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Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 5:34 pm

VIDEO: Randy Edsall gets run over at practice

Posted by Adam Jacobi

You saw the headline. You know what you want to see in this video. You want to see Maryland head coach Randy Edsdall get motored by RB Davin Meggett, and that's what's here, so let's give it to you.

Video is courtesy of The Sports Bog, via EDSBS.

Jeez, Randy, if you're not even going to pretend to play defense, we can get someone else in there who wants to. Who here wants to deliver a hit better than little old Randy here? "Dream job," my butt. Slacker.

(Edsall is fine, in case you were concerned.)

Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 7:02 pm

VIDEO: Michigan State-Notre Dame preview

Posted by Adam Jacobi

This is a generally good breakdown of Saturday's matchup, which -- apologies to Ohio State and Miami -- is the one Big Ten game I'm looking forward to the most this week. It's funny, Notre Dame is 0-2, Michigan State is undefeated and ranked 15th... and yet the Spartans are the ones looking to pull the upset, as Notre Dame's favored by 4.5 points (as of now).

One aspect of the game that I think is getting overlooked is how Notre Dame is going to handle the MSU rushing attack. Obviously, looking at the Michigan game isn't going to be terribly instructive (though the Michigan tailbacks ran for just 10 yards on eight carries), as Denard Robinson was the entire offense both through the air and on the ground, but South Florida rushed for only 126 yards on 42 carries against Notre Dame.  The Bulls were 2-14 on 3rd down conversions to boot, so when Notre Dame needed a stop on the ground, by and large, it got its stop.

Now, of course, Michigan State's backfield is much, much better than Michigan's or South Florida's. Both the Michigan State rushing offense and the Notre Dame rushing defense are going to get their stiffest test to date, and it'll be interesting to see which bows first. I've got Notre Dame winning a close one, personally, but nothing short of a blowout would surprise me. Can't wait for kickoff.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:49 pm

NCAA reinstates three suspended Buckeyes

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Ohio State may not be at full strength in terms of getting players back on the field, but it's getting there. The NCAA has officially reinstated RB Jordan Hall, CB Travis Howard and S Corey Brown as of today, ending the three Buckeyes' two-week suspension for accepting money from a booster at a recent fundraiser. 

According to the NCAA, whose full statement on the reinstatement is linked here, the three players will be forced to repay the money they received from the booster, with the money going to an undisclosed charity.

The reinstatement means that the players have finally gotten their stories straight about where the money came from, which was not the case last week when two different people (a former player and a booster) were named as sources for the money in Ohio State documents. That clearly didn't sit well with the NCAA, and the suspensions continued through the Toledo game.

Nonetheless, Ohio State didn't have any public gripe about the length of the investigation and suspensions. “The university appreciates the NCAA’s expeditious response in reinstating these three student athletes,” said Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics. 

The NCAA's statement ends on this well-known, but still ominous note (emphasis ours):

Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete’s involvement are determined. This is typically well in advance of infractions decisions. The enforcement investigation into the Ohio State University is ongoing.

In other words, this situation isn't fully resolved in the NCAA's eyes, but at the very least the three players involved can get back on the field.

One must wonder when the boosters in Columbus are going to stop providing benefits to players. It may be a noble gesture and the rules may be illegitimate in the boosters' eyes, but they are still the rules, and the more those rules are broken the worse off Ohio State is going to be. It seems very counterintuitive that a "booster" would take such destructive action, then, but such is the world we live in.

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:31 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:51 pm

Yes, this is an 'ODB Jr' personalized LSU jersey

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The "grown men wearing jerseys to sporting events" things is a trend that, by and large, doesn't really need to continue. Sure, there were those 2-3 years where throwback jerseys were in, but then Jay-Z said "I don't wear jerseys, I'm 30-plus," and just like that the trend was done. Nowadays, the jersey-wearers are still pretty commonplace at sporting events nationwide, but nobody's going up to these people and saying, "Wow, I really like your replica jersey."

Another particularly odious facet of this trend is the the personalized nameplate, where fans can go the extra step and put their own names and numbers on these jerseys so it's like they're actually on the team (PROTIP: it is not actually like this at all). But if you must buy a jersey and personalize it, at least come correct like this gentleman found in the stands at last week's Northwestern State-LSU tilt:

Now, that's not the son of the O.D.B. In fact, the guy wearing it is probably older than the late Wu-Tang Clan member. As a couple LSU fans have pointed out, the jersey is actually a reference to Odell Beckham Jr., a freshman wide receiver for the Tigers who wears #33, and that means that the man wearing it is probably Odell Beckham Sr., a proud papa and a former LSU running back from the early '90s who wore, yep, #33. At the very least, the wearer is almost certainly some member of the Beckham clan.

That's great news for Tiger Stadium security, because had "ODB Jr." been an honorific bestowed on this man at some point in his life, that would mean he is totally insane, and he likely would have been done something to warrant being ejected from the premises before halftime. So it's good that's not the case.

Fist pound: @DennyMayo for the pic, @valleyshook for the family info

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Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:53 pm

Florida LB Dee Finley arrested

Posted by Adam Jacobi

On its face, the news out of Gainesville Monday evening that Florida linebacker Dee Finley had been arrested on multiple charges looked bad -- especially since those charges (initially--see update below--ed.) included resisting an officer with violence (a third-degree felony). Resisting an officer with violence conjures many mental images, and they're universally ugly. That's the type of behavior that not only gets one kicked off the football team, but out of school... and into prison. Felony violence against a police officer! Can you imagine!

Except we don't have to imagine, because the Orlando Sentinel has the police report from Finley's arrest, and let's just say the police report -- i.e., even the cop's side of the story -- doesn't seem to back up the charges:

Finley was pulled over at 1:50 p.m. by Officer William Sasser after driving around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. According to the arrest report, Finley initially refused to give his license and registration and told Sasser he was late.

As Finley tried to leave, Sasser told him he was under arrest and grabbed Finley's wrist. Finley pulled his wrist away and "stood up and squared to me while straddling the scooter," Sasser wrote in the report.

After Sasser removed his Taser, Finley complied.

Now, that's extremely inadvisable behavior from Finley from the moment he got onto the scooter; driving with a suspended license is going to turn even the most mundane of traffic stops into a legal situation, no matter who you are. Trying to drive said scooter away from a police stop without proffering a license and registration is also amazingly dumb. It's such a bad idea that Florida coach Will Muschamp (and really, pretty much every D-I coach) should schedule a meeting with his players where all he says is "DO WHAT THE COP TELLS YOU TO DO" over and over for an hour straight. 

That said, once the police officer escalated the situation to an arrest (as he should have) and grabbed Finley's wrist, Finley's reaction was once again inadvisable but hardly an act of violence. If anything, the violence here is perpetrated by the policeman, who grabs Finley's wrist then threatens the use of a Taser. It's all legal, of course, and we're not exactly about to advocate charges brought against a policeman doing his job, but there's such a chasmic disconnect between the police report and the charges filed that the word "violence" ceases to have any real meaning here, and it would be naive to assume otherwise. That'd be a dangerous precedent to set.

UPDATE: This is likely why Finley's charges have already been reduced from the felony "resisting arrest with violence" to the misdemeanor-level "resisting arrest without violence." A Florida spokesman said Muschamp "is aware of the incident and will handle the matter." For more on Finley's situation and the Gators' options for replacing him in the second-string, have a look at our CBSSports.com Florida RapidReports.

At any rate, there's a roughly 0.0001% no chance this felony charge makes it anywhere near conviction, so it would just be prejudicial to call Florida a bunch of felons and felon-coddlers. Sure would be nice if the police had set a good example for Finley after the arrest and told him that they technically could have filed a felony charge, but weren't going to do that since he complied before the situation escalated to the use of a Taser. Wouldn't that have sent a message to Finley without smearing him as a felon in the public sphere, the way these types of allegations so often do before a judge even gets a chance to look at them? Or is it just more enjoyable to just throw as many charges at a person as possible and let the lawyers decide which should stick?

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Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:58 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 5:52 pm

Please don't penalize the Oregon 'O', Pac-12

Posted by Adam Jacobi

During the past offseason, the Pac-12  hired former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira as its interim coordinator of officiating, and on its face, it seemed like a wise move. Pereira has decades of experience with refereeing, he knows his stuff inside and out, and he's enough of a public figure that Fox Sports has him on during broadcasts to discuss rules interpretations to fans. Sounds good, right? Here's the thing: Pereira is in his 60s now, and he's got some ideas about what's considered sportsmanlike and unsportsmanlike that players 40 years younger might have some qualms about. In particular, Pereira sees Oregon's players making the "O" gesture with their gloves, simulating and celebrating the logo of their very own school, and via Dr. Saturday, here's what he has to say:

That's not a salute to the military. Nor is that a praise to god. I think that borderlines on being unsportsmanlike conduct. And really what you want to do is not do something like this, so that you can actually take the officials out of that. I would say this: I'll go so far as to guarantee you that Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks will get a phone call this week and tell them that "You need to stop doing this." ...

Why do I guarantee it? Because I'll be the one to make it.

We'll note that Pereira specifically mentions the military and God because he had mentioned earlier in the clip that these were the two entities to whom gestures would never be penalized. And that's good. But hang on -- military and God are fine, but a salute to the fans and the school itself is out of bounds? What on earth is Pereira trying to prevent here? These guys are playing football for the school and its fans first and foremost, and a celebration like this is never going to cause any negative consequences on the field. If anything, it strengthens the bond between fan and student-athlete, and that's the type of thing that matters when it comes to selling tickets.

Moreover, the act of penalizing celebrations helps nothing. It's not like excessive enforcement of traffic laws, which at least raises money for municipalities in the form of ticket fines. We can't take penalty yards to the bank. Penalties don't sell seats or make fans happy. They don't even move the game along. Thus, they ought to be called only when there's actual cheating or bad acts occurring. Flashing the Oregon 'O' to happy fans? That ain't it, Mr. Pereira. In fact, if he really wants to see a negative reaction to an Oregon Duck throwing up the 'O' after a score, there's one surefire way to do that: have a ref throw a flag about it. 

I'm not allowed to use words strong enough to convey the extent of my revulsion toward Pereira's decision here, but let's just leave it at this: he can take this ban and shove it somewhere very uncomfortable (like the back of a Volkswagen).

[UPDATE: Within 10 minutes of this article posting, Mike Pereira posted the following message on his Twitter page: "Crew..Help me! The "O" the Ducks flash is OK. Talked to others and as long as it is not prolonged or directed at an opponent, it's ok." That's reassuring, but in this video he's making an example out of an instance that is neither prolonged or directed at an opponent, so there are clearly some questions that still need to be answered. We are awaiting further comment.]

Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 2:58 pm

Brock Osweiler's tattoo has unfortunate typo

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Congratulations, Arizona State! Your squad emerged victorious over visiting Missouri in Week 2 action on Friday night, and now the Sun Devils are ranked in both Top 25 polls and perhaps poised for a run at the Pac-12 crown! Rejoice!

Why, there's victorious starting quarterback Brock Osweiler over yonder, the 6'8" Howitzer-armed field general who defeated the Tiger defense both through the air and with his feet. Osweiler raises his arms in triumph, and he's got tattoos on them with inspirational messages! Surely he'd like to share these wise words with the world, being that they're literally inked onto his body forever. What say you, left arm of Brock Osweiler?

Live Life to it's Fullest.

Hmm. Well then. That's unfortunate. Not everybody is an English major... clearly.

For the record, it looks like his other arm says "Leave Your Legacy," and we're pretty sure there are no creatively placed apostrophes on that side. That's too bad, because "Leave You're Legacy" would have been a tremendous counterpart to "Live Life to it's Fullest," no?

(Fist pound: Uni Watch)
Posted on: September 11, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 9:28 pm

Big Ten poll reactions, Week 2

Posted by Adam Jacobi

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big Ten fared, from the top of the polls to its bottom, and what it means.


7/8. Wisconsin

I grumbled yesterday about the fact that Wisconsin's ranking was too low relative to the actual quality of its team, and to the polls' credit, the Badgers moved up a spot in each poll. Granted, that was only because Texas A&M enjoyed its bye week early and was summarily punished for that by pollsters, which, all right I guess you showed them, but it's a start. I've got the Badgers sixth on my personal ballot, and that might still be too low, but the fact that the Badgers are moving up is a step in the right direction.

10/10. Nebraska

Nebraska held steady at No. 10, meanwhile, but this is just that silly lazy pollster mentality than a reflection of the season Nebraska has put together thus far. The Huskers struggled for a second straight week to justify their lofty praise, beating a middling Fresno State squad 42-29 and looking decidedly average in the process. For that, Nebraska's No. 18 in my poll, and if that sounds like OMG MEDIA DISRESPECT, keep in mind we're hit over the head year-round with the "every week counts" mantra from the BCS elite, so if we're going to be honest about what that actually means, then we need to be able to look at Nebraska's first two games and realize that it has not played at a Top 10 level thus far. Taylor Martinez is a wonderfully gifted runner, but as a passer he is a ticking time bomb. The way he's thrown the ball in the first two games won't be enough to lead Nebraska to even a division title, much less the conference crown and a BCS bowl bid.

15/15. Michigan State

The Spartans made slight jumps in both polls after their throttling of Florida Atlantic, and that ranking is just about right so there's no qualms here from me. Their defense is going to get a major test with a trip to South Bend this week, and let's not kid ourselves -- even at 0-2, Notre Dame is a very dangerous opponent. If Tommy Rees and his compatriots hadn't turned the ball over five times in each of the first two weeks, they'd probably be 2-0 right now, and a borderline Top-10 team. If MSU survives this road test, it deserves to move up in the polls. Way up.

17/16. Ohio State

Just as I was bearish on Nebraska for its underwhelming performance against Fresno, I'm mortified by Ohio State getting taken to the wire by Toledo, so to see the Buckeyes only drop from 15th in both polls to here is a bit of a joke. They still deserve to be ranked, and they've got nothing but BCS opponents from here on out so the stage is set for earning a return to national prominence, but right now it sure looks like the Buckeyes are three or four spots too high. Hey, every week counts, right?

Others receiving votes: Michigan (104 AP votes, 97 Coaches votes), Northwestern (19 AP votes, 31 Coaches votes), Penn State (18 AP votes, 29 Coaches votes)
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