Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 10:01 pm

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Amos Alonzo Stagg’s name being attached to the Big Ten football championship trophy may have to be reevaluated if Joe Paterno is found to be “complicit” in the Jerry Sandusky scandal according to Stagg's great grandson.

The hardware for the first Big Ten championship game next month -- the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy – has yet to be presented. But Robert Stagg told on Tuesday that he is concerned about the family’s association if “more disturbing evidence,” is found in the case that has captured national headlines.

“If he [Paterno] has been complicit in this, he’s got to step down,” said Stagg, a 54-year-old father working in sales in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Unfortunately that would be the case.”

Asked specifically if “complicit” meant not going to authorities if Paterno knew a crime had been committed, Stagg said: “If you have knowledge of what’s going on, you have to alert authorities. You can’t leave it up to someone else to alert authorities. You have to. It’s the only thing to do.”

Stagg says he assumes Paterno’s innocence but has followed the situation closely. Sandusky, Paterno’s former defensive coordinator, is charged with multiple accounts molesting young boys. Former graduate assistant and current assistant Mike McQueary reportedly told Paterno in 2002 he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a 10-year-old boy in a Penn State lockerroom shower.

Paterno then told his AD, Tim Curley, who summoned McQueary 1 ½ weeks later. Sandusky was banned from bringing children into the football facility but no authorities were contacted. Paterno has maintained his innocence through his attorney. Curley and Penn State finance officer Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury.

“It was sickening. It’s just horrible,” said a Stagg, a descendant of the great Amos Alonzo Stagg. “We hear of these things from time to time in the paper, be it with the Catholic Church or various individuals. This is just one that when you look at the gentleman’s [Sandusky] involvement and charitable-type endeavors. I just don’t understand it.”

Stagg was not specific about what action the family might take but he said they are monitoring the situation. He added that a contingent of 20 family members will travel to Indianapolis for the first Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3. His father, Amos Alonzo Stagg III, will be honored at the game. Stagg III, 84, is the same age as Paterno.

The original Amos Alonzo Stagg is the legendary coach who won 319 games in 57 years. Amos Alonzo Stagg was a noted innovator in both football and basketball. He coached at the University of Chicago for parts of five decades. The University of Chicago was in the Big Ten a portion of that time.

“There are some [family] roots to the state of Pennsylvania,” Robert Stagg said. “We’ve kind of cheered JoePa along. We’re still hoping he’s cleared on this. If something else comes to light and he kind of let this go leaving someone else to handle, then we may feel very differently …

“We’ll just have to wait and see but if we find that a lot more disturbing evidence comes out I’m sure we will have a lot of discussion with the Big Ten.”

Paterno is in his 45TH year as Penn State head coach. Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1992.

“He’s had a wonderful career and honestly we hope he’s cleared of all this,” Stagg said.



Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:41 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 10:11 pm

B10 statement re: Sandusky scandal

It wasn’t much but the Big Ten weighed in on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Monday night.

Through a spokesman, the league said, “Because it’s an ongoing criminal investigation we have no comment.”

That’s significantly less than what NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement earlier Monday.

"This is a criminal matter under investigation by law enforcement authorities and I will not comment on details. However, I have read the grand jury report and find the alleged assaults appalling. As a parent and an educator, the notion that anyone would use a position of trust to prey on children is despicable. My thoughts and concern goes out to the alleged victims and their families."

We now have some sort of reaction  from  Penn State chancellor Graham Spanier, Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities, the NCAA and Big Ten. Next stop, the Big Ten conference call on Tuesday. Penn State has said Paterno will be on for his regularly-scheduled time slot at 1:20 pm ET. That is preceded by his weekly press conference for local media at 12:30 ET at Beaver Stadium.

As a pre-emptive strike, Penn State sent out a notice Monday saying that Paterno would only answer questions about the Penn State game.

Good luck with that. 

Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:44 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 9:32 am

Power Poll Week 10: Cowboys in title chase

Picture in your mind, the No. 3 offense meeting the No. 3 defense for the national championship.

In the afterglow of LSU-Alabama, Oklahoma State-LSU seems fairly appealing.

It’s looking more and more like the humble Cowboys of Stillwater are going to get their chance against LSU. Oklahoma State moved up to No. 2 in the latest Power Poll after surviving Kansas State 52-45. The Cowboys have done with an offense that has averaged more than 50 points per game (No. 3 in total offense). LSU, well, do you have to ask? (No. 3 in total defense).

Oklahoma State has scored at least 52 five times. LSU has held five opponents to single digits.  

Points or defensive pounding? The BCS title game could decide which philosophy is best.

This week's almighty Power Poll ... 


1. LSU – Touchdowns? We don’t need no stinking touchdowns.

2. Oklahoma State – After throwing up 52 on Kansas State, Mike Gundy says, “ … they [LSU-Alabama] should be watching us.”

3. Stanford – Goes for sweep of [state of] Oregon this week against Ducks.

4. Alabama – All the breathless breakdowns forgot to account Bama kickers batting .333.

5. Boise State – Kellen Moore becomes all-time winningest quarterback in history.

6. Oregon – NCAA? Injuries? Issues? Ducks at full speed for Stanford after whipping U-Dub.

7. Oklahoma – If you had any doubts about Oklahoma State being the best team in the Big 12 consider the Sooners have now lost their leading rusher (Dominique Whaley) and receiver (Ryan Broyles).

8. Virginia Tech – Should decide ACC Coastal Thursday at Georgia Tech.

9. Clemson – Bitter loss to Georgia Tech doesn’t taste any better a week later.

10. Arkansas --  Best reason for lifting the two-team BCS bowl limit.

11.Penn State – Silas Redd led the country in rushing in October with 703 yards. 

12. Houston – Timmy Chang we hardly knew ya.

13. Nebraska – Huskers could have used some legends vs. Northwestern. Nebraska gave up control of Legends Division.

14. Michigan State – Sparty needs 10-point fourth-quarter rally to beat Goldy. That enough hip mascot references for you?

15. Wisconsin – Two pass completions in the final 30 seconds against Michigan State and Ohio State keep Badgers from competing for national championship.

16. South Carolina – How bad is the SEC East? The Gamecocks still might win it.

17. Georgia – Seven consecutive wins have come over teams with a combined record of 24-33.

18. Georgia Tech –  Hokies and Jackets have a week off before huge Thursday clash.

19. USC – Just to reiterate, it doesn’t matter that Trojans are in a three-way tie for the Pac-12 South. They can’t win it.

20. TCU – Frogs run for 390 yards and it could have been worse for Wyoming. TCU loses four fumbles.

21. Michigan – Is it just me or shouldn’t Denard Robinson run at least once down near the goal line there at the end against Iowa.

22. Kansas State – Cats have given up 110 points the past two weeks and can hold their heads high.

23. Cincinnati – Butch Jones, national coach of the year candidate?

24. Southern Miss – Larry Fedora building his case for the Arizona job.

25. (tie) UCLA – Is it possible for Slick Rick to win the Pac-12 South while on the hot seat?

Texas – Mack Brown quietly building toward a 10-2 season.

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Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:35 pm

LSU beats Bama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Whatever genius dubbed this the “Game of the Century” did not quite grasp the offensive side of football.

Kickers and quarterbacks were juggled. Punters became stars. The  best offensive players were defensive backs. Don’t you have to actually score the football to win the crystal football?

Does it matter? In the end, LSU won 9-6 in overtime. Drew Alleman kicked the 25-yard game-winning field goal after Alabama missed its fourth field goal of the game on its first possession of overtime. 

Is it worth playing the rest of the season? Well, yes based on Saturday’s result. There were plenty of flaws to find. Still, the win, it is assumed, catapults LSU into the national championship game. There is the small matter of four more games for LSU -- Western Kentucky, at Ole Miss and Arkansas before the SEC title game on Dec. 3.

Alabama’s kickers were not good enough (two for six). LSU’s quarterbacks weren’t so hot either. Jarrett Lee threw two interceptions, reverting to his “pick six” days three years ago. For a team that had only three turnovers going into the game, that was like kicking a cane out from under a senior citizen.

For those of you who hate soccer, we feel your pain. There was plenty of non-scoring. Game of the Century? It wasn’t even the game of the night. Not when Oklahoma State was fighting for its BCS life against Kansas State, in a game that surpassed 80 points.

The conference that has given us five consecutive national championships, let us down, huge, on Saturday night. It depends on your taste. Do you prefer four interceptions and three missed field goals (combined) or actual touchdowns?

Both Jarrett Lee and AJ McCarron were intercepted twice. A pick by each in the second half led to a fieThe kickers were both the stars and goats. Alabama’s “long” kicker Cade Foster missed field goal attempts of 44 and 50 yards in the game’s first 12 ½ minutes. “Short” kicker Jeremy Shelley had one blocked before making a 34-yarder.

LSU’s Drew Alleman tied it 3-3 on the last play of the first half. It’s getting to the point that it seems like Les Miles stages these confusing endings. After his team drove to the Alabama 2, Miles had to sprint to about the 10 to get the timeout called with two seconds remaining. That allowed Alleman to kick the game-tying 19-yard field goal.

You never heard so much noise for an “extra point” in your life.

Foster converted a Lee interception into a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter. Morris Claiborne’s interception at the end of the quarter allowed Alleman to it 6-6 on the second play of the fourth quarter.

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Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 7:16 pm

SEC will reopen contract with ESPN

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The SEC will exercise one of its options to adjust the current ESPN contract with the conference, commissioner Mike Slive told

The conference is expected to ask for an increase in the rights fees on the current 15-year, $3 billion deal after the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. confirmed a Saturday report that Missouri would become the SEC's 14th team after A&M joined in September.

In addition, there has long been industry speculation that the SEC would bundle some non-conference football games as a foundation for a separate network.

At intervals during such contracts, conferences are allowed periodic “look ins” to address issues such as these when they expand. Typically in these cases, the parties negotiate a rights fee increase. If they can’t come to an agreement the issue goes to arbitration. These situations have seldom, if ever, gone to arbitration according to several industry sources.

“We will look in,” Slive said adding that the issue likely will be addressed after the current season.

Currently, SEC schools are allowed to show one non-conference football game per year on a pay-per-view basis, according to Slive. None of the schools do so, however. Bundling 14 non-conference games – one for each team – and forming a network around the programming could create another windfall stream of revenue for the SEC.

An SEC network would be a separate entity along the lines of the Longhorn or Big Ten networks. It is thought that ESPN would have first crack at creating that network

The SEC, ESPN and CBS are two years into that 15-year deal.

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Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 6:48 pm

Missouri to the SEC next week

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Missouri will formally join the SEC early next week according to The Sporting News. was able to confirm the Saturday afternoon report.

After a drawn-out process the began months ago Missouri will leave the Big 12 and an affiliation with some teams in that league that go back to 1907. Missouri will become the SEC's 14th team and join the East Division. It wasn't immediately clear but the school is expected to begin play in 2012.

That will end the SEC’s expansion for now, a process that intensified in early June when Texas A&M began a process to leave the Big 12. Missouri has long been concerned about the stability of the Big 12. Twice within 16 months, Texas and Oklahoma – and others in the Big 12 -- came close to joining the Pac-12.  

NCAA president Mark Emmert addressed conference realignment Saturday before the LSU-Alabama game.

“I’d love to see something like a waiting period, almost,” he said. “Kind of kike the SEC, the Security and Exchange Commission. You’re going to buy a company, you have to vet it out …

“We saw that sometimes. Missouri just announced. Missouri said, ‘Yeah, we’re thinking about this.’ They spent a fair amount of time thinking about it. It was a pretty rational process.” 

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Tags: Missouri, SEC
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:44 pm

Son of Weekend Watch List

Son of WWL is the petulant offspring of Weekend Watch List. This week it weighs in on the LSU-Alabama rematch.


Before the teams even kick it off Saturday LSU-Alabama II has filled minds, cyberspace and column inches.

That’s the world we live in. If Tigers-Tide is good, a rematch in the BCS championship game could be better – depending. Depending on a very narrow set of circumstances.

First, ask yourself. Do you even want to see the Game of the (11-year-old) Century again, two months later? Is that even fair? Here’s my take on how it could happen:

--LSU has to lose Saturday’s game. Alabama is favored and playing at home. The pollsters probably wouldn’t give the benefit of the doubt to the Crimson Tide in this scenario if they lose. It doesn’t matter that LSU is No. 1. Alabama is No. 2 and perceived to be the better team playing at home before 101,821 fans and Bear Bryant growling in the background. Literally.

--LSU has to play well and lose a close game, preferably at the gun and preferably by a 55-yard field goal or something like that. That would resurrect the oldest line in show business: Always leave them wanting more.

--LSU has to win the rest of its games which at this point include Western Kentucky, a trip to Ole Miss and at home against Arkansas. It would help, a lot, if LSU blew out the Hogs. That would be the lasting impression the Tigers would leave in the minds of the voters who would still have to wade through two more Saturdays of football. (Arkansas-LSU is on Friday, Nov. 25).

It was a different set of circumstances but don’t forget LSU lost to Arkansas in 2007 and still went to the BCS title game with two losses. That’s one indication of how powerful an SEC team is in the BCS standings.

--Stanford and Oklahoma State have to lose. At least. The feeling is that LSU would at least have a chance to pass an undefeated Boise State in the BCS. While that’s no certainty, the SEC has gotten the benefit of the doubt before (see above).

“I’m a believer,” Steve Spurrier said, “that if a rematch does occur, the formula we have in place is to get the best two teams in the game.”

Spurrier should know a little bit about the subject. Florida beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl rematch to win the 1996 national championship.

Why it won’t happen


--The loser will have had its chance … No one wants to see the game again … Give someone else a chance.

All those are valid arguments and have already manifested themselves five years ago. Michigan lost the last regular-season 1-2 game at Ohio State 42-39 in 2006. On the last day of the season (two weeks later) the Wolverines – No. 3 in the BCS at the time -- were edged out by SEC champ Florida after No. 2 USC was upset by UCLA. Michigan actually gained in the polls and computers, but enough losing out to Florida by .0134 of a point.

--SEC voter fatigue. WWL has no evidence that this exists but after five consecutive national championships who is to say that – if it’s close – human nature won’t take over? In other words, why not give someone else a chance?

--The loser won’t play on the last day of the season (Dec. 3) when a lot of statements can be made. If Alabama wins big in the SEC title game, that will be another reason not to elevate LSU to No. 2. Boise State could complete an undefeated season with what figures to be a complete obliteration of New Mexico.

--The loser better not fall too far. In the 13-year history of the BCS no team that finished out of the top two in the final regular-season polls played for the national championship. Nebraska played for the title in was fourth in 2001 in the AP and coaches poll. Oregon finished but was relegated to the Fiesta Bowl.



Something to chew on, and spit out: What’s wrong with this world when Barry Switzer gets a statue at Oklahoma 22 years after leaving the school and Nick Saban got one at Alabama after his fourth? … Where have you gone Mike Leach? Last week against Iowa State, Texas Tech failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in five years … Unbelievable: Iowa and UCLA still control their own fate in their conferences. Iowa, 5-3, can still win the Legends Division despite a horrific loss last week to Minnesota. The Bruins, 4-4, are in the thick of things in the Pac-12 South. They host division leader Arizona State this week … Penn State’s Silas Redd led the nation in rushing in October with 703 yards … Louisville travels to West Virginia looking for its first three-game Big East winning streak in five years … Unless a meteor hits, Boise’s Kellen Moore should set the record for career wins by a quarterback. Moore is 45-2 as a starter going into the UNLV game.

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 8:25 am

Miami interested in redoing Golden contract

The agent for Miami coach Al Golden told Tuesday there have been “overtures made” by the school about adjusting his client’s contract in the wake of the current NCAA scandal.

Golden had expressed frustration about not being told about the full scope of the scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro. Brett Senior, Golden’s long-time representative, said at least one Miami official has reached out to Golden specifically about the contract.

Golden is in the first year of a reported five-year deal worth $10 million.  

“I’ve got the feeling they’ll [Miami] do the right thing,” said Senior who has represented Golden since he came out of Penn State in 1991.

Asked about an escape clause in the current deal that would allow Golden to leave Miami based on the severity of NCAA sanctions, Senior added: “I will say this. We’ve got options available to us.”

That’s believed to be the first time there has been some kind of acknowledgment that Golden could get out of his deal. Senior added that NCAA penalties “that would cripple a program for five years,” would be tough for Golden.

“We’ll evaluate all options,” Senior said. “You only have so many bites at the apple.”

“We’ve got to get sort of a feel for what the NCAA implications might be,” Senior added. “Those kind of things may take a fairly long time … [You] certainly expect that something is going to come down. It certainly can debilitate a program at least a couple of years.”

Senior also said that any contract issues will be addressed after the season. Golden is 4-4 in his first season with Miami, tied for fourth in the ACC Coastal Division, having had to deal with several players suspensions emerging from the Shapiro scandal. Yahoo Sports reported in August that Shapiro had been providing extra benefits for years to at least 65 current and former Miami players as well as Miami recruits who went to other schools.

“Frankly, we’ve not done anything formal or direct to this point,” in contacting the Miami administration Senior said. “I don’t know how well you know Al. He’s hunkered down. He was prepping for the season and dealing with skeletons in the closet.

“The university acknowledged there is something that needs to be done. Initial overtures came from them. It’s the right thing to do. It wasn’t handled well in the initial [stages].”

Senior did not specify where the overtures had come from including AD Shawn Eichorst and/or president Donna Shalala. Golden said at the time the scandal broke: “If they [Miami] knew this was percolating, I believe they did have a responsibility tell Shawn [Eichorst].”

The AD who hired Golden, Kirby Hocutt, left abruptly in March and is now at Texas Tech. Eichorst was hired from Wisconsin in April. The NCAA said it had been investigating the Shapiro case since March. Hocutt approved Shapiro’s access to the program according to an August wire report.

Shapiro is serving 20 years in federal prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

“He takes it as another challenge,” Senior said of Golden. “I know he was teed off. He had come there with great aspirations, the way recruiting class was shaping up. He likes to coach football and likes to lead young men. This is something he shouldn’t have had to deal with and should have been made aware of.  It was tough. You get distractions you don’t need. To compete at that level, is tough enough. You don’t need one hand tied behind your back.”

Through a spokesman, Miami had no comment.  

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