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College Football Week 16 News and Notes

Finally, the much hyped and highly anticipated bowl season kicked off yesterday. What would we football junkies have done yesterday without any college games to watch?

No matter how much I complain about how bad the bowl system is, I have to admit I did watch the games. There is nothing better than the college game….period! Watching pro football on Sunday’s is like watching paint dry, grass grow. From the start of Gameday to the ESPN wrap up show, fall Saturday’s are all about the college games. The pageantry, the drama, the emotion, the tailgating, it’s what we wait all week for.

Go to Baton Rouge for a SEC night game and you will be forever changed. You better get there by 10 AM for a 7:30 kickoff if you truly want to take in all of the festivities. Ain’t nothing better than the smell of the Cajun food cooking, music blaring, beer flowing ( and some moonshine pouring ), all the purple and gold colors, seeing their mascot Mike in his million dollar “cage home”, big screen TV’s everywhere showing other SEC games, the band coming down the hill, and then the electricity in the stadium as the Tigers explode onto the field in front of 95,000 rabid fans. Tell me, what does the NFL have to compare to that?? And that is just LSU. It is pretty close to that everywhere in the SEC. Want to have the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Go to a night game at Williams Brice Stadium with an SEC match-up between South Carolina and Georgia. When 2001 starts to get cranked up and the towels are waving feverishly before the COCKS come out of the tunnel, you get chills and goosebumps. Or, would you rather go to a Panther game and sit on your hands?

The New Mexico Bowl game between Arizona and Nevada turned out to be very exciting as Arizona scored twice in the last 42 seconds to cap off a tremendous comeback and win 49-48.

The sad part, as with so many of these early bowl games, was that it was played in front of a very sparse crowd.

Game #2 yesterday on the Boise State Smurf Turf featured Utah State and Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Utah State was one of those teams that deserved a better game but you know how the pathetic system works!! Utah State flexed their muscle late after sleep walking through the first half and crushed Toledo 41-15.

There is a lot of news coming out of the college game now that the bowl season is underway for some and the off season begins for the majority.

It wouldn’t be bowl season unless there were suspensions. South Carolina kicks us off by suspending Sr. WR DL Moore and OL Kyle Harris for “violating” team rules. Let’s see….the season is over and they haven’t been going to class?? Just speculating. Moore never lived up to his hype and Harris will transfer. The ‘Ol Ball Coach isn’t going to play around with any bad characters!

Stanford QB Brett Nottingham will be let go to transfer. After backing up Andrew Luck last year and Josh Nunes this year, it’s time for him to move on. Even though he is a Southern California boy, Auburn is starving for a QB???

Arkansas RB Knile Davis has decided to leave early and declare for the NFL draft. Just like Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina, both of these men are coming off bad injuries and have got to take a chance on getting a big payday. Without a doubt, when healthy, these are the 2 best running backs in the SEC. Best of luck to the both of you!

‘Bama QB AJ McCarron says he will return for his senior season. That’s great news for the Tide. AJ would like to polish his game some more before taking his talent to the play-for-pay league. He will either be going after his 3rd BCS Championship in a row, OR, attempting to win it for the 2nd time in the last 3 years??????

Skip Holtz didn’t have to wait very long to land a new gig. After being fired a few weeks ago he was named head man at Louisiana Tech to replace Sonny Dykes who left for the Cal job. Good luck young Lou!

Speaking of coaching moves, Gus Malzahn completes his staff at Auburn by naming Ellis Johnson as his Defensive Coordinator. Johnson, after being fired by Southern Miss after just 1 season gets back to his roots ( and fame ) as a DC. Auburn has put together a formidable staff and with a good recruiting class, could they become a force in the SEC West again?

Somebody has finally taken a chance on Bobby Petrino. Western Kentucky reaches out to the offensive genius and names him top man despite the problems from his ouster at Arkansas. Let’s see….a blonde, a motorcycle accident, and a cover up at Arkansas. How about …..a blonde, a horse, on the bluegrass at Western Kentucky?? Just kidding….Bobby will work his magic and in 2 years a big time program will be calling and he will jet out of Western like Secretariat coming around turn number 3 at the Derby!! Stay tuned…this could be fun!

Can’ wait for the next 3 “dream” games between BYU-San Diego State, UCF-Ball State, and East Carolina- ULL! Got chills just writing this!

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Marcus Lattimore Video Message

Marcus Lattimore Video MessageMarcus Lattimore…running back for the South Carolina Gamecocks suffered a gruesome knee injury against Tennessee on Oct. 27.  Lattimore injuries included a dislocated knee and severe ligament damage and left many questioning his football career.

The full extent  and long term effects of his injury are not known.

Marcus received well-wishes from fans all over the country as well from rival players and professional athletes. 

Lattimore sent out a video message to all those friends, family and those who have supported him.

Watch Marcus Lattimore’s Video Message Next Page


COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2012 – A RECAP OF WEEK 10

 

If you are a true college football fan or just a fan of a certain team, yesterday you rode the emotional roller-coaster! Which one of the following emotions best describes your feelings?

a.) ecstasy and on cloud 9

b.) highly upset and scratching your head in bewilderment

c.) nervous, uncomfortable, worried sick

d.) drained and relieved

e.) all of the above

If you chose (e), then you must have watched Notre Dame versus Pitt, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State, Oregon against USC, and LSU vs. Alabama. Yesterday once again proved why we love the game of college football so much and if those bumbling idiots called the NCAA would tweak the system to give us a true playoff, it would be the greatest sport of all!

Let’s start with Kansas State and Oklahoma State. That sickening thud you heard last night was the hearts of Wildcat nation hitting the turf as Heisman front runner Collin Klein went down with an injury in the third quarter. K State won in dominating fashion but we do not know the extent of Collin’s injury. Stay tuned….. If Collin can’t go next week at TCU, K State could be in trouble. The Big 8 has been wild this year and it will be a tall task for the Wildcats to come away with a win on the road. Could we see another BCS shakeup? Something tells me that Coach of the Year, Bill Snyder will have his team prepared! Kansas State is drooling for a match-up against Alabama, Oregon, or Notre Dame and it’s defense will stymie TCU. Doesn’t defense win championships?

Next gut-wrenching game is Oregon and USC. Watching this game was more like watching a US Open tennis match! Up and down, back and forth, and balls flying everywhere. My neck hurts from going side to side! In the end, Oregon amassed 730 yards of total offense to handle the Trojans. Kenjon Barner rushed through the porous Trojan defense for an astounding 321 yards and 5 touchdowns. Heisman hopeful QB Matt Barkley of USC did all he could as he passed for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns. Game, set, match – Oregon wins! After crushing weak opponent after weak opponent, Coach Phil Knight’s Nike hype machine finally faced a formidable team. With Stanford, Oregon State, and the PAC 10 championship game still ahead, are we getting closer to the “dream” match-up for the BCS National Championship game between Oregon and Alabama? The Ducks versus the Tide. Offense vs. defense. The offensive guru vs. the defensive guru. SEC vs. PAC 10. Sunflower yellow and lime green uniforms versus blood red uniforms. I am getting chills already! There is still a lot of football to be played. Stay tuned…..

You know the old saying, a cat has 9 lives. Well, how many lives do the Irish have? Notre Dame, coming off a HUGE win on the road in Norman last week looked lethargic for most of the day playing NOT to lose against the Pitt Panthers. Pitt, with nothing to play for, played like the Steelers. As we all know, it is very tough coming off an emotional win on the road to play at home the following week against a team that you are supposed to beat by 3 touchdowns. Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish battled all game long and finally persevered in 3 OT’s to secure the victory. With upcoming win-able games against Boston College ( always a thorn in the Irish side ) and Wake Forest, the Irish cannot afford to look ahead to the season finale against their dreaded rival from the left coast, the hated Trojans. Win ’em all, and the Irish give themselves a chance to play for the BSC National Championship. Lose just one game and you are playing for a bowl game payday. How many more lives do the Irish have? Only time will tell.

Alabama and LSUdid the “Mad Hatter” have under that hat last night? Apparently, not a dang thing!! You have to feel sorry for Tiger nation as LSU played their hearts out last night only to have their coach make one bad decision after another. Asking a field goal kicker to attempt one far past his limit?? A fake punt?? A fake field goal?? An on side kick after you had just seized momentum?? I’m sorry, I do not usually criticize coaches, but it is time for the powers at LSU to make a coaching change. There is too much talent there, too many in state athletes, and too much money from it’s fan base, to allow this to continue any longer. Even Nick Saban said in an post game interview that the best team last night didn’t win. What’s that tell you? LSU was out coached…..again! The team that won the game was the team that was more prepared, better coached, and more disciplined. ‘Bama did not flinch when the game was on the line. They acted like they had been there before, managed the clock to perfection, and sucked the life out of the LSU faithful and the night game mystique of Tiger Stadium. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger had been criticized all year long but last night, he turned in the best performance of his young career. We need to add a column to his stat line – dropped balls. This problem has plagued the Tiger wide receivers all year long and last night was no different. At the end of the day, the LSU decision makers need to open up their pocketbooks and terminate Les Miles. Then, they need to jump on their private jet and TOUCHDOWN in Boise, Idaho. Chris Peterson is one of the top 5 coaches in America and it would be scary good to see the things HE could do with all of that talent in the Bayou State. Think ‘Bama nation would be worried if that were to happen?

A TO Z TOP 25

  1. Alabama 9-0
  2. Oregon 9-0
  3. Kansas State 9-0
  4. Notre Dame 9-0
  5. Ohio State 10-0
  6. Georgia 8-1
  7. Florida 8-1
  8. LSU 7-2
  9. South Carolina 7-2
  10. Louisville 9-0
  11. FSU 8-1
  12. Clemson 8-1
  13. Oregon State 7-1
  14. Texas A&M 7-2
  15. Oklahoma 6-2
  16. Stanford 7-2
  17. Mississippi State 7-2
  18. Nebraska 7-2
  19. USC 6-3
  20. UCLA 7-2
  21. Texas 7-2
  22. Boise State 7-2
  23. La Tech 8-1
  24. Rutgers 7-1
  25. Ohio 8-1

WEEK 11 KEY GAMES:

#14 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama

#3 Kansas State @ TCU

#4 Notre Dame @ Boston College

#6 Georgia @ Auburn

#17 Mississippi State @ #8 LSU

Arkansas @ #9 South Carolina

#10 Louisville @ Syracuse

#11 FSU @ Virginia Tech

#13 Oregon State @ #16 Stanford

Penn State @ #18 Nebraska

Once again, we are loaded with great games and there is so much riding on each and every one of them. How does Alabama respond after their slugfest with LSU as they face Johnny Football and the red hot Aggies? Will K State overcome the loss of star QB Collin Klein? Does ND take care of business and pummel hapless BC? Do the Tigers of LSU line up and smash Miss. State? Does Beamer Ball have a trick up his sleeve for FSU?

Hope you got a chance to see the out pouring of love in Columbia, S.C. on Monday as the Gamecock faithful had a celebration for Marcus Lattimore as he turned 21. Too bad he couldn’t be there for his birthday party but he is still in the hospital recovering from yet another devastating knee injury. We can only hope that one day, Marcus will be running wild all over Williams Brice Stadium again!

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UPDATE: Marcus Lattimore, October 29, 2012

marcus lattimoreMarcus Lattimore, one of the greatest running backs in the history of college football … suffered a hyper-extended right  knee and injuries to several ligaments in Saturdays 38 to 35 win over the University of Tennessee

According to sources there were no fractures, broken bones or damage to his other knee … team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore’s knee back in place soon after he was taken from the field to the hospital.

University President Harris Pastides visited with Lattimore Sunday and announced a rally would be held in the player’s honor and on campus Monday.  Faculty, students, and the family of Marcus Lattimore will also celebrate the running backs birthday…Lattimore turns 21 today…Happy Birthday Marcus our thoughts and prayers are with you….

Today has been declared Marcus Lattimore Day in the State of South Carolina….Watch the celebration live from the campus of the University of South Carolina Here

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A Tale of Two Athletes

This week in college football reminded us of just how frail the human being truly is and puts into perspective what life is all about. We had 2 different scenarios in which athletes may have ended their careers. One, because of poor decision after poor decision and the other due to a violent injury.

Marcus Lattimore, star running back from The University of South Carolina sustained a devastating knee injury last year that would have ended many a career.

Marcus Lattimore Injury Update October 28, 2012

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has reported that Marcus Lattimore suffered a dislocated right knee during yesterdays 38 to 35 victory over Tennessee.

The  injury occurred when the Gamecocks up 21-14 with 4:45 remaining in the second quarter.  The star running backwas running through the left side when his knee took a direct hit  by Volunteers defensive back Eric Gordon, Lattimore’s right leg whipping around and slamming against the turf.

A Tale Of Two Athletes

This week in college football reminded us of just how frail the human being truly is and puts into perspective what life is all about. We had 2 different scenarios in which athletes may have ended their careers. One, because of poor decision after poor decision and the other due to a violent injury.

Marcus Lattimore and Tyrann Mathieu

Marcus Lattimore, star running back from The University of South Carolina sustained a devastating knee injury last year that would have ended many a career. His hard work, determination, faith, and family support got him back on the field earlier than many had predicted. Marcus is beloved by his team mates, coaching staff, opponents, and Gamecock Nation. He could have given up, I am sure there were several times when he questioned himself if this was really worth it all. His family is well educated as many family members have graduated from Carolina and he could have taken the easy road and walked away from the game he truly loves. But no, he has his life in order, is on track to graduate, and knows that in order to get anything in this world you have to work hard and sacrifice.

 Marcus has had a solid season to date and every team is geared up to stop him. Some of his numbers this year may not compare with  the numbers he put up in his first 2 years at USC but he is the oppositions focal point week in and week out. Stop Marcus and you have a chance to beat Carolina. Just before his gruesome injury yesterday, he burst through the line for a long touchdown run reminiscent of his earlier runs in seasons gone by. When he crumpled to the ground writhing in pain, you knew it was severe and potentially career ending. The Gamecocks gutted out a win against the Vols and I am sure they all turned their attention to the fallen hero right after the game. As news unfolded today, we have learned that Marcus has dislocated his knee and will need a long time to rehab once again. He may return next year or he may take a red-shirt year. Whether he returns to the field or not, there is a greater plan for Marcus and he knows that. He has made the right choices in life, he knows what his priorities are in life, and he epitomizes what a student athlete is all about. We haven’t seen the end of Mr. Lattimore! Stay tuned……..

Tyrann Mathieu CopsWhen I say bad decision after bad decision, you know that I am speaking of Tyrann Mathieu formerly of LSU. Talk about an athlete that thinks he is bigger than the game, bigger than the team, and above the law! Tyrann broke on the scene last year as an electrifying kick returner.

He earned the nickname “Honey Badger” and rescued the Tigers on numerous occasions with long touchdown runs. He propelled himself into the national spotlight and performed at the highest level while the Tigers were in a year long battle with the Crimson Tide. His on the field performances got him into the Heisman Trophy conversation and going into the 2012 season, he was one of the front runners to win the award. Sadly, we find out about numerous failed drug tests during the off season and finally LSU had to make a tough decision – Tyrann Mathieu had to be dismissed. After flirting with transferring to a Division 2 school in order to be able to play this year, he decided to re – enroll at LSU University and pay his own tuition with the hope of regaining his scholarship for the 2013 season. The lure of pot ( and hanging out with the wrong crowd ) got him in trouble with the law earlier this week and his football career is all but over. He could have chosen to clean up his act. He could have chosen his friends more carefully. He could have chosen to get his life in order and do something most of us only can dream about – play professional football. See, life is a game and it is all about choices. The more “right” choices you make, the more “wins” you have in life. Make “wrong” choices and you suffer “losses”. Consequences and setbacks happen for your bad choices. We all make mistakes but how you overcome those mistakes determine your fate. Tyrann has yet to make the right life choices and has virtually ended what was once a very promising future. Although he may never have a chance to play professionally now, he does have a chance to be a productive citizen for the next 60 years versus a football career of 3-5 years. Tyrann, the choice is yours now!

Marcus Lattimore Injury Update

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