Hlist Week 10: Nick Saban dislikes mediocre folks

Also, Grambling and Carl Pelini's former team both win

All was right here on Saturday
All was right here on Saturday

Sunday, "60 Minutes: had a 13-minute profile of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

"Mediocre people don't like high achievers and high achievers don't like mediocre people," Saban said.

So if you're mediocre, stay away from that man.

But in seriousness, it was a very interesting piece. Here it is:

Speaking of mediocrity, let's look at the bowl system.

1. Fifty teams are bowl-eligible with six or more wins.

One is Cincinnati. Its six wins are over Purdue, FCS Northwestern State, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Connecticut and Memphis. The five FBS teams listed have a combined record of 3-36. Cincinnati lost to Illinois, 45-17.

Another is Texas State. The five FBS teams it has beaten have a combined record of 8-34.

There are 35 bowls, so only 20 more slots need to be filled by Selection Sunday on Dec. 8.

2. Six Big Ten teams are bowl-eligible.

Iowa would make seven. Northwestern needs to win two more (Michigan, Michigan State, at Illinois). Indiana needs to win three of its four remaining games, and two are at Wisconsin and at Ohio State. Illinois needs to win three of its remaining four.

The Big Ten has had a bowl-affiliation with the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl since 2002, but has only had enough eligible teams to send a club to the Detroit bowl three times. It's unlikely to send one to that game this year.

3. Last year's Liberty Bowl participants have fallen on hard times.

Tulsa beat Iowa State in last year's Liberty Bowl to finish with an 11-3 record. The Golden Hurricane were Phil Steele's pick to repeat as the Conference USA West champion, but Tulsa is 2-6. The Hurricane lost its homecoming game to Texas-San Antonio Saturday, 34-15.

Iowa State is 1-7. The team it beat was Tulsa.

4. The Hlist doesn't need to see a bowl matching Texas State and Toledo.

Not in person, anyhow. If it's on TV, sure, we'll take a look. And that's enough about bowls.

5. Week Wasn't Total Waste: Florida Atlantic lost its head football coach last Wednesday when Carl Pelini resigned after admitting to school officials that he used illegal drugs.

Saturday, the Owls beat bowl-bound Tulane in Boca Raton, 34-17..

"Sometimes you need a slap in the face to refocus," said Florida Atlantic captain Andrew Stryffeler.  "This wasn't exactly what we were looking for, but we really took the opportunity to step it up this week."

Did the Hlist say that was enough about bowls? FAU is 4-5. Its final three games are against Southern Mississippi (0-8), New Mexico State (1-8) and Florida International (1-7).

6. Grambling On: Grambling made some news a few weeks ago when the team had a week-long boycott that included a forfeited game at Jackson State.

Saturday, Grambling defeated Mississippi Valley State, 47-40, in its home-finale for its first win of the season. It snapped a 15-game losing streak in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

“It’s been past due,” said junior defensive back Tyree Hollins. “Eventually, something good had to happen out of this. We worked our butt off every day at practice. The only thing we kept doing was believing and having faith.”

7. Athletics Code: Whenever someone in major-college sports says he isn't a candidate for a specific opening elsewhere, that means he wasn't going to get the job. Texas is looking for a new director of athletics, and the list of "non-candidates" is impressive.

Said Maryland Athletics Director Kevin Anderson: "I must confess I am humbled to be mentioned in connection with such a position, but more importantly, I feel it speaks volumes to the outstanding progress we have made at the University of Maryland and to the new heights our athletic department is destined for in the future.

"Let me be clear, I am not pursuing any other professional opportunities at other institutions. I am steadfast in my commitment to the University of Maryland."

Ohio State AD Gene Smith: "I have the greatest respect for the University of Texas and one of my mentors, DeLoss Dodds. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be the athletics director at The Ohio State University. Reports of me interviewing at the University of Texas are inaccurate."

Arizona State AD Steve Patterson said in a radio interview two weeks ago that he was more interested in "growing a program" at ASU than taking over the behemoth at Texas. "I've done my time in Austin," he said.  “I love what I'm doing here."

Arkansas AD Jeff Long tweeted this on Sunday: "I’m not seeking a position or engaged in the search process of another University...I'm proud to be a Vice Chancellor & the Director of Athletics at the U of A." That was after the Dallas Morning News reported Long and Patterson were finalists along with West Virginia AD Oliver Luck.

Luck hasn't said he's not interested in the Texas job. which means he is the person most-likely to get it. reported Tuesday that Patterson has been hired by Texas. So disregard the entire premise.

8. Thursday is Game Day: What the heck? Thursday is a bigger night for college football than Saturday?

Here is this Thursday's fare: No. 12 Oklahoma at No. 5 Baylor and No. 2 Oregon at No. 6 Stanford. Yowzah!

Here are Saturday's best matchups: No. 10 LSU at No. 1 Alabama and ... what? Nebraska at Michigan? BYU at Wisconsin? Old Dominion at Idaho?

For those of us driving five-plus hours from the Iowa-Purdue Saturday night with satellite radio at our disposal, we don't appreciate the OU-Baylor and Oregon-Stanford games being taken from Saturday night.   

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