Morning Playbook – Marking our calendars and setting our DVR

Welcome to Friday folks. Yes, we made it through another week, which means that we move just a little bit closer to the start of the college football season, and that’s a good thing. Before we go any further, do yourself (and us) a favor and make sure you are following us on Twitter, and give our brand new Facebook page a Like!

How much would you pay for the head coaching services of Dabo Swinney? Clemson will pay $1.9 million (plus incentives). Many scoff at the price tag for Dabo, but consider that this gives the coach a little extra recruiting swag when he can say how much support he has behind him through 2017.

Georgia also finalized their contract extension details with Mark Richt. Richt wil not receive a raise n salary but he will be under contract through 2016. While that may seem unrewarding for Richt, he does have the option to walk away from the job at any time, and not owe the school a dime. Athletics director Greg McGarity also received an extension through 2017.

Heisman Week continues on Crystal Ball Run. Yesterday we took a look at non-BCS players who will be mentioned at one time or another and the evolution of the Heisman Trophy from being dominated by running backs to quarterbacks.

Yesterday was a busy day for college football schedule news. In all, 115 games were given confirmed TV listings and kickoff times. ESPNNBC Sports and Big Ten Network all released initial broadcast information. Michael Felder explains that the schedule hoopla shows that the college game is mirroring the NFL, via Bleacher Report.

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall was a featured guest on the most popular sports program on New Zealand television. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can watch the entire episode online.

Oklahoma dismissed three players, despite hurting the depth at wide receiver.

A former Minnesota trainer has donated a kidney to a former Gopher player, John Williams. Williams played for Minnesota in the mid-late 1960’s, and Steve Nestor, who happened to be a perfect match, was the trainer in 1967. According to The Big Lead, the two reconnected at an alumni event about five years ago.

Even Major League Baseball franchises want to get in on some MACtion. Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens, who does not play baseball, was drafted in the final round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, who figure Owens could make for a decent left-handed pitching prospect.

It looks as though Syracuse is going to have a nice shiny helmet for at least one game, similar to Oregon’s Rose Bowl helmet.

Iowa freshman running back Greg Garmon is facing misdemeanor charges for simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. An Iowa running back facing legal issues? This just doesn’t happen.

Larry Coker wasted little time getting back in to coaching after being let go from Miami. Now he is enjoying getting a chance to build a program from the ground up.

The Sun Belt Conference football championship trophy will be named in honor of former commissioner Wright Waters.

Arkansas football players had an etiquette dinner.

South Alabama, playing their first season at FBS level this season, will not be in NCAA Football 13 because of a paperwork issue?

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