Brian Kelly is the odds-on favorite as Notre Dame head football coach. Connecticut's Randy Edsall is running a close second. But is former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville the dark horse in the Fighting Irish Sweepstakes? That's what the South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen is suggesting.According to Hansen's sources, there's a group of Notre Dame alumni who would like to see Tuberville take over the beleaguered Irish program. The ND athletic department doesn't seem to be too interested at the moment. Their Irish eyes seem to be smiling on Kelly right now. But if Kelly and Edsall fall through, there is going to be a lot of rear-covering in South Bend.Mind you, even the thought of Tuberville at Notre Dame doesn't sound like it would work. Tuberville's relationship with Auburn sugar daddy Bobby Lowder was notorious. Imagine an army of Bobby Lowders. Yeah, that's gonna work.(via South Bend Tribune)
Leave it to Fanhouse columnist Terence Moore to bring race into the Tiger Woods fracas. Only this time it has to do with Moore's opinion on why Woods isn't getting support in the African-American community the was nefarious persons like O.J. Simpson or Michael Vick had in the past.Moore's reasoning behind the cold shoulder? Woods' refusal in 1997 to declare himself an African American male in lieu of is interracial background. Back around the time Woods won his first Masters tournament he went on Oprah and referred to himself as "Cablinasian," a word he made up to describe his pretty complex ethnic background. His father was of mixed African-American, Chinese and Native American ancestry, and his mother is of mixed Thai, Chinese, and Dutch ancestry. It didn't seem at the time Woods didn't want to offend anybody at the time, so naturally it got a ruffled some people's feathers (notably Moore's).Mind you, Moore gives absolutely zero proof of his theory. The entire article is his opinion on the subject. He gives no actual proof that Woods' comments from twelve years have any bearing on the African-American community's lack of support. He also ignores the concept that Woods infidelity is pretty much indefensible.(via Fanhouse)
Tennessee is in trouble...again. The NCAA is investigating Rocky Top, but they're apparently not looking for a moonshine still. (Though it wouldn't be shocking if they found one or two.) The New York Times reports Tennessee is coming under scrutiny for the actions of their "hostesses" that might have gone beyond their job description.The hostesses are part of an official group of Tennessee students who "promote the University and its strong academic programs, rich traditions, and winning athletics program to campus visitors and potential student-athletes." Allegedly their activities went far beyond what is allowed by the NCAA. This includes traveling off campus to games in which potential recruits were playing (a no-no), and waving signs that said "Come to Tennessee" (another no-no).The investigation is being called "wide-ranging," probably because of Lane Kiffin's string of minor infractions earlier in the year. The NCAA are said to be interviewing recruiting prospects in Florida and Georgia over Tennessee's activities. It looks like Kiffin's going to have a lot of explaining to do about this one.(via New York Times, Deadspin)
Post one Tiger Woods-related clip, and it takes you down a slippery slope. Yep, here's another YouTube er, goodie. 'Tis the season for bad Christmas song parodies (if not just plain bad Christmas songs, but that's a subject for another day). So naturally, Tiger Woods is an obvious target for a audio lump of coal.And if you think that's lame, here's one with a little bit of a NSFW, that I'm not going to let show up here if I can help it.
It looks Tim Tebow is going to have some competition in the semi-blasphemous snarky comments department, at least for a month or two. That's what happens the son of the best quarterback in the NFL not named Manning is born in December.Yes, Tom Brady has announced that he and Giselle Bundchen have brought Brady's second manchild into to the world. (The first was with Bridget Moynahan). No word on a name, but it probably won't be Peyton or Eli. No word if Bill Belichick was there to film the birth either.(via Kissing Suzie Kolber, Yahoo! Sports)
The Atlanta Braves' designated loser outfielder R*** Church for assignment Tuedsay, pretty much ending his horrible tenure on the team. The Braves traded struggling Jeff Francoeur to the Mets for Church. Francoeur quickly began to not suck for the Mets, while Church pretty much sat on his rear while on and off the injured list.(How bad does R*** Church suck? He doesn't even deserve the name Ryan, that's how much he sucks. Ryan is the name of winners. Nolan Ryan, Matt Ryan, Ryan A. Conklin, etc. Church is just pathetic.)Once Braves' GM Frank Wren is done chiseling the egg that's been caked on his face since last season, he should walk into the first tattoo parlor he can find and have "idiot" tattooed on his forehead in big Gothic letters. He deserves it for trading Francoeur for Church.(via ajc.com)
I really haven't really done much on Tiger Woods. Mostly because a)I haven't really wanted to go there, b)I haven't really come up with something both original enough for posting, and c) I really haven't cared to dwell on it.Honestly, I've gotten really bored of this story really quick. At this point the only way you could make me take notice would involve either Tiger hooking up someone who was actually famous (reality and adult film "stars" need not apply), or Tiger having his own real life "Billie Jean."But, I saw this on YouTube, and yep, I couldn't resist.Yeah, I suck.(By the way, the link mentioned on the YT site is nothing special. I wouldn't waste you're time)(via YouTube)
Orson Swindle at EDSBS posted this little gem that I just had to share with the class:In case you can't read it, the icon on the right is for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. So that's why Jonathan Crompton throws like a girl!(via EDSBS)
Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country has their look at the Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup between the Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers. Guess what they're comparing it too: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas?What the frak? Comparing the Hokies to Emmet Otter and co., and Lane Kiffin and the Vols to the Riverbottom Nightmare Band? Can you get any more obscure than this? No, don't answer that. I really don't want to hear about every lame Christmas special ever made.But while I'm on the subject, can somebody explain to me why the frak I can't find John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together on DVD? Or why it never shows up on TV anymore? It's like one of the top five Christmas specials ever. Disney (or whoever holds the right to it)is missing out on an absolute liscence to print money not putting this one out. Stupid, just stupid.(via Gobbler Country, Muppet Wiki )
Well, here's a first, an NFL mascot. Jaxon de Ville? This is the best you could do, Jacksonville Jaguars? This is beyond lame, its just sad.Jaxon de Ville is a jaguar with teal markings in lieu of the black ones a real jaguar has. So he's already lamer than Chester Cheetah, which may be the lamest advertising character ever created.Everything about Jaxon says "loser." Football jersey over fat belly. Sunglasses that do nothing to hide the lameness factor. And the teal paws on the shorts...ugh! They look too much like he's roaming in public in his boxers. What, they couldn't find a pair of jean shorts that could fit him.?Jaxon De Ville is enough proof that the Jacksonville Jaguars problems go way beyond lack of public support. There seems to be a whole lot of institutional hubris surrounding this team. It's doubtful that even drafting Tim Tebow can solve the Jags' problems.(Apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
ESPN is reporting that Jimmy Clausen is leaving the sinking ship of of HMS Fighting Irish and forgoing his senior season at Notre Dame . Golden Tate is probably going too. Whether they would have stayed in South Bend if Charlie Weis was still ND coach is neither here nor there. Whatever the truth is the cupboard is going to be pretty bare for the next head coach. It looks more and more like that ND may have lost their only chance to play in a bowl for the next few years by deciding not to play in one this year. That's going to be less appealing for any possible coaching candidate.UPDATE: Joe Schad is tweeting Golden Tate is leaving too.(via ESPN)
Want to know what college players are going to get this year going to bowl games? Sports Business Journal has the scoop the kinds of freebies the various bowl games are handing out this year as opposed to you know, monetary compensation. There are a lot of Oalkey and Ogio products to go around Plus quite a few visits to what is called the "Sony gift suite."Obviously, the better the bowl, the better the goodies handed out. If you're Nevada or SMU and you're going to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, you're screwed. All you're reported to getting is a "Kahala Aloha shirt." The Emerald Bowl is just as bad. All Boston College and USC players can expect to get is a Fossil watch. Its San Francisco and they don't even get some flowers to put in their hair, dangit! It's a far cry from what USC expects from the Rose Bowl, which is handing "television combos" from Sharp.Honestly, there really isn't a lot to write home about. The guess the recession has probably put a crimp on the swag, as well as the IRS, who started getting anal about these kinda things a few years back when the Oscar goody bags started to get out of hand. And it's still not enough to keep players from jumping to the pros early.(via The Sporting Blog, Sports Business Journal)
TCU and Boise State are two things:1)They're both teams in the BCS this year.and2)They were both screwed by the BCS this year.In typical BCS fashion, the Bowl committees found new ways to screw the non BCS-Conference teams. This time by having them play each other in the Fiesta Bowl. It sucks even worse, because TCU already beat Boise State last year in the Poinsettia Bowl (TCU won 17-16).Meanwhile fans get such great bowl matchups such as Georgia Tech and Iowa in the Rust Orange Bowl, Florida and Cincinnati in the Domers Would Kill Their Firstborn for Either One of Our Head Coaches Sugar Bowl, and Oregon and Ohio State in the Two Bald Men Fighting Over a Comb Rose Bowl Game. At least fans get to see Alabama play Texas for the BCS "Championship," though quite a few people would have preferred to see Florida and Texas face off for the crystal pigskin.Blame all of the on the provincial nature of the BCS bowl committees. They're more concerned about protecting their own turf than they are about making sure the best matchups or making money happen. Blame a slew of underperforming programs from BCS Conferences (and oh yeah, Notre Dame) also.Of course things wouldn't be much better if my personal " first step in fixing the BCS on the way to a playoff " (mandatory #3 vs. #4 every year) took place this year. In that scenario Cincinnati would play TCU. Not really much better this year. That actually makes TCU vs. Boise St. more like a better game the more I think of it. But I would have preferred to see either Boise St. or TCU take on Florida instead of the Bearcats.Putting TCU up against Boise St. seems more like punishing success than rewarding it. Having them face each other in the Fiesta Bowl seems more like a white elephant gift than an actual reward for on-the-field performance. It's games like this that make the BCS look more and more loathsome each day.(via Rivals.com)
The Detroit Free Press is looking deeper at the "time limits on football training" controversy that has dogged Michigan and head football coach Rich Rodriguez since the season began. The paper found that the monitoring of NCAA rules on the amount of time allowed per week for football-related training is the responsibility of member schools, and not the NCAA itself. It also questions the idea that training violations are rampant. Jo Potuto, former chair of the NCAA infractions committee disputed such claims.“A lot of the folks who are saying that everybody does it have never been on college campuses anywhere,” Potuto said. “I’ve got better experience that tells me otherwise. At a lot of schools the coaches and the compliance people are paying attention to it … because getting caught is not worth it.”The Detroit Free Press asked 35 universities about their monitoring policies. Twenty-four schools responded to the request. Michigan declined, siting the ongoing NCAA investigation.(via Detroit Free Press)
BSC Executive Director Bill Hancock, Ari Fleischer, and FOX Sports had better make sure they send Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence a Christmas card this year (if the NCAA allows such things). Lawrence probably saved their collective rear ends this year.Unless the voters in the Coaches' Poll get extra snarky, Texas will probably play Alabama in the BCS "Championship." The BCS already took a hit with Alabama beating Florida. That denied FOX and the BCS with the ratings gold of Tim Tebow's (now impossible)"perfect season." If Texas had lost, the possibility of an Alabama vs. TCU/Cincinnati matchup would be leading casual fans to CSI reruns. Of course, if the game's a turkey that still could happen.Boise State probably needs to send Lawrence a nice little thank you note too, if they end up in a BCS bowl. A Nebraska win might have hampered their BCS dreams too. A one-loss Texas would probably still get the nod over the Broncos.Heck, Hancock & Fleischer ought to by Lawrence a house after the BCS Championship. Think of it, the entire BCS avoided a huge shiner because of a kicker. Bobby Boucher would be proud.
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