DeSean Jackson Returns Punts Well

He definitely had the R button working on this punt return Saturday night against Tennessee. Check it out, it was probably the play of the week, second only to Appalachian State’s blocked kick:

You know, it’s impossible to compare conferences because they don’t match up against each other enough, and because they’re unbalanced (some have 8, 10, 11, or 12 teams), but the Pac-10 proved a lot knocking off Tennessee handily on Saturday. I was quite pleased with the win. And I think it’s pretty safe to say that DeSean cemented himself as one of the best players in the country. Only problem is, now people won’t be kicking to him — if they can help it.

Get Ready to Throw Up: Pac-10 Football Coach Salaries

When you think about priorities in this country, you realize they’re completely out of whack once you compare salaries of football coaches at universities with that of the professors. Then again, as they said in The Program, when was the last time 100,000 people showed up to watch a kid do a chemistry experiment? It is with that thought in mind that I present the salaries of the Pac-10 head football coaches.

  1. Pete Carroll, USC, $4 million
  2. Jeff Tedford, Cal, $1.8 million (not including $1 million signing bonus)
  3. Tyrone Willingham, Washington, $1,312,772
  4. Mike Riley, Oregon St., $850,000 guaranteed, likely $1.1 mil with incentives
  5. Mike Bellotti, Oregon, $475,000 guaranteed, incentives have pushed it over a million last five years
  6. Karl Dorrell, UCLA, $900,000 guaranteed
  7. Mike Stoops, $865,000 guaranteed, plus incentives
  8. Dennis Erickson, Arizona St., $500,000 guaranteed, plus incentives, jumps to $1.275 million in ’08
  9. Bill Doba, Washington St., $440,000 guaranteed, plus incentives, total around $600,00
  10. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford, $350,000 plus incentives

The Harbaugh and Carroll salaries are estimated since USC an Stanford are private schools and not forced to release their figures. All I know is that I will now be switching professions thank you very much.

(via PostmanR‘s Top Five, and The Big Lead, more South Park images here, image via Signal to Noise)

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.