This is simply too good to resist.
Let ‘er rip in the comments section.
After seeing some of the images from JoePa’s funeral, the question I wished somebody had asked Paterno was whether he would allow any of his grandchildren to spend unsupervised time with Jerry Sandusky. An honest answer to a question like that might have done more to bring a sense of closure to the sad mess at the end of his life than the pap those with access to the man served up.
Even when he does the right thing, Charlie Weis can’t help indulging his inner ass. Because nothing says class like getting in a pissing match with a 19-year old:
“Today, Brock Berglund is released from his scholarship at KU to pursue other opportunities. Brock and his representatives have publicly stated their case without any public response from me to this point. Brock spent the majority of the past calendar year in Colorado taking online courses at KU’s expense, which was nearly $40,000. At no time was Brock an active participant of the football team. Once competition was recruited at the quarterback position, Brock decided he no longer wanted to be a part of the team. He was expected to show up for a mandatory team meeting on Sunday, Jan. 15, but he sent an email less than two hours before the meeting to inform us that he had decided to transfer and would not be attending the meeting. He was dismissed after following through on that promise.
Although Brock has been granted his release, I only wish that he had showed the same courtesy that other players showed and came to talk to me. He decided that he did not have to follow the same protocol as the other departing members of the football team. I believe no individual should be more important than the team. Brock did not see it that way.”
This from a guy who’s been with how many different teams in the past three seasons?
My favorite part:
Although Weis and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said they were acting on principle on this one, the delay in releasing Berglund drew criticism from many. When asked if he was concerned about any negative affects this incident might have in dealing with future players, Weis was blunt.
“No,” he said. “As a matter of fact, it has had absolutely no impact on recruiting.”
It hasn’t? It sure as hell should. That line about being a jerk on principle ought to go over swimmingly with many recruits and their parents.
It’s pretty apparent that I don’t get into the weeds at GTP when it comes to recruiting. I simply don’t have the time or the energy that sites like LHB do (and do well, by the way). But I know it’s the time of the year when many are curious what’s going to happen, or want to offer their two cents about that, so here’s a post for you.
To get things going, here are a few items to chew over:
So share with us – your hopes, your dreams, your tears, your fears. What do you think is in store for the Dawgs on the recruiting front in the next few days?
You guys know I rarely leave the college football reservation here – music excepted – but I stumbled across a couple of things that for some reason, really stuck with me. So, I thought, why not share?
If you’re only here for the pigskin, feel free to skip. My feelings won’t be hurt.
Prepare to have your life changed forever:
I’m through now.
Matt Hinton is a level-headed playoff proponent. So, leave it to him to nail what it is about extended playoffs that bother people like me so much. Here’s what he says in reaction to the 9-7 regular season NFL Giants playing in the Super Bowl:
… they’re the fourth Super Bowl team in the last five years that got there by “getting hot” on the heels of a meh regular season, following the ’07 Giants, ’08 Cardinals and ’10 Packers — all of which made it to the championship round after finishing 10-6 or worse, and two of which wound up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. It’s not an anomaly. It happens all the time. And every time, the regular season means a little bit less.
So when playoff opponents in college football chant “Every Game Counts,” this is what they mean: The 9-7 New York Giants (or their campus equivalent, in the event of an FBS playoff) have not advanced a legitimate claim on a championship, did not deserve the opportunity they have now taken advantage of and threaten to cheapen the concept of a championship season. To which I have to say, as an advocate of level playing fields and the virtues of competition: They’re right. It’s thoroughly frustrating to glorify teams for “getting hot” at the expense of superior outfits that have consistently outperformed them on the whole, effectively overturning three or four months of results in three or four weeks.
In the NFL, that may be inevitable. In college football, it is not. And I also have to say, as a playoff advocate in the college game: It can’t happen here…
Ah, that’s good. Real good. But it’s far from the whole story. And that’s my problem.
First off, Matt goes on to assert that “it would be impossible for the college football equivalent of a 9-7 NFL team to make the cut in any logistically feasible bracket…”, but that simply ain’t true. Ask Dan Wetzel, or anybody else who thinks a 16-team playoff in which all conference champions are eligible is a swell idea, about that.
But there’s a more underlying reason at the root of my disagreement. Here’s his vision of what a D-1 postseason should aspire to:
… In other words, the format should be (and would be) structured so that there is no doubt that the winner of the playoff is the most accomplished team as a result of winning the playoff. That means (as opposed to the BCS) setting the bar low enough to allow every deserving candidate a legitimate opportunity, but also (as opposed to the NFL, or the NCAA basketball tournament) setting it high enough that only the deserving candidates can clear it. It means being inclusive to generate a legitimate, competitive field, and exclusive enough to avoid diminishing returns.
Who can argue with any of that? Allow Judge Chamberlain Haller to retort.
The people who call the shots don’t care what the Matt Hintons of the world care about. (Note that Matt cites the NCAA basketball tourney as an example to avoid.) They’re in it for one primary purpose, to maximize a revenue stream for themselves. The current floundering over what to do with the BCS and the bowls in the wake of recent declining numbers is all about the money. So is conference expansion. (Just ask Larry Templeton.)
Nobody’s going into this exercise trying to make sure that the undeserving are kept out. Oh sure, that may happen. But if it does, it’ll be nothing more than a happy accident. In the short run, in the medium run and in the long run, there are two goals: buck up the postseason numbers and don’t do anything to harm the regular season revenues. And if whatever course they set in the next few months doesn’t do the trick down the road, they’ll be back at tweaking the deal again. And again.
These are the people who were prepared to tell you what a great thing a 96-team basketball tournament would be. Some of them probably even believe it. To think they have different instincts about college football is foolish. They know what playoffs are designed to do.
Antonio Crawford and Paul Johnson are headin’ for a showdown. Cue the strings:
… Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson heard about Miami’s flirtations and had a 20-minute phone conversation with Crawford on Thursday. Crawford said his Georgia Tech scholarship will be jeopardized if he boards the plane to Miami on Friday.
“Coach Johnson basically said ‘If you’re looking around, then we’re looking around,’” Crawford said. “He said if I take my visit to Miami, they are bringing in a guy at Georgia Tech this weekend for a visit. If that guy commits, then he takes my spot.”
It takes Paul Johnson twenty minutes to tell a kid “if you make that trip you’re dead to me”? The man’s communication skills are clearly overrated.
Is Crawford willing to take the risk? “I’m still visiting the University of Miami this weekend,” he said.
You want to know how toxic a candidate Craig James is? Chernobyl-level toxic:
“If you ask the average Republican voter… he’s remembered for the scandal at SMU and using his position at ESPN to get a wildly popular coach fired. He is by far one of the most hated men in West Texas.”
That’s not hyperbole. Last year Stefan Hankin of Lincoln Park Strategies threw Craig James into a statewide poll and found that James was less popular in West Texas than Barack Obama.
“It’s not that people in West Texas don’t like him,” said Mayes. “It’s that nobody likes him.”
Which, again, makes you wonder what the WWL sees in the guy.
(By the way, if you want to hear what Leach’s attorney said on Finebaum’s show about James, here you go.)