Category Archives: College Football

“The sensitivity is at an all-time high.”

Gah, this is repellent.

In April, Missouri star Dorial Green-Beckham busted into the home of his girlfriend with such force that he broke through the drywall surrounding the door. He pushed one of her roommates down four stairs, according to a police report of the incident, and then the 6-foot-6, 225-pound wide receiver dragged his girlfriend out of the apartment by her neck.

Missouri kicked Green-Beckham off the team but he was never charged with a crime. His girlfriend’s roommate declined to press charges, saying she feared the backlash from fans and attention from the media. Police called Green-Beckham’s girlfriend “extremely uncooperative,” and police records show she texted her roommate: “Football really is all he has going for him, and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.”

Three months later, Green-Beckham was accepted at Oklahoma, getting a fresh start with one of the most successful football programs in the country. It was a move that Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted the school would be unlikely to repeat today. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma,” Castiglione said.

“Probably”.  Gah, indeed.

The only thing that’s changed between then and now was the emergence of the Ray Rice tape.  Castiglione is basically admitting that Green-Beckham’s behavior in and of itself wasn’t a deal breaker.  It’s just that the optics are worse now.

Castiglione stressed that Oklahoma didn’t regret admitting Green-Beckham. His stance that OU may not take Green-Beckham now is simply reflective of how the scrutiny level has changed. “Just because of the attention and the cases now in the public consciousness, the university would have been unlikely to take on a situation like that,” Castiglione said.

My only question is whether that passes the Auburn test.

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Filed under College Football, Crime and Punishment

“I’d rather deal with the heat than with football schedules.”

Ah, the social niceties and the South

For Younker, an Alabama fan like her fiance, the answer was simple: Wed Brandon Cutts on June 20, 2015, before football begins. That way, guests won’t have to decide whether to attend a game or the wedding; she won’t have to miss a game to get married; and a student dressed as Big Al — who will appear at a wedding in his Crimson Jersey for a $400 fee — can appear at the wedding for photos.

And, as a bonus, Younker won’t have to cope with the in-season passions of her mom’s family, who are Tennessee fans; her dad’s family, which pulls for South Carolina; and her brother, who attends Auburn.

Here’s the story of a wedding planner who earned her stripes.

Professional wedding planner Kavonda L. Rogers of Montgomery said “World War III” nearly broke out a few years ago when a bride settled on a wedding date not realizing it was the same day as the South’s oldest football rivalry game, Auburn-Georgia.

“It was intense. People were saying, ‘No, you have to move the wedding. You can’t do this,'” said Rogers.

The solution: Rogers arranged for a big-screen television to be turned on in a room right off the reception area. At game time, most of the men left the reception to huddle around the TV.

Someone in Montgomery who’s blissfully ignorant of the Georgia-Auburn game?  Sacrilege.


Filed under College Football

Mike Leach’s great idea

Hells to the yeah on this bad boy:

“Rather than coaches and athletic directors being asked about officiating, I think what needs to happen is, after the game, at the press conference, there has to be a representative from the officials answering these questions,” Leach said. “Right now, the officials aren’t accountable for any of that stuff, and they’ll make some screwy call right, wrong or indifferent, and there’s a coach sitting there, and everybody’s asking him. It’s a total ambush waiting to happen, because we’re not allowed to comment on it. If you do, you get fined.

“It directly affects the success or failure of your team, whether it’s a good call or a bad call. All of a sudden, you’re sitting there, and those questions should be directed to the referee, rather than you or the athletic director. What I think should happen is that when you have a press conference, as they come off the field, the referee should … have to answer any quick questions the media have on the calls they made and why this was made and how this was made, so coaches and athletic directors aren’t left with that, so at least there will be an explanation you see. … I think that needs to happen. I think that’s long overdue.”

Wouldn’t you have loved to hear the media go after the crew for an explanation of the celebration call on AJ Green?  How about the targeting call on Ramik Wilson?  (Or pretty much any game Penn Wagers calls.)

No doubt mistakes happen.  Officials are human like the rest of us.  But you know what else?  Nobody likes criticism all that much.  And maybe if officials knew they’d have to face public questioning about a controversial call, they’d make a little more effort to get it right.


Filed under College Football, Mike Leach. Yar!

“Nothing can unify a community and alumni base of a university like college football can.”

Too bad schools are losing touch with their students on that front, then.

Average student attendance at college football games is down 7.1% since 2009, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of stadium turnstile records from about 50 public colleges with top-division football teams. The decline was 5.6% at colleges in the five richest conferences.

The decrease even at schools with entrenched football traditions and national championships stands in contrast to college football’s overall popularity.

What’s the problem?  Not enough wi-fi?  Nah, it’s the usual suspect.

The growing number of empty seats in student sections across the U.S. is a sign of soaring ticket prices, more lopsided games and fewer matchups against longtime rivals, and the proliferation of televised games that make it easier than ever for students to keep tailgating long after kickoff.

It’s money that they love.  Schools, I mean.  And students usually don’t have that much, at least in comparison to older alumni and ESPN.  And perhaps that’s why ADs like Joe Alleva don’t sound that upset.

“There are so many other things they can do that maybe going to the game that day isn’t the most important thing on their agenda,” says Louisiana State University athletic director Joe Alleva. Student attendance fell 5.5% to 8,508 in 2013 from 9,000 in 2012.

By the time LSU notices that those students aren’t buying season tickets down the road, Joe will be off enjoying retirement somewhere and it’ll be somebody else’s problem.  Of course, by then college football may be sporting a 24-team playoff, so maybe nobody will notice.


Filed under College Football

It’s time to celebrate toe meets leather.

Since D-1 football of a sort kicks off tonight – tickets are still available on StubHub, believe it or not – it’s time to bring out this GTP chestnut to welcome the 2014 season.

A Brit who knows next to nothing about the sport, two programs I don’t care about and I still love that clip.

And, yeah, I’ll tune in and watch some tonight.


Filed under College Football

Tuesday morning buffet

It’s getting closer.  So eat.


Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Nick Saban Rules, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, Tim Tebow: Rock Star

Monday morning buffet

It’s game week.  You know you’ve got an appetite.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, College Football, It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules, Pac-12 Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, The Body Is A Temple