Tag:Tom Fornelli
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 2:17 pm

Don't wear an OU shirt to Mike Gundy's house

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a helpful tip to anyone that may be hired by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy to work around Gundy's home in Stillwater: don't show up on the first day of work wearing an Oklahoma shirt.

On Thursday Brent Loveland filed a lawsuit in Payne County alleging that after he was hired to work on Gundy's new home, he was fired for wearing an Oklahoma shirt to the job. Loveland, a trim specialist, is seeking damages in excess of $10,000 as he claims he lost out on $30,000 in potential income by turning down other work so that he could take the job at Gundy's house.
The suit states that Mike Gundy and Loveland verbally agreed in February that Loveland would perform trim installation at an overall payment of $80,600. The alleged confrontation occurred on what would have been Loveland’s first day on the job.

According to the suit, Gundy approached Loveland and said, “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife?” The states that when Loveland asked what Gundy was referring to, the coached replied by saying, “That (expletive deleted) shirt you have on.”
Loveland claims that he got dressed in the dark that morning and wasn't even aware that the shirt he put on had an Oklahoma logo on it. Which, in my opinion, is a bit laughable. Even if he didn't notice the shirt when he first put it on, he had plenty of time to notice once he left his dark room and made his way to Gundy's house. I'm thinking Loveland knew exactly what he was doing when he put the shirt on, but that he just didn't think he would be fired for wearing it.

Gundy wouldn't comment on the lawsuit, but his lawyer did release a statement for him.

“While I cannot discuss the specifics of pending litigation," said the statement, "I deny the allegations being made and welcome the opportunity to fully resolve the matter.” 

Hat tip: Kegs 'N Eggs
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 1:24 pm

Correction: Florida State's APR score

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Thursday I wrote a post in which I looked at the school's currently ranked in the preseason USA Today's coaches poll and their APR scores. I did this because with the NCAA's decision to raise APR requirements, it could mean that some big time programs could be in jeopardy of being ineligible for postseason play.

In the post I wrote that Florida State was the only school currently ranked that would not be eligible for postseason play, as the school's APR score was 927. THIS WAS A MISTAKE. Due to a calculation error on my part, I came up with the incorrect score for Florida State. The correct score for Florida State is 932.

This means that Florida State would be eligible for postseason play were the rule to go into effect right now.

I'd like to apologize to Florida State and any readers for my mistake, and I'd like to thank Associate Director of Communications at Florida State, Robert Wilson, for pointing it out to me and being understanding of the error.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:08 pm

Ohio State to give back money from Sugar Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Ohio State has had to make a number of sacrifices thanks to the whole tattoo fiasco, sacrifices that have included head coach Jim Tressel and quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and vacating the 2010 season, it seems the school feels it's not done making amends for the mistakes it has made. The Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas that we're all supposed to pretend never actually happened? Well, Ohio State is going to give back the money it got from that too.

Well that's a pretty noble move by Ohio State, if I do say so myself. If you're going to pretend you never won the game, then you shouldn't keep the money you got from "not" appearing in the game. It only makes sense. 

The total amount that Ohio State will be refunding is $338,811, which may seem a bit low to you at first. What is important to remember, though, is that since Ohio State was the second Big Ten team to qualify for a BCS Bowl game last season, its payout from the BCS was significantly lower than what the Big Ten received for Wisconsin's Rose Bowl appearance. Then once you divide that number by the eleven schools in the Big Ten conference, Ohio State's actual payout is reduced quite a bit.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 12:31 pm

Jadeveon Clowney is just too loud

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The college football world seems to be tearing apart at the seams with the rumors about Texas A&M and now Florida State getting prepared to move to the SEC. Moves that would likely create a domino effect as major conferences like the Pac-12 and Big Ten would begin snapping up other schools en route to a group of super conferences hell bent on ruling the world.

But while all this has been going on, the biggest story in the college football world has seemed to slip through the cracks. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is just too loud for the state of South Carolina. Thankfully local law enforcement was able to put Clowney in his place.

Yes, one of the top recruits in the country in the 2011 class was given a noise violation ticket in Rock Hill on July 2nd, and now Clowney has a court date set for Tuesday August 16th. Clowney was pulled over in his car because apparently the music blasting in his ride could be heard more than 50 feet away, which is a violation in South Carolina.

Clowney faces a $330 fine, or if he doesn't want to pay it, he can spend 30 days in jail.

Whatever route Clowney chooses to take, I'm sure the people of Rock Hill are grateful to have such a menace off the streets. Now if only they could arrest all those teenagers who step foot on their lawns.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 10:01 pm

Report: Texas A&M to join the SEC - UPDATE

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: The Sporting News is reporting that a "high-ranking SEC" source says the report of Texas A&M accepting an invitation to the SEC is "just not true." So there goes that. For now. Prepare yourselves for a new report on Friday saying that A&M is going to the SEC.

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of Texas A&M leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC in recent days. However, that's all it has been: talk. Rumors spreading throughout the internet like wild fire with some saying that it's going to happen and other saying they believe Texas A&M is bluffing.

Well, now there's at least one site reporting that it's a done deal and Texas A&M will be leaving the Big 12 for what it sees as the greener pastures of the SEC.

According to AggieYell.com -- a subscription site -- Texas A&M has already decided that it will join the SEC, but it can't officially announce the move until August 22nd. As you'd expect, this report has generated a lot of response online with some people buying it completely, and others expressing serious doubts.

Personally, I fall on the side of the line filled with doubt. As Aubrey Bloom of Gigem247 tweeted, this is the same website that reported A&M to the SEC was a done deal last year, and said as recently as a month ago that there was no chance that the Aggies would leave the Big 12. I'm also bothered by the fact that this story is behind a subscription wall and has only one source.

If you were that confident in the information, wouldn't you want to put the story somewhere the entire world could see it, and not just on a message board for subscribers?

Now this does not mean that I don't think Texas A&M is going to leave for the SEC at some point, nor does this mean I'm saying the AggieYell.com report is false. All I'm saying is that I'd approach this story with caution. Until Texas A&M comes out and makes an official statement about its intentions, then everything else is just hearsay.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 6:21 pm

Dont'a Hightower has a broken hand

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I work in a profession that doesn't really require a lot of physical activity. Still, if I were to break my hand somehow, it would severly inhibit my ability to type for a while. I'd have to go to the one-handed approach that I haven't really utilized since I was in grade school and learning how to type.

Then there is Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

Hightower plays football, which requires a lot more physical activity than blogging, and he does it on one of the best defenses in the country. Yet, when he breaks his hand it's no big deal.

Yes, that's right. Hightower broke his hand, had to have surgery on it, but he'll be back at practice tomorrow. He'll probably be more dangerous than ever, too, as he'll now have a weapon on his hand in the form of a cast. And as NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones can attest to, having a cast on your hand can definitely be used to a defender's advantage.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 1:26 pm

APR scores and the Top 25

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: I incorrectly reported Florida State's APR score when originally publishing this post. You can see the correction info here.

As you've likely heard about in recent days, the NCAA has approved a plan to raise the required APR score of a school from 900-930 if that school wants to participate in postseason play. APR scores -- short for Academic Progress Rate --  are a way for the NCAA to measure how a school performs not on the field, but in the classroom. The 930 score the NCAA plans to use as the base requirement is calculated as an average of the last four years.

For the college football fan, though, the interest in this decision is a lot less about what an APR score is and how it's calculated, and more about how it affects the school they root for. CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy took a look at the 17 schools who didn't meet the 930 requirement in the 2009-10 school year, but I decided to take a look at the top 25 schools in the preseason coaches poll and list each school's average APR score over the last four years alongside them.

1. Oklahoma - 962
2. Alabama - 957
3. Oregon - 942
4. LSU - 965
5. Florida State - 932
6. Stanford - 976
7. Boise State - 974
8. Oklahoma State - 945
9. Texas A&M - 934
10. Wisconsin - 968
11. Nebraska - 950
12. South Carolina - 938
13. Virginia Tech - 940
14. Arkansas - 930
15. TCU - 968
16. Ohio State - 975
17. Michigan State - 941 
18. Notre Dame - 978
19. Auburn - 935
20. Mississippi State - 939
21. Missouri - 958
22. Georgia - 973
23. Florida - 971
24. Texas - 947
25. Penn State - 974

As you can see looking at the scores, only Florida State is currently under the new requirement of 930 with an APR score of 927. That means that if the new rule were to go into effect right now, no matter how well Florida State played this season, even if they qualified for the BCS National Championship, the Seminoles wouldn't be allowed to play in it.

So when one of the top five schools in the country isn't eligible, the rule change is a big deal.

Still, even though Florida State is the only school that would be ineligible, there are plenty of other schools hovering in the danger zone. Arkansas is right on the line at 930, and then there's Texas A&M at 934, Auburn at 935, South Carolina at 938 and Mississippi State at 939. That means that one bad year for any of those schools could see them ineligible for postseason play in the near future.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 12:00 pm

Sheldon Richardson finally eligible for Mizzou

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Sheldon Richardson was considered one of the top recruits in the country when he signed with Missouri in 2009. The defensive tackle out of Gateway Tech in St. Louis was considered a five-star prospect by Rivals, and was rated as the fourth-best prospect in the country, so when he signed with Missouri it was a big deal for the Tigers program.

Unfortunately Richardson never played a down for Missouri as he was never able to get eligible academically, and transferred to a junior college. After playing in the juco ranks for a while, Richardson then changed his commitment to USC before eventually recommiting to Missouri last December.

Now it seems that 30 months after he initially signed with Missouri, he will finally get a chance to put on the Missouri uniform and play a down of football. The Tigers announced on Wednesday that Richardson is finally eligible to play and he participated in team meeting and the team photo.

Of course, just because he's eligible doesn't mean Richardson is going to jump right into Missouri's defensive line rotation. Hyped recruit or not, Richardson is still going to have to perform in practice if he plans on taking the starting spot of either Terrell Resonno or Dominique Hamilton.

Richardson will also have to make sure he remains eligible to play. Becoming academically eligible is one battle, staying eligible is another.
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