Doubtless you’ve read the rather amazing story by esteemed AJC.com colleague Michael Carvell regarding Tennessee’s pitch to high school juniors. If you haven’t, click the link and do so right now. It’ll open in a new window, so you can come back here when you’re done.
The Vol coaches’ idea of how to mold and influence young minds is rather basic: Rip off your shirt and start screaming. (I know this works for me whenever I want to make a nuanced point with the Bradley offspring.) Tennessee apparently borrowed this tactic from Ole Miss, where chief recruiter Ed Orgeron worked as head coach before getting fired. (The link is to an archived post on The Rant.)
And Ole Miss stole it from Southern Cal, where both Orgeron and Lane Kiffin, who figures to last maybe two seasons as Tennessee’s head coach, were assistants. The Trojans’ bit of lunacy can be viewed on this YouTube video, which was offered on the blog Dr. Saturday. And yes, that’s indeed a shirtless Pete Carroll smack in the midst of the manly flesh.
Here’s a 2005 ESPN.com story from Ivan Maisel, in which Orgeron does not confirm or deny the alleged Oxford Wild Boyz sighting. And here we should point out that Nature Boy Ed managed to win three whole SEC games in three seasons with the Rebels.
As you’ve gathered from the Photoshopped image above (found on the Vol fan site Losers With Socks), this story has inspired all manner of artistic renderings on the blogosphere. The best, by a shadowy Internet presence known as LSUfreek, was splashed on the pro-Gator site Every Day Should Be Saturday. At left is a still, but to get the full effect you must click the photo itself.
Now for the obligatory disclaimer: It’s not entirely clear which Tennessee coaches were shirtless during the staged insanity — insert obligatory Phillip Fulmer joke here — but the imagination runs riot. Monte Kiffin, Lane’s dad and defensive coordinator, just turned 69. Yowser!
You’ll recall that Li’l Kiffy’s most egregious act to date was accusing Florida coach Urban Meyer, erroneously, of cheating. Meyer had kept his own counsel until was he was ornered by Andrew Carter of the Orlando Sentinel at a reception for the BCS champs at the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. You’ll be shocked to learn that Meyer didn’t find any humor therein.
Given that he answered Georgia’s little end-zone dance by calling two timeouts at the end of a 49-10 game … well, the mind reels at what might transpire when the Wild Boyz play in Gainesville on Sept. 19.
The helpful folks at Sporting News Today have tipped us to the spring football games that cannot be missed. (Dave Curtis says Michigan; Matt Hayes says Ole Miss.) Me, I think there’s nothing worth seeing in any spring game. (And I’ve seen a few.) But maybe that’s just me.
Well, yes. And according to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports, the Bulldogs are prepared to offer Jeff Capel $2 million to leave Oklahoma to come coach in Athens. That’s a lot of money — more than twice what the deposed Dennis Felton made — but Goodman addresses the central issue: Why would Capel leave what is clearly a better job?
Well, yes. But not very well, as Tim Crothers notes on the ACC Sports Journal. There’s nothing really new in his article, but he does point out that Paul Hewitt lacked a backup plan when his players, for whatever reasons, have left without completing their eligibility. And next season Derrick Favors arrives. How long do you figure he’ll stick around?
Nope. And here’s a new one from Pat Kirwan of NFL.com. He has Matthew Stafford going No. 4 overall to Seattle — where he’d work with Jim Mora and Greg Knapp, hee hee — and Knowshon Moreno going 28th to Philadelphia. Tech’s Michael Johnson, according to Kirwan, will be the next-to-last pick of Round 1, and with the 24th selection the Falcons will tap defensive end Tyson Jackson of LSU.