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Nick Saban is clueless about why Lane Kiffin is so disliked

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Nick Saban might be the only person left who doesn’t understand why Lane Kiffin is so disliked among the public. The real reason he is disliked is because he is an abrasive, off-putting, arrogant jerk who thinks he is Bill Belichick when he is really just Josh McDaniels.

Fans and media members know this. Saban does not.

When asked Saturday about how Kiffin did in his first game as Bama’s offensive coordinator, Saban was praiseworthy of Lane’s efforts. Then he decided to go the extra mile in his praise of Lane.

“You know, the guy’s a really good coach,” Saban said in his postgame news conference. Y’all need to fess up to that. Most places that don’t like him is because he left and they were made because he left. They weren’t mad about anything he did while he was there. Just do a little research on that.”

Sorry, Nick, but I think you might have been buried recruiting, watching film and coaching to pay attention to why everyone hates Kiffin.

[Previously: Tennessee fans want to name sewage system after Kiffin]

For starters, many feel Kiffin was privileged because his father, Monte, had a great reputation in the NFL. The guy seemingly got three head coaching jobs despite not having proven success — and each job seemed to be better than the next. He got into a big fight with Al Davis and was accused of being insubordinate. Then he bolted Tennessee after just one season, which showed zero commitment or loyalty to the program and was overall a disrespectful move. Then USC got mad because he brought the program down to sub-par levels and was fired for his crap job as a head coach. The players were happy to see him go. That’s a big reason why Trojans fans don’t like him.

But, hey, keep enjoying him, Nick, and keep talking him up.

Skydiver with UCF-Penn State game ball landed outside stadium (Video)

ucf-skydiverPenn State and UCF got their 2014 football seasons underway on Saturday across the Atlantic Ocean in Dublin, Ireland.

Not surprisingly, there were pregame festivities at Croke Park Stadium, which included skydivers representing both teams delivering game balls. As we can see above, Penn State’s skydiver did what we have come to expect in such situations.

UCF’s skydiver, on the other hand, wasn’t as fortunate as he missed the stadium altogether.

Penn State went on to win the game 26-24 thanks to a 36-yard field goal by Sam Ficken as time expired.

I mean, if there was ever a sign Saturday wasn’t going to be Central Florida’s day, their skydiver landing on a railway line outside of the stadium had to be it, right?

H/T SB Nation

Dana Holgorsen’s hair is out of control

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Dana Holgorsen did a good job keeping his West Virginia Mountaineers competitive with Alabama before losing their season opener 33-23 on Saturday. One area where things weren’t quite as close for Holgorsen however, was the hair category. The guy lost that battle in a blowout.

That dude’s hair started to wilt like a flower in heat. It became progressively messy by the quarter. By the time the game ended, he was in full-on Big Ern McCracken mode.

Big Ern McCracken hair

Holgorsen’s hair was just as bad from the back, too.

Hey Holgy, you might want to try a visor or hat and see how that looks. Maybe see if Spurrier has an extra one.

Jordan Westerkamp makes amazing behind-the-back catch (Video)

Jordan-Westerkamp-catchThe 2014 college football season is merely a few days old, and already we have a strong candidate for catch of the year. We feel confident in saying that the behind-the-back catch Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp made on Saturday may not be topped in the next four or five months.

A Florida Atlantic cornerback tipped a pass that was intended for Westerkamp and nearly intercepted it, but the sophomore receiver still managed to make the play. The catch would have been mind-boggling if it happened in the open field. The fact that Westerkamp was able to secure the ball and keep his feet in practically defies physics.

Here’s another angle:

We saw some amazing plays throughout the course of last season, but Westerkamp’s catch probably tops them all. You just watched SportsCenter’s top play of the week.

GIFs via SB Nation, Anthony Slater

Nick Saban frustrated with his soft D (Video)

Nick Saban angryNick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide went into halftime Saturday with a 20-17 lead in their season-opening game against West Virginia, but the head coach was not satisfied with his squad’s effort.

During his halftime interview with ABC, Saban expressed his frustrations.

“The big thing for me is we gotta play better on defense and special teams,” said Saban. “Defensively we’ve made a lot of mental errors. We’re not doing the stunts right. We’re soft. So we really need to get ourselves some poise on defense.”

Well said, Mr. Nick. Let’s see if we can make your D harder in the second half.

Lee Corso drinks beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin (Video)

ESPN’s College GameDay kicked off the 2014 season with a bang on Saturday morning. We mean that quite literally, as the program featured everyone’s favorite crazy uncle, Lee Corso, drinking beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin and firing fake guns with Kirk Herbstreit.

Stone Cold was the first guest of the year, and the WWE legend did not disappoint. He brought a couple of his trademark barley pops with him and shared one with Cordo while the crew made their picks:

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And even though the entire panel picked Florida State to beat Oklahoma State in Saturday night’s game, Corso and Herbie decided to fire off some cap guns in honor of the Cowboys anyway.

Has it been a long spring and summer or what? Life is back to normal.

GIF via SB Nation
Photo via @recordsANDradio

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman wearing No. 5 to honor Braxton Miller

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum. Not having Miller, who was a Heisman Trophy favorite, will be an incredible obstacle for the Buckeyes to overcome. Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman is hoping Miller’s No. 5 can still bring the team some good fortune.

Heuerman, who has worn No. 86 throughout his Ohio State career, is wearing No. 5 in honor of Miller in the team’s season opener against Navy on Saturday.

“Only right that part of him stays on the field with us @BraxtonMiller5,” Heuerman wrote on Twitter before Saturday’s game.

We doubt Heuerman will have the same type of impact the other No. 5 would have had, but it’s a nice gesture that I’m sure Miller appreciates.

Also see: This is the guy who is trying to replace Braxton Miller

H/T Cleveland.com