Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:02 am
Edited on: November 23, 2009 12:11 pm
A reader passed along some good points. At least they seemed reasonable at the time ...
It's the best interests of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada this week to lose showdown games.
--An OU loss to Oklahoma State all but clinches a BCS berth for the Cowboys.
--New Mexico should lose to TCU to make sure it shares in the $19 million booty TCU and the Mountain West will collect for playing in a BCS bowl.
--The same for Nevada against Boise State.
The reader was missing one thing: That thing beating inside of every player. Imagine telling any Auburn Tiger that would be best for the school if they lost to Alabama this week. Although the Bedlam Series looks more like Bedtime this year, you better believe Oklahoma will want to kill the Cowboys.
The reader said the BCS incentivizes (if that's a word) "cheating". The BCS is a lot of things but it's not a stage for cheating.
Posted on: October 21, 2009 12:18 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2009 12:28 pm
If you read Wednesday’s AP story, you know that the BCS commissioners don’t know what they want.
The title of “coordinator” of the Bowl Championship Series has been a sentence, not a position. The commissioners look forward to the one-year term of BCS coordinator about as much as a trip to the NCAA infractions committee.
They’ve talked intermittently about hiring an outside person to take over the day-to-day administration of the controversial system. They sure as hell don’t want to do it. What does that say about the system itself? You could put a pistol to my head and I couldn’t tell you what the “BCS coordinator” does. It’s a title emptier than Bud Selig’s head when it comes to replay.
The issue was coming to a head because Big East commissioner John Marinatto is due to take over as coordinator in January. He is a “rookie”, in his first year as commissioner. His fellow commissioners don’t want a rook taking over but that’s part of the problem. The Pac-10 and Big Ten commissioners don’t want the title at all. That eliminates three of the six BCS commissioners.
ACC commissioner John Swofford and SEC commissioner Mike Slive -- guys who actually served -- have had a hard time being coordinator. They have presidents within their conferences who are opposed to the BCS – Florida State president T.K. Wetherell in addition to Florida’s Bernie Machen and Georgia’s Michael Adams.
If the commishes do hire an outsider, they’ve got to decide to spend the money. Take it from me, they’re going to get some blow back from the schools if they pay someone like Archie Manning or Condoleezza Rice half a million a year. The money they’re producing is supposed to go directly to the schools.
What could an Archie or Condie do, really? They would be figureheads trying to sell snow to the Eskimos. But at least they’d be figureheads who could push the BCS with a clear conscience. That’s something Condie couldn’t do with her Bush Push of the presidential agenda.
We’ve already heard “No New Taxes”. Pardon us if we ignore cries of “Know Your Texas”.
I’ll take Archie as the first father of football. As a parent, he produces great quarterbacks. As a BCS flak, he'd probably become just as confused as the rest of us.
That’s why the commissioners don’t know what they want to do. It’s a job they don’t want, but who does?
These are your leaders in these categories halfway through the season:
Rushing: Nevada, 292.83 yards per game
Posted on: September 14, 2009 10:51 am
Edited on: September 14, 2009 2:18 pm
Things could be worse at Notre Dame. At least the Irish were entertaining in losing to Michigan 38-34.
The guy that used to call plays for the Irish is having a tougher go of it. First-year Miami (Ohio) head coach Mike Haywood’s offense is scoreless through two games. The Redhawks not only have been shut out they’ve been embarrassed, 42-0 by Kentucky and 48-0 by Boise State.
Yes, that would be last in Division I-A. The only other team not to score, Nevada, got shut out by the Irish in its opener but has yet to play a second game.
Nevada played Notre Dame. Haywood came from Notre Dame where he spent four years, most recently as – no kidding – offensive coordinator. Prior to this season, Miami (Ohio) had been shutout once since 1993 (42-0 to Colorado in 2007).
If you have to be reminded, Miami is the only school in I-A (at least) to never win a national championship in any sport.• Guess Byron Hout wasn’t too gassed from all that in-house discipline. Boise State’s defensive end/provacetuer made four tackles against Miami (Ohio) including 1.5 for loss.
Posted on: August 12, 2009 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2009 1:01 pm
Baylor – (See stories on the site) Fifteen seasons without a bowl are about to come to an end if everything breaks right.
Buffalo – In the frat party that followed the Bulls’ MAC championship, a lot of folks forgot that Buffalo lost six games. It didn’t exactly roll over people. Seven of its 14 games were decided by six points or less. It was outgained in conference play. Point is, 2009 could go either way. This year, MAC rivals will not take the Bulls lightly.
Clemson – The Tigers will find a way to slip off the edge of the cliff, even coming off a 7-5 season. Start with a rookie head coach (in his first full season) Dabo Swinney. A life-size poster of C.J. Spiller is nice but where’s the beef? Baylor (see above) has more all-time draft picks. Tommy was never good enough. The Tigers are favored by some to win the ACC. When they don’t we’ll hear more chants of “1991, 1991 …” the last year Clemson won the league.
Miami – Just when the Canes seemed ready to turn the corner, here comes the schedule from hell. Miami could be a better team than ’08 and still come out of the first four 1-3. And how did AD Kirby Hocutt get roped into having to play Central Florida and South Florida on the road in the same season?
South Florida – There’s nothing wrong, exactly, with the Bulls. I’m just wondering when they’re going to quit teasing. In a wide-open Big East, South Florida could win it, or finish fifth. The program seems to have peaked after winning nine in both ’06 and ’07. Jim Leavitt has the league’s best offensive player (Matt Grothe) and best defensive player (George Selvie) this season. We’re waiting, coach.
Posted on: June 5, 2009 3:36 pm
We're all Heisman candidates in June. Mom, dad, the plumber, the cat. Well, maybe not the cat.
1. Colt McCoy, Texas -- It's his time. Among the Three Amigos, it's his turn.
The others -- Arrelious Benn, Illinois; Eric Berry, Tennessee; Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas; Daryll Clark, Penn State; Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame; Aaron Corp, USC; Noel Devine, West Virginia; A.J. Green, Georgia; Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma; Max Hall, BYU; Greg Hardy, Ole Miss; Tim Hiller, Western Michigan; Jerry Hughes, TCU; Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; Julio Jones, Alabama; Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan; MiQuale Lewis, Ball State; Jake Locker, Washington; Taylor Mays, USC; Kellen Moore, Boise State; DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma; Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State; Todd Reesing, Kansas; Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State; Charles Scott, LSU; Brandon Spikes, Florida; Triumph the Insult Comic Dog; The Kobe and LeBron puppets; Zach Galifianakis; Conan O'Brien; Lassie; David Letterman; Iron Man; Alex Trebek, Tina Fey, shall I go on?
Bednarik/Nagurski Award (best defensive player): Jerry Hughes, TCU
Biletnikoff Award (best receiver): Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
Broyles Award (best assistant coach): John Chavis, LSU defensive coordinator
Groza Award (best kicker): Kai Forbath, UCLA
Ray Guy Award (best punter): Derek Epperson, Baylor
Lombardi Award (best lineman): Greg Hardy, Ole Miss
Mackey Award (best tight end): Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
Davey O'Brien Award (best quarterback): Colt McCoy, Texas.
Butkus Award (best linebacker): Brandon Spikes, Florida
Outland Trophy (best interior lineman): Ciron Black, LSU
Rimington Trophy (best center): Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
Eddie Robinson Award (coach of the year): Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
Thorpe Award (best defensive back): Eric Berry, Tennessee
Doak Walker Award (best running back): Jahvid Best, Cal
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Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:42 pm
The biggest offseason news for the WAC has not Boise State's 12-1 season, it was Boise State's athletic director.
Boise should roll to another WAC title but how high can it get in the BCS standings? While the Mountain West has its gripes, the WAC has had teams in back-to-back BCS bowls in 2006-07.
The problem, if you can call it that, is that Oregon will likely be the only ranked team that Boise State faces this season. A similar predicament didn't bother the Broncos against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl so what are we supposed to conclude?
Picking the WAC ...
1. Boise State -- Start with accurate lefthander Kellen Moore at quarterback. Throw in starting experience at every position. Add a rising superstar coach who has two undefeated years in his first three seasons. Watch for Chris Petersen and the Broncos to make another top 10 run. They are quick and athletic. Think a mountain version of Miami in the 1980s. Watch Titus Young who might be the league's fastest receiver.
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:39 am
Edited on: October 8, 2008 11:11 pm
One day closer to the ultimate comeback by Mitch Mustain.
If you've forgotten him, get in line. Mustain was the uber-recruit from Springdale, Ark. who signed with the
At one point this season, Mustain dropped to fourth on the depth chart. Now with Sanchez nursing an injured knee
The latest from Tuesday's practice: Sanchez threw lightly but did not practice. With three days to go before the
This is news because 1) the Penn State coach broke his leg two years at Wisconsin, the same place Penn State will
The story, often repeated, is that Paterno injured his knee attempting an onside kick during a drill. However, after
"We're a little worried," quarterback Daryll Clark said after the 20-6 victory. "His leg's been bothering him for a
Joe being Joe, he shot down speculation that he is anywhere near the end of his career.
"I can't walk like I used to walk all the time," he said. "I used to love to get up and walk five, six miles. But I
There is an increasing vibe that when Penn State eventually makes a change that the new coach might now come from
Just to be clear, I'm not saying Joe is going anywhere. A Big Ten title or national championship run will give him
South Carolina, 31-24. That leaves them 1-2 in the SEC West with a bye week before going to Alabama on Oct. 18.
I spoke to Houston Nutt recently.
Was there any temptation to shove it in Arkansas' face after that Florida win?
Nutt: I really deep down inside haven't thought about that (like) 'Look at us now.' "
OK, so how sweet was it?
Nutt: It was very sweet. We played Florida in the championship game in Atlanta (while with Arkansas). I thought we
After beating Georgia, Nick Saban mentioned the day-by-day grind that it takes to win at this level. You have to
Nutt: "The constant grind, that's why you need three weeks of the summer to get totally away from it"
How close are you guys to turning it around?
Nutt: "The disappointing thing is, we're still sitting at 73 scholarships. A lot of names you heard the last three
D&E told you earlier this week that No. 3 Missouri had not had a three-and-out this season with Chase Daniel at
in Black Saturday. The South Florida linebacker was among the three who each suffered serious spinal or back
As mentioned in today's main story, Ball State's Dante Love will never play football again after being injured against
Mompremier's got back on the practice field on a limited basis on Tuesday. His injury has been defined as
• Georgia Tech freshman Jaybo Shaw completed nine of 13 passes in his first career start against Duke, all to
• Big week for punt blocks involving guys named Carter: North Carolina's Bruce Carter blocked three punts against
• Rutgers has dropped to 1-4 leading coach Greg Schiano to say he might have overestimated his talent. Maybe his
• Texas' Mack Brown on the Big (Scoring) 12: "Every time we look up, the most phenomenal thing is to see 50 points
• Seeing the scoring explosion a different way: The nation's top scoring team is Tulsa. Factor in time of possession and
• How important is Oklahoma-Texas this week? Eight times in the previous 12 games during the existence of the Big 12
• Oklahoma is the only team in the country not to lose a fumble this season.
• Washington is 0-5 for the first time in 39 years and one of only two winless teams in I-A. North Texas is the other.
• Name the 12 teams averaging both 200 yards passing and rushing and you win a sucker. Answer below.
• More about Ball State:
It is located in Muncie, Ind. where basketball is king. The 1990 Ball State team went to the Sweet 16 before losing
When radio voice Morry Mannies went to school there in the 1950s tuition was $150 and enrollment was 4,000. Today
The last MAC team to be ranked was Bowling Green in November 2004.
The school was shut down three times before 1917. At that point it was bought out of foreclosure by the Ball family.
The famous "Boom, goes the dynamite" guy, Brian Collins, is from Ball State.• The 12 incredibly balanced teams referred to above: Oklahoma State, Nevada, Oregon, Penn State, Tulsa, Arkansas
State, Louisville, Illinois, Indiana, Fresno State, LSU and Southern Miss.
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Posted on: September 24, 2008 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2008 5:40 pm
Time to put Ohio State back in the national championship race. I'm not saying the Bucks will get to South Florida but can we all agree they might be as strong as they've ever been this season?
Terrelle Pryor has been installed as the quarterback starter. Beanie Wells is back at tailback for the Big Ten opener against Minnesota. The Big Ten race, and Big Ten, just got a whole lot more interesting. It's a four-team race, at least, between Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Penn State.
• OK, so there's a blackout at Georgia for the Alabama game. Why did Mark Richt tell everyone? There's a great story from last year when Richt the players kept the blackout secret until busting them out for the Auburn game.
"I had the seniors at my house before the season starts," Richt said. "They're saying, 'Coach, when are we going to get black jerseys?' I closed every door in my house and said, 'Can ya'll keep a secret? The Auburn game, we're going to wear them. But look, man, if everybody finds out it won't be that big a deal,' ...
"We get to Monday of the Auburn game. They're like, 'Coach, coach we need to get the fans to (know about) the blackout.' I said, 'No, you're giving it away.'
"Rumors kept flaring. Then one (reporter) point blanks me, 'Are you or are you not wearing black jerseys for the Auburn game? ...
"So I'm telling the equipment guy, 'When the lights go out get the jerseys laid out at their seats ... I'm in the coaches lockerroom changing and the place erupted. It was so unbelievable how excited they got. I heard guys screaming. I saw guys with tears in their eyes. It was like a sauna in there, just the body heat.
"There was so much electricity in the stadium that day. I told the guys at the end, it did look cool ... It's hard to let go of that."
Georgia won 45-20.
Meyer railed again this week against the 40/25-second clock that has been largely responsible for the loss of seven total plays per game so far this season.
"I'm not a fan of the clock rule," Meyer said this week. "I think it's wrong. I think they're cheating the fans - more importantly, the players."
Florida ran a season low 54 plays Saturday against Tennessee. That will be comforting to the Vols. At least the Gators were efficient in blowing them out.
Meyer said only 46 of his team's plays were "competitive", meaning he didn't count punts, field goals, etc.
The 40/25 clock can be massaged, though. Since Oklahoma has gone to the no-huddle, it has gained nine plays per game (from 70 to 79).
Strangely enough, the state of Oregon knows how to use the clock. Oregon is No. 1 (83.75 plays per game) followed by Nevada (83.3) and Oregon State (80.3).• Two years ago USC went on its little "streak" losing to three times to inferior opponents in two seasons. It started with a 33-31 loss at Oregon State when John David Booty got a pass blocked while throwing to Dwayne Jarrett for a two-point conversion.
I'm still wondering how Booty had a pass blocked at the line of scrimmage throwing a stop fade in the end zone to Dwayne Jarrett, one of the tallest receivers in ball at the time.
Anyway, those days are over, right? The points is, USC should be on alert opening the Pac-10 season Thursday back at Oregon State.• Not much more to be said about Tennessee except that a 2-4 start looks likely. The Vols play at Auburn this week followed by games against Northern Illinois and at Georgia.
Arizona State (2-2) is Tennessee West. With games coming up at Cal, at USC and at home against Oregon, the Devils could start 2-5.• Fourteen teams are currently 4-0, only six of them have ever won a national championship (TCU, Alabama, Georgia, BYU, Penn State, Minnesota). Maybe more surprising, five of the 14 are from West of the Mississippi (Missouri, Texas Tech, Utah, BYU, TCU).
• San Diego State coach Chuck Long on the difference between I-AA Cal Poly and Notre Dame.
"The way we played both there wasn't much difference," he said.
The Aztecs (0-3) lost to both the Mustangs and Irish in back-to-back weeks.• Make sure you view this video on an empty stomach. This is how Texas lost tight end Blaine Irby for the season with a dislocated kneecap.
• Maybe it's just me but it seems that certain schools should never, ever be in need of a quality quarterback. Why can't these three programs find a consistent signal caller?
Florida State: Tied for sixth-worst nationally with five interceptions. No. 55 in pass efficiency.
--Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has a myspace page which shouldn't surprise any of us.
On it you can learn the 47-year-old Leach enjoys "football, throwing stuff and pirate history". Listed among his friends are Urban Meyer and Bobby Bowden. He lists his income as "$250,000 and higher."
Away from the keyboard, Leach sounds like he is seriously considering Tech student Matt Williams as a walk-on kicker. Williams won a year's free rent at an apartment complex after booting a 30-yard field goal between the third and fourth quarters of Saturday's win over Massachusetts.
Bronco Mendenhall on being a defensive coach in this offensive age: "Most of the time defenses aren't as glamorous. Schools hire offensive coaches possibly to make themselves look better in the hiring process and please fans. Sometimes offensive names are more attractive."
Draft guru Gil Brandt on the BYU "system": "I think they had a system that was advanced from whatever anybody else had. When the wishbone came in, people were trying to stop the wishbone and didn't have the right people for it. Then all of the sudden they found out how to stop the wishbone.
"That never caught up with them at BYU. They attracted quarterbacks who were made out to be better than they were because they were in this really good system. I think this team has better players (than the previous BYU great teams)."
FYI: BYU is No. 11 this week. It was No. 8 four weeks into the season when it won its national championship. It debuted at No. 13 in the first regular-season AP poll and got to No. 1 in the Nov. 19 poll after beating Utah 24-14.
It finished No. 1 in AP after beating Michigan in the Holiday Bowl and No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 South Carolina lost their bowl games.
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