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Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:45 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:09 pm
 

VIDEO: Kirk Ferentz takes a polar plunge

Posted by Tom Fornelli

People, by and large, are a strange species. We do odd things that generally don't make sense pretty often. At some point, after the Wright brothers invented the airplane, somebody was flying in a plane and said to themselves "I want to jump out of this thing." It's not a natural reaction, but it's one many have had over the years.

The same goes for bungee jumping, walking on hot coals, diving with sharks or even climbing Mt. Everest. These are all things that you probably shouldn't do, and all could lead to disasterous results, but people do it anyway. Whether for the sense of accomplishment, or just the adrenaline rush. 

I understand that. I get that. What I have never understood, however, is that whole Polar Bear Club deal. I just don't see the point in it, though apparently that's not the case for Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.



Now, I ask you, what does this accomplish? I know Ferentz did this to help the Iowa Wrestling Club, so I'll give him a pass. He did it for charity, to help others, and there's nobility in that. But why would anybody else do it?

I have a friend who did this once in Lake Michigan in the dead of winter. When he told me about it and I asked him why, his answer was "I don't know." This is not an acceptable answer. He didn't know why he was doing it, yet he did it anyway. When he finished, I asked him if it was worth it.

"No, not really."

So while I give Ferentz a pass for it as he was doing it to help others, I implore the rest of you who have considered doing it just for the sake of doing it not to. Go jump out of a plane or something.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:01 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 11:51 am
 

Mike Gundy gets an 8-year extension

Posted by Tom Fornelli

What happens when you lead your team to its first conference title and first win in a BCS bowl game? Well, if you're Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, you get an eight-year contract extension.

Sources tell CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy that Gundy and Oklahoma State have agreed to a deal that will keep him on the sidelines in Stillwater through the 2019 season. The financial details of the deal aren't disclosed, but it's believed that Gundy will receive a raise that takes his yearly compensation from $2.1 million a year to $3.1 million.

That salary would likely put him among the top 15-to-20 head coaches in the FBS, and third in the Big 12 behind Mack Brown at Texas and Bob Stoops at archrivals Oklahoma.

Gundy has been at Oklahoma State since the 2005 season, going 59-30 in that time with six straight bowl appearances. However, in the last two seasons the Cowboys have gone 23-3 and won the Big 12 this season before beating Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. Depending on how the BCS Championship Game shakes out, the Cowboys will likely finish the season ranked second in the country.

That would be a nice accomplishment for any program. At Oklahoma State, however, that kind of success is virtually unprecedented; the Cowboys haven't won an outright conference championship in any league since taking the Missouri Valley in 1948--and that league had only three members at the time. The past two seasons represent the only two 11-win seasons in school history, and Gundy's four straight 9-win seasons doubles the school's previous best streak of (you can do the math) two. (It's worth noting that the program's previous high-water mark, the back-to-back 10-win seasons featuring Barry Sanders in 1987 and 1988, ended with the school on severa probation that helped lead to eight consectuvie losing seasons between 1989 and 1996.)

It's that kind of lack of traditional success that's made the OSU job a stepping stone in the past. Gundy predecessor Les Miles never approached the heights Gundy has in Stillwater -- his best season of his four at the Cowboy helm was a 9-4 (5-3) mark in 2003 that ended in a Cotton Bowl loss to Ole Miss -- and still converted that meager success into an LSU job that ranks among the most plum in the country.

Which is why it's no surprise at all to see Gundy receive this level of commitment from the school. With Texas still looking for an offensive identity and Oklahoma still struggling to return their defense to a championship-caliber unit, there's no reason the Cowboys can't maintain a long-term perch near the top of the conference if they're ready to make the commitment ... and the presence of megabooster T. Boone Pickens ensure that that commitment should be there.

(It's worth noting here that Gundy has already had to rebuild the program on the fly, having been forced to replace record-setting quarterback Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant before the 2010 season, and then offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen before this one. In Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Todd Monken, it's safe to say Gundy passed those tests with flying colors.)

Pickens is the other reason we can't be surprised even by the hefty nine-year price tag for Gundy's extension; T. Boone said via his Twitter account at the start of December that Gundy had earned a raise. And at Oklahoma State, when T. Boone Pickens says you deserve a raise, you're going to get a raise.

When asked for comment on his new contract, Gundy had this to say.



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Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:04 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 1:05 pm
 

VIDEO: Darwin Cook finds out Obie was female

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Wednesday night's Orange Bowl was memorable for the offensive display that West Virginia put on by scoring 70 points against Clemson, but if there was one play that stuck out amongst all the scores, it was Darwin Cook's 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

The play was surprising on its own in that seemingly everyone on the field and those watching in the stands thought that Clemson had scored a touchdown only to see Cook racing down the field with the ball in his hands. Once Cook finished his journey to the end zone, the play got even funnier when he tackled Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot, in the back of the end zone.

Well, Darwin got a surprise of his own after the game.



A true gentleman always apologizes to the ladies.
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:21 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:24 pm
 

VIDEO: Junior Hemingway gets emotional

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As often as bowl games are derided as "meaningless" for not having a bearing on the national championship, you'd think players would have gotten the memo by now. They haven't, and though nearly any post-win bowl celebration picked at random would be evidence enough, Junior Hemingway's postgame interview with ESPN's Chris Fowler is maybe the best example we've seen this offseason: 



If you'd come to a Michigan program that ranked as one of the nation's proudest, watched it suffer through its lowest point in decades amidst a torrent of in-fighting and lackluster coaching decisions, and then stuck around for its triumphant return to the top-10 -- capping it personally by scoring the team's only two touchdowns in a Sugar Bowl victory -- yeah, we think you'd be pretty emotional, too ... "meaningless" game or not.
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:12 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:59 am
 

This Sugar Bowl was a bit sour



Posted by Tom Fornelli

NEW ORLEANS -- Before you read this column on the Sugar Bowl, I must implore you to watch this video, for you cannot understand what this Sugar Bowl was without seeing it.

Did you see the way that puppy fell down the stairs? It made you laugh, sure, but at the same time it was something adorable that failed. The puppy just wasn't big enough for the stage it was on, and although it got to the bottom of the stairs as it intended to, it didn't do so in the prettiest of ways.

That was the 2012 Sugar Bowl.

Two teams that probably weren't ready to tread down this flight of stairs did so anyway, with the rest of us waiting to see which team tumbled to the bottom first. Turns out it was Michigan, even if you were sure the Wolverines had broken 30 bones on the way down, there they stood at the end celebrating.

From the second this matchup was announced there were people complaining about the selection of both Michigan and Virginia Tech. There were teams more deserving of this chance, teams like Boise State and Kansas State. Unfortunately for those two schools, they don't carry the same national cache or brand that Michigan and Virginia Tech do. So this is what we were stuck with, and judging by all the empty seats at the Superdome on Tuesday night, that commercial appeal didn't do much to sell tickets.

There were also the stories about how each team was going to prove that it belonged in New Orleans and in a BCS bowl game. Virginia Tech would show us all, as would the Wolverines. Instead what we saw were two teams that ingested a bit too much sugar and suffered some kind of diabetic seizure on the field.

Lofting up wounded ducks that turned into 45-yard touchdowns, or running fake field goals that were botched entirely yet still somehow managed to work.

The Michigan Wolverines won this game despite being outgained by Virginia Tech nearly two to one. The Hokies had 377 yards of total offense in this game compared to Michigan's 184, yet it was the Wolverines who emerged victorious. While the Hokies routinely fell down to the bottom step and were on the precipice of winning this contest, they continually decided to take a step back every time victory was in reach. Meanwhile Michigan threw all caution to the wind and just flung itself down the stairs headfirst.

Had this game been an iPhone app, it would have been called Fiesta Bowl Lite and been available to download for free. Think about it, Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead with two scores, but instead of touchdowns like Stanford had against Oklahoma State, the Hokies had to settle for field goals.

Then there was the second quarter comeback for the Wolverines just when you thought they had no chance.

In the end, much like Stanford before it, Virginia Tech managed to lose a game in which it seemingly dominated its opponent for most of the night, and on a missed field goal in overtime to boot. Of course, this was the lite version of the Fiesta Bowl, so Virginia Tech missed only one field goal, not two. Then, like Oklahoma State, Michigan rode a couple of touchdown catches by a wide receiver in Junior Hemingway and took advantage of Virginia Tech's overtime failure to win the game on a field goal.

The only difference was that the Fiesta Bowl was entertaining because it was an excellent story written with deep characters portrayed by great actors like Andrew Luck and Justin Blackmon.

The Sugar Bowl was essentially the movie "New Year's Eve." You assemble a big name cast and then hurriedly write a mediocre script and wing it while on the set. Then you hope enough people show up to see it before the word gets out about how terrible it is.

And in the end, the only thing either team convinced me of on Tuesday night was that this movie would have been a hell of a lot more entertaining had it starred Boise State and Kansas State.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:18 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 9:21 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Florida State 18 Notre Dame 14

Posted by Tom Fornelli

FLORIDA STATE WON. For the first 30 minutes of this game, Florida State looked pretty hopeless. An offensive line featuring four freshmen was being overwhelmed by Notre Dame's front seven leaving E.J. Manuel running for his life. The Seminoles were only able to manage a field goal in the first half, but even that was set up by a great kick return that only saw the 'Noles move backward and have to settle for 3 points. Then the second half came.

The offensive line figured things out at halftime, with some help from a lack of blitzes by the Irish, and Florida State owned the final thirty minutes, outscoring the Irish 15-0. It was not a pretty effort by any means, as Florida State managed only 290 yards of offense and was 3-of-14 on third down in the game, but the 'Noles got the job done thanks to some big throws by Manuel and some great grabs by Rashad Green. That and a defense that smothered Notre Dame for most of the night.

WHY FLORIDA STATE WON. Florida State won this game because it did the best thing a team can do when facing Notre Dame: let Notre Dame beat itself. The Irish turned the ball over 3 times in this one, including 2 turnovers in the red zone by quarterback Tommy Rees who twice tried to force a touchdown pass that just wasn't there. That and a strong defensive effort on a whole -- Notre Dame only scored one of its touchdowns on offense -- is why the Seminoles are leaving Orlando with a win.

WHEN FLORIDA STATE WON. With less than three minutes to go and Notre Dame trailing by 4 points inside Florida State territory, Tommy Rees launched an ill-advised pass into double coverage that was picked off by Terrence Brooks in the end zone. The Seminoles then ran out most of what remained on the clock.

WHAT FLORIDA STATE WON. Well, you can joke and say that by winning this game, Florida State has now earned the right to be the one of these two programs that is grossly overrated heading into the 2012 season. You know, kind of like both schools were going into 2011. Still, in reality, this is a nice win for Florida State and sends them into the offseason with some momentum. Florida State isn't a perfect team by any means, but it was also a better squad than what we saw in 2011.

WHAT NOTRE DAME LOST. A chance to end the season on a positive note. Instead this bowl game served as a 60-minute microcosm of the entire Notre Dame season in 2011. Terrible turnovers by an inconsistent offense combined with a defense that played well, but just couldn't play well enough to make up for the offense. So now, heading into 2012, the Irish face the same exact questions they had coming into 2011. Namely, who is going to be this team's quarterback?

THAT WAS CRAZY. Michael Floyd played his last game for Notre Dame, and also became the first receiver in school history to catch 100 passes in a season. Unfortunately he wasn't able to finish the game after suffering an undisclosed injury,but before leaving he made this ridiculous touchdown grab and saved Tommy Rees from a third red zone turnover in the process.



GRADE: C+. I gave this game the "+" because at the very least it was close. However, other than that, there wasn't really much to enjoy here save for some spectacular grabs by guys like Michael Floyd and Rashad Green. If those two had just put on a trick catch competition instead of the actual game, the grade likely would have been a lot higher.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: December 21, 2011 11:50 am
 

VIDEO: Demolition of Husky Stadium begins



Posted by Tom Fornelli


As you can see in the video above, the demolition of Washington's Husky Stadium has begun. On Tuesday it started with the destruction of the overhang above the stands on the south side of the stadium. The same overhand that helped keep the noise of the crowd inside Husky Stadium and caused the place to literally shake when it became loud enough.

It's the first phase of a $250 million makeover for the stadium, and the demolition phase of the building will carry on in parts all winter long. Contruction of the new stadium will begin in May, and the plan is for the new stadium to be ready in time for the 2013 season.

Washington will play its home games at CenturyLink Field -- home of the Seattle Seahawks -- during the 2012 season.

Hat tip: Dr. Saturday 
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 12:27 pm
 

VIDEO: Neuheisel on the Coaches Poll



Posted by Tom Fornelli


If you've ever read our poll reactions posts here on the blog, then you know our general feelings towards the Coaches Poll. In a nutshell, we're not huge fans. So it's nice to see that former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel feels the same way about the poll that he was a part of himself. He confirms what one of my biggest problems with the coaches poll is.

Coaches know their teams, and the teams they play. That's it. A coach at Virginia Tech is not watching Washington unless Washington is on the schedule, so to give coaches so much power in deciding who plays for a BCS title just doesn't seem right.

As for Neuheisel's idea of having the coaches vote, but only on their conferences, it makes more sense than what is currently in place, though I'm not entirely sure how it would work.

Neuheisel also talked about Jim Mora replacing him at UCLA, which you can see here.
 
 
 
 
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