Virginia wrapped up their worst season since 1986 with a 42-13 loss to Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers were down 14-13 at halftime only to end up getting outscored 28-0 in the second half with Ryan Williams running for four official touchdowns. The loss culminated a six game losing streak to end the year during which the team got outscored 204-87. Things really never turned following a season-opening loss to William & Mary so the reality that Al Groh was going to be axed after the final game had been accepted by everyone involved in the program, Groh included. In fact, he even had a statement prepared for the media after the bludgeoning — he elected to recite “The Guy in the Glass” by Dale Wimbrow:
We heard about Jimmy Clausen getting punched last weekend and that it resulted in a pair of black eyes. That report seemed to be exaggerated considering visual evidence confirms he has one black eye. Notre Dame may have been helping Jimmy “saving face,” saying he got sucker punched, but that doesn’t change that we saw the damage to his face on Saturday in the Stanford game. Clearly this dude got decked!
I know there’s a Jimmy Clausen penis joke somewhere involving that photo on the bottom left. I said it before and I’ll say it again: given Jimmy’s personality, I would not be surprised to hear he provoked the fight. Even though I crack on the guy, I have to give him plenty of credit for the way he played on the field — 340 yards and 5 touchdown passes is simply awesome. Can’t fault him for the defense’s issues; he doesn’t tackle.
BYU beat rival Utah to win the Holy War on Saturday, 26-23 in overtime. Max Hall was off most of the game going 12-32, but he did manage to throw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime, his second TD of the game. Hall was a junior last year when the Utes took it to the Cougars 48-24 so no doubt he was pleased to get revenge. But Hall actually took it to a new level with his postgame comments saying he hates Utah. This is a soundbite for the ages that will certainly cause more friction in Utah:
Much like Buckeyes fans who expressed support of Rich Rodriguez on Saturday, anti-Notre Dame fans will be sad to hear about the way things are ending for the Irish. Now 6-5 after losing to UConn, all signs point to the school firing Charlie Weis after the season ends. There couldn’t have been a clearer sign than when the school decided Weis wouldn’t be allowed to remain on the West Coast for a scheduled recruiting trip following the Stanford game. That was their way of sending their message without publicly saying Weis is done.
Adding to the awesomeness surrounding South Bend this week was when Jimmy Clausen got punched on Saturday night in/outside a restaurant. The details surrounding the event are sketchy at best, with several explanations being offered. Given Jimmy’s history of untimely remarks and cocky behavior, I’m guessing he’s not the innocent lamb he’s being made out to be. As far as his future goes, the Chicago Tribune is saying the Clausens are selling their South Bend home. The home has been up for sale since the summer, but the family has accepted an offer. Was it put up for sale in the summer because of the economy or some other reason? Or was it so the family would have options in case Jimmy left school early? I’m guessing it’s the latter. Or maybe Clausen is leaving because Jimmy holds grudges.
The final few weeks of the college football season are big for several reasons. For the obvious reason, teams are fighting for bowl games and top spots in their conference Secondly, the last few weekends are full of rivalry games. Then of course, the final home game of the season for most teams is usually Senior Day where the program honors the departing seniors for their contributions to the team. Florida’s having its senior day on Saturday when they play Florida State. This senior day might be bigger than the average senior day considering this class has produced two national championship teams and a Heisman Trophy winner in Tim Tebow. Anyway, coach Urban Meyer got uber emotional several times during his Monday press conference. He started off by dispelling rumors that he’s headed to Notre Dame to replace Charlie Weis but got close to crying when discussing Tim Tebow and the late Michael Guilford. Check out the video:
The good thing about watching the entire video is that you get to see it wasn’t just Tebow that got Urban so emotional; Meyer became pretty somber when discussing the plans to honor Michael Guilford. In case you’re unaware who Guilford is, he was a member of this recruiting class but he died in a motorcycle crash two years ago. Anyhow, going back to Meyer’s comments about Notre Dame, this would be quite the offseason for Florida if they lost both Tebow and Meyer. Of course, they do still have John Brantley in waiting, so it’s not like Urban doesn’t have anything to come back for.
Penn State may be 10-2 but their strong record is deceiving given the weak state of the Big Ten. Working against them is that they lost to Ohio State and Iowa at home, while both of those teams also finished 10-2 on the season. That’s going to make it difficult for the Nittany Lions to become the conference’s second BCS Bowl team behind Ohio State. Even if that’s the case, don’t expect Joe Paterno to get too fancy lobbying for his team to get into a BCS game:
“What do you want me to say?,” Paterno asked reporters outside Spartan Stadium. “Pick us. Maybe I could get on the phone and call somebody and say, ‘you owe me one,’ or ‘you might find a horse’s head in your bed’.”
They say Joe Pa doesn’t do too much coaching-wise these days, but whatever he doesn’t do Xs and Os-wise he makes up for with his funny quotes. It was prior to the Illinois game that Paterno messed around with a local reporter who was trying to do a story on Joe Suhey. Score one for the Italian from Brookyln.
We’ve already covered the Les Miles/LSU screw up to end the Ole Miss game at great lengths. If his mistakes weren’t enough, even google was picking on him calling him an idiot. But making matters worse is that Les Miles lied after the game, denying that the coaches instructed quarterback Jordan Jefferson to spike the ball with one second left. This video proves that Miles lied and that the coaches wanted Jefferson to spike it:
Not fessing up to your mistake after the game is understandable — nobody wants to admit they’re an idiot. But to pass to blame onto your quarterback is flat out disgraceful. I’m glad we have video proof that Miles is the one to blame, not Jefferson, because it properly assigns responsibility. Miles and the LSU coaches were an embarrassment for all coaches everywhere and now we have undeniable proof of their idiocy. Maybe next time Les will learn to tell the truth. I thought he already knew about the importance of doing so.