Spurrier to get contract extension

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With all of the talk seemingly surrounding either coaches being fired or being “gently” “nudged” into the old coach’s home, there are at least two Div. 1-A coaches who are the recipients of contract extensions.

The first we noted earlier this afternoon, with Gary Patterson getting a long-term extension that was first reported by ESPNDallas.com and later confirmed by the school.

[Editor’s Note: the school just announced in a release that a press conference involving Patterson and the TCU football program will take place Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. CT.]

Now comes word from South Carolina that their head coach will be on the receiving end of his own extension.

According to a press release issued by the school this afternoon, school President Harris Pastides and Athletics Director Eric Hyman will recommend a one-year contract extension for head football coach Steve Spurrier to the University’s Board of Trustees.

“Coach Spurrier is committed to coaching at the University of South Carolina and building our footballprogram by recruiting the top student-athletes,” said Dr. Pastides, “and the University is committed to him. Itis important for the incoming freshmen to know that Coach Spurrier will be here throughout their collegiatecareers. The extension, which will give Coach Spurrier a four-year contract, provides that assurance. We arelooking forward to building on the positive momentum and successful recruiting classes that have beendelivered under Coach Spurrier’s direction.”

“The future of Gamecock Football is exceptionally bright,” said Hyman said in a statement. “Coach Spurrier has built a solidfoundation, created stability and a winning program. As a University and an Athletics Department, we want torecognize the job that Coach Spurrier and his excellent staff are doing at South Carolina.”

Spurrier, who is 35-27 and been been bowl-eligible in each of his five years in Columbia, is currently signed through the 2012 season, so the extension would keep him with the Gamecocks through 2013.

“I appreciate our administration in believing in what we are doing here at South Carolina,” said coachSpurrier. “We believe we have some big years coming in the near future. We have the best group of playershere now or on the way here next year since I’ve been at Carolina and our staff is looking forward to coachingthem over the next four years.”

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.