Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 3:19 pm

Report: Colorado to join Pac-10 in 2011

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A little over a week ago Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was quoted as saying that he believed the chances of Colorado leaving the Big 12 to join the Pac-10 as early as next season were "worse than 50-50."   Well, according to one report, it seems that Mr. Scott may not want to go into the bookmaking business anytime soon.

According to Orangebloods.com, the Buffaloes are now expected to be a member of the Pac-10 starting next season.

But it's looking more and more like [the Pac-10] will be a 10-team league in 2011 because Colorado will move on to the Pac-10 after this school year, several sources said.

"There is too much consensus to get Colorado on its way to the Pac-10," an administrator at a Big 12 school told Orangebloods.com. "That's what Colorado and the Pac-10 want. That's what the Big 12 wants."

At issue is the money. Colorado doesn't think it can remain financially viable if it has to pay the one-year notifcation departure fee, which is an 80 percent forfeiture of revenues over a two-year period. But sources said the Big 12 is working on a payment schedule for Colorado to pay those fees over time to the Big 12.

Well of course the Pac-10 wants Colorado to join as soon as possible.  Did you see the 52-7 beatdown Cal put on them?  Everybody wants a piece of that action.

Okay, so maybe the Pac-10 wants them in next year so they can move forward with the division realignments, scheduling, a conference championship game, and their new televison network so they can start raking in the dough.  It makes sense that the Big 12 would prefer Colorado left in 2011 as well, seeing as how Nebraska will be joining the Big Ten next season and they don't want to be caught in 11-team limbo for an entire season.

The Orangebloods article also goes on to say that Texas AD DeLoss Dodds is also holding out hope that Notre Dame would one day bring it's non-football sports programs to the Big 12.  For that, we live Mr. Dodds with this.

Dream until your dreams come true, DeLoss.

Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:37 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 10:47 am

MC Hammer and Ryan Mallett: Together at last

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ryan Mallett is the biggest reason the Arkansas Razorbacks are 3-0 and have snuck into the AP's top ten, there's no question about this.  He's thrown for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns already, and has become one of the first names mentioned when talking about early season Heisman candidates.

So what does Mallett need to do to make sure he stays in the conversation, and possibly win the award?  Well, to keep having monster games and winning will help a little bit, but they won't do nearly as much as having fans put up amazing tribute videos on the intertubes.

Put on your parachute pants and get ready to dance, America.

I could listen to that all day.

Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 11:40 am

Brian Kelly's not worried about a play clock

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last few years under Charlie Weis Notre Dame fans have become pretty used to suffering some punches to the gut late in games.  Still, there probably weren't many more that hurt worse than the loss to Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing.  Of couse, as fan bases are wont to do following a heart-breaking loss,  Irish fans began looking for someone to blame afterward.

As is usually the case, the blame in this game landed at the feet of the officials.  A lot of people claimed that the Spartans had not gotten the snap off on their fake field goal attempt in time to beat the play clock.  Brian Kelly heard all these complaints, and guess what?

He doesn't care.

Irish coach Brian Kelly didn't share the outrage over the non-call preceding a game-winning fake field goal for a touchdown.

"We're splitting hairs on what happened at the end of the game," Kelly said Sunday. "Could there have been zero on (the clock) before it was snapped? Yeah, there's that possibility. But I haven't spent much time thinking or complaining about that as much as, we gotta defend the play."

Did the play start on time?  No.  You can check the video evidence for yourself if you like.

A fifth of a second. 

So, yes, the snap didn't get off in time, but think about how long a fifth of a second is for, well, a second.  If an official is keeping his eyes on the play clock, once that thing hits zero by the time his eyes move from the clock to the action on the field that ball has not only been snapped, it's in the holder's hands.

Which leaves bitter Notre Dame fans with two options here.  They can either build some kind of super officiating robot, with eyes faster than time itself, or they can do what the video suggests.

Deal with it.

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