After another week of unpredictable scores, mind blowing plays and bittersweet moments – we have finally caught our breath to give you a quick run down from this past week’s College Football action. The spotlight lands on the Head Coaches this week.
What makes College Football so great? Ask 10 people, at least 7 of them will say the rivalries that are fought for respect on the gridiron. When those match-ups roll around, it never really matters what rank your school is – they can and will lose if they aren’t playing up to their potential. Exhibit A: The Red River shootout this weekend between #10 OU and unranked Texas.
After a terrible start to the season, a lot of critics have began to question the leadership of Charlie Strong and whether or not he is the right man for the job. This Saturday 24-17 win against their rival and Top 10 Oklahoma Sooners was the best possible response, especially after dropping one to 50-7 to TCU last week. Easily the biggest win of the weekend for any team, made a statement for Strong and gives his struggling roster some much needed confidence/momentum as they hope to duplicate their efforts for the remainder of the season.
Jim Harbaugh can be described as many things but one thing that can never be questioned is his genuine passion for both football as well as his alma mater Michigan. This played a huge role as the two sides came to an agreement in hopes of reviving a pretty disappointing football team and bringing back into the championship conversation. His methods may not be orthodox, as you have probably seen him throwing a fit in a complete rage on the sidelines with a ref or two – it does work. His team showed once again that they have completely bought into Harbaugh and trust his leadership as the #18 Wolverines beat #13 Northwestern 38-0.
This is Michigan’s third consecutive shutout (two coming against Top 25 opponents) for the first time since 1980. Not to mention their fifth straight win since losing the season opener to an incredibly tough Utah team that is currently ranked #4 in the nation. Harbaugh’s passion and no nonsense approach is once again proving to be a winning formula but how long can they keep this going? The Week 13 match-up between Michigan and #1 Ohio State is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years…go ahead and circle November 28th on your calendar right now, thank us later.
Unfortunately the weekend wasn’t all rose buds ( “couple of speed bumps, gotta take yo’ lumps” – courtesy of Jigga) for head coaches around the nation as USC and Steve Sarkisian called it quits this afternoon (10/12). After some rough off field issues hit the coach pretty hard, it began to show up on the field and affect his ability to coach. Players and members of the staff made mention of him showing up under the influence of alcohol on multiple occasions. As a leader of young men setting an example, this decision seems like the right one although very tough considering the circumstances.
“After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement.
Head Coaches maintained the spotlight until late this evening as long time great Steve Spurrier has officially retired from the sidelines. The South Carolina head coach and long time face of the Florida Gators has put together an amazing career, we wish him nothing but the best as he opens the next chapter of his life.
UPDATE: Steve Spurrier’s retirement is immediate; team will name an interim coach Wednesday morning. (via ESPN sources and multiple reports)
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