Golic Jr. to Sign Letter of Intent on Mike and Mike

As odd as it sounds for a kid on the West Coast, I love Mike and Mike. I have no shame or qualms about it. Most of my friends have no clue about them since they come on at 3am PT, but that’s like prime-time for me (yes, I live a strange life). So anyway, I saw this little nugget while skimming through the radio news site All Access. Much like when Golic had his son come on and announce his intention to attend Notre Dame on the show (where the two almost committed a violation it seemed), Jr. will sign his letter of intent on the show Wednesday:

The son of ESPN RADIO “MIKE AND MIKE IN THE MORNING” co-host MIKE GOLIC will commit to play football for NOTRE DAME, his father’s alma mater, on WEDNESDAY’s edition of his father’s show.

GOLIC SR., a defensive tackle, was a 10th round pick in the 1985 NFL draft and played for the HOUSTON OILERS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, and MIAMI DOLPHINS. MIKE GOLIC JR. is a center from WEST HARTFORD NORTHWEST CATHOLIC high school and a member of the EAST squad in JANUARY’s U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL.

Whoever authored that press release needs to kick back on the caps lock key just a bit. I guess national signing day is like a big deal and all since it receives television coverage (which it shouldn’t — none of these guys have done anything at a level that matters), but I have to say that’s a pretty cool stunt. Hope the youngster’s an early riser so I can catch the moment before bed.

Luke Caparelli Kicked Off Wake Forest Football for Facebook Comments

Who the hell would’ve thought such a headline would even be a possibility 10 years ago? What has this world come to when players get kicked off teams for things they write in personal internet profile pages? Let’s just say it wouldn’t be the first time facebook created a stir amongst collegiate athletes. Anyway, getting to it, Wake Forest running back Luke Caparelli was kicked off the team for comments he had on his Facebook page:

[Luke Caparelli] has been dismissed from the team after writing on his Facebook page that he would “blow up campus.”

Campus police said 19-year-old Luke Caparelli posted the note on the social-networking page on Jan. 13. The note was written in third person and included a threat that Caparelli would have an Uzi submachine gun “locked and loaded in his bag.”

The affidavit said Caparelli acknowledged writing the statements but said he wouldn’t do anything to harm anyone on campus or hurt the school.

I would make a comment about this kid ordinarily, but he’s 19 and made a dumb move. He’s already paid the price of his (stupid) action. I’m still just blown away about the weight these myspace and facebook pages carry these days. I mean kids can’t get away with anything. Then again, what the heck kind of moron writes that he’s going to blow up campus anyway?

UCLA Football Is Finally Legit

At least it appears that way for the time being. Phone calls were shared and cheers were aplenty late Sunday evening and all of Monday amongst the Bruin crowd. No sooner than the moment Lawrence Tynes kicked his way out of torture were the Westwood faithful already focused on a newer, greater piece of news: UCLA had hired Norm Chow as their new offensive coordinator. What is so great about the hire? It means that within two months, UCLA football has gone from six-win oblivion, to all of a sudden having possibly the best coordinator tandem in all of college football, and no doubt a marquee coaching triumvirate of DeWayne Walker, Rick Neuheisel, and now Norm Chow. I am clearly excited about the news as it gives a fresher, reassuring appeal to a football program which had grown stagnant.

Furthermore, speaking specifically about the Chow hire, I am amazed that it happened. First of all, I was stunned to hear that the Titans had fired him. Why? was my first question. How easy can it be to coordinate an offense with an unorthodox QB in Vince Young who was running on a bad wheel most of the year? Not too easy in my opinion. As Gutty Little Bruins told me, Chow was the sacrificial lamb for all of VY’s sins. Sounds about right to me. Next, I thought Chow was way too high profile to come to Westwood. He had already interviewed for the head coaching position but didn’t get it. He had bigger fish to fry. Yet Chow went from pro back to college — in the same capacity — clearly a step down. Regardless, I’m happy about it.

So, as The Driver emailed in, UCLA now has one of the most accomplished offensive coordinators in college football paired with one of the top defensive coordinators in college football, working under a man who somehow convinced both men to come to Westwood. Oh, the future seems bright. Still, before the Honeymoon begins, I must express my skepticism. For one, can these brilliants chefs make a kosher meal if they don’t have good groceries to begin with? In other words, the signs of success could take a few years. And secondly, say they do have success, how long will Chow and/or Walker stay? Or worse, say UCLA does poorly next year, will Walker regret his decision to stay in Westwood and then skip town as soon as he gets his first bite?

While I don’t have the answers to these questions, I will put my skepticism aside and instead smile about something I haven’t in years: UCLA football. We are back.

And p.s. USC fans, the Chow hire cancels out the loss at Pauley Pavilion. Don’t think I would neglect to mention that loss.

Georgia Football in Midseason Form

Perhaps one of the best leads to an article I’ve read in a while came today: “The first clear signal the offseason has begun for Georgia football has arrived: Two Bulldogs football players were arrested and jailed early Sunday morning.” That was from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It’s the third straight January or February where Georgia football had a player arrested. Nice. They’re almost on par with the Bengals. The offenses:

University of Georgia police arrested cornerback Donavon Baldwin, 21, for improper driving and driving under the influence at 3:05 a.m. Sunday.

Fullback Fred Munzenmaier, 19, was arrested 34 minutes later by university police for underage possession of alcohol and being a pedestrian walking in the roadway.

Hardly seems like a crime to me, well, except for the driving part. I feel for Fred though he should be aware of the difference between an Athens street and the Las Vegas strip. Then again, when your coach choreographs an on-field celebration post-touchdown requiring all the players to storm the endzone, you can’t expect much different behavior from the players.

Rich Rodriguez Might Be King of the College Football Scum

Back when Bobby Petrino left Atlanta for Arkansas, I pondered whether or not the meeting between Petrino’s Razorbacks and Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide would be the worst matchup ever. I may have to amend that post. If Arkansas and Michigan were to meet, I think that would be the worst game ever. As JS emailed in with the tip, West Virginia is suspicious of former coach, Rich Rodriguez, who may or may not have destroyed some old football documents. The files contained information — good or bad — on every single player in the West Virginia program. They reportedly disappeared between the time that Rodriguez resigned and the team returned from the Fiesta Bowl. Important documents? I wonder, where could they have gone?

And as far as my title and whatnot goes, even if Rodriguez is cleared of this issue, he’s still way up there on the scum list. Think about it; Rodriguez ran a program that boasted both Pacman Jones and Chris Henry as its star student athletes. Can you believe the two encountered this much trouble in the NFL but none in college at West Virginia under Rodriguez? Gimme a break. And what does it say about West Virginia for letting Rodriguez run the program with those cats only to leak this story to the press for sympathy as soon as he leaves? Don’t think I’m not seeing right through you enablers.

Ryan Mallett’s Transfer Indicates Upcoming Shift in Big Ten

We all know how coaching changes can effect the school the coach leaves behind. In Rich Rodriguez’s case, he was sued by his former employer. On top of that, the coach leaves behind several players he recruited, as well as an athletic department charged with the job of hiring a replacement. While that coach jumps to anticipated greener pastures, not much thought though is given to the people at the new school who might have trouble adjusting. One such player is Michigan QB Ryan Mallett, who’s transferring because he already knows he won’t fit in with Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense:

“I just felt forced out, not by any person, but by the system,” Mallett said late Wednesday night. “I just don’t think me and his system … it just doesn’t fit.”

Simply watching West Virginia play was enough to direct Mallett.

“Looking at their game film, you can see what they’re trying to do with (running quarterback) Pat White,” Mallett said. “I didn’t think I could do that the same way.”

It’s interesting that Mallett acted first, not even giving Rodriguez a chance. He already knows what many are soon to find out — Rich Rodriguez will open up the Big Ten to the spread (that Purdue has been running for quite some time), and introduce more speed to the conference. Mallett’s departure from Michigan serves to me as a milestone event saying that the landscape of the Big Ten is now about to change. Welcome to the 21st century boys.

(oh yeah, and Mallett’s supposedly talking to Neuheisel about transferring to UCLA, high five!)

Big 12 Coaches on South Park

If you were reading a while back, you might remember the ongoing series of college coaches as South Park figures. There was the old Big 12 group, the ACC, the SEC, Big Ten, and Pac-10. Naturally, coaching changes have taken place as they do every year. Luckily for us someone has stayed current on their South Park caricatures:

(Missourah via Ballhype)