CBS Sports Network’s college football studio programming continued on Tuesday, Oct. 15 with FAST FOOTBALL (5:00 PM, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL (7:00 PM, ET). FAST FOOTBALL included interviews with Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.
INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL featured discussion of Texas’ win over Oklahoma, NCAA football recruiting rules and the Notre Dame-USC rivalry. Adam Zucker hosts INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and is joined by analysts Brian Jones, Ron Zook, Aaron Taylor and Randy Cross.
The following is an excerpt from FAST FOOTBALL:
(BOSTON COLLEGE HEAD COACH STEVE ADDAZIO ON THE ACC):
We’ve got the No. 3-rated team (Clemson) and No. 5- rated team (Florida State). Of course Miami is having a good year. I think that the ACC is really strong and is really gaining ground. I would put it right up there with the elite of the Power Five Conferences. I’m not just saying that because I’m sitting in it as a head coach. I’m telling you that because that is really what I think. From top-to-bottom, the top is improving and the bottom is improving. That’s what makes conferences really strong.
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(CLEMSON WIDE RECEIVER SAMMY WATKINS ON FLORIDA STATE GAME):
We are just humbling ourselves… We are going to treat this game like every other game with our preparation. Being a leader, we have to keep the young guys leveled down, not (let them) get too high or too low. This game has a lot of emotions, but at the same time we have to stay level headed. Just play our game. It’s really about Clemson. Florida State is going to do what they do on their defense and offense. We have to focus on what we do and not make mistakes to hurt ourselves.
The following are excerpts from INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL:
(ON TEXAS’ WIN OVER OKLAHOMA):
Cross: Texas can’t even tank right. They’re like the Cleveland Browns who trade their best player and then start winning. Texas is under all this pressure. Coach (Mack Brown) is going to go. And what do they do…?
Zook: Those players are tired of hearing about it. It’s an attitude. It didn’t look like the same Texas team. They were physical. They were attacking. They were chasing the football. And they kept the pressure on.
Taylor: There were a lot of mixed emotions for Texas fans. There are a lot of Texas fans that want Mack Brown out and were actually sorry to see their own team win… I think this actually helps Mack Brown step down at the end of the year. When you want to walk away, you want to have something that you can hang your hat on. If you want Mack Brown to go, you want him to do it on a positive note.
Jones: Does this take him off the hot seat? Yes, it does. Momentarily. At Texas, the key is beating Oklahoma and it used to be beating Texas A&M. Of course, they’re not on the schedule any longer. So yes, this helps cool his seat.
(ON RECRUITING RULES THAT LIMIT PHONE CALLS AND TEXT MESSAGES):
Zook: Current rules limiting phone calls, texts and social media keep both the perspective student athlete and the coach who is recruiting him from knowing all they would like to know to make an informed decision. I propose that we deregulate these rules… I say let the prospect decide whether or not they want to communicate. The coach should know if he gets no response from that person, the prospect is probably not interested. The coach then can either go on to the next prospect or change his recruiting philosophy. It also levels the playing field because it is very difficult to monitor this activity. If a private phone or drop phone is used, there is no way of tracking it. If the NCAA didn’t have to investigate improper phone calls, which are trivial offenses, it could spend more time on investigating real rule breakers.
Taylor: It’s going to be abused. You can’t expect a 17-year-old kid to do what is in his best interests… To expect him to be mature enough to say, ‘Coach, I’m not very interested…’ Let’s be real.
Jones: It sounds like dating… For a 17- or 18-year old kid, I think it’s an easier way for them to say, ‘No, I’m not interested in your institution’ by not responding to the text message. Now if (the coach) just bombards the kid, that’s on him. I like that (idea). Deregulate it. Send as many text messages as you want. If they don’t respond, you know they’re not interested in your institution.
Cross: I’ve always been a big proponent against this whole idea. The more we’ve talked about it, the more they’ve looked at it – why would you not just say, ‘Look, let them communicate more on a personal level. Let them text the kids. Let them call…’ I’m 100 percent for it… These kids break up with their girlfriend by text. They’re not going to have a hard time telling a coach (to stop texting).
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