Mon Aug 02 07:39am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• We decided to own it. Seriously, we paid $20 bucks plus shipping. Inevitably, a Moscow, Idaho, bar is cashing in on Boise State president Bob Kustra's description of Idaho fans as "nasty" and "inebriated" by selling black and gold t-shirts that identify the wearer as "Nasty, Inebriated." The Corner Club is making a small killing at $20 a pop, and if they don't mind the bar's logo on the back, a few Doc Saturday readers might find it altogether appropriate attire this fall, wherever their allegiances lie. [Idaho Statesman, via The Wiz]
• It wasn't me. Former Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (now a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers) expanded on his initial denial to taking money from an agent before his Gator finale in the Sugar Bowl, telling reporters in Pittsburgh "it's not true, everybody knows," and suggesting he expects to be exonerated soon enough: "They went through a whole investigation and couldn't find anything. It's almost (over). They couldn't find anything. ... I thought my brother (Mike, also a Florida lineman) was playing with me when he first called me." [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
• Look, we're all suffering here. Former New Mexico assistant J.B. Gerald has filed a lawsuit against the university and head coach Mike Locksley, who allegedly punched Gerald in the face a day after the Lobos' loss to Air Force last September. The suit also alleges verbal abuse by Locksley in front of other coaches and athletes and racial discrimination by UNM for failing to take appropriate action (i.e. firing Locksley, who was ultimately suspended for one game later in the year). The suit is seeking an unspecified sum for "physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages," which pretty accurately sums up the effects of New Mexico football in general after a miserable 1-11 campaign in Locksley's first year. [Associated Press]
• Black-hatted, mustache-tweedling villains have been granted 24 hours to leave town. Justice Hayes isn't responsible for anything that happens after that. Notre Dame came out of the weekend with its first big recruiting splash of the fledgling Brian Kelly era, going cross-country to land commitments from a pair of 2011 prospects in Rivals' top 100, defensive end Aaron Lynch (Florida) and running back Justice Hayes (Michigan), along with cornerback Jalen Brown (Texas) and linebacker Anthony Rabasa (Florida). I would make up an excessively fawning quote from Irish-centric recruiting guru Tom Lemming, but there's no competing with reality. [Irish Illustrated, Chicago Tribune]
• That is, if this highly feasible, attractive alternative were possible, which it obviously it is not. BCS commissioner Bill Hancock let his guard down Friday just long enough to acknowledge the hypothetical existence of a playoff at some unspecified point in the future, suggesting in a presentation at the MAC's media day that any future playoff system would have to include 16 teams. (Presumably that number would be required to accommodate automatic bids from all 11 I-A/FBS conferences technically under the BCS umbrella ... such as the MAC.) Realizing too late that a few actual media members were present at the MAC's media day, Hancock quickly attributed his comments to a nefarious character in his forthcoming dystopian novel, "A Brave New Bracket." [Associated Press]
• Steven's last night in town. Miami has dismissed fifth-year senior Steven Wesley, a part-time starter at defensive end over the last two seasons, for unspecified reasons. Rumored motives include academics and poor conditioning, or some combination thereof. [Miami Herald]
Quickly... Illinois safety Walter Aikens has started serving a two-week jail sentence for stealing a laptop from a dorm room in April. ... Hyped freshman quarterback Jake Heaps gets escorted out of LaVell Edwards Stadium. ... Syracuse coach Doug Marrone hands over play-calling duties to 30-year-old quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett, son of journeyman head coach/coordinator Paul Hackett, best known as Pete Carroll's somewhat less successful predecessor at USC. ... Joe Paterno gets nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. ... And Columbus, Ohio, tries to brighten up its image a little bit. Or just, you know, create an image in the first place that doesn't prominently involve tear gas.
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