Howard Schnellenberger says Jeff Brohm and Gary Nord would be excellent head coaches at FAU.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Tuesday's Top Ten Tidbits:
1. Howard Schnellenberger once coached at Alabama for Bear Bryant and has tremendous respect for the Crimson Tide. He knows what it takes to win a national title, doing it at Miami in 1983 before he moved to the University of Louisville.
But Schnellenberger said the final second meltdown against Auburn Saturday was just what Alabama coach Nick Saban needed.
"I thought that was the greatest thing in the world," Schnellenberger said. "Not for the football program. For the football coach. He needed a big serving of humility. He's been Mr. Perfect. He's been Mr. Arrogant. There's no reason for that. Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that you cover that field goal."
2. Schnellenberger is also the guy who gave birth to the Florida Atlantic football program. The Owls are looking for a head coach. He would like Jeff Brohm and Gary Nord, two guys who were with him at Louisville and FAU, to get serious consideration.
"Both of them could do the job and do it well," Schnellenberger said. "I'd back either one of them."
Brohm, a former U of L quarterback, ran the offense for Bobby Petrino's Western Kentucky program this season. Nord spent the fall out of football after being part of Danny Hope's Purdue staff that was fired last season.
3. Schnellenberger also said that if Florida State and Ohio State win their conference title games Saturday, they deserve to meet in the BCS title game.
"You've got to give it to the teams that are undefeated," he said.
4. That said, Schnellenberger also believes that Alabama is still the best team in the country.
"They just made a stupid play," Schnellenberger said. "Every coach in the country knows you don't go into that play thinking, ‘I hope the kick is good.' You go into it telling your players, ‘What if they run it back?' "
5. Word in the coaching grapevine is that the frontrunner for the FAU job is Ohio State assistant coach Luke Fickell.
6. If Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has his way, the Cardinals will play at least three Big Ten opponents next season.
First would be a season-opening game against Minnesota (coached by his son Richard) on a military base in Puerto Rico. Second would be a game against Indiana at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden.
Third would be the Cardinals' game against a Big Ten opponent when Louisville represents the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
7. Pitino said the two best performances he has seen in college basketball this season have been delivered by Kentucky and Syracuse.
He was impressed by the way the Wildcats defended the rim Sunday night against Providence. He also praised the Orange for beating Minnesota, California and Baylor while winning the Maui Classic last week.
8. Schnellenberger is not the only former Flaget High School football player willing to speak his mind. His former teammate, Paul Hornung, was stopped by a representative of TMZ Sports and asked for his opinion of playing the Super Bowl in New Jersey this season. Hornung is not impressed by the concept.
"I hope it snows and rains like a (bleep)," he responded. "Let them play in that weather once. Then they'll figure it out to have it in Miami, for heaven's sake.
9. Former Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn is working the Florida State-Minnesota game for ESPNU in Williams Arena Tuesday night. Horn says that Richard Pitino's Gophers are shooting the three-point shot like one of his Dad's Providence teams, averaging 24 three-point attempts per game.
In fact, the Gophers rank first in the Big Ten and 20th in the nation with 192 three-point attempts.
10. The Louisville area remains a strong pipeline to athletics at Centre College. Ask the Colonels' surging field-hockey program.
Chelsea Klein scored 19 goals while leading Centre to a 16-5 season– and has been recognized for her splendid play by earning recognition as a first-team all-American. A product of Kentucky Country Day, Klein ranked 25th nationally in points with 53 and 12th in assists (with 15).