Friday from the Eagle’s Nest
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:
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.
Tigers Turning Heads at NFL Combine
Jadaveon Clowney did everything at the NFL combine this past week except turn green and destroy a Japanese city. The former Gamecock posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.53 seconds – which isn’t faster than a grizzly bear- but I’d be willing to bet that it would make them pretty nervous that Clowney would be able to chase them that fast.
Speaking of grizzly bears and other giant, frightening, quickly moving things – Auburn’s own Greg Robinson put on a show of his own at the combine. Robinson’s 40-yard dash time clocked in at 4.92 seconds. Anything else that moves that fast and is bigger than he is, is having its oil changed every 3,000 miles. There are even some predicting that Robinson could go number 1 overall in the upcoming NFL draft.
Tre Mason has also received high praise this week, as USA Today named him the top running-back of the draft class for 2014. It is a much deserved honor for a player that will be missed this Fall on The Plains.
Girl, You Butter Stop!
As if Michael Sam didn’t have a big enough burden to shoulder this past week – with ESPN constantly reminding everyone that Michael Sam is the first openly gay football player to participate in the combine or join an NFL team or wear low-top cleats – Paula Deen recently compared her struggle to salvage her public image to that of Sam’s after openly declaring he was gay earlier this year. Honestly, she could have paralleled her recent public turmoil to that of the Stay Puft Marshmallow man’s rise and fall in Ghostbusters and not come across half as stupid as this does. It’s like she wants to mess it up on purpose. This is America. The fattest country on Earth. Paula Deen is, if nothing else, a master chef when it comes to deep-frying food and cooking things that aren’t in the same galaxy as healthy and she still finds a way to fall out of favor with the public. Paula! Stop saying things!
Barry Switzer Keeping it Real
Switzer first made headlines this week, when he referred to Johnny Manziel as an “arrogant little prick,” but little did we know that he was just getting started. He went on to add that Manziel was the “best he’d ever seen” regarding college quarterbacks, but he wasn’t done talking about that position.
Wow. Barry and Paula must share a publicist.