Here are a few stories that update some things I touched on earlier in the week:
Utah AG fights for fairness. He wants that BCS thing “to stop immediately”. But here’s the telling quote from the story:
“And if those millions of dollars aren’t going to those universities, guess who’s picking up the tab? We are.”
In other words, if the programs in the WAC can’t generate enough fan interest to cover their athletic expenses, it’s up to the SEC and the Big Ten to make them whole. Hey, I’ve got a suggestion – if you’re so worried about sticking taxpayers with the bill, why not just shut down unprofitable athletic programs?
Kirby Smart what? Contrary to what Brent Musburger told you (you’re listening to him about that?), Kirby Smart isn’t being interviewed for the Texas Tech head coaching job.
… Tech athletic director Gerald Myers denied reports Thursday afternoon and again Thursday evening that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart had joined the mix. Citing unnamed sources, Dallas ESPN radio affiliate 103.3 FM reported Tech planned to talk to Smart after Alabama’s season ended with Thursday night’s BCS national championship game.
“That’s something that I’m not aware of,’’ Myers said Thursday afternoon. “I know he’s a good young coach and a good young prospective coach, but at this point we haven’t made any plans to contact him.’’
Myers reiterated that position hours later and said he had not sought permission from Alabama to speak with the 34-year-old Smart, who won the Broyles Award this year as the nation’s top assistant coach.
But we heard it on television, so it must be true, right?
Guess who’s not coming to the bowl game? Color me not so surprised.
While total attendance for the first 33 of the season’s 34 bowl games was down just 1% in a struggling national economy, the FedEx Orange Bowl matchup of Iowa and Georgia Tech on Tuesday sold 66,131 tickets, down 7,471 from the 2009 game and 9,443 fewer than the bowl’s previous five-year average.
Maybe Yellow Jacket fans are at the forefront of that long-promised BCS boycott.
Guns and athletes. The legacy of Moe Brown continues to grow.
Marcy Girton has not seen the final agenda for next week’s meeting of USC’s athletics department management team, but she is certain the topic of guns and athletes will be discussed.
A day after news broke that Gamecocks football player and team captain Moe Brown had been arrested last summer on a gun charge that was later dropped, Girton said USC officials would study the gun issue after several recent incidents involving college and pro athletes.
Maybe the school can honor Brown by naming the new policy after him.
UPDATE: This is as appropriate a place to drop some additional Georgia Tech news as any, I suppose.
First, BeBe’s decided to try his luck at dropping NFL passes.
Also, Johnson’s decided to try his luck by dropping Dave Wommack. You can bet that no matter whomever Tech hires as a replacement, we’ll be assured of hearing at the Jacket message boards that he’s demonstrably better than Richt’s hire.