Before we proceed, today's blog is dedicated to the memory Paul Newman, one of the two coolest guys ever. He and
Steve McQueen were the male ideal throughout their lives, professional and personal. They taught us it's not about
having a drink or a cigar or driving a hot car or chatting up a beautiful woman. It's about doing it in style.
The great Newman passed away Friday with a body of work that will be unmatched: Hud, The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid, Absence of Malice, The Color of Money, just to name a few. I will make it a must that young Jack
add Cool Hand Luke to his movie collection immediately. This is an anti-hero, Jack, showing grace, style and guts
under pressure. Sure, it's only a story but it's an American story, an American male story.
Newman will be remembered not only as an action icon but also for his charity work, racing and making a heck of a
salad dressing later in life. Thoughts and prayers, Joanne. Your husband is a legend.
two-touchdown lead against Virginia Tech last week, North Carolina beat the Canes 28-24. Other than that it wasn't a
good day for the Carolinas. Wake Forest, East Carolina and Clemson all lost to unranked teams. Duke broke a 25-game ACC losing streak with a 31-3 victory over Virginia. Can't remember where this came from but
the headline was perfect: Duke and North Carolina win. Is it basketball season? Two conferences without an undefeated team: ACC and Pac-10. Elsewhere, there are 13 undefeated teams among the six
major conferences, five of them are in the Big 12 (Missouri, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State). Four of
those are in one division, Big 12 South. Bad timing: East Carolina announced Saturday that coach Skip Holtz had received an extension through 2013 hours
before the former BCS busters got blown out at home by Houston. After watching Connecticut's Donald Brown on two consecutive Fridays, it's obvious this guy is the real deal. The
nation's leading rusher has amazing feet and cutting ability. Playing in the East in the Big East and being on
national television several times, I can see Brown getting a Heisman invite if he keeps it up. If Tennessee and Clemson do make moves on their coaches, they're going to be expensive ones. It could cost
Tennessee upwards of $6 million to get rid of Phil Fulmer, not to mention the cost of hiring a new staff. Clemson
would have to start by scratching a check for $4 million. That's the amount of Tommy Bowden's buyout. Both coaches
got raises/extensions in the offseason. Their teams are a combined 4-5.
If Notre Dame keeps this up they're going to get ranked and go to a BCS bowl while Jimmy Clausen gets some Heisman
mention, as far-fetched as that sounds. ND, 3-1, matched its 2007 victory total with a 38-21 victory over Purdue.
Clausen seems to be turning some kind of corner after completing 20 of 35 for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
"I know I'm capable of doing stuff like that," Clausen said. "It was just a matter of time and practice preparation
to get to this point."
scoring passes between teammates (41). North Texas (0-4) was the victim, 77-20.
Let the debate begin about the worst I-A team. Washington State (1-4 after a 63-14 loss to Oregon) or North Texas.
Utah kicker Louie Sakoda chipped in 13 points during the Utes' 37-21 victory over Weber State becoming the
Northwestern is 5-0 for the first time in 46 years after beating Iowa 22-17.
school's all-time leading scorer. Funny, all along I thought it was Andre Miller. Penn State's Derrick Williams scored touchdowns rushing, catching and returning against Illinois. Weird play of the day: Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell threw an apparent 97-yard touchdown pass to Terrance
Turner against Michigan State. Instead, it was called back. Indiana was called for holding in the end zone and the
Spartans were awarded a safety. Did anyone else notice that Dolphin Stadium was half full, at best, for Miami's game against North Carolina? The
announced attendance was 35,830. Navy beat its first ranked team in 23 years, 24-17 over Wake Forest.