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Jamie Harper Early Candidate for Catch of the Year

The Clemson/Auburn game was a tale of two halves. Clemson was up 17-0 most of the first half, scoring their second touchdown on an incredible catch by Jamie Harper. Harper, the team’s running back, was placed in motion out of the backfield and went full-extension with his dive for a 24-yard TD from Kyle Parker. Here’s the incredible Jamie Harper touchdown catch video:

Amazingly enough, Auburn scored three straight touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 24-17 lead and then Clemson tied it with a TD in the fourth. They went to overtime where Auburn won in a bizarre way. Auburn had the first possession and kicked a field goal to go up 27-24. Clemson wound up kicking a field goal and making it, but they had to replay the down because of an illegal snap. On their second attempt, the kick sailed wide left giving Auburn the 27-24 overtime win. Incredible finish.

Phil Fulmer Lights Into Kiffin, Tennessee

Former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer quietly got the last word with the Vols when his replacement, Lane Kiffin, left the school in horrific fashion. Fulmer was pretty humble and seemed to be holding back in his statement. Kiffin was not as lucky on Saturday when Fulmer served up some thoughts on CBS’ halftime show.

Fulmer said the Tennessee fans felt betrayed and embarrassed by Kiffin, which is nothing new. He added that Kiffin’s arrogance turned people off, no surprise. The best part was the point Fulmer raised about Kiffiin’s luck: “how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?” Phil, we’ve all been wondering the same exact thing. Slap a different last name after Lane and he’s not USC’s coach. The Trojans will learn that the hard way.

As if that wasn’t enough, Fulmer had more thoughts for WDEF (via SB Nation). “I don’t think we should have made the change. I would have won 7 or 8 games just like Kiffin did. You could have saved all that money and heartache.”

Well, here’s the thing: the Vols wouldn’t have hired Kiffin if they thought that was going to happen, and winning 7 or 8 games is the reason they made the change — it’s simply not good enough for Tennessee. Fulmer wasn’t delivering and obviously Kiffin created a mess. The fans will have to be patient with Derek Dooley and hope he can do what his daddy did for Georgia otherwise we’ll be seeing another change in a few years.

UMass Player on Michigan: Big House is Little House on the Prairie

Playing against the Wolverines in the Big House used to be one of the most feared experiences in all of college football. That was until Appalachian State pulled off a shocker winning 34-32 in 2007, all but sealing Lloyd Carr’s ticket out of town. Oregon followed that surprise up with a 39-7 drubbing that showcased Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart, proving the Big House meant very little. Of course Rich Rodriguez took over the following year, went 3-9, and the Wolverines were pwned at home by the likes of Utah, Toledo, and Northwestern. To say the Big House holds the same intimidation factor as it used to would be a stretch. Perhaps the UMass players are feeling it.

As the Minutemen walked onto the field Friday to scan things over, they were clearly in awe of the large stadium. Senior defensive back Ke’Mon Bailey was impressed but tried to downplay things. At the end of this video he calls the Big House the “Little House on the Prairie.” Check it out:

This probably didn’t have enough time to circulate with Michigan fans but I’m sure they won’t be too happy to hear it. Good thing Bailey got the jokes in before the game because after 60 minutes of chasing Denard Robinson around the field, he’ll be begging for mercy.

Just Like Cal to Disappoint Early in Season

Anyone who is a fan of Cal football can tell you what a painful experience it is. Marred with inconsistency, the Golden Bears can get up for a game and blast an opponent by 50 points one week, and then come back and lose to an inferior opponent by 20 the next week. This season has already started out for the Bears much like their others: disappointingly.

Cal blasted UC Davis in their opener 52-3. Sure it was just UC Davis, but beating a low-level team like that is exactly what you’re supposed to do. The following week, Cal surprised me by smashing Colorado 52-7. The loss was so shocking and convincing that Buffs’ quarterback Tyler Hansen guaranteed his team would never get spanked that badly again. At 2-0 and outscoring opponents by a combined 104-10, the Bears appeared to be rolling. As soon as you think Cal is rolling, that’s exactly when they disappoint.

The Bears were on national television Friday night in Reno to play the Wolfpack. Nevada’s motive is simple; they’re going to score a ton of points and give up a ton and just hope they have more than you. Playing against Kevin Riley, the odds are generally in your favor.

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Reggie Bush No Longer Listed as Heisman Trophy Winner on Heisman Website

When Reggie Bush forfeited the Heisman Trophy, I was curious to see how the Heisman Trust would handle his name in the record books. Would they list an asterisk by his name and explain that he forfeited the Trophy for being ineligible that year? Would they wholly strike his name from the list? I thought such an action would be extreme and that listing an asterisk would be the proper way to address the situation. I checked the Heisman site on Tuesday after Bush made his announcement and there was no change to the list. Returning a few days later to see if an adjustment was made, it appears as if the Heisman Trust took as strong a measure as possible — they’ve completely wiped out the 2005 year from the Heisman list:

Like I said, I think an asterisk would have been more appropriate to explain the situation. What do you think was the right thing for them to do?

Desmond Howard Calls Out Pat Haden for Keeping Reggie Bush BCS Money

When Reggie Bush officially decided to “forfeit” the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005, I said it would end the hotly debated topic. Boy was I wrong. A good portion of the day was spent discussing the morality of Bush giving back the Trophy, and maybe Desmond Howard made the best point of all. For someone who didn’t have a lot of opinions on all matters college football last week, the former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner was outspoken on College Football Live Wednesday. He called out new USC athletic director Pat Haden for a hypocritical act:

“Pat Haden, the new athletic director, earlier in the month he said ‘If I were Reggie Bush with Pat Haden’s soul, yes I would give back the Heisman.’ OK, the Heisman’s given back. But Pat Haden, what are you going to now as far as correcting these transgressions? They played with an ineligible player, they went to BCS Bowl Games with an ineligible player, you don’t have the wins no more but you still have the money. What is your soul telling you to do with that money now that you got with an illegal player? That’s the big question that I want to hear answered now.”

Howard’s not the first person I’ve heard say USC should pay back the BCS money they earned while Bush was an ineligible member of the team, but he did a good job relating Haden’s “soul” comment with what Bush finally did. He’s absolutely right. Bush gave back something for which he gave his butt off and rightfully earned on the field (but lost based on what he did off of it). Where’s Haden now to make good on his end? Wouldn’t that be the right, just, and moral thing to do too? Desmond’s absolutely correct. Next move is on you, Pat.

Randy Shannon Puts Kibosh on Canes Twittering, Result of Middle Finger Tweet?

Something died within the Miami Hurricanes football program on Wednesday afternoon. As of 2:30pm, all the players’ twitter accounts were closed down. Even though many players use their twitter pages as a form of expression and interaction, it has been known to get people in trouble. Earlier we told you about Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen making a Tim Tebow-like promise on his account and later deleting it. Ty Lawson got in trouble for an inappropriate tweet about the Kardashians. For all the benefits of using an accounts, there can be a lot of negative issues that arise.

With that in mind, Coach Randy Shannon decided to put an end to all twittering by his players saying, “The goal is to limit distractions and help them focus. There are bigger goals than tweeting.” I agree completely, especially after players tweets’ becomes the central focus of the program.

Last week, the whole internet world was buzzing over Jacory Harris’ Raiders overalls picture. Things probably went overboard when Harris tweeted “Middle fingers everywhere. This is why you play college football” prior to Miami’s game against Ohio State (pictured above). Shannon is a no nonsense coach who was probably willing to put up with things until they became a problem. A big loss to the Buckeyes, four interceptions, a 1-1 record, and making fun of Jim Tressel is not what he wanted out of the program. Until things are turned around, all the screwing around is over for the Canes. It’s all about business now.

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Miami Hurricanes players ordered to shut down Twitter accounts [The Miami Herald]