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Friday from the Eagle’s Nest

By on February 28th, 2014 in Football 15 Comments »

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:Kingsbury Quote

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 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. 

Paula Deen Butter HushGirl, 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.

In a radio interview yesterday, after being asked about how he would evaluate his quarterback position, he had this to say:
Switzer QB Quote

Wow. Barry and Paula must share a publicist.



  1. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Barry is old enough to remember when Jimmy the Greek committed on-air suicide talking about how some black guy’s hips were well-suited to being a running back. He gave a rambling, but at the time seemingly innocuous, explanation detailing the evolution of black men’s hip development. The next day, Jimmy was carted off to Oblivionville by the Politically Correct Police and put into the witless protection program, never to be seen again.

    Switzer saying it once was temporary insanity. Repeating it for emphasis makes it immolation.

  2. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    It makes you wonder how some get into these successful positions without the capacity to filter their thoughts as they come out of their mouths…

  3. restless6 says:

    Jeff Long is a big shot on the Playoff committee. Based on his judgment with hiring Bert, how confident can anyone be that he won’t make similar decisions in the future?

  4. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Bert should also join the Fat Earth Society. Weekly meeting held at local Dunkin Donuts.

  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    On the face of it, Bert’s hire was not terrible. He did OK at Wiscy, and they do pride themselves on developing talent when they can’t recruit top talent. If you look at the Razorbacks, they need that kind of coach……but how Bert made it through the interview process with that mouth is a mystery……

    Paula just needs to go away. Far far away….

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      That’s a puzzle to me as well.

      In addition, although he had the resume of coaching wins … he also had the ire of his previous employer as well as fellow coaches and administrators in the Big 10 for being in the center of controversy and for his contentious and cacophonous ways. The president of Ohio State University (although apologizing later) went so far as to call him a “thug.” Former Wisconsin coach and now AD, Barry Alvarez had to be relieved when Bielema left for Arkansas.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        I see what you’re saying, but at the time (and, well, still) it’s hard for me to take anything that The Ohio State says seriously.

    • sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

      Not a bad hire? Seeing as he immediately followed Bobby Petrino and Houston Nutt, I think that same phrase would fit Rasputin.

      The Hogs were desperate. It’s the only possible excuse for him being hired.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        So yeah, Bert is a total Hot Mess. And if Auburn had hired him, my reaction would have made the Auburn fan that heckled Chizik at the airport look like a ticker tape parade of hospitality. But on paper, I get why Bert was given an interview…….and maybe he looked at the Hog talent pool and thought or at least sold the idea that his real American football could make them all look like 5 star, first round talent…..I don’t know that’s all I got……plus the phrase ‘not a bad hire’ is not necessarily a ringing endorsement of awesomeness…

        • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

          Two things that Jeff Long must not consider during his searches for a head football coach:

          The candidate’s public persona.

          His own longevity as Arkansas’s AD.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……The thing about Bielema’s “apology” was that it was NOT an apology. When one apologizes, one says that one is sorry, was wrong, and hopefully expresses some idea that they won’t do it again.

    “It was brought to my attention that remarks I made yesterday evening while discussing a proposed rule change were unintentionally hurtful. I am very passionate, as we all are, about the serious nature of protecting the well-being of student-athletes,” Bielema said. ” … In my press conference last night, I referenced information about the tragic loss of a life of a student-athlete. My comments were intended to bring awareness to player safety and instead they have caused unintended hurt. As a head coach who works with young individuals every day, the passing of Ted Agu is a reminder to us all how short and precious life is. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Agu family, coach Sonny Dykes and to the University of California family.”

    …..He expresses “condolences” and “sympathy,” but evidently he still stands by his comment on “death certificates!”

    …..”I”m sorry your feelings were hurt,” is basically what he’s saying.

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I regularly check cookbooks out of the library and copy recipes. Paula’s were always too heavy. Last three that I really got some good stuff from were Frank Stitt a few years ago, Chris Hastings last year, and the “Treme” New Orleans cookbook recently. All three had some simple, wonderful things in there alongside the 50-item, three day prep time items.

    …..Last really good one I tried was Smothered Okra. Only change I made was using two pounds of shrimp instead of one.

    • uglyjoe says:

      Thanks Acid; printed that one out, looks like a keeper. If you want an interesting cookbook, look up “The Daniel Plan Cookbook”. It tries to use only whole foods and substitutes alternative ingredients for stuff that might not be great for you; it has some surprisingly good stuff in it….

    • uglyjoe says:

      Acid, I made the smothered okra. It was good, but not too different from a regular gumbo, just quicker (IMHO). Here’s an idea… a regular batch of fried okra, good and crispy but no breading. Make a gumbo however you like. For the plate, start with a serving of rice, put the fried okra on top, and than add the gumbo (sans okra) on top of all that. You would get three different textures (rice, crispy okra, gumbo) in one plate. I could live the rest of my life off fried okra, looking forward to trying this out.