It’s not even been official for 24 hours and I’m already sick and/or tired of talking about an Alabama-LSU rematch, mainly because that discussion occurs within the framework of a B(c)S system for determining a champion.
Be that as it may, that’s where we all stand right now. Thanks to the will of the human voters and the computations of the machines, it’ll be Tide-Tigers v2.0 in 36 days in New Orleans.
So, how does a rematch make you feel? Nauseous? Elated to the point of nausea? Indifferent to the point of nausea?
Not that it matters to the powers-that-be who pull the BcS strings, but let your voice be heard below. And in the comments section below the poll as well. Get it all off your chest. Go ahead. We don’t and won’t mind.
As long as you clean up your mess when you’re done, of course.
Former Kansas State head coach Jim Dickey passes away
Former Kansas State head coach Jim Dickey passed away Saturday night. He was 84.
A Texas native, Dickey played quarterback at Houston in the 1950’s and started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. From there he took assistant jobs at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas and North Carolina before landing the K-State job ahead of the 1978 season. He went 25-53-2 in seven-plus seasons on the job, which doesn’t look like much at first blush until one takes stock of where the Wildcat football program was at the time.
Dickey took Kansas State to the Independence Bowl in 1982, a 14-3 loss to Wisconsin, which was the first bowl appearance in program history. He was named the Big 8’s Coach of the Year for that season.
After back-to-back 3-win seasons in 1983 and ’84, he was let go after an 0-2 start to the 1985 campaign. The program would remain historically down until future College Football Hall of Famer Bill Snyder built the program up in the 1990’s.
Dickey finished out his career as an assistant on the pre-Steve Spurrier Florida teams before retiring in 1989. He lived at a rest home in Houston at the time of his passing, according to the Manhattan Mercury. Dickey’s son, Darrell Dickey, is the former head coach at North Texas and currently the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M.
Mario Cristobal reportedly reuniting with former assistant in Eugene
The Oregon coaching staff is going to have a specific South Florida flavor to it. Head coach Mario Cristobal is a Miami native, a former Hurricanes player and assistant, and the former head coach at Florida International. On Tuesday, Cristobal moved to bring a fellow South Floridian with him to the Pacific Northwest.
According to Grant Traylor of the Huntington (W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch, Marshall offensive line coach Alex Mirabal is leaving the staff to reunite with Cristobal in Eugene.
Sports Illustrated‘s Bruce Feldman added Mirabal will work under Cristobal, who will handle the offensive line.
SOURCE: #Oregon is hiring #Marshall OL coach Alex Mirabal to work w/ the Ducks centers & guards. GA Cody Woodiel will work w/ the OTs. Mario Cristobal will be the O-line coach. Mirabal goes way back with Cristobal & worked for him at FIU. Grant Taylor 1st reported Mirabal's hire.
Mirabal is also a native of Miami and a Florida International graduate. He spent the first decade-plus of his career working in Miami’s high school ranks before joining Cristobal’s FIU staff as tight ends and later offensive line coach from 2007-12. He landed at Marshall in 2013 after Cristobal was forced out at FIU, where he remained until Tuesday.
Under Mirabal’s guidance, Marshall finished fourth nationally in sacks allowed at just 0.85 per game. Oregon finished 54th nationally in that same metric.
As we trudge deeper into the college football offseason, roster attrition across the sport has shown no signs of slowing down.
It was confirmed Tuesday that three players have decided to take their leave of the Missouri football program. Two of the departees are defensive backs (redshirt freshman Jerod Alton, redshirt sophomore TJ Warren) while the other is a wide receiver (redshirt junior Ray Wingo).
#Mizzou football roster updates: T.J. Warren, Raymond Wingo and Jerod Alton are transferring. OL Pompey Coleman is retiring from football for medical reasons as a result of a broken leg suffered as a senior in high school.
All three of the transferring players were three-star recruits coming out of high school. Wingo, who moved to receiver after his redshirt season in 2014, was the highest-rated of the group, with 247Sports.com pegging him as the No. 24 cornerback in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Missouri.
After catching five passes for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016, Wingo didn’t record a reception at all in 2017. He’ll finish the Mizzou portion of his playing career with 167 yards and those two touchdowns on his nine receptions.
Warren played in 18 games the past two seasons, including six last year. He started one of those games, with that coming during the 2016 season.
Alton took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.
If you’re into college football fashion — not that there’s anything thing wrong with that — today’s your lucky day.
At a team meeting Tuesday morning, Minnesota unveiled to its football players the new uniforms they will be wearing this coming season. Per the school’s release, “[t]he Gophers introduced three new jerseys (Maroon, White and Anthracite), three helmets (Maroon, White and Gold) and four pairs of pants (Maroon, White, Gold and Anthracite) to choose from next season in addition to an ever-changing array of shoes, socks, facemasks and other accoutrements.”
All told, the Gophers will have more than 100 different uniform combinations at their disposal.
Reflecting head coach P.J. Fleck‘s “row the boat” mantra he brought over from Western Michigan, two of the new helmets will feature an oar running down the middle of the lid, front to back.
Below is a brief look at the new duds the Gophers will wear in 2018. For the complete fashion array, click HERE.