Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher wanted Alabama, not Auburn, in BCS Championship


Florida State edged Auburn in a dramatic BCS Championship Game last January, and nobody in Tallahassee will trade that in for anything. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will forever cherish the championship over Auburn, but deep down inside he wanted a piece of Alabama.

While talking to the Florida State softball team before a regional game, Fisher talked about the desire to be the best and take down the best competition possible. In doing so, Fisher mentioned he was hoping Florida State would get a chance to play Alabama, the two-time defending national champions at the time.

“I didn’t want to be in the SEC and win a championship,” Fisher said. “I wanted to be in the ACC and win (a national title). I wanted to break that mold. I wanted to play. We were begging to play an SEC team and we were hoping it was Alabama.”

Fisher was not taking a swipe at his BCS opponent, Auburn, but backing up his idea that was once made popular by Ric Flair in the pro wrestling world. To be the man, you have to beat the man (WOOO). Until the final moments of the Iron Bowl last fall, Alabama was The Man in college football. Of course, Fisher is a former assistant of Alabama head coach Nick Saban as well, so there may have been something a little more personal about the opportunity to go up against his former boss.

Perhaps Fisher and Florida State can get Alabama on the schedule at some point in the future. It is a match-up that has not happened nearly enough. The two programs have played just four times, with Alabama holding a slight 2-1-1 lead dating back to 1965. Alabama and Florida State have played just once since 1974, with a 2007 match-up going to the Seminoles.

Florida State will have its non-conference scheduling requirement under the new ACC scheduling policy fulfilled with an annual game with Florida, but with so many early-season neutral site games out there, and Alabama and Florida State clearly willing to participate in them, maybe this will be the best way to get the two powerhouses on the field at the same time.

Of course, there is always the playoffs…

Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.

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.”