Jon Gruden Talks Some Serious Ish

So the Toledo athletic program has been embroiled in a recent point-shaving scandal. Just yesterday, ESPN.com reported that Bucs QB Bruce Gradkowski, had been named in the scandal. As you can imagine, his head coach, Jon Gruden, did not react kindly to the news.

I don’t watch ESPN. I don’t believe half of the (expletive) people on the channel. If Bruce Gradkowski is throwing games at Toledo, why in the hell does he lead the NCAA in passing percentages? That is a crock. You know, these reports make me sick.

I don’t believe there is any truth to it, and I’ll go to my grave believing that. I hope that ESPN3 or 4 or whatever has some real sources behind this story. It has nothing to do with the kid.

Wow. And they wonder why they call the guy Chucky. I would not want to be in a football meeting with that guy. Parents tuck their kids in at night and say Jon Gruden is going to get them if they’re bad. Yikes.

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Facebook Leaks Notre Dame QB?

As the sleuthing Brian Cook at FanHouse discovered on Wednesday, Notre Dame’s starting QB for their opening game against Georgia Tech will be Demetrius Jones, not the speedo-wearing, Natty Light drinking, Jimmy Clausen. Even though Charlie Weis was playing coy with the media all summer long, he did say in his most recent press conference that the quarterbacks themselves know who the starter and backup are, and if they don’t, then they’re braindead. That’s why I believe the wall posting on Jones’ alleged Facebook profile that suggests he’s the starter. Check out this screen capture, via the Notre Dame blog, Rakes of Mallow:

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When Todd Marinovich, a Needle, Spoon, and Meth Meet

SPORTSbyBROOKS notifies us of the latest chapter in the sad story of former star quarterback Todd Marinovich. Attempting to skateboard in an area in Newport where it wasn’t allowed, Marinovich was arrested for resisting police officers. Oh yeah, he was also picked up on felony drug charges too.

He was found hiding in a carport about 1:30 a.m., police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. After searching Marinovich, police found about one gram of methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle, Sailor said.

Marinovich was charged with possession of a controlled substance, which is a felony, as well as unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle and resisting a police officer, both misdemeanors.

When it comes to pissing away athletic careers, it’s hard to beat Marinovich. Well, maybe Ookie has him handled these days. I tell you, it’s a sad, sad story for Todd. Lesson be learned: McDonald’s is good.

Chad Henne’s Trying to Be a Jerk

It was noted here last week that the Michigan football players showed their confidence in 4th year quarterback Chad Henne by passing him over as a captain. As a result, Henne has decided he needs to change his attitude — piss some people off. The QB told The Detroit News that he’s learning to be a jerk to his teammates on the field.

It isn’t Chad Henne’s nature to be an in-your-face force. But to evolve as a leader, he had to alter his demeanor.

If that meant ruffling some feathers, so be it.

“It’s kind of like being a (jerk) at all times when we’re practicing,” said Henne, Michigan’s four-year starter at quarterback. “If you’re not being a (jerk) to them, it’s not like they won’t respect you, but it’s a different look in their eyes — that, ‘OK, we’re here to concentrate, we’re here to focus and we’re here to play hard all the time.’

“If you’re laid-back and letting it go sometimes and then be a (jerk) other times, it’s tough. So you have to always be on those guys to get the best out of them.”

Any wonder why they passed him over as a captain? Who the hell really likes a jerk anyways? Like they say, sometimes the truly great people have to walk alone in life. Henne may not be great, but he may be walking alone.

(via Ben Maller)

Penn St. Quarterbacks Train by Using Madden on PlayStation

Just this weekend I was having a discussion on football players using Madden. I said that some players use it to practice reads and learn plays. Come to find out, that is certainly the case — at least in Happy Valley. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, via Buffalo Bill Ben Maller:

The idea is to give the Penn State quarterbacks more work on their playbook, which is loaded onto a Madden football game for use in the video game machine.

“While we’re in there, so-called wasting time, playing PlayStation, we can actually learn something,” starting quarterback Anthony Morelli said. “It will almost be like watching film. Changing plays on the fly, it’s just a fun thing that’s going to help us on the field.”

“It’s pretty much getting to the point where it’s almost real. It’s getting scary,” he said. “They’ve got guys’ accuracy, your arm strength. They’re almost making it look exactly like you. Some guys even move like they really move. It’s crazy. It’s realistic.”

Apparently this is the work of Coach Paterno — Jay that is — Joe don’t even know what PlayStation is. He even adds that the quarterbacks will run through the first 15 scripted plays of the game on Friday using Madden to get prepared for Saturday’s game. These games are so realistic nowadays, learning to react on the game can actually help you make reads. That is crazy.

Pete Carroll Learns From … Tennis?

You figure the head coach of one the most successful college football programs in the country probably spends his practices imparting the wisdom of his predecessors. You would think he’d be barking out coaching methods from Tom Landry and Bear Bryant on the practice field, and sharing the secrets of Vince Lombardi’s success in the film room. You would think all that but you would be wrong. When it comes to coaching his players, Pete Carroll uses methods he learned from a tennis book. No joke.

He picked up the psychology and philosophy in earnest in the mid-1970s when he was a graduate student at the University of the Pacific. That was when he discovered “The Inner Game of Tennis.”

“It’s all about clearing the clutter in the interactions between your conscious and subconscious mind.”

Right, because there are so many similarities between the physical game of tennis, and the mental game of football. Get ready for every color commentator in America to play this story out in three … two … one …

Michigan Players Already Showing Confidence in Chad Henne

The guys about to be a fourth year starting quarterback for one of the most elite programs in all of college football. Three straight season of at least 20 touchdowns. Three straight seasons of at least 2,500 yards. A 29-10 record at the helm. And how do his Wolverine teammates indicate their faith in him? By not naming him a captain of course!

Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long, tailback Mike Hart and linebacker Shawn Crable have been elected captains by their teammates.

“The greatest honor a Michigan football player can receive is to be selected by his teammates as captain,” U-M coach Lloyd Carr said in a release.

Unfortunately for Henne, he will not be receiving such an honor. I guess Wolverine fans will be quick to point out one number — 3. As in 0-3 against Ohio State. Maybe that’s why. Man, I’d hate to be standing inside that huddle for a two-minute drill.

(via Fark)