UConn’s Johnny McEntee Trick Shot Video is Pretty Impressive

Throughout my four memorable years studying at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, I was always led to believe that the football team had no passing game.  Were they on the rise?  Absolutely, but they were a ground and pound team led by the likes of Donald Brown, Jordan Todman, and some tremendous run-blocking offensive lineman.  Perhaps the Huskies need to unleash their backup quarterback next season?  Check out the Johnny McEntee trick shot video:

There are a few shots where the ball disappears from the screen making me think it’s not legit, but there are plenty of others where you can see the ball the entire time that made me a believer.  All of this is done in a pressure-free environment, but the kid has to be talented.  Making those throws blindfolded?  The thing where he dinged all the goal posts using mostly his upper body?  Get this kid some wide receivers and get him into the lineup.

Auburn Interested in 14-Year-Old Quarterback David Sills

You remember David Sills? Of course you do. He’s the 13-year-old kid about whom we wrote a year ago when it was announced he had already committed to play for Lane Kiffin at USC. The young boy had an absolutely ridiculous highlight video (watch it if you haven’t), and he’s tutored by widely respected quarterback coach Steve Clarkson.

More news was made on Monday when the LA Times reported that Auburn had already offered Sills a scholarship. Clarkson said that was the case, but Sills’ father denied it, though he confirmed that Auburn liked Sills and have joked with him.

No matter how you look at things, it’s absolutely absurd that colleges are offering a 13 or 14-year-old child an athletic scholarship in football. In basketball, you can tell if someone is a prodigy at that age. In football, so much can happen in between that it’s just a joke to make such a move. I’m guessing the schools are doing this mainly to be close to Clarkson who holds the key to many young quarterbacks in the country. Whatever the reason, it’s just another example of how absurd recruiting can be.

At least we do know that Auburn and Sills do have one thing in common.

Story via CBS Sports

Facebook Post Not at Heart of Rocky Seto Issues for UCLA

UCLA’s search for a new defensive coordinator has been moving slower than the Cavs’ quest for a win. Two weeks ago, we said a deal with former Miami coach Randy Shannon was close to being done, but it was never finalized. Coach Rick Neuheisel continued to interview candidates for the job and it appeared as if he was going to hire Rocky Seto.

Seto coached on Pete Carroll’s staff at USC and is currently on the Seahawks’ staff. He reportedly was offered the defensive coordinator job and shared the news with the Daily Trojan, USC’s student newspaper. This upset UCLA for two reasons: one, he leaked word before the Bruins had a chance to make an official announcement. Two, I’m told this confirmed fears that Seto might be too much of a loose-lipped guy, and his ties to the USC community gave the Bruins pause.

Seto ultimately used poor judgment with what was sensitive information, and that appears to be the biggest reason why he wasn’t hired. Bruins Nation broke this dynamic down a few days ago well before Scott Wolf reported on a facebook issue that landed on the front page at CBSSports.com.

If Seto did put the news on his facebook page before the announcement was made, it was only a symptom of the problem, not the cause. Meanwhile, UCLA is still without a defensive coordinator, and now that National Signing Day has passed, there is less urgency to move swiftly.

Cyrus Kouandjio Signs with Alabama over Auburn in The Decision, Part II

Offensive line recruit Cyrus Kouandjio has gone through a stressful recruiting period. The 6’7″ behemoth from DeMatha Catholic in Maryland was widely thought to be leaning towards committing to Alabama, but he surprised many people when he announced he would be attending Auburn on National Signing Day. Kouandjio was clearly having second thoughts because he never signed his letter of intent, leaving Auburn hanging. At that point it was believed he was still considering Alabama and New Mexico, prompting notable figures to try and sway his decision through facebook.

Three days after making his Auburn announcement on TV, Kouandjio changed his commitment. Cyrus’ brother, Arie Kouandjio, an offensive lineman at Alabama, was hyping up the release of Cyrus’ decision on twitter Saturday afternoon as if it were the second coming of LeBron’s decision. At the appropriate time, he finally wrote:

And just like that, we were reminded of the age in which we leave: decisions announced in LeBron form, released through social media outlets, after being appropriately promoted. Thank goodness the process is finally over. Now the tough part really begins — playing in the SEC for a national title contender. And Cyrus thought he had it hard in high school? Whoo boy.

Phil Simms Supposedly Wanted to Hit Desmond Howard Over Criticism of Son

Former Giants Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms apparently got somewhat confrontational with fellow former NFL player, Desmond Howard this weekend. Both players are current TV analysts — Simms for CBS and Howard for ESPN. Simms saw Desmond at the NFL Xperience at the Super Bowl this week, and brought up an insult he heard Howard make on TV during the college football season. From Howard’s twitter via MK Rob:

“At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him “LET’S GO! … I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!! During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said “u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC” That’s what Phil did not like.”

Even though Phil is a former player who’s endured criticism and understands the role of playing an analyst on TV, he’s still a father, and that would make sense if he got defensive. He also must have a memory like LeBron to raise that issue with Des. When reached by phone, Matt said he was unaware of the incident. We’re awaiting word from Phil on the story.

UPDATE: Phil issued a statement through CBS via Richard Deitsch “”Desmond and I were having a private conversation that became heated. But at no time was there ever a chance of any physical confrontation, or that I felt the police officer assigned to me by the event planners for my appearance needed to separate the two of us.”

Simms’ wife, Diana, told LBS “that’s not normally like us,” regarding her husband’s actions. She also says she thinks her son Matt is proud of his father for defending him.

For more on this story and much more, keep up with LBS on twitter

Nick Saban and Pat Dye’s Daughters Post on Cyrus Kouandjio’s Facebook Wall

If you’re unaware of the saga involving high school recruit Cyrus Kouandjio, here’s your refresher. Kouandjio is considered the top offensive tackle recruit in the country. He announced he was going to play at Auburn on National Signing Day, but he never signed his letter of intent. He’s still uncertain where he will play, and the decision has been so difficult it’s given him a nervous tick.

He’s deciding between Auburn, Alabama, and New Mexico, and it complicates matters is the fact that his brother plays for Bama. It also doesn’t help that two of the schools from which he’s choosing also happen to have the most passionate fanbases possible.

The competitive nature between Bama and Auburn is intense, to say the least. Fans have been raiding Kouandjio’s facebook profile recently, trying to sway him to play for their school. To give you an idea of how much this guy means and how desperate these schools are, the daughter of Alabama coach, Nick Saban, and the daughter of former Auburn coach, Pat Dye, have both written on Kouandjio’s facebook wall recently. Check out these postings from Kristen Saban and Missy Dye McDonald courtesy of SI college football writer, Andy Staples:

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Bama Fax Cam Girls Receive Complaints, Facebook Group

Wednesday we passed along the story info that some women happen to monitor the fax machine at Alabama as letters of intent come in throughout the day on National Signing Day. Yes, those ladies are members of the Crimson Cabaret team, and yes they were wearing short skirts. But aside from this being a minor “move along, nothing to see here” story on the internet, some official at a rival SEC school got their behind all chapped by the Fax Cam Girls and complained to the league.

I’m not sure what code in the league rules this violates considering asking a school for $180,000 for your son to play results in no punishment, but what else should we expect? That a school complained about the Bama Fax Cam Girls is every bit as pathetic as Bama actually running a “Fax Cam” online to satiate interest.

This story would obviously not be complete without mentioning that like so many other menial subjects in the world, the Bama Fax Cam Girls have received their very own cyber honor. That’s right, a facebook group called the “Bama Fax Cam Girls” was recently started. I’m not sure of its purpose, but here it is in case you’re interested. God help us all.