Inside the Top Seven, there was no upheaval and very little drama this weekend.
The Top Six in the Associated Press‘ poll released on Sept. 4 — Alabama, USC, LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida State, in that order — won by a combined total of 214 points. In fact, the only team in the Top 15 that was tested in a win was No. 7 Georgia, and that involved playing Missouri on the road in the Tigers’ first-ever SEC game.
Outside of that? All hell seemingly broke loose, starting with No. 8 Arkansas’ stunning-but-injury-aidedovertime loss and No. 13 Wisconsin’s inexplicable road misstep. Toss in No. 16 Nebraska’s loss to UCLA and No. 18 Oklahoma State lopsided defeat at Arizona, and the bottom three-quarters of the polls that are released Sunday afternoon will see some significant tweaking.
For our own little poll, we’ll tweak the Fifth Quarter Top Five, albeit very little, but that’s not the point of this little exercise.
Rather, your opinion is. So, in that vein, what say ye? Who should be the No. 1 team in the country after a mere two weeks of action?
Vote below and blather on and on and on below that.
Tom Herman was once fired by Subway for freeloading on pastrami
Tom Herman, the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns, has come a long way in his career. It was just a few years ago Herman was the hot assistant coach on the rise who would soon lead the Houston program to a New Years Six bowl game and a 22-4 record to make him a leading candidate for the Longhorns job. As he prepares for the biggest job of his career, Herman reflected on one of his previous jobs from his high schools days and explained how he got fired from the job.
Herman was employed by a Subway sandwich stop, and he apparently had a thing for pastrami. Having had the pastrami at Subway before, I can understand his craving. Unfortunately for Herman, his love for pastrami would be his undoing as he got caught eating as much as he could in secret. He explained the ordeal to The Dallas Morning News;
“I used to love the pastrami,” he says. “They had those big walk-in refrigerators. I was standing in there one day, with the door shut, just throwing pastrami in my mouth.
“It was like something out of a movie. I’ve got this bin of meat, throwing meat in my mouth, the door swings open and it’s the owner.
“He goes, ‘Get out. Don’t come back.’ “
Herman held many jobs before getting into the coaching business including at a tuxedo shop, a batting cage, multiple radio positions (he remains no stranger to making headlines on radio airwaves to this day) and even as a highlight coordinator for NFL on FOX.
“This was back when they recorded games on those big laser discs. I was a highlight coordinator. My job was to go in and watch games, watch and type. Basically every time the camera frame changed, I had to log it as something: ‘Emmitt Smith rushed for 4 yards. . . . Close-up of Jimmy Johnson on the sidelines . . . 37-yard field goal.’
“That way, when you’re watching Packers vs. Vikings, young Tom Herman has his eyeballs on the Cowboys vs. Redskins game. When J.B. (James Brown) and Howie (Long) cut into your game and say, ‘Let’s give you a quick update,’ you’d see highlights and they would read information I typed.”
That time spent breaking down highlights may have come in handy.
Troy Calhoun‘s coaching staff is once again whole.
The service academy announced in a press release Wednesday that Calhoun has added Bart Miller and Taylor Stubblefield to his Falcons staff. The former will coach tight ends while the latter will handle wide receivers. Steed Lobotzke, who had previously coached tight ends, will move to the offensive line.
The moves were made to replace Clay Hendrix, who left to become the head coach at Furman, and Jake Moreland, who has joined the staff at Western Michigan.
Stubblefield, an All-American receiver at Purdue, spent the 2016 season as an assistant in the CFL. His last job at the collegiate level came at Utah (2014-15). He’s also coached at the FBS level at Eastern Michigan (2008), Central Michigan (2011), New Mexico (2012) and Wake Forest (2013).
Miller’s last coaching job came as the line coach at Minnesota at 2015. He’s also spent time on staffs at Wisconsin, New Mexico State and Florida Atlantic.
Matt Lubick on fourth job in three months, this one at Washington
Less than two months later, Lubick is on the move again, with Washington announcing the assistant has been added to the Huskies’ coaching staff. Lubick will coach wide receivers and will also carry the title of co-offensive coordinator.
“I am excited to add Matt to our coaching staff,” UW head coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “He has earned a national reputation as an innovative coaching mind and a successful recruiter. Equally as important, we believe he will be a terrific fit with our staff, players and the University of Washington.”
Lubick replaces Bush Hamdan, who left last weekend for an NFL job with the Atlanta Falcons.
Fired Oklahoma State coach Greg Adkins lands at Charlotte
Greg Adkins didn’t remain on the coaching unemployment line for long.
Earlier this month, Oklahoma State fired Adkins as its offensive line coach. Less than three weeks later, Adkins has been hired to fill the same role for the Charlotte 49ers.
“Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels to our offensive line,” said head coach Brad Lambert in a statement confirming the hire. “He’s coached in the NFL, at the Power Five level and at the Group of Five level. He’s an excellent recruiter and has served as a recruiting coordinator. He’s coached different aspects, like the defensive line and tight ends — all things that can benefit our offensive line play and our offense moving forward.
“He’ll be a huge asset to our program. We see a lot of benefits in him and see him as being able to influence our young guys in a positive manner.”
Adkins had spent the past two seasons at the Big 12 OSU. He and Lambert have also worked together on the same coaching staffs at both Georgia and Marshall.
From 2003-08, Adkins served as an assistant at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer.
“Greg is an outstanding football coach, person and recruiter — one of those guys you want to be in the trenches with,” the former Vols head coach said. “He’ll do an outstanding job with (the 49ers) program.”