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Hi! Let’s play another round of “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”.

Here we go…

Want to add a reason to re-examine the football future? Of course you do. Start here:

Check out these numbers, from Quarterback A and Quarterback B.

Quarterback A: 406 of 685 (59.3 percent), 4,426 Yds, 32 TDs, 23 INTs
Quarterback B: 329 of 604 (54.5 percent), 4,272 Yds, 26 TDs, 23 INTs

Quarterback A — with the more impressive totals — is Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.

Quarterback B?

I don’t know about you, but I saw this one coming a mile away.

The No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft, Georgia’s Matthew Stafford.

And it’s a fair comparison, because

… Clausen’s development is as real as Stafford’s when you consider surrounding talent compared to strength of schedule…

Uh hunh.  All that surrounding talent.  Georgia placed a whopping two players on the 2007 first team All-SEC football team, Moreno and Velasco.  That talent gap must come as a complete shock to Tom Lemming.

Now Sprow may be on to something when he mentions strength of schedule.  Young Master James faced exactly one top twenty team last season.  His passer rating in that contest?  A magnificent 47.48.

Throw in the fact that Georgia won twice as many games in Stafford’s first two years as did Notre Dame in Clausen’s, which means Jimmy was likely forced into a lot more passing situations than was Staff, and you’re not left with a whole lot to gleam from those stats.

Of course, I could be completely wrong about this.  Clausen, under the tutelage of the man with the Super Bowl rings, could be poised to surpass all of Stafford’s accomplishments as a junior (given Notre Dame’s schedule, that’s not as preposterous as it sounds) and then go on to sign the most lucrative rookie contract in the history of the NFL.  After all, the numbers don’t lie, right?

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Thursday morning buffet

More coffee, hon?

  • Coaches say the darnedest things, take one. Steve Spurrier, upon leaving Florida for the NFL, had this to say:  “There are no Vanderbilts in the NFL.” Considering his Gamecocks have lost two straight to Vandy, I guess there are no Vanderbilts in the SEC East, either.
  • Coaches say the darnedest things, take two. One other noteworthy item about the above-linked piece – I believe it marks the first printed use of the phrase “Even Lane Kiffin” since Junior’s taken the helm in Knoxville.  Something tells me it won’t be the last.
  • Coaches say the darnedest things, take three. Great, great catch over at Team Speed Kills regarding Urban Meyer’s conversion on the subject of an early signing period – “I was against the early signing period before I was for it. Old Meyer: Early signing is a terrible idea. New Urban Meyer (who’s hauling in early commitments): Early signing is a marvelous idea.”
  • Mack Brown’s still in a snit about the coaches’ poll.  At GTP, we have a suggestion for you, Coach.  Instead of quitting, start pushing for approval voting.  And stop blaming the coaches’ poll for what happened to your team last year.  That was the fault of the Big XII Conference, not the polls.
  • Normally, I don’t link to Bleacher Report because 95% of what appears there is little more than message board-type dreck that isn’t worthy of comment, but, brother, when you have the cojones to compare the BCS/playoff fight to the civil rights struggle, that’s the kind of stupidity that’s gonna get a shout-out from me every time.
  • And here’s another the-NFL-doesn’t-like-spread-option-quarterbacks story.  This one’s spiced with some defensive comments from Rich Rod – essentially blame the players, not the system – balanced against some real world observations from one of his former players, Shaun King.
  • Famous last words from Jimmy Clausen“Coach Weis will not get fired because of me.” Damn, wouldn’t that be some heavy karma.
  • Yeah, this is going somewhere:  Faculty group aims for greater voice in NCAA decisions. Probably about as far as this exercise in cynicism: BCS considering parts of Mountain West proposal.

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Eew.

I thought I should share this with everyone.  It’s from my stats page at a few minutes before 7 PM today.

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“Jimmy Clausen Nude Photos”? Seriously?

I am one grossed out human being right now.  And a little puzzled – what on this site draws up as a hit to a search request like that?

On the plus side, at least nobody’s looking for naked pics of his coach here.

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It don’t come easy, you know it don’t come easy…

According to certain college football connoisseurs, this resume belongs to one of the 75 best players in the country:

He completed 138 of 245 passes for 1,254 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions in his rookie season.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen:  Jimmy Clausen has been named to the 2008 Maxwell Award Watch List.

In case your memory needs refreshing, here’s a taste of the stuff that legends are made from.

Don’t forget, that’s all a part of this stellar performance: “Clausen ranks second on Notre Dame’s freshman quarterback single-season lists for completions, attempts, yards and completion percentage.” Jimmy, you did a heckuva job.

The sad thing is, if Notre Dame goes to a bowl game this year, he’s a lock to be a preseason Heisman favorite in ’09.

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The emu could never be confused with a phoenix.

Today’s factoid comes courtesy of ESPN.com.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Irish QB Jimmy Clausen has been sacked 15 times in his young career.

If you’d like, you can see a few of his greatest hits on YouTube (with appropriate musical accompaniment):

(h/t mgoblog)

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Charlie Weis has named Jimmy Clausen – true freshman Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame’s starting QB.

That means Jimmy Clausen – recovering from arthroscopic surgery to have a bone spur removed from his throwing elbow Jimmy Clausen – will get his first start against Penn State. On the road.

I’m positive that Charlie Weis will insist that starting Jimmy Clausen – sharing the snaps in fall practice because of elbow surgery and because his head coach wanted to play pointless head games with Georgia Tech and the media Jimmy Clausen – does not mean that the Irish are in a rebuilding mode in 2007.

Sure it doesn’t.

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The sun continues to rise in the east in Knoxville and South Bend.

In a mad, crazy world, it’s always comforting to know that there are certain constants – touchstones, if you will – that we can count on in college football.

For instance, it’s reassuring to know that Phil Fulmer retains a certain practical flexibility about player discipline. The “medical advisors” reference is an especially nice touch.

And when Master James Clausen speaks to the assembled multitudes on freshman media day, it’s a certainty that it will reflect the combination of arrogance and BS that is the essence of the Weis era. After all, it’s not as important that you win the big game as long as you can make every one else feel they’re smaller than you. Charlie’s a smart guy – just ask him.

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