February 16, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Breaking in little brother. Three Missouri players -- starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert (right), starting linebacker Andrew Gachkar and Blaine's brother, Tyler, a four-star quarterback recruit who enrolled early to participate in spring practice -- were briefly handcuffed outside a Columbia pizza joint Saturday following an early-morning fight that left the younger Gabbert with a broken nose that will probably require surgery. Police arrived after the scene had cooled down and declined to make any arrests despite the "sucker punch" by an unnamed assailant on Tyler Gabbert and "varying levels of intoxication" among the players (only Gachkar is 21), mainly because the responding officer "couldn't figure out exactly what happened." With no charges pending, the trio won't face discipline from the team, according to a spokesman. [Columbia Daily Tribune]
In other tales of Big 12 parties gone wrong, Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box was arrested early Saturday morning for urinating on bar stools from a balcony. Somehow, Box wasn't formally charged despite a previous case of "outraging public decency" when he was cited for taking a leak outside a restaurant last March. [Oklahoman]
• Lofty goals, shallow pockets. Playoff PAC, Washington's only official lobby devoted to instituting a college football playoff, earned just $5,974 in contributions between its launch in September and the end of last year, with only three contributions of $200 or more. The BCS, on the other hand, spent $70,000 in federal lobbying last year, and has spent $670,000 since 2003. [The Hill, via The Wiz]
• Far-reaching, farfetched. Hypothetical Expansion Dominoes has focused exclusively so far on the Big Ten, Pac-10 and their possible targets for poaching in the Big 12, but some scenarios are taking the game a step or two further: The Greenville News' Bart Wright, for example, looks down the road and sees a chance for Clemson to join the SEC if Arkansas -- for some inexplicable reason -- decided to rejoin some of its old Southwest Conference rivals if/when a spot opens up in the Big 12, fulfilling the Tigers' longstanding urge to be among their cultural brethren in the South. Gamecock fans, of course, project certain doom. I project the SEC will remain intact, because no one walks on that kind of dough. [Greenville News]
"Maximum Block" pays tribute to the decisive moment of Alabama's undefeated, championship season, Terrence Cody's game-winning swat of Daniel Lincoln's field goal attempt as time expired on the Tide's 12-10 win over Tennessee last October. Next up for Moore: Marcel Dareus' interception return against Texas in the BCS title game. [Birmingham News]
Quickly ... Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is one of several high profile leaders on campus donating five percent of their salary to a university scholarship fund. ... Boise State coach Chris Petersen says he won't miss Derek Dooley in the WAC, although he wishes Dooley hadn't taken ex-Bronco defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox with him to Tennessee. ... And now that they're gone, the L.A. Daily News' Scott Wolf takes short walks down memory lane with ex-USC coaches Pete Carroll and Ed Orgeron.