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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

College Football

Baker Mayfield rejects Mia Khalifa, blocks her on Twitter

Adult film star Mia Khalifa had made a habit out of embarrassing star athletes, but she finally got a taste of her own medicine when she tried to get Baker Mayfield’s attention over the weekend.

On Saturday, Khalifa sent a tweet referencing when Mayfield told Baylor players they “forgot who daddy is” during a minor pregame scuffle.

That seemed innocent enough, but it didn’t stop there. Khalifa then took a blatant pass at Mayfield.

The Heisman Trophy contender wasn’t having it, and let’s just say Khalifa won’t be communicating with him via Twitter in the future.

We know at least one fellow quarterback who must have loved seeing Mayfield shut Khalifa down. As Mayfield mentioned, he has a girlfriend and seems quite happy with her. And why wouldn’t he be?

Date night, and yes of course there was queso.

A post shared by Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield) on

Things are clearly going well for Mayfield. Sorry, Mia. You can now return to your favorite activity.

H/T Barstool Sports

Mike Leach explains why 18-year-olds can’t make it in NFL

Mike Leach

Mike Leach delivered quite a speech on Monday explaining why 18-year-olds can’t make it in the NFL.

Leach’s explanation was prompted by a question about Sam Darnold ahead of Washington State’s big upcoming game against USC on Friday night. The Washington State head coach was asked whether Darnold looked to him like an NFL-caliber QB. Leach used the opportunity to essentially show how far off Darnold and so many other youngsters are from being ready for the NFL.

Darnold is 20 years old and a redshirt sophomore. He did not open the season last year as the team’s starter, so he is just now about to have a full season’s worth of starts under his belt.

Many have still speculated that he could become the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft if he were to leave school early. Darnold, who is 6-foot-4 and around 225 pounds, would not turn 21 until after the draft. There is no indication yet whether he would want to leave school early for the draft.

10 things the college football polls got wrong in Week 4

Brian Kelly

Another week, another set of college football polls to digest. The week saw some major upsets and near-upsets, and some teams definitely need to be reassessed in light of their performances.

The polls did a solid job this week, but there are still some gripes to be had. Here are a few things that the pollsters should’ve taken a second look at this week.

Notre Dame deserves to be ranked in the Coaches’ Poll

The Irish have put together a strong resume so far, and they’ve been rewarded with a return to the AP poll. The coaches should have followed suit. Notre Dame overwhelmed Michigan State at home on Saturday, making it three wins out of four. Their lone loss was a one-point defeat to a consensus top-10 team in Georgia. The Irish look good, and the writers have given them their due. It’s time for the coaches to do the same.

Wisconsin over Ohio State is a mistake in the AP Poll

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Jim Harbaugh wants Big Ten to address ‘unsportsmanlike’ opposing locker rooms

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh has some serious concerns about the conditions of opposing locker rooms and wants the Big Ten to address them.

Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines beat Purdue on the road Saturday 28-10. Harbaugh spoke at length Monday about the poor conditions of the visiting locker room, noting the issue wasn’t isolated to Purdue, but rather something experienced many places he’s been.

Two issues that stood out were that there was no X-ray machine on hand and quarterback Wilton Speight had to be transported to receive an X-ray. Harbaugh also said there was no air conditioning and the overall temperature inside the locker room was sweltering.

“Gamesmanship should cease at the line of health and safety for the players,” Harbaugh said, via The Detroit News. “It’s become apparent after going around to all the visiting schools in the last couple of years that a conscious effort of gamesmanship that is unsportsmanlike when you have locker rooms that are too small, that are not heated or cooled properly, in this case, there’s no air conditioning. Such a tight, cramped environment where you have to open the doors to get some kind of ventilation going in a very small area. People are walking by, they’re watching you dress. The number of urinals or bathrooms for the players and staff, I think there were two. There was not even a private door around it.”

Harbaugh is encouraging the Big Ten to look into the issue and create a minimum standard for opposing locker rooms. He also is encouraging other coaches in the conference to back him. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer said there “absolutely” should be a standard for opposing locker rooms.

One report said the on-field temperature at gametime Saturday was 101 degrees. Here was the response from Purdue:

Now that Harbaugh has voiced his opinion on the matter, don’t be surprised to see the conference take action.

UCLA S Adarius Pickett tweets complaint after being ejected

Adarius Pickett

UCLA safety Adarius Pickett was ejected early in the Bruins’ game against Stanford on Saturday night, and he wasted no time heading to social media to voice his complaints.

First off, you need to see the play that got Pickett ejected. The junior was closing in on Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz to make a tackle after a pass completion late in the first quarter inside the red zone. Schultz dipped his helmet low, which resulted in helmet-to-helmet contact.

It certainly seemed like Pickett’s tackle was reasonable and would not have been targeting if not for Schultz dipping his head down. That’s what Pickett thought:

UCLA continues to have a rough time with the targeting matter. They’ve had multiple players ejected this season for targeting, while an opponent was not penalized for targeting when he should have been, leading to serious complaints from Jim Mora.

Jim McElwain feels bad for Kentucky after close game

Jim McElwain

Florida head coach Jim McElwain was quite emotional after his Gators squeaked out a 28-27 win over Kentucky on Saturday night.

Florida did not lead until the final minute of the game, and they had to overcome a 27-14 deficit. They also were in danger of blowing the game at the end, but they prevailed.

Knowing how close to victory Kentucky was, and how much it would have meant to the Wildcats, McElwain showed some sympathy for his opponent.

“I feel bad for these guys. They played their tails off and probably had a chance to win it,” McElwain said in his postgame interview on SEC Network.

What made the loss even more painful for Kentucky is that they’ve now lost 31 in a row to Florida. That statistic clearly was not lost on McElwain.

James Franklin thinks Saquon Barkley is best player in country

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley put on an absolute show in Penn State’s comeback win over Iowa on Saturday night, leaving even his head coach impressed.

Barkley rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown, and he caught 12 passes for 94 yards. The junior running back also had 53 yards on kickoff returns.

After the 21-19 win, Penn State coach James Franklin raved about his star back.

“This guy was unbelievable. I didn’t get a chance to watch him from a fan’s perspective. But from a coach’s perspective, I can’t imagine there’s a better player in the country than this guy,” Franklin told ESPN after the game.

Barkley was a one-man show at times. Though credit must be given to Trace McSorley, who threw a game-winning touchdown pass on 4th and goal from the 7, when giving the ball to Barkley seemed like more of a risk.

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