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Eric Dickerson: Some high school teams could beat SMU

Eric-DickersonEric Dickerson is not very proud of his alma mater at the moment. Dickerson, the NFL record holder for most rushing yards in a single season, has watched Southern Methodist University lose its first two games of the season by a combined score of 88-6. On Saturday, SMU will take on No. 7 Texas A&M in a game that will almost certainly get ugly in a hurry.

During an interview with Shan and RJ on KRLD-FM Tuesday, Dickerson criticized SMU’s recruiting tactics and said he believes there are high school teams that could beat the Mustangs.

“In some instances there, I didn’t think they did enough to help the students get in,” he said, as transcribed by EJ Holland of The Dallas Morning News. “Recruiting is right there in Dallas. I mean, you have to make the students and their parents feel like they’re welcome. I’m talking about black athletes to come play at the university.

“It’s nothing against those kids because those kids are give their all, but I guarantee you there are some high schools around the country that could beat them. There is no doubt. They don’t have the talent to compete with Baylor or Texas A&M. They would get killed.”

SMU is located in Dallas, and they have virtually no chance recruiting against programs like Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Alabama. Despite that, the Mustangs were pretty successful in 2011 with an 8-5 campaign that included wins over TCU, UCF and Pittsburgh. Dickerson believes the opportunity for SMU has come and gone.

“I think we had a shot, but it’s gone,” he said. “I really do believe it’s gone. It’s like Texas and Alabama, those are big schools you can’t compete with. At one point, they were going to join the Big East. If I’m the Big East, if I’m the Big 12 or the Pac-10, I would look at SMU and ask ‘what do you have to offer us?’ You have 3,000 people that come to your football games. You’re winning maybe five games a year. What’s the appeal for us to want to split $12 million? There is no attraction. Yes, you are in Dallas, Texas, but that’s all you have. You can’t even compete.”

If you hear someone booing louder than everyone else at SMU’s next home game, that just might be Dickerson.

Eric Dickerson: Justin Bieber needs to ‘slow his ass down’

Eric-DickersonThe NFL is after Justin Bieber. On Tuesday morning, we shared with you an impossibly fantastic story about Keyshawn Johnson chasing down Bieber’s Ferrari in his Prius to confront the young pop star about driving too fast in their Los Angeles gated community. Would you believe us if we told you Johnson isn’t the only former NFL star who is furious at Bieber for his reckless driving?

Shortly after the story about Johnson and Bieber surfaced (in addition to another one from TMZ about the police investigating Biebs for his driving antics), former NFL running back Eric Dickerson let the world know he’s pissed off about it too.

Dickerson, who holds the NFL’s single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards, is another angry resident of Calabasas. It sounds like Johnson was acting for a lot of people when he hunted Bieber down and tried to teach him a lesson. Justin better hire some extra security.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson to Eric Dickerson: ‘I’m coming for you’

Adrian Peterson is happy that his incredible performance on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers helped the Minnesota Vikings clinch a playoff spot. He may not hold the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season, but his team will still be playing in January. In the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters.

However, Peterson wouldn’t be human if it didn’t sting a little that he fell just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record. When FOX’s Pam Oliver informed him of how close he had come after Sunday’s game, you could tell A.P. was surprised. As Peter King revealed in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peterson admits he is disappointed he didn’t get there.

“It kinda went through my mind that I didn’t get it,” he explained. “Was I surprised? Not really. All week there was so much talk about the record, the record, the record. At one point, I just told myself, ‘Don’t worry about the record. Don’t force it. Just play. If it happens, it happens. That can’t be our focus. We win, we’re in the playoffs.'”

Had Peterson fallen short of the mark and the Vikings lost, it would probably hurt a lot more. For now, he is focused on winning a rematch against Green Bay on Saturday. As for Dickerson, A.P. said he is hardly done chasing 2,105.

“I’m coming for you,” he said with a laugh. “Yes. Yes. Yes. The feeling is there. I understand the big picture, but the feeling is there. I wanted this.”

He can still have it. Peterson is only 27 years old and just rushed for more than 2,000 yards after tearing up his knee at the end of the season last year. The fact that he was able to bounce back from that the way he did is unfathomable. Something tells me A.P. is far from finished with making Dickerson squirm.