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Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Does Terrelle Pryor have inside track on Heisman?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If a selection of voters is any indication, Terrelle Pryor is likely your (insanely) early leader for Heisman consideration. StiffArmTrophy.com announced the first voter survey of the season, and while Pryor isn't atop the list, he will be very soon:

rank player weighted% votes
1 Alabama RB Mark Ingram 100% 88
2 Ohio St QB Terrelle Pryor 99% 87
3 Washington QB Jake Locker 84% 74
4 Boise St QB Kellen Moore 81% 72
5 Houston QB Case Keenum 79% 70
6 Pitt RB Dion Lewis 77% 64
7 Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett 77% 69
8 Oregon St RB Jacquizz Rodgers 70% 59
9 Wisconsin RB John Clay 56% 47
10 Stanford QB Andrew Luck 53% 47

Yeah, Mark Ingram's not staying on top--especially the longer his knee forces him to sit on the sidelines.

It's important to note, though, that these types of lists don't behave in the same way a team poll would. For teams, it's pretty much a win-go-up, lose-go-down ordeal, and tracking stats is a much more nuanced process than that. Further, these are all purely projections for 2010; Terrelle Pryor wasn't even a Heisman finalist last year, so it's not as if he's being rewarded for past performance or anything. Thus, if he doesn't meet those expectations, he'll tumble down the list--there are way too many quarterbacks west of the Mississippi who'll be putting up absurd stats this year.

Aside from the top 10 listed above, the only non-QB, non-RB candidates in the top 25 are Georgia WR A.J. Green at no. 16, Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn at no. 23, and Alabama WR Julio Jones at no. 25. Jones seems comically underrated, but as mentioned earlier, this is early. If he puts up numbers, he'll rise up this list, and if he doesn't, they'll find someone else. 

Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:02 am
 

12-15 Tar Heels will not play against LSU

Posted by Chip Patterson

When North Carolina departed for Atlanta on Friday morning, there a few faces missing from the group.  

Head Coach Butch Davis had already announced that Marvin Austin was suspended indefinitely and sources revealed late Thursday that Greg Little also would not make the trip.  Austin and Little were both central figures in the NCAA's initial agent-related investigation earlier this summer.

But the worst-case scenario for North Carolina came true on Friday morning, with the official announcement from the university that a minimum of 12 and potentially 15 players would not be playing against LSU.

The University of North Carolina has declared six student-athletes on the football team ineligible for Saturday's season-opening game for violating school and/or NCAA rules. The University is also withholding at least six other student-athletes from Saturday's game while the investigation continues.

The six ineligible student-athletes include: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn.

Six other student-athletes who will be withheld from Saturday's game include: tailback Shaun Draughn, defensive end Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton, tailback Ryan Houston, safety Da'Norris Searcy and safety Jonathan Smith.

The number of games that those 12 student-athletes may miss has not been determined at this time. The investigation continues to include both agent-related and academic issues.

The University also continues to work today with the NCAA to determine the eligibility status of three other student-athletes. Those three will not accompany the team to Atlanta on Friday morning. Further information will be announced when a decision on their status for the game is reached. 



   
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:10 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 12:11 am
 

Utah needlessly ices and re-ices Pitt kicker

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With Utah holding a 3-point lead, Pittsburgh lined up for a game-tying field goal with three seconds left. Pittsburgh's money kicker, Dan Hutchins, sent the 30-yard kick through the uprights, and the game was tied.

Except it wasn't, because unbeknownst to every single player on the field, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham had called a timeout the instant before the snap, disallowing the field goal. So the teams lined up again, and Dan Hutchins kicked again. Except this time, Hutchins biffed the chip shot, hooking it left.

But that field goal didn't count either, because once again, Whittingham had iced Hutchins with a last-moment timeout. Utah's players and fans, nearly none of whom were aware that the timeout was called, celebrated until the officials restored order. At that point, Hutchins lined up for a third time, hit the field goal, and sent the game into overtime.

Three attempts at a field goal in a game situation, and only the last one counted. That's ridiculous.

The NCAA needs to stop allowing these types of situations to happen; frankly, they're wastes of everybody's time, and as evidenced by Whittingham's follies tonight, they rarely serve any demonstrable purpose. If a timeout's going to be called and enforced, players on the field need to be aware of it as it happens. The best way to accomplish this without making the rules even more needlessly complicated is to disallow timeouts from the sideline once the line is set on offense. 

Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:00 pm
 

Miami pounding Florida A&M

Posted by Adam Jacobi

There are a few competitive games being played today. FAMU-Miami is not one of them. The Hurricanes are drilling the Rattlers at the half, 35-0.

Jacory Harris is leading the charge, completing 12-15 passes for 210 and 3 TDs, and he's made it look as easy as you'd hope from someone playing Florida A&M.

Fans who continue to watch this game in the second half may reliably considered sadists.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Kirk Ferentz's contract extension through 2020

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Iowa Hawkeyes have just announced that Kirk Ferentz will be receiving a mammoth contract extension. The deal will push Ferentz's salary to over $4 million a year after incentives, which would make him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten (at least, until Jim Tressel gets an extension).

The deal is good through 2020, which is not only a nice vote of confidence in Ferentz, but in effect a lifetime deal. Ferentz will turn 65 before the 2020 season, and it would be his 21st season at the helm of the Hawkeyes. If Ferentz stays that long, not only would he be the closest thing to a "lifer" in the Big Ten since Joe Paterno, but he'd also likely be extended through his 70th birthday for recruiting's sake. Big "if," of course, but Iowa's administration is making that invitation public now.

Now, some might look at the deal and wonder why Iowa's rewarding a coach whose seat was starting to get warm just three years ago and who's never made it to a Rose Bowl. But the reality of the situation is that Iowa's not an Ohio State or Michigan, and they don't have the institutional and traditional advantages a powerhouse would have. They're closing that gap year by year, mind you, but nobody would argue that Iowa's program is at the highest level yet. They've never played for a national championship, and they're usually not national championship contenders.

But what they can do is invest in a coach like a championship contender, and it's worked for the Iowa program so far. At the first sign of Ferentz's success in 2002, it was generally assumed that he would bolt either to an elite college program or the NFL, because Iowa wasn't considered a "destination school." Now, today, it certainly appears that Iowa is among those destination schools.

Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:33 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 7:45 pm
 

South Carolina suspends two more players

Posted by Chip Patterson

South Carolina will already be without TE Weslye Saunders for their season opener tonight against Southern Miss.  Multiple sources are reporting that the Gamecocks have suspended two more players, cornerback Chris Culliver and offensive tackle Jarriel King.

Travis Haney of the Charleston Post & Courier, first tweeted that the players would miss the game, and then Joe Person, of The State, confirmed the suspension rumor.  

south carolina

Both players were named in the NCAA investigation regarding the misuse of a downtown hotel room.  There is no word as to how long the suspensions will last.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Drake goes to Tanzania for good deeds, football

Posted by Adam Jacobi

I-AA football teams rarely make headlines, and when they do, it's often for negative reasons: Troubled Player X transfers to I-AA School X, Troubled Player X gets in more trouble at I-AA School X, and/or I-AA School X nailed for NCAA violations. That's not to say I-AA schools are inherently more prone to trouble or in any way sketchier than their I-A counterparts, mind you, just that I-AA schools have a tougher road to making headlines that lots of college football fans would care about.

So when news came out this week that the Drake Bulldogs would be travelling to Tanzania to play the first American football game on the continent of Africa, obviously, ears perked up, and rightfully so. The Global Kilimanjaro Bowl is the first game in Africa, after all, and they're bringing a Mexican all-star team with them. Both newsworthy items.

What's more, though, Drake and the all-star team are also hosting a football clinic for local youth there, working at an orphanage, and constructing an addition to that orphanage before the game. They're also finishing the trip by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as teams, which seems both awesome and completely insane.

But let's set aside the mountain climbing and think about the charitable works. Take the Drake football team--or any other non-scholarship I-AA school, for that matter; it's not important that it's specifically Drake. Suppose our old friend I-AA School X goes to Tanzania, but doesn't schedule a football game. Everything else stays the same, there's still the clinic and the orphanage, there's just no Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. Does I-AA School X still make the news? Is the landmark football game necessary to draw attention to their good deeds? Should it be?

Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 5:00 pm
 

LeBron Not Picking The Talents In South Beach

Posted by Chip Patterson

Newest Miami Heat forward LeBron James openly states that if he had gone to college, one of his top choices would have been Ohio State.  King James has continued to be a Buckeye fan and has supported them publicly on many different occasions.  So why not chime in on college football on the day Ohio State kicks off their 2010 campaign?  

James even went as far to dismiss tonight's showdown with Marshall and look ahead to next week's showdown with No. 13 Miami on his Twitter account.



LeBron, let me tell you something, you've already pissed off most of Ohio and a majority of the NBA fan base.  Nothing that you tweet about the Buckeyes will reverse that.  Additionally, I would bet that a large percentage of your current die-hard fans are located in Miami, so why would you openly pick against them more than a week before the game?  

Of course, it should also be noted that most Miami Heat fans probably care very little for the Miami Hurricanes, and most die-hard Miami Hurricanes fans would probably be just fine without the Heat.  But still, it was an interesting move for a new Miami resident to make such a proclamation to his 718,000+ followers.

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