Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:43 am
1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan, 17 carries, 104 yards rushing, 1 TD, 10-of-14, 241 yards passing, 2 TD passes, int., 43 (7).
2. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas, 21-of-33 passing, 380 yards, 3 TDs, 30 (2).
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State, 20-of-30 passing, 370 yards, 2 TDs, int., 26 (1).
4. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State, 8 carries, 35 yards, TD, 22-of-29, 235 yards passing, 2 TD passes, 2 ints., 21.
5. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, 17-of-23, 207 yards passing, 4 TDs, 3 carries, 69 yards rushing, TD run. 5.
Other receiving votes: Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State, (4), South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore (3), Oklahoma QB Landry Jones (3), Alabama QB Greg McElroy (2), Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez (2), Alabama RB Mark Ingram (1), Kentucky WR Randall Cobb (1), Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick (1), Oregon RB LaMichael James (1).
(Scripps Howard News Service Heisman Trophy poll voters: Kirk Bohls, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com; Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Mike Griffith, The Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel; Michael Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune; Bob Condotta, Seattle Times; John Lindsay, Scripps Howard News Service; Tom Luicci, The (Newark) Star-Ledger; John Rohde, The Oklahoman.)
Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 12:09 pm
Heart attacks can happen to anyone. Young, old. Physically fit, physically decrepit. That's why our thoughts and prayers should rightfully go to Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.
But the idea that coaches face any more stress than the rest of us is laughable. If anything, coaches should be healthier than the general public. They control their hours. They are around trainers, doctors and elite athletes all day. There is a weight room right around the corner. Sure Dick Vermeil coined the term "burn out" but most of us don’t' have the luxury of quitting our jobs, doing TV for 16 years and getting into wine collecting.
Take a moment and think about the poor slob, trying to make the mortgage and putting two kids through college. He's burned out every day. He doesn't get a trip to Hawaii from Nike in the offseason. Heck, he doesn't have an offseason. So let's not go nuts here. There are some coaches, Steve Spurrier and Bob Stoops among them, who don't believe that more is better.
Dantonio's heart attack spurred a rash of cliché coaches-need-to-take-care-of-themse
"There are a lot of stressful jobs out there," he said.
**On June 11, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and AD Tom Osborne stood before the Nebraska board of regents and ranted.
"One school leaving a conference does not break up a conference. Two schools leaving a conference does not break up a conference," Osborne said. "Six schools leaving a conference, breaks up a conference. We have not had a hidden agenda, we have not dealt with more than one conference."
They were talking about Texas. It was half theater (the board voted unanimously for Nebraska to join the Big Ten) and half political. In that same meeting, Perlman added that his school didn't owe the Big 12 a dime for leaving the conference. Remember, this was in the middle of the Pac-10's failed raid on half of the Big 12.
From a legal standpoint, Nebraska wanted to position itself as having been pushed out of the Big 12 because of the wandering eyes of Texas and the five other schools pursued by the Pac-10. Colorado and Nebraska left the Big 12 on consecutive days. The next order of business was determining how much each school owed the Big 12 for departing. League bylaws state that a school that gives only one year's notice, it must sacrifice 80 percent of its conference revenue share.
Perlman knew there would probably come a day when his school would negotiate some sort of exit fee. When it did, Perlman wanted to save as much money as possible. He was already on record as saying his team was forced out. Nebraska no doubt would have cited Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe's assertion, on the day Nebraska left for the Big Ten, that the Big 12 would be better off with 10 teams. The Big 12's case would have been bolstered by a report that Nebraska had been sending feelers to the Big Ten since January.
Faced with the prospect of a protracted court battle, what happened Tuesday was a mutually negotiated divorce. A mediator was brought in work with Colorado, Nebraska and the Big 12 over a two-day period, according to the Boulder (Colo.) Camera. As late as Saturday Colorado apparently still hadn't taken advantage of a standing Pac-10 offer to "finance" the Big 12 buyout by withholding future Pac-10 revenues. The Pac-10 had offered up to a $10 million loan to help CU with the exit fees, the Camera reported.
The Big 12 settled for only half of the money owed it when Nebraska agreed to pay the league $9.2 million. Colorado paid less, only $6.9 million, because it had said all along it was joining the Pac-10 in 2012. Plus, its revenue take in the Big 12 was less than Nebraska's.
Remember this when you next read about buyout clauses and exit fees. They mean little. They are meant to compensate current members, not keep schools in a league. If a school really wants to leave, it will leave. Everything can be negotiated. If it isn't, there's always court.
**The news last week that Penn State is adding hockey had an interesting Notre Dame twist.
With Penn State there are now six Big Ten teams that sponsor men's hockey, the NCAA minimum. Commissioner Jim Delany has been enthusiastic about forming a Big Ten hockey league. The other five Big Ten hockey members compete in NCAA power conferences -- Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State in the CCHA; Wisconsin and Minnesota in the WCHA.
Notre Dame also competes in the CCHA. The hockey Irish might have no choice but to join the Big Ten in hockey if Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State decide to leave the CCHA. In essence, it would be the hockey version of the recent college football realignment. Would Notre Dame playing Big Ten hockey be part of a larger move for all of the Irish's sports? The school already plays in three other leagues (Big East, CCHA and Midwest Fencing Conference) for its other sports.
**How underachieving has Florida's offense been to this point? Mississippi State, which threw five interceptions against LSU, is ranked significantly higher (No. 70) than the Gators (92nd) in total offense. Only five other BCS conference schools average fewer yards than Florida -- UCLA, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Oregon State and Maryland. That's after the Gators have played Miami (Ohio), South Florida and Tennessee.
**So much for losing nine defensive starters. Alabama is back in the top 10 (ninth) in total defense.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 10:31 am
Don't tell anyone but we didn't learn much from Showdown Saturday except that Virginia Tech would have a hard time winning the Colonial Athletic Association.
For the most part, Showdown was a letdown.
Mark Twain could have replaced Mark Ingram and Alabama still would have beaten Penn State. OK, Ingram has better top end speed than Twain but you get my point.
Alabama's season is boiling down to three-week stretch during which Bama plays at Arkansas (Sept. 25), at home against Florida (Oct. 2) and at South Carolina (Oct. 9).
Miami still has work to do in its long-awaited comeback. Jacory Harris has a lot of work to do with his judgment. After throwing four picks vs. Ohio State, Harris is tied for second nationally (at least in the NCAA top 100) with four interceptions. Last year Harris was No. 2 in picks (17) behind Ole Miss' Jevan Snead (20).
Tennessee put up a good fight for a half against Oregon.
Florida State didn't even make it that far.
Player of the week besides the obvious (Denard Robinson)? South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore who looks like a combination of George Rodgers and Herschel Walker for the OBC. More on him later in the week.
On the lack of mercy given to outgunned opponents:
"If my third offense went in and we were up on them, we weren't going kneel on the ball. We were going to try to score. The reason we were going to try to score is because I spend all my time teaching that offense to score, not to sit and evaluate the feelings of the other team."
On his not having Alabama in his top five:
"A lot of folks are frontrunners and if you win last year they assume you're going to win this year and the next year. If that was the case, everybody was going to win the thing 20 years in a row. I'm prepared to be proven wrong."
Leach also said he had a standing $500 bounty on shady agents hanging around Texas Tech. Supposedly, that was for players to turn in those shady agents. Problem though: Wouldn't paying off that bounty be a possible NCAA violation?
Leach is also an analyst for CBS College Sports.
1. Robinson, 442.5 yards per game
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:38 am
The day the ACC died: OK, maybe too harsh but it was certainly one of the worst days in ACC football since expansion. All four ranked teams lost -- No. 12 Miami (to No. 2 Ohio State); No. 13 Virginia Tech (to James Madison); No. 15 Georgia Tech (to Kansas) and No. 17 Florida State (to No. 10 Oklahoma). The rest of the league (unranked teams) was 4-1. Overall, the ACC was 4-5.
It could get worse next week: Cincinnati plays at NC State on Thursday. On Saturday, Clemson is at Auburn, Duke hosts Alabama, BYU comes to Florida State, Maryland is at West Virginia and East Carolina goes to Virginia Tech.
Get your No. 16 jersey, while they last: If Denard Robinson isn't hot enough, check out what may be a bit of foreshadowing from the Michigan Daily.
It suddenly seems like a long time since Neuheisel led a pep rally after his first game. It's been only two years.
Miami fans never cease to amaze: While there only seemed to be 3,000-5,000 in the stands at Ohio Stadium, they made themselves known. The kid at the Columbus airport was interesting. Cut into the back of his head by an enterprising barber: "U Swag"
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:02 pm
Give the Big Ten credit for building the hype.
West (or Schembechler) Division
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:15 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 11:09 pm
A Nebraska assistant athletic director said Tuesday that the Big Ten divisions will be announced Wednesday night.
There are various reports saying Jeff Jamrog, that assistant AD, said on a radio show that he expects the Wednesday announcement. A Big Ten Network source told me Tuesday "there is time on the schedule" to announce the conference's divisional alignment Wednesday night.
The source stressed that it no knowledge of an announcement. Only that it is possible because of a season preview scheduled for Wednesday. College football blogger Chris Patterson reported speculation that had been swirling on Twitter and on blogs on Tuesday -- that the Big Ten is getting ready to pop its divisional announcement.
My source called Wednesday night's Big Ten season preview a possible "place holder" for such an announcement. If it ends up going down that way, give the BTN credit for timing. A day before the 2010 season starts we're going to find out how the 12-team Big Ten stacks up for 2011, and beyond. The anticipation is building because the world wants to see where Michigan and Ohio State land.
Three weeks ago, I unveiled my master plan for Ohio State and Michigan to (possibly) play twice a season.
Posted on: August 14, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 6:41 pm
This is an amazing story from Bill who grew up in Columbus, Ohio as Woody Hayes' paper boy. It is apropos of my Monday story on future Big Ten divisional alignment.
I like your plan, except for the division names. Given the manner of Woody Hayes's departure, and the fact that he was always viewed as arrogant and abrasive by the rest of the conference, there is no way the Big 10 will name a division after him. Bo is an acceptable choice, more respected around the league but I think they will choose to go with players. Unfortunately for greats like Archie Griffin, I also think they will go for pre-war players. Grange is a shoo-in, and the other division will likely be named for someone like Nagurski or Kinnick.
Divided We Stand:
Dennis, I have one issue with your Big 10 divisional alignments. In my opinion, there are 16 college football blueblood programs. A few could be argued, but for the most part, the following programs are the cream of the crop:
I've heard about this Nebraska-Penn State thing and I don't get it. There is no rivalry there, plain and simple. There is lingering anger from Nebraska fans for having lost a close game in Happy Valley years ago but that doesn't constitute a rivalry. As for lumping those two games together on the last weekend of the season. That's the last thing you want to do. There's a chance that one or both games might make a difference in the Big Ten championship game, but what happens when neither game means anything?
What you want to do is spread out your good games to keep fans (and TV networks) interested. Putting two "rivalry" games (again, Nebraska-Penn State doesn't do anything for me), on the last weekend of the regular season is not the way to do it.
Please stop with the suggestions of calling the future Big Ten divisions the Bo and Woody divisions. Why do you keep on insisting in honoring these two? Hayden Fry won with a fourth of the talent that they did, and he had to win in a more competitive Big Ten when scholarship reductions would have shown that Woody and Bo weren't the end-all, be-all. The '70s are over - and so should the Bo-Woody lovefest.
Ten Year Bore:
Fry Division? Sounds like the people in charge of researching potato quality at McDonald's corporate.
Mr. Dodd- more is not necessarily better. I suspect I'm older than you are, and can remember when baseball decided that two All-Star games per year would make things twice as nice. And that didn't last very long- four years, to be exact, because the second game didn't garner the expected interest. If Ohio State-Michigan is so important, then don't dilute it. Don't ask the Big 10 to repeat MLB's mistake of 50 years ago. Christmas is great. How would it be if we had it twice a year? Thanks for reading this.
Christmas twice a year? All for it. More socks and underpants from grandma!
Why are these big BCS schools afraid to play against Boise State? Are they scared they're gonna lose against a mid-major school at home? What is your professional opinion?
Part of it is the big boys not wanting to play Boise. The other part is Boise refusing guarantee games for the most part. AD Gene Bleymaier says plenty of teams will play the Broncos in non-conference games but only at their place. For example, Boise is traveling to Ole Miss next season but not returning the game. Not only does Bleymaier believe his program is beyond having to play those one-and-done games, but he plans to introduce NCAA legislation to mandate return games.
Paulie, the quality of your question has rated explanations from Bleymaier and Boise president Bob Kustra ...
By the way, Bleymaier looks at the opener against Virginia Tech as a road game even though it is being billed as a neutral site game in Landover, Md. "I'd rather play a neutral-site game than a guarantee game like we're playing the following year at Ole Miss. I'd rather play Ole Miss in Atlanta, than Oxford," Bleymaier said.
Another reminder that Virginia Tech is the "home" team. It is getting $2.6 million in guarantee money from the game. Boise is getting less than half that, $1.25 million.
Dennis, I have been reading you for years and respect your outlook on a lot of aspects of college sports. However, I find little excuse as to why the West Virginia University Mountaineers were left of your Super Schools list for Best Football/Basketball schools. I was a little alarmed that Pittsburgh made the list over the Mountaineers, then completely shocked to find the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 4?!? Under what credentials do the Badgers possibly outmatch WVU in this scenario? The Mountaineers have done more in the last 5 years in both sports than Wisconsin has done in the last ten. Those two schools aren't even comparable, and it's a shame the nod didn't go to WVU.
It was close, real close, between West Virginia and Pittsburgh. I could argue either way, but I couldn't, like you, say it was a slam dunk in West Virginia's favor. In the biggest game in its history, West Virginia lost to Pittsburgh 2 1/2 years ago. At home. Pittsburgh has won a national championship. Yes, it was more than 30 years ago but there is something about a program that has won a championship. It hopes and plans and recruits to win another championship. OK, so it's taken Pittsburgh a while but when you think of the school you think of both football and basketball. I can't say that's the case at West Virginia.
Remember also that the criteria not only were recent success, but future outlook. Even though he has won 19 games in two seasons (plus a bowl game), I think anyone would agree that Bill Stewart doesn't have the program at the same level as Rich Rod did. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is reaching a high point under Dave Wannstedt.
As I said, it was close. Call it Pittsburgh 5A and WVU 5B.
I just don't get it. Urban Meyer had a fake heart attack, told everyone he was retiring for his family, only to come back THE NEXT DAY because he liked the way his team practiced. Damn the family all of the sudden. He threatens and bullies a reporter who did NOTHING WRONG, and has a team that has had over 25 arrests on his team since his tenure and yet another media member kisses his a--.
I've taken my shots. We've all taken our shots. I've called Meyer a diva. I've called him out for trying to intimidate that Orlando Sentinel reporter. I've tried to shame him for all those arrests.
However ... the series was about the best football and basketball schools. Florida wouldn't be on the list without Urban Meyer.
Hey Dennis, I don't know what kind of pull you have, but if you could send a message up the ladder that the CBS telecasts have way, way too many commercial, I'd appreciate it. LSU has 5 CBS games this year and I don't think I can survive that many 6- and 12-hour marathons. This is really a serious issue they need to address. It kills the game.
Love your writing and your tweets, but I have one complaint. Can you please put an image of some sort up on your twitter account? It looks bush league with the generic green twitter logo. C'mon Dodd, you're better than that!
Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 3:05 pm
Rich Rodriguez now has an alleged pattern of NCAA abuses stretching back five years at two different schools.
The NCAA on Thursday accused West Virginia of major violations going back to 2005. Most of the allegations deal with non-coaching staff interacting with players during offseason voluntary workouts.
The accusations involve both Rodriguez and current West Virginia coach Bill Stewart. Rodriguez and Michigan already are awaiting a hearing before the NCAA infractions committee next week in Seattle. The football program is accused of five major violations that occurred in 2008 and 2009.
At both schools, the NCAA said Rodriguez, "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program." The NCAA said the same thing about Stewart, who was an assistant to Rodriguez at West Virginia.
This latest NCAA dust-up could impact the job security of both Rodriguez and Stewart. Stewart has won won 18 games in first two seasons since replacing Rodriguez. Rodriguez already is under pressure after going 8-16 in his first two seasons since replacing Lloyd Carr.
Michigan already has self-penalized in its case. Rodriguez allegedly violated the maximum 20-hour "work week" rule for players. It could be a strange next few months for Rich Rod and the Wolverines. The infractions committee's findings on the football program could be handed down in the middle of the season.
Think of Michigan getting the NCAA hammer the week of the Ohio State game.
Some of the juicier tidbits from the notice of allegations ...
*West Virginia is being asked its position on whether Rodriguez and Stewart, "knew or should have known that non-coaching sport-specific staff members involvement ... was permissible."
Putting that in focus, the NCAA essentially found that USC should have known about Reggie Bush's relationship nefarious marketers who were funneling him money.
*Among the West Virginia staff in question is a video grad assistant and an academic grad assistant. The NCAA alleged that these members coached players through "skill-development activities" at least two days a week during the offseason. Offseason practice, aside from spring practice, is considered voluntary and is not allowed to be viewed or worked by coaches.
*From 2005-2010 the NCAA said the "football staff failed to consistently communicate the [West Virginia] compliance staff." During a week in October 2006, the NCAA said West Virginia violated the 20-hour work week maximum by 75 minutes.
*Perhaps most telling for West Virginia, the NCAA is asking for the won-loss records for the last four seasons including the dates and results and all postseason competition. Never mind that the NCAA could fire up a laptop or open a Big East media guide to get those results. Is the NCAA looking into vacating victories?
*Also, the NCAA wants a review of West Virginia's television appearances over the next three seasons. That includes a look at all TV contracts. The NCAA hasn't taken away TV appearances as a penalty in years. However, it's clear these allegations are serious.