I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. I go to school at York College of Pennsylvania so needless to say I’m surrounded by Penn State enthusiasts and even more so, Joe Paterno supporters. Here’s the deal. Jerry Sandusky committed some awful crimes against children while both on and off Joe Paterno’s coaching staff. He committed these crimes on the campus of Penn State and within the football facilities. Mike McQueary witnessed these wrongdoings and told Paterno, who then went to the AD. Legally, that’s all JoePa needed to do, but morally that’s a totally different story. Read more…
College Football Uniforms. Most years it’s a mundane topic, talked about by only the most hardcore fans who dissect each and every aspect of their team’s success or lack there of. This year, the topic of college football uniforms has taken center stage as it is talked about by every college football analyst and tweeted about by athletes around the world of sports. Read more…
1. Maryland Terrapins
2. Arizona State Sundevils
3. Boise State Broncos
4. Oregon Ducks
5. Oklahoma State Cowboys
As Hurricane Irene continues its path of destruction along the Carolinas and upper east coast, the University of Miami is in the midst of a “Hurricane” of their own. I thought it would be nice to shift away from the bleak forecast ahead (pun intended) for both situations and instead relive some of the Miami Hurricanes’ glory days by admiring their long history of producing exceptional athletes, uh, I mean STUDENT-athletes (unnecesarry shot, I know, but it was just too easy). Here are some notable Hurricanes alumni and who I think are the best to ever don a professional uniform in each sport. Read more…
As we all know by now, Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel was asked to resign and complied. Tressel was forced to resign after lying to the NCAA about his players, most notably star qb Terelle Pryor, receiving improper benefits such as cars and tattoos. Tressel also knowingly withheld information about his player’s wrongdoings from the NCAA. A recent Sports Illustrated article noted that as many as 28 Ohio State players from 2002 til present day received free cars from a nearby dealership as well as traded or sold memorabilia like rings, trophies, equipment, and jerseys in exchange for tattoos. This is just the information on the surface, but I’m not going to dive any deeper into the situation in order to avoid repeating what I’m sure many of you have heard a million times by now. Instead, I’m going to talk about why I think the NCAA needs some rules changes.
First, let me preface this argument by saying that I am in no way advocating that major universities use their prestige, stature, and power to cheat during recruiting by promising money, gifts, or any other benefits in exchange for a player’s commitment. I am also not vindicating Jim Tressel’s actions in any way either, he knew his players were receiving illegal benefits as well as selling merchandise and chose to turn a blind eye to the situation and lie to the NCAA. All against the rules. But, let’s look at the real issue here, which is that the players got into trouble because they sold and/or exchanged memorabilia for cars, tattoos, and money. Really?! Why is that against the rules? People have been trading things for other things from the beginning of our existence. Before currency came into existence people traded things like beads, fabric, food, spices, gold, anything and everything in exchange for something else. Both parties were satisfied, just like in the case of the Ohio State players. Now if the players chose to attend Ohio State because they were told that they could receive benefits such as cars and tattoos then that is cheating because the coaches and other recruiters are trying to gain an unfair advantage by promoting illegal benefits. If that wasn’t the case though then why is this any different then the trading that has been going on from the beginning of time. Players should be allowed to trade or sell their memorabilia, it’s their possessions. If Terrelle Pryor wants to sell or trade his Ohio State jersey, championship ring, or equipment in exchange for a tattoo or anything else then who is the NCAA to tell him he can’t, it’s his jersey, his ring, his equipment. Ohio State and every other major university is allowed to use their athletes’ images and stature to market their school and their team as well as make a filthy amount of money, and yet the players aren’t allowed to promote themselves or utilize their resources. How is that fair? This argument has been and will continue to be a very touchy but important topic in collegiate athletics, and I believe the NCAA should look to make some changes.
South Carolina Stymies Ole Miss (SCAR-16, #4 Miss-10)
The “Old Ball Coach” usually beats his opponents using his superior offensive knowledge but not against the Rebels. It was actually the Gamecocks’ defense that held one of the nation’s best offenses to only 10 points and made Jevon Snead look eerily uncomfortable. Mississippi let the pressure of being on prime-time television get to them and South Carolina took advantage of the Rebels lackluster performance.
Hawkeyes Tame the Lions…Again (Iowa-21, #5 PSU-10)
Iowa has now won 7 of their last 8 games against Penn State, who were the #5 team in the country basically by default. The Nittany Lions did not deserve to be ranked #5 and it showed against Iowa. PSU moved into the top 5 because of early upsets within the top 10 and by playing weak teams early on (Akron, Syracuse, Temple). PSU is a top 15 team at best until they can prove themselves against a somewhat worthy opponent.
Oregon Thumps California (Ducks-42, #6 Bears-3)
This wasn’t the usual underdog puts in a great effort and comes away with a close, hard-fought victory kind of upset win. This Oregon win was that of an absolute thrashing of the Golden Bears of California. The Ducks dominated from the start, seamlessly playing like there wasn’t a defense on the other side of the ball. Oregon did whatever they wanted whenever they wanted on both side of the ball. On the other hand, Cal had one of their patented “didn’t show up” games against a very dangerous opponent. This looked like the year that the Golden Bears were finally going to play consistent football throughout the season and challenge the already one loss Trojans for the Pac-10 Title, so much for that.
If you’re looking for my thoughts on #9 Miami losing to #11 Virginia Tech, there aren’t any. I don’t consider VT beating Miami in Blacksburg an upset.
As always your thoughts and comments are welcome and encouraged.
Now I know it’s very early into the season, but you can’t help to not notice the emergence of true freshman QB Tate Forcier. Forcier already has Michigan one win away from matching their total victories from last year. He has shown an unbelievable amount of poise and leadership while taking snaps for one of the most prestigious and historic college football programs in the nation. Forcier has shown early on that he thrives under pressure situations (just ask Rich Rod or even better, Charlie Weis). This is why I think that at the very least he should and will be in the conversation for the Heisman trophy for years to come.