July 23, 2009
• One of the great tax injustices in all of college football. The Columbus Dispatch gets major props today for leading an article with a picture of Kirk Herbstreit's home engulfed in flames, though the actual story it breaks isn't quite as dramatic as all that:
In March, the Buckeye-turned-ESPN commentator sued the IRS for rejecting a $330,000 tax deduction he and his wife, Allison, took for donating their house at 2321 Onandaga Dr. to the Upper Arlington Fire Division.
The donation -- and the deduction -- have been common for at least two decades for Upper Arlington residents who wanted to build new homes on property where old homes resided. Firefighters have used the old houses for training and burn-down exercises.
According to the Herbstreits' lawyer, who represents another couple in the same situation, the IRS regularly accepted requests for deductions on donated home prior to 2004, the year Herbstreit and his wife applied. Instead of a $330,000 deduction, the government charged them $134,600 in back taxes and interest. Obviously Herbstreit's return was flagged by either a Michigan alum or someone who really, really hates children.
• Dan, Dan, the Twitter Man. By most accounts, the first day of SEC Media Days was not that interesting, although various reporters, bloggers and other pasty media types were formally introduced to fast-talking Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who used his first moments on the stage to play to his primary audience:
Between that meta moment and his satisfying denouement of roast beef, Mullen waxed poetic on his former superstar protegé and assured reporters that, yes, he voted for the Tebow Child on the All-SEC team. So, too, did Bobby Petrino, Bobby Johnson and Rich Brooks during their turns at the podium, which narrows the field of possible snubbers to six. We'll smoke out the Tebow hater yet.
And just in case you haven't had your Tebow fill for the week:
Suck it up, haters, and read Austin Murphy's full article here.
• What, no cameras in College Station? Apparently the once-vibrant Texas-Texas A&M rivalry has lost so much steam with the Aggies' recent struggles that it took a completely disinterested party to inject a little spice this week at the A&M football complex:
A&M police have identified the culprit who broke into the Bright Football Complex late Monday night. Among other things, the individual used athletic tape to spell out "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" on the carpeted floor of the A&M locker room.
But Elmer E. Schneider, Jr., chief of A&M's University Police, said Wednesday that the person responsible, who will not be charged, is not a Longhorn. Or a Red Raider or a Bear, etc.
"There is no affiliation with any of our Big 12 schools," Schneider said.
It should have been obvious that the culprit wasn't a Texas fan, because any self-respecting Longhorn would have taken a picture of it. What good is a visual taunt in 2009 if you can't plaster it all over the Web?
• Nostalgia. The videos, sadly, are not embeddable, but for many reasons I highly recommend the University of Minnesota Libraries' new tribute to the old Memorial Stadium, a treasure trove of old game highlights, photos, trophies and kitschy game programs commemorating the home of Gopher football from 1924-1992. Check out the wing-T look that drove the national champions of 1936, 1940 and 1941.
Quickly ... The Texas Bowl, previously relegated to obscurity on the NFL Network, is moving to ESPN. ... Former Oklahoma star Jamelle Holloway was arrested for theft along with "a female companion" at a McAlester, Okla., Wal-Mart. ... Boise State defensive lineman Michael Atkinson was arrested for DUI after driving his car into a barrier early Wednesday morning. Also hit with a DUI: North Dakota State linebacker Blake Sczepanski, the fourth different NDSU player arrested for DUI in six months. ... Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley on covering Julio Jones, who graces the Crimson Tide's media guide by himself. ... Auburn, meanwhile, goes with, uh, Gene Chizik. ... Redshirt freshman receiver Terrance Davis, a Georgia native, intends to transfer from Mississippi State to be closer to home. ... Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle, a longshot for a starting job, is nevertheless looking for a breakout year. ... And Swindle for the win on al.com.