Tag:Tom Fornelli
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 12:14 pm

Paul Rhoads can't get over loss to Nebraska

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads has done many things since taking over the Cyclones that have made me a bit fond of him. While punching an animatronic moose is always a good way to earn my respect, Rhoads has also done a few things on the football field to catch my attention.

One moment in particular involved Iowa State's overtime loss to Nebraska last season. Coming off of a win against Texas a few weeks earlier, the Cyclones were able to force overtime against Nebraska after coming back from a 24-10 deficit in the fourth quarter. On the first possession of overtime Nebraska scored to take a 31-24 lead, but this did not deter Iowa State, as the Cyclones would score a touchdown of their own.

Then Rhoads made a decision I respected. Many head coaches would have just kicked the extra point, content to head to a second overtime against a favored opponent. Not Rhoads, though. Instead he called for a fake extra point to go for the win. The play would not work, but I respected Rhoads for the decision, and he said on Tuesday that the play still eats at him. Not that he called it, but that it didn't work.

“It's a call that I relive and a play I relive every week,” Rhoads told The Oklahoman. “There's not a week that goes by that I don't think about the play and what it could have created for our football team and our football program.

“There was a lot of thought that went into our week's preparation. And as the game went along, it was a play I studied and certainly was there. The intended receiver was wide open, from me to you wide open, and we failed to execute. That's the name of the game, when it's a play like that, the final game of a game or the first play of the game, you have to execute to be successful.

“The fallout was positive, if anything, from players to fans to most people I talked to they thought it was a right call, gutsy call, but the right call, and would have given us an opportunity to really springboard our program.” 

While I appreciated the call as well, there was one thing I disagreed with. I'm of the opinion that if you're going to go for a two-point conversion and a win, don't do it on a trick play. Send your offense out there and tell them to pick up two yards. In the fake extra point you have too many players playing a key role that don't normally play in those roles, and in one of the most pressure-packed situations you can have: you make it and win, or you don't and you lose.

That pressure seemed to get to Daniel Kuehl when he short-armed his throw to a wide open Collin Franklin that day.
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:08 pm

Vegas Hilton releases odds on win totals

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We here at CBSSports.com and the Eye On College Football blog don't really encourage or condone betting on college football as we're of the belief that the games themselves are all the entertainment we need, but we also know that our feelings aren't the same as all college football fans. Many of you enjoy betting on the sport, and we're here to cater to every college football fan.

So, with that in mind, we felt we should let you know that the Las Vegas Hilton sportsbook has released their number on the win totals of a number of different teams that you can wager on. The truth is that Vegas is actually pretty good at predicting what's going to happen on any given Saturday or during the entire season, as casinos aren't exactly in the business of losing money. So these numbers actually have some value even if you aren't planning on wagering.

Here are the totals currently on the board:

Alabama 10

Oklahoma 10

Boise St. 10.5

LSU 9.5

Stanford 9  

S. Carolina 9 

Arkansas 8.5

Texas A&M 8.5 

Georgia 8.5 

Oklahoma State 8.5

Nebraska 9.5 

Florida State 9.5 

Virginia Tech 10

Wisconsin 9.5

Arizona St. 8 

West Virginia 9.5 

Florida 7.5 

USC 7.5

Notre Dame 8.5

Texas 8

Miss State 7.5 

Miami 8 

Oregon St. 6.5 

TCU 9 

BYU 8.5 

Missouri 7.5

Michigan State 7.5 

Auburn 6 

Tennessee 6.5 

Penn St 7.5 

North Carolina 8 

Michigan 7 

Utah 7.5 

Nevada 8 

UNLV 2.5 

Nothing too crazy on there, even if it is weird to see schools like Florida and Texas only expected to get 7 or 8 wins. You probably also noticed that Auburn's total is set at 6 wins, which seems low considering Auburn is the defending national champion, but it's also reasonable considering what that team has lost.

Now while I'm not going to wage any of my money on these, I will say that I have some doubts about BYU being able to win 9 games this season, and considering that UNLV is playing both Southern Utah and New Mexico this season, surely it can find a third win, can't it?

*Looks at rest of UNLV schedule*

Oh, okay. Maybe not. 
Posted on: July 25, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 12:33 pm

Pryor may be ineligible for supplemental draft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While just about all football fans are sitting around waiting for the NFL to end its lockout -- the one that is real close to ending now -- former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor may be paying closer attention to the situation than the average fan.

Pryor, who left Ohio State in June, is hoping to enter the NFL through the league's supplemental draft, but it turns out that he may not be able to. At least, not this year.

The NFL hasn't announced a date yet for the supplemental draft thanks to the lockout, and it's possible that there may not even be one in 2011. Making matters worse for Pryor, it could turn out that even if there is a supplemental draft, Pryor may not be eligible for it.

“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told FOXSports.com. “It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft).” 

Aiello specified those "unforeseen" events to be a player who was kicked off their college team, was declared academically ineligible or graduated and decided to leave school. Pryor is none of those three things as he decided to leave Ohio State on his own after Jim Tressel was forced to resign as coach.

Which means that it's entirely possible Pryor won't be eligible for the supplemental draft if there is one, and he's going to take an entire year off from football before he can pursue a NFL career. Which isn't a good situation to be in for a quarterback whose ability to play quarterback in the NFL is already a question mark to many scouts.
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 3:12 pm

Oregon AD's email addresses Lyles investigation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Oregon hasn't made many public comments on the NCAA investigation into the school and its relationship with scout Will Lyles, athletic director Rob Mullen did send an email to a number of trustees, the alumni association board of directors and boosters this week. In the email, which The Register-Guard got its hands on, Mullen describes what the school is doing to cooperate with the investigation.

In the email Mullens wrote:
“The University of Oregon football program, from Coach Chip Kelly through the entire organization, has tremendous respect for the NCAA’s important role in monitoring collegiate athletics and, to this end, continues to fully cooperate with the NCAA’s ongoing review.”

“The University of Oregon is committed to holding itself and the individuals associated with the University accountable to the highest standards.”

“As part of the University’s commitment to accountability, we want to reiterate that the institution takes this matter very seriously and remains dedicated to an open and transparent approach with the NCAA.”
Mullen also explained the school's decision to seek outside counsel from the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King, a firm that specializes in NCAA compliance issues -- a firm that could end up costing the school around $150,000.
“The firm has been charged with making an independent assessment of the football program’s use of outside recruiting services. In addition, they have been asked to provide the University with recommendations for areas of improvement within the football program and athletics department in order to meet best practices.

“We look forward to making the recommendations public at the conclusion of the process. The University, our Head Coach and the entire Athletic Department are fully committed to ensuring our program is following best practices.”
Mullen sent the email out in part because Pac-12 media days will be taking place next week, and coach Chip Kelly is scheduled to face the media on Tuesday. While we don't know if Kelly is going to discuss the matter, you can bet your life savings that he's going to be asked about the situation frequently. Mullen also warned in the email that the recipients "are likely to see another round of media reports on the NCAA matter."

It's hard to predict what, if anything, will come of this investigation at Oregon. Many were predicting that Ohio State would be sanctioned back to the Stone Age thanks to the investigation taking place in Columbus, Ohio. But after Friday's announcement that the school wouldn't be hit with a "failure to monitor" charge, it looks as if Ohio State will escape the NCAA investigation relatively unscathed.

It's an outcome Oregon is no doubt hoping for itself.
Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 3:14 pm

Kansas' Berglund charged with assault

Posted by Tom Fornelli

One of Kansas' top recruits from its 2011 class has some legal issues to deal with. Brock Berglund, a three-star quarterback from Colorado, has been charged with third-degree assault for an incident that took place in April.

Berglund allegedly punched a man who had been harrassing his girlfriend, though a complaint wasn't filed until June 24. Coach Turner Gill is aware of the issue.

"We are going to let the legal process run its course," Gill said in a statement. "We will also handle it appropriately internally here at KU."

This is just the latest twist in what has been a confusing story since Berglund committed to Kansas. He graduated from high school early and enrolled at Kansas in January, but he hasn't been around campus all that much since then.

Berglund missed spring practice and hasn't been participating in the team's summer workout sessions, and while you might think that this legal issue definitely has something to do with it, as the Lawrence Journal-World points out, the alleged incident didn't take place until the sixth day of spring practice.

Making things a bit stranger, Gill announced that Berglund wouldn't be participating in spring practice due to "personal circumstances" in March, a full month before the alleged assault even took place.

All of this led to a lot of speculation that Berglund was reconsidering his decision to attend Kansas, which Berglund put to rest last week. Still, considering that Berglund was being considered a candidate to start for the Jayhawks at quarterback this season, he hasn't done much to help make that a reality the last few months.

Hat tip: CFT
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 5:13 pm

Ohio State won't be hit with failure to monitor

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State got some good news on Friday when the NCAA announced that it had not found any new violations to charge Ohio State with, and would not be hitting the school with a "failure to monitor" charge. From the report in the Columbus Dispatch:
The NCAA has notified Ohio State University that it will not face charges of failing to appropriately monitor its football team as part of a memorabilia-sales scandal that brought down former Coach Jim Tressel.

The NCAA has not uncovered any new, unreported violations during its investigation and agrees with Ohio State that Tressel was the only university official aware of violations by his players and that he failed to report them.

"Other than (two redacted player names) and (Ted) Sarniak, there is no indication that Tressel provided or discussed the information he received ... with anyone else, particularly athletics administrators," the NCAA reported in an enforcement staff case summary.
The entire case summary can be read here. You can also read all 139 pages of the NCAA's interview with Jim Tressel here

What does this mean for Ohio State? Well, no school has ever received a postseason or television ban without being hit with the "failure to monitor" charge, and the odds of Ohio State facing such a punishment are now essentially non-existent. This also means that the blame for the entire situation will continue to lie solely at Jim Tressel's feet, and since he's already stepped down as head coach at Ohio State, the rest of the school's athletic department can sleep soundly tonight and in the future.

This news all comes after a report was released by a Columbus-area television station earlier on Friday afternoon saying that Tressel had told the NCAA he informed others at Ohio State about the transgressions of his players in December of 2010. A full month before Ohio State claims it came upon any information regarding the case.

Ohio State "categorically" denied the report, and with this latest announcement from the NCAA, it seems the NCAA felt the same way.
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:08 pm

Mike Sherman gets a contract extension

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While we don't really know what to think of the future of the Texas A&M football program as far as where it will be playing its football in the coming years, we do know something about what tomorrow holds for the Aggies. Wherever the school ends up playing, it's likely Mike Sherman will be there.

The school announced on Friday that it had given Mike Sherman a contract extension along with a $400,000 pay raise. The extension adds one year to the four years remaining on Sherman's current deal, and bumps his pay up to $2.2 million annually, which makes him the fourth-highest paid coach in the Big 12.

“Coach Sherman has done an outstanding job of directing our football program and is one of the top football coaches in the country,” A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said in a statement. “Not only has our team improved on the field, but under Coach Sherman’s direction the overall football team has embraced the values and virtues of Texas A&M University.” 

Through three seasons in College Station Sherman's record is the epitome of mediocrity, as the Aggies have gone 19-19 in that time, but they are coming off of a 9-4 season and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. It's also possible that the team will start the season ranked in the top ten, and is considered to be one of the favorites in the Big 12 this season. 

Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:05 pm

Report: Tressel let OSU know of problems in Dec.

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you thought that you were done reading about Jim Tressel, tattoos, Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State, well, then you're incredibly naive. This is a story that won't be going away anytime soon.

The lastest in the ongoing saga at Ohio State involves when Jim Tressel let the school know about any possible issues involving his players and their love of getting tattoos in exchange for Ohio State memorabilia.

According to Ohio State, the school did not become aware of any problem until January while it was investigating an "unrelated legal matter." Well, according to a report from Ohio television station WBNS, that's not the case. The report says that Tressel told NCAA investigators he told Ohio State officials about a tip he received on the issue a month earlier in December.
Multiple sources told 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that Tressel claimed he verbally disclosed the tip he received about his players' involvement with tattoo shop owner Ed Rife around Dec. 16 to compliance director Doug Archie, Julie Vannatta, Ohio State's senior assistant general counsel, and perhaps others.

10 Investigates asked Vannatta about the claim. She said that she is aware Tressel made such a statement, but that it is not true.
What does this mean for Ohio State and the current NCAA investigation? Honestly, I'm not sure it means much. Obviously, if Tressel is telling the truth, then it's pretty clear that Ohio State has been lying to the NCAA, which wouldn't be good for the school, Gene Smith, Doug Archie or Julie Vannatta. Still, even if Tressel is telling the truth -- and I don't see why he'd have any reason to lie about it at this point -- the NCAA would still have to prove that Ohio State had been lying to them the entire time, and without concrete evidence -- like an email -- it's just a case of "he said, they said."

It could just be possible that Tressel is getting his dates mixed up. I mean, it's been reported he first found out about all of this in April of 2010, and when you sit on information for as long as he did, it's easy to forget whether you were hiding information for eight or nine months. I mean, it's not like Tressel would be the first person to get his dates and concept of time altered during this mess.
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