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The Return of College GameDay Signs

Smell that?  That’s the smell of the first big Saturday of college football.  With all the hype surrounding NFL training camps, we tend to forget college football kicks off a week earlier than meaningful NFL play.  Tis the season, which means let the clever College GameDay signs start flowing.  We’re off to a pretty good start with these “Masoli for Heistman” and “Butch, I’m eligible” signs (knocking the influx of UNC football player suspensions).  As the games roll on and the beers continue to be consumed, it should only get better from here.

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Miami Fans Get Bored With Game, Decide to Toss One Another

On Wednesday night, we brought you one of the best baseball brawls we’ve seen in quite some time. If watching fans brawl in the stands is your thing, you’ll appreciate the way the Miami Hurricanes‘ fans kicked off the 2010 season.  The 45-0 rout of Florida A&M was impressive, but very much expected.  The royal rumble in the stands?  Not so much.  Check out the Miami-Florida A&M fans brawl video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

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College Football Player Tased After Getting into Naked Three-Point Stance

If that’s not the most enjoyable title I’ve ever written since joining the LBS staff then, frankly, I have no idea what is.  You just can’t make this stuff up, I’m afraid.  We’ve had our fair share of Taser stories this year, but this one tops them all.  Fear not, Phillies fans, you’re off the hook again with this one.

A 19-year-old Oregon State lineman, Tyler Patrick Thomas, was kicked off the Oregon State Football team on Monday after getting himself in a ridiculous situation that resulted in him being arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.

According to information from the Corvallis Police Department, at about 4:51 a.m., police were called to 519 N.W. 14th Street after a 32-year-old woman reported there was a naked man in the upstairs office of her residence.

When officers arrived, they ordered him to get on the ground several times, but he refused.

Then Thomas, who had reportedly been drinking, got into a “three-point stance” and lunged at the officers, who Tased him.

Unlike the Phillies fan who rushed the field, Thomas absolutely deserved to be Tased.  After reading the description of the incident, I see no other option the police had in this situation.  I still can’t believe he actually dropped down into a three-point stance and faced officers while he was butt-naked.

Sources:
OSU player dismissed from team after arrest [Gazette Times]
Oregon State Lineman Gets Naked, Tased [Deadspin]

LeGarrette Blount Threw Punch that Hit Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti

LeGarrette Blount is known by most sports fans for only one reason: punching Boise State defensive lineman Byron Hout after a loss. While Hout confirmed he was talking trash after the win, it appears as if there was not only a pattern of punching for Blount, but also a trend of covering up by Oregon.

Since Blount was caught on video punching a teammate during Tennessee Titans practice this week, Oregonian columnist John Canzano figured it would be a good time to tell the story of Blount hitting coach Mike Bellotti as we learned via Sports by Brooks.

As the story goes, a typical fight broke out during an Oregon practice and coach Mike Bellotti went to break it up. Bellotti was accidentally punched but the point still stands: Blount, for at least the third time, was swinging at a teammate. Bellotti acknowledged something happened but says Blount never hit him.

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Lou Holtz: USC Penalties Were Unfair

When USC was penalized by the NCAA, the initial reaction from most people was that the Trojans were hit harder than any school since Southern Methodist. Some people felt the punishment was warranted while others found it to be excessive. USC is trying to appeal some of the penalties and is saying that the punishment does not fit the crime. While Pete Carroll has been singing this tune the loudest, a surprising voice has joined the chorus.

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz joined The Wiz of Odds podcast to discuss many of the prevalent issues in college football. One of the questions host Jay Christensen asked was if the sanctions against USC were fair. Here was Holtz’s response:

Based on what I read, I would say ‘no.’ But then again, I didn’t read all the other things. Here’s why I say ‘no.’ Because the only one that they really came out on football was with Reggie Bush and it all had to do with an agent. It did not have to do with a coach paying him money, alumni paying money. I did not read of any other player involved along that line.

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Jerrod Johnson Has a Future in Singing if Football Doesn’t Work Out

Texas A&M may have gone 6-7 last year but it wasn’t because of poor play at the quarterback position. Jerrod Johnson was a stud for the Aggies, throwing for 30 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, while adding eight more TDs on the ground. Although the senior is entering his final collegiate season and hoping for a career in the NFL, we know he at least has a backup plan. SI Hot Clicks linked us to a video of Jerrod Johnson singing Blackstreet’s No Diggity on Wednesday. Check out this impressive performance via FratHouse Sports:

So how many of the girls in the crowd wanted to go home with him after that? Talented quarterback AND singer? That’s just unfair.

Sources:
Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson Singing Karaoke [FratHouse Sports]
I Like The Way You Work It [SI Hot Clicks]
Video Credit: YouTube user AW7Austin

Returning Bush’s Heisman Won’t Change History But Is Right Thing to do

A move many of us figured was coming before too long finally happened on Tuesday. USC athletic director Mike Garrett was replaced by Pat Haden who promised to “compete ferociously but also ethically.” Haden’s first order of business is to patch up the public image of USC after the Trojans suffered numerous hits within the last several months. On top of all the gaffes by Lane Kiffin, the school was punished by the NCAA for multiple violations mostly related to O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush. Now, new school president Max Nikias isn’t messing around:

“I have instructed the senior vice president for administration to remove athletic jerseys and murals displayed in recognition of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush by mid-August – before the incoming class of students moves on campus – from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Nikias also said Reggie Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy will be revoked and returned to the Heisman Trophy Trust in August.

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