Holiday season creates chaos. Like, for instance, coverage for the Slate. We're sorry for the egregious delay today, but on the bright side it's a really slow day.
Jeff put together a very interesting data display piece on game flow from the North Dakota game, which you should check out. Also, Luke and I picked the rest of this week's bowl games, which is of course very important reading, even if we did agree on all five.
Ken Corbitt at the Capital-Journal dropped a couple of player features. First, the effect of Cody Whitehair's senior leadership during this rough season, and then an ode to the underrated and quietly excellent Jordan Willis.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione has retired on the heels of a miserable 3-9 campaign in the Sun Belt, which is basically the opposite of Franchione's usual performance in a minor conference. Franchione's first collegiate coaching experience was at Kansas State back in 1978-80. He was hired away to become the head coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, then spent a couple of years as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech before taking over at Pittsburg State. In five years in Pittsburg, Franchione won five conference titles.
That led to him being hired by Texas State -- at the time Southwest Texas State -- but he didn't stay long. Two years later he was off to New Mexico, where he led the Lobos to their first bowl game in 36 years. Then it was off to TCU, where he went 25-10 and took the formerly miserable Frogs to three bowl games. Then he was hired away by Alabama, but bailed after only two years for Texas A&M. Five years later, he was out there as well under a cloud of controversy. He spent a few years out of coaching before returning to Texas State to help them transition to FBS. But his record the second time around was only 20-28, and at the age of 64 he appears to have had enough.
USA Today's Ross Hawley talked with Brad Hill about his recruiting process.