Chat with Rod Gilmore
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, College Football Live analyst Rod Gilmore stops by to chat about the spring season, as we'll be checking in with one of our CFB Live experts during April. College Football Live can be seen weekdays on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Gilmore joined ESPN in 1996, primarily working on ESPN's and ESPN2's Friday night telecasts. He graduated from Stanford in 1982, where he played football for three years, including being on the field for "The Play" and the famous "the band is on the field!" kick return.
Send your questions now and join Gilmore Thursday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:02 PM)
We've got Rod!
Penn State showed some inconsistency last year. Do you think they gained enough experience last year to help in 2011?
Rod Gilmore (1:04 PM)
Yeah. I think the real key is what kind of development they get at QB with McGloin. It will be intersting to see what he does as the full starter and not sharing.
I saw that Notre Dame and Northwestern are going to play some games a few years from now. Do you like that home and home series?
Rod Gilmore (1:05 PM)
Yeah, I do. They're relatively close to each other in proximity. I think it's always good to have a rivalry like that. Notre Dame should be in the Big Ten anyway.
Do you think the NCAA has too many rules regarding when coaches can interact with players on their team and how much they can practice?
Rod Gilmore (1:07 PM)
We could have stopped that at "does the NCAA have too many rules." Period. It's all very cumbersome. I think there is a lot of frustration with the NCAA's involvement with football. I wouldn't be surprised to see the top 50-60 teams break off at some point in the future and establish their own rules.
Robert (Los Angeles)
Hey Rod, what's the status of USC's appeal to the NCAA? Why is it taking so long for them to respond to this?
Rod Gilmore (1:08 PM)
If we've figured out anything it's that the NCAA can be somewhat inconsistent. They moved very slowly with USC but very quickly with Auburn and Cam Newton, which was surprising. You would think that at some point they would get this resolved this spring. It would be unfortunate for them to go into the summer not knowing what they would be doing. Although, they benefitted somewhat because of the appeal, the restrictions weren't in place yet and they could operate without them.
Best Big East team?
Rod Gilmore (1:09 PM)
I think it's likely to be West Virginia. Bringing in the new offense there. Geno Smith is back at QB. Austin, an all purpose threat. I think their offense will be exciting. I pick WVU right now.
Do you think UConn can establish itself as a power?
Rod Gilmore (1:11 PM)
Randy Edsall didn't think so, which is why he left and went to Maryland. It's a struggle to build depth and recruit because there just aren't enough quality football players in Connecticut. They're always recruiting outside of their backyard. It's hard to recruit your team that way. I'm not sure they'er going to be a traditional power, top 10 team. But winning the conference every now and then is probably reasonable. They got lucky last year when WVU and Cincinnati and others fell off.
If you needed one defense to win you a game, who are you taking?
Rod Gilmore (1:14 PM)
That's kind of a loaded question, huh? Let me toss out some of the top candidates for me. TCU, because of their aggressive style. Boise State because of their consistency. I might add LSU to the mix. Those are the ones that stand out if I need one play in a big game. We've seen TCU do that and Boise State do that.
What have been some of your favorite places to call a game?
Rod Gilmore (1:15 PM)
There are lots of good places. There is nothing like a Saturday in the SEC, whether you're at Auburn, Alabama. I've enjoyed being in those places. I've enjoyed places in the Big Ten, Ohio State, Michigan. Oregon has a great environment. The smaller places, Boise is a great place for a game. Those are the ones that quickly come to mind.
Rod Gilmore (1:15 PM)
Atmosphere is big for me.
Which conference do you think has the best tailgate food?
Rod Gilmore (1:17 PM)
The problem is that I don't get to eat the tailgate food. That's the problem! The places where the food actually smells good would be simliar to the places I named with the best atmosphere.
What matchup would you like to see int he BCS?
Rod Gilmore (1:18 PM)
There isn't one at this point. Here's the thing, you don't really know what kind of team you have until you get through summer camp and the second game of the season. Right now, when we pick a matchup, we're kind of guessing. We don't know what the chemistry is, we don't know who's healthy. Last year, no one would have projected in the spring Auburn or Oregon, but that's what everyone wanted to see by the end.
We all know Luck is a great QB, but who are some others we should watch for next yaer?
Rod Gilmore (1:20 PM)
Clearly Kellen Moore at Boise State is really worth watching. There are so many young QBs that we want to see develop. Can Robinson at Michigan develop in a pro style offense? Is Murray at Georgia going to continue his climb? Matt Barkley is also a guy worth watching. He was hurt at the end of the year and missed the Oregon State game that they lost.
Rod Gilmore (1:22 PM)
Thanks again. It's fun. Great questions. I'm enjoying it. Look forward to tomorrow.