Nobody asked me but:
1. I have one piece of advice for those high school recruits who will sit down with the NCAA to discuss the recruiting practices of Tennessee: TELL THE TRUTH!!!!! If Tennessee didn’t do anything wrong, then tell the NCAA investigators that. It could be that this entire investigation comes under a gray area in the NCAA rules and that at the end of this process, some loopholes will be tightened but Tennessee will suffer no consequences. There is always a rush to assume people are guilty when a story like this breaks. You have to let the investigation play its way out.
Having said all that, young recruit, you need to know that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was less than forthcoming when asked about his relationship with Deion Sanders and it cost him a big chunk of his senior season. I don’t think the NCAA can punish a high school player who hasn’t signed with a college. In fact, I know it can’t. But you do not want to be on record as lying to an NCAA investigator. It is not a good career move, even if you’re in high school.
2. I was happy to see that one of our Georgia representatives, John Barrow, voted “No” on the stupid Congressional proposal to require Division I-A football to have a playoff to determine a national championship or not to be able to call any game a “national championship” game that doesn’t result from a playoff. Look, I’m going to say this one more time. I am in favor of a four-team playoff and I’ll think we’ll get it down the road. But you don’t understand the process if you think that educational institutions are going to switch to this thing at the point of a legislative gun. I’ve talked to the Big Ten and Pac-10 people. If Congress forces this, they will simply go back to the Rose Bowl and their huge payout and ratings on New Year’s Day. In fact, there is a greater likelihood that we would go back to the old bowl system (SEC champ to Sugar, Big 12 champ to Fiesta, etc.) than a forced playoff.
And by the way, if I live in the district of Texas Republican Joe Barton, I have to wonder what he is doing with his time. In sponsoring the legislation, Barton said: “It’s December and the BCS is in chaos again!” Really? Alabama and TEXAS are playing for the BCS title. Is old Joe saying TCU should have been in the game?
3. It’s good to see that Connecticut coach Randy Edsall (a former Georgia Tech assistant) has gotten involved in the Notre Dame job. Edsall did remarkable work this year holding his team together after the tragic murder of teammate Jasper Howard. The Huskies eventually beat Notre Dame at Notre Dame, which certainly caught the attention of some people. I’m still guessing that Brian Kelly of Cincinnati is the guy, but Edsall would be a good choice as well.
4. Florida hired internally (Steve Addazio) when offensive coordinator Dan Mullen went to Mississippi State. Expect them to do the same with Dan McCarney (assistant head coach) now that DC Charlie Strong is leaving to be the head coach at Louisville. McCarney has one of the best defensive minds out there and is a former head coach at Iowa State (1995-2006). He had a great season as South Florida’s assistant head coach in 2007, when the Bulls rose to No. 2 in the land.
5. Speaking of Charlie Strong: You folks know how much I admire the work he has done at Florida. And I also admire his decision to coach Florida in the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati. But if I’m Urban Meyer, I tell Charlie this: “I love you brother, but you have a new team. You need to go coach that team and start your new life.” I still remember the experience Mark Richt had when he took the Georgia job but coached Florida State in the 2000 national championship game against Oklahoma. He has told me that if he had it to do over again, he would not have coached in the game. It can be done, however. Bo Pelini, who was the defensive coordinator at LSU when he took the head coaching job at Nebraska, did a masterful job of juggling both jobs and coaching the LSU defense in the national title game against Ohio State.
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