Nobody asked me but…..
1. Hey look, A.J.! Nebraska is having a jersey sale!: Georgia’s A.J. Green was suspended for four games for selling one of his game jerseys for $1,000. Hey, that’s against the rules. I know it. You know it and, more importantly, A.J. Green knows it.
But here at Mr. College Football we love irony. Nebraska has announced on its website that it will sell about 157 jerseys that will be worn by members of the Cornhusker team during its Oct. 16 game with Texas in Lincoln. In fact, Big Red fans can go on line right now and bid for the jersey of their choice. The No. 3 jersey of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is already going for $999.99. Nebraska officials told me they were going to take the names off the jerseys before selling them to the public.
2. It’s really starting to get ugly at North Carolina: ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel reported this week that former North Carolina assistant coach John Blake made contact with Alabama defensive end Marcel Dareus and lobbied him to consider Gary Wichard as his agent. Reports today indicated that Blake also called the family of Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh and that coach Bo Pelini was concerned about the contact.
Blake once worked for Wichard and is part of an investigation being conducted by the North Carolina Secretary of State. Yahoo Sports is reporting that there were a number of financial transactions between Blake and Wichard including some loans. Blake resigned his position at UNC on Sept. 5. Tar Heel coach Butch Davis apologized this week for the embarrassment this has brought to the school and said he was “sorry he trusted John Blake.” I have to wonder when this situation is going to reach critical mass.
3. Somebody should hire Joe Moglia as a head coach: Who is Joe Moglia? In the 1980s he was a college football coach at Lafayette and Darmouth. He loved coaching but had to get out because he was going through a divorce and needed to make some money to support his four kids. He went to Wall Street and eventually became the CEO of TD Ameritrade. He led that company to explosive growth and over seven years his average compensation was $14 million per year, including $21 million in 2008. He did well.
Now he is 60, financially set, and is going back to his dream of becoming a Division I-A football coach. He is working over 70 unpaid hours a week as a consultant to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. “By the time I finish at Nebraska this year I will have invested over 4,000 hours learning how to be a head coach,” he said. “I’m going to convince somebody to take a chance on me.”
I’m sold. Check him out at www.coachjoemoglia.com.
4. It’s probably time to start giving Cameron Newton some love: Alabama’s Mark Ingram, LSU’s Patrick Peterson, and Michigan’s Denard Robinson deserve all the Heisman recognition they get. But what about quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn? A week ago he was the leading rusher in the SEC averaging about 19 carries a game. But Auburn did not call any running plays for him against Louisiana-Monroe in an effort to protect him. Smart move. He has been responsible for 20.4 points per game with his legs and his arm, which leads the nation. He is the nation’s second most efficient passer. In the next three weeks Auburn plays at Kentucky and at home against Arkansas and LSU. If he steps up big in those games and the Tigers win them all, people are going to notice.
5. I like the bowls but I don’t like 5-7 teams in bowls: When it comes to bowl games I believe in live and let live. If two conferences want to get together with a city and have a bowl game, then they should be free to do so. But the NCAA is considering legislation to allow the bowls to take teams with 5-7 records if there are not enough 6-6 teams to fill all the slots. Do the math: There are 119 eligible teams (USC can’t go to a bowl because of NCAA probation) and 35 bowls. It hasn’t happened yet, but sooner or later there are not going to be enough teams that are 6-6 or better to fill the 70 slots. The head coach and the athletics director may have no shame, but if I were the president of a school that was 5-7, I wouldn’t accept a bowl bid. If you do, your school deserves every ounce of criticism it is going to get.
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Programming note: Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is among the guests on today’s “Barnhart and Durham Show.” We will also have Glenn Gillbeau, who covers LSU for Gannett News Service. He’ll bring us the latest fallout with coach Les Miles and the wild finish Saturday against Tennessee. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on www.790thezone.com