Just shoot me now. Please.
ESPN’s SEC Network, which debuts on August 21, 2014, is planning its own version of ‘College Gameday’ and has settled on three names: Rece Davis (an Alabama grad) would be the host, the voice of the South Paul Finebaum would play the role of Lee Corso, and Tebow would be the show’s Kirk Herbstreit. A source says ESPN is currently searching for another former SEC athlete to fill the final spot.
How about Aaron Hernandez? He’s out of a job right now, too.
I kinda, sorta knew Johnny Manziel was a big deal. I didn’t realize he’s this big a deal, though.
By one measure — sheer numbers — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel steps onto the podium Wednesday morning at SEC Media Days as the biggest celebrity college football has ever seen. Ever.
He has played one season, beaten one No. 1 Alabama, and won one Heisman Trophy. Yet you can make the case that no college player in the history of the game — not Red Grange, not Archie Griffin, not Tim Tebow, not anyone — has bathed in the heat of the American spotlight the way that Manziel has.
Maisel bases this on Tweeter followers, which I think is a little silly. But it’s hard to argue that Johnny Football isn’t sucking most of the media’s oxygen out of the room these days. I expect ESPN (PAWWWWWL!) will be falling all over itself with Manziel coverage at SEC Media Days.
But still, bigger than Tebow? Anybody else feeling that?
More random bits of college football nourishment for your reading pleasure…
- John Pennington looks at SEC schools’ non-conference schedules over the past few seasons and makes a good point: “There are a lot of people who look at Georgia’s talent and the Bulldogs long run of success who ask, “When’s Mark Richt gonna win a BCS title?” First, those aren’t easy to come by. Second, they’re especially not easy to come by when you play eight SEC contests and you schedule 10 games in five years against BCS-level competition.”
- Another day, another law suit against a company selling player images. When will these amateurs learn their place?
- This doesn’t sound good. At all.
- Michael Felder takes an interesting look at what happens to all those top QB prospects after they enter college. Let’s just say it’s not exactly a science. Makes me appreciate what Richt and Bobo have done with quarterback development all the more.
- Danny Sheridan breaks down the 2013 title odds for you and guess what – it’s all Alabama!
- Skip Bayless talks to Johnny Manziel about Tim Tebow. The mind reels.
- Nifty graphical post about college football drive outcomes.
Gator fans, you give love a bad name.
And to think this is a fan base that doesn’t pause twice about mocking us for Herschel worship.
- Gary Danielson really doesn’t want to see Notre Dame in the national title game.
- On the other hand, the rest of the BCS bowls are positively giddy over Notre Dame’s prospects.
- The offensive genius gets defensive.
- This blows me away – of the 38 coaches who originally recruited Robert Marve, who starts this Saturday for Purdue, only two are still with the same school today.
- Cool piece on a guy who may be the most obscure influential offensive mind in college football right now.
- Once expected to be the offensive line’s sixth man, Watts Dantzler couldn’t even beat out a walk-on to make the travel squad for the Florida game.
- Here you go, worry warts: “Ole Miss probably couldn’t have picked a better time to face Georgia.”
- Just shoot me. Also, this. (h/t Puffdawg)
This, that and the other:
No fireworks. Just football.
- Honestly, I’m surprised Nick Saban has time for this shit.
- As Georgia Southern looks to move to D-1, it faces money concerns.
- Brady Hoke says coaches are talking about an early signing date for recruiting.
- Jeff Long on fans hoping that Arkansas might bring back Bobby Petrino: “It amazes me that that’s still out there.”
- Can somebody explain to me why this was considered to be a good idea?
- The NCAA pulls a last-minute move to put Leonard Floyd’s admission to Georgia on hold. Is there some reason that couldn’t have been researched months ago?
- Kevin Scarbinsky thinks the new playoff is going to make the regular season more attractive.
- Mark Bradley wants to know “why is it always Georgia?”. Maybe it’s because you don’t pay attention to stuff like this, Mark.
Filed under Arkansas Is Kind Of A Big Deal, BCS/Playoffs, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA, Tim Tebow: Rock Star, Whoa, oh, Alabama
Last night, Rick Perry touched the hem of the GPOOE™’s garment and we’re all the richer for it.
You know at least half the folks sharing the stage with him were mentally kicking themselves for not having gone there first.
I only hope that if Perry somehow finds himself anointed, er… selected as the GOP candidate to run next year for President – proof that we indeed live in an age of miracles, friends – he goes all in at the first debate with Obama, comes out sporting a #15 jersey and eye black with Bible verses and then starts Tebowing every time he manages to get through a debate exchange without stumbling.
With that, Corch will have no choice but to declare Rick Perry the Greatest Politician Of Our Era.
It’s not as good as a breakfast at T-Rays, but it’ll have to do.
- If Paul Johnson is the genius Mark Bradley insists he is, then this should be no problem.
- Jarvis Jones is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. Good to see that somebody’s paying attention.
- Mark Emmert suggests a $2000 increase in student-athlete scholarship amounts, but Boise State’s Bob Kustra isn’t impressed: ” … Go back and examine the life of a student athlete in intercollegiate sports in America today, and see how privileged they are to be where they are and the opportunities they have.” Lazy bums!
- Meanwhile, there’s a bunch of college administrators who don’t think Emmert’s gone far enough with his proposals.
- Spurrier’s ban on Ron Morris-attended pressers? His-tor-ee.
- This may be the consummate Pat Dooley header.
- Georgia 26, Florida 20. (I would take that in a heartbeat.)
- “Defense,” coach Turner Gill acknowledged, “is the area we haven’t made the best improvement.” No shit.
- If you’ve been looking for Mudcat’s car, it seems to have turned up in Eugene, Oregon.
Filed under Big 12 Football, Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, Stats Geek!, The Evil Genius, The NCAA, Tim Tebow: Rock Star
I think you know where this is going:
“In 2009, the news media disparaged University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow for crying on the sidelines after losing a big game, even labeling him Tim ‘Tearbow,’” said psychologist Y. Joel Wong, PhD, the study’s lead author. “However, the college football players in our study who believed … crying was appropriate had higher self-esteem. In contrast, players who believed … crying was inappropriate yet felt they would likely cry in [that] situation had lower self-esteem.”
And, no, that’s not a link to The Onion. Sadly.