There are different ways to "brand" a program. Lane Kiffin prefers to lob incendiary bombs from the podium. UCLA's Rick Neuheisel prefers to chip away at USC's stranglehold on Los Angeles with a ... helicopter. With its starting quarterback on the sidelines with a broken jaw, the Bruins are 3-0 during a bye week.
• The issue keeps coming up so we’ll just report this without comment:
Once again Boise State was accused of dirty hits, this time by Fresno State following Friday’s victory over the Bulldogs.
Fresno claimed hits by Boise State linebacker Aaron Tevis and nickel back Winston Venable crossed the line. WAC commissioner Karl Benson said that Venable’s hit on Fresno quarterback Ryan Colburn deserved a flag but that neither player would be disciplined by the league.
Check out this link where one unidentified Bronco says, “It’s not even a conference without us.” The growing feeling around the WAC is that Boise is getting special treatment because it is the league’s postseason cash cow.
“I know we’re not [dirty],” said Boise coach Chris Petersen whose team travels to Bowling Green. “I know these guys are just playing hard and I think anybody who has played football know how things can happen in a split second.”• In digging for quotes and anecdotes we did find out that Houston's Case Keenum is frequently called “Chase”.
“I usually get that a lot,” he said before this week's game against Texas Tech. “But I figure if it’s going to go on paper you might as well get it right.”
Really, do you know any other people with the first name of Case? That’s short for Casey.
“I guess like second grade there was another Casey in one of my classes. Instead of being called by my last name my mom said, ‘Why don’t you go by Case?’ I respond to both. It’s my formal name so it pops up every now and then.”
Chase is OK too, by the way. It’s the name of one of his best friends, former Rice quarterback Chase Clement who is now out of football. In their last meeting, each man threw for five touchdowns in Rice’s 56-42 victory.• Florida is understandably nervous about Tim Tebow.
The player is fine. People trying to make money off the player, not so much. The school recently sent a cease and desist letter to popular Gainesville restaurant Ballyhoo Grill.
For several months locals gossiped about “Treebow” an eight-foot tall oak sculpture outside Ballyhoo in the likeness of Tebow carrying the Heisman and wearing a Superman cape.
What made it a potential violation of NCAA amateur status rules is that Treebow wore No. 15. If it ever came to it, and it didn’t, the NCAA could rule that Ballyhoo was using Treebow to bring in business.
Folks, I was there a week ago and let’s just say Ballyhoo doesn’t need a shaven down oak tree to draw customers. The restaurant did comply, though, and changed Treebow’s number to seven.
Yes, that’s the number of former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel but it’s also the number of current junior receiver Justin Williams. Guess it depends on how many Heismans you’ve won whether or not it’s an NCAA violation.