September 09, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Lather like a champion today. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley responded to the latest in an outbreak of staph infections Wednesday with an impromptu clinic on "proper shower discipline" for the entire locker room:
"We had, I told them, the worst shower discipline of any team I've ever been around. So we talked a little bit about application of soap to the rag and making sure you hit all your body. You know, you can neglect it trying to cut corners, and it shows in how you practice and elsewhere. I'm hoping we show some improvement in that."
UT athletic director Mike Hamilton compared Dooley's lesson to John Wooden's annual spiel on putting on socks to prevent blisters at UCLA. Please do not perform a
• Just take your time, bug guy. To no one's surprise, reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram will likely miss his second straight game Saturday against Penn State as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. But his backup just landed the cover of Sports Illustrated after rushing for 66 yards against San Jose State in his first start, so whatever, man. [Tuscaloosa News]
• No news is bad news. No new information Wednesday from North Carolina coach Butch Davis on the status of 13 suspended players who missed last Saturday's 30-24 loss to LSU with various eligibility issues, all of whom continue to practice but remain in NCAA limbo for the Heels' next game, against Georgia Tech on Sept. 18. The only exception is defensive tackle Marvin Austin, the veritable snake in the garden of eligibility probes at UNC and elsewhere, who still isn't practicing and may have played his last down as an amateur. [CarolinaBlue.com]
• Bring on the MVC! Kansas is already replacing starting quarterback Kale Pick with redshirt freshman Jordan Webb, who led the team to zero points himself after coming on for Pick in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's 6-3 flop against North Dakota State. The Jayhawks were so bad in that game, NDSU coach Craig Bohl sincerely expects a better game this week from Missouri Valley power Northern Iowa. Considering UNI trounced the Bison by three touchdowns last year, he may be right. [Lawrence Journal-World, CFT]
• That's our boys. Sports Illustrated's Jeff Benedict counts 125 arrests on major charges – "felonies or misdemeanors involving violence, weapons or substance abuse" – among pro and college football and basketball players between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, more than half of them (70) in college football. His conclusion on the varied responses to those crimes: "Clearly, better athletes get better outcomes, both in the criminal justice system and on college campuses." [Sports Illustrated]
Quickly... Michigan's ongoing secondary woes deepen with the impending transfer of safety Vlad Emilien. ... Oregon State cornerback James Dockery may have a future on television. ... Notre Dame center Dan Wenger contemplates giving up football after suffering his second concussion against Purdue. ... Irish freshman Derek Roback plans to transfer. ... Florida State prepares for the noise at Oklahoma by whispering in practice. ... Apparently Birmingham, Ala., can't get enough Boise State. ... Idaho gave up four sacks last week to North Dakota. Good luck with Nebraska. ... And a Wake Forest fan has a $20,000 car called back on a clipping penalty.
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