January 24, 2011
Making the morning rounds.
Michigan fans can take solace in the fact that the sponsoring website, "friendsofwoody.com," doesn't exist. But the math is correct: Indeed, it has been 2,000 days since the Wolverines last defeated the Buckeyes, 35-21, on Nov. 22, 2003. Michigan's seven consecutive losses is the longest continuous drought in the history of the rivalry since it became an annual affair after World War I. [Columbus Dispatch]
[UPDATE, 9:07 a.m. ET] E-mailer Matt points out that the banner's math is wrong: It's been well over 2,000 days – 2,620, to be exact – since Michigan's last victory over OSU. The banner is just a little gratuitous salt in the wound.
• Big 12 after hours, part one. Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills (right) and safety Tony Jefferson, both starters last season as true freshmen out of their native San Diego, were arrested by Norman police on misdemeanor complaints early Saturday morning. Stills, 19, was arrested near the OU campus on suspicion of DUI a little after 2 a.m.; Jefferson was arrested for alleged "interference with the official process" about 20 minutes later. Both were booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center and posted bond. Stills was the Sooners' second-leading receiver in 2010 with 61 catches for 786 yards and five touchdowns, and Jefferson was the Big 12's co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year as OU's top nickel back. [The Oklahoman]
• Big 12 after hours, part two. Elsewhere in early-morning misdeeds, three Colorado offensive linemen and another man were investigated for vandalism last week for allegedly assaulting three fellow students' cars after being denied entry to a party two weekends ago. One of the victims posted a security video of the players – Bryce Givens, Will Pericak and Eric Richter – kicking three vehicles in a parking garage on his Facebook page to help identify them, but declined to press charges after the players agreed to pay for damages. "I am in the process of meeting with all of the players involved in this incident," coach Jon Embree said Friday in a statement. "I understand that they have met with the victims and have offered apologies and restitution, and while that is appropriate, they will also face team and university sanctions." [Denver Post]
• Norm Chow phones home. As expected, journeyman quarterback guru Norm Chow is officially out as offensive coordinator at UCLA and in at his alma mater, Utah, Chow's fifth different stop in a decade after spending 27 consecutive seasons at BYU from 1973-99. Chow's resumé still includes a steady string of first-rate passers out of Provo – Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Steve Sarkisian – as well as Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at his subsequent stops at N.C. State and USC, but his three-year collaboration with Rick Neuheisel was a disaster from start to finish for the Bruins. The most decisive reaction to the announcement of Chow's pending arrival in Salt Lake City came from quarterback recruit Derrick Brown, who dropped his commitment to the Utes over the weekend in favor of Washington. [Salt Lake Tribune, Seattle Times]
Meanwhile, back in L.A., Neuheisel hired former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson to take over Chow's role as head of the offense, and interviewed former Miami head coach Randy Shannon for the vacant defensive coordinator spot on Sunday. [L.A. Times]
• I left my heart in Auburn. Last spring, five-star running back Lache Seastrunk was one of the most hyped signees in Oregon history. Still, after a freshman season on the bench behind LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner – and with a little prodding from a partisan interviewer ahead of the BCS Championship Game – it sounds like his heart is on the Plains:
There you have it. Now, get Seastrunk in front of an Oregon reporter asking him how much he loves being a Duck, and watch him say the complete opposite. [WarBlogle.com]
Quickly… Auburn draws 78,000 people for its BCS championship celebration at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the most important of whom weren't in the crowd. … USC said its crucial day in front of the NCAA was "good and fair." … Jack Nicklaus' grandson chooses Florida State. … Notre Dame kicker David Ruffer, perfect on field goals in the regular season, is finally getting a scholarship. … Texas A&M-to-the-SEC chatter surfaces again. … An open letter to Colorado fans from outgoing All-American Nate Solder. … UAB was the most exciting team in college football. … And just in case the NFL thing doesn't work out, Wolfgang Puck offers Cam Newton a job as a sous chef.
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