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Friday Free-for-All

By on January 25th, 2013 in Football 15 Comments »

War Eagle and TGIF fellow TET’ers! 2013 has started with a whirlwind of noteworthy events and it shows no signs of slowing down. As the final Friday dawns, there are a couple of intriguing story- lines dominating college football headlines. The NCAA announced an internal investigation addressing shortcomings in their probe of the University of Miami football program and the Manti Te’o scandal is getting stranger by the hour.  Both of these stories highlight troubling aspects of modern day college athletics and reflect poorly on two of its biggest entities (the NCAA and media). Now more than ever, I think it is important for all major parties involved to shift their focus back to what made college football so special in the first place and lower the risk of having too much of a good thing ruin everyone’s fun. 

NCAA to attempt real-world equivalent of dividing by zero by launching self-investigation.
As Yahoo’s Tim Reynolds reported yesterday, the NCAA has announced that it discovered that  improper avenues were taken by NCAA investigators conducting a probe of the University of Miami’s football program. So there’s an investigation that can’t be completed because that same investigation in question is being investigated? Why don’t they just write an angry letter to the President of the University of Miami and call it a day?  At this rate, the Miami football program will die of old age before it could possibly suffer the fate of the death-penalty. This is especially ridiculous when you consider the fact that Charles Robinson essentially handed the NCAA a smoking gun. That was still being held onto by the shooter. I understand there are some follow-up procedures and formalities that must be completed by the NCAA in any situation similar to this, but the detective work has been done. When you consider the amount of revenue generated each year by the NCAA ($845 Million in 2010-11), it is troubling the amount of time it takes for them to do anything. Unless it is related to negotiating television contracts and broadcasting rights with major networks. They seem to have that song and dance routine well-rehearsed.

Bosom Buddies? 
In the past week the Manti Te’o story has exited the Strange-Sports-Story-of-the-Year Interstate and arrived at HOLYCRAPIDONTEVENKNOWWHATISREALANYMORE-world. So that girl that Te’o never met, that died, then really wasn’t dead, then wasn’t a real person, and THEN she was a HE?! All of those phone conversations he had? All of the “I love you’s” and “sweet dreams” were another guy the whole time? What about all of the face-to-face meetings? One thing I have become increasingly irritated with is the fact that Te’o relayed this story to quite a few reporters throughout the season and not one of them was even the least bit interested in tying up any loose ends. Of course there were some who had suspicions, but of course they did because then if they just kept that to themselves they could be on the “right” side of the story if it ever did break that Te’o was a middle LIE-backer. No more pun jokes. I promise. This article, by Auburn University journalism professor John Carvalho, sums up my feelings quite nicely and has me considering if he has somehow been viewing my private thoughts. 

This aspect is my “favorite” of the Te’o story. The fact that this story forced so many “journalists” to tip their hands and possibly reveal the true nature of their reporting is long overdue. No one(the journalists in question) wanted to back this stuff up because then there would have been no in-game montage that intricately portrayed the player’s rise against adversity, less magazines would have been sold, 20 minutes less air-time would be filled on SportsCenter every hour on the hour, and they would have had to put in extra work to find a replacement that would grant them the ability to do all of these things. Shame on Manti Te’o for whatever his true crime in all of this eventually is revealed to be, and shame on the sports media for attempting to turn live sporting events and performances into scripted dramas indirectly through manipulation of facts and convenient negligence.    

Other tidbits of late that I found interesting:

Charlie Strong’s contract extended through year 2020 by Louisville. 
Imagine, the year 2020. There will be flying cars, robot maids, hover boards, and Charlie Strong will be coaching Louisville football. Can I be the first to call it, that he won’t still be there then? Whenever I hear of a coach receiving an extension like this it reminds me of instances where a prisoner receives a 200+ year prison sentence. What’s the point? I almost want to see Strong put together back-to-back-to-back undefeated seasons to see if Louisville will extend his contract to something like the year “the sun stops working.” 

Les Miles received a pay raise recently.
The man eats grass. Seriously. And he lost to Derek Dooley and Climpsun in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. 

Finebaum’s contract expires. Gone for good?
As fellow TET member beezybub reported here earlier this week, Finebaum’s contract has indeed expired. I honestly don’t know what a lot of people in this state will do when they don’t have the Finebaum red-carpet rolled out for them to parade their unfiltered craziness up and down on. This could be the best thing to ever happen to the Auburn-Alabama rivalry.  

Have a great weekend everybody! WAR EAGLE!!!



  1. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    The NCAA has always been a bunch of loons. This is just another example
    Te’o….I just can’t wrap my head around all this so I have largely ignored it
    Les gets a raise every year
    Strong…..which team will buy out the remaining 6 year of his contract after next year
    Finebaum…..without the UA nutcases to call his show his popularity will fade away like the Cheshire cat.

    Tough to think of something to write about during the “off season”….good job Derrick.

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Enjoyed the read. The NCAA has been dealing underhanded for years.I hope their bungling of the Miami case doesn’t let them off the hook.

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Good read this morning Derrick,

    The NCAA showed their hand in the Miami case. Too bad they have to operate that way. Besides they had enough on the corruption in south Fla. without stooping that low.

    Les Miles continues to confound. And anyway you look at it, the Te’o story is sad. But what gets me is the way Notre Dame used it to puff his Heisman pr.

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Well since the NCAA botched the Miami investigation with real actual evidence of wrongdoing, imagine what folks are going to say happened to Auburn during CamGate (where no actual evidence implicating Cam, bagmen, transfer of actual $$ existed). When the NCAA doesn’t do their job, it makes everyone look bad and guilty.

    As far as the T’eo story goes: I’m conflicted. One the one hand: Who gives a flying flip. He’s still going to go to the NFL and make millions and millions of dollars. Shady character or not.

    On the other hand: The press is STILL giving him a pass–wanting to believe the best. You know, he still LIED about meeting this person face-to-face on several occasions. If you don’t want to draw attention to something, then you don’t talk about it. You don’t use it as an excuse for having an off game. You don’t use it to galvanize your chances to get the Heisman. I’m assuming that his grandmother actually died and he didn’t have a test that week…but that’s just mean and I digress….It’s not so much that he LIED in December; it’s that he’s been LYING the whole time. And suddenly, we give him a pass, because he’s supremely talented and he was catfished by a d00d pretending to be a woman? Child please. It’s all disgusting; I’m just on the fence about what/whom to more disgusted about/with……

    Also I follow John Carvalho on the twitterz…I highly recommend him. Peace out, party people!

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..T’eo’s parents are doing him a disservice. Everyone’s kid tells a whopper or two in their day. And yes, they’ll try to stonewall it through. In for a penny, in for a pound. Parents must call BS on it, and be insistent. Trying to back up the tale on national talk shows is not the right move. Dude. Back down on the whole story, and move on to the combine and training for it. Stop doing interviews on the subject. Your credibility is zero right now. All more talking about it can do is open up more holes in the supposed story. You’re busted. Think about what you’re doing, next time!

      …..Re: the Notre Dame brass… Some folks still want to believe that clergy are somehow less corrupt than the rest of us. Even in the 21st century. No one’s pure…

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        I have thought the same thing!! The only reason why we are still talking about is because it’s truly bizarre, but also, because T’eo and fam keep feeding the beast. Accountability-one of life’s really critical lessons!

  5. audude audude says:

    “I think it is important for all major parties involved to shift their focus back to what made college football so special in the first place and lower the risk of having too much of a good thing ruin everyone’s fun”…couldn’t agree more.

  6. JayTS says:

    Anyone else think that old Aubie/Auburn logo at the top looks like Nick Fairley?

  7. gonecoastal says:

    I’m not sure if the cartoon looks like Nick, but it DEFINITELY looks like my old roommate from AU in the 70’s and 80’s. I sent him the picture this morning, and he – among others – even agrees!

    There are a number of great points in this article, but I loved reading the article by John Carvalho. Like many fans, I was incensed by some of “Cam and Auburn are crooks” articles during the 2010 football season, written by (supposedly) creditable sports journalists. We then later learned that most of the articles, if not all, were based on supposition and unverified statements. It’s nice to see the profession doing some self policing, and that one of the men calling out for this is an Auburn professor.

    On another note, the NCAA needs to reevaluate what they’re supposed to be doing. Whether it’s doing self-policing (“Hey, NCAA, go read the Carvalho article about journalism”), or getting into areas where they have no business, they should step back, examine their purpose, and then try to stay on track with that.

    Why on earth should the NCAA be entitled to be levying $60M fines on a university for a coach’s involvement in a criminal case? I’m not making light of the seriousness of the things that happened at PSU, but there is a system that deals with that, and it isn’t supposed to be the NCAA. Personally, I hope the state of Pennsylvania is successful in their suit against the NCAA. I look at it as a case of someone doing to the NCAA, what the NCAA has done to colleges for years.

    End of rant, and WDE!!!

  8. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    This just in from the NCAA rules changes dept. Rich Rod says that with the new no restrictions on texting, all coaches will turn into teenagers with a cell phone in their hand.

    Who the heck is running that asylum? Daffy Duck

  9. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Just in on Kenny Flowers has comitted. He is the number 3 rated LB, 6-2 225. This is great, we need linebackers bad.

  10. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    I typed Monte Te’o’s girlfriend just so I could type 2 apostrophes in one word. How often do you get that opportunity?

    I think he’s overrated. Bammer’s O was good, but they completely took him out of the game.

    Maybe the Barr had a point when he wanted to leave the NCAA.

    Every time I hear an NFL player say they’re from “the U” (puke) I think “so you took a pay cut?”