Fast & real: Thursday college football news & notes
Posted by: Pete Roussel on August 30, 2012
Paul Johnson stated during his weekly radio show that the average ACC kick-off landed at the 8-yard line last season. Johnson said he'd be thrilled if the Yellow Jackets kicked it out of the end zone every time, even though it gives the opponent the ball at the 25-yard line to start the possession.
In case you missed my previous report, here are 11 ways the new kick-off rules will affect college football this season.
Speaking of Georgia Tech, new special teams coordinator Dave Wolkosky will coach his first game for the Yellow Jackets on Monday in Blacksburg, VA. Is there a worst draw for a new special teams coordinator than Beamer Ball in Lane Stadium on national TV?
With the postponement of the LA Tech-Texas A&M game, SiriusXM College Sports Nation host Rick Neuheisel interestingly asked Sonny Dykes if he thinks Houston will offer their week one film to LA Tech on Sunday. Dykes responded, "I would expect that we would. I'm not sure about that, but I would expect we would."
The low scoring game in the SEC are cool and all, but Lane Kiffin isn't interested in provide that kind of entertainment to the people in Los Angeles. Kiffin said following Wedneday's practice: "L.A. is a town that isn't real fired up about winning games, 14-10, and showing up. It is what it is. You've got a lot to compete with. There is a showtime element. There is a style factor to it."
Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain explained the role of his quarterback on KOA 850AM in Colorado last night: "We're not big on that position having to win the game for you. I get a kick out of guys that call them 'game managers.' These quarterbacks are 'game managers.' But all they do is win. Well, last time I checked, that's what they're supposed to do."
Kyle Flood's first game as a head coach is Saturday night at Tulane. During his weekly radio show on Wednesday night, Flood was asked to describe the one thing he wants fans to clearly recognize about his team. Flood said, "What I want the nation to recognize is the passion that our players play with. It's not about Kyle Flood putting his stamp on the football program. Our football program is much bigger than any one coach, no matter who that coach is. And it will go forward that way long after I'm done being the head football coach here. But the first thing I want people to say about the football team that coach is how hard they play, how hard they run to the football, how physical they are. Not only do I want the people watching to see that, but I want our opponents to say that."
USA Today asked Mike Leach about the computer in his new office at Washington State. Leach humorously responded, "I've never turned it on."
CBS Sports Network has released a special feature inside the Arkansas program.
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