Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:25 pm

Jon Gruden grills Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Just because former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor left Columbus after the NFL Draft had already taken place, that doesn't mean he was going to escape the evaluating eye of ESPN analyst and former head coach Jon Gruden. Much like Gruden did with quarterbacks Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, Gruden sat down with Pryor for a film session that is set to debut on ESPN as an hour-long special on June 30th.

Of course, given it's Terrelle Pryor, his abilities as a quarterback weren't the only thing the two discussed. In an excerpt below, Gruden asks Pryor about what happened at Ohio State that caused him to have to leave.

Well it was awful nice of Terrelle to relieve the pressure on his school. Honestly, it's hard for me to get on Pryor's case too much for the things he (allegedly) did while at Ohio State, because I can't say with certainty I wouldn't have done the same things if it were me in his position. That being said, his apology here with Gruden, and the one with new agent Drew Rosenhaus, don't exactly give me the impression that he actually regrets anything.

Odds are Ohio State will regret Terrelle Pryor in the future. 

Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 11:48 am

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon mentioned the possibility of Michigan having a new mascot, something that the school hasn't had since 1937. It turns out that having living and breathing wolverines can be dangerous, as they aren't exactly the most cuddly creatures. Well, as you'd expect there's negative feedback when somebody in a program with as much tradition as Michigan's mentions making a change. After all, having a college kid wander the sidelines in a furry costume would tear the tradition of Michigan football apart from the seams, and a great curse would be unleashed upon Ann Arbor.

Well, don't worry, Michigan fans. Dave Brandon made sure to do a bit of backtracking on the mascot on Friday. He says that while the school is considering the idea, it's not an active project.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says the school has discussed the possibility of a mascot for the Wolverines, but that it's "not an active project."

There was a bit of a stir when Brandon was quoted in the online magazine Michigan Today saying the university is "interested in doing a mascot but it has to be something that fans love."

Brandon tells The Associated Press that a mascot is something Michigan has discussed because the school wants to connect with younger fans. However, he says there's "no timetable" and no current project to come up with one.

(wipes brow) Phew, that was a close one, wasn't it?

I hope Brandon tables this idea for the sake of his own job. If former Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson taught anyone anything while at the school -- and it wasn't defense -- it was that bringing a mascot to Michigan will only lead to losing your job.

Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:10 pm

VIDEO: Deshon Marman's 'altercation'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You know, every year with the amount of college football players that find themselves in trouble with the law for some reason or another, there's always that one crazy story. This year's crazy story has to be that of New Mexico defensive back DeShon Marman. I was sitting in a hotel lobby earlier this week with a couple of my fellow bloggers here at Eye On College Football when the story came on the television and we looked at each other confused, wondering if it really said "New Mexico football player arrested for wearing saggy pants." You know, because that makes a lot of sense.

As we now know, the story involved Marman wearing his pants a bit to far below his waist while boarding a U.S. Airways flight and was asked to pull them up. The next thing you know, Marman is being arrested for suspicion of trespassing, battery and resisting arrest. According to the police report, it took "15 to 20 minutes of talking to get [Marman] to leave the plane, and he was arrested for trespassing."

There have been conflicting reports of what really went down on the plane, but thanks to the man who was in the seat next to him, we now have some video of the incident. Though the video is only three minutes long.

Judging by what we see in the video, to me, Marman just seems like a kid with the same goal as everybody else on a flight: to get to where they're going. You can hear him tell the plane captain what he told the flight attendant and that he has pulled his pants up, he's paid for his ticket and he just wants to go home. Who knows what happened before and after the video, but this video makes it seem like it wasn't Marman who was causing the disturbance. 

Hat tip: CFT 

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:47 pm

VIDEO: Trooper Taylor chest-bumps Obama

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Duting his Auburn team's 2010 run to the national title, Tiger assistant Trooper Taylor became perhaps the most visible wide receivers coach in college football, thanks to all that camera-friendly energy: the nonstop towel-waving, the vehement crowd exhortations, the willingness to chest- or hip-bump any field-departing Tiger player within bumping reach.

So devoted is Taylor to the bump that he apparently couldn't restrain himself even when meeting the Leader of the Free World, as he did at Auburn's visit to the White House yesterday:

There's some suggestion the bump may have in fact been initiated by the nation's Baller-in-Chief, but if so, no doubt it was due to the bump-inducing "bump field" Taylor subconsciously generates around him at all times.

Besides, you can make your own mind up, thanks to this video:

Excellent bump form, Mr. President, sir. To see the official (bump-free) White House video of the event, click here.

HT: The War Eagle Reader.

Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:28 pm

The Tale of Vestocchio

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's hard to blame Michigan fans from reveling in Ohio State's misery right now because it's been a long time since the Wolverines had anything to celebrate at all when it comes to their greatest rival. Ohio State fans may not appreciate it, but, frankly, if you're an Ohio State fan at the moment, there are plenty of other things that should worry you, not what Michigan fans are doing.

Besides, if it wasn't for the Tresselfreude, we wouldn't get entertaining videos like this one courtesy of The M Zone.

Oh, Vestocchio, don't worry, one day you'll become a real boy! 

Posted on: June 4, 2011 1:48 pm

Army CB's celebrity encounter ends w/ concussion

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This is likely going to be one of the strangest stories you hear involving a college football player this year. Army cornerback Richard King found himself in an altercation with singer Patti LaBelle's bodyguards at an airport in Houston, and wound up with a concussion. A scary situation for King, as he missed his entire junior season after suffering multiple concussions during his sophomore year.

Making matters worse for King, the punishment he has received from West Point for the incident is a year suspension from the football team, which ends his football career. Though that's not nearly as bad as the fact he's also being sent into active duty.

Here's the details of the story from HudsonValley.com:

King, who was home from spring break, filed a  lawsuit this week, suing LaBelle, saying she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up as he waited for a ride home outside a terminal at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The lawsuit, which was obtained by the Associated Press, says LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her “(no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in.”

Check out the surveilliance video and be the judge. King is shown being pummeled by three bodyguards. It appears some pushing was involved before the altercation.

LaBelle’s limousine driver told Houston police King hit him after he asked King to back away from the limo that LaBelle was in. The driver and a bodyguard told police King appeared to be intoxicated. One of King’s lawyers admits King had a few drinks but denied he was intoxicated.

King answered, “No,” when he was asked by an ABC News reporter if he was drunk.

Here is the surveillance video mentioned in the article. The altercation begins around the 1:30 mark and takes place at the bottom of the video.

As you can clearly tell in the video, King did not appear to be okay after trying to get up after being knocked into a concrete pillar. Obviously, without audio, we can't really be clear what was going on in the video, though at the time the pushing and shoving started it looks like King is just talking on his cell phone. I know I didn't see the alleged punch King threw at the limo driver.

Still, you have to think that there was something more to this story than we saw or is being reported. After all, the Army has decided to punish King -- who it's said has suffered upwards of ten concussions -- into active duty. That would seem to be a rather harsh punishment for somebody who got beat up by three bodyguards. 

Hat tip: CFT 

Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:20 pm

South Park goes after the NCAA

Posted by Tom Fornelli

South Park has been on television since 1997 and during its impressive run it has never been afraid to take on a topic, satirize it, skewer it, put it on the grill and burn the hell out of it. While some may feel that the show has lost its edge over the years, there are still plenty of episodes each season that are dead on with their special brand of commentary on a variety of issues. Last night's episode was one of those, as South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to take on the NCAA.

Sure, comparing student athletes to crack babies may not be the obvious choice, but then it wouldn't be South Park, would it? Besides, as you'll see in the video below, the crack babies were only a device to get to the real point of the story.

At least at the end of the episode, the crack babies got their very own orphanage -- thanks, Slash! -- but I guess we'll just have to wait and see what student athletes get. 

Hat tip: SB Nation 

Posted on: May 3, 2011 2:41 pm

LSU employs The Most Compliant Man in the World

Posted by Jerry Hinnen 

So, how could Boise State have avoided getting tagged with that nasty "lack of institutional control" charge the NCAA levied at them yesterday? Why, they could have hired away this gentleman from LSU, the Most Compliant Man in the World:

This is a narrow subset of humor we're wading into -- not just college football humor, but college football pop-culture NCAA compliance nerd humor -- but at just 38 seconds' worth, we feel it's a single serving worth your time. 

Though we have to ask: wouldn't the real Most Compliant Man in the World have spent his work day on, you know, compliance stuff, rather than making a humorous Internet video about compliance? Or did making the video and raising awareness of compliance accomplish more compliance than actually complying? There's your Zen koan for the day.

Via via. 


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