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Pat Fitzgerald Complains About Phones, and He’s 100% Correct Despite Also Being Off-Base

Kevin Kinkead - July 22, 2019

Remember Pat Fitzgerald?

He’s Northwestern’s football coach, the guy who went on a mini-rant last year calling the run/pass option the “purest form of communism.” The term “communism” didn’t make a ton of sense in regard to the topic, but what he was basically saying is that the RPO is a pain in the ass because it blurs the line between legal and illegal downfield blocking.

Fitzgerald had another good rant at Big 10 media day, this time going on a sidebar that didn’t exactly answer the question but sort of worked as a catch-all complaint about society at large.

See for yourself:

Okay, so first things first, the main reason for declining attendance at all sporting events is because tickets are ~$75, parking is $40, beers are $12, etc. It’s too damn expensive. Plus, you can watch the game at home on your 60 inch high definition TV, then get up and walk to the fridge during one of 300 commercial breaks that a live college football crowd has to sit through on metal bleachers. They wait there patiently, watching nothing in particular, while a dude stands on the field waiting for cues from a television producer, letting him know when he can signal referees that the break is over.

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Reports: Northern Illinois Coach Rod Carey a Frontrunner for the Temple Job

Kevin Kinkead - January 9, 2019

Temple University doesn’t have a football coach as of January 9th.

One guy, Geoff Collins, left after the regular season and his replacement, Manny Diaz, returned to Miami just two weeks after doing his introductory press conference in North Philadelphia.

It looks like the front-runner for the doubly-vacated gig is Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey, according to The Inquirer’s Marc Narducci and Fox Sports college football guy Bruce Feldman:

Writes Narducci at

The scuttlebutt from the Football Coaches Convention is that Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey is looked on extremely favorable by the administration as a candidate to be Temple’s next head football coach, according to a non-Temple source.

Several people told the source that Carey made a great impression and that they expected him to be the frontrunner.

Temple, according to the source, will be interviewing candidates in Philadelphia as early as today.


The Temple source reiterated what a different source told The Inquirer and Daily News on Tuesday, that the decision could come by the weekend if not sooner.

You might be familiar with Carey as the guy who coached 12-0 Northern Illinois in the 2013 Orange Bowl. He was an interim guy at the time, filling in for Dave Doeren, who turned his success into the head coaching gig at NC State.

Carey has been at the Huskies’ helm ever since, compiling a 52-29 record while going 38-10 in the Mid-American Conference.

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In Case You Couldn’t Get Enough of ESPN’s Monday Night Football Crew

Kevin Kinkead - January 3, 2019

They’re back for more.

ESPN is giving the people what they want, which is another go-round with the mostly-maligned but nascent crew that just wrapped up their first NFL season together:

Two thoughts, after the jump:

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Fart Noises

Kevin Kinkead - October 29, 2018

If you watch college football, you know Mike Gundy as Oklahoma State’s longtime head coach.

If you don’t watch college football, you know Mike Gundy as the guy who once yelled, “I’m a man! I’m 40!

He was at it again this weekend with another solid rant, this time in response to a question about outside criticism of his senior quarterback, Taylor Cornelius:

The verbatim is good for a laugh, after the jump:

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Get Hyped for College Football with Imagine Dragons

Kevin Kinkead - August 27, 2018

Are Imagine Dragons alternative or pop?

Not sure, but whatever they are, they suck.

And you’re gonna hear them every five seconds from now until January because ESPN started rolling out their college football promos IN FORCE this morning, 10-15 second spots featuring a snippet of a song called “Natural.”

Personally, I thought it couldn’t get any worse than hearing 30 Seconds to Mars throughout the entirety of 2017, you know, that “Do You Believe that You Can Win This Fight Tonight?” song. I had that one stuck in my head for at least five months.

But yes, it did get worse, with ESPN executives deciding to use this tune in 2018:

Man I’m pumped.

I’m ready to run through a wall right now.

I’m a linebacker sitting in my locker with my headphones on and now I’m going to obliterate the first guy who comes through the A gap.

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The First Coaches Poll is Out

Kevin Kinkead - August 3, 2018

College ball is right around the corner.

I’m pumped. Saturdays are all about Premier League in the morning, then NCAA football for the next 12 hours, which gets really weird when Hawaii vs. San Jose State ends at 1:30 a.m. Then you wake up and realize it’s an NFL Sunday. Man, life is so easy.

Anyway, the first coaches poll came out this week and it’s the usual suspects at the top. Your Penn State Nittany Lions slide in at #9 overall (first place votes in parentheses):

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Clemson (3)
  3. Ohio State (1)
  4. Georgia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Washington
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Miami
  9. Penn State
  10. Auburn
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Michigan State
  13. Stanford
  14. Michigan
  15. Southern Cal
  16. TCU
  17. disgusting team from Blacksburg, Virginia
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Florida State
  20. West by God Virginia
  21. Texas
  22. Boise State
  23. Central Florida
  24. LSU
  25. Oklahoma State

Looks pretty straightforward to me. The Big 10 is well represented in the top 15. Washington is the preseason PAC 12 favorite and Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team to crack the top ten. I don’t know how Penn State replaces Saquon Barkley and a couple of important receivers, but you do have Trace McSorley coming back behind an experienced offensive line.

Here are the other teams receiving votes:

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Clay Travis Leads a Social Media Uprising Against Greg Schiano

Tim Reilly - November 28, 2017

For a brief moment on Sunday, it appeared as if the University of Tennessee would hire Greg Schiano as its next football coach. When word of the impending decision filtered into the social media universe, a virtual firestorm erupted, the flames of which were extinguished only when the university walked away from the deal.

The brightest torch in the cyber mob that gathered to oppose Schiano belonged to Clay Travis, a sports personality who has built himself a sizable platform catering to SEC country. Travis is a Tennessee native who, when he’s not busy believing in “the First Amendment and boobs,” takes an avid interest in Volunteer football.

If you’re not familiar with Travis, think of a less talented version of Bill Simmons when the Sports Guy was still churning out regular copy. Travis has essentially appropriated Simmons’ shtick, but tailored it to his own audience. Though he’s not the best writer, Travis plays the role of contrarian very well. The Vanderbilt-trained lawyer is particularly adept at framing arguments and advocating them in a persuasive way.

Case in point: Travis’ long-running feud with ESPN. Travis has written several articles on his website, Outkick the Coverage, documenting ESPN’s hemorrhaging of subscribers and subsequent ratings decline. He’s linked the downward trends to the network’s perceived censorship of conservative voices and concession to political correctness. To buttress his narrative, Travis has contrasted ESPN’s treatment of Donald Trump critic Jemele Hill with the firing of Curt Schilling and suspension of Linda Cohn. He also broke the news of ESPN’s ridiculous decision to remove announcer Robert Lee from play-by-play duties for a University of Virginia football game after the protests in Charlottesville over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

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A winless Matt Rhule is still the right coach for Baylor

Kevin Kinkead - September 21, 2017

Baylor football may very well go 0-12 this year, depending what happens on November 4th in Lawrence, Kansas.

Circle that one on your calendar. It’s Bears vs. Jayhawks for ninth place in the Big 12 Conference, a matchup between the movable object and the stoppable force.

It’s sad to think about because I really like Matt Rhule.

My first interaction with the Baylor head coach was two years ago while working at CBS 3. I was producing “Sports Zone” at the time, the half-hour special that aired on Sunday nights after the late news.

Rhule had just started his third Temple season with a 27-10 home win against Penn State, which was probably the biggest victory of his nascent head coaching career. He did every interview that weekend, from ESPN, to the Associated Press and Action News and all of the local papers. Rhule didn’t have to make time for us, but he did, showing up in person at 9 p.m. the night after the game to tape a segment for our 11:35 p.m. show. I took him to our studio after he got off the elevator and we spent 10 minutes just bullshitting about college football in general. He seemed like a grounded and genuine person.

Ask around and you’ll hear similar stories about Rhule, who left for Baylor after taking the Owls from 2-10 to 10-4. The guy made college football relevant in a parochial pro sports town. We had College Gameday on Independence Mall, for Christ’s sake.

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