus Vance, secretary of the Army. Inside the package Lynch found a letter and the silver dollar coin Kennedy would have used.
The letter from Vance read:
9 December 1963
Dear Midshipman Lynch,
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
As the internet continues to have fun saying the words "Nick Saban" and "Texas" in the same sentence, Saban has agreed to do something other than be Alabama's coach this January.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch says that Saban will be included in ESPN's BCS Championship coverage.
I can report that @AlabamaFTBL coach Nick Saban has agreed to work for ESPN for the BCS title game (Jan. 6) in Pasadena.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 10, 2013
Saban was on ESPN's College Gameday on Championship Saturday, his first media availability since his Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. And while Saban's disdain for interviews and media coverage can be very transparent at times, he seemed comfortable on the set and gave thoughtful analysis.
- Joe Garza at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Bryan Harsin is leaving his post as head coach at Arkansas State to take the reins at Boise State, according to sources, reports Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde.
Chris Petersen left Boise State to take the head-coaching job at Washington, leaving the position open for Harsin. Harsin served as Petersen's offensive coordinator at Boise State from 2006-10. He then was Texas' offensive coordinator from 2011-12.
In his only season at the helm at Arkansas State, Harsin, 37, led the Red Wolves to a 7-5 record with a 5-2 mark in the Sun Belt Conference, leading the team to its third consecutive league title.
Michigan State community raises money for student whose car was flipped after Big Ten Championship winSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Michigan State students and fans took to the East Lansing streets Saturday night after the Spartans knocked off formerly unbeaten Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.
Around 2:30 a.m., a little bit after the time MSU student Steven Ripley returned to his apartment after work, several over-excited celebrators submerged on Ripley’s 1995 Honda Civic in the parking lot of his apartment building. From the window of his apartment, Ripley and his roommate saw as the fans turned his car onto two wheels and by the time Ripley and his roommate made it outside to the car, the car had already been flipped over.
The car was totaled and the costs for repair were beyond anything Ripley, a self-described “broke college kid,” could afford.
“It was probably one of my lowest points,” Ripley told mlive.com. “I was struggling financially, a broke college kid, even before my car was flipped over. I didn’t know how I was going to figure it all out.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
The family of Jameis Winston’s accuser will hold a press conference Friday in Florida, according to an email sent out to the media.
It will be the first media conference the family has held since the story went public last month and the first words from the family of the accuser since the very generic statement it released following the announcement that Winston wouldn’t be charged.
On Dec. 5, Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that he did not find enough evidence to charge Winston with a crime. Meggs noted that the accuser’s statements were not consistent and that he didn’t feel like she would have been a credible witness had the case gone to trial.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
The Mack Brown era of Texas football is reportedly coming to an end.
According to Orangebloods.com’s Chip Brown, citing two "high-level sources,” Brown will announce he is stepping down as UT’s football coach by the end of the week. Brown, who led the program to a national title in 2005, will leave the Longhorns second all-time with 158 wins since being hired in 1998.
"Mack Brown loves Texas and wants what’s in the best interest of Texas and what’s in the best interest of Mack Brown,” one source told Orangebloods. “I don’t think it’s been an easy decision. But he doesn’t want negativity around the program he helped unify."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
As rumors about Mack Brown’s future at Texas continue to heat up , some enterprising fans are doing their best to keep Nick Saban’s name in the coaching search mix, including by trolling Austin’s airport.
Several reports surfaced Tuesday morning that someone paged Saban over the intercom at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The page said a car was waiting for him.
Multiple people have confirmed that Nick Saban was paged at the Austin airport this morning. THAT is hysterical.
— Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) December 10, 2013
Of course, this was just hilarious trolling. Saban didn’t come running out of the terminal into a waiting town car. Sorry, wishful thinkers.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
In the minutes after Rice won its first outright conference championship since 1957, the Owls’ locker room was a jovial place. As the team celebrated, coach David Bailiff and the Owls received a locker room visit from a representative of the Liberty Bowl.
After congratulating the team on its Conference USA title, the representative gave the team a brief history of the Liberty Bowl, college football’s seventh-oldest bowl game, before extending an invitation to the game on New Year’s Eve Day against 6-6 Mississippi State in Memphis.
Coach Bailiff accepted the invitation and the team’s reaction was awesome.
The Liberty Bowl is not on the caliber of a BCS bowl obviously, but these players don’t care. After an impressive 10-3 campaign and a 41-24 C-USA title game win over Marshall, the Owls have plenty to be proud about.
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H/T Football Scoop