Tag:National Championship
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:51 am

Auburn didn't give Cecil Newton his ticket

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Before Auburn took on Oregon in the title game on Monday, the school had come to a "mutual agreement" with Cam Newton's father, Cecil Newton, that he wouldn't attend the game.  Considering what the NCAA told Auburn earlier this year, about limiting Cecil's contact with the school's football program, it seemed like the smart decision for the school to make.

Of course, as we all know by now, Cecil Newton was at the game.  He may not have been found by cameras during the game, as he wasn't seated with his wife, but there he was hugging his son on the field after the game was over.  Which, as you'd expect, has brought up the question of how Cecil got his ticket.  Well, Auburn really wants you to know that it didn't give it to him.

So who did?  I don't know.  Maybe it was Mississippi State, maybe it was Kenny Rogers, or maybe he just bought the darn thing himself.  The better question is who cares?  I know that we may never know the total truth about what went on behind the scenes with Cam Newton's recruitment, or that we might find out everything in the coming years.

Do I think Cecil Newton violated NCAA rules when it came to his son?  I do, but when it comes to this instance, I don't care.  If he bought his way into the game, then he can do whatever he pleases.  Let's try to get past the hypocritical values of the NCAA for a second here and just approach this as human beings for a second.

The man was already forced to miss seeing his son win the Heisman Trophy.  Should he be denied the chance to see his son reach the college football apex as well?  The man didn't kill anybody, he asked for money.  Allegedly.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:30 am

Tommy Tuberville proud of Auburn after BCS title

Posted by Bryan Fischer

DALLAS, Tex. – Former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville guided the Tigers to an undefeated season but, in one of the greatest BCS controversies, never played for a national championship. Attending the American Football Coaches Association Convention this week, the former Tigers coach was beaming with pride when talking about his old school winning a national title Monday night.

But he had to confess that he just couldn’t watch Auburn raise up the trophy live.

“You know, I didn’t watch what happened,” Tuberville said. “I got so nervous because a lot of those kids are mine. I told my wife, we’re going to go eat and I’ll tape it. After I knew who won, I came back and stayed up and watched it in the middle of the night.

“That’s hard what they just did. They could have lost three or four games.”

Tuberville was head coach at Auburn from 1999 to 2008, including an undefeated season in 2004. He recruited many of the upperclassmen on the team, including Defensive MVP Nick Fairley.

“We recruited him. We watched him play basketball and you could see it coming,” Tuberville said. “He just didn’t have the grades (out of high school). We stayed with him out of high school, got him in junior college.”

In addition to Fairley, Tuberville pointed out one other leftover from his time on the Plains that helped fuel the championship run.

“The guy that probably doesn’t get enough credit though, is Kevin Yoxall, the strength coach,” he said. “We always had senior banquets at the end of the year and every year, every player would thank one guy. That’s Kevin Yoxall.

“When I walked out the door at Auburn, I said I don’t know who you’re going to keep but that’s the one guy you better keep. And they did. That’s the only thing they listened to me about.”

Tuberville is entering his second season as head coach at Texas Tech.

Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: October 18, 2010 11:57 am

BCS computer rankings still a mystery

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The BCS rankings , you may have noticed, are kind of a big deal: the ultimate arbiter of a year's worth of college football effort and competition, the chosen method of awarding certain bowl berths worth millions upon millions of dollars and (arguably) even greater levels of prestige and publicity, the eye at the center of the entire national championship hurricane.

So you'd think there would be some safeguards in place to make sure that the computer ratings that make up a full third of the BCS formula were being calculated, you know, the way they're supposed to be calculated. But as Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News reports , not only do the BCS powers-that-be fail to double-check the work being done by their anointed computer gurus, they don't have the ratings formulas and couldn't even double-check if they wanted to :

[The formulas] are proprietary information that five of the six analysts protect with BCS approval.

Someone should have those formulas on file to verify. Someone should be checking the computer calculations in case of honest mistakes or temptations to fudge data.

"It's a valid concern," [computer rater Wes] Colley said.

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said the analysts are "consummate professionals" -- no one says they're not -- and the rankings are self-audited and checked by peers "with a fine-tooth comb."

But how is that possible if they don't have each other's formulas?

"When I said check each other, what I know is they check each other to make sure data is entered correctly -- who won the game, where the game is played," Hancock said.

As Solomon points out, that wasn't enough to keep Colley from making a mistake entering his data earlier this season, a mistake that was only caught because Colley makes his formula public and available to be reproduced elsewhere. If it had happened in the computations of one of the other five, no one would have noticed a thing.

No doubt it's highly unlikely that any glitches make their way any given set of ratings, much less into the final, all-important set of rankings at the end of the season ... but when the stakes are this high, how is it possible that no one is even bothering to make certain? Putting aside the fact that a calculation error might actually improve Richard "not a mathematician" Billingsley's notoriously flawed ratings , it's flatly outrageous that it remains within the realm of possibility for one misstep inside one of the gurus' computers to cost a team a shot at a national title.

The BCS already has such a conspiracy-addled image problem that it ought to require all six of the ratings formulas to either become public or get the boot; it's not like a dozen different college football bloggers don't already have systems superior to dreck like Billingsley's up and running, if replacements were needed. But even failing that, they must demand that the formulas be turned over to an oversight committee and the math double-checked by a third party. There's far, far too much on the line to tie a blindfold around the BCS's eyes and simply take the gurus at their word.

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