Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy takes shot at Nick Saban over 10-second rule

Nick SabanNick Saban has been the most influential head coach lobbying for a proposed 10-second rule that would slow down offenses across college football. The rule was recently shot down, and there are probably more coaches that are breathing a sigh of relief than those who are disappointed. The Oklahoma coaches, including running backs coach Cale Gundy, are among the former group.

On Tuesday night, Gundy decided to take a shot at Saban over the 10-second rule being tabled by the NCAA rules committee. The tweet was later deleted but not before it was captured by Saturday Down South.


The Sooners put a beating on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, so Gundy obviously felt he was in a position to brag. It probably occurred to him later that Saban has won three national championships in the last five years, which led to an apology.


Oklahoma is one of many teams that runs an up-tempo, no-huddle offense. That offense and many others have had a tendency to wear out the Crimson Tide, which many believe is the main reason Saban was rallying for a new rule.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Did Mike McQueary throw a touchdown pass in garbage time to cover the spread?

Joe-PaternoFormer Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary has been in the news this week after an ESPN the Magazine profile revealed that he told Nittany Lions players he could relate to a Jerry Sandusky abuse victim because he was sexually abused as a child. Hidden beneath that powerful narrative was a discussion of McQueary’s alleged gambling problem.

ESPN the Magazine’s Don Van Natta Jr. spoke to several of McQueary’s former classmates and teammates who claimed he lost thousands of dollars gambling on poker and sporting events during his playing days at Penn State. Several of his former teammates say he also bet on Nittany Lions football games while he was a member of the team.

A college friend said he remembers urging McQueary to slow down when his gambling got “pretty bad” and began snowballing. One Penn State alum who attended the school during McQueary’s playing days told BettingTalk.com that he remembered hearing rumors about McQueary’s alleged gambling problem after a controversial ending against Rutgers in 1995.

McQueary, a backup quarterback at the time, entered a game against the Scarlet Knights with his team leading 52-34. He was presumably supposed to hand the ball off and burn the clock, but he instead threw a touchdown pass to put Penn State up 59-34 with roughly a minute remaining. The Nittany Lions were a 20-point favorite in the game.

As Deadspin noted, Joe Paterno defended McQueary after the game and said he was supposed to hit his tight end for a first down but could not resist throwing to a wide open receiver downfield. However, the video above shows Paterno shaking his head and looking disappointed after the touchdown pass. He later got into it with Rutgers coach Doug Graber over the play.

Does this mean anything now? Not really, but if you like stories about players potentially gambling on their own team you should at least find this interesting. It sure seems fishy to me.

Nick Saban compares up-tempo offense to smoking and getting cancer

Nick SabanThe NCAA playing rules oversight panel will vote on Thursday to determine if a “10-second rule” that will slow down offenses will be put into place next season. Nick Saban and Bret Bielma are two of the more prominent coaches that support the new rule, citing player safety as the basis of their argument. On Wednesday, Saban compared “fastball” offenses to smoking cigarettes and getting cancer.

“The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) say there’s no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic,” he told ESPN.com’s Chris Low. “What’s the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there’s no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.’”

A survey conducted by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy revealed that only 25 of the 128 FBS head coaches are in favor of the “10-second rule” proposal. Of those 25, only 11 are from the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. Most coaches believe there is no evidence to support the claim that running an up-tempo offense increases injuries, but neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes disagrees.

“If you play more snaps, you’re going to have more exposure. I think that’s a fact,” Bailes said. “It bears very serious consideration on whether the game should be slowed down or have fewer plays if you believe exposure equals injury risk or player safety.”

Coaches who oppose the rule insist that Saban — who has been singing the same tune for years now — is simply looking to mold the game in a way that benefits his coaching style. The new rule would penalize teams for snapping the ball within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.

“The issue I’m arguing for is the increased number of exposures, the player safety issue,” Saban said. “I don’t see how logically it can’t be, but we should at least do a study to find out. I guess the question is: How do we manage it in the meantime? Do we let them keep going, or do we slow them down?”

In all likelihood, Saban is not going to get his way. Comparing up-tempo offenses to cancer caused from cigarettes probably does little to boost his argument.

Clemson suspends four football players for season opener

Dabo SwinneyWith winter winding down, March will be a busy month throughout the ACC for football programs. Except for Duke, who held their first workout early last month, the rest of the conference is scheduled to hit the practice field for the first time in March.

Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins have departed for the NFL, so Clemson isn’t short on holes to fill for the upcoming season. A day before the Tigers get their spring practices underway, head coach Dabo Swinney announced four players will be suspended for 2014′s opening game.

Violation of team rules will prevent Corey Crawford, Shaq Anthony, David Beasley, and Garry Peters from making the trip for the game against Georgia.

“A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field,” Swinney said in a statement, via WYFF in South Carolina.

Crawford was an Honorable Mention All-ACC selection last year after recording 52 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. He also had one interception. It came in Clemson’s first game of the season, against Georgia.

Anthony started three games in 2013 at right tackle, Beasley started seven at left guard, and Peters Had 28 tackles as a reserve cornerback.

Clemson suspends four football players for season opener

Mike McQueary reportedly said he was a sexual abuse victim

Mike McQuearyFormer Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary told Nittany Lions players that he could relate to a Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse victim because he too had been abused as a boy, according to a report.

ESPN The Magazine’s Don Van Natta Jr. profiled McQueary, who is a key witness in the conspiracy trial of three former Penn State executives accused of covering of Sandusky’s crimes. In the profile, Van Natta Jr. says McQueary told players during a Nov. 2011 meeting that he had been sexually abused as a boy. That meeting was held when the Sandusky scandal was going on. McQueary was an offensive coach at Penn State at the time. He did not say how old he was when he was abused nor who abused him.

McQueary was initially widely criticized for not stopping the sexual crime he witnessed between Sandusky and a young boy inside the Penn State locker room. It wasn’t until after all the criticism that McQueary said he made sure the act stopped before he left and eventually reported to Joe Paterno what he saw.

Though Paterno’s legacy and status took a major hit as many believed he allowed Sandusky to get away with all the sexual abuse, McQueary says he still reveres JoePa.

“I love that man more than you can ever possibly say,” McQueary told The Mag. “He’s an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn’t handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him.”

McQueary is also involved in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Penn State. He says his reputation took a major hit because of the whole situation and that he believes he can no longer work in coaching.

The defense reportedly plans to question McQueary’s character. One thing they’ve found is that McQueary supposedly gambled while in college and racked up a debt. He supposedly bet on college football and NFL games and even lost money betting on Penn State.

Rich Rodriguez, Arizona make great Keanu Reeves ‘Speed’ video

Rich Rodriguez speedThe Arizona Wildcats video team has done it yet again. Last year Arizona made a Western-themed movie that featured coach Rich Rodriguez as the new sheriff in town. This year they’ve made a video that plays on the classic thriller “Speed” featuring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

The video mashes up the scene in “Speed” where Keanu pieces it together that Dennis Hopper has a video camera on the bus by noting that he mentions Bullock’s Arizona Wildcats shirt. What was funny is that the whole purpose of the video was to make fun of the proposed 10-second rule in college football that would prevent fast-paced offenses from snapping the ball for the next play until 10 seconds have passed.

Below is the original video clip from “Speed”:

And now I suddenly want to watch that great movie.

Ohio State reported Tim Tebow-Clifton Garrett phone conversation as violation

Urban-Meyer-Jets-should-unleash-Tim-TebowThe Ohio State football program committed four violations that the school self-reported to the NCAA in 2013, including one that involved Tim Tebow.

According to the Buckeyes’ self report to the NCAA, 2014 linebacker recruit Clifton Garrett, who ultimately signed with LSU, called Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on the phone. Meyer told Garrett that he was on vacation in Florida and happened to be dining with Tim Tebow, among others. Garrett asked to speak with Tebow to wish him luck on the upcoming season, and Meyer complied.

Meyer says the conversation between Garrett and Tebow lasted about eight seconds and that Tebow did not recruit Garrett. Regardless, the conversation was considered a secondary violation.

You’re probably wondering how this even became an issue. The call was publicized after Garrett tweeted about it last year:

Poor Urban Meyer. Always the victim of just making innocent moves. And he didn’t even get Garrett after all that!

Also see: Clifton Garrett got 54 letters from Ole Miss in one day