Friday from the Eagle’s Nest
-Texas Tech football players treated fans attending a school basketball game with a halftime dunk contest. Clancy David, a walk-on wide receiver and self-proclaimed backwards name advocate, took home first place in the event. Apparently this was much more popular with the players than former head coach Tommy Tuberville’s annual Funk Contest.
-Colorado St. running back, Kapri Bibbs, says he would be a first round draft pick if he had played in the SEC. Although his stats were nothing to scoff at, that’s a mighty big ‘if’ and a totally unnecessary point to make. Plus, going later in the draft can be of benefit. Everybody wants to elevate their draft status to either just above or just below the ‘Cleveland Browns Line’ – because let’s be honest, Cleveland is a dumpster fire and those uniforms are genuinely hideous.
-No that wasn’t an earthquake you felt earlier this week. It was Jameis Winston (FSU QB) earning his first save of the college baseball season. I can’t wait to read all of the premature comparisons to Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson.
-Steve Spurrier is not shy about addressing the Saban Rule or being unimpressed by Jadaveon Clowney’s work ethic. As usual, the Ole Ball Coach is never at a loss for words. He could make a funny comment about my mother and I know I would laugh first before getting mad – if at all. Sorry Mom.
-Nick Saban has been a busy man this offseason. Add to his growing list of responsibilities the role of co-owner of a Mercedes-Benz dealership.
“Every car dealer I know wants to be a coach,” Nick Saban said, “I always wanted to be a car dealer.”
Nick Saban a car salesman? The man may have missed his calling.
– Bielema expects slow down proposal to pass. If nothing else, I give Bielema points for dedication to his shtick. He is against HUNH offenses in every way imaginable, and he isn’t afraid to disregard common sense to express that belief. Even going so far as to cite the recent passing of Cal football player Ted Agu during a conditioning drill as evidence in support of his stance. He then added that he also has players that suffer from the same ailment that likely contributed to Agu’s death:
“If one of those players is on the field for me, and I have no timeouts, I have no way to stop the game,” Bielema said, according to the Associated Press. “And he raises his hand to stop the game, and I can’t do it. What am I supposed to do?”
I have the perfect answer for you Bret: you don’t put those players in harm’s way by allowing them to participate if they could possibly die from the amount of plays an offense runs against them. For the record, I think it is absolutely sickening that Bielema would hold the possible health complications of his own players and the death of another college football player over everyone’s head and expect the NCAA to simply bow down to his wishes.
Are these players at risk of dying/facing serious medical complications exclusively from facing teams with HUNH offenses? They are completely fine otherwise, but once things go ‘up-tempo’ their lives are at risk? That is the logic he is using and it is absolutely pathetic that an adult would stoop so low. For the first time since arriving in Fayetteville, Bielema needs to focus on improving Arkansas’s football program and stop trying to blame every limiting factor he faces on wild and sinister entities.
The only thing in college football that needs to slow down right now is Bret Bielema’s mouth.