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


BC WR Alex Amidon may choose Navy SEALs over NFL

Alex Amidon BCAlex Amidon, one of the most prolific wide receivers in Boston College history, may choose to pursue a career as a Navy SEAL instead of NFL player.

BC Interruption reported Thursday that Amidon is set to try becoming a Navy SEAL now that his college career is over, though The Boston Globe now says nothing has been decided yet.

Amidon scored 18 touchdowns during his BC playing career. He caught 78 passes for 1,210 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012 and 77 passes for 1,032 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2013. He holds school records for single-season receiving yards as well as career receptions and receiving yards.

Amidon was not invited to the NFL Combine, but NFL.com says he is a potential third-day draft pick.

The Navy SEALS have a 61-week training program and a dropout rate of around 90 percent.

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Barry Switzer: I would never recruit a white quarterback

barry-switzerOklahoma football coaching legend Barry Switzer is having himself a banner week. On Wednesday, Switzer ripped Johnny Manziel for being an “arrogant little prick” while at the same time praising him for his incredible ability. Roughly 24 hours later, the 76-year-old was talking about how he would never recruit a white quarterback.

Toward the end of his interview with Nashville Sports Radio on Thursday, Switzer was asked to elaborate on some of the positive things he has said about Manziel’s game. He somehow got into how he would never recruit a white quarterback.

“I love his ability,” Switzer said of Manziel. “I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d recruit a white quarterback to play for me is his mom and daddy would both have to be black, and that’s the only way I’d do it.

“My offense is a quarterback-fullback offense — a wishbone offense. I’d have to have a Jamelle Holieway, JC Watts and Thomas Lott (former Oklahoma QBs). Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks — great runners, great ball carriers and be able to pass. Those guys could throw and run.”

Following his aside, Switzer then went on to talk about how he would have a long talk with Manziel if he was an NFL representative that was considering drafting him.

I think — and I’m just guessing here — that Switzer was trying to say that Manziel has proved his theory about black vs. white quarterbacks wrong. I’m pretty sure Switzer was admitting that Manziel can do all of the things he previously believed only black quarterbacks were capable of. Either way, you can see why someone would interpret the comments as racism.

The interview is below, with the relevant portion beginning at about the 17:25 mark.

Kliff Kingsbury made an ‘All I Do is Win’ rap

Kliff Kingsbury bus

Kliff Kingsbury is one of the most popular coaches in the country, mostly because of his good looks. Women swoon over the Texas Tech coach and love to talk about how much he looks like Ryan Gosling. Now, the question is whether his rapping skills will make him more or less attractive.

Kingsbury has been known to bump rap music during practice, but prior to Thursday we hadn’t actually heard him spitting rhymes. That all changed when Kliff made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas and laid down his own version of “All I Do is Win.”

“And every time I step up in the building everybody goes guns up…and they stay there.”

You can hear the full audio of the track here. It’s a must-listen for Kingsbury fans, though I don’t know if girls who hold signs like this will react favorably to it or not. My guess is Kliff can do no wrong in their eyes.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Pete Carroll wanted Steve Sarkisian to take over for him at USC

Steve SarkisianSteve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin were both Pete Carroll’s understudies during the USC football dynasty of the 2000s. Kiffin already got his shot as the program’s head coach, and we all know how that turned out. Sarkisian now has a chance to prove he can rescue USC’s program from years of NCAA sanctions.

While discussing his “Win Forever” philosophy with USC students on Wednesday night, Carroll made it clear that Sarkisian would have gotten the job to begin with if the Seattle Seahawks coach had his choice.

“From early on, I tried to get the administration to guarantee that he would be the next coach if I left,” Carroll said, via Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register.

Carroll went on to say that Sarkisian’s “clarity with people” is the reason he hired him as quarterbacks coach. The former Washington coach has already done a great job of handling the Southern California media, which we know can be fairly scrutinizing.

“He knows what USC is about, what it is to work in SoCal and he is going to do a great job,” Carroll added, per Lindsey Thiry of FOX Sports. “I have no doubt in saying that.”

Of course, Carroll’s assertion that he pulled for Sarkisian is easier now that Kiffin’s time as head coach was such a failure. Had Kiffin enjoyed success, I doubt Carroll would have said he wanted Sarkisian to take over for him from the start.

H/T Bleacher Report

Barry Switzer: Johnny Manziel is an ‘arrogant little prick’ with ‘staggering’ ability

Johnny ManzielLegendary Oklahoma Sooners coach Barry Switzer has never been shy when sharing his opinion on Johnny Manziel or anything else related to football. The three-time national champion coach loves Manziel’s game, but he hates his attitude. He reiterated that during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Morning After” show in St. Louis on Wednesday.

“I don’t like Johnny Manziel’s antics,” Switzer said, according to host Tim McKernan. “He’s an arrogant little prick.”

Back in September, Switzer said he wanted to jerk Manziel’s facemask after the way he dismissed Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on the sidelines. But once he was done insulting Manziel for the way he carries himself, Switzer offered some of the highest praise of Johnny Football’s game that we have heard.

“I’ve never seen a college football quarterback do what he does,” he said. “It’s staggering … he’s the most dominant college football quarterback I’ve seen in a long time.I ‘ve compared Manziel to Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. He takes over a game like those guys did.”

Having won three championships at the college level and a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, Switzer has certainly earned the right to share his opinion. While Ron Jaworski does not think any team should draft Manziel within the first three rounds, Switzer said the Rams would be silly to pass on him at No. 2 overall.

In some cases, arrogance can work in a player’s favor. As long as Manziel continues to show that he is more focused on improving his game living it up, he’s a risk worth taking for several NFL teams.

H/T SI Wire

Craig James files complaint saying he was fired for religious discrimination

Craig JamesCraig James may have been sacked by FOX Sports Southwest, but he is not going down without a fight.

According to The Associated Press, Liberty Institute in Texas, a group that promotes religious rights, filed a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission Tuesday on behalf of James. The Liberty Institute believes James was fired by FOX Sports Southwest because of his anti-gay marriage beliefs.

James was hired by FOX Sports Southwest last September to serve as a college football analyst for the regional channel, but the larger FOX Sports network put an end to that after learning about the move.

“The decision to no longer use Craig James in our college football coverage was simply because he was not a good fit,” a Fox Sports Networks spokesperson told The Dallas Morning News in September. “Regrettably the decision to use him was not properly vetted, and as a result he will no longer provide commentary on Fox Sports Southwest college football coverage.”

A statement from FOX also supposedly called James “a polarizing figure in the college sports community” and said he was let go “based on the perception that he abused a previous on-air position to further a personal agenda.”

But here’s the quote from a Sept. 6 Dallas Morning News article that James and the Liberty Institute are focusing on.

“We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” said a Fox spokesman. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

Based on that comment, James and his group believe religious discrimination was at play.

Too bad there’s no legal reason that says you can fire someone on grounds of them being a d-bag, because that’s probably the best explanation for the situation.