Friday from the Eagle’s Nest
Hawaii returning to its rainbow roots. According to legend, the team adopted the nickname after a rainbow appeared over the field in which Hawaii rallied to upset Oregon St. It’s a good thing more teams don’t use this logic. There’s no telling how many Goodyear Blimps, Suns, Stars, Moons, Dome Ceilings, and Cirrus Cloud mascots we’d have in college football.
UNC didn’t play in the post-season, issues ACC championship rings anyway. I’m sure school officials in Tuscaloosa are scrambling to find SEC championships to claim and issue rings for after this move by Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora. In a way, I admire it. It’s refreshing to see someone else pull something like this and see the outrage when our in-state rival did it on a much larger scale. The proof of hypocrisy is nice. I also like that this flies in the face of the NCAA. After all, there’s not much money to be made in rules enforcement.
Johnny Manziel ripped on twitter by ESPN reporter for trip to Pebble Beach golf course. Darren Rovell responded to a picture posted by Manziel from the famed golf course by calling into question how a college athlete could afford $500 greens fees. Mr. Rovell, weren’t you taught in journalism school to never become part of the story? Unless you had some pertinent information you should have left the situation alone instead of going on Twitter as a grown man and trolling a college student. I applaud you, Darren Rovell, for providing an honest look at how irresponsible a “credible” journalist can be.
Charlie Weis came to the defense of Bob Stoops regarding his comments last week about the SEC heavily benefiting from “propaganda.” With Weis just one year removed from being in the SEC it doesn’t make much sense to me for Weis to jump in this fight. Stoops’ comments were a little outrageous to begin with, and I’m sure he would have taken any other coach coming to his aid other than Weis.
Former Auburn offensive coordinator, Scot Loeffler, gave a summary of how his Virginia Tech offense was shaping up for 2013. I am firmly convinced that Lefty is much better than what he got to show in his short stay on the Plains. I mean, Tom Brady works with this guy, I’m not buying that he’s as lost as Auburn’s offense seemed to be last season. Look for Loeffler to rebound at Virginia Tech.
Current Auburn offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee, believes Tigers offense can succeed in 2013 with freshmen. There’s no question, the talent is there for this team to be a handful for almost any opponent offensively. Confidence and consistency will be the key factors determining whether or not that shows this fall.
Ellis Johnson feels good about his 2013 Tiger defense. Johnson feels like the Tigers have the best chance at a significant turnaround than any of his previous 1st year defenses. The biggest thing I take away from his comments (as well as Lashlee’s) is that the coaches are beginning to show a little confidence. That is important for the morale of this football team, but it is also completely logical that Auburn will be the opposite of its 2012 self. Auburn was not at all good last season and I think this new coaching staff is going to provide a strong testament to just how weak our coaching was following the 2010 championship run. Again, I’m not predicting a 10 win season, but I look for serious improvements on both sides of the ball in 2013. Those sleeping on this team do so at their own peril.
Auburn, Dr. Gogue stand behind Jay Jacobs. Jacobs says he’s up to the task of turning around Auburn athletics. Although it was nice to see some heat applied to the seat of the AD, I think it is far past the time for statements and press conferences. It’s time to start producing results. In fact, it is past time to start producing results. The current state of the athletic department has been creeping up for quite a while. It may be too little too late for Jay Jacobs.
Will Muschamp doesn’t think UGA’s winning streak against his Gators will be a long one. Todd Grantham has other ideas. I refuse to take sides on this. If I ran into one of these guys on the street, I’d tell them how right I thought they were about the other one being wrong and then run and hide in hopes that I didn’t actually run into the other one. Just look at them. There’s some serious crazy brewing behind those eyes. Gary Busey would avoid these two. I can’t wait for the post game handshake at this year’s ‘World’s Biggest Cocktail Party’.