January 08, 2010
Making the morning rounds, post-championship edition.
• As America's only major football coach with a law degree, toppled Texas Tech coach Mike Leach knows his Sixth Amendment rights, and plans to exercise them to get a speedy trial in his lawsuit against Tech over the next few weeks. Leach's attorneys filed documents Thursday asking a state district judge to allow them to begin questioning key figures in the coach's dismissal -- including Adam James, the now-notorious wide receiver and famous son who claims Leach unfairly isolated him from the team after he was diagnosed with a concussion -- in as soon as two weeks, and are seeking a trial by March 1. [Associated Press]
Meanwhile, back at the ranch: With Baylor's Art Briles definitely out of the running to replace Leach at Texas Tech, the Raiders' (unusually open) coaching search seems to be down to two candidates, ex-Ole Miss/Auburn boss Tommy Tuberville and defensive coordinator/interim coach Ruffin McNeill, both of whom have publicly campaigned for the job. [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
• After denying a report that he planned to transfer earlier this week, USC quarterback Aaron Corp is officially on his way to the University of Richmond, the I-AA power in Virginia, where he'll be able to play immediately next fall. Corp, you'll recall, was the heir apparent to the line of golden boy Trojan quarterbacks before going down with a minor leg injury in preseason practice and being jumped in line by another hyped SoCal native, true freshman Matt Barkley. Corp's only start for SC was a forgettable 110-yard, zero-touchdown effort in the Trojans' humiliating loss at Washington last September, which put a swift end to any debate about his place in the pecking order. [L.A. Times]
• Florida has added the most significant new member in its wholesale staff overhaul: George Edwards, linebackers coach of the Miami Dolphins, will replace new Louisville coach Charlie Strong as the Gators' defensive coordinator. Edwards -- a former Duke player who followed his coach, Steve Spurrier, to Florida for his first coaching gig in the early nineties -- has one year of coordinator experience, with the Washington Redskins in 2003, when the 'Skins finished 5-11 and were 24th in the league in points allowed. [Orlando Sentinel]
• Quarterback Greg McElroy didn't have a stellar night in Alabama's triumphant BCS title win over Texas -- he was sacked almost as many times (5) as he managed to complete a pass (6) in just 16 dropbacks -- but he can be forgiven for a) Not turning the ball over in a win dominated by the Tide's defense and running game, playing his "game manager" role to a T, and b) Playing with a cracked rib he suffered against Florida in the second half of the SEC Championship game: "For about a week and half after Florida, I couldn't really throw at all. ... It's been pretty painful, pretty consistent for the entire bowl practice." Fortunately for him, the Tide didn't need him to do a whole lot. [ESPN]
McElroy did manage one major achievement in a Pasadena, though, once again following in the footsteps of his famous predecessor at South Lake Carroll High, Chase Daniel, with an on-air nose probe for the ages:
You've made your forebears proud, Greg.
Quickly ... Video of Alabama fans' post-game "Rammer Jammer" in the Rose Bowl. ... Texas fans watch "a travesty" in Austin bars, and Burnt Orange Nation offers a concise visual analogy of what they were feeling at halftime. ... And what's with this "13" business? ESPN will count Alabama's national championships by its own criteria, thanks.