From the Eagle’s Nest
What’s that smell? There’s a good chance that on any given day, someone will publish a story on an institution’s dirty football program or school officials sweeping things under the rug, but I think Grambling University is confused. Get this, conditions got so bad that the football players boycotted and forfeited a game in an attempt to have something done about them. This is the complete opposite of violating NCAA rules to gain a competitive advantage. And considering the NCAA’s recent precedent set forth, Grambling’s football program will likely receive the death penalty as if they were paying CFL veterans to suit up for them.
Feels good, man. Notre Dame running back, Cam McDaniel, isn’t easily flustered. If he hasn’t already been contacted by someone at ‘Abercrombie and Fitch’ for their next catalog photo-shoot then someone owes me a job. The photographer who snapped this picture however, was not happy with the outcome. He was flagged and ejected after officials rule that he intentionally targeted McDaniel to land this headshot. He will be eligible to return to the sideline during the second half of Notre Dame’s game this weekend.
Nick, shut up. Nick Saban complained after this week’s game against Arkansas that fans should come to a game and stay 4 quarters, and if they couldn’t to give their tickets to someone who would. I can’t help but wonder how many kids Saban has signed that only stayed at Alabama for 1 quarter of their college football careers before he made them take a hike because he could sign someone better. Sadly, his remark will be lauded by many as testament to his dedication to excellence. I honestly believe if Saban casually referred to money as “bread” during a public appearance, Alabama fans would start making sandwiches with dollar bills.
The SEC says that it will review the new targeting rule after the conclusion of the season. They have no choice, but to review it and either reform it heavily or trash it altogether. It is an embarrassment to the league that it even became official in its current state. I can’t help but wonder if it wasn’t just a terrible mistake but too many updated rule books had been printed and distributed for them to be able to remove it.
On both sides of the SEC, Tigers are rising after Missouri held off Florida this past weekend and Auburn stunned Texas A&M in College Station, but ESPN’s Edward Aschoff still thinks you should pull for Alabama and Missouri to square off in Atlanta in a battle of the unbeaten. I get the angle of his piece, but Auburn does control its own destiny at this point so why can’t the general consensus stray from their routine for a week or two? I could much sooner accept a ‘ketchup vs mustard’ based stance arguing for Mizzou and ‘Bama to play for the SEC title over the umpteenth article from this week trumpeting the awesomeness of Alabama football.
Seriously though – ‘Tigers Take Over SEC’; ‘Year of the Tigers’; ‘SEC Championship race looks to be a Tail of Two Tigers’ – I could go all day. It’s an interesting angle. Any monkey could get sent to journalism school and show up to work where he covers college football and work those angles, yet we are forced to endure being told new reasons ‘Bama should be rooted for on a daily basis as if we the fans are the peasant citizens of North Korea and the Kim Jong il Crimson Tide are busy being the greatest golfers in the world. Possible NCAA violations that could lead to national titles being forfeited? Let’s have Finebaum the clown laugh it off on College Gameday. Nick Saban’s wife house shopping in Austin, Texas? Let’s write 17 stories a day on it, and dedicate an entire issue of ESPN the magazine to the Sabans’ home buying ‘process’.