You Don’t Know Dabo

By Posted on: March 7th, 2014 in Featured Article 9 Comments »
You Don't Know Dabo

Derrick Roberts: Dabo, thanks for speaking with me today. Are you as ready as I am for some spring football?

Dabo Swinney: No problem. Heck yea I’m ready for some spring football. I’m always ready for more football.

DR: 2013 was another big season for the Clemson Tigers although the loftiest of expectations weren’t met (National Championship) – how does it feel to know you are at the middle of all that success?

Dabo: I guess I suppose I’m just like the butter on a big ole biscuit of excellence. Everybody wants a bite of that. Wouldn’t you?

DR: It does sound tasty. One person in particular, Steve Spurrier, has especially enjoyed eating that biscuit whole in the Gamecocks’ past 5 matchups with your Tigers. How do you expect to reverse that trend?

Dabo: Is it 5 times in a row now? That sounds like a mistake. I’m sure it’s closer to 2.

"You like these pants? I've got a shirt just like 'em but I took it off in the woods and now I can't find it."

“You like these pants? I’ve got a shirt just like ‘em but I took it off in the woods and now I can’t find it.”

DR: No it’s 5.

Dabo: Agree to disagree? I mean I’m looking at my fact sheet right here and I see 2.

DR: …Let’s talk a little bit about your approach to coaching. How do you keep your guys motivated on a day-to-day basis?

Dabo: Boring stuff mostly. We as a coaching staff try every single day to give our guys fundamental building blocks that contribute to their being a successful player in our program. Now that can range anywhere from impromptu pillow fights to either myself or another coach on staff giving them a wet-willy – really whatever it takes to get through to them. In drastic cases I’ll hang a picture of the player in question up on my office door and throw ninja stars at it until they start to listen. I actually picked that up from my time at Alabama.

DR:  Throwing ninja stars at a player’s picture?

Dabo: Oh. No. I meant having a door to my office. It’s kind of important if you need to tell someone something important.

DR: Tell me a little about Dabo Swinney the high school football player.

Dabo Robot ManDabo: Well my nickname in high school was ‘robot man’. I guess because I never got tired and had super strength and stuff. My Senior year – I believe it was halftime of my last home game – I remember my head coach begging me to sit out the rest of the game. We were playing a smaller school and I had put up good numbers in the first 2 quarters. Anyway, so he’s asking me to sit out and the whole time he’s talking I can hear the fans out in the stands chanting, “Robot Man! Robot Man! BEEP BOOP BOP BIP BEEP! ROBOT MAN!” I totally was going to play too, but it started to rain while we were in the locker room [during halftime] and another reason I was nicknamed ‘robot man’ was because I was terrified of water. I mean I didn’t bathe for like 2 years at one point. I mean I was ‘robot man’. So anyway, I sat, and we won the game. I think I still had somewhere around 37 receptions for 672 yards and 9 touchdowns – not quite my best 1st half performance but considering the circumstances I’ll take it.

DR: I understand you ventured into the restaurant business a few years ago? What has that been like?

Dabo: Yea that was [laughs] terrifying overall actually. I started a breakfast food restaurant, specifically pancakes, and things didn’t quite go the way we planned.

DR: Dabo’s Breakfast Roadhouse?

Dabo: That’s it [motioning with hands] Home of the Square Pancake!

DR: How is the square pancake business?

Dabo: Surprisingly nonexistent and at times violent. Our first location was burned to the ground on 3 separate occasions. And all that aside, do you realize how difficult it is to pour pancake batter into a square? Try it when you get home – 4 out of 5 are going to be circles. You gotta throw those out and start over. I think we ended up throwing away about 240,000 of 240,200 pancakes we cooked. Not the thinnest margins by any means but not as much room for profit there as I had hoped.

Dabo's Breakfast Roadhouse
DR:
I would have never imagined it being such a risky endeavor.

Dabo: Trust me on this one: put your money into round pancakes or no pancakes. Any other shape is just too speculative.

DR: Got it. So are there any games you’re looking forward to this year?

Dabo: Not really. Football pretty much terrifies me. But that’s where I draw my strength from – fear.  Every game is a battle and I am General Custer – always making a brilliant and victorious last stand.

DR: I don’t think Custer’s last stand was all that victorious…

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Ohio State vs Clemson

“Where in the world did they find Clemson colored lemons?!”

Dabo: Nope. You’re 0-2. Like I said I’ve got my fact sheet right here. I can do this all day.

DR: Whatever you say. So you’re losing two pretty important players in Tahj Boyd and Sammy Watkins in 2014. How do you plan on replacing them?

Dabo: Well it’s simple. Most coaches have this thing called a depth chart. I’ll just see who was behind them on that piece of paper and bump them up a notch. It’s not square pancake science by any stretch.

DR: How long do you see yourself running the Clemson football program?

Dabo: Every night before I closed my eyes when I was growing up I prayed I could one day get paid to do the two things I love the most: Go gray Clemson sweatshirt shopping and coaching Clemson football. I’d say I have those two goals pretty well nailed down.

DR: I’d say so. Are there any parting words you would like to leave the readers with today?

Dabo: Absolutely. I am not Derek Dooley nor have I ever been Derek Dooley’s stunt-double.

Dabo Dooley Stunt Double

Auburn’s Major Sport Head Coaches.

By Posted on: March 6th, 2014 in Baseball, Basketball, Football 6 Comments »
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Where do they stand?
(Photo by Acid Reign.)

     War Eagle, everybody. Fat Tuesday has come and gone, and it’s the season for giving things up. Frankly, I’m for giving up cold and ice threats, and trading in for storms, bugs and the stink of blooming Bradford pear trees. Spring football just can’t get here fast enough! So, which of Auburn’s Big Three sports head coaches would you be willing to give up for Lent?

     For Auburn fans, much is right with the world when the football team wins championships. Head football coach Gus Malzhan’s job is safe after leading Auburn to a “worst to first” SEC Title in his first season. Time will tell if success is sustainable. Remember, Terry Bowden won his first 20 games at Auburn.

     The Tiger football team scored a victory of sorts yesterday, as the NCAA Rules committee tabled a proposed “ten second rule” aimed at slowing down hurry-up offenses. Despite frantic lobbying by Nick Saban and Bret Bielema, I think wiser heads prevailed. While the debate is hardly over, college football fans are safe from this rule for this year, at least.

     Nick Saban reached for new levels of ridiculousness in the argument this week, comparing hurry-up offenses to smoking cigarettes. So Nick, you’re the self-appointed Surgeon General of the NCAA now? And I suppose you have peer-reviewed studies linking the hurry-up to cancer? No? I will give Saban credit for having his fall guy Bret Bielema ready just in case.

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The Bane of Heightened Expectations II

By Posted on: March 5th, 2014 in Football 3 Comments »

Greetings, O football-starved compatriots of the Orange and Blue!  It’s been quite a while since I have darkened the door of our corner lot (or express drive-thru, if you prefer) on the information superhighway.  As someone who readily admits to a lack of technical knowledge of football, I thought I would let that annual orgy of anticipation and prognostication known as National Signing Day come and go, and get out of the way of those on our staff with more ability to comment upon those happenings.

In addition, I am just now getting over our defeat from early January.  Not angry, bitter, nor even disappointed–just a really, really sad feeling when I think of Auburn.  Feeling this way is of course ridiculous, when compared to the real-world things I and many people close to me have been experiencing—births, deaths, illnesses, all those things much more significant than football—not to mention the fact that we exceeded our wildest dreams for last year.  Nonetheless, this loss hit me harder than any other loss since I started caring about sports in general and AU in particular.  Sand Mountain Tiger wrote a good piece here some time ago, capturing most of what I felt.

However, I can now finally put those feelings aside (yeah, the same way I can our rooking in 1983) and start looking ahead.  This brings me back to something I wrote here following the aTm game:  Although we exceeded anything we could have expected in the last campaign, that only raises our expectations even more for next year.

Even with the notable player losses to both graduation and early draft exit, AU is looking like a monster for next year.  Our coaching staff is intact.  The installed offense will not be derailed (despite certain crimson-clad coaches’ efforts to the contrary), and our remaining and incoming personnel appear to have reloaded the Gus Blunderbuss for another loud series of BOOMS.  Furthermore, I do not think we will ever have to worry about these young men fighting till the end in any game.  With all of this going for us, we have set a high standard to measure the success of next year’s campaign.

My definition of success doesn’t rest on a particular win-loss total; rather, I see it as a function of two factors…. 

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Question: On the EVE of the ‘Saban Rule’ Vote … Will Bert and Nicky Get Away With it?

By Posted on: March 5th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 23 Comments »
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It’s all coming to a head tomorrow. The ‘Saban Rule’ that is, it’s scheduled for a vote on March 6th by the NCAA playing rules oversight panel. If it passes it could take effect in the 2014 season. The rule would allow defenses time to substitute between plays as well as give defenders some ability to time the snap because play couldn’t start until there are 29 seconds left on the 40-second clock.

Both Saban and his protégé Arkansas head man, Bret Bielema have ostensibly proposed the rule in the interest of player safety. But if you truly believe that argument (and your not a Bama or Arky fan, I have some beautiful beach front property I would like to sell you in the Arizona desert.

The proposal is nothing more than a direct assault on the No-Huddle, Hurry-Up offenses that three SEC West Teams use against Alabama and Arkansas. For example, Auburn would have been penalized four times against Alabama if the rule had been in effect in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

It’s a well known fact that both these men revealed their true intent last summer during SEC Media Days when Bret Bert told everyone he was going to make the proposal. Then Nick followed up by reiterating  a question to reporters he had brought up in 2012, “Should we allow football to be a continuous game? Is that the way the game was designed to play? Is this what we want football to be?” 

While Bielema told the committee he talked about it at the January meeting of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), mysteriously no one at the meeting remembers anything about it. In fact, Cincinnati Coach Tommy Tuberville, who serves on the board of AFCA, told the AP the subject never came up at the association’s annual convention.

To say that coaches across the country felt blindsided by the news would be an understatement. Mr. College Football Tony Barnhart said …

“There are a lot of really mad coaches at the way this rule change was handled.” ESPN polled the 125 Division I coaches and found that 93 were against any rule change that would alter the pace of the game.

Within hours of the almost clandestine way the proposal was handled, coaches began to speak out against the rule. The loudest outcry predictably came from Coaches who run fast paced offenses but not exclusively.

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurier immediately labeled it the “Saban Rule.” Spurrier told USA Today. “So, you want to talk about the ‘Saban Rule’? That’s what I call it. He took it upon himself to go before the rules committee and get it done.” He continued, “They tried to change the rules. But I don’t think they’re gonna get away with it. It’s ridiculous. Let’s let everybody keep playing the way they’ve been playing.”

There is not enough space to list all the comments but on the eve of the committee’s vote we have composed some of  the more interesting …

 Coaches’ response from around the nation:

* Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – “There’s a number of problems with how it was handled, just popping up out of nowhere. It struck a bad nerve. All the evidence points to a meeting where one coach got in front of the committee to plead his case ….. There’s also another side to this whole issue. When it comes to player safety, no one can find a coach in college football that doesn’t make that paramount. There is no evidence out there that suggests that this is a player-safety issue. It’s a move to eliminate the amount of creativity that goes into the game, that’s bad for the sport.”

* Mark Richt, Georgia – “I feel like if you can train offensive players to play five or six plays in a row, you can train defensive players to play that many plays in a row, too. I personally don’t think it’s a health-issue deal.”

* Butch Jones, Tennessee – “I want to see data produced from an injury standpoint. I don’t want opinion. I want facts and figures. Show me the numbers … Every program has a style of play, just like every basketball team, from pressing to pushing the ball down the court. Same thing in football. That’s what makes this game; the strategy that goes behind it.”

* Noel Mazone, UCLA –  ” “Why don’t we just do away with the play clock and wait for the defense to say they’re ready? We could have the quarterback go over to the other team’s sideline and ask if it’s OK to snap the ball.”

* Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech said he thought Nick Saban was motivated by self-interest. “I mean he showed up to the meeting and made it be known, and I know that the last three losses he’s had have been against, you know, some up-tempo teams.”

* Bobby Bowden, Fla. State (retired) and Vince Dooley, Ga. (retired)  ”People like offense. Unless they can just show evidence that boys are injured by doing that … leave it alone. Leave it like it is.”

* Dabo Swinney, Clemson – “Most of the time, when you look at defenses, they rotate their defensive line the whole game. Those offensive linemen play just about every snap. So we’re going to sit here and cry for guys who are playing 30 snaps when you’ve got guys on the other side playing 70? Give me a break. It’s an agenda, that’s what it is … The whole thing is ridiculous.”

* Mike Leach, Washington State – “It’s irrational at every level, nothing about it makes sense… The thing that’s most shameful about this is it’s a clear manipulation, through self-interest, by people who don’t want to coach within the parameters where strategy and ingenuity [have] taken the game. So now they want to manipulate the rules, and in needing an excuse to do this, they try to hide behind player safety. It’s ridiculous.”

* Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – If there was big concern with (safety), wouldn’t the teams that practice fast be concerned with it? We don’t have any more injuries because we practice fast. Perhaps Rodriguez gave my favorite response when he made a you tube parody about the two whining twins. If you haven’t seen it, click on this link. It’s a must see video.

After the outpouring of coaches coming out against the Saban Rule, Bert and Nicky have felt the heat and are tweaking their argument. Bilema now says it’s not about injury but about deaths, callously and insensitively citing  a Cal player’s passing in an off season training incident as proof. He doggedly continues to say the rule will pass.

For his part, Saban (in an effort to restore his tarnished image) says he wants people to believe he had nothing to do with the 10 second rule. Sorry Nick, that dog just won’t hunt. It’s like Coach Spurier said, “(You) “took it upon yourself to speak to the Committee and try to persuade them to take action,” And “They (Bert and Nick) tried to change the rules. But I don’t think they’re gonna get away with it.”

I hope the Old Ball Coach is right. But I’m not so sure. The little emperor usually gets what he wants. One way or another.

Do you believe the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel will pass some form of the Saban Rule?

  • No (75%, 400 Votes)
  • Yes (25%, 135 Votes)

Total Voters: 535

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Tigers Look to Continue Winning Streak in Capital City Classic – (Updated 3 – 5 – 14)

By Posted on: March 4th, 2014 in Baseball 2 Comments »
Justin Camp will take the mound for Auburn Tuesday.

               Justin Camp will take the mound for Auburn tonight. (photo:Lauren Barnard,auburntigers.com)

Auburn and Alabama have been playing in Montgomery’s Capital City Classic since 2009. In those five years, the Tigers have never lost to the Tide. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. Auburn will be looking to extend that streak to six games.

Often dubbed the Iron Bowl of Baseball, the classic is played at Riverwalk Stadium, home to the city’s Class AA Minor League team, the ‘Biscuits.’

Although the game doesn’t count toward conference standings, it can be a bell-weather for the SEC season which opens next week. Alabama (5-5) comes into the game hot off of a 12-6 upset of No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette, while Auburn (6-5) is looking to put a tumultuous week behind them with a victory over their biggest rival.

Senior Ryan Tella, Senior Damek Tomscha, and Freshman Keegan Thompson have led a resurgence for Auburn hitting. The Tigers’ team average drastically improved from .270 to .371 in the weekend series against Presbyterian Coolege. Tella is batting .433 and Tomscha (.371) leads the team in RBI’s with 10 while Thompson hit .417 for the series. Keegan was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week after pitching a one hit complete shutout (3-0) over Presbyterian Saturday.

To outsiders, it may not seem like a big deal when two teams barely playing 500 ball meet but it’s always a big deal whenever Auburn and Alabama meet in any competition. And tonight’s contest has the added drama of being new Auburn Coach, Sunny Golloway’s initiation to the rivalry.

Golloway says he is aware of the significance of the game, adding that, “I think we’re going to have the (big) crowd and electricity and it’s going to be a great learning experience for our young club. I’m looking forward to playing (them).”

No doubt it will be another exciting game in front of a packed house. Hopefully the Tigers can keep the streak going. If you’re in the area, come out and support the Orange and Blue. Auburn will start Sophomore right hander Justin Camp (0-1, 2.13) and Bama will counter with Freshman right hander Nick Eicholtz (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch will be at 7 p.m.

Beat Bama!

Update:
Auburn fell to Bama 4-3 . The Tigers didn’t trail until the Tide scored the winning run in the ninth. With two outs, third baseman Connor Short’s throw on a Ben Moore grounder sailed over first baseman Keegan Thompson’s head. Mikey White scored from second base and Bama held on in the bottom of the ninth to win their first Cap Classic.

The Tigers will host Mercer this weekend in their final non conference series. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. CT. Friday.

NFL Pro Day on The Plains (updated with video)

By Posted on: March 4th, 2014 in Football 1 Comment »
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Tennessee Titan’s DT Zack Clayton sacks Seattle’s Matt Flynn. Clayton got his chance with the Titans after Auburn’s 2010 Pro Day.

Today is NFL Pro day on The Plains and with Auburn coming off an SEC Championship year, there should be a lot of NFL scouts checking out several Tigers. In fact reports are that all 32 teams will be represented. It will especially be a big day for those who could not make it to the NFL Combine.

Jay Prosch is ready to show NFL scouts what he can do.

Jay Prosch is ready to show NFL scouts what he can do.

None bigger perhaps than for Fullback Jay Prosch, who despite being ranked the No. 3 fullback in the draft was not invited to the combine. Then there is Dee Ford and Chris Davis, both of  whom did not get to perform in Indianapolis.

Chris injured his ham string just days before the combine while preparing for the event. And as most know, Ford was held out by the NFL medical staff over concerns about a previous back injury. Coach Malzahn has assured NFL Teams that Dee had no problems with the old injury during the Tigers’ Championship season.

Look for all three to wow the scouts with their skill sets. However, just like Darren Bates in 2013, there will be several others from this class to earn chances with an NFL Club.

Sixteen Tigers will be performing for the scouts; players like Defensive end Nosa Eguae, defensive tackle Kenneth Carter, linebacker Jake Holland, punter Steven Clark, kicker Cody Parkey and defensive backs Ryan White and Ryan Smith.

It should be a fun day for those who participate. The Eyes of Auburn as well as the NFL Scouts will be on all our Tigers at the Auburn Pro Day. Good luck Tigers


UPDATE:
Watch video of AU Pro Day including hearing comments from (in order) Dee Ford (starting at the 10:09 mark), Jay Prosch, Coach Malzahn, Tre Mason, Cody Parkey, and Greg Robinson, as they talk about Auburn’s Pro Day. 

                           

Sunny Golloway: Genius or Crazy Man?

By Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 in Baseball 5 Comments »
Photo by Julie Bennett/al.com

Photo by Julia Bennett/al.com

New Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway seemed to win over the Auburn family last fall with a series of humorous videos that played on the Jumbotron during Tiger football games. Winning over his new team has not been so easy.

As AubTigerman reported last week, this is a squad that at least temporarily, is engulfed in turmoil. Following yesterday’s 12-5 win over Presbyterian, Golloway’s bunch sits at 6-5 overall.

Despite the slow start, Golloway reiterated last week his intentions to get this team to Omaha and the College World Series this season. With losses so far to Alabama A&M, East Tennessee St and Presbyterian, this is either an extreme case of coach speak or Galloway is insane.

There are some back in Oklahoma that would claim he’s the latter.

When he bolted to Auburn last year from Oklahoma, there was a flood of angry comments from current Oklahoma players and former Sooners alike. Most Auburn people at the time attributed it to sour grapes and gave it little thought.

Now a month into the season, similar comments are coming from Auburn players recently kicked off the team by the new coach.

In news that made headlines last week, three veteran players were released following a disastrous weekend of play, including senior Hunter Kelley, who shared his feelings afterwards with The Anniston Star.

“When I got in there (Golloway’s office),” Kelley said, “he just started off by saying, ‘Hunter, I don’t think you’ll be able to help this program this year. I just don’t think your attitude should be in this program.

“Me, of course, I was devastated. I didn’t know what he was talking about. It just kind of blew me away because, these are my brothers, and I’ve played ball all my life. I’ve never heard anybody tell me that.”

Cleaning house is nothing new in college athletics. We’ve seen it with Gus Malzahn and every coach before him. However, kicking three upper classman off the team following a weekend of bad play is rare, if not unprecedented in Auburn Athletics.

Golloway was quick to defend his decision.

“Players have to understand that we are just a part of something that is much greater than we are individually,” Golloway told AuburnTigers.com. “We are going to play for what is on the front of our jerseys and not on the back. Be proud of your name, but play for Auburn. Play the way we ask you to play.”

Success and controversy is nothing new to Golloway.

A winner of 40+ games in each of the last four seasons at Oklahoma, he appears to have burned more than a few bridges back in Norman. The most outspoken has been former Oklahoma All-American and former major league player Joe Simpson.

Speaking to The Oklahoman following Golloway’s departure last year, he said, “I’m so thrilled that he’s gone that they could hire a basset hound and it would be an improvement,” said Simpson, an Atlanta Braves broadcaster the past two decades.

“I haven’t had anything to do with the program since near the end of the Larry Cochell era. I didn’t want to have anything to do with it as long as Sunny Golloway was the head coach because I think he’s a sorry individual. I think he’s a bad guy. I want to thank Auburn University for taking him off our hands and getting him out of Norman.”

The question Auburn people must answer is what’s fact and what’s fiction. Eventually we’ll all know what kind of coach and more importantly, what kind of person Golloway is and whether he’s a fit for the University.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs strongly defended his new coach yesterday in a conversation with The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

“…the bottom line is what we had didn’t work,” said Jacobs. “I made the decision to change baseball coaches, so we’ve done that. The baseball coach that we had and the players that we had, both are a combination of the parts that didn’t work.

“So it’s Sunny’s job to make it work to get us back to Omaha, to winning SEC championships and playing in regionals and super regionals. Some people just aren’t meant for a certain system. That’s just how it is. Some students come to school here and they’re here for a few weeks and realize, ‘You know what? I shouldn’t have come here.

“…It’s just that what we’ve been doing in baseball hasn’t worked, so I’m 100 percent supportive of whatever Sunny thinks we need to do to get this baseball team to be competitive, because that’s what we owe our student-athletes. That’s what we owe that baseball team: A chance to win championships.”

It’s hard to argue with Jacobs thinking. There are two sides to every story and right now Golloway is doing it his way. Auburn knew what they were getting when they made the hire.

For now, he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

At the end of the day, college athletics is a business. Auburn hired a baseball coach that wins – and he does it his way. If he duplicates the success he had at Oklahoma, all of this will be forgotten. If not, then it will continue to come up.

Right now, I’m betting on Sunny Golloway.

Friday from the Eagle’s Nest

By Posted on: February 28th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 15 Comments »

Oh, there’s Something Slowing Down Alright 
The NCAA announced this past week that the proposed ‘slow-down’ rule would soon be re-evaluated in the wake of overwhelming lack of support from head coaches. The new rule’s entire objective was to improve player safety, but thus far there have been no studies to show that it is necessary. The more that surfaces regarding the support for this proposal (or lack thereof) it is seemingly more likely that Nick Saban and a handful of other head coaches were able to essentially impose their will and blow this issue far out of proportion. There is college football’s true problem; hiding behind ulterior motives mind you.

Dabo Swinney recently spoke out regarding the true intent behind the major push from some coaches to have this rule implemented and I agree with his thoughts. Basically, this is a joke of a proposal when looking at the facts.

Kliff Kingsbury also feels the same or similar as Swinney and many other coaches. When asked if he thought Saban might have any self-interest in the rule being passed he had this to say:Kingsbury Quote

But it’s not just Nick Saban drawing the ire of fellow coaches and the media – Arkansas’ Bret Bielema has been a supporter of the ‘slow-down’ rule every step of the way as well and has made about as many wrong moves as possible in his attempts to push it forward. Bielema apologized last week after citing the death of University of Cal football player, Ted Agu, as evidence in favor of the proposal. Cal’s AD, Sandy Barbour, also weighed in on Bielema’s senseless remarks in regards to Agu as well. 

I’ve got to give him credit, Bielema managed to actually make it a week without putting himself back into the headlines. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he’s pursuing a membership in the Flat Earth Society, so no news is great news for him. And since Bret seems so determined to take over Dan Mullen’s spot atop my list of most reviled coaches, go on over SI.com and check out this piece from Stewart Mandel that gives a full rundown of how hard Bielema has had it in Fayetteville since arriving.  

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