Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:53 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 10:03 pm

Son of Weekend Watch List

This is all the stuff that spilled over from Weekend Watch List ... 

There will be plenty of opportunity for Jimbo Fisher to massage the roster in preparation for Oklahoma next week. Florida State hosts Charleston Southern which lost last week to Central Florida, 62-0...For the first time in 18 years Illinois is coming off a game in which it did not commit a penalty. It is one of three teams to go into Week 2 without a penalty. Navy and Eastern Michigan are the others ... TCU (at Air Force) hasn't started 0-2 since 1999 ... Can this be right? Virginia Tech (at East Carolina) hasn't started 2-0 since 2001...Hawaii (at Washington) is looking to start 2-0 against the Pac-12 after beating Colorado in the opener...Utah goes into the USC game with heavy hearts. The wife of Utes' defensive lineman Ron Tongaoneai was killed in a car accident following last week's season-opening win over Montana State ... With Colorado having shifted conferences, that means receiver Toney Clemons, a Michigan transfer, has played in three conferences...Iowa State has scored one touchdown against Iowa in the last 18 quarters going back to 2007...

One more thing about the new taunting rule:  Taunt your opponent on the way to the end zone and the points are taken off the board. We know that. What a lot of folks don't know is that the penalty counts as a personal foul. Two PFs and you're out of the game.

Players will be reminded of this, no doubt, but they're reminded of a lot of things: Like, how not to associate with prostitutes and greasy jock-sniffers who pop for $500 lunches. In the spirit of everything personal and foul, here are the five teams most likely to first get points taken off the board this season.

1. Arizona State: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict's nickname is not Choir Boy.
2. Baylor: Achieved a rare quadruple-quadruple -- 1,000-yard rusher (Jay Finley) and 1,007 yards in penalties to lead the country.
3. Troy: No team caused more laundry to be dropped on the field (110 penalties).
4. Ohio State: Off-field conduct carries over.
5. Miami: Do you even have to ask?

Noble pursuits:
With Jim Tressel having taken a colossal fall from grace at Ohio State, WWL thought it would be interesting to compare other recent major-college coaches who are out of the game. Compare Tressel's quality control position with the Colts (after a suspension that followed him from college) to these other accomplished coaches.

Urban Meyer (resigned December 2010), last coaching job: Florida. Currently, ollege football analyst, ESPN. NCAA reformer.
Mike Bellotti (resigned to become Oregon AD 2008. Left that position 2010), last coaching job, Oregon. Currently: ESPN analyst.
Mark Mangino (resigned under pressure, December 2009), last coaching job, Kansas. Currently, residing Naples, Fla.
Mike Leach (fired December 2009) last coaching job, Texas Tech. Currently, author of best-selling book Swing Your Sword, daily satellite radio show on SiriusXM
Jim Leavitt (fired January 2010) last coaching job, South Florida. Currently, linebackers coach, San Francisco 49ers
Dan Hawkins (fired after 2010 season) last coaching job, Colorado. Currently, ESPN analyst
Butch Davis (fired, July 27, 2010) last coaching job, North Carolina. Currently, unknown.

Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:13 pm

NCAA has this Miami thing nailed

It was not a good afternoon for you film buffs who attach historical significance -- or meaning -- to those riveting Donna Shalala videos of late.

The Miami president lately has been greeting every new shred of Miami sleaze with her version of fireside chats from her office. Nice touch. Where exactly is that bunker she is speaking from?

Doesn't matter. Shizzle's about to get real. The NCAA suspended eight Miami players Tuesday for varying amounts of time (one to six games) in the scandal's latest chapter. But the most significant thing to come out of that announcement was a name in the first paragraph.

Nevin Shapiro.

The NCAA felt no reluctance naming the sleazy central figure of the Yahoo Sports report. Usually in these cases, the NCAA uses phrases such as "a person representing the university's athletic interests" or "third party" or something like that. It doesn't want to be sued in case the person they name is, you know, innocent.

On Tuesday, the NCAA just come out and said it: Nevin Shapiro offered it. These players took it. We've got this thing nailed.

It may wait months or even years for the final verdict but it's clear the NCAA is well on its way to discovering everything Yahoo reported.

The lengths that the NCAA went to get the information may be debated. Former Hurricanes Arthur Brown (now at Kansas State) and Robert Marve (now at Purdue) were allowed to keep their eligibility. That basically confirms my story regarding limited immunity.

It was another not-good day for Dr. Shalala's program. Earlier in the day a bankruptcy lawyer made noise about subpoenaing all 72 players in the report. Seems like those victims of Shapiro's Ponzi scheme have the audacity to want their money back.

How long is it going to take the IRS to weigh in on this?

There are two levels of pressure here: At Miami where there has to be a lingering anxiety over whether Shalala will have a program to rebuild when the NCAA gets done with it. The other is at Maryland. The on-field pressure now shifts to Randy Edsall and Maryland. They get the downgraded Hurricanes Labor Day night.

If they don't beat Miami in its current crippled state it may never happen.

The only winners for now figure to be the guys selling bootleg T-shirts near Byrd Stadium: (Prosti)'Tutes vs. Turtles, anyone?




Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 5:31 pm

Miami hires Mike Glazier

Miami has hired noted NCAA troubleshooter Mike Glazier for at least part of its investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal, CBSSports.com has learned.

In a video statement on Monday, Miami president Donna Shalala said the school had hired "outside counsel that specializes in NCAA cases."

Glazier has been working with schools in NCAA hot water for at least 25 years bringing hundreds of billable hours to his firm Bond, Schoeneck and King in Overland Park, Kan. Glazier and former partner Mike Slive practically invented the cottage industry when both began taking cases out of Chicago in the 1980s.

Oregon made a similar move in the spring, almost immediately hiring Glazier after Yahoo Sports broke the Will Lyles story.

Glazier is a former NCAA investigator.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 11:19 am

Rand joins with organization to look into NCAA

A California-based organization seeking to change the NCAA enforcement process has invited representatives from the BCS conferences to attend a kickoff meeting at the end of the month.

College Athletics Protection Association (CAPA) has joined with international think Rand Corp. in what would be an ultimate effort by another party to lobby Congress to change NCAA enforcement procedures. Any effort to approach Congress would need to be done by a separate entity. 

The invitations from CAPA were sent out Thursday. As of Sunday, the organization had not received a confirmation from any of those leagues. However, interim director Daniel Lustyan said high-ranking parties in those leagues have shown interest in attending.

CAPA advocates compliance should be placed in the hands of an independent third party. NCAA penalties are currently decided by the NCAA infractions committee, a nine-member volunteer group of college faculty and sports administrators. CAPA's interest was piqued following the rash of major scandals nationwide. In particular, the Miami scandal. Former Miami AD Paul Dee stood in judgment of USC as chairman of the NCAA infractions committee while his own program was allegedly being gutted by booster Nevin Shapiro.

 "I'm a fan, not a USC alum, just the average citizen," said Lustyan a retired Fresno, Calif., businessman. "Something doesn't sit right."

That Rand is involved has to raise some eyebrows in Washington, D.C., and at the NCAA. Rand is usually associated with the Department of Defense and U.S. policy decisions. Specifically, the Rand Institute for Civil Justice is working with CAPA, already registered as a non-profit orgnaization.

RCJ's mission, according to its website, is to "conduct the highest level of empirical research to address policy questions related to the civil justice system [and] regulatory frameworks ..."

"It's fair and safe to say the current system doesn't work," Lustyan said. "The NCAA is not an objective partner here."

The meeting is Aug. 29-30 at Rand's Santa Monica, Calif., offices.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:59 am

Breaking down the coaches' top 25

A drive-by reaction to the preseason coaches poll released Thursday. If nothing else, it is another sign that we are closer to actual football.

 Oklahoma is No. 1 in a preseason poll for only the second time in the BCS era (2003 was the other). The Sooners got 42 first-place votes. Alabama is a distant second with 13 first-place votes but is only 40 points away from No. 1 (1,454-1,414). That 1-2 slotting probably will last at least to Game 2. In Week 1, Alabama hosts Kent State. Tulsa goes to Oklahoma.

That also means the winner of No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 LSU in the Jerry Dome isn't likely to jump into the top two.

 Speaking of which, still researching the last time two top five teams met on a neutral field in a season opener. Your input is welcome.

 At least seven of the 25 teams are on probation or are being investigated by the NCAA for major violations: Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Boise State, Auburn.

 Of the 11 teams to win championships in the BCS era, eight are in the preseason poll: Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State. Missing: Tennessee, Miami, USC (not eligible).

 You want an early opinion on the season? Ask Tulsa's rookie head coach. Bill Blankenship. His Hurricane play three teams in the top eight in the first month -- No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Boise State and No. 8 Oklahoma State.

 Four of the top five teams play each other in the first three weeks. (LSU-Oregon, FSU-Oklahoma).

 Boise State is the only school in the top eight not playing another school in that group. If the Broncos get into championship contention again, you can already hear the haters.

 The SEC has eight teams in the top 25. That's up from six to end last season. What are the odds that the Strength Everywhere Conference will claim a sixth consecutive national championship? Answer: Good. Very good.

 The SEC (eight), Big 12 and Big Ten (five each) account for 18 of the 25 teams.

 To the surprise of no one, 20 of the 25 teams who ended ranked in 2010 are ranked to begin 2011. Missing: Maryland, Utah, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Nevada.

 The dividing line comes at Arizona State. Penn State is No. 25, three points ahead of the Sun Devils, the first of "others receiving votes."

 The Big East was shut out of the top 25. The highest-ranked BE school is West Virginia at No. 27.

 Defending champion Auburn (No. 19) is by far the lowest-ranked defending champion in the preseason coaches poll in at least nine years. LSU was previously the lowest at No. 6 in 2008 during that period. Others: Alabama, 2010 (No. 1), Florida, 2009 (1), Florida, 2007 (3), Texas, 2006 (2), USC, 2004-2005 (1), Ohio State, 2003 (2), Miami, 2002 (1).

 Fifty teams, 42 percent of FBS, received votes.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 4:26 pm

Heart and soul of the Canes: Art Kehoe

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- It's 6:30 in the morning and Art Kehoe is just getting warmed up.

"I see signs every minute of every day about what Miami is. That’s what’s got me so pumped up. It’s one thing that Al Golden is -- persistent and relentless and very envisioned and very empowered to follow through on every tiny issue. I just love what he’s doing."

You might have noticed that's more than "one thing" but that's Kehoe. The sun is barely up but he is way up. Miami's 53-year-old offensive line coach is a living, breathing historian of the Miami dynasty. He came to the school as a juco lineman in 1979 and was affiliated with The U as a player or coach for 27 years until 2006 before being fired.

Being away from his beloved Canes broke his heart and affected his wallet.

"I had been chasing a job with absolutely no nibbles or bites for five years," he said having met me in the early morning in a meeting room at the Miami football complex. "I’ve been going after jobs with an agent. What do I need an agent for? I can’t even get an interview. I called everybody in the pros, assistant O-line jobs."

It hasn't quite been that bad, but it's been bad enough. After leaving Miami, Kehoe worked at Ole Miss for a couple of years. Most recently had been working for Dennis Green at the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL

When Randy Shannon was fired after the 2010 season, Kehoe immediately tried to get his name in the mix for his old O-line job. The problem was, Al Golden wasn't interested -- at least not initially. Old friend and former Cane Jim Burt called one day and said, "I guarantee it, you're not going to get it."

This was after Burt had cornered Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio at a gathering.

"Burt is relentless," according to Kehoe. "He just went right up to D'Onofrio and Golden and says, What’s up?' You two guys were captains at Penn State. Me and Artie were the captains here at Miami. Why don’t you want to hire Artie? They should have never let him go."

At that point Kehoe had an idea. He wasn't going to lobby Golden directly, he was going to call in every big gun he could find -- Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Green, Derek Dooley, Butch Davis, Dennis Erickson, trustees, board members. All of them contacted Golden on Kehoe's behalf.

Golden relented and agreed to meet Kehoe during a recruiting trip to Mississippi. One problem, the night before the meeting Kehoe had been playing tag with his son Jake. The kid innocently threw a can of "industrial-strength furniture polish" at his dad, cutting Kehoe on his right cheek. Badly.

Kehoe waited to be treated in a nearby hospital from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. "They've got two cardiac arrests, one of them died." Anyway, the sleep-deprived interview went well the next day. Kehoe at least had his foot in door.

Living in tiny Taylor, Miss. where the cell phone reception wasn't good, presented a big problem during the process. That meant to place or receive calls, Kehoe had drive about eight miles to the Oxford, Miss. Wal-Mart parking lot. Kehoe called it his "office."

"I got mad because this one night I’m in there at Wal-Mart," he said. "For some reason they’ve got young kids 12, 13, 14, 15 years old, all giggling. I’m saying, 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is my office here.' "

Kehoe was talking to former Miami coach and player Rob Chudzinski one night at the "office" when Golden called. "Chud" went on hold. Golden changed Kehoe's life.

"Are you ready to be a Miami Hurricane?" Golden said.

"Are you kidding?" Kehoe replied.

He sped home from his office and told his wife Diona. She jumped at him. "Her legs almost landed on my shoulders." There were a few tears shed. Kehoe regretted missing over half of Jake's life (he's now 7) because of coaching. At least now this Miami hall of famer was going to be "home."

Soon, the Canes were getting the full gust of Hurricane Kehoe. You might have read his "Burger King" line in Friday's Coaches' Hot Seat Rankings story on Golden

That was just a sample. At 7:30 a.m. on the day of the interview Kehoe is still talking. Luckily, a staff meeting due to start 7 a.m. is late getting going. That leaves time for Kehoe to deliver one more message.

"I know this," he said, "the Canes are going to fit as a fiddle and fighting your ass. I was heartbroken for a long time. To be accepted again, it’s a beautiful feeling."
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: June 25, 2011 11:13 am

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Former Miami running back Willis McGahee said he would “like to have my ring” if it is found that Ohio State won the 2003 BCS title game while competing with ineligible players.

The validity of that championship has reached no higher than speculation stage, but has been a topic of conversation given Ohio State’s current NCAA problems. McGahee, a former Hurricane great, told CBSSports.com that he still feels that Miami was “cheated” out of a win because of back judge Terry Porter’s controversial pass interference call.

Asked specifically if Miami should be declared national champions if Ohio State won with ineligible players, McGahee said: “I feel we were cheated anyway. We beat them. The pass interference with the eligible, ineligible players. It wouldn’t have made any difference. I can’t get my money back that I missed out on a second ring. If they did [cheat] I’d like to have my ring.”

Miami won the 2001 national championship and was beaten out for consecutive titles in 2002, losing to Ohio State 32-24 in double overtime. Porter’s call came on a play in which Miami’s Glenn Sharpe went up for a ball against Ohio State’s Chris Gamble came on a fourth-and-3 play from the Miami 5. That loss stopped a 35-game winning streak by the Hurricanes.

For Ohio State to be scrutinized, the NCAA would have to decide it is worth going back beyond the four-year statute of limitations to prosecute the Buckeyes. If players competed while ineligible at anytime, Ohio State would likely have to vacate victories. There is more of a chance that the program would have to vacate 2010 wins. There is no evidence that Ohio State played any ineligible players in 2002, only reports that players were receiving extra benefits for long periods of time. Nine years after that season, Al Golden is beginning his first with the Canes.

“He turned Temple around,” McGahee said recently following a workout on campus with several other NFL players. “The fact that he turned that program around says a lot about his character, his coaching staff. The good thing about it is, he came to the University of Miami.”

McGahee ran for 2,080 yards in two seasons at Miami. His college career ended after a devastating knee injury in the fourth quarter of that Ohio State game. McGahee came back, rehabbed his knee and become an effective NFL back over the past eight seasons.

McGahee’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is the same as just-departed Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. It was Rosenhaus who marketed McGahee during his knee injury, allowing the back to be drafted 23rd overall only 3 ½ months after the injury.

Significant issues remain about Pryor’s talents heading into the supplemental draft.

“He’s [Rosenhaus] going to get in there and talk to the teams, tell them about his client [Pryor], get the word out,” McGahee said. “The knee, he did that. I did my part. I had to work.”

There is a Ohio State quarterback-Miami-McGahee connection. Former Heisman winner Troy Smith was a teammate with the Ravens.

“They said Troy Smith couldn’t play quarterback,” McGahee said. “I’ve known Troy for four years. He came out and won the Heisman Trophy. When he got his shot, he took advantage of it. If you have the ability to throw and read coverages, doesn’t matter how tall you are, as long as you have the heart.”

Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 3:56 pm

Miami just isn't a destination these days

You're feeling hurt, Miami.  At this point, you feel like the mistress whose lover has left her for his wife.

You need a cigarette and a handkerchief. Then you need to lash out. This is not the way it is supposed to work. In a perfect world, the relationship would go on forever. But you're Miami and you're hurt. You also should know better.

The University of Miami isn't a destination. AD Kirby Hocutt proved that again by taking the Texas Tech job on Friday. One part of you, Miami, is saying, "Texas Tech?!" But after that cigarette, that hanky and a few minutes to gather yourself, you realize. Hell, Miami, wasn't a destination for Howard Schnellenberger, or JJ, or Dennis Erickson. How can it be a destination for a 38-year-old up-and-coming administrator?

Trying to figure it out? Miami is a national program. Texas Tech is in a better conference. At the end of the day, maybe Hocutt is going "home". It may be nothing more than that. His parents, at least, recently, lived near Dallas. He worked for six years at Oklahoma and played at Kansas State. Texas Tech would make it is fourth Big 12 school since high school.  

Did some of Miami's inherent frustrations nudged him out the door? Hard to say. Hocutt will probably be paid more at Texas Tech but that wasn't reason alone to leave. It had to be hard to schedule Oklahoma and Ohio State, basically knowing that the mighty Canes still needed the money from those road games to help balance the budget. Those games looked good on the schedule, but ask Randy Shannon; they did little to get Miami back to dynasty mode.

Attendance had to be an issue. As glorious as Miami's history is, football does not draw well. Miami is a big, metropolitan town. Only the biggest games are sellouts. That, seemingly, will never change. While a leading private institution, the athletic department is not flush with money. That remains part of both the charm and challenge of Miami football.

It's strange. Hocutt lasted one less year than Shannon. The AD made the decision to get rid of a native son, then quickly followed him out the door. While others may have argued that Shannon deserved another year, it is stranger that Hocutt left two months after hiring his hand-picked guy, Al Golden. The new coach will inherit a boss who didn't hire him.

All of it, though, is part of the great mystery of Miami's football dynasty. It has survived -- no, thrived -- despite  change

Sure, you can say the city itself is a "destination" -- for tourists, the film industry and for South Beach's tragically hip. But the tourists eventually leave, Hollywood is fickle and models eventually wrinkle. This change may be as simple as Hocutt wanting a better place to raise his two young sons. 

If that's the case, you can't blame him. He is trading South Florida for West Texas. The climate, culture and football, all of them are arguably worse than Miami at this point. But what is peace of mind worth?

Grab a cigarette and call a cab, Miami. It's not a jilting, it's just a delay. The Canes will be great again. It just won't happen with Kirby Hocutt. 

Category: NCAAF
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