Picking up a few loose ends

Here are a few college football stories I’ve seen that aren’t really worthy of posts on their own, but still worth sharing for one reason or another:

Rich Brooks is a wimp. If you wonder why so many people make snide comments about SEC scheduling, here’s a reason. It’s not enough that Kentucky starts its ’07 season off with four straight home games; it’s got to script the order. So the Louisville game has to move from the season opener because…

Barnhart said Kentucky coach Rich Brooks “wants to have a better opportunity to have our players ready. This year, for example, we’re going to go through the process of redeveloping our offensive line. He wants them to have their feet on the ground a little bit.”

Translation: Brooks doesn’t want to have his ass handed to him in the season opener by a top 10 program. Here’s hoping that Barnhart is successful in finding a spot on TV for the game so we can watch Kentucky lose by 40.

Focus, George. Iraq. Immigration. Alberto Gonzales. It’s not like President Bush doesn’t have a lot on his mind these days. Yet he’s still got time to think about Nick Saban.

The president gave Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) a hard time about the wildly exorbitant pay package — $4 million a year – that was recently arranged for the new coach of Shelby’s beloved University of Alabama football team, .

“Richard, how’s that coach doing?” the president asked, according to sources in the room, one of whom said Bush dryly mentioned how the cushy deal must be costing “a lot of taxpayer money” for the citizens of Alabama (one of the poorest states in the nation).

“He’s making a lot of money, more than we’re making,” Shelby acknowledged. “And I hope he’ll produce this fall so we can compete with the University of Texas.”

‘Course, it could be that Bush’s little quip is a remnant of a grudge he might hold against the new coach, NFL hotshot Nick Saban, for dissing Bush by declining his dinner invitation last year because he had to get his Miami Dolphins to training camp early.

Boy, that’s reassuring. Maybe we’ll see Alabama added to the Axis of Evil one day. Let’s hope they don’t need FEMA’s help any time soon.

(h/t AOL Fanhouse)

Where to now, St. Peter’s? This is a story that will make you sad and mad. Sad because you can’t help but feel bad for Taylor’s plight, especially considering the circumstances under which he received the job in the first place. Mad because once again the NCAA proves itself to be one rat bastard of an organization:

The irony is St. Peter’s never wanted to be a football power. The school happily played in Division 3, the NCAA’s lowest class, until 1993.

Then a new NCAA rule prohibited schools such as St. Peter’s from playing basketball in Division 1 if they played football in Division 2 or below. Larger schools complained that smaller members were reaping the financial benefits of top-tier basketball while choosing not to spend some of that money on the most expensive sport of all — football.

Jennifer Kearns, a spokeswoman for the NCAA, said member schools decided they wanted “consistent philosophy of athletics departments.”

Weasel words, nothing more. I’m only surprised that no one bothered to spin this as being good for the kids in some way.

The arts continue to flower in Arkansas. Maybe we need to look at Houston Nutt as an agent of change and Arkansas as 15th century Italy. There’s a real renaissance going on there. Pork Rind Jimmy’s cutting edge journalism, 48 page treatises on how to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain emails and cell phone records, creative lawyering – it’s like watching a bunch of freshly hatched Michelangelos and Machiavellis spreading their wings and taking flight.

And now we can add this to the stew pot. Whatever else you might think about him, it’s clear that when the Nuttster departs the scene in Fayetteville, he will leave behind a community that will have been deeply enriched by the experience.

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4 responses to “Picking up a few loose ends

  1. Rodney

    Little Brother is barely top 10 in the state much less the country. When UK dominates them in the middle of September the cats will be ranked nationally and the Cards will be nowhere to be found. Welcome to UK domination. Get used to it.

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  2. So why did Barnhart give the reason he did for moving the game? Keep in mind he was aware of the fact that it might cost UK the TV slot.

    It’s a funny way for the “dominant” school to act, don’t you think?

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  3. Rodney

    Wouldn’t you rather have a few weeks to study your opponent (especially with a whole new staff coming in)? Even more so when it is one of your biggest games of the year?

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  4. Well, sure. I’d also like an open date before every big game on the schedule. And a pony.

    But that’s weak. It’s certainly not the way I’d expect a “dominant” program to operate. Why hasn’t Louisville felt the need to move the date?

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