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Old conference rivals Missouri and Kansas State announce home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023

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It’s not a renewal of the Border War but it’s at least in the same state.

Former Big 12 (and Big 8) rivals Kansas State and Missouri announced on Thursday that they would renew their extremely long series history with home-and-home set in 2022 and 2023. The games will take place in Manhattan on September 10, 2022 while the return date will be September 16, 2023 back in Columbia.

“We are pleased to announce a home-and-home with a very quality opponent in Missouri,” said Wildcats AD Gene Taylor in a statement. “The combination of needing a Power Five opponent on the schedule each year and being able to work with a regional institution that we have such a strong football history with, made perfect sense for K-State. I know our fans will be excited to play the Tigers again, and we look forward to two outstanding games in 2022 and 2023.”

Missouri leads the series by a significant margin (60-32-5) but Kansas State won the last meeting back in 2011 when the two were both in the Big 12. Part of the reason things are tilted so heavily in favor of the Tigers is the result of how dreadful the Wildcats once were in their Big 8 days but since Bill Snyder arrived in town the series tilted toward Manhattan by a 15-5 margin.

The series itself dates back to 1909 but was vastly overshadowed by the Mizzou’s historic ‘Border War’ games with the other team in the state, Kansas. While those two have seen tensions thawed out a bit in recent years (especially in basketball), perhaps Thursday’s announcement of a home-and-home between these two teams will lead to an eventual meeting between the Jayhawks and Tigers.

Either way, the series completes Kansas State’s 2022 non-conference slate (Tulane and Abilene Christian being the other two games) and gives them a starting point in 2023. Missouri has games against Middle Tennessee and Memphis over the same two year window but isn’t quite set on the non-conference front just yet even with the announcement adding the Wildcats.

Tennessee now 0-6 in SEC play in Butch Jones’ fifth season on Rocky Top

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For the sake of the coach and the fan base, the trigger has to be pulled tomorrow, right?  Right?!?!

For the better part of the 2017 season — hell, even heading into it — it’s been a foregone conclusion that it’s a matter of when, not if, Butch Jones is fired as Tennessee’s head football coach.  In Week 11, that drumbeat of an argument got even louder and more resounding as UT went into Columbia and headed back to Knoxville on the receiving end of a 50-17 woodshedding by Missouri.

With the loss, the Volunteers are now 0-6 SEC play.  Since the SEC was formed in 1933 until 2010, the Vols had never been 0-6 in the conference.  From 2011 until now, they’ve been 0-6 in SEC play three times — twice under Derek Dooley (2011, 2012) and this year under Jones.

Dooley was fired with one game left in the 2012 season after going 15-21 in nearly three seasons.  With two games left in Jones’ fifth season, the Vols are 34-26 under the beleaguered coach’s stewardship.

While the cupboard may have been bare when he arrived, the lack of success can’t be blamed on the paucity of on-paper talent.

It’s gotten beyond obvious that there’s no way Jones can survive this season.  Why not cut ties now and begin the process of resurrecting the storied program?

Full disclosure that needs to be made: the Vols are 57-54 and on their third head coach since Phil Fulmer was fired in 2008. Just saying is all.

56 college football assistants named nominees for 2017 Broyles Award

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College football’s award season is coming quickly with semifinalists and finalists for various awards coming in the next few weeks. Among the awards is the Broyles Award, which recognizes the top assistant coach in college football. Today, the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation released its list of nominees for this year’s award. All 56 of them, which is sure to keep more SIDs busy this time of year.

No school has more than one assistant nominated for the award and previous winners of the award from the past five seasons are not eligible. Clemson’s Brent Venables won the award last year, for example, so he is not eligible this season. This list of nominees will be trimmed to 15 semifinalists later this season, and that list will be cut down to five finalists for the award.

The Broyles Award was first awarded in 2010 to Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Malzahn is currently the head coach of the Tigers. In total, five Broyles Award winners have gone on to be a head coach, with four of those currently holding head coaching positions. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi (2013, Michigan State defensive coordinator), Texas head coach Tom Herman (2014, Ohio State offensive coordinator), and Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley (2015, Oklahoma offensive coordinator) currently hold head coaching jobs. Bob Diaco, who won the award in 2012 while at Notre Dame, went on to be named the head coach at UConn and currently is an assistant with Nebraska.

2017 Broyles Award Nominees

  • Alabama – Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Arizona – Rod Smith, Co–Offensive Coordinator
  • Arizona State – Phil Bennett, Defensive Coordinator
  • Arkansas State – Brian Early, Defensive Line Coach
  • Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator
  • Boise State – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Bowling Green State – Matt Brock, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
  • California – Beau Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator
  • Central Florida – Troy Walters, Offensive Coordinator
  • Clemson – Tony Elliot, Co–Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs
  • Eastern Michigan – Neal Neathery, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
  • FAU – Chris Kiffin, Defensive Coordinator
  • FIU – Brent Guy, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Fresno State – Orlondo Steinauer, Defensive Coordinator
  • Georgia – Mel Tucker, Defensive Coordinator
  • Georgia State – Nate Fuqua, Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
  • Iowa State – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Kansas State – Sean Snyder, Special Teams Coordinator
  • LSU – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator
  • Memphis – Joe Lorig, Special Teams Coordinator; – Outside Linebackers
  • Miami – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator
  • Michigan – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Michigan State – Harlon Barnett, Co–Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach
  • Mississippi State – Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Missouri – Josh Heupel, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • NC State – Dwayne Ledford, Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator
  • North Texas – Graham Harrell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Northwestern – Mike Hankwitz, Defensive Coordinator
  • Notre Dame – Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator
  • Ohio State – Larry Johnson, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach
  • Oklahoma – Bill Bedenbaugh, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Oklahoma State – Mike Yurcich, Offensive Coordinator/QBs
  • Ole Miss – Derrick Nix, Running Backs Coach
  • Oregon – Jim Leavitt, Defensive Coordinator
  • Penn State – Brent Pry, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
  • San José State – Bojay Filimoeatu, Linebackers Coach
  • SMU – Joe Craddock, Offensive Coordinator
  • South Carolina – Coleman Hutzler, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
  • Southern Miss – Tony Pecoraro, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
  • Stanford – Mike Bloomgren, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Syracuse – Brian Ward, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
  • TCU – Chad Glasgow, Defensive Coordinator
  • Temple – Jim Panagos, Defensive Line
  • Texas – Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Toledo – Brian Wright, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
  • Troy – Vic Koenning, Defensive Coordinator
  • U.S. Military Academy – Brent Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • USC – Tee Martin, Offensive Coordinator/WR Coach
  • Utah State – Mark Tommerdahl, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Virginia Tech – Bud Foster, Defensive Coordinator
  • Wake Forest – Warren Ruggiero, Offensive Coordinator
  • Washington – Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator
  • Washington State – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary
  • West Virginia – Tony Gibson, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Western Kentucky – Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator
  • Wisconsin – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator

Florida’s David Reese calls out teammates after blowout loss to Mizzou

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Florida’s athletics Twitter account may have had some fun with it, but one playing member of the Gators certainly didn’t.

In the first game since Jim McElwain was dismissed, Florida was embarrassed in a lopsided 45-16 loss.  Particularly offensive was the Gators’ rush defense, which allowed the Tigers to run over, through and around them for 227 yards.

Even more embarrassing, though, was how half the team — or more — appeared to simply quit the deeper the deficit got.  That fact wasn’t lost on linebacker David Reese, who called out his teammates for essentially giving.

Just as telling as Reese’s comments are the fact that they were highlighted on the Twitter account of the football team’s official website’s main writer.

In midst of getting blown out by Mizzou, Florida trolls itself on Twitter

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em I guess.

Today marks Florida’s first game since Jim McElwain was unceremoniously dismissed as the Gators’ head football coach this past week.  With Randy Shannon now in charge in the interim, not much has changed as UF is getting rolled by 3-5 Missouri 35-9 very early in the fourth quarter.

Given the caliber of the opponent and the sizable deficit, the Gators were being ridiculed far and wide on social media outlets, Twitter in particular.  Not long after the Tigers stretched the lead to nearly four touchdowns, the official Twitter account of UF athletics decided to get in on the tweeting fun.

Yep, that glorious “Naked Gun” GIF pretty fairly sums up the current state of Florida football.

And so does this: in the last seven quarters covering games against Missouri and Georgia, UF has been outscored 77-16.