100th Rose Bowl Game Press Conference

The Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, has a new sponsor


The Northwestern Wildcats may not have a storied tradition associated with the Rose Bowl, but Northwestern Mutual looks forward to years of memories. Northwestern Mutual will be the new presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl starting with the 2015 game.

According to a report by the Associated Press (via USA Today), the new sponsorship deal runs through the 2020 season, meaning Northwestern Mutual will be the game’s top sponsor through the 2021 Rose Bowl. There is a difference between being a presenting sponsor and a title sponsor. This means the Rose Bowl will continue to be called the Rose Bowl as opposed to a corporate sponsored name like the Capital One Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Instead, the game will officially be referred to as “The Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual.”

The Rose Bowl will continue to pair the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 unless one or both teams are selected to participate in the College Football Playoff. The Rose Bowl will serve as a host site for the national semifinals in 2015 and 2018, so the possibility exists a team from nother conference could play in the game as well.

“This is groundbreaking stuff,” said Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO John Schlifske. “I think you look at what this is, it’s going to become a spectacle. I think it’s going to be a much bigger thing that just who wins the national championship. I think it’s going to turn into more than just a sporting event. It’s going to be a spectacle in America.”

The 2015 Rose Bowl (presented by Northwestern Mutual) will be played on (a slimmed down) January 1, 2015 at 5 pm eastern. The game will be televised by ESPN.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”