Sunday, November 30, 2008
2. Florida Gators (3) 11-1 1,516
3. Texas Longhorns 11-1 1,488
4. Oklahoma Sooners 11-1 1,480
5. U-S-C Trojans 10-1 1,355
6. Penn State Nittany Lions 11-1 1,257
7. Utah Utes 12-0 1,216
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders 11-1 1,197
9. Boise State Broncos 12-0 1,103
10. Ohio State Buckeyes 10-2 1,069
11. T-C-U Horned Frogs 10-2 885
12. Ball State Cardinals 12-0 834
13. Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 824
14. Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-3 798
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 9-3 708
16. Oregon Ducks 9-3 630
17. Georgia Bulldogs 9-3 495
18. Boston College Eagles 9-3 482
19. Missouri Tigers 9-3 479
20. B-Y-U Cougars 10-2 385
21. Michigan State Spartans 9-3 312
22. Ole Miss Rebels 8-4 280
23. Pittsburgh Panthers 8-3 241
24. Northwestern Wildcats 9-3 190
25. Oregon State Beavers 8-4 122
Others receiving votes: Iowa 66, Virginia Tech 47, Tulsa 13, Florida State 12, California 7, West Virginia 4, Connecticut 3, Nebraska 3, Rice 3, North Carolina 1.
2. Oklahoma Sooners 11-1 .980/.935
3. Texas Longhorns 11-1 .940/.922
4. Florida Gators 11-1 .820/.885
5. U-S-C Trojans 10-1 .730/.807
6. Utah Utes 12-0 .850/.784
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders 11-1 .870/.780
8. Penn State Nittany Lions 11-1 .670/.737
9. Boise State Broncos 12-0 .740/.703
10. Ohio State Buckeyes 10-2 .590/.634
11. T-C-U Horned Frogs 10-2 .610/.563
12. Ball State Cardinals 12-0 .550/.530
13. Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 .440/.483
14. Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-3 .450/.427
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 9-3 .450/.404
16. Georgia Bulldogs 9-3 .410/.331
17. Boston College Eagles 9-3 .380/.320
18. B-Y-U Cougars 10-2 .290/.314
19. Oregon Ducks 9-3 .100/.304
20. Missouri Tigers 9-3 .220/.281
21. Michigan State Spartans 9-3 .250/.255
22. Northwestern Wildcats 9-3 .000/.121
23. Pittsburgh Panthers 8-3 .080/.101
24. Florida State Seminoles 8-4 .210/.076
25. Virginia Tech Hokies 8-4 .120/.057
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We're talking world-class...
In 2005, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She's had four operations since the initial round of diagnoses and treatments. Marin had one real wish- she wanted to compete in the Olympics. The tumor may have taken her body away from her at points, but it never took her dream away. Despite paralysis and inoperable tumors, she continued to train and made it to the US Paralympic Team- qualifying in three events.
It took a lot of people helping in and around her new hometown of Sammamish, Washington to get the family to Beijing and the '08 Paralympics.
The Morrisons made it.
Marin made it.
And the story below is a reminder of what truly is important this time of year...
Marin was part of the Peacock's Paralympic Games coverage- seven-and-a-half minutes worth.
It's worth your time...
So is her personal journey on Caringbridge.org
The folks at Hurley are even breaking out a line of their lids designed by Marin- a first for their corporation. If you pick up one of their hats during the month of November ((translation- act fast)), any hat that's purchased gets part of their proceeds headed toward Marin's charity.
Does it matter where Marin finished in Beijing in her three races...?
Not one bit...
She finished. And that's what matters...
Keep the Morrisons in your prayers this holiday season...
They can book their trip to somewhere in Florida for New Year's Day.
Georgia can as well, but Defensive Coordinator Willy Martinez may need to file a change-of-address kit with the Postal Service after the season. Tech gashed UGa for 409 yards rushing- Jones getting 214 of those yards on only 13 carries. The Jackets scored 26 points in the third quarter alone to take a 38-28 lead after 45 minutes.
Talk is the Dawgs will head to the "What's-in-your-wallet?" Bowl to take on Ohio State and Terrelle Pryor. The Jackets could end up in the Sports Store Chain Bowl in Orlando, or could have a home game with a bunch of cows involved at the Georgia Dome.
((HT: CBS Sports))
Swinney didn't play it safe once Tommy Bowden left and he took over. Swinney took the bull by the horns getting rid of offensive coordinator Rob Spence the same day Bowden resigned and taking charge of the offense. Clemson's playmakers James Davis, C.J. Spiller & Aaron Kelly got the ball in their hands. The young offensive line, which Bowden worried about before the season kicked off, has thrived under the confident leadership of Swinney.
In short, a program that was hinging on a disastrous season in October has won 4 of their last 5 games and going to a bowl game.
Later this week, Swinney will interview for the head coaching position at Clemson. That seems like a formality. The Tigers have their man already.
It is of OSG's opinion that Dabo Swinney will become the head coach of Clemson.
Photo Courtesy: Bart Boatwright/The Greenville News
Former junior hockey coach and NHL player agent David Frost ((pictured, thanks Adrian Wyld/CP)), who had been charged with four counts of sexual exploitation, was acquitted on Friday of all charges by an Ontario court judge in the town of Napanee.
Frost was found not guilty by a judge, in cases arising from his term as coach of the junior A Quinte Hawks club in Eastern Ontario in 1996 and 1997.
The charges stemmed from alleged incidents involving two former Hawks players he coached.
The young women who dated the players when they were 16 gave emotional testimony during the trial, contending Frost masterminded and participated in sexual threesomes with the Hawks players and their teenage girlfriends.
One of the women said Frost, age 29 at the time, persisted in having group sex with her and her boyfriend for a number of years.
The defence conceded that group sex is common among hockey players, but vehemently denied Frost ever took part in the sex acts.
Judge Geoff Griffin of the Ontario Court of Justice cleared Frost of the charges, adding the trial "exposed a dark and very unhealthy side of hockey."
"It's extremely offensive and must be denounced," Griffin said in giving his verdict.
The women testified that Frost held great power over the young players and controlled every part of their lives, including telling them when they could have sex with their girlfriends and instructing them about specific positions.
Frost faced two counts alleging he directly or indirectly sexually touched the two players, while the other two counts alleged he instructed the players to sexually touch their girlfriends.
In his ruling, Griffin suggested the women's testimony was "possibly tainted by collusion."
Tom Harrington reports from the site of the trial for the CBC.
Did you hear the one about the Toronto Maple Leafs wanting Brian Burke ((pictured, thanks Getty Images)) to be the team's General Manager...??? All that had to happen was his leaving Anaheim- and getting out of that particular contract first... like the second Cliff Fletcher was named the replacement for John Ferguson, Junior last season.
Well, it happened... he's the President and GM of the Leafs now...
''You're talking about the Vatican if you're Catholic, you're talking the centre of the hockey universe, you're talking about one of the most important jobs in hockey running the Toronto Maple Leafs,'' Burke said. ''It's a dream job.''
Burke will reportedly earn $3 million annually on a six-year deal.
Burke, the 13th general manager in the club's 92-year history, became available after the veteran NHL executive stepped down from his post as general manager of the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 12.
''I'm extremely honoured to join the Toronto Maple Leafs,'' said Burke. ''This is one of the most prestigious jobs in our game.
''This is an opportunity of a lifetime to work for a team in a world-class city with passionate fans, solid ownership and a rich history. I can't wait to get started.''
Now all he has to do is fix the Leafs situation... which is in pretty sad shape. The team recently traded away two former Number One Draft picks- Carlo Coliacoivo and Alex Steen- to St. Louis for Lee Stempniak.
They're currently 11th in the 15 team Eastern Conference and have lost five in a row heading in to the weekend. But the Buds are also only one point out of the cellar.
Let the new round of overly-optimistic expectations begin in the T-Dot.
Let's go back to January when Burke was a guest of Michael Landsberg on "OTR" when he said he wasn't interested in the Leafs job since he already had a job...
A lot was made of Croom being the SEC's first black head coach, but his tenure in the conference as a solid assistant and brain helped in getting the gig. Last season, the Bulldogs went 8-5 and made an appearance in the Liberty Bowl. Croom took over the program while it was under NCAA sanctions and made the defense the team's calling card.
The offense, however, was another story. In Croom's five years the team was never better than 103rd in the NCAA in scoring. The team finished 4-8 this year and the loss to Louisiana Tech did him no immediate favors.
"Five years ago, Mississippi State gave me the unprecedented opportunity to be a head football coach in the Southeastern Conference and to build a program based upon a strong foundation," Croom said in a statement.
"We have tried to build a program the right way that can compete for conference championships. I believe the foundation has been set for those goals to be reached under the leadership of someone else, and it was my decision to resign."AD Greg Byrne is set to make an appearance to 'splain himself later Saturday.
We return you to happier times in Starkville...
((HT: Lincoln Financial Sports/SEC))
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Swinney has taken full grasp of the offense getting the ball to Clemson's playmakers. C.J. Spiller and Aaron Kelly have benefited from that.
The success Dabo Swinney has had taking over has lead to a grass roots movement from Clemson fans in favor of Swinney to have the job. Many Tiger fans believe if athletic director Terry Don Phillips is considering hiring a coordinator than there is no reason why Swinney shouldn't be the guy.
Here's what we know. Phillips has had interviewed Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, University of Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and Lane Kiffin. OSG reported that Kiffin appears to be headed to Tennessee. It has also been reported that TCU head coach Gary Patterson interviewed yesterday for the job.
2 names I would also look to are Buffalo head coach Turner Gill and outgoing Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer. OSG has no confirmation that they are on the radar screen at Clemson but just playing a hunch. Gill has brought the Bulls from irrelevance to the MAC Championship Game after winning the Eastern Division. Fulmer still has the fire to coach and would seem to be a good fit at Clemson.
It is of OSG's opinion that Dabo Swinney is a virtual lock to get the job however, things might be interesting now that a formal interview with Patterson has taken place. Patterson is ready to make the leap to a BCS school and according to OSG sources, made it known that he was interested in the position. Patterson was up for the vacant Kansas State job but backed out when negotiations broke down.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A charge of animal cruelty was waved off and Seven now is on a three-year probationary term for the charge that was brought on him in court. He was also fined $2,500 and told to pay court costs- including his transport from Leavenworth, Kansas.
When Surry County District Attorney Gerald Poindexter was asked why he dropped the animal cruelty charge when Seven already admitted to the acts themselves he responded:
"Because I feel what I did today is approved by more than a majority of people in Surry County and that's a constituency I'm concerned about."
Seven is scheduled for release in July of 2009, but since the state charges have been "taken care of," he is elgible for an early release. He could serve the remainder of his sentence in a half-way house and could be out by January to do so.
The plea agreement was reached before a federal report on the case surfaced Friday, including an account from one witness that Vick and two of his co-defendants enjoyed putting family pets into a ring with pit bulls from Bad Newz Kennels and watching the trained fighters injure or kill the pets.
That's nice, ain't it...?
Mary Kay Mallonee has been on the case since the very beginning...
Not by your own doing...
Northwestern Oklahoma State will not play its scheduled NAIA quarterfinal game at top-ranked Carroll College on Saturday after discovering that three players were academically ineligible.
They will forfeit regular-season games against Bacone and Texas College as well as a postseason game against Friends (Kan.) University because the players competed in those games while ineligible.
The school said the unidentified players dropped classes during the fall semester that reduced their course load below 12 hours, which is not allowed by the NAIA.
University president Janet Cunningham said the school is saddened and embarrassed by the actions it was forced to take, but refused to compromise its integrity.
The NAIA's response is down below...
"It is our understanding that earlier today Northwestern Oklahoma's internal monitoring system detected a violation of NAIA rules and once learning of the violation the administration immediately contacted NAIA officials," said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. "I know this is a difficult time for the administration, coaches and players but would like to recognize the integrity of the university's administration for taking responsibility to do what was right. The NAIA and the National Eligibility Committee will work with Northwestern Oklahoma officials to ensure all proper safeguards are in place for future competition."
As a result, the Saints get to watch as the other three match-ups go off as scheduled...
You know the University of Sioux Falls has to dig that to no end...
The next question is... how do you fill a coach's show...?
One last element to throw on the fire... Kiffin's agent is Jimmy Sexton- a major-league power broker in those circles. The hiring of Kiffin also gives Tennessee a foothold in Southern California for recruiting... a long-desired area for the Vols to fill their rosters every year.
You don't think they just "go out" and play UCLA, do you...?
Monday, November 24, 2008
There are train tracks 200 yards to your right. Interstate 75 is 250 yards to your left. It's a town carved in a valley in the foothills of Kentucky. It's appearance takes you back to a more industrial time. Pick-up trucks are all domestics and the owners could care less if there's rust on the body. There are farms with live animals grazing as if you are the interloper.
Which, you really are, by the way...
And to this town, it's all about football on a Saturday. The lone exception to the idea is that is close to freezing temperatures on the field. And I'm quite thankful I had some of those charcoal hand warmers I had left over from the night before.
The good guys got out to a 7-nothing lead, were tied at 7, and then gave up 24 straight points for a 31-7 loss. My personal opinion is that UC isn't a better team than Shorter. They just were better in that 60 minutes on the field. And that's what counts in a playoff run.
UC gets to road-trip to St. Francis in Fort Wayne on Saturday. Good luck on that one...
The one thing you notice more than anything else in the post-game talks is the emotion- from everywhere. The coaches who put their body, mind, and soul into the last four years- building a program from the idea of an idea- have an abrupt finality. That's it. There is no more with the group of freshmen that took the field against UC as seniors.
There was so much effort put in to the idea and the execution that once it's over, you really don't know what to do with yourself when you know that's all there is. Players were crying. Coaches were emotional. Family members, thankful for an opportunity to help build something special, are crying for their sons and their school.
But if you're looking for something to build on for a "next year," I give you this...
South Carolina State (10-2) at (2) Appalachian State (10-2), 12 p.m.
Colgate (9-2) at Villanova (9-2), 1 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky (8-3) at Richmond (9-3), 1 p.m.
New Hampshire (9-2) at Southern Illinois (9-2), 2 p.m.
Texas State (8-4) at (4) Montana (11-1), 2:05 p.m.
Wofford (9-2) at (1) James Madison (10-1), 3 p.m.
Maine (8-4) at (3) Northern Iowa (10-2), 5:05 p.m.
Weber State (9-3) at Cal Poly (8-2), 9:05 p.m.
Division II Quarterfinal Round - Saturday, November 29th
California (PA) (11-1) at Bloomsburg (11-1), 12 p.m.
Minnesota-Duluth (12-0) at Grand Valley State (11-0), 1 p.m.
North Alabama (11-1) at Delta State (10-1), 1 p.m.
Northwest Missouri State (11-1) at Abilene Christian (11-0), 1 p.m.
Division III Second Round - Saturday, November 29th
Hobart (9-1) at Mount Union (11-0), 12 p.m.
Curry (10-1) at SUNY Cortland (10-1), 12 p.m.
Wheaton (9-2) at Wabash (10-1), 12 p.m.
Franklin (10-1) at North Central (11-0), 1 p.m.
Wartburg (9-2) at Monmouth (11-0), 1 p.m.
Washington & Jefferson (10-1) at Millsaps (11-0), 1 p.m.
Wesley (9-1) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-1), 1 p.m.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (10-1) at Willamette (11-0), 3 p.m.
NAIA Division I Quarterfinals
Game 1: Carroll (Mont.) hosts Northwestern Oklahoma State, 12:07 p.m. MST
Game 2: Sioux Falls (S.D.) hosts Langston (Okla.), 12 p.m. CST
Game 3: Saint Francis (Ind.) hosts Cumberlands (Ky.), 12 p.m. EST
Game 4: Morningside (Iowa) hosts Lindenwood (Mo.), 1 p.m. CST
Those are the words of Former-now-present Kansas State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder in a television interview in September of this year...
So much for that idea...
Snyder is returning to the same sideline where he built 17 years worth of Wildcat football three years after he left that same piece of real estate. He signed a five-year deal worth close to $1.8-million per year and replaces Ron Prince.
They were the "Mildcats" before Snyder got there: 0-21-1 in the two years before his arrival.Just ask Michael Bishop about what a guy like Snyder can do to rebuild an entire program.
Here's the official re-entry into the 12...
Sunday, November 23, 2008
How'd he figure...?
Chris Thomsen's Wildcats scored 93 points in a football game this Saturday. Running back Bernard Scott scored seven touchdowns and ran for 292 yards. QB Billy Malone threw for six touchdowns on his own. Abilene won 93-68...
Yes, we're still talking football...
Nine Abilene Christian records were broken. 14 Lone Star Conference records were broken. 5 NCAA records were broken including most combined points and most combined yards. 16 Division II playoff records were broken.
But the rub comes in the last 35 seconds or so of the video below ((HT: Abilene Reporter News/Daniel Wason)) as Abilene didn't just take a knee with the last kickoff as time expired.
They decided to see if they could get another TD on the board and turn the scoreboard over for an even 100- much to the pissdom of the visitors after the game was over...
Reminder to the Wildcats as they get NW Missouri State next week...
There's something about karma that you need to remember down the line. It may not come next week. It may not come for the rest of this season, but it will come...
Oh, yes. It will come...
2. Florida Gators (2) 10-1 1,512
3. Oklahoma Sooners 10-1 1,486
4. Texas Longhorns 10-1 1,437
5. U-S-C Trojans 9-1 1,352
6. Penn State Nittany Lions 11-1 1,238
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders 10-1 1,212
8. Utah Utes 12-0 1,206
9. Boise State Broncos 11-0 1,064
10. Ohio State Buckeyes 10-2 1,043
11. Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-2 997
12. Missouri Tigers 9-2 917
13. Georgia Bulldogs 9-2 874
14. T-C-U Horned Frogs 10-2 750
15. Ball State Cardinals 11-0 731
16. Cincinnati Bearcats 9-2 640
17. Oregon State Beavers 8-3 604
18. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 8-3 339
19. Oregon Ducks 8-3 320
20. Boston College Eagles 8-3 309
20. B-Y-U Cougars 10-2 309
22. Michigan State Spartans 9-3 274
23. Florida State Seminoles 8-3 214
24. Northwestern Wildcats 9-3 145
25. Ole Miss Rebels 7-4 127
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 120, Pittsburgh 108, Iowa 54, L-S-U 35, California 11, Tulsa 8, Western Michigan 8, South Carolina 5, Central Michigan 5, Connecticut 2, Nebraska 1, Rice 1.
2. Texas Longhorns 10-1 .960/.921
3. Oklahoma Sooners 10-1 .900/.913
4. Florida Gators 10-1 .780/.876
5. U-S-C Trojans 9-1 .710/.797
6. Utah Utes 12-0 .860/.786
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders 10-1 .890/.779
8. Penn State Nittany Lions 11-1 .730/.752
9. Boise State Broncos 11-0 .630/.658
10. Ohio State Buckeyes 10-2 .570/.621
11. Georgia Bulldogs 9-2 .690/.602
12. Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-2 .580/.571
13. Missouri Tigers 9-2 .520/.559
14. T-C-U Horned Frogs 10-2 .510/.470
15. Ball State Cardinals 11-0 .400/.438
16. Cincinnati Bearcats 9-2 .430/.397
17. Oregon State Beavers 8-3 .240/.313
18. B-Y-U Cougars 10-2 .310/.263
19. Michigan State Spartans 9-3 .260/.212
20. Florida State Seminoles 8-3 .290/.188
21. Boston College Eagles 8-3 .180/.186
22. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 8-3 .240/.181
23. Oregon Ducks 8-3 .000/.155
24. Northwestern Wildcats 9-3 .020/.113
25. Pittsburgh Panthers 7-3 .050/.041
First- Patrick Roy's Ceremony in Montreal... after years of acrimony ((that's a fancy word for not liking one another...)) both sides buried the hatchet. He came home for one hell of a night...
Dick Irvin is your MC ((HT: CBC/NHL/the youtube))
Here's Part One...
Part 2 is in black... Part 3 is also in black...
And the Toronto Maple Leafs Wendel Clark had the same event happen at the Post Office in downtown Toronto. You gotta give the CBC credit running both for an entire country.
((Once again, HT: CBC/NHL/the youtube))
Two of the toughest get their nights...
This year both teams were dreadful but this was a statement game for both the Huskies and the Cougars. Washington State got to host this game and the Cougs took full advantage winning 16-13 thanks to Nick Grassu's field goal in double overtime for Wazzou's 2nd win of the year and braggin' rights for a year.
Based on the seasons of Washington and Washington State, you should have called this the Rotten Apple Cup.
Here are the highlights from KXLY, thanks guys
Friday, November 21, 2008
Best Player In The Big 10: Robbie Hummel - Purdue
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
But we didn't know the ballot could reflect a truly charismatic leader for our time...
Thanks to Grey Blackwell for reminding us all of a gigantic oversight...
((HT: Raleigh News and Observer))
Since it is close to the season of giving, the NCAA has decided that they would bestow the gift of Final Four for the next round of 5 years or 2012-2016 to you and me.
Certainly the city of Atlanta...or at least the Atlanta Journal Constitution is happy about it, check out the story here .
Here are the list of winners:
2012 New Orleans at The Superdome
2013 Atlanta at The Georgia Dome
2014 Dallas/Fort Worth at Cowboys Stadium (that should be interesting)
2015 Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium
2016 Houston at Reliant Stadium
I would say buy your tickets now, but much like the Super Bowl or any other "Marquee" event they are a little hard to come by.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
He's not going to play anymore. Out, over, done, and gone...
Elizondo says that he was kicked off the team about a month ago for "missing too many practices..." and not being a big fan of all the politickin' on the squad...
Too much drama for him... apparently...
You can check out some of the good ole days for Josh in black...
It's shot from really high up on top of a press box and stuff...
So what does a high school senior who is tired of football plan on doing with the rest of his life...?
He's enrolling in the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando...
Apparently, he's eligible to apply for the Jeremy McGrath Scholarship...
Elizondo had offers from South Carolina, Troy, Pitt, Iowa State, NC State, Duke, and Kentucky.
"I used to love football but I'm tired of it. I've got other interests now," he said.
Perhaps, helping out this man will be the next step in his process...
Good luck in all of your future endeavors...