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Carroll, please.

If Pete Carroll had only known that the NCAA was going to throw the book at Southern Cal…

“Had we known that that was imminent … I would never have been able to leave under those circumstances. When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem.”

In the background, if you can’t hear it, is the world’s saddest song being played on the world’s smallest violin.

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Everyone’s a winner, baby.

Tell me, is there any money in claiming old national championships?  Because I’d hate to think Auburn’s flirting with national ridicule simply to try to keep up with Alabama’s example.

Jacobs said the consensus from Auburn fans so far is “pretty strong” that the university should retroactively count past championships.

Alabama, the bitter in-state rival of Auburn, has questionably counted national titles for years. Alabama claims 15 national championships, but counted only six until the mid-1980s.

One of the titles claimed by Alabama is from 1941, when the Crimson Tide lost two games and undefeated Minnesota was widely recognized the consensus champion. Alabama had a final AP ranking of No. 20 and finished third in the SEC. Alabama claims 1941 because it was No. 1 in the Houlgate System, a mathematical rating from 1927 to 1958 that ran in syndicated newspapers.

How truly silly is this? This silly:

For instance, the National Championship Foundation recognizes Auburn as a national champion in 1993 (when the Tigers were on NCAA probation and served a postseason ban) with Florida State, Notre Dame and Nebraska. Florida State is widely considered the only national champion in 1993.

The National Championship Foundation was created in 1980 by Mike Riter of Hudson, N.Y., to retroactively count pre-1980 national titles. The foundation also started naming champions in current time.

So, like I asked, is there any money in this?  ‘Cause I’m wondering if we’re underutilizing the Mumme Poll.  I can be as open for business as the next Mike Riter of Hudson, N.Y.

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Sunday morning buffet

There’s always something to fill the chafing dishes.

  • Mark Richt thinks Malcolm Mitchell is growing up.
  • The Notre Dame bloggers are really getting into Brian VanGorder‘s tactics.
  • Has QB guru George Whitfield, Jr. fudged his résumé?  And if so, will anyone care?
  • If you wonder why the Big Five don’t just take their footballs home and start a new organization outside of the NCAA, Andy Staples offers one good reason:  “The cynical among us might also mention they like being tax-exempt; an organization made up solely of those five conferences might not be.”
  • Behold the awesomeness that is the early schedule of the SEC Network.  Gotta have it!
  • Tennessee sure is going through walk-ons like it’s nobody’s business.
  • Does one of the proposals adopted this week in Destin mean what I think it means? “Increase bowl revenue distribution in football and require all teams to be financially responsible for all guaranteed ticket purchases” sounds like the conference won’t be pitching in to cover expense shortages due to unsold tickets any more.  Of course the SEC is stepping in on the front end to limit the size of those packages, but in an age when the bowls are being told to pick for rankings over commercial popularity, that’s a change that could bear watching.
  • Mark Richt likes Mike Bobo a lot more as a coach than he did as a recruit.

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The Donnan verdict

I don’t usually do requests like this, but since Mayor asked so nicely, here’s a thread for everyone to opine about Jim Donnan’s acquittal.

The only thing I’ve got to say about the whole thing is that the next time somebody tries to impress you with how smart college coaches are, remind him or her that Donnan didn’t have any problem finding plenty of buddies who believed they were making a risk-free investment generating a 50-200% return.  So much for “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is” folk wisdom.

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“We just can’t have that in college football. We won’t have it.”

It’s not that I’m surprised Bill Hancock keeps uttering total bullshit about the CFB postseason.

It’s just that I can’t believe people in the media are still willing to take his utterances at face value.

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If Bret Bielema didn’t exist, Nick Saban would have to invent him.

I’ve figured out the role ol’ Bert is playing in the 10-second substitution rule fracas.  He’s there to make Nick Saban seem like the reasonable one.

He also reiterated his stance that the proposal is safety-based — saying he wants to be proactive and make a change before a fatal injury.

The former Wisconsin coach pointed to the recent death of California football player Ted Agu during a training run, saying the inability to substitute an injured player between plays could lead to injury or death…

… He also offered a direct counter to the claim there’s no hard evidence of increased risk of injury.

“Death certificates,” Bielema said. “There’s no more anything I need than that.”

It’s hard, but take a step past the sanctimonious crocodile tears being shed over the random tragedy of a kid’s death – at a February practice! – and the indirect shot at Agu’s coach, who, by the way, is one of the more outspoken critics of the substitution proposal, and focus on the larger ramifications of Bielema’s position.  If a player’s death is all that’s needed to justify changing a rule in the name of player safety, why stop at a 10-second substitution requirement?  Indeed, why stop anywhere?

I mean, start with this…

He mentioned that a half a dozen players with the Razorbacks have been diagnosed with sickle cell trait, and that the team’s trainers must constantly watch the players for signs of dehydration or exhaustion.

“I think it’s still safety battle,” Bielema said. “… I know every one of those coaches probably has a player in that same scenario, but it hasn’t happened.

“It’s kind of like, do we have to have this happen before we talk about it?”

… and ask if a rule banning kids who have been diagnosed with sickle-cell trait from playing the sport shouldn’t be considered.

It’s interesting that a guy who gained national attention for his move a few years ago to have his kick return team go offsides on two kickoff attempts to run out the clock in the first half, thereby exposing 22 special teams players to extra risk of contact (remember, there’s been enough concern about player safety on kickoffs that they were moved five yards closer to the opponent’s end zone to limit the chance for contact) to gain a strategic advantage by abusing a rule has suddenly found religion on player safety.  Or dickish.  Take your pick.

Bielema claims to be confident that the proposal will pass when the NCAA playing rules oversight panel votes on March 6.  I’m pretty confident that if he’s running point on the deal, it won’t.  I’m also pretty confident he won’t be winning any Mr. Popularity awards from his peers in the near future.

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UPDATE:

He knows he should STFU.  He just can’t come up with a good excuse as to why.

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UPDATE #2:  Somebody needs to explain the First law of holes to Bert.

“… What if you’re in the middle of the third or fourth quarter and you know that the kid standing 15 yards away from you or on the other side of the field has this trait. He’s got this built-in possibility of something happening. Your doctors have told you about it. Your trainers have told you about it. He looks at you through those eyes or maybe the trainer even says, “Hey coach, you need to get him out of there.” And you can’t. You have no timeouts. He’s not going to fake an injury. He’s not going to fall down…”

If the trainer says a kid needs to get out of a game, how’s the kid faking an injury?

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Paying playerz iz hard wurk.

Iowa athletic director claims he’ll “probably choose to do something else for a living” than continue in his $400K/year position if player compensation becomes a reality because it’ll be too complicated for him to handle.

These guys don’t even bother to make an effort to sound convincing anymore.

(h/t Eleven Warriors)

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