In case you missed it, here's the Texas Tech commercial that ran during the Alamo Bowl:And this electrical shed is Adam James classroom:
It looks like Craig James is still scheduled as part of the announcing team for the Alamo Bowl. This is despite James' part of the controversy about Mike Leach's handling of his son Adam. If anything he's become as much a part of the story as either Leach or Adam James has.This should be good enough reason for ESPN to remove Craig James from the announcer's booth. It was probably not a great idea to have him there in the first place as Adam is (still) a Red Raider.But now the elder James has become such a part of this controversy that he might become a distraction, albeit a profitable one for ESPN.Which brings up the probable reason ESPN has let it's journalistic integrity (quit snickering) slide in this situation. The Alamo Bowl is a lower-tier game which was bound to get lower-tier ratings (especially considering there's a UFC PPV on tonight starting an hour in to the game). This was going to be a bad enough bowl after the mass suspensions at Michigan State. But with the Leach/Adam James debacle, ratings are bound to get a boost. Craig James in the booth would obviously be a plus in that area, where it might have not been before.Which is why James should be yanked out of the booth. He is too involved with this story and it might show up in how he calls the game. His involvement is so big enough that the phrase "helicopter dad" has gained more traction in the English language than it did at the start of the week. And it's going to be pretty darn impossible not to acknowledge what went on this week in the first place. If anything, he should be replaced in the booth, and then moved to the halftime show for an interview and comments on what Mike Leach had to say Friday on ESPN.It seems obvious ESPN is bound to benefit from the controversy. A bowl game that would have gone under the radar if it weren't for the Leach/James family blowup is going to get more notice than it should.
"It's All Over But the Crying"*Yes, barring a recovery even his Tebowness isn't Tebow enough to accomplish, this game is done. Cincinnati fans are quietly (or not so quietly) cursing Brian Kelly's name at the moment and wishing he would perform what Neal Boortz calls "an impossible act." Meanwhile Tebow relishes in what may be the last meaningful football game of his life (what, you consider Jacksonville Jaguars game meaningful?). And Urban Meyer prepares for his Farve-esque leave of absence.Y'know what I regret about this game. Coming up with the brilliant idea of the "Predict What Biblical Verse Tebow Would Put In His Eyeblack" game. I can't argue with Ephesians 2:8-10, but I was kind of hoping for Matthew 28:16-20.*(Yeah, kinda lame. I was looking for the Georgia Satellites' "All Over But the Crying." But dangit! YouTube didn't have it.)
It looks like Lane Kiffin isn't the only Vols coach to have some of his players in trouble with the law. Some of Bruce Pearl's charges are facing charges of their own. The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that four members of the men's basketball team (starter Tyler Smith, occasional starter Cameron Tatum, and back-ups Brian Williams and Melvin Goin) "are facing misdemeanor weapon and drug charges" after what is being called a "traffic stop." No word on what drugs are involved, but it sounds like it was something other than corn from a jar.(via Knoxville News-Sentinel)
Terence Moore's ability to say something stupid has no bounds. This time, he defends the likes of Mike Leach, Mark Mangino, and other "real" football coaches. "Real" football coaches meaning those who went to the Darkseid School of Management."Still, no matter what really is the deal here surrounding Leach's treatment of wide receiver Adam James earlier this month and even before that, this applies: if you're anything close to an old-school college football coach these days, you might consider joining the Marines or something."Apparently Moore didn't get the message. The Marines are looking for a few good men. Not control freaks with authority problems. Big difference there.Same with the Army. Ever hear the phrase "Duty, Honor, Country," Terence? Do you see the word "self" or "ego" in there? No. Are "self" and "ego" the words that come to mind thinking about Mike Leach? Yes.Anybody who has actually paid attention to Leach's relationship with his Texas Tech superiors knows that Adam James was being used more as an excuse to fire him than an actual response of disgust. Leach's main offense was putting him interests over the school's interests.Many of these "Real" coaches are the same way. They basically want to be Master of the Universe at their school. Only their He-Man Schtick comes more off like Skeletor. And when they've taken the school for all they could, they jump for the next job the first chance they get. (Hi, Brian Kelly!).Moore waxes poetically on Mark Mangino too. lamenting of how Mangino was let go because of "several Kansas players who claimed Mangino whipped folks to death with his tongue."Dang, Mangino must be a mutant if his tongue can do this:That's a pretty powerful tongue to cause damage like that. Actually, that's allegedly the hand of a player than Mangino made "bear-crawl " across a hot astro-turf covered field. That's the result of burns the player is supposed to have received.Look, here's the real reason the "real coaches" are endangered. It's because they want to have absolute control over their program. They expect AD's to rubber-stamp their every decision and look the other way at their misdeeds and probably NCAA violations. That philosophy is out of vogue at a time were fans and corporate sponsors expect the programs they support to be clean inside and out. Not just whitewashed tombs.And by the way, Moore. Nice cheap shot at the military there. It it rough, yes. But there is a code of conduct of what can and can't be done to recruits. Just remember those in the Armed Forces are doing a job you apparently had too much of a yellow streak down your back to do. Or maybe you just didn't want somebody yelling in your face like you want Mike Leach and Mark Mangino to do. Moore, you're a hypocrite.(via Fanhouse, KU Sports.com)
Pat Knight decides to have a little bit of a cussing session at the end the post-game interview following a 90-75 beatdown from New Mexico.Like father, like son? Think about it.Not quite up to dad's greatness, or Mike Leach's "fat little girlfriends" line. But 'tis enough, 'twill serve.(via The Sporting Blog)
It looks like Mark Richt's long, tedious search for Willie Martinez's replacement as defense coordinator will continue into the new year. Yet another candidate, John Chavis is staying put at LSU. It's seriously looking like the reality TV idea is looking like Richt's best chance to save face right now. That or to just go ahead and give the job to Rodney Garner, even though Richt says he's not up for it.(via Athens Banner-Herald)
Who will replace Mike Leach at Texas Tech? Well it's doubtful that TT will give into temptation and hire Ruffin McNeil full time. Well there seems to be a candidate out there if Texas Tech if willing to take a chance on him. That would be former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville.Tuberville to Texas Tech sounds like a no-brainer at first. He did a tremendous job at Auburn. Then comes the reminder of why Tuberville isn't at Auburn anymore. That would be his infamous relationship with booster Bobby Lowder. The Tuberville-Lowder relationship may be the worst coach-booster relationship in history. At least when the two are on opposing sides.Think about this. You're Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Meyers. Would you really replace a coach who had a contentious relationship with the administration with a coach with the most volitile relationships with a booster in NCAA history? Yeah, it doesn't make too much sense either.At one point one would assume that Texas Tech would get the idea that coaches with authority issues might not be a good hire. Mind you, this is the school that hired Bobby Knight as basketball coach after his years of, well, being Bobby Knight. But Knight's dealings with the school weren't as nasty as they got with signing Leach to a new deal earlier in the year. And Knight didn't rub boosters the wrong way that Tuberville did.Tuberville's interest in Texas Tech would bring a "Heck yeah!" to any school's fans. But on further thought, it seems like the school would be setting itself up for another fall with a coach who doesn't play well with those in authority. It might be worth the risk, but it would be a definite "proceed with caution" situation.(via ESPN)
Thanks to the end of the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, most of America missed the winning touchdown of the Pacific Life Holliday Bowl. Sadly that came within the first thirty seconds of the actual game time. The rest of the game was basically Nebraska cleaning Arizona 33-0.Whick brings me to the topic of this blog entry.Ndamukong Suh wasn't much of a story with three tackles, but that didn't matter. Arizona couldn't have scored if Alvin and the Chipmunks comprised the defense. The bad thing was that my mind started coming up with songs about Suh, or at least song titles:"Here Comes the Suh""How Suh Is Now?""The House of the Rising Suh""Seasons in the Suh""Riders On the Suh""Song of the Suh""Papa Was a Rolling Suh""Stop! In the Name of Suh""A Deeper Shade of Suh""Suh Stole the Sun From My Heart""To Suh With Love""Suh Will Tear Us Apart""Staring At the Suh"I should probably stop now before somebody gets hurt.
Mike Leach has been fired from Texas Tech after the controversy involving his handling of player Adam James' concussion. Not a shocker. Leach and the school had a volatile relationship in the first place. On top of that, concussions and head injuries in sports have become such a big issue that Congress has held hearings on it. The NFL has even started changing it's policies on concussions, backpedalling in a way the NFL never does. In that environment, Texas Tech couldn't keep him on the payroll.
This is Ruffin McNeil, the interim head coach for Texas Tech now that Rich Leach is Texas Toast. He was the Red Raiders' Defensive Coordinator under Leach and also coached linebackers. McNeil will be coaching Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl on January 2, 2010 against Michigan State.No word if Ruffin McNeil has a brother named Kendricks. Or if his papa was a rolling stone*.(Yeah, yeah, that one was after Ruffin and Kendricks left the Temptations.)
Just when I think Terence Moore can't write something more stupid, he goes and writes something more stupid. This time, the Fanhouse columnist goes on record as saying Florida shouldn't have taken Urban Meyer back after his resignation. And pretty snottily too.On one hand, Moore has a hard time believing Meyer's story about his health. In fact he goes on to claim that what Meyer was really stressing over was Brian Kelly getting his Notre Dame "dream job." Oh. Child. Please. Anybody short of Elvis Costello could have told you that the Notre Dame Job is more footnote than dreamboat these days. Besides, Florida is the Notre Dame of its time.On the other hand, Moore says that if Meyer's truthful about his health he's a medical liability to Florida. Not really. A leave of absence allows more time for a proper assessment of Meyer's condition. If he needs time off for surgery, it's there. If the doctors say Meyer should hang his whistle up, then Florida has Steve Addazio in place for at least a year, while AD Jeremy Foley can quietly scout a replacement (if Addazio bombs) without running around like a headless chicken.On the third hand (I guess Terence Moore is a Motie now?) Moore suggests that Meyer's "retirement" wouldn't last and he'd be back coaching, but that Florida should force Meyer into staying retired and moving something such as a commentating position like Al McGuire's Moore claims this happened because Marquette wouldn't let him come out of retirement to coach the Milwalkee Bucks, and thus "saved McGuire from himself". (I guess through contractual maneuvers, but Moore doesn't really explain how). That was in the Seventies, when medical knowledge and technology wasn't as advanced as it is now. Florida and Meyer's doctors can easily help determine the right course for Meyer and his condition.Moore is (as usual) being foolish on all extremes. Meyer's health is an issue, but not one that has to be so draconianly handled by Florida. It's in Florida's best interest that they give Meyer time the proper time and space to make take care of himself and take more consideration into his future.(via Fanhouse)
What are we going to do without Tim Tebow once he fades into third round draft pick obscurity? Find someone else to recycle old Chuck Norris jokes with, I guess. Anyhow, Nola.com has come up with their top eleven Tim Tebow jokes, "because we just couldn’t stop at 10. However, Tim Tebow can eat just one Lay’s potato chip," as they say.Frankly, I got tired of Tim Tebow/Chuck Norris/Most Interesting Man in the World jokes a while ago. Honestly Jay-Z boast of making "the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can" is better than most Chuck Norris jokes combined. The exception would be Johnny Carson's claim back around 1985 that Norris was going to save Rambo in his next film. (Johnny Carson invented the Chuck Norris joke, in my opinion. Someone find me the video on this.)Meanwhile Dan Shanoff over at TIMTEBLOG is counting down the Top Tebow Moments. Somehow I'm doubting this makes the list:Or this one:And this one was totally fake. But dang, it's still funny:Circumcising boys in the Philippines does get the nod at No.8, however.(via Nola.com, TIMTEBLOG)
What's that, Reveille? The Aggies have fallen down a well and can't get out? Yeah, that's gonna be a tricky one there, girl. There's not a long enough rope to get the program out from where its gone. At least not one that's somewhat fireproof.It's easy to see why you're a little melancholy over the Aggies loss to Georgia in the Independence Bowl. Ha! Ha! Melancholy, get it? You're a collie. Not to dwell on the point, but a collie isn't exactly the most inspiring of mascots there. I know it's kind of hard to compete with good 'ol Taco Meat in Texas, but sheesh! A collie? I expect something a little more, well, Texasy out of Texas, dangit! A collie is more, well, Texasissy.I guess all the good breeds were taken. The Tennessee Vols have those bluetick coonhounds. And the Georgia Bulldogs have ..well, duh! Oh, did I mention Georgia? It it too soon to mention Georgia? Oops! I said it again. Sorry about that, girl.I can tell the sorry state of Texas A&M football is heavy on you mind there, Reveille. With Texas getting ready for the BCS Championship while watching the Aggies crash and burn in the Independence Bowl things can't be too happy around College Station. Worse yet, there's Texas Tech who have pretty much stolen A&M's role as the No. 2 football school in the Lone Star State. And SMU looks like it's finally recovering from the Death Penalty of 1987. But look on the bright side, there's always Baylor to look down on.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
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