Alabama head coach Nick Saban has talked from time to time about his wife, “Miss Terry,” and how she’s reacted to some of the things the Crimson Tide’s coach has done over the years.Miss Terry seems to have had a strong, unsurprising reaction to Saban’s controversial ESPN interview on Saturday night. She likely wasn’t a fan of how her husband handled things.Saban was asked today about how Miss Terry felt about that interview.“You know, Miss Terry has always tried to be supportive, but she makes no bones about correcting me if she thinks I need to be corrected,” Saban told reporters today. “And I think we’ll just leave it at that.”Saban himself thought he had to be corrected. He reportedly called Maria Taylor to apologize on Saturday night.This was the interview, for those unaware:Wow. Nick Saban was FEISTY with Maria Taylor. pic.twitter.com/zlEq4PHd13— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) September 2, 2018This was the back and forth, for those who can’t play the interview:Taylor: Everyone had questions about who was going to start at quarterback when this game started. What answers did you have about your quarterbacks after watching both of them play tonight?Saban: Well, I still like both guys. I think both guys are good players. I think both guys can help our team, aight. So, why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them. I’m not going to, so quit asking.Nick Saban has since named sophomore Tua Tagovailoa Alabama’s starting QB for Week 2. He says Jalen Hurts will continue to be used.
Day: October 26, 2019
Star RB Is Reportedly Screaming About The Playcalling On SidelineStar RB Is Reportedly Screaming About The Playcalling On Sideline
UCF entered Week 7 of the 2018 college football season as one of the 11 remaining undefeated teams in the country.Will the Knights be leaving Week 7 undefeated? It’s not looking good.UCF is currently trailing Memphis. It’s Memphis 30, No. 10 UCF 17 midway through the third quarter.Players are getting frustrated.ESPN is reporting that star UCF running back Adrian Killins Jr. is yelling about the play-calling on the sideline.“ESPN sideline reporting that RB Adrian Killins Jr. has been screaming on the sideline, ‘We have to call better plays,’” ESPN’s Andrea Adelson tweeted.ESPN sideline reporting that RB Adrian Killins Jr. has been screaming on the sideline, ‘We have to call better plays.’— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) October 13, 2018It’s understandable that Killins and UCF are frustrated. The Knights have rushed for just 45 yards on 19 carries against Memphis so far this afternoon.UCF and Memphis, meanwhile, are playing on ABC/ESPN2.
Kliff Kingsbury Reportedly Bringing Another College Coach With Him To NFLKliff Kingsbury Reportedly Bringing Another College Coach With Him To NFL
TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Arizona Cardinals have officially hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach. Thus ends Kingsbury’s brief tenure as the offensive coordinator at USC, which lasted about one month.As it turns out, Kingsbury might not be the only assistant coach leaving the Trojans. According to Rivals.com’s Adam Maya, USC’s new running backs coach Mike Jinks is heading to Arizona with Kingsbury.Jinks was Kingsbury’s running backs coach at Texas Tech from 2013-15.In 2015, he also held the position of associate head coach.Jinks then went on to spend two-plus seasons as the head coach of Bowling Green. He struggled there, compiling a 7-24 overall record.USC’s new running backs coach Mike Jinks, hand-picked by Kingsbury, is likely headed to the Cardinals as well, sources say. https://t.co/v96OzYtPvP— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 8, 2019Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kingsbury has signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals with a team-option for a fifth year.It hasn’t been announced what role Jinks will serve on his staff, though running backs coach seems most likely.
Sports Illustrated Predicts Which Program Can Be The “Next Clemson”Sports Illustrated Predicts Which Program Can Be The “Next Clemson”
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Clemson football’s rise to the top of the college football mountain was seen by, well, no one. The Tigers had always been a solid, respectable program, but no one expected Dabo Swinney to turn them into a two-time national champion, competing for the College Football Playoff every year.What program is next?Sports Illustrated attempted to answer that question.The pick: Georgia.From SI.com:Still, the program that seems most likely to make the jump is one you’re probably not thinking of because it got close to a national title twice in the past six years. Georgia hasn’t won a national championship since 1980, so it belongs in the category we’re discussing here. (Clemson won a title in ’81.) The near misses for the Bulldogs in 2012 and ’17 only served to deepen the frustration of the fan base. This season’s SEC title game loss made it even worse, because Georgia outplayed Alabama for most of the game and then lost because a) it couldn’t stop a backup quarterback and b) the coaching staff called one of the most perplexing fake punts in recent memory.But the fact that the Bulldogs have gotten so close combined with Kirby Smart’s high-level recruiting suggests Georgia can be in the mix every season for the forseeable future. It’s just a matter of getting over the hump. That won’t be easy with Saban’s Tide on the other side of the SEC, but Georgia feels ready to break through—just as Clemson did back in 2015.Georgia has been recruiting at an elite level under Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs should start the 2019 season ranked inside the top five. Most way-too-early preseason top 25s have Georgia at No. 3.UGA has been better than Clemson was before Dabo Swinney, but it has been a long, long time since they won a national championship.Perhaps that is going to change moving forward.
Video: Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs Set A Program Record With Four 450-Pound CleansVideo: Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs Set A Program Record With Four 450-Pound Cleans
IowaIowa has a history of putting out impressive offensive linemen. Tristan Wirfs may be the next big-time player to come out of Kirk Ferentz’s program.Wirfs, a junior right tackle for Iowa, was an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer in 2018. After seeing his weight room exploits, I certainly wouldn’t be thrilled to go against him this fall.Iowa posted video showing him hang-cleaning 450 pounds four times. It is absolutely absurd.You wanted video, so here it is! Tristan Wirfs making light work of 450 🏋🏾♂️ | #BreaktheRock pic.twitter.com/gBonZQjc4B— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) March 12, 2019Tristan Wirfs just hit 450×4 in the hang clean…💪🏾 #BreaktheRock pic.twitter.com/JNnyFXXlYP— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) March 12, 2019According to Tristan Wirfs, that is a program record for the hang clean.He posted his own video of the lift to Instagram.Per 247Sports’ Hawkeye Insider, guard Brandon Scherff did three reps of 443-pounds back in 2014. Wirfs beat that both in weight and by a full rep.Scherff, of course, went on to become the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.He’s been one of the NFL’s best guards, making two Pro Bowls for Washington, and starting all 54 games that he has played in at that level.It is way too early to know if Wirfs will play himself up into that kind of player, but his measurables and weight room accolades won’t hurt. Neither will Iowa’s history of producing successful offensive linemen, at both the college and pro levels.
Oklahoma DC Alex Grinch Explains Recent DecommitmentsOklahoma DC Alex Grinch Explains Recent Decommitments
NORMAN, OK – DECEMBER 6: A general view of an Oklahoma Sooners helmet during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys December 6, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Sooners 38-35 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma has ridden an awesome offense to two recent College Football Playoff appearances. The defense has lagged way behind though.Looking to bring some balance to the club, Lincoln Riley managed to bring in one of the hottest coaching names on that side of the ball. After a year at Ohio State, Alex Grinch joins the staff to man the defense.He seems to imply that his overhaul of the defense may have had something to do on a pair of major decommitments for the Sooners over the last few weeks. A pair of blue-chip defensive backs are no longer in the plans for Oklahoma.On March 9, four-star cornerback Darion Green-Warren backed off his Sooners pledge. 10 days later, his fellow cornerback pledge Jalen Huff joined him.Huff seemed to hint at the staff overhaul being a reason for the move. In his tweet announcing the decommitment, he says “due to recent staff changes this decision has been put into consideration many times.”Alex Grinch alluded to the fact that the recent decommits were in part because of the change in Oklahoma’s defensive plan.From the Tulsa World:“What you can’t do is you when you take a job in a new organization and bring in a new staff and then say you are married to certain individuals,” Grinch said. “You are going to look at certain guys that fit the profile that we’re looking for. It’s responsible on our end to do that and it’s also responsible for the student-athlete that we’re recruiting.“He doesn’t want to come to a package that doesn’t fit him, especially so early in the process.”[…]“We’ve got several months until December signing day. We are going to make sure we have the right guys for us,” Grinch said.Oklahoma currently has five players committed in 2020. The group ranks No. 14 overall and tops in the Big 12.[Tulsa World]
Dwayne Haskins Sends Message To Justin Fields After Ohio State DebutDwayne Haskins Sends Message To Justin Fields After Ohio State Debut
However, the former Ohio State star had to remind Fields he did it all through the air. “He totaled 5, I threw for 5. Keep going bro, stay off my single-season touchdown record though,” Haskins said on Twitter.He totaled 5, I threw for 5 😂. Keep going bro stay off my single season td record though 🤣 @justnfields https://t.co/PNwCkXUFDn— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) September 2, 2019Fields started off hot, accounting for four touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Ohio State’s offense eased off the gas over the final three quarters of play, but still took down FAU by a final score of 45-21.It’s a great start for the Buckeyes under new head coach Ryan Day. Fields looks like a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender, just like Haskins last season.Now we’ll have to wait and see if Fields can break Haskins’ records. INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Justin Fields made his debut under center for the Buckeyes.After transferring to Ohio State from Georgia, Fields earned immediate eligibility from the NCAA and the starting quarterback role. His transfer meant the end of the line for former top recruit Tate Martell, but Ohio State fans will forgive that after Fields’ performance in the season-opener.Albeit against sub-par competition, Fields tied Dwayne Haskins’ school record for most touchdowns accounted for in his first start.Fields threw for four touchdowns and ran for an additional one – tying Haskins.