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Coaches Poll: No. 1 Alabama remains in charge while Florida State and Clemson swap spots


Through two weeks of the young college football season, no team has looked as dominant as Alabama. Alabama remains the top-ranked team in the coaches poll this week, gathering 62 first-place votes out of 64. No. 2 Florida State moved up one spot, switching spots with division rival Clemson, the new No. 3 in the coaches poll.

There was some movement within the coaches top 25 this week, with No. 24 Arkansas and No. 25 Miami making their debuts in the poll following their latest wins. Jim Harbaugh and No. 5 Michigan switched poll spots with Harbaugh’s previous program, No. 6 Stanford. No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Louisville cracked the top 10 this week following their latest blowout wins to start the year. Despite a blowout of its own, No. 11 Iowa was jumped in the process.

After being taken to the wire by lowly Nicholls State, the coaches dropped No. 13 Georgia four spots this week. No. 14 Oklahoma and No., 15 Tennessee each also dropped a spot as the coaches were not impressed enough by either of their victories this weekend, perhaps to make room for some shuffling above in the poll.

The only two teams to drop out of the top 25 hail from the Big 12. Following home losses, TCU and Oklahoma State each dropped out of the poll, leaving room for Arkansas and Miami to jump in. Arkansas was responsible for TCU’s loss with an overtime victory against the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth Saturday night. Oklahoma State’s loss never should have counted, but the coaches had no mercy on the Cowboys.

Here is a look at the latest coaches poll, with first-place votes noted:

  1. Alabama (62)
  2. Florida State (1)
  3. Clemson (1)
  4. Ohio State
  5. Michigan
  6. Stanford
  7. Houston
  8. Michigan State
  9. Washington
  10. Louisville
  11. Iowa
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Georgia
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Tennessee
  16. Texas
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Notre Dame
  19. Baylor
  20. Texas A&M
  21. Oregon
  22. LSU
  23. Florida
  24. Arkansas
  25. Miami

Butch Jones says the most Butch Jones quote of all time

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It’s become a theory among some in the media that Butch Jones is conducting a social experiment or participating some sort of performance art. While that’s the more charitable and fun interpretation, I tend to think the Tennessee head coach is just frighteningly insecure and, thus, fighting for every inch of public approval he can in a likely doomed attempt to keep his job.

That approach has backed him into some verbal corners that, in the long run, make his job more difficult on himself.

I’m talking about the “Champions of Life” quote of last season or, in February, actually stating that he didn’t want 5-star players, he wanted 5-star hearts.

This season has seen Jones go on an odd rant blaming the media for negative recruiting and saying Tennessee had one of the best bye weeks ever last week.

It wasn’t one of the best bye weeks ever, because Tennessee lost at home to South Carolina, 15-9. And you’re not going to believe Jones’s explanation for why Tennessee loss. Scratch that. You will believe his explanation, and that’s the problem here, isn’t it?

Here’s the full quote.

Jones is 33-24 in his four-plus seasons in Knoxville, and 14-21 in the SEC. Those numbers will likely fall to 33-25 and 14-22 after Saturday, when the Vols face No. 1 Alabama. The end is likely near.

And here’s the grand irony of Jones’s everything’s-sunny-here p.r. strategy: his attempt to keep his job by stating blatantly cliche quotes in the state of the obvious will live on much longer than Jones’s actual tenure. Two and three years from now, when Jones is working on someone else’s staff or sitting on his buyout money, the next time an on-the-hot-seat coach says his team won the game everywhere except the scoreboard, we’ll see he Pulled a Butch.

Houston Nutt settles lawsuit with Ole Miss

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Houston Nutt wanted money and an apology from Ole Miss. He’ll have to settle for the second of the two — and a largely different future for the program he used to lead.

It was Nutt’s lawsuit, remember, which exposed the documents that led to a Mississippi State fan finding Hugh Freeze‘s call to a Tampa escort service, which led to Freeze’s resignation, which led to… we have no idea what it will lead to, but, whatever that future is, it will be wildly different than if Freeze was still the Rebels’ coach.

Nutt amended his lawsuit in August to seek simply an apology from Ole Miss, and that apology finally came on Monday.

Each side released their own bitter, short statements.

Nutt will go on, with his apology but without any monetary compensation, while Ole Miss will play out the string of this season, hire a new coach, and move into a future that will be immeasurably different that the one it would have lived had it apologized to Nutt in the first place.

Washington loses LT Adams, CB Miller for the season

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No. 12 Washington’s loss to Arizona State was a disaster on the field — for more reasons than one.

The Huskies not only put their College Football Playoff hopes in danger — they’ll need to sweep their next six games, including a finishing kick that calls for games against No. 22 Stanford, No. 15 Washington State and, presumably, No. 11 USC, two of them away from Seattle. But the road to get there became noticeably more difficult after losing two starters.

Left tackle Trey Adams suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, and cornerback Jordan Miller sustained a broken ankle. Head coach Chris Petersen confirmed Monday that both will be lost for the season. Miller is the third Husky this season to suffer a broken ankle.

The Seattle Times noted that Washington is also without another starting corner in Byron Murphy, who is expected to return later this year from a broken foot. The Huskies are expected to replace Miller with either a pair of true freshmen or a converted running back.

But Adams may be the bigger loss for the Huskies. A junior, Adams was widely expected to be a first round pick in this spring’s NFL Draft. It’s the second straight season Washington has lost a key player in the trenches to a season-ending injury; a year ago, it was linebackers Joe Mathis, who finished one sack away from the team lead despite playing in only seven games, and third-leading tackler Azeem Victor.

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson to take 6-month sabbatical

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Maryland AD Kevin Anderson will not be the Maryland AD for the next six months.

Anderson announced Monday he will take a 6-month sabbatical to focus on “professional development.” That leave of absence will see him remain on his national committees with the NCAA and NACDA, the professional organization of ADs.

It was reported over the weekend that Anderson would be out completely as Maryland’s AD, but those reports were knocked down by the university.

Additionally, Maryland announced that former Georgia AD and current Terps associate AD/CFO Damon Evans will run the department in Anderson’s stead.