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Notre Dame Fans Classy til the Very End

So much for the delusions of an 8-4 season and surge to prominence under Charlie Weis and his “number one recruiting classes in the country.” Notre Dame suffered its 5th and no doubt most embarrassing loss of the season Saturday, getting beat 24-23 by a Syracuse team that had won just two games prior to the contest. The Orange had also just fired their head coach the week before for good measure, something from which ND might have to take a cue. Things are so miserable for Notre Dame fans at this point that they’re trying to find new ways of amusing themselves at football games — they’re making snowballs. And hitting their own players with ‘em:

Notre Dame football players were pelted by snowballs from fans sitting in the student section during their loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

“To throw snowballs at their own team, I didn’t think that was a smart thing to do. I guess (they thought) it was funny,” defensive tackle Pat Kuntz said.

Defensive lineman Ian Williams got hit in the helmet, defensive end Ethan Johnson was struck on the left cheek and a St. Joseph County police officer on the sideline looking into the crowd got hit in the chest.

Well, I guess that’s one way to respond to an embarrassing loss. I wonder what kind of raucous the fans of UW and Wassou would be causing if they had the manners of Notre Dame fans. This is certainly a low point for the program and no doubt the fans will regret their actions (especially the ones in jail).

UPDATE: Check out video of the snowball fights

Bill Belichick Offers Advice to Urban Meyer on Blowing Teams Out

Convenient that two pretty certified jerks are good friends inside the football coaching circle. Think about it: Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer have a lot in common; Belichick used to run up the score last year, Meyer’s doing it this year. Naturally, after seeing Florida blow out South Carolina Saturday, Belichick had some words of advice for Meyer on handling his players:

Who knows better than Belichick what it’s like to have a team that’s dominating opponents, and making it look easy in the process? And who knows better how the hype that accompanies being ranked No. 3 and remaining in the national title hunt can adversely affect a team?

“I had a very nice call from Coach Belichick, and he said just make sure you stay on top of them because they are going to be hearing how good they are,” Meyer said Sunday morning. “When you watch film, we still can be a lot better.”

Will Belichick counsel them on advice prior to the National Championship game should the Gators reach that point? Interestingly enough, Meyer was also pressured to answer a question whether or not Utah (currently undefeated and where he coached prior to Florida) deserved a shot at the title game ahead of a one-loss Florida team. No way they do, but it sure puts Meyer in a bad spot to answer the question. And we all know what the answer is, of course.

(via Ben Maller)

Video: Chris Beanie Wells Hurdles Illinois Defender, He’s Got Hops

We’ve already had a couple of notable hurdles make the front page here at LBS this year. One came earlier in the college season courtesy of Knowshon Moreno, the other was recently achieved by Giants tight end, Kevin Boss. This airborne move by Ohio St running back Chris Beanie Wells ranks right up there with the other two. Check it:

Beanie went freakin airborne on that one. It wasn’t so much about the height as it was about the distance. And the best part was it allowed him to grab another 10 yeards on the run. There’s no doubting the talent of Beanie Wells and how much better he makes the Buckeyes. Boy did they miss him when he was hurt.

Nick Saban Speech: ‘I Don’t Give a S*** Who We’re Playing’

Nick Saban answers a lot of questions regarding his relentless drive and passion to succeed. Never satisfied (keep the Miami Dolphins comments to yourself) with what his team accomplished last week or last year, he’s always looking to get better and to keep winning. It’s that type of attitude that’s helped make him one of the best, if not the best, college football coach in the country. That type of attitude also makes it difficult for him to relate to the media and to the fans. But Saban did his best to try and convey that message to the Crimson Tide fans during his weekly radio show, encouraging them in no uncertain terms to get pumped up for their game with Mississippi State just the same as they would for the game against Auburn. Check out Saban getting fired up and cussing in this video, and skip ahead to around the 2:45 mark.

I may have called him Nick Satan in the past — and it was probably deserved — but I’ve really come around on the guy. He has tremendous drive and focus and has proven he’s one of the best at what he does. He certainly has my respect and I’d be cheering like a madman too!

Brian Baldinger: Jon Gruden Wouldn’t Work at Tennessee or in College Football

There’s been a tremendous amount of speculation about Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden leaving the NFL to fill the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee now that Phil Fulmer is out. A lot of the rumors and speculation revolve around Gruden’s ties to Tennesse as a one-time grad assistant with the Vols, and the fact that he still owns property in the area. But NFL analyst Brian Baldinger disagreed with the speculation saying that Gruden would be a bad fit at Tennessee. He gave his reasoning on The Arnie Spanier Show:

“Jon [Gruden] might have the most complex playbook in the whole NFL. That’s why he can only co-exist with a veteran quarterback. Chris Simms didn’t have a chance of digesting that playbook — you’ve gotta have Jeff Garcia or Brad Johnson or Rich Gannon. If you took that playbook to college with 20 hours a week, with 15 spring practices, he would be doing back flips in angst when they couldn’t digest his playbook. It would be a horrible fit, just that alone would be a horrible fit.”

When you think about the point Baldy makes, it’s hard to disagree. The facts are staring you right in the face. And that’s coming from the same analyst who proclaimed on the radio that the Falcons would be the surprise team in the NFL this year, winning around eight games as opposed to the four or less most idiots thought. His reasoning? He broadcasted their preseason games and felt that Matt Ryan was the best quarterback to enter the league since Peyton Manning. I’ll take his word for it. As for Chucky, maybe he can continue to stroke the Tennessee position to gain leverage for a fatter contract with Tampa Bay.

Myron Rolle to Interview for Rhodes Scholarship, Play vs Maryland Same Day

Ordinarily when I proclaim that a particular story or video is “my favorite of the year,” it’s of some athlete stinking up the joint at karaoke, or Pacman Jones getting busted at a local Hooters. This time when I say that Myron Rolle’s story is my favorite of the college football season, it’s for a genuinely good reason — not some stupid slapstick comedy thing.

Myron Rolle is a safety at Florida State, sporting a 3.75 GPA as a pre-med. He finished his undergraduate study in two and a half years I’m told. Rolle also got the good news that he would be a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, one that would allow him the opportunity to study at Oxford in England. Last week SI shared the news that Myron Rolle would choose to interview for the scholarship over playing in the game if the times coincided on November 22nd. Coach Bobby Bowden agreed with the decision saying it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But ESPN has since elected to broadcast the game in prime time, making the situation a whole lot more interesting.

Rolle will be in Birmingham, Ala., that day to interview for a Rhodes Scholarship. He should be done in Alabama by 5 p.m., CST, which should give him a shot at hopping a charter flight to make the game by halftime.

Florida State athletics director Randy Spetman said the wheels are in motion to get Rolle from Birmingham to Maryland. The university has contacted several charter companies for prices is working through the ACC to make sure it submits everything necessary to the NCAA. Spetman said Monday he expects everything to be in place in two or three days.

Talk about bringing new meaning to the term “student-athlete.” I couldn’t be more impressed by Myron Rolle and am now rooting for the Noles in both games and for Myron to do well in his interview. This is what collegiate athletics should be about.

Pete Carroll, Will Ferrell, Captain Compete Pull off a Halloween Prank

Between running a national powerhouse football team, recruiting high schoolers, handling the media, and dealing with BCS jokers, USC coach Pete Carroll sure has a lot on his plate. Despite the pressures of trying to go undefeated each season and win a national championship, the guy sure has managed to set up pretty awesome pranks. He’s staged mock arrests, and LenDale White had a mock suicide once. But this Halloween prank might be the best. Via SC Playbook:

As practice was wrapping up and the team gathered at midfield, suddenly one of the video assistants that was taping practice from a scissor lift high above started yelling and fell from the lift and out of sight.

Seconds later, the door to Howard Jones Field flew open and Will Ferrell, in his Capatin Compete costume, emerged with the fallen video assistant safe in his arms, to the relief of several wide-eyed players.

Captain Compete then gave the team some words of wisdom before being interrupted by a loud explosion. A man then ran onto the field on fire.

Captain Compete saved the day once again by dousing the burning man with Gatorade.

Of course, the whole incident would not be complete without pictures of the events! Photos courtesy of SC Playbook. And may I ask one thing? Why does Will Ferrell always manage to wind up wearing nothing but a speedo?

**UPDATE: See video of the whole prank below**

Video of the incident via The Wiz of Odds:

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