July 22, 2010

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Charles’ Media Daze

By: Charles

As usual, the SEC Media Days lives up to its hype. The three-ring circus in Hoover included elephants, trapeze artists,   and clowns, with Nick Saban calling out agents everywhere as “pimps”, and America was aghast to see Jerry MaGuire turned into Don “Magic” Juan.

It seems the entire SEC has agents of all kinds in their sights- Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier also spoke out, but without Saban’s beautiful phrasing. If agents are indeed “preying” on college athletes, I undoubtedly agree that they should be severely punished, but not at the expense of any accountability on the player’s part. Coaches on both coasts are calling out for widespread legislative changes to “pass the buck” from players and teams, squarely on the agents themselves. The real problem lies (as usual) with Pete Carroll. Nationwide, people saw him skate out of USC right as allegations were bearing down on the Trojans’ program, and Carroll weaseled away unscathed. And then greasy poor Lane Kiffin blindly walked into a  completely deserved unfair situation of “rebuilding” instead of “reloading”.

If it happened to anyone other than the mercenary, coach-for-hire Lane Kiffin, I’d almost agree that the system needed to be fixed.

February 2, 2010

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National Signing Day

By: Alex

Tomorrow is the NCAA National Signing Day… For the die hard College Football fans this is like the NFL Draft. National Signing Day is a very exciting time of year. It’s a time where Fans can do their own scouting for the next Heisman Trophy candidate. It’s also a time that can make or break a coach’s upcoming season. Every team has its holes, there is do doubt about that. This is a time where Coaches can go out and fill those voids with talented, intelligent young adults. This day also has a big effect on the pre-season football rankings, which are pretty much a shot in the dark anyways. If a school gets a big, talented recruiting class, that can boost them a spot or two. According to ESPN.com, the 2010 Top 10 Best Recruiting Classes are:

  1. Florida Gators
  2. Texas Longhorns
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide
  4. Georgia Bulldogs
  5. Auburn Tigers
  6. Oklahoma Sooners
  7. Penn State Nittany Lions
  8. LSU Tigers
  9. Florida State Seminoles
  10. USC Trojans

 

Coming from a HUGE NCAA Football Fan, I can’t wait to see who will end up at my favorite school. GO BLUE!

January 15, 2010

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Firing Period

By: Alex

The NCAA Football offseason has been full of action. Coaches being fired, stepping down and taking other jobs. All of the action that has happened in the past week includes the Lane Kiffin saga. Lane Kiffin steps down as Head Coach at Tennessee to take the Head Coaching job at Southern Cal. All this is happening less than a month away from National Signing day. This creates a HUGE mess for incoming student athletes. Athletes who commit to schools for a certain coach are now stuck in a situation they do not want to be in, utlimately making their transistion to the collegiate life a bit harder. I propose that the NCAA should have a Firing Peroid… or at least a cut off date to where a school should let a coach go. This would prevent huge debacles with recruiting sanctions and will help students ultimately choose the right situation for themselves as STUDENT atheletes.

November 4, 2008

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NFL Week 9: Donkeys and Pigs Fly Again

By: realbigfathead

By Apryl DeLancey

Can you believe that the Tennessee Titans are 8-0?  I was fortunate to pick up their amazing defense in my Fantasy Football draft at the start of the season.  I say fortunate since it was my very last pick and sort of an afterthought.  Bwahaha!  At any rate, let me just write that again – the Tennessee Titans are 8-0.  I find that remarkable since the team is buried deep in NCAA Football territory.  Most of the sports fans in the area are die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fans that aren’t big followers of pro football.  I’m guessing that’s changing.

Besides, the Titans are living up to their name while the New England Patriots continue to bewilder some and amuse others.   The Pats loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 puts their record at 5-3.  One bewildering fact is that they’ve managed to play an entire game earlier this season completely penalty-free.  Fans are also holding on to the hope that former USC Trojan Matt Cassel can continue to perform in Tom Brady’s absence.  So far he’s done a great job of stepping up.

Lastly, what the heck happened to the Dallas Cowboys?  First, Tony Romo suffers a minor injury that keeps him from playing.  Then, Terrell Owens can’t seem to buy a catch.  (In fact, I had to bench him from my Fantasy team this week.)  The Cowboys were lucky to make it past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8, but were utterly embarrassed in Week 9 by the New York Giants.  Brad Johnson threw many interceptions, but one of the Cowboys’ touchdowns came from an Eli Manning interception that was run back.  Luckily, the ‘boys have a bye week ahead of them and can pause to regroup.  Everyone predicted they would have a really great year…

Not surprisingly, the Atlanta Falcons went on the road and completely demolished the Oakland Raiders. I really would like to see the Raiders get it together…soon.

It has been a wild NFL season so far and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!