NFL coordinator calls Bobby Petrino 'a gutless bastard'

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Based on a session with the Cincinnati media this afternoon, it’s safe to assume that Mike Zimmer and Bobby Petrino will not be exchanging Christmas cards this year, or at any point in the near or distant future for that matter.

Zimmer, currently the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, served as the coordinator on Petrino’s Atlanta Falcons coaching staff in 2007.  Petrino infamously pulled one of the biggest punk, below-the-belt coaching moves in the history of of the game, leaving the Falcons with three games remaining in the season — with barely a word in parting said to his staff or anyone in the organization — to take the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas.

With the Bengals traveling to Atlanta this weekend to take on the Falcons, Zimmer was asked about returning to the city for the first time since Petrino stabbed an entire organization in the back.  Suffice to say, there was no biting of the tongue when it came to Zimmer’s opinions three years after the betrayal.

Here’s a sampling of Zimmer’s quotes, courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

  • “I was never even there. As far as I am concerned. I never even was there. When a coach quits in the middle of the year and ruins a bunch of people’s families and doesn’t’ have enough guts to at least finish out the year. I am not a part of that.”
  • “He is a coward. Put that in quotes. He ruined a bunch of people’s lives, a bunch of people’s families, kids, because he didn’t have enough nuts to stay there and finish the job. That’s the truth.”

  • “He came in and said he resigned, he would talk to us all at a later date, walked out of the office and no one has ever talked to him since. Not that anybody wanted to.

  • “He’s a gutless b—d. Quote that. I don’t give a s–.” 

    When told that we might might not be able to use the B word, Zimmer went one better: “How about this, gutless MF. You can use that.”

    (cringes)

    In summation, Zimmer feels that Petrino is a gutless, testicle-deficient coward/quitter who ruins people’s lives and families.  With the exception of kicking puppies and spitting on the flag, I think he pretty much covered all the insult bases there.

    We’ve sent an email to the university seeking comment on Zimmer’s diatribe toward their current coach, but as of this posting we’ve not gotten a response.  Nor do we expect one, honestly.

    Akron earns second-ever spot in MAC championship game

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    Akron came into Week 13 needing to either win or rely on someone else to lose.  In the end, the Zips decided to just go ahead and punch their own ticket to the Motor City, thank you very much.

    Jumping out to a 24-7 halftime lead Tuesday night, that margin proved to be more than enough for Akron as they easily cruised past rival Kent State in a 24-14 win.  Kent actually outgained its hosts 246-191, but a fumble return for a touchdown with less than 20 seconds left in the second quarter essentially sealed the win for Akron.

    Both Akron and Ohio entered this week tied atop the MAC East at 5-2.  However, the Zips beat the Bobcats in Week 12, meaning Akron is the first MAC team to claim a spot in the conference championship game at Detroit’s Ford Field next weekend.

    This will mark the Zips’s second-ever title-game appearance, with the first coming in 2005.  That season, Akron beat Northern Illinois 31-30 for its first-ever conference championship.

    Akron will play either NIU (6-1) or Toledo (6-1) in this year’s title game, although it’s trending heavily toward the Rockets as they own the head-to-head with the Huskies.  So, the possibilities?

    Toledo wins the West with either a win over Western Michigan OR an NIU loss. Northern Illinois needs to beat Central Michigan AND have Toledo lose to WMU at home to win the division.

    Report: Florida appears ready to move on from Chip Kelly pursuit if deal isn’t consummated soon

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    Florida’s search for a new head coach could very shortly be ready to take another twist.

    Despite a certain former Head Ball Coach saying UF’s new head coach would be a current one, speculation on Jim McElwain‘s replacement has seemingly centered on Chip Kelly over the last few days. In fact, a group of UF officials headed by athletic director Scott Stricklin and president Kent Fuchs visited with Kelly in New Hampshire over the weekend to discuss the job.

    While it walks, talks and smells like the university has targeted Kelly as its top choice, it appears they want an answer, one way or the other, from the former Oregon head coach sooner rather than later. From Yahoo! SportsPat Forde:

    But with other potential candidates becoming available for discussion this weekend, Florida officials appear to be ready to move on shortly after Thanksgiving if a deal has not been struck with Kelly.

    Potentially mucking up the works in Gainesville is UCLA, which fired Jim Mora Sunday and is also said to be targeting Kelly as a replacement.  In fact, it’s being reported that the Bruins’ search contingent has already met with Kelly.

    UCF’s Scott Frost, who is believed to be Nebraska’s top choice when/when it moves on from Mike Riley, and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen are thought to be likely targets should either Kelly snub the Gators or they move on.

    One very likely reason for UF’s reported urgency for a decision from Kelly is the revamped recruiting calendar. This year marks the first time that there’s an early signing period in football, with Class of 2018 recruits given a 72-hour window from Dec. 20-22 to sign their National Letters of Intent.

    The sooner UF can wrap up its search, the sooner its new coach and his staff can try to hold together some semblance of a first recruiting class with the program – especially with two SEC programs, Tennessee and Ole Miss, already looking for a head coach while a couple of others (Arkansas, Texas A&M) could be on the hunt as early as this coming weekend as well.

    Miami jumps Clemson, Wisconsin remains No. 5 in latest CFP rankings

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    The third-to-last edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night, and the only changes in the top 12 came at spot No. 2, where Miami jumped Clemson ahead of the pair’s ACC title clash on Dec. 2.

    USC remained the highest-ranked Pac-12 team at No. 11, dimming any hopes the Pac-12 could back-door its way into the top four should chaos reign elsewhere. The Trojans were one spot ahead of TCU and two spots ahead of the Pac-12’s second-highest ranked team in Washington State. Central Florida again led all Group of 5 teams at No. 15.

    Virginia Tech re-joined the rankings at No. 25, one spot behind the debut rankings for South Carolina.

    The top 25:

    1. Alabama
    2. Miami
    3. Clemson
    4. Oklahoma
    5. Wisconsin
    6. Auburn
    7. Georgia
    8. Notre Dame
    9. Ohio State
    10. Penn State
    11. USC
    12. TCU
    13. Washington State
    14. Mississippi State
    15. Central Florida
    16. Michigan State
    17. Washington
    18. LSU
    19. Oklahoma State
    20. Memphis
    21. Stanford
    22. Northwestern
    23. Boise State
    24. South Carolina
    25. Virginia Tech

    Report: LSU victory would not save Kevin Sumlin’s job

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    Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday afternoon he expects to be Texas A&M’s head coach in 2018. A report Tuesday night says otherwise.

    Sumlin will be fired in the day or days following Saturday’s game with No. 20 LSU, win or lose, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle. The Aggies are 0-5 against LSU under Sumlin and double-digit underdogs for Saturday’s game in Baton Rouge. The Chronicle‘s report is not the first to proclaim Sumlin’s future firing, but it is the most definitive.

    Sumlin is 7-4 (4-3 SEC) this season and 51-25 overall, a mark that ranks in the top-third of the SEC since joining the league in 2012 — but Sumlin is not paid to deliver top-third results. His program failed to live up to the standard set in that debut campaign, with an 11-2 mark, a win in Tuscaloosa, a Cotton Bowl blowout of Oklahoma and a Heisman Trophy for Johnny Manziel.

    The Chronicle reported that Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher will be A&M’s top target to replace Sumlin.