Ron Zook can handle noise in the system, but pesky presser questions about his future… not so much.
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Reason #2846 why the Zooker is a national treasure:
Why did Illinois go for two after scoring a touchdown Saturday that put it ahead 20-13 with 7:18 left in the second quarter?
Because coach Ron Zook, who tells his players to keep playing and not worry about the score, took his own advice too literally and was so immersed in the game that he didn’t know the score.
‘‘We were down five, right? Up five, I mean,’’ he said. ‘‘It was 20-13? Up seven?’’
You know that airline ad where they show an embarrassing moment and say, ‘‘Wanna get away?’’ This was it.
‘‘Maybe I didn’t know what the score was,’’ Zook said. ‘‘That’s happened to me before. It’s usually when we’re behind. [This will] give you something to pound us about.’’
Like anyone’s needed an excuse before…
Dig in, folks.
- If you’ve got questions about Coach Tereshinski’s goals as the S & C coach, go talk to Arthur Lynch.
- Expect to see this story get waved in our faces over the next week.
- ESPN‘s Edward Aschoff puts two Georgia offensive linemen on his SEC division all-star team. The only other school that gets the same treatment is Alabama. (By the way, the issue with eating at the Varsity ain’t about getting bloated.)
- The Zooker sure can pick ‘em.
- See if you can spot the Freudian slip here. (My apologies – and admiration – to Low if that was a deliberate pun.)
- Shakin the Southland runs an analysis of SEC football attendance from a Clemson perspective.
- Check out Georgia recruit Quayvon Hicks’ new trim. (h/t Bryan Fischer)
- Hard to believe, but Georgia played a road game against VMI, of all schools, in 1966.
- This is hugely good news for Tennessee.
- And kleph charts SEC offensive and defensive red zone production. Mike Bobo comes off pretty well.
Settle down with a few tasty morsels:
- A.J. Green has to average 102 yards per game this season to eclipse Terrence Edwards’ SEC career receiving record.
- “I’ve already said Rich is our coach this fall and WVU’s announcement does not change that fact.” Translation: somebody better win some games real soon. [Emphasis added.]
- It looks like somebody else had to move out of a dorm room as a result of oversigning. I doubt you’ll need three guesses to name the program involved.
- Here’s a good piece on National Letters of Intent and departing coaches.
- In case you’re interested, here’s an early look at Florida’s two deep.
- Along the same lines, here’s a Q&A review of Georgia Tech.
- Could this year be Zooker’s last chance?
- Georgia has two of the three longest-serving at the same school assistant coaches in the SEC – which makes sense when you consider that Richt is the dean of the conference head coaches.
In honor of Independence Day, I thought I’d highlight a couple of football coaches who’ve recently exercised their freedom of speech.
In response to Tommy Tuberville’s recent opinion that the Big XII Conference was doomed, the Empire struck back.
The Big 12 issued the reprimand on its athletic website, saying Tuberville’s comments were a “violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship, prohibiting public criticism of members.”
“Tommy Tuberville’s comments were unfortunate, and contrary to the very strong feelings of unity expressed publicly and privately by the Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors,” Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said in a statement. “Coach Tuberville has admitted that his comments do not reflect his true feelings of respect for the conference, its leadership, and his excitement about its future and has apologized to the conference and its members.”
Tuberville was vacationing in Alabama on Friday and could not be reached for comment. Tech athletic spokesman Blayne Beal said the Big 12 asked the school not to comment on the issue.
The Big 12 concluded its statement by saying, “This will serve as the final decision and comment on this matter by all parties.”
The conference also sent Tuberville this thoughtful gift to commemorate the occasion.
Meanwhile, in this great land of ours, there are always coaches like the Zooker who are willing to speak their mind.
The former Florida head coach was a guest on The Paul Finebaum Radio show earlier this week and when asked if the SEC was a “better conference” than the Big Ten, Zook said:
“At this time, it probably is but I think there’s teams in the Big Ten Conference just as well as there’s teams in the Southeastern Conference that can play against anybody.
The biggest thing that I’ve noticed is that maybe in the Southeastern Conference there’s a few more big guys that can run, but trust me there’s some awfully, awfully good players in the Big Ten Conference as well.”
No word yet on any official comment from Mr. Delany, who at the least you’d expect could offer some context for the Zooker’s remarks.
Those margarita hangovers are a bear, aren’t they?
- A spring game attendance chart for your perusal, if you’re so inclined.
- The Zooker goes to the Middle East. I wonder if our troops know anything about sleeping fast.
- Brian Cook equates bowl expansion with the housing bubble.
- Here’s an excellent rant about ‘Bama’s bye week battle.
- If you’re the Mountain West commissioner in a conference expansion-talk age, you’ve got to be feeling a bit helpless these days.
- Stewart Mandel says the new Florida defensive coordinator is “moving the Gators to more of a 3-4 scheme”, which is the first I’ve heard about that. Any of GTP’s Florida readers care to enlighten me about it?
- If ULaLa’s beat writer should be taken at face value – “Personally, I think the Cajuns can find a way to win all of their non-conference games in 2010 (at Georgia, Oklahoma St on ESPN2, at Ohio and at Ole Miss).” – we’ve all been missing who this year’s BCS party crasher will be.