August 4, 2012 |
Ten quick-hit observations as coaches, coast to coast, continue to scour for players off Penn State's roster: 1. While it announced plans this week to broaden its powers to crack down on rules violators, the NCAA may have inadvertently helped major rules violator USC win this year's national title. Is there a law of unintended consequences on the NCAA books? President Mark Emmert's unilateral ruling on the Penn State scandal included immediately releasing all Nittany Lions players from their scholarships.
October 28, 2011 |
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: College football? Beyond the drunken student body, booze-fueled alumni, gambling junkies and the entire demented state of Texas, who cares? Not this baseball fan. As for college and pro football … I can't work up any enthusiasm for a game that routinely concusses the brains of so many players to a spongy mush, reducing these once-vibrant human beings to drooling hulks by late middle age. I don't think I'll stand and cheer for that.
August 15, 2012 |
Nebraska's Big Ten Conference indoctrination last year at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium was more like a boot camp. The Badgers kicked the stuffing out of the Cornhuskers, 48-17, in a game in which everyone was seeing red. "I'm embarrassed," Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said afterward. "I apologize to the fans of Nebraska. " The goal this year is to not need an apology. Nebraska's first year in the Big Ten was, um, probably a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. The Cornhuskers finished 5-3 in conference and 9-4 overall after a season-ending thumping by South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.
September 16, 2011 |
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: Tell me I did not just read in the L.A. Times that Auburn bounced back after their loss to Utah State last week. I was at that game and we did not lose that game. The final score was Auburn 42, Utah State 38. Sherry Hoggle Answer: What!!!? Auburn came back and won? Like a lot of Tigers fans, I left the Utah State game early. So disgusted we were about to lose to a Western Athletic Conference team at home, I got in my car and drove with the radio off until I reached the Grand Tetons.
November 25, 2010
You know it's a strange year when you look forward to Boise State at Nevada more than Notre Dame at USC or Michigan at Ohio State. But it's still rivalry week for many of our contestants, and we've reached into the joke book to add some spice to the soup. It is unfortunate some rivals can't defend themselves because they are not ranked ? Texas, Clemson, Mississippi, Kansas, Michigan, Brigham Young ? but let that serve as motivation for next year. There wasn't a lot of movement in this week's rankings order, save Nebraska's slip after its debacle at Texas A&M, but this could be the weekend for some wild shakeups.
October 23, 2011 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Louisiana State and Alabama get the week off in preparation for their colossal Nov. 5 showdown in Tuscaloosa. CBS, knowing a good "60 Minutes" story line when it sees one, has moved the game into a prime-time, 8 p.m. (Eastern) time slot. 2. Oklahoma plays at Kansas State in a game with national title implications for, of all teams, Kansas State. Oklahoma's title hopes were damaged Saturday night by a home loss to Texas Tech.