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Posted on: October 7, 2010 8:01 pm

Miami forces ESPN to keep logo off 'The U' cover

Posted by Adam Jacobi

College football is big business these days, and part of monetizing that big business is aggressive controlling the public perception of the team, whether it be through press coverage or brand management. And the way to do that? Lawyer up, buddies, and use 'em. A lot. No, it doesn't sound particularly honorable or desirable, but we're talking about big business, and that's the new reality of the situation.

Even so, after allowing that athletic departments' lawyers will go after such trivialities as t-shirts with specific mentions of players or team names, Miami's strongarm of ESPN in the wake of ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary The U is just baffling. According to Techdirt, the school demanded that the production company remove the Miami "U" logo from Michael Irvin's helmet on the cover, for reasons passing understanding.

The movie is a documentary about Miami, so if "fair use" doesn't apply here, then the clause basically doesn't need to exist. But it costs a lot less to airbrush a logo off a helmet than it does to fight this lawsuit, so expect ESPN to capitulate without a fight. And that's a shame. ESPN's probably capable of out-lawyering pretty much anybody, and it would be nice to see a stand made over fair use to stop these predatory lawsuits (Ohio State, we're looking at you).

But alas, that's not really the world we live in anymore.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:20 pm

Feinstein: Duke should leave ACC football

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As a program, Duke is terrible at football. Currently, historically, inexorably terrible. Duke football had more seasons with two wins or fewer in the last decade (seven such seasons) than they've had bowl game invitations in the nearly 60 years they've been in the ACC (five). They are so, so bad.

In spite of this crushing haplessness, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe told one local radio station recently, "We have a struggling team, but we don't have a struggling program."

Noted sports author (and Duke alum) John Feinstein felt compelled to respond to WRAL in Raleigh:

"Is this team not part of the program? I said years ago, I got shouted down. And I'll still be shouted down, that Duke should not play ACC football."

He went on to claim that if Duke had a president with any leadership ability, he would get together with the presidents at Tulane, Army, Navy, Rice and Vanderbilt and form "Conference SAT" - a league for good academic schools that haven't been competitive in their current football leagues.

First of all, leave it to a Duke fan to turn sucking at football into an elitist activity. Bravo, Feinstein. Second, on its face, this seems like a good idea (and how about Northwestern not making the list? Congrats, Wildcats fans!); excepting the rare and fleeting moments of success, these programs typically struggle, and their unusual admissions standards certainly don't help matters.

The only problem is that nobody's going to want to watch that league. Their television ratings would just be "NO." And if they're not going to get good ratings, they're not going to make money, and really the only reason for a school to ever field a football team is to finance the rest of its athletic department. What Feinstein's really making the case for is that these schools should stop fielding football teams, but that's probably a little too uncomfortable for a Duke partisan to consider rationally at this point.

Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:15 am

Don't ask Nick Saban about John Blake

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Alabama coach Nick Saban has made his feelings towards agents pretty well known in the past.  I believe Saban compared agents to "pimps" back in July when discussing the ongoing problem between agents and college athletes.  So, as you can figure out, he's not really a big fan.

He's also not a big fan of answering questions about any other college coaches who may be friendly with those pimps.  Coaches like former North Carolina assistant John Blake.   Something which will be pretty hard for Saban to avoid considering the reported interaction between Blake and Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus.  

Which is probably why he took such a dismissive tone when asked about that relationship on Monday.

"First of all, I don't know anything about this," Saban said Monday of a story that Yahoo! Sports reported late Sunday night.

"Secondly, to me, it's water that's been under the bridge for several months now. It's somewhere down in the Gulf of Mexico now. I really don't have much care about talking about that.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the honesty, integrity and professionalism of what we do as coaches, and if somebody does something to violate that, everybody can make their judgment as to what that is."

Saban then went on to say that he wasn't going to comment on other coaches or what they've been accused of doing, and that he wanted to talk about South Carolina -- Alabama's opponent this week.  Well, you can probably guess what the next question was about.  Yes, that's right, John Blake.  A question that then set Saban off.

"Is that South Carolina?" Saban said. "I guess I must stutter. Did I stutter? I'm not very clear on how I articulate. Maybe I need to go back to West Virginia and get some more hillbilly slang and maybe everybody can understand me a little better."

Nick Saban: he may not be a pimp, but he keeps that pimp hand strong.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 11:01 am

Miami dealing with shake ups at RB

Posted by Chip Patterson

With their 30-21 victory over Clemson on Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes will finally return home after a brutal three game road swing against the Tigers, Pittsburgh, and the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes.  Only falling 36-24 to the Buckeyes, the Hurricanes return home 3-1, No. 13 in the AP Poll, and 1st place in the Coastal Division.  But they are also returning home a little banged up at the running back position.  

Senior running back Graig Cooper has not played since re-injuring his new in the season opener, with the rushing duties being handled primarily by senior Damien Berry and freshman Lamar Miller.  Miller has seen his workload increase in the last two weeks, but an injured shoulder may keep him out of Miami's in-state showdown with Florida State.

Miller was wearing a a large ice pack on his shoulder following the Clemson game, and was not on the field when practice began on Tuesday.  He later joined the team, but was wearing a green, non-contact jersey.  Miller's limited action in practice suggests that he may sit against Florida State, unless his shoulder sees rapid improvement as the week progresses.

If Miller sits his carries will likely be picked up by sophomore Mike James, who had his most productive game of the season against Clemson.  Susan Miller Degan of the Miami Herald also suggests that Miller's absence might lead to the first appearance of Storm Johnson, a true freshman who enrolled in January and has been impressing the coaching staff since Spring Practice.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 7:33 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 10:50 am

Jacory Harris' dad says son's shoulder is fine

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday a radio station in southern Florida, WAXY-70AM, reported that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris had a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.  Which is understandable seeing as how Harris completed only 13-of-33 passes in Miami's win against Clemson on Saturday.  With numbers like that it's only natural to think that something must be wrong with the kid's shoulder, but that just means you aren't familiar with the special brand of entertainment that is Jacory Harris.

Jacory prefers to coin that kind of performance as "Saturday" or sometimes he'll mix it up with the occasional "Thursday night."

For further proof, just ask Jacory's father.  He'll tell you everything is just fine.

Of the shoulder injury, Rodney Harris said, “From what I understand talking to him, he’s doing OK. He’s a little sore from getting beat up on a little, but he’s doing all right. He’s fine.”

Rodney Harris also went on to say that his son is having no trouble with his surgically repaired thumb.  The Sun-Sentinel also reports that, according to a source at Miami, Jacory does have a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder.  A sprain he supposedly suffered during that one "Thursday night" against Pitt a week and a half ago.

Oh, and for those of you Miami fans out there who would like to see the interceptions stop, Jacory's dad offers this.

“He can’t stop being aggressive, he has to go for it,” Rodney Harris said. “If [an interception] happens, it happens. We play defense and keep going. …I know he can’t sit back and think about those interceptions. He’s got to brush those off and move on. He’s done that and he’ll continue to do it.”

Now, now, don't worry too much about it.  Sure, 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions isn't exactly the optimum stat line you'd like to see from your quarterback, but it's good enough to win the ACC.  Besides, things could be worse, you could have Jordan Jefferson.

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