December 08, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Not-so-grand finale. All-Big Ten receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa's all-time leader in catches and yards, was suspended Tuesday night following his arrest on seven misdemeanor drug counts earlier in the day. Police said they found more than $3,000 in cash, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs during a search of Johnson-Koulianos' house, including marijuana and traces of cocaine in his bedroom, both of which Johnson-Koulianos reportedly admitted using. (A preliminary drug test came back positive for both.) He was released from Johnson County Jail on $8,000 bail, but obviously will not be participating in the Hawkeyes' Insight Bowl date with Missouri, and probably will not be finding many suitors in April's draft, either. [Associated Press, Cedar Rapids Gazette]
• This is ... not good. UConn offensive lineman Greg McKee, an 18-year-old true freshman from Chicago, turned himself in Tuesday on charges of importing child pornography, obscenity and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. Police said they received information about possible possession and distribution of child pornography in September and seized materials from McKee's dorm room last month; no details on the specific nature of those materials. Needless to say, this is not just a toe stub by a kid away from home for the first time: He's being held on $75,000 bond. [Hartford Courant]
• And heeeere comes the outrage. Predictably, Boise State president Bob Kustra leapt at the opportunity to bash the BCS for the computer "glitch" that initially kept the Broncos out of the top 10 in Sunday's final standings, firing off a pointed letter Tuesday to fellow university presidents and other power brokers. "It's egregious enough to see teams with mediocre seasons climb into the BCS bowl games because they happen to be in privileged conferences, while others with better records are written off as second-class citizens," Kustra wrote. "When we cannot see how these decisions are made, it becomes an affront to the concepts of integrity and fair play that we claim to value." [Idaho Statesman]
Elsewhere, Wes Colley reacted to the furor over his botched rankings, and fellow computer poll master Richard Billingsley offered to make the methodology behind his poll public – for a price. [Birmingham News]
• We're behind you. We wanted to be behind somebody else first, and then somebody else. But we're behind you. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi admitted to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that newly hired head coach Jerry Kill isn't the big name he was looking for to replace Tim Brewster, and wasn't Maturi's first choice for the job. Kill was "at least No. 4," in fact, behind Tony Dungy, Barry Alvarez and Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith. The overture to fellow AD Alvarez, who brought Wisconsin from the depths during Maturi's stint as athletic director in Madison, wasn't a joke: "I offered it to Barry Alvarez, and he didn't take the job. … He said, 'I like what I'm doing. And my days of coaching are done." [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
I might have voted for Boston College's Luke Kuechly, Georgia's Justin Houston or N.C. State's Nate Irving, personally, but that's the right way to cap a fine career for Miller – especially when you consider that he was regarded as burgeoning bust after his first two seasons. [Austin American-Statesman]
• Sharing the spotlight. To Auburn and Oregon fans traveling to various regions of the country this week, don't worry if you see the other team's stats and superstar on the cover on the latest Sports Illustrated, with no mention of your team. They got you covered, too:
Quickly… Pat Hill takes a pay cut. … Linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz will lead Northern Illinois in the Humanitarian Bowl as interim head coach. … Jon Embree commences the night of the long knives on the remnants of Dan Hawkins' coaching staff. … Indiana ponies up for its new head coach. … The Sun Bowl is a sellout. … Shockingly, Nebraska fans who who were looking forward to a BCS bid last week aren't rushing to buy tickets for a return trip to the Holiday Bowl against a 6-6 team the 'Huskers beat by five touchdowns earlier this year. … An Oregon receiver pays tribute to Declan Sullivan. … A requiem for Greg Davis at Texas. … And oh, Manny Diaz is well aware of Denard Robinson.
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