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And that’s that …

University at Buffalo President John Simpson and UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel named Turner Gill the 23rd head football coach at University at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2005. Gill signed a contract extention to continue being the head coach at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2008. (File photo by Paul Hokanson)

University at Buffalo President John Simpson and UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel named Turner Gill the 23rd head football coach at University at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2005. Gill signed a contract extension to continue being the head coach at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2008. (File photo by Paul Hokanson)

Three years, to the day, that Turner Gill was announced as head coach at University at Buffalo, he signed a contract extension to continue coaching the Bulls.

Today the school and Gill announced that Gill would stay on as head coach for the Bulls with a contract extension that will go through the 2013 season.

Gill will receive a pay raise — as will his assistants — which will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference.

“On the day I came here to be the head coach I told my team that one day we would be successful here at the University at Buffalo,” Gill said in a statement.

“Now, more than ever, I have never been more proud to be the head coach of this program at this great academic institution. This program has proven it can win now and it is built to continue to win in the future. I am grateful to president John Simpson and athletic director Warde Manuel for their continued support and faith in me as a football coach and leader of young men.”

Gill has been mentioned for job openings at Syracuse, Auburn and Iowa State. He has a record of 15-22 in three years coaching the Bulls — a team that had won a total of 10 games in the seven years prior to Gill taking over. Continue reading

Chizik set to coach Auburn

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik waits to walk onto the field with players, including Ben Barkema, left, and Todd Blythe, right, before a game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. Chizik is in his first year as Iowa State coach. (AP)

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik waits to walk onto the field with players, including Ben Barkema, left, and Todd Blythe, right, before a game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. Chizik is in his first year as Iowa State coach. (AP)

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement that head coach Gene Chizik has been hired to replace Tommy Tubberville at Auburn.

“Gene [Chizik] confirmed for me today that he is accepting the head coaching position at Auburn,” Pollard said. “I’m disappointed for our Iowa State fans and student-athletes that he has chosen to leave our program after only two seasons.

“I understand that it [Auburn] is a dream job for him, but the timing and the way it played out has been hurtful and disappointing. Although this is a significant set back, we will get through the challenge because the Iowa State University athletics program is far greater than one person.”

With that in mind this hiring has to raise some eyebrows — I know it raised mine.

Is Gene Chizik really the best fit for the Auburn job? How can anyone at this point in time justify Chizik to lead a program to prominence? What has he shown to make anyone confident that he can do the job?

I’m sorry, and I don’t really mean to attack Chizik personally, but the job he’s done at Iowa State was poor — at best. He took over for a team that was on a high and quickly brought them back down to Earth. Continue reading

Oklahoma clearly cream of Big 12 crop

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

The Big 12 Conference Championship is over, and there is a clear cut winner of the conference.

With all the controversy that has befallen the conference and the inclusion of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game over Texas, I still think the correct team was in the game. And I have a feeling that Missouri thinks so too.

Last night, Oklahoma bludgeoned the Tigers of Missouri to the tune of 62-21 — marking the fifth straight game the Sooners had scored 60 or more — and in all reality clinching a spot in the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, a rematch between OU and Texas would be great fun to watch, and I wish it was possible. However, without that game to watch, Oklahoma just looks like the better team right now. Not only that but I believe the Sooners have the best chance of beating Florida in the BCS Championship.

Texas is a great team, and they are second by just the slimmest of margins. But, they are a clear second in my opinion. Anyway, here’s my Big 12 rankings: Continue reading

Texas is class of the Big 12

Texas quarterback Colt McCoyl, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

At this point in time it’s pretty easy to choose the No. 1 spot on my Big 12 rankings. There’s just no way that Texas doesn’t get the nod, they’ve earned it.

This past weekend Colt McCoy led the No. 1 Longhorns to an outstanding 28-24 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State. I came away from watching this game thinking two things:

  1. Colt McCoy is a completely different player from last year, and he doesn’t let mistakes faze him. Texas is scary, especially since they’ll get McCoy and leading receiver Jordan Shipley back next season.
  2. Oklahoma State is the real deal. They came to play and nearly beat the Longhorns. It was a very impressive game from Mike Gundy’s kids.

McCoy went 38-45 for 391 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Continue reading

Huskers dominate Cyclones

The Huskers stormed into Ames, Iowa yesterday and downgraded the Cyclones to a mere light shower.

Nebraska traveled to face Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium and the Huskers dominated the Cyclones from start to finish. The Huskers out-gained the Cyclones 548-218 in total yards and never looked fazed against this sub-par team.

Nebraska's Quentin Castille (19) is congratulated at the bench after scoring a second half touchdown against Iowa State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday Oct. 18, 2008 in Ames, Iowa. Nebraska beat Iowa State 35-7. (AP)

Nebraska's Quentin Castille (19) is congratulated at the bench after scoring a second half touchdown against Iowa State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday Oct. 18, 2008 in Ames, Iowa. Nebraska beat Iowa State 35-7. (AP)

The Huskers played a nearly perfect first half in going up 21-0 by halftime. Joe Ganz threw for 283 yards on 21-24 attempts in the first half, he also threw for a touchdown to Nate Swift in the first half — Ganz finished the game 27-37 for 328 yards and a TD. While Marlon Lucky exerted his dominance in the second quarter in running for two touchdowns.

Swift, however, was the story of the first half Continue reading

Breaking down Huskers vs. Cyclones

Iowa State's Austen Arnaud, right slips past Baylor's Jason Lamb, left in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 in Waco Texas. (AP)

Iowa State's Austen Arnaud, right slips past Baylor's Jason Lamb, left in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 in Waco Texas. (AP)

This week Nebraska travel to Ames, Iowa to play the Cyclones of Iowa State. This will be an intriguing game to watch, seeing as Iowa State is a team that is rebuilding just like the Huskers.

The Huskers come off an encouraging, yet heart-breaking loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas last weekend and Iowa State comes off a demoralizing defeat at the hands of Baylor in Waco, Texas last weekend.

So without further ado, here’s a breakdown of positions for tomorrow’s clash. Continue reading

The last week…

Alright, yet against I got behind on writing the weekend’s recap … so without further ado here we go.

*All rankings reflect the team’s position prior to the game*

Big XII

Eastern Washington 24-31 Colorado

Colorado needed 17 points in the fourth quarter to get by this underwhelming Eastern Washington team at Boulder. Yes, Eastern Washington put up some yards and points against Texas Tech the week before, but there is no reason that Colorado should be pushed that hard at home. The Buffalo’s won with a Cha’Pelle Brown 27 Yd Interception Return for a TD with 1:44 left in the game, talk about clutch.

Cincinnati 26-52 (4) Oklahoma

The Sooners struggled at the beginning of the game, yet came out in the second half and completely dominated the Bearcats. The offense was lead by another efficient day Continue reading