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Posted on: May 29, 2008 11:42 am
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OCDeep doo doo with Perrilloux

I bite my nails. I have a late relative who was an alcoholic. Does that mean me/him have/had obsessive compulsive disorder?

No.

That's why I'm having a real hard time with Ryan Perrilloux playing the OCD card in this Yahoo Sports story. To his credit Perrilloux doesn't blame his OCD for all the shenanigans that went on at LSU but it's still out there as kind of an excuse. It's pretty hard to pinpoint a mental disorder as a cause for trying to pass a fake I.D. at a casino.

I hate having to put a label on everything. Maybe Perrilloux is just an irresponsible bad guy, not afflicted by some disorder. The OCD sure didn't hurt him when he helped LSU win a national championship.  

We find out in the story that Perrilloux isn't exactly an upstanding citizen. (You knew that) He missed a post-bowl team meeting because he overslept. (How does that happen?) He has a child out of wedlock who was born prematurely. Best wishes to the child and mother but the father's future can't be good.

It sounded to me like Les Miles went to the absolute last mile with his quarterback. OCD or no OCD, he had to finally let him go.

There have to be all kinds of red flags for the NFL ... if, IF Perrilloux ever gets that far.

 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: LSU
 
Posted on: May 15, 2008 10:33 am
 

USC you later?

USC's situation is not as bad as it is made out to be. Don't be a lemming -- or an Obama supporter. Think for yourself on this issue.

USC has a problem with agents -- mostly the two major sports seem to attract those with hygiene problems. In other words they're greasy. The NCAA is looking into the, ahem, pasts of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush. But death penalty? Whoa, there. Let's operate from the premise that USC didn't know about either case of extra benefits. A source with broad knowledge of the NCAA investigative process, says the NCAA is actually slightly more forgiving when it comes to agents giving extra benefits than it is with boosters. The language in the NCAA Manual deals specifically with boosters, the thinking being that schools have an ability and a duty to control them.

Not so much with agents. This isn't to absolve USC. Bush-Mayo looks bad. Real bad. But unless the NCAA can prove that USC knew or should have known about each situation, the school is likely to skate. Is it fair? Probably not, but as Gary Parrish pointed earlier this week there are Mayo situations going on all over the country. USC being USC, it got caught in the headlights. Do you think "Outside the Lines" does a piece with a jilted agent runner outing, say, Seton Hall?

We'll find out soon enough about Bush. Depositions will be taken next month in the lawsuit against him. The trial is scheduled for March. If it gets that far, I'll be shocked. Bush should have settled with Lloyd Lake by now. I don't know why he hasn't. The negative publicity from the case already has cost him dearly in endorsements.

"Hummer, lost them all, except for adidas," one source told me.

Since both these guys are out of school it will come down to the NCAA deciding if the school knew about the agents. At worst USC is guilty of negligence, not complicity. Did USC want to know? Of course not. It was in the school's best interest to get Bush and Mayo on campus win games. Should USC have known? That's the NCAA's (and the Pac-10's) task.

 If you playoff proponents want a ray of hope, here it is: Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen is rumored to be stepping down next year. (His choice, by the way) Hansen, along with the Big Ten's Jim Delany, is part of the blockade against a plus-one. The new commissioner might be able to slowly melt some cold presidential hearts within the conference.

Watch for the Mountain West's Craig Thompson to go after the job. That makes sense, but there is another name in the rumor mill that will blow your doors off: Notre Dame AD Kevin White.

Hansen is the longest-tenured major-college commissioner having been in his position since 1983.

 Why didn't someone at the BCS meetings in South Florida last month propose an unseeded plus-one? That model seems much more agreeable to the bowls, presidents and schools. Let all the bowls go back to the natural hookups (Fiesta with the Big 12, Rose with Big Ten-Pac-10, Sugar with the SEC, Orange with ACC and/or Big East). The two highest-ranked teams after the bowls would then meet for the national championship.

There are issues: Because of its agreement with two conferences, the Rose Bowl could face a situation where an 8-4 team could upset an undefeated No. 1 team. That doesn't exactly legitimize a national championship game.

A fifth bowl would have to be added to accommodate the non-BCS schools. There's always the possibility that 1-2 teams could play in a bowl, although not much of one. Between 1936 and 1992 (when the Bowl Coalition was formed) No. 1 played No. 2 in a bowl only eight times.

But the dearth of postseason sizzle was why the BCS was formed.

Choosing among the bowl winners still doesn't clear up the problem of selecting the top two teams. If the system had been in place last season, you would have needed federal troops to clear the streets. The top seven teams in the final BCS standings (prior to the bowls, mind you) finished with at least two losses. The No. 8 team, Kansas, went 12-1.

Best guess on an unseeded plus-one in that scenario: LSU vs. Georgia, USC, Missouri or Kansas. Satisfied?

 A fond farewell to Kansas State president Jon Wefald who is retiring after the 2008-2009 academic year. The Miracle in Manhattan never would have happened had not the energetic president taken big, big chances in turning his football program around.

In the late 1980s, he spent K-State into debt in order to hire a top notch coach, pay his staff and improve facilities. Obviously, it worked. You couldn't help but like the guy. He bounced around the press box like a suit-wearing gnome, a cheerleader without being annoying. Warner Bros. is busy turning a screenplay written by Wefald into a TV movie about the Negro Leagues.

His legacy will be greater than 99 percent of the presidents around today. First, he stayed on the job, 23 years by the time he retires. Most of his peers are academic gigolos, jumping from one job to another.

The school continued to go out of the box with Bill Snyder's replacement, Ron Prince. The hire was great at the time, in part, because Prince was one of the few minority head coaches in I-A football. The hire looks like a gamble now because Prince lost his AD (Tim Weiser) and his president while the program has declined.

Wefald leaves with another gamble on his record. Bob Huggins came and went. So did Michael Beasley. For now it worked. Frank Martin took K-State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years. Can the basketball success be sustained?

 That Tim Tebow circumcision stuff was worth a laugh but if I'm a self-respecting doctor, I'm pissed. Letting a Heisman Trophy winner snip sutures is a bit like letting a civilian in a press box. That's our office. We're the trained professionals who, like doctors, adhere to a code of ethics.

There has to be a professional organization of doctors in Alachua County, Fla. that will weigh in on this. And what about the head of the University of Florida medical school? If I get a minute I'm going to call them and ask them about Tebow.

 I was sitting around and decided to rate the conferences going into next season. What do you think?

1. SEC -- Three of the last six BCS national champions.

2. Big 12 -- All grown up. The Large Dozen enters its 13th season with at least four top 15 programs (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas)

3. Pac-10 -- The only league to play nine regular-season conference games continues to chase USC.

4. Big East -- Seven deep in 2008

5. Big Ten -- Big drop off after Ohio State.

6. ACC -- Haven't won a BCS bowl game since 1999.

7. Mountain West -- BYU is back!

8. WAC -- Depth throughout. Boise, Fresno and Hawaii should all go bowling.

9. Conference USA -- Two 10-game winners in 2007.

10. MAC -- The league champion (Central Michigan) lost six games<>

11. Sun Belt -- Finally. Three teams at .500 or above.

-30-

 

 

 

 

Posted on: May 2, 2008 10:48 am
Edited on: May 2, 2008 11:53 am
 

Adios, Ryan

Move over, Michael Vick. You have a partner.

Not in jail, in the pantheon of Idiots Who Had It All And Then P----- It Away.

By now you know that LSU, the SEC -- and maybe college football -- were knocked silly Friday morning with the news that Ryan Perrilloux has been kicked off the team. A surprise only in that Perrilloux actually let it get this far. The much-troubled Perrilloux finally answered the question: What does it take for the starting LSU quarterback who saved the season, helped win a national championship and could have competed for the Heisman, to get kicked off the team?

Answer: A lot, but Perrilloux apparently met all the qualifications.

At least two outlets were reporting before noon on Friday that Perrilloux had failed a drug test.

Mr. Hubris blew his tentative place on the roster after returning recently from a third suspension. That had every backup on the LSU roster asking: If he got three chances, what happens if I mess up?

This was as much about Perrilloux' misconduct as Les Miles preserving order on the team. If the next kid to get suspended didn't get at least three chances then Miles had a problem. The reason why Perrilloux lasted this long was because he was a star, the starting quarterback, the key to the season. With him, the Tigers were a genuine force in the SEC West coming off that national title. Without him, 6-6 might be a good season.

So Perrilloux had to screw up bad this time. And by bad I mean worse than missing team meetings or trying to pass a fake ID. Those are the things we know about. Of course, the kid's leash with Miles was shorter than a length of dental floss. Hey, there's an image: Miles finally pulled LSU's diseased tooth, even it meant going with inexperienced quarterbacks.

Because of that, I respect Miles now more than I ever have. He essentially chucked the season. At his best, Perrilloux was a unique talent, but not with more suspensions than starts.

And before we go on, I'd like to remind everyone of the happy hour for the entire staff Friday afternoon in Mack Brown's office. Remember that Perrilloux originally committed to Texas. It's a TGILP party -- Thank God It's Les' Problem.

Yeah, Perrilloux is incredibly stupid and arrogant and narcissistic, just like Vick. (What, you forgot the kid predicted four Heismans when he was in high school?) Both quarterbacks thought they were bulletproof. Smooth criminals on different levels. One was a dog killer but both killed their own careers. 

I know that only Vick is serving time in jail. R.P.? He's in limbo, the jail of public opinion. Expect to see him pop up again at Nicholls State or some other Division I-AA outpost. Maybe the Arena League.

There, he can be free, live life the way he wants because, let's be honest, the atmosphere at LSU was soooo stifling.

Ryan Perrilloux needs to be at a place where they really coddle their misbehaving backup quarterbacks.<o:p></o:p>

 

 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: LSU
 
Posted on: May 2, 2008 10:46 am
 

Adios, Ryan

Move over, Michael Vick. You have a partner.

Not in jail, in the pantheon of Idiots Who Had It All And Then P----- It Away.

By now you know that LSU, the SEC -- and maybe college football -- were knocked silly Friday morning with the news that Ryan Perrilloux has been kicked off the team. A surprise only in that Perrilloux actually let it get this far. The much-troubled Perrilloux finally answered the question: What does it take for the starting LSU quarterback who saved the season, helped win a national championship and could have competed for the Heisman, to get kicked off the team?

Answer: A lot, but Perrilloux apparently met all the qualifications.

Mr. Hubris blew his tentative place on the roster after returning recently from a third suspension. That had every backup on the LSU roster asking: If he got three chances, what happens if I mess up?

This was as much about Perrilloux' misconduct as Les Miles preserving order on the team. If the next kid to get suspended didn't get at least three chances then Miles had a problem. The reason why Perrilloux lasted this long was because he was a star, the starting quarterback, the key to the season. With him, the Tigers were a genuine force in the SEC West coming off that national title. Without him, 6-6 might be a good season.

So Perrilloux had to screw up bad this time. And by bad I mean worse than missing team meetings or trying to pass a fake ID. Those are the things we know about. Of course, the kid's leash with Miles was shorter than a length of dental floss. Hey, there's an image: Miles finally pulled LSU's diseased tooth, even it meant going with inexperienced quarterbacks.

Because of that, I respect Miles now more than I ever have. He essentially chucked the season. At his best, Perrilloux was a unique talent, but not with more suspensions than starts.

And before we go on, I'd like to remind everyone of the happy hour for the entire staff Friday afternoon in Mack Brown's office. Remember that Perrilloux originally committed to Texas. It's a TGILP party -- Thank God It's Les' Problem.

Yeah, Perrilloux is incredibly stupid and arrogant and narcissistic, just like Vick. (What, you forgot the kid predicting a Heisman when he was in high school?) Both quarterbacks thought they were bulletproof. Smooth criminals on different levels. One was a dog killer but both killed their own careers. 

I know that only Vick is serving time in jail. R.P.? He's in limbo, the jail of public opinion. Expect to see him pop up again at Nicholls State or some other Division I-AA outpost. Maybe the Arena League.

There, he can be free, live life the way he wants because, let's be honest, the atmosphere at LSU was soooo stifling.

Ryan Perrilloux needs to be at a place where they really coddle their misbehaving backup quarterbacks.

 

 

 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: LSU
 
Posted on: April 3, 2008 11:05 am
Edited on: April 3, 2008 6:07 pm
 

Off to San Antonio, a couple of things on my mind

This was going to be all basketball-related until Ryan Perrilloux decided to go knucklehead again this week. This is from the student newspaper at LSU about an alleged altercation at a Baton Rouge restaurant ...

Another employee at Kona Grill confirmed Wednesday (April 2) that Ryan Perrilloux was involved in a verbal altercation at the restaurant, saying the junior quarterback called a server "Osama."

The employee agreed to speak to The Daily Reveille under the condition of anonymity and said the incident occurred Sunday around 10 p.m.

Another Kona Grill server, Drew Watson, said he knew "all about the incident" but "already agreed to management not to comment."

Perrilloux entered the restaurant with an unidentified former LSU football player and three employees from Crazy Horse Cabaret, the anonymous employee said.

He said the group sat in the cocktail area and began drinking. Perrilloux, the employee said, began yelling obscenities and racial slurs to their server.

After some time, the employee said the server spoke to a manager and asked him to address the rowdy group.

The employee said a manager asked the group to leave, and after the manager threatened to call the police, the group left.

The employee said a manager e-mailed the LSU Athletic Department and said he would not serve any more LSU players until he received a formal apology from Perrilloux.

Kona Grill allegedly received phone calls from LSU coach Les Miles, an assistant athletic director and Perrilloux apologizing for the incident, employees said.

Watson is not the server who spoke about the incident nor the server who was harassed.

LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said no such incident occurred at Kona Grill.

"We don't have anything to say," Bonnette said.

The Daily Reveille contacted Assistant General Manager Scott Aldridge on Tuesday evening, and he said he did not have a comment regarding the incident.

"I've been receiving a lot of calls about that and would like to stop receiving calls at the restaurant," Aldridge said.

The Advocate reported Wednesday that Aldridge said "Perrilloux was at the restaurant Sunday evening but didn't cause a scene."

Casey Hicks, public information director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, said the Sheriff's Office was not called out Sunday evening to Kona Grill.

Perrilloux's suspension from the football team was lifted this past week, and he was expected to return to practice Monday.

WJBO reported Tuesday that Perrilloux "will not be participating in Spring practice at all this year" because of "an incident at a local restaurant over the weekend."

Our favorite suspended quarterback appears to be done for the spring which is kind of a big deal considering the spring game is on Saturday. Link

I'm told the fact that Perrilloux will miss the rest of spring isn't related to the alleged restaurant incident, but stay tuned.

 When will people (meaning you, Doyel) get off the Tyler Hansbrough train?

I'm not here to trash the kid. He's really, really good. But to continually harp on his "effort" and his "trying real hard" makes me sick. To say Hansy tries harder than everyone else is an insult to everyone else. Does he play harder than Kevin Love? No. Does he play harder than Derrick Rose? No. The point is, those guys aren't exactly slackers.

Let's go ahead and assume that most players give maximum effort. Hansbrough just happens to have bulging eyes that makes him popular with the Sam Peckinpah crowd. Let's not confuse talent with effort. Hansbrough has both but he's not the most competitive mammal on the planet.

Try taking a dead mouse away from a wolverine. I don't know why I wrote that, I'm just passionate about the subject.

Mike Freeman's America-loves-a-tough-white-guy column  is still the defining word on the issue.

  A colleague this week asked me to rank the top 10 college basketball programs at this moment. Came up with this. 1. North Carolina 2. UCLA 3. Kentucky 4. Duke 5. Kansas 6. Louisville 7. Florida 8. Georgetown 9. Texas 10. Memphis

That was before Indiana hired Tom Crean. So let's wait and see if the Hoosiers can claw their back into the at-this-moment top 10.

  Joe Paterno doesn't need a contract? Careful, Joe, you might get what you wish for. 
 
 
 
 
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