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Dodd mail 2/5

Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 1:23 pm
Observations after being trapped in Dallas this week by an ice storm on one end and a blizzard in the Midwest on the other. After three flight cancellations, two rental cars and a 154-minute delay at DFW, I made it home.

Please tell me you share my joy.

--With the Super Bowl in Big D this week (actually, Big A, Arlington), the NFL needs to take action. Isn't it about time Roger Goodell fines the National Weather Service $25,000 for excessive blows to the region?

--If there is anyone who should be aware of the dangers of frostbite it is a college hockey player, right? 

--The latest UGA -- bulldog mascot -- has died at Georgia. New signee Isaiah Crowell should be getting a call soon. Crowell brought a bull pup to his signing press conference to emphasize his love of the Dawgs. I'm thinking the puppy has plenty of eligibility left to become the new UGA.

--In response to one of his columns about college training techniques, the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi got this from a reader: "Since 2000 — 21 college football players dead. I am an ex-Marine, and I have to believe that in the same time frame we had more young people go through boot camp with less fatalities. And I would guess our boots [soldiers] started at a lower level of conditioning. So what is wrong?"

The three biggest stories of the week -- at least in this corner of the world  -- were National Signing Day, the firings and suspensions of medical personnel at Iowa and Rich Rodriguez.

Your reactions ...

From: Greg

Dennis, what coach (Rodriguez) does not understand is that he thought he was hired to FIX something. He kept saying it would take time to FIX. Michigan was not broke! They competed for Big Ten titles every year. They were in the national title hunt a few times. They went to bowl games 30 straight years!! He never built on that success. He ruined it.

Man of Michigan:

Rich Rod didn't use the word "fix" until he got on campus and saw the dearth of talent. Maybe he should have done a better job of evaluating talent. I'll give you that.

But "Rodriguez supporters" -- you'll see the math here-- paint a different picture of the state of Michigan football when Rich Rod arrived.

From: Jim

Dennis, nice article about Rich Rodriguez. I am a Michigan fan, and really appreciate hearing Rich's side of the story. I met Coach Rod at his UM football camp and when he posed for pictures with my special needs son, he really impressed me. I would love to write or e-mail him at CBS and express my thanks for his service to UM -- if you would pass along any contact info for Rich, I'd appreciate it. Please keep up the good work in your columns, Go Blue! - Jim C.


You can contact my here in the fan feedback section. I'll e-mail you Rich Rod's contact information.

From: Chioke

Dear Dennis, When could you see Howard Schnellenberger retiring?

FAU have a heck of a question:
Haven't thought about that in a while but it is a worthwhile inquiry. Schnellie will be 77 on March 16. In four of his five years at FAU, the Owls have finished in the top three in the Sun Belt Conference. (They tied for the league title in 2007 and won the New Orleans Bowl.)

As long as Howard continues to be energized and remains healthy, I see no reason why he can't keep going. The strategy now seems to be one year a time. Schnellenberger was extended in 2007 through 2010 but a clause in the deal (per this blog) says an additional year was added to the deal because the Owls' new stadium was not finished. 

Schnellenberger wants to keep going. He's fine with basically a year-to-year contract. The Sun Belt remains winnable in any given year. Why not?

From: Kevin

Not so fast Dennis. Looks like Clemson has caught Jadeveon Clowney's attention. Clemson has put defensive players in the NFL with handsome paychecks as well. SEC is not a lock for this talent.

Climpson's For Clowney:

Agreed. When I wrote this Clowney piece Clemson wasn't as much in the picture as it is now. Dabo Swinney has done a great job of rallying late in recruiting. This is going to buy him some time. If Clowney does come to Clemson it's going to be a monster recruiting class. 

You know what happens after monster recruiting classes -- monster expectations.

From: Lee

Being an Auburn fan, at first I thought this Clowney column was going to be downing the SEC. But after I read it, I really enjoyed it and appreciate you Dodd doing us all a favor and actually talking about football. Thanks!

Friend of Aubie:

I'm glad to write something new(ton) about Auburn. For a large part of the season the words, "NCAA", "Cecil", "payoff", "Mississippi State", "sleaze" and "cheating" were required in any mention of the Tigers. Even up to the point when they won in Arizona. Even up to the point when we wonder how long that national championship will last.

From: Dennis

If the kid's dad knew sickle cell ran in the family why didn't he have the young man tested for it? 

Seems a responsible parent would do just that and not blame a college for giving his or her child a chance at a better life via a free education. But that would have meant they took responsibility for their son's well being, huh? May also have meant no football with a chance at the NFL and a big payday for the entire family. 

The bottom line is no matter how hard society and a bunch of lawyers try, there's no child proofing the world. Life is filled with adventure, danger and mixed results. This was one of those adventures that didn't have a storybook ending.

Legal Expert:

I wouldn't call the death of a player and "adventure." 

The fact is, Bennie Abram's dad only had an idea that sickle cell ran in the family. I'm betting he was no medical expert and had no idea what it meant to his son. Besides. Ole Miss HAD tested Bennie Abram for sickle cell. The family is suing for wrongful death because of the way Abram's treatment was handled.

That's where there is sometimes a disconnect. It's one thing testing a player. It's another telling him and his family. It's another, then, dealing with that player in the proper way during playing and practice seasons. 

I believe Alaska was the last state to test for sickle cell at birth (or the remaining state that doesn't). Point is, the hospital may test for it, the test may be positive, the doctors may notify the parents, but what does that mean 18 years later when the kid is in college? The parents may have forgotten. There may not even be symptoms up to that point.

By the way, the Abrams are not suing a school that gave their child a "free education". Bennie Abram was a loyal Rebel who wanted to play so bad for Ole Miss that he walked on. 

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:16 am

Dodd mail 2/5

Can someone please throw a can of soda on Dodd's might be the only way we can get him to stop typing fecal matter. Dodd, hang it up buddy. You have alienated alot of people, not just Iowa fans, but many people in general because of your hate filled, illegal behavior condoning, sans fact based article. You should be fired or just resign. we are all sick of you. If you haven't noticed, we won't stop letting CBS know bc you have NO JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY!!

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:32 pm

Dodd mail 2/5

You are an idiot Dodd reporting on an illness you know nothing about. This illness can be caused simply by someone being sick for a period of time and then exerting themselves too much...Not necessarily by lifting weights....They also could be effects of how or what  players  did immediatly after or before they worked out....I actually know something about this illness having suffered from it when I was in high school, and all I did was recover from Mono and then try to swim for a couple hours while I was recovering. Get your shi! straight at least if you are going to make accusations, besides isn't there enough SEC players like Janoris Jackson getting arrested to keep you busy?...You are a F**k tard!

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 5:52 pm

Dodd mail 2/5

Two years ago, when Iowa was 9-0 in football, they couldn't make the front page of CBS...but now they can't leave it.  Dodd can't move on.  Next week, perhaps he can write about other recent events such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kennedy being shot or maybe breaking news like Roosevelt winning his fourth term.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:06 am

Dodd mail 2/5

good god dodd?  your obsession/hate with iowa now borders on the lunatic side now. you would think since iowa is in the title of your little mailbag headline, you would include at least one comment of iowa?   im going to start calling you daffy dodd.  yes we know, there was no printable comments from iowans.  we dont like you because "you're deth-picable!"   
hey daffy dodd,  iowa 27   missouri 24!                      

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:31 am

Dodd mail 2/5

parker: And my point is most parents wouldn't make the connection between testing positive for a "condition" and 18 years later and football practice. 

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 7:58 am

Dodd mail 2/5

The three biggest stories where I'm at are: Dodd hates Iowa so much he can't stop writing about the, Dodd has no journalistic skills whatsoever, Dodd is the biggest liar in the world when he says he doesn't have an hate-filled agenda against Iowa. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:32 am

Dodd mail 2/5

Who is Dodd kidding with his mailbag? You know that any e-mails he receives are laced with derision towards him and probably unprintable words. He also probably doesn't understand half of the e-mails because that would require a vocabulary on his part.

Dodd, Freeman and Prisco get less mail than the deceased.

Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 2:52 pm

Dodd mail 2/5

If your kid has a possible problem and if the doctors did indeed tell them, such as sickle cell,, as a parent you would never forget that your child may have a problem that affects their health. That is my only point.

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