Report: Robert Griffin III Is Going Pro

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The 2012 NFL Draft won’t have Matt Barkley, but those teams who need a quarterback and don’t find themselves with Andrew Luck on draft day will apparently have another pretty damn good one to pursue. This report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen cited “sources” as saying Griffin will enter the draft, but also included quotes from Griffin’s father that made it sound like a done deal:

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Texas A&M lineman killed in car crash

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)  Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio has been killed in a car accident, according to the university.

Witness reports say that Villavisencio swerved to avoid a buzzard and veered head-on into the path of an 18-wheeler near the town of Normangee about 40 miles from College Station, on Thursday.

Villavisencio spent part of Thursday with the team delivering gifts to families at a local shelter after the Aggies finished their last workout on campus in preparation for the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Villavisencio was heading to his home in Jacksonville, Texas, at the time of the crash.

Villavisencio saw very limited action in his career with the Aggies, but touched many involved in the program. Former coach Mike Sherman says everyone will remember him as a person “who would do anything for anybody.”

The 22-year-old was a three-year letterman whom athletic director Bill Byrne says “epitomized selfless service” to helping the Aggies improve as a team.

Robert Griffin III Presents A Heisman Winning ‘Top 10′ List On Letterman

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Robert Griffin III is coming off the ultimate high, having won the 2011 Heisman Trophy this weekend. Now, it’s time for him to do the whole media circuit, which includes a spot on tonight’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” where he will present a Heisman-related Top 10 list.

The list is officially called, “The Top 10 Thoughts That Went Through Robert Griffin III’s Head When He Won The Heisman Trophy.” Yikes. Say that ten times fast. Of course, it wouldn’t be a football-related Top 10 list without a Jesus-Tim Tebow dig in there. It’s pretty funny, nonetheless.

Here’s a preview of tonight’s list.


The show will air tonight, so make sure you tune in to see Griffin III in a sweet tuxedo cracking a few jokes. Hey, it this whole NFL thing doesn’t work out for him, maybe he can give stand-up comedy a try.

TCU’s Players Run A Misdirection Play With An Empty Gatorade Bucket, Then Soak Their Coach With The Real Thing

From SportsGrid

In perhaps the most ingenius instance of Gatorade soaking we’ve ever seen, TCU players showered coach Gary Patterson after initially faking him out with an empty bucket on Saturday. The Horned Frogs clobbered UNLV, 56-9, and won their third consecutive outright Mountain West championship. If the Frogs move into the top 16 of the final BCS standings Sunday, they will pretty much be guaranteed a trip to their third BCS game in three years.


Kevin Sumlin is Overrated as a Top Coaching Candidate

From Larry Brown Sports

Kevin Sumlin is one of the hottest names when it comes to head coaching vacancies in college football. Between Arizona State, UCLA, and Texas A&M (who just fired Mike Sherman), someone is going to pay him a lot of money to be their coach. He may turn out to be a good head coach if he leaves Houston, but I wouldn’t want to pay him big-time money because I think he’s overrated.

Sumlin has been the coach at Houston the last four years. His teams have gone 35-16. I think quarterback Case Keenum is more responsible for the team’s success than he is.

Keenum has been the team’s quarterback every year Sumlin has been the coach. With Keenum at QB, Sumlin’s Cougars have gone 42-9. When Keenum got hurt in the team’s third game of the season last year, they lost that game and went 3-6 the rest of the way.

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Amazon Users Reacted Strongly To Jerry Sandusky’s Unfortunately-Titled Autobiography

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Remember a week ago, when a comment frenzy erupted below an post about Tim Tebow with a near-constant flow of “[x] > Tebow comments,” to the point people started calling it OccupyTebow? Well, we might never see a comment torrent of that magnitude again, but we couldn’t help but think of it when we looked at this.

That’s the Amazon page for the autobiography of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who was recently charged with some of the worst crimes imaginable. The autobiography – unbelievably, considering the nature of the allegations against Sandusky – is called Touched. It hadn’t attracted much attention from Amazon users until the charges against the author made national news. And then, “reviews” started pouring in. Naturally, many played on the sad irony of the title:

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Did you know they can take points off the board in college football for excessive celebration?

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So far LSU has dominated Florida today. It looked like the Tigers were going to jump ahead 21-0 in the 1st quarter when Les Miles called for what was at the time a successful fake punt resulting in a touchdown run by punter Brad Wing.

The score was called back for taunting, though. The new rule calls for live-ball penalties being assessed from the spot of the foul, negating an eventual score. As you can see on the replay, Wing spread his arms out as he approached the goal line, thus incurring the 15-yard penalty. We’re of the opinion that “spreading your wings” shouldn’t qualify as taunting. Nonetheless, LSU would settle for a field goal.

Video from CBS Sports by Tim Burke.

Navy Comeback Wiped Out by Unsportsmanlike Penalty, Was it Fair?

From Larry Brown Sports:


More often than football fans would like, exhuberance is often mistaken for unsportsmanlike behavior. Egregious celebrations aside, players should have a little wiggle room to be excited. The good news is that they usually get it. Unfortunately that was not the case for Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor. The great fourth quarter comeback by the Midshipmen was all for naught when Proctor was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty after scoring in overtime Saturday against Air Force.

The overtime touchdown was Navy’s first lead against Air Force. Football is a game of yards, and the 15 yards that came with the flag turned out to be very costly. After being pushed back on their extra-point attempt, Navy missed the kick and their lead stood at six points. Air Force subsequently scored and kicked the PAT to win the game. After coming back from 18 points and taking the lead, this was a rip-your-heart-out kind of penalty.

But should Proctor have been penalized?  On replay, Proctor emerged from the pile and slighty shoved a Falcon player (I say “slightly” because the man barely even registered the contact) as he made his way to the other side of the pile.  Then, he pushed another Falcon who was still standing over the pile, presumably to get him out of the way so his teammates could get up.   We’re talking about a man full of glee and adrenaline and testosterone.  Still, nothing Proctor did seemed that flagrant, especially if you consider the circumstances.

Back judge David Vaughan, who threw the flag, probably missed the Steelers/Ravens game because there were at least a half dozen altercations that looked much worse than Proctor’s penalty. The call was sort of like getting ticketed for speeding at 70 on the freeway.

Although the place-kicker should have made what was basically a chip shot FG, plays ought to be analyzed on their own, not what comes afterward. In this case, neither Vaughan, nor Proctor should be tongue-whipped. Instead, let’s ask ourselves why referees, especially the college variety, don’t start giving a little more space between bad sportsmanship and joy? It’s not like Proctor jumped up just to get into it with an Air Force defender.

This Is How A Football Program In Peril Says, “Please Save Us”

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The latest chapter in the inevitable “Texas A&M leaves the Big 12 goes to the SEC” saga happened this morning, when the SEC officially announced it voted to let Texas A&M in as the conference’s newest member. The move can’t be complete, however, until the SEC is assured no legal action will be taken by any Big 12 members. Right now, one school in the conference is holding that up: Baylor…and it sure doesn’t seem like it’s for the reasons the school is saying it is.

Baylor has it pretty good in the Big 12. They’re generally one of the conference’s lower-rung football teams (although possibly not this year), but it’s a big, lucrative conference. If Texas A&M’s move puts the league’s survival in further jeopardy – and if an eventual Pac-12 expansion (that doesn’t include Baylor, importantly) later decimates it entirely – what becomes of Baylor? Clearly, that’s what the school is wondering. What it wants to you to think it’s wondering, though, is: if the Big 12 is no more, what becomes of Texas football?

Baylor’s plea to save Baylor Texas football has it all – talk of losing “hundred-year-old rivalries,” hand-wringing over “Texas’ flagship universities pledg[ing] their loyalties to other states,” worrying that “new rivals” could steal away Texas’ “most promising student athletes,” and this gem: “Will Texans watch as our most precious resources—the great minds of the next generation—are exported to new conference institutions?” The page even has a cute name: “Don’t Mess With Texas Football.”

It also has several problems. As far as new schools taking Texas recruits, schools from all over recruit Texas already, because the level of talent there is so good and so deep year after year. As far as “pledging loyalties to other states” goes: no, they’re pledging their loyalties to other conferences. Texas schools are/were the heart of the Big 12, yes – but they’re not the only schools in the league. And the “great minds of the next generation” thing is priceless – wasn’t this about football? Also, who says this realignment will make Texas students (again, not even football players) more likely to attend rival SEC, or hypothetical Pac-16, schools?

Baylor, in coming out with this initiative, is solely trying to promote the interests of Baylor, not “Texas football.” And that’s fine. Schools have to look out for themselves, and it’s because of that that we can be quite sure that if Baylor were a part of all these realignment talks (i.e. had a safe place to land if all this reshuffling winds up happening), they wouldn’t be saying a word to complain. After all, Baylor sure jumped at the Big 12′s offer to join back when that conference formed. Transparently trying to hide their intentions behind an altruistic shield isn’t fooling anyone.  Ridiculous, self-serving pap? Yeah, that sounds about right.


How do you like that Longhorn Network shoved down your throat?

In another move to make sure you watch the Texas Longhorns this year, Verizon has agreed to carry the games.

I thought Verizon dealt in cell phones, but what do I know?

From the Dallas Morning News:

The Longhorn Network has its first home. ESPN announced Thursday morning that Verizon Fios will carry LHN.

But LHN will not be up and running on the telecom carrier when it launches Friday at 6 p.m. Rather, Verizon will launch the University of Texas’ network on Sept. 1. That’s two days before the Longhorns open their 2011 football season hosting Rice.

  Verizon is among the smallest carriers in Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas. It is available in fewer than 200,000 homes
compared to market-leader Time Warner Cable’s approximately 600,000 homes. DirecTV and Dish, satellite carriers, have about 500,000 each.

  Verizon is not in the mix in Houston, San Antonio or Austin.

But Verizon is available in other markets around the country that will also offer LHN.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, LHN will be available on the basic digital tier, which means subscribers who get the likes of ESPN and Fox Sports Southwest will also have access to the network on standard Channel 79 and high definition’s Channel
579. Nationally, the network will be offered on a more restrictive sports tier on Channel 320.

I don’t know about you, but I think this is getting to be over-kill for one football program. This is the reason the Big 12 is splitting up. And hurry and get your Longhorn Network in place so you can watch the Horns over-power that football powerhouse Rice. It’s simply too much.



Verizon Fios to carry University of Texas’ Longhorn Network  (Dallas Morning News)

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