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Bo Pelini: Marijuana use is ‘out of control’ in society

Bo-Pelini-NebraskaBo Pelini spoke at the annual Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning and provided more than just his thoughts on the upcoming season. According to Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald, the Nebraska coach somehow went off on a tangent about weed. His basic message was that drugs are very, very bad, mmkay.

“It is out of control,” Pelini told the crowd of about 250 people, noting that marijuana use is an issue in all levels of school. “Let’s face it, it’s not OK. I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.”

Bo also said the Cornhuskers are lucky it has not been an issue within their program.

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“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program,” he said. “But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.

“I think it’s something in society we need to get fixed, but unfortunately they get bad information.”

Interestingly enough, Pelini’s comments came on the same day a report surfaced indicating the NFL is considering more lenient penalties for marijuana use. It sounds like Pelini would like a word with the league before that happens.

H/T Deadspin

Vanderbilt almost penalized for their jerseys, had to show ref an email (Video)

The college football season got off to an incredibly bizarre start on Thursday night. No, we’re not talking about a Johnny Manziel-less No. 21 Texas A&M team destroying South Carolina on the road. The strangest thing we saw was confusion over whether Vanderbilt’s jerseys were legal or not.

Rather than having player names on the back of their jerseys, Vanderbilt decided to use their team slogan “Anchor Down” during their game against Temple. At the start of the second quarter, and official announced that the Commodores would be charged a team timeout each quarter because their jerseys were illegal.

NCAA Rule 1-4-5 states that jerseys can either feature a player’s name or be blank. We learned this earlier this month when USF announced that they would be wearing “The Team” on the back of their jerseys. However, Vanderbilt had received written permission from the NCAA to have “Anchor Down” on their jerseys. Someone literally had to print out the email so referee Ken Williamson could see it, at which point he reversed the penalty.

Vanderbilt-jerseys

Vanderbilt went on to lose 37-7 despite being heavy favorites at home. If it helps them feel better, they can blame Williamson for not doing his research and throwing off their swag.

Video via The Big Lead

Texas A&M fans win $1 million in furniture after South Carolina blowout

Kenny-Hill-Texas-A&MMany felt that Texas A&M was overrated heading into the 2014 season because of Johnny Manziel. Then sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill went out and threw for an Aggies single-game record 511 yards en route to a 52-28 win over 9th-ranked South Carolina. And a bunch of people won free furniture in the process.

The Ashley Furniture branch in College Station ran a promotion from Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 where all furniture purchased would be free if Texas A&M beat South Carolina by at least 10 points. Considering the Aggies were an 11-point underdog, the store had to be feeling good about its chances. Oh well.

“We’ve wanted to do this for three or four years now,” store owner Mark Wilks told ESPN.com on Thursday night. “This was really good for us. We’re going to have a big check-writing party at the store.”

Wilks wisely took out an insurance policy on the promotion, so he said his store actually had its best month of sales in the eight years it has been open. He also noted that the insurance was pretty cheap since the odds were so heavily stacked against Texas A&M.

Retail stores run promotions like this all the time, and the consumer rarely ever comes out on top. That’s usually because the odds are stacked against the buyer, such as that store that offered free furniture if the Baltimore Ravens did this in the Super Bowl. As we all know all too well, nothing is a sure thing in sports.

Malcome Kennedy rolls his eyes about Johnny Manziel (Video)

Think Malcome Kennedy is sick of all the talk about Johnny Manziel? I’d say so.

Texas A&M laid waste to South Carolina in their season opener on Thursday and set records in the process.

Quarterback Kenny Hill went 44-of-60 for 511 yards and three touchdowns, while Kennedy led the team with 14 receptions for 137 yards in the 52-28 victory. Hill’s 44 completions and 511 yards were single-game school records.

“The offensive coordinator and Coach Sumlin, they had the right gameplan. All we had to do was execute. Easy as heck!” said Kennedy in an interview with SEC Network’s Kaylee Hartung after the game.

Kennedy also talked about the team being fueled by the talk that they wouldn’t be as good without Manziel, Mike Evans, and Jake Matthews, who were all first-round picks in the NFL draft.

Kennedy seemed especially tired of the Manziel talk. When asked if he expected such a performance from Hill, Kennedy answered confidently and even gave a classic eye roll when he mentioned Johnny Football.

Malcome Kennedy

“Oh yeah, we expected it.”

Josh Shaw asked USC to make change to fabricated hero story

Josh Shaw USC

How caught up was Josh Shaw in his own lie? He even called USC officials to make a correction to the fabricated story posted on their website that portrayed him as a hero.

Newsweek published a story Thursday that includes some of the details of how Shaw managed to fool USC officials about how he got hurt.

According to Newsweek, a day after Shaw hurt himself Saturday night falling from a balcony at an apartment complex nearby the school’s campus, he went to the hospital. A USC doctor met him there, and he received treatment on his sprained ankles in the team’s training facility later in the day. They knew pretty early on that he was hurt, but they didn’t know how he got hurt.

School officials met with Shaw on Monday and he told them the story of how he got hurt. They were skeptical and asked him multiple questions, but Shaw confirmed the story multiple times. Shaw even had family members and non-USC folks corroborate his made-up story.

Now here’s the best part: Shaw was so committed to his lie that he called USC to have them change the wording in their story about his heroic act.

From Newsweek’s report:

In the story, since expunged from USC’s site, Shaw is described as landing on the pool deck and then crawling to the pool. Shaw phoned to say that such phrasing was melodramatic, that he had not crawled to the pool, suggesting that the phrase “made his way to the pool” be used instead.

You see, faking a story about jumping to save a drowning nephew in a swimming pool wasn’t too far-fetched, but crawling to the pool was too sensational. Even that was too much of an exaggeration for Shaw.

Words to live by.

USC RB Anthony Brown calls Steve Sarkisian a racist on Instagram, quits team

Anthony Brown USC

USC senior running back Anthony Brown quit the program this week and went out with a blaze of glory.

Well, not exactly.

Brown called new Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist on Instagram Thursday morning and quit the football team.

Here’s the Instagram post and caption, which has since been deleted:

Anthony Brown USC Instagram

According to TMZ, Brown’s racist accusations stem from a meeting with Sark in the coach’s office Tuesday. Brown wanted to meet with the coach to find out where he stood with the team since he has been injured.

“When I walked in the room [Sarkisian] said, ‘You have the f**king guts to walk in here — coward.’

“The way he was talking to me … it was like a slave master talking to his slave.”

According to TMZ, Brown says Sark never used any racist words, but he felt the coach had a “racist” tone.

“I called a meeting up with this disrespectful guy!!! He called me a coward, all types of f**k words.”

“He stereotype my mom and dad. like he belittle me to another level.”

“I just responded Yes Sir and No Sir!”

“Never been treated like that before!! Don’t Wish it upon anyone! That’s who he is!”

Sarkisian responded to Brown’s accusations Thursday and disagreed.

“Quite honestly I’m shocked,” Sarkisian said to the media in response.

“It’s ridiculous. Any of you guys that know me, ask any of our players. That’s the furthest thing from the truth,” said Sark via ESPN reporter Arash Markazi. “I had encouraged him to play. I thought he could play. I didn’t want him to quit.”

According to the LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf, Sarkisian met with Brown Thursday to go over the running back missing rehab sessions.

Brown played both ways as a high school senior at Kaiser High in Fontana, Calif., and arrived on campus aiming to play running back for Lane Kiffin. He made the switch to cornerback and was a starter the past two seasons, but he was limited by injuries. He decided to switch back to running back for his senior season, but that did not go well — he was buried on the depth chart.

Lest you think this is a common sentiment among Trojans players, here’s defensive tackle Antwaun Woods defending Sark:

Overall it’s been a terrible week for USC in terms of media attention. First they had to deal with Josh Shaw fabricating a story about rescuing a drowning nephew, and now this. Oh, and they’re also getting picked on by the national media, too.

Josh Shaw did fall from a balcony

Josh Shaw USC Trojans

USC cornerback Josh Shaw admitted on Wednesday that he lied about saving his 7-year-old nephew from a swimming pool, but not every detail of his story was fabricated. While all the stuff about Shaw being a hero was complete BS, there was indeed a balcony involved.

Shaw’s lawyer, Donald Etra, told the New York Times that the 22-year-old “fell from a third-floor balcony” at an apartment building in downtown LA. Etra refused to explain what led to the alleged fall, but he insisted there was no criminal activity.

“So far, there’s nothing criminal about this whatsoever,” Etra explained. “We are not discussing details. Suffice it to say, he fell, didn’t tell the truth and made a mistake. Now he wants to move on with his life.”

The NY Times added that moving on may not be as simple as Shaw wants it to be, as Los Angeles police detectives say they want to speak with him about what happened that night.

What we have heard so far is that police responded to a call about a woman screaming at the apartment complex where Shaw’s girlfriend lives. They found an empty apartment where the noise was heard when they arrived, and witnesses claimed to have seen a man matching Shaw’s description shimmying across third-floor balconies.

Obviously, something doesn’t add up. I highly doubt Shaw told the story about saving his nephew for the sole purpose of being viewed as a hero. He has something else to hide, in all likelihood.