Let’s clear the decks with a few tidbits I’ve been saving.
Some tasty tidbits for your sampling pleasure:
- Here’s a look at some of the possible ramifications of O’Bannon, from a Duke perspective.
- “The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn’t winning.” No shit.
- Notre Dame’s academic scandal and the recruiting trail.
- For those of you who can’t get enough Todd Grantham, here’s the man live and hands on. (h/t CardDawg, who’s on the mother)
- Nick James, you bad, mane.
- Maybe we should refer to Georgia’s class of 2010 as Survivor: 2010.
- Hawaii’s AD says the school may not be able to afford to continue its football program.
- Oklahoma suspends an incoming freshman after he’s charged with misdemeanor assault, but is making the effort to have Dorial Green-Beckham declared eligible for this season. AD says, “As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way…”. Color me confused.
- The Nuttster and Gus, together again.
Brandon Marcello’s tale of the year Gus Malzahn, Mitch Mustain and Houston Nutt spent together at Arkansas is as good a story as you’ll read, even if there’s no mention of Mitch’s mom, Pork Rind Jimmy or FOIA requests.
The Nuttster comes off as the slippery weasel you’d expect – he’s not human if some of the stuff he claims didn’t affect him really didn’t. Mustain comes off as an arrogant ass.
Mustain, watching it unfold on a television newscast, couldn’t believe what he was hearing and referred to Nutt as a “dork.”
The comment was included in “Year of the Dog: One Year, One Team, One Goal.”
Mustain maintains today the comments Nutt made were “undoubtedly unprofessional” for a win against an “average” Ole Miss team that provided Arkansas its first SEC win in six tries. The book excerpt leaked prior to a trip to South Carolina, and Mustain said he started hearing rumblings Nutt wasn’t happy with the comment.
Duh, ‘ya think?
Gus comes off much better by comparison, mainly because he’s been smart enough to keep his mouth shut about the whole debacle. You may not think that’s a big deal, but there are plenty of smart folks who’ve never learned that lesson.
You’ll never guess what has the man’s knickers in a wad.
On the growing frequency of commitment flips in college football recruiting:
“That’s the one thing that I don’t miss, right there. I wish they’d do a study on what happens to the flip-floppers. I’m talking about the ones that flip from one school to the other; not once, not twice, maybe three times, and see what kind of career (they had.) The ones to me that know where they’re going and they’re truly committed, to me they have the best careers in college.”
I wonder if he feels the same way about the kids who sign on the back end of a 37-person recruiting class.
It’s the end of the week. You must be hungry.
Don’t fill up too much; save room for tomorrow.
- Bruce Feldman lists his top ten fast-rising assistant coaches here. Todd Grantham isn’t mentioned. Hmmm.
- Are the long knives starting to come out for Ted Roof?
- Aaron Murray has trouble keeping track of all the running backs he’s handed off to. Understandably so.
- Florida, mediocre? Not when it comes to excuse making.
- Good Lord, not another college football scandal.
- West Virginia’s Oliver Luck delivers the Big East’s eulogy succinctly: “If the goal is to go to a BCS game, it’s better to play in one of the power conferences.”
- JoePa and that legacy thing? “The amount of people that dislike him puts him on par with the likes of Jerry Springer, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson and Lindsay Lohan.”
- Houston Nutt to Memphis?
- Between being on the field for all 92 plays, getting chop blocked like crazy and finishing with 16 tackles apiece, Abry Jones and DeAngelo Tyson have a right to be proud for surviving last year’s game with Georgia Tech.
- WAC, if you want help, first you’d better help yourself.
Bruce Feldman, who knows a good bit about the Mississippi program, delivers a devastating eulogy of Houston Nutt’s downfall:
… The problems started to come because Nutt didn’t recruit as hard as the old staff. You’re able to get away with not recruiting as hard at Arkansas than you can at Ole Miss. His first few classes were huge, but loaded with misfires and guys who never made it to Oxford or didn’t last long. He also allowed MSU to take over the recruiting in the state in his first few years. Eventually that caught up with him, as did the eased-up, players’ coach mentality inside the program. The team had lost whatever edge was there in the early years of Nutt’s tenure. Whoever replaces him will inherit quite a challenge. There is some talent, especially in a nice group of young receivers, but there are major questions about the QB and throughout the rest of the depth chart, especially on the lines. There also are APR issues the new coach is going to have to be very mindful of because they’ve had so much attrition the past few years there. It looks like this team has been mailing it in on the field so if you’re the next coach you better hope they haven’t been mailing it in off the field too by not going to classes.
The next guy may be crazy or desperate. The one silver lining – Dan Mullen may not be gaining as much traction at MSU as everyone thought after last season.