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Friday from the Eagle’s Nest

By on February 21st, 2014 in Football 18 Comments »
Gus Malzahn

Oh NO YOU DI’INT Bielema!!!

-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 Mercedes Benz-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?”

Bret Bielema slow down
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. 


  1. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    1. Thoughts to Agu’s family, friends and Cal football team. I can’t imagine how hard the loss of a son/friend/teammate has been and to see the death exploited to support a shady rule proposed in the name of ‘player safety’ is below the belt. Seriously, crass.

    2. Bert, I don’t want to tell you how to coach your team or do your job or anything, but if a player on the field is in trouble: HE TAKES A KNEE. They stop the clock and get the young man help.

    3. It is estimated that 1 in 500 African Americans and 1 in 36,000 Hispanic-Americans are born with sickle cell disease (SCD) (FACTS: So if you really have several players on your team with SCD, then you have a statistically high incidence of folks with this disease on your team. In other words, that’s unusual, and I would NOT put it past you to inflate those numbers for your own cause. You are shameless enough to use a young man’s death to prop up an otherwise bull**it ‘rule’.

    4. Let’s look at the facts of unfortunate deaths due to sickle cell anemia. There have been 20 deaths in the last 10 years. 16 of these deaths occurred in conditioning drills. 4 of these deaths occurred during preseason practice. *NONE* of these unfortunate and sad deaths occurred during a football game. (FACTS:

    Bert is disgusting. Saban has hitched his new Benz to Bert’s. Let them both go down in flames.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Questions. Should student athletes diagnosed with SCD, be allowed to participate in a sport as physically demanding as football?

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        I think that it should be up to the student athlete and his family. The risks of exertion for folks who have SCD (or a ‘large heart’ or other medical conditions that make sports risky) are well ed. So the questions should be are there items that can be at practice or on the sidelines to help make these athletes safer? Does the student athlete know the warning signs of being in trouble versus the feelings associated with normal pushing through strenuous activity? Does the coaching staff know how to recognize the difference? Basically, when all of the facts are in place, do the rewards outweigh the risks??–and you can see why this would be a very personal decision and not a one size fits all type of unilateral decision.

        FWIW, I believe that the Steelers have a player with SCD. He is not allowed to play in Denver (high altitude, low oxygen–really easy to get into a hypoxic state–which would induce serious probs for someone with SCD), but is allowed to play everywhere else… having SCD and being a football player is not necessarily incompatible.

        • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

          I hope the Steelers have a whole lot of CYA lingo in that player’s contract.
          I think this is precisely what Saban wants to happen. He wants the rules committee to focus on possible health risks to player’s. That way he doesn’t have to adjust his Neolithic coaching style.
          Paraphrasing Rob Pate, Saban would rather legislate than innovate.

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I think this may be your best work yet!

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good read Derrick. Could Saban’s boy (Bilema) stoop any lower? … Pathetic.

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

    I’ve got a comment stuck in moderation, but it has links to FACTS about sickle cell disease and unfortunate deaths among college football players. It’s really disgusting that Bert is trying to exploit a young man’s death…..hopefully the mods will ‘free’ the comment……

  5. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    This sudden burst of comments makes me want to be able to have a special Friday live chat with everyone in the future. That would be fun.

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      I’m all game for that. But, there has to be a definite time for it before I’ll not show up and fail at doing what I say I’m going to do. 😀 hahaha, I will do my best to make it on for any kind of live chat. I think that would be fun and give us something to do during the long off season for our Tigers.

  6. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:


    I believe I’ve seen this word used with piggy football. As such it is appropriate.


  7. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Just spoke with a Hog friend of mine. He said he could not donate his set to Bert but he said someone should.

  8. audude audude says:

    For all the conspiracy theorists out there….

    Did the Big10 send Bret to the SEC to try and take it down from within? It’s obvious he is not here to win games…

  9. tigertracker says:

    Dear Nick Saban, if you want to compete against the HUNH you don’t have to change the rules. Talk to your team dietitians and have them reduce the copious amounts of HGH they’ve obviously been slipping into your players food. Then go talk to your loud mouthed, meathead strength coach about taking an extended vacation. While he’s gone fill the position with someone that knows about both strength and CONDITIONING! You were the one who seemed to always “bump” into potential recruits while talking to their coaches. You weren’t breaking the rule that was in place right? Just pushing it to its fullest extent. HUNH is no different coach. Those of the HUNH philosophy are maximizing the rules to their advantage. You’re lucky Gus hasn’t started calling plays to keep the ball positioned on the auburn sideline hash once we hit the red zone and liberally substituting so your fat guys have to run back and forth from the far side of the field and from the depth of the red zone. That might make them REALLY tired! The thing I find silliest is that you’re driving the Trojan horse of safety into the NCAA offices. I guess all those medical redshirts you’ve handed out qualify you for that task. There are a lot of great products that once dominated their marketplace that have gone the way of the dinosaur because they didn’t adapt to the changing times. I’d tell you to sleep well lil Nicky, but I know you can’t right now. I’d tell you to sleep with one eye open, but I know you are! See you in November.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Saban. Great recruiter, thanks major updyke booster “assistance”. Less than average game day coach.