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Video: Iowa Blocks Two Field Goals in 7 Seconds to Win

Of all the crappy ways to lose a game, this has to be somewhere near the top of the list. Northern Iowa was down 17-16 with seven seconds remaining so they set up for a 40-yard field goal to win it. The events that transpired were dumbfounding:

Honestly, blocking one field goal like that is magical, then to do it again? That’s absurd. Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi said it was like hitting green at roulette two spins in a row. That’s probably about right. Iowa also screwed up by backing away from the ball after blocking the first kick because they could have retained possession if they jumped on it. Something tells me I know what Northern Iowa’s going to be working on next week in practice …

Full Video: LeGarrette Blount Punches Boise State’s Byron Hout After Game

If the entire sports world didn’t know the name LeGarrette Blount before, they will now. The 17 touchdowns from last season and the potential Heisman dark horse run have been marred by Blount’s actions after Oregon’s beat down by Boise State on Thursday night. Upset, angered, frustrated, and disgusted by Oregon’s crap performance and his terrible performance, Blount went crazy after the game. Check out this video of LeGarrette Blount punching Boise State player Byron Hout:

As far as culpability here, Hout clearly initiated with some trash talking because even his coach was pulling him back in a manner of saying “hey, stop that.” Still, no doubt Blount crossed a line by delivering a punch. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Blount threw a punch at his own teammate! (#86), and then later was charged up going after the fans and had to be restrained like a mad man. Blount embarrassed himself and his school, and a suspension for poor sportsmanship, unnecessary aggression, and an inability to maintain sanity is in line. I’d say the kid should be suspended by the Pac-10 around three games to send a message that his actions were unacceptable and I really couldn’t disagree if the team suspends him for the season. His team was embarrassing, uninspired, and inept. If there’s anyone he should be upset with it’s himself for his 8 carry -5 yard performance and the rest of his team. That’s no way to take out frustration.

Mike Leach’s New Pirate Parking Spot (picture)

Last time around The Wiz of Odds was sharing a video of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach giving dating advice to a freshman on campus. This time around he’s sharing pictures of Mike Leach’s new pirate-themed parking spot on campus in Lubbock.

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Leach has long had a pirate obsession that I frankly don’t understand but hey, if he can coach like that I guess it really doesn’t matter what his hobbies are. Well, so long as it isn’t anything too disgusting like child porn obsessions. Here’s to a rebuilding season for Texas Tech without Harrell or Crabtree. Then again, is it ever rebuilding with that system??

Also courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.

South Bend Billboard Makes Fun of Charlie Weis

What is it about billboards these days? First we had Maker’s Mark taking a shot at Michigan football and now we have some anonymous haters making fun of Charlie Weis. This one is treating Weis like a rookie and it comes courtesy of The Wiz of Odds:

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The billboard reads, “Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the 5th year of his college coaching internship. — Linebacker Alumni.” The mystery to me is the signature — Linebacker Alumni — I can’t figure it out. The billboard is posted above a motel called the Linebacker Inn but the manager says it has nothing to do with them. I don’t know who’s responsible for the billboard but the message of dissatisfaction is pretty clear. Going anonymous like that seems to be pretty chicken-bleep to me. The answer though is pretty clear — it had to have come from a Notre Dame fan because everyone else wants them to keep Weis employed!

UPDATE: A group of former ND players were responsible for the billboard

Surprise! Rich Rodriguez Breaks NCAA Practice Rules at Michigan

Utah Michigan FootballWhat else can we add to the resume of Rich Rodriguez? Recruiting and playing badboys Pacman Jones and Chris Henry — check. Recruiting a known drug dealer to play quarterback — check. Breaking NCAA practice rules? Check.

Players on the 2008 and 2009 teams described training and practice sessions that far exceeded limits set by the NCAA, which governs college athletics.

The players say they routinely are required to work out or practice many more hours throughout the year than the NCAA allows. They also say members of Rodriguez’s staff have broken rules by monitoring off-season scrimmages.

Hmm, how was it that Rich Rodriguez had a leg up on the competition when he was at West Virginia? Pretty easy if you’re spending about two-three times the amount of time with the team than the NCAA allows, especially if most programs are coming closer to the limit (I’m guessing most push and surpass the limit, but not by this amount). Actually the veteran players say the team followed the rules under Lloyd Carr. Student-athlete my butt — Rich Rod’s there for one reason — to run the football team at professional standards. Michigan sold its soul to the Rod and now they’ll likely pay the punishment price.

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.