Congrats to Randy Cross, a new Hall of Famer

 

New York–Let’s tie up a few loose ends before I head back home to the ATL.

1. Congrats to Randy Cross,  a new Hall of Famer: Former 49ers All-Pro and UCLA star Randy Cross was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last night at the annual banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Cross, who played at UCLA from 1973-75, now lives in Atlanta. As a member of the 49ers, he played in three Pro Bowls and was All-Pro six times. He works for several television and radio outlets, including The CBS College Sports Network and FSN South. Randy’s son, Brendan, plays quarterback at Wake Forest.

Also going into the Hall of Fame last night was former Alabama coach Gene Stallings, who won 70 games and a national championship in his seven years as the head coach of the Crimson Tide (1990-96). He also coached at Texas A&M before a long stint with the Dallas Cowboys.

2.  Tom Brokaw remembers, Georgia-Alabama, 1965: I spoke to former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, who was honored with the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.  One of Brokaw’s early stops was in Atlanta, where he worked for WSB-TV in 1965. That year, Brokaw said, somebody gave him tickets to the 1965 game between Alabama and Georgia in Athens. “I’ll never forget the excitement,” said Brokaw, who played high school football in his native South Dakota.  “Alabama was the defending national champs and would win it again. But they lost to Georgia (18-17). I will never forget the flea-flicker play (Kirby Moore to Pat Hodgson to Bob Taylor). That was a great afternoon.” Brokaw is a huge college football fan.

3. Temple got a raw deal. A total of 72 teams qualified to play in bowl games and 70 received bids. Among that group there were 13 teams with  records of 6-6. One  of those 6-6 teams, Western Michigan, got left out. The other team was Temple, which was 8-4. That record included wins over Connecticut, which is headed to the Fiesta Bowl, and Army, which is also going to a bowl. We should have a rule that all of the 7-5 (or better) teams must  be taken care of before a 6-6 team goes. That is simply not fair to those kids.

4. Mac McWhorter retires: McWhorter, who played at Georgia and was a coach for 37 years, has decided to retire at Texas. One of eight members of the McWhorter family to play at Georgia, McWhorter was one of three assistant coaches at Texas who will be moving on after the Longhorns went 5-7 last season. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis (once an OC at Georgia) resigned while McWhorter and defensive line coach Mike Tolleson have decided to retire. Also remember that McWhorter was the interim coach at Georgia Tech  for the Yellow Jackets’  Seattle Bowl when George O’Leary left for Notre Dame in 2001. McWhorter told me yesterday and the and his wife, Becky, had been thinking about retirement for a couple of years and that the time was right. Mac McWhorter is a damn good football coach and a better man.

5. Meyer votes Oregon No. 1. Six of the 12 SEC coaches vote in the USA Today coaches poll: Urban Meyer (Florida), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Bobby Petrino (Arkansas), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama), and Steve Spurrier (South Carolina). All but Meyer voted Auburn No. 1 in the final poll.  Meyer said the two teams were like “IA and 1B” and that he had previously had Oregon No. 1. The other five coaches all lost to Auburn and saw Cam Newton up close and personal. Of course there will be speculation that Meyer’s decision was based on the fact that Newton was once in the Florida program and left under difficult circumstances. Or maybe the thinks Oregon is better or maybe he had had Oregon No. 1 on his ballot for a while and decided not to change it. But it is interesting.

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279 comments Add your comment

roosta-boosta

December 8th, 2010
9:00 am

First time and first?

rocksteadyfreddie

December 8th, 2010
9:06 am

The Meyer voting Auburn #2 is a dead story. if he had AU at 3 and YCU at 2, then that is a story.

TONY B ROCKS

December 8th, 2010
9:06 am

Nat

December 8th, 2010
9:06 am

cannot stand Urban Renewal. loyalty only to himself. he represents the SEC and voted the PAC-10 #1 over the SEC ? even loyal Gators should excoriate the jerk.

rocksteadyfreddie

December 8th, 2010
9:07 am

TCU not YCu.

JB

December 8th, 2010
9:08 am

Amen to the Temple thing.

Urbane Cryer is a buffoon. Sorry but it is what it is.

Saaaaaaaa-Weep!!!

HBTD!!!

BAMA dude

December 8th, 2010
9:08 am

cannot stand Urban Renewal. loyalty only to himself. he represents the SEC and voted the PAC-10 #1 over the SEC ?

No, he voted Oregon over Auburn.

Urban Meyer

December 8th, 2010
9:10 am

I’ll never vote auburn #1. They kick our tails every time we play, and now they have the nerve to play for NC with our former thud qb.

BAMA dude

December 8th, 2010
9:10 am

Should also be montioned that John Lennon died 30 years ago today. Sportscenter had a great piece this morning on Cosell’s delivery of the news on MNF just before a game winning FG.

PMC

December 8th, 2010
9:11 am

All the hideous God Awful Bowl matchups this year and they left one of the best lesser known coaches in Al Golden out of the post season?

Nice job. What a wonderful system we have here. Surely there is no better way of having a post season in money grab….I mean College Football.

Urban Meyer

December 8th, 2010
9:12 am

thug + dud = thud

Sandman053

December 8th, 2010
9:12 am

lol @ Rocksteady…I was trying to figure out what school that was. It’s all cool my fingers don’t work sometimes either.

ATL is TigerTown

December 8th, 2010
9:12 am

Urban Meyer…..Oscar Myer. What’s the difference? What a weenie! Good morning and War Eagle, everybody.

Sandman053

December 8th, 2010
9:14 am

LMAO @ Tiger Town….that’s funny right there…I don’t care who you are.

Old Dawg

December 8th, 2010
9:14 am

I enjoyed watching Randy Cross play during the 49ers Super Bowl runs under Bill Walsh. I now enjoy his work as a broadcaster. He has a good voice for broadcasting, knows the game very well and has a great sense of humor.

The entire bowl system is a joke. I know bowl committee review potential gate receipts when offering bowls to schools but an 8-4 team losing out to a 6-6 just ain’t right.

As for Urban Meyer’s vote, what else did we expect?

5IML

December 8th, 2010
9:14 am

Seems like the induction of Stallings would be a more relevant to your readers than the induction of Cross. but Cross is your coworker so you had to mention him a some point this week.

Although McWhorter and his wife talked “about retirement for a couple of years”, Mack Brown ultimately said the time was right.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re number one or number two as long as you make it to the game. The Gators stunk this year so why is everyone still piling on Meyer?

Dawg_Mike

December 8th, 2010
9:15 am

Temple did get hosed. The kids deserved better. with 987 bowls, one would think they could have been invited.
On a related note, UCONN will get destroyed.

Urban Meyer

December 8th, 2010
9:15 am

I kick em off the team for stealing a laptop but if they make any death threats, they automaticaly become a starter. Who’s the opposing team going to fear more, a laptop thief or a murderer.

Miles

December 8th, 2010
9:15 am

Meyer…sour grapes…

sjbytes

December 8th, 2010
9:20 am

How can Urban honestly vote Oregon #1 when they faced 2 top 20 teams while Auburn played 5 top 20 teams? Obvious bias towards Auburn and Cam Newton. Urban still unhappy Cam left UFelony. Maybe Urban can retire…..then un-retire the next day. UFelony, where the probation officer is the busiest person on the football staff.

bull-gator

December 8th, 2010
9:21 am

I’ve been a gator fan for over 40 years and Meyer is the biggest jerk of a coach UF has ever had. What a sore loser he is…

PonGT

December 8th, 2010
9:21 am

I’m sorry to here that Mac McWhorter is retiring. I had always hoped that somehow UGA would give him a call to coach the OL. He was a great OL coach and UGA has been hurting on the OL for a while. Hope he enjoys his retirement.

Good job El-TONY-io! Keep up the good work and hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Sandman053

December 8th, 2010
9:21 am

The probation officer had to be on staff there because otherwise the team couldn’t huddle up….cause it is a probation violation to associate with known criminals.

Paul in RDU

December 8th, 2010
9:23 am

Implying that Urban Meyer should vote for Auburn at #1 because they are in the same conference as UF demonstrates everything that is wrong with the current polls.

Sandman053

December 8th, 2010
9:25 am

Remember opinions are like anal orifices….everyone has one. We all know Urban has his on his shoulders.

Kingman32

December 8th, 2010
9:26 am

Nat,
Thanks for the vocabulary lesson – I learned a new word today – excoriate!
I’m glad I looked it up before I made a comment about typing errors!

BAMA dude

December 8th, 2010
9:27 am

The Gators stunk this year so why is everyone still piling on Meyer?…5IML

It’s called Barn hypocrisy. They expect us and every other SEC team to be tossing bouquets at them after they:

- Have been unbearable in acting like absolute fools this year, from the “god is on our side” garbage to running their mouths incessantly to burying their heads in the sand over the Cam deal when you know they’d all be crucifying him if he played anywhere else

- Hung a Cam jersey on the Bear statue

- sung Rammer Jammer after a couple of their wins including the IB (how pathetic is that? Talk about Little Brother Syndrome. Come up with your own stuff.)

Their behavior has been more “in your face, Bammers!” than it has been celebratory for their own accomplishments. I guess a lot of this comes from having never been there in any of their lifetimes and they’ve envied the Bama success for so long, but geez… no way I’m pulling for them.

Sandman053

December 8th, 2010
9:30 am

I think hanging a Cam jersey on Saban’s statue would have been funny as all get out, but not the Bear…that man had class and then some.

JA613

December 8th, 2010
9:33 am

Back to ESPN 2 today… and over his college football career, “The Majik Man” led the 1984 Virginia Cavaliers to their first bowl game ever, Atlanta’s own then “Peach Bowl”, where he led the team to a comeback victory over Purdue and late Ram QB, Jim Everette by a 28-24 shootout.

Forrest Gump

December 8th, 2010
9:38 am

Didn’t Bama lose seven games in a row to Auburn, or was it only six? My favorite Bama loss was the 1972 Punt Bama Punt disaster that sent the Bear on a three-day drunk that included his TV program. But the recent whipping was satisfying too, I mean coming back from 24-0 must be very painful for the 9 and 3 elephants.

BAMA dude

December 8th, 2010
9:42 am

9:38am…. Exhibit A.

Sandman053

December 8th, 2010
9:43 am

Bama Dude you’ll be in double letters before lunchtime.

Blutto

December 8th, 2010
9:43 am

The ego of Urban The Turd strikes again

Paul N Destin

December 8th, 2010
9:46 am

Auburn …1957 is what you have …and you cheated to get that trophy…enjoy your moment..

MURPHY

December 8th, 2010
9:48 am

Classic Urban Meyer. Im sure Auburn will file this away for the 2011 season.Good luck on the plains Urban.

MURPHY

December 8th, 2010
9:50 am

BAMA dude,

Just curious-anywhere on the net we can preview the Stalling’s acceptance speech from last night.I have little access to the net at wor.

Sleeper Service

December 8th, 2010
9:51 am

The ranking only matters at the end of the game in this case so who cares?

robodawg

December 8th, 2010
9:51 am

That’s really too bad for Temple.

I would’ve voted Oregon No. 1 as well. Oregon got to No. 1 first, offense looks slightly more impressive, and from what I can tell, their defense is slightly better. But they’ll play anyways to settle it.

Better to vote who you think deserves to be there than to vote out of loyalty to conference, or even worse, to not offend Chizik!

Gator Mike

December 8th, 2010
9:54 am

As a loyal Gator, I must admit that Meyer is getting to be a bit too much. Everyone has a right to vote for a team of their choice, but there is no way I will ever believe that Meyer did not read and hear more about Auburn than Oregon this year. Couple all of this with fiasco of this year’s team with our offensive coordinator who Meyer plans on keeping makes me think that Jeremy Foley needs to privately step in and ask Urban about his near and long term intentions. I still believe Meyer is a great coach when he is hitting on all cylinders, but he is starting to act wierd – or perhaps he is being pompous which is unacceptable to most true Gator Fans and Alumni.

Mobile Dawg

December 8th, 2010
9:54 am

Meyer is no more a jerk at UF than Spurrier was. I believe his #1 vote for Oregon was absolutely “sour grapes”, and tasteless. Unfortunately, he’s got our number and most Dawgs just can’t stand it. Until we can pull up our pants and stay on the field with the big boys we will just have to put up with Meyer. The way to shut the jerk up is to beat him.

Bama dude, I haven’t really noticed any difference in the AU fans behavior toward Bama than in years past. There’s just a certain percentage of each fan base that “hate” the other side, and “you” can’t stand Aubie’s success, that’s obvious. If it wasn’t Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, it would be something else.

SimpleDawg

December 8th, 2010
9:54 am

The Urban Crier holds a grudge against Scam-son……I wonder how much Scam-Daddy hit the Gators up for ?

Awbarn is going to pound Oregon like veal scallopini.

Oh, and Scam-son is going to run away with the Heisman Trophy……only to be told later that they gave it to him.

5IML

December 8th, 2010
9:57 am

BAMA dude,

Aub classiness (contradiction) has been well-documented throughout the years.

Do you find it ironic and amusing that ESPN will broadcast the Heisman ceremony (which Cam should win) at 7pm followed by “Pony Excess” a documentary about pay-for-play at SMU in the 80’s? Now, that’s (ESPN) classic.

Old School

December 8th, 2010
9:58 am

Pat Hodgson’s knee was down.

Mobile Dawg

December 8th, 2010
9:59 am

Gator Mike, maybe Urban’s adjusting to his meds, seriously. I truly thought Meyer would end up at Notre Dame, maybe secretly his career isn’t panning out like he thought it would.

AU-3

December 8th, 2010
10:00 am

If the line on this game does not tell you more is coming out about this story,Then you’re in serious denial.That sucker line is glaring folks!

Dontavius Supremo

December 8th, 2010
10:02 am

You are morally correct in your Number 3 item, but Bowls have to make money and it is a sad fact that people go to see “name” teams.

NoGaGator

December 8th, 2010
10:06 am

Here is Meyer’s rationale for his ranking. Remember that Oregon started off the year highly ranked while Auburn wasn’t in the top 25. Regardless, the rankings in this case don’t matter until after the season. UF was ranked behind both OSU in 2006 and OU in 2008 BEFORE the games.

“Urban Meyer was the only one of six SEC coaches who voted to rank Oregon No. 1 ahead of Auburn. “It could have been 1A, 1B,” Meyer said. “I watched that SEC game and to say they’re (Auburn) not the best team in America would be incorrect. I have not watched Oregon as much. Earlier in the year I did. I’ve had Oregon ranked No. 1 for quite some time now. It’s just like when we were up there in the rankings and unless you deserve to lose that ranking — that’s no disrespect to Auburn, obviously — but it’s 1A, 1B in my mind, and I had Oregon No. 1 for a longer period of time.”

DCB30

December 8th, 2010
10:08 am

My laptop was stolen last Saturday near the Georgia Dome; has anyone seen it?

5IML

December 8th, 2010
10:09 am

If UGA had beaten UF this year, there wouldn’t be nearly as much of an outcry (on this blog) over his vote.

BAMA dude

December 8th, 2010
10:12 am

Mobile Dawg, you apparently don’t get it. Last year when we were winning I could have cared less about the Barn, and I didn’t hear a bunch of taunting toward them either. Bama was focused on getting to the SECCG and knocking off Florida, the Iron Bowl was nothing more than a speed bump to getting there. The players even played like they were looking past the Barn in that game. The Barn, on the other hand, sung Rammer Jammer after beating ARKANSAS. Why would they even be thinking about Bama other than Little Brother Syndrome?