College Football: Notes To Keep the Conversation Going This Week

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIDecember 14, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12:  Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide poses with the Heisman Trophy during a press conference after being named the 75th Heisman Trophy winner at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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People will be talking college football in the morning when you get to the office or wherever you spend your day. Here are some headlines to assist you in being an active participant in the conversation. In addition there are links where you can find more information on each topic from a variety of resources.

What makes sports so much fun? The number of opinions you will find on just about any topic.


Topic: Mark Ingram captures Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy in the closest vote.

The order of finish was: 

1. Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB-1304

2. Toby Gerhart, Stanford, RB-1276

3. Colt McCoy, Texas, QB-1145

4. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, DT-815

5. Tim Tebow, Florida, QB-390

Ingram won 4 of 6 voting regions for the trophy, Suh won the Southwest and Gerhart won the west.

Gerhart was a late comer to the finalist mix, and had more yards rushing than Ingram for the year. Suh vaulted into the mix after a strong showing in the Big 12 Championship Game, where McCoy had a poor night that probably cost him the award. Tebow was looking to become the only person to receive the award twice. The only two time winner is Archie Griffin from Ohio State.

Ingram was a sophomore in high school when Tebow won the Heisman.

In their storied football history, Ingram is the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

Click here for links to articles about Mark Ingram's Heisman Trophy win

Topic: Coaching Changes

Notre Dame has hired Brian Kelly, formerly of Cincinnati, to be their head coach. Kelly led the Bearcats to an undefeated season, but will not coach the team when they face Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Several of Kelly’s former Bearcat players feel cheated as they believed their coach would not be going to Notre Dame.

Cincinnati has not found a new coach as Houston’s Kevin Sumlin has told the school he is happy with the Cougars and not interested in talking with them. Al Golden is the current head coach at Temple and is another possible candidate for the Cincinnati position.

Click here for Notre Dame football news

Click here for the latest on the Cincinnati coaching search

Many believed that University of Buffalo head coach Turner Gill was a potential candidate, but he has accepted the head position at Kansas. Here are the basics regarding Gill:

  • Played QB at Nebraska where his record as a starter was 28-2.
  • While on Tom Osborne’s staff at Nebraska as an assistant coach he was part of teams that won three national titles.
  • His career record as a head coach is 20-30. All at Buffalo.

Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh has signed a contract extension. This should end the speculation that he is a candidate for every significant job opening. The agreement is through 2014, which means nothing in college football circles.

Assistant coaches are also on the move. Mark Stoops (Bob’s brother) will join Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State as defensive coordinator.

Click to get the latest on Turner Gill's move to Kansas

Topic: Tennessee has NCAA issues

The NCAA has opened an investigation into Tennessee recruiting practices. There are two issues on the table: 

  • First, the travel by athletic department hostesses to high school games to watch prospective Tennessee players in action. As university representatives, NCAA rules do not allow the students to make these types of trips
  • The second involved a recruiting intern, Steve Rubio, who traveled with Kiffin to a Florida high school. In his position, Rubio is not allowed to recruit for the school.

As is always the case with Kiffin, the story becomes interesting because of his response. He told the media he takes pride in being investigated and considers it a badge of honor.

Want more on the Tennessee-NCAA story? Click here.

Topic: USC athletic director Mike Garrett criticizes football team

Garrett told a Southern California radio station that he did not believe the team had a good game all year. In response Pete Carroll said that as long as he has known Garrett he has found him to be a person that “calls it like he sees it.”

Click here for all the latest USC news

Hope these items help you keep the conversation going. Enjoy the week.


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