Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: January 2, 2011 12:01 am

Charlie Weis and the Florida Gators

TAMPA, FL. -- Current Kansas City Chiefs assistant Charlie Weis will likely be announced as the new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators as early as Monday, an NFL source confirmed to

The hiring of Weis is a major coup for the Gators who just beat Penn State here in the Outback Bowl. While Weis was a failure as a head coach at Notre Dame he still remains one of the better tactical minds in college football. For a variety of reasons, his smarts never translated when he coached the Irish.

They have at Kansas City. One of the main reasons for the Chiefs' turnaround is because of the work Weis has done with quarterback Matt Cassel and that offense. Cassel has thrown 27 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season.

Weis is now bringing those pro style manueverings to Florida. Weis, in many ways, is a better offensive coach than Urban Meyer. (Yes, you read that correctly. Count the Super Bowl rings.)

But why is Weis making this move?

I'm told Weis truly enjoyed coaching on the college level and wants another shot at a college head coaching job. He views this move -- should it happen -- as the best way to achieve that goal.

Florida now has one of the best assistant coaching staffs in all of college football. The addition of Weis could be a recruiting nightmare for other programs in the state.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
Posted on: January 7, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2010 12:09 am

Bovine v. 'Bama BCS Blogasm

PASADENA, Calif. -- It was Alabama 37 and Texas 21 but that score couldn't be more deceiving.

The game was much closer and whenever this contest is mentioned in the future it'll come with a question (if not an asterisk). What would've happened had Colt McCoy not hurt his shoulder on the fifth play?

It really is the biggest issue from this game and one that will be discussed for years.

If McCoy had played the Longhorns had a great chance to win.

Instead it's the Crimson Tide who are champs. will have much more on this game in the coming hours.

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Garrett Gilbert is playing his --- off. The entire tone of the game has changed. It's now 24-21 Alabama. Remember, Vince Young is here, watching. Gilbert is playing very Young-like.

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The weather here is starting to cool dramatically. In other words, the weather is matching the game itself. This hasn't been one of the better title games. Someone Boise State is cursing the BCS system.

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The Longhorns can generate very little offense without Colt McCoy. This is pretty bad. You have to feel a bit for Garrett Gilbert. It's an impossible situation.

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The second half is about to begin and this might be one of the more disappointing title games in recent history. When Colt McCoy was knocked out, the air was let out of Texas, and the game itself. Maybe the Longhorns can re-energize themselves. But without McCoy how do they do that?

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This is a question I'm going to raise later. With McCoy getting hurt if Alabama wins does this game deserve an asterisk? It's a fair question to ponder.

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Bevo the steer now warming up for Texas.

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Garret Gilbert might be hurt now. He's getting worked on by the Texas medical staff. This is a disaster for Texas.

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Still no Colt McCoy.

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Maybe Mack Brown should put McCoy in a dark shed with no windows. That's a joke, folks.

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McCoy may have actually hurt his shoulder. But there's no information on when or if he'll return. Meanwhile, Alabama looks totally outmatched. Nick Saban, hate to say it: you're getting out-coached by Mack Brown. Badly.

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Colt McCoy just went into the locker room. His face said it all. He looked like a kid who was just told there's no Santa. If he came back into the game I'd be surprised.

Garrett Gilbert replaces McCoy. How'd you like to be Gilbert right now? Replacing McCoy in the national championship game.

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Colt McCoy is out of the game. He's on the bench. This doesn't look good. The Texas medical staff is working on his hand. His throwing hand. This is bad.

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What the hell is Nick Saban thinking with a fake kick? Completely out-smarting himself. Saban having a Bill Belichick moment.

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Game time. Stop eating nachos and pay attention.

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Keith Jackson does the coin toss. It was kind of a limp toss. Just sayin'.

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A bit of a scary moment for Alabama before the game. With about 32 minutes to go until game time Mark Ingram took a handoff and slipped. It wasn't a horrible fall but it was a hard one. He got up a bit slowly (just a bit) and then looked fine.


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The key to this game is Nick Saban's defensive schemes. He's been able to get his Alabama players to execute almost flawlessly some fairly complex defensive packages. Saban basically runs a pro style defense and the Longhorns will see things Alabama hasn't done previously on film.

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Both teams are now on the field warming up.

Meanwhile, I just consumed my third candy bar. I'm going to look like Bevo by the time the night is done.

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One place where Texas is definitely dominating so far: alumni at the game. I've spotted Ricky Williams and Chris Simms and there are about a half dozen other prominent UT football alumni.

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Former Texas runner and current Dolphin Ricky Williams is here. He approached Alabama coach Nick Saban before the game and the two hugged. They chatted for a second.

Here's how the conversation might've gone:

Ricky: "Hi Nick. Nice to meet you."

Nick: "Nice to see you son."

Ricky: "Can I ask you a question?"

Nick: "Sure, anything."

Ricky: "Got any?"

Nick: "Ah, got any what?"

Ricky: "You know, the good stuff."

Nick: "You mean, like good blitz packages? I can't tell you about those Ricky."

Ricky: "Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking 'bout Nick."

Or maybe not.

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New mega-fight of the decade: Mayweather versus Bevo. Bevo might fail a drug test, though.

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In a corner of a parking area outside of the Rose Bowl, amid a sea of funky drunken humanity, was a young woman, a petite little Texas fan, throwing up behind a tree. Ah, the sights and sounds of college football.

It was a fitting scene to start what is the world famous live blog because they only make two things in Texas, and you don't got no horns, boy.

My dumbass-ness will be blogging live all night before writing a column off the game. I work hard. Someone has to make up for Doyel's lacking work ethic.

Then I'm driving to Phoenix for Cardinals-Packers. That is, unless while driving across the desert I'm abducted by the character from the "Saw" movies.

Let's begin this blog by describing what's happening outside of the stadium. It's a dizzying scene. There haven't been this many people gathered in one area since Tiger Woods advertised on

It's one of the craziest scenes I've witnessed. Far more intense and packed than any pre-Super Bowl or other big event.

It's understandable since Texas and Alabama fans are among the most passionate and dedicated. Some of the fans paid $40 to park literally over a mile from the stadium. Traffic is snarled. 

Inside the stadium, the Longhorn mascot, Bevo, was just escorted onto the field by EIGHT security personnel and two handlers. Eight? Did Bevo receive some security threat? Did someone threaten to deep fry the poor beast?

Overhead, a single engine airplane carries a banner that reads: "Impeach corrupt Alabama governor Bob Riley." At least no one wants to impeach Pat Riley.

The circus has started and the game is still two hours away. 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: December 30, 2009 1:37 pm

The lesson of Mike Leach

This story is about power.

It's about university presidents tiring of the God-like powers of football coaches and trying to wrestle some of it back.

That was the case with Mark Mangino at Kansas and it's the same now with Leach. Maybe Leach is the cad he's supposed to be or maybe this entire episode is blown completely out of proportion. I'm not sure. (ESPN actually had on a reporter that defended Leach but the reporter is writing a book with Leach. Not exactly appropriate, eh?)

But I truly think the Mangino and Leach cases are about schools using these accusations as excuses to dump coaches who were getting a little too full of themselves.

Mangino and Leach were both arrogant jerks at times and their firing was their respective schools saying: we're going to demonstrate who really has the power and trust us it's not you.

So they were gone.

The way Leach acted in the end, to me, justifies his dismissal. He sent out his lawyers and sycophants and attacked the player as a soft crybaby. Those tactics were somewhat cowardly.

But mostly this is all about the school flexing its muscle. They did and Leach is now gone.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Texas Tech
Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:47 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 8:37 pm

Meyer will be back

First, let's get the rumors of out of the way:

-- Two NFL sources said Jon Gruden wants to coach the Gators and the Gators might be interested in him. But since Gruden is associated with every job in the known universe including astronaut, the King of Prussia, and the President's Czar of Football, such a rumor is to be expected.

--There is a great deal of skepticism about the motive for Meyer's retirement in the professional and college ranks. That's all I'll say on that. We are in the Age of Sports Skepticism and such skepticism, like a Gruden rumor, is also to be expected.

--If Steve Spurrier returns to coach the Gators, I'll eat my laptop.

--Bob Stoops is a different matter altogether.

--Ditto with Mike Shanahan.

--Urban Meyer and Bobby Bowden both stepping down in same year. Very weird.

And, very quickly, a question: why didn't Meyer make his announcement after the bowl game? Isn't a bit selfish to say he's stepping down now of all times?

Second, and this is the biggest point, Meyer will be back.

He's stepping down because of lifestyle issues, not because he's about to suffer a cataclysmic health problem.

He'll be back because that's what coaches do. They come back.

Meyer will adjust his lifestyle, take some time off, get refreshed and coach again within a few years, at the most, and likely in the NFL.

He'll be back. You can count on it. No matter what he says now.

In the meantime, let the speculation begin.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
Posted on: December 26, 2009 7:10 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 7:32 pm

Source: School is stunned Meyer stepping down

Shock, stunned, can't believe it...all words used by a source within the Florida Gators football program regarding Urban Meyer's annoucement he's stepping down as coach.

The source said few people saw this coming though the source did acknowledge that Meyer has expressed some concerns about his health to close friends in recent days.

Nevertheless the school is reeling.

I'm also told the players had no clue about Meyer's plans.

For now, no one is discussing what exactly has caused Meyer to stop coaching but for the hard charging Meyer to step down, it must be extremely serious.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Gators
Posted on: December 5, 2009 7:12 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2009 10:05 pm

Sports Jerk of the Week: me

Because Keith Olbermann has The Worst Person in the World, Bill O'Reilly his pinheads and sports has its jerks.

Dear Greg McElroy: I'm sorry dude.

I was wr...wr...wr...wrong.

You're not pedestrian, as I claimed before stupidly picking the Gators in the SEC title game. You're not a caretaker. You're not just a guy.

You were outstanding against Florida and I was wr...wr...wrong.

My bad, Greg. Please forgive me.

You made me and a whole bunch of folks look like dumbasses.

Now, I have to go. Gotta' get my Holla McGhee column ready.


The Jerk

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Crimson Tide
Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:30 pm

Bobby Bowden

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will announce his retirement on Tuesday morning barring a last minute change of heart, a school official told

Both Bowden and the school wanted to officially remain tight lipped on Monday night out of respect for Bowden.

But it's expected that unless Bowden decides at the last minute to stay (which is possible but highly unlikely) his retirement will be announced on Tuesday. The announcement will come as some sort of statement from the school.

Bowden, a source said, has reluctantly come to the realization that it's time to move on.

Bowden won two national titles but this past season lost six games for the third time in four seasons.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Bobby Bowden
Posted on: September 29, 2009 2:10 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2009 2:33 pm

Tony Barnhardt Show

Just appeared on the Tony Barnhart Show and didn't make an ass of myself, curse or say something stupid. It's a good show when none of those things happen.

Category: NCAAF
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