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Lou Holtz: Master Prognosticator

Notre Dame’s been so bad recently that Domers can’t even boast about how good or talented their team is. Instead, they’ve resorted to telling us how their schedule is favorable and how playing easier competition will lead to victories. Take Lou Holtz as our case in point. My boy Jason Goch on Sporting News Radio was taken aghast by Lou Holtz’s prediction regarding who would play in the BCS title game at the end of the year. Now I know why:

Well, the bright side to that ridiculous prediction is that at least he wasn’t saying Notre Dame’s the second best team in the country. The problem is that he’s blinded by his homerism in thinking that ND is better than every team they’re going to play this season, with the possible exception of USC. We’ll see how much of a cake walk that schedule is at the end of the year. My guess is the Irish will still have at least a few losses.

video courtesy of The Wiz of Odds

Rich Rodriguez Claims Innocence in Recruiting Drug Dealer Justin Feagin

justin-feaginLook, I might not know the ins and outs of Michigan’s recruiting, but I do know one thing: Rich Rodriguez has a reputation for recruiting players of the most questionable character. At West Virginia, some of the NFL’s biggest delinquents played for him including Pacman Jones and Chris Henry. That’s why it wasn’t too surprising to hear that Michigan quarterback Justin Feagin was a drug dealer who was kicked off the Wolverines team when it was found out he was brokering a coke deal on campus. Rich Rod’s playing dumb, saying there were no negatives with Feagin until that point. I’m not buying it:

The fact is Rodriguez had been recruiting Justin Feagin for several months. He did not just discover him in late January 2008 and sign him in early February. Rodriguez and his quarterbacks coach, Rod Smith, originally wanted Feagin to join them at West Virginia.

[Feagin's] cohort in the coke deal, T.J. Burke, told police it was “common knowledge that Feagin sold marijuana.” And Feagin said he had been in a fight in Studio 4 in Ann Arbor and that police were called.

I’ve already made up my mind on this one, but as they say on Monday Night Football, you make the call. Hmm, a guy who recruited Pacman, Chris Henry, and a convicted armed robber to his West Virginia team knew exactly what he was getting into. Rodriguez will win at all costs and bring down the quality and reputation of the university in the process. Ohio State fans must be having a field day with this one.

Bobby Bowden Wants to Use His Junior College Wins

I’m really struggling with this story. Ordinarily when a team is forced to vacate past accomplishments, I look at that as a wrist-slap, nothing penalty because you can’t really undo games that a team won. For Florida State coach Bobby Bowden however, that seems like the absolute worst thing you could do to the man. Facing the thought of vacating 14 wins because of an academic cheating scandal, Bowden’s getting creative:

Meanwhile, Bobby is hatching one final trick play. This one involves digging up what he says are 22 victories earned while he was coach at South Georgia Junior College from 1956-58. Asterisk that, NCAA.

“I’ve got to get put in the grave here one of these days … ” Bowden said. “It don’t count to them. It does to me.”

Like I said, I’m having a tough time interpreting this. Is it pathetic that Bowden is digging this deep just because of a numbers game? Is it worse that Joe Paterno’s Penn State team full of criminals haven’t cost him any wins but an academic scandal cost Bobby? Is Bowden and Paterno’s game of career wins chicken a childish, egotistical battle that’s holding back both schools or is it a symbol of loyalty, longevity, hard work, and accomplishment? I think it’s some combination of everything I mentioned. Maybe the best thing would be to have the wins vacated just so their stupid game could come to an end. I highly doubt either one is doing much coaching these days anyway.

Virgin Tim Tebow Dissed by an SEC Coach, Spurrier Perhaps?

There’s been an entire website created in support of Tim Tebow listing off several facts about him. For instance, they say that Superman wears Tebow’s pajamas and that Tebow can melt ice by looking at it. Despite all that knowledge we have of him, we didn’t know until now that Tim Tebow is a virgin and that there’s some coach not fessing up to voting Jevan Snead ahead of him on a pre-season all-conference poll. As for the virgin part, Tebow is saving himself for marriage which means he’s turning down some seriously hot ass. The snub to the unanimous pre-season all-conference team has been a mystery item.

There were three players who were unanimous selections to the pre-season All-SEC team, and none of them were Tebow who happens to be a two-time national champion and Heisman Trophy winner. Coaches cannot vote for their own player so a unanimous selection would equate to 11 of 12 votes. Tebow only received 10. So far every coach to speak at SEC media days has said he’s voted for Tebow. The potential culprits are Les Miles, Gene Chizik, and none other than Steve Spurrier, if you’re to take each coach’s word. I guess I’d have to lean towards Spurrier right now, and it is possible he went with Jevan Snead since he’s always been partial to the traditional gunslinger. And even a guy like me, who can’t stand the Tim Tebow love affair, would be unable to place someone ahead of him for first team All-SEC at quarterback. (You think he plays the virgin card to get even more ass?)

Rick Neuheisel Goes After Pete Carroll

On the same day that Tim Floyd did the inevitable and resigned as the school’s basketball coach, there was something else brewing between the football coaches of UCLA and USC. While trying to rally up the boosters at a speech in Westlake, Rick Neuheisel shared a story that frames Pete Carroll as a jerk. It seems quite petty and harmless to me, but the way Slick Rick operates, you would have thought that Carroll defamed the Bruin Bear located in the middle of campus. Check out Neuheisel working the room and pumping up the troops:

This guy should be a politician or spokesman rather than a football coach if you want to talk about true talents. Turns out this was much ado about nothing because rules apparently already state kids under 18 can be on the sidelines as long as they’re performing a game-day related task. Either Rick’s going all Lane Kiffin here not understanding the rule book, or Carroll really was just being a jerk. Funny the way coaches get themselves into trouble when they address boosters. I wonder why that would be the case. Anyway, you ask my opinion, this seems like Neuheisel just fabricating something to fire up the troops, nothing more than that.

Ohio State Fans Are Pretty Crazy About Buckeyes Football

So I realize that I just shared a no-brainer statement there, but something happened Saturday that really turned my head. Nearly 96,000 people showed up to watch Ohio State’s spring game — 95,722 to be exact — setting a national spring football record. I got on Alabama fans two springs ago for having 92,000 people show up to their spring game in Nick Saban’s first year as head coach. Maybe I’ll revise my position slightly from ragging on people who go to spring exhibition games to saying it’s just not for me. There was some extra reasons explaining the humongous turnout in Columbus:

The stadium was filled to the top – though not at the capacity levels seen when fans are packed into the bleachers for regular season games.

“A lot had to do with the weather,” said Dan Wallenberg, Athletics Department spokesman. “The team also have a significantly different look from last year and people wanted to get a look at that.”

Two years later, I guess I’ll make more of an apology to Bama fans. Maybe having that sort of passion and excitement for a team is cool. I’m still blown away, nearly 100,000 fans to see a spring game? My goodness. At least they were guaranteed to see Ohio State win a big game, that’s always good for something, right?

Lane Kiffin: Tennesse’s Offense Is Still in the 1960s

Lane Kiffin’s run his mouth so darn much lately it’s hard to distinguish fact from exaggeration. At some point I might have to take everything he says with a grain of salt but I’m not quite there yet. That’s why I’m still inclined to share Kiffin’s thoughts on the state of Tennessee’s offense:

“I feel like we’re in the ’60s right now with our offense,” Kiffin said. “We’ve got to run the ball and throw play-action right now. That’s about all we can do. It’s pretty scary right now. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

That was after a team scrimmage in which the offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Jonathan Crompton. I know Kiffin has his doubts now, but I saw the way he operated the Raiders’ offense so I have confidence they’ll be fine. By the way, I love the shot Kiffin’s taking at Phil Fulmer by saying that; it’s almost as if he’s pre-warning fans and shielding criticism by putting the blame on what Fulmer left him by making such a remark.

(via FanHouse and College Football Talk)