College Football: Johnny Manziel Wins, Monday Morning Water Cooler

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It is clearly obvious that most everyone had some major College Football withdrawals this weekend.

It was so bad, the Georgia Southern Eagles big comeback playoff win against the Old Dominion Monarchs was compelling, must see football this past weekend.

Yeah…

But isn’t it awesome to see major college football teams settling who is the best team for the season with a playoff…

But that is a debate for the next few articles on tap this week.

There was a lot of other important and historic events this weekend, though, including the handing out of the Heisman Trophy and some College Football Coaching Changes.

So here is the quick and the dirty with all you need to know with Woody’s Monday Morning Water Cooler.

 

 

Johnny Football Makes History
With all football done for the next few weeks all eyes were on the Downtown Athletic Club and who would walk away with the Heisman Trophy.

When the dust settled, history was made as Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in the history of the award to walk away as the winner.

Nice to see the old fogies drop their bias and hand it to the guy who deserved it.

Manziel got 474 votes, while Manti Te’o finished second with 321 votes and Collin Klein third with 60 votes.

 

Navy Sinks Army Again
It took a late touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift the Navy Midshipmen over the Army Black Knights, 17-13.

The win by Navy is the 11th in a row in the series that is 113 years old.

The last time Army won was 1996.

Navy leads the all-time series 57-29-7.

 

Tubberville Heads to Cincinnati
In a move that shocked all of Texas Tech Red Raider Nation, Tommy Tubberville jumped ship for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

This is a great and surprising hire for the Bearcats and all reports indicate Tubberville plans on this being his final stop.

“I didn’t even have to ask about it,” Cincy Athletic Director Whit Babcock said. “He said, ‘You know what? If I come there to be your football coach, I’ll stay.’ I didn’t prompt it and I know it’s certainly no guarantee, but I was happy to hear that even before I could ask the question.”

Surprising since Tubberville was so hell-bent on getting back into the SEC

Maybe there is something there with Cincinnati making a move to the SEC…

 

College Coaching Vacancies
So there are open positions with the Wisconsin Badgers, Colorado Buffaloes, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Southern Miss Eagles, FIU Panthers and what seems like about 10 other schools still.

And you know what that means…

Let the rumors begin…

But let’s take a look at some guys who are available without creating another vacancy…

Houston Nutt – You know you want him back in the mix…
Jeff Tedford – A great coach who just needed a change of scenery…
Tommy Bowden – Top notch pedigree and a winner…
John Embree – Good coach who got a raw deal…
Randy Shannon – Will probably be a coordinator, but has head coaching experience…
Rick Neuheisel – Why not because some teams are getting desperate…

And some current coordinators who could be signed up quick…
Mike Bobo – He’s on the Southern Miss radar…
Chad Morris – He’s not going anywhere but he is on everyone’s list…
Kirby Smart – Wisconsin? Probably not…

 

 

Let the discussion and rumors commence!

So there you have it!

And it’s right around break time, so read up quickly…

Also a trivia question to leave you for the day…

Name the only WR to win the Waler Payton Award

Answer below via the comments section…

Don’t Google it!

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M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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