It’s become a theory among some in the media that Butch Jones is conducting a social experiment or participating some sort of performance art. While that’s the more charitable and fun interpretation, I tend to think the Tennessee head coach is just frighteningly insecure and, thus, fighting for every inch of public approval he can in a likely doomed attempt to keep his job. That approach has backed him into some verbal corners that, in the long run, make his job more difficult on himself. I’m talking about the “Champions of Life” quote of last season or, in February, actually stating that he didn’t want 5-star players, he wanted 5-star hearts. This season has seen Jones go on an odd rant blaming
The Southeastern Conference is not the behemoth it was when the league dominated college football for almost a decade, but for the first time in a few years, it has a team other than Alabama that could threaten to win a national championship. Georgia crept up to No. 3 in the AP college football poll on Sunday, and a case can be made the Bulldogs are still being undersold. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are now a unanimous No. 1 for the first time this season and, after four ranked teams lost last weekend, Penn State is No. 2. The Nittany Lions have not been ranked this high since 1999. As for the SEC, overall depth is lacking, but Georgia is providing strength at the top that has been missing. From
Shaka Smart acknowledged there is "no easy fix" for the recruiting problems that led to the FBI's investigation and the arrest of four major-college assistant coaches. "There's been a lot of talk lately about the model and whether or not it works and whether or not it's broken," the Texas men's basketball coach said Monday. "I've read a lot about it and listened to a lot of people. I've not heard anyone that has all the answers. I don't have all the answers." Smart said he has been in close communication with athletic director Mike Perrin and the Texas compliance department to make sure NCAA rules are followed. He said he has not been spoken to by the FBI about its probe. Texas was in the running
Uncharacteristically allowing two big plays ultimately cost IU the game in last Saturday's home overtime loss to Michigan. Heading into this week's conference tilt at No. 18 Michigan State, Indiana head coach Tom Allen is emphasizing that as a teachable moment in being consistent with fundamentals. "To me, it’s about discipline in your fits, from start to finish," Allen said. "That’s the lesson." Michigan junior running back Karan Higdon gouged the Hoosiers with 25 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Out of his total yardage, 42 percent came on just two plays - touchdown runs of 59 and 29 yards each, the former in regulation and the in overtime which ended up being the game-winner. Allen
Houston Nutt wanted money and an apology from Ole Miss. He’ll have to settle for the second of the two — and a largely different future for the program he used to lead. It was Nutt’s lawsuit, remember, which exposed the documents that led to a Mississippi State fan finding Hugh Freeze‘s call to a Tampa escort service, which led to Freeze’s resignation, which led to… we have no idea what it will lead to, but, whatever that future is, it will be wildly different than if Freeze was still the Rebels’ coach. Nutt amended his lawsuit in August to seek simply an apology from Ole Miss, and that apology finally came on Monday. Each side released their own bitter, short statements. Nutt will go on, with
HARRISONBURG – Since James Madison’s 18-game winning streak began more than a year ago, coach Mike Houston said his players haven’t let the success effect them. “The kids are doing a good job of not getting too far ahead of themselves,” Houston said Monday during the Colonial Athletic Association coaches teleconference. “They’re really staying focused on the things we’re preaching, and each game for us is the biggest game of the year.” JMU’s win Saturday set a CAA record for consecutive wins and the streak is the longest-active one in all of Division I. The last 12 victories have all come by double digits. “Our kids do a good job of keeping that focus with tunnel vision each week and really staying
This weekend’s Notre Dame-USC showdown will be the 89th between the two schools, dating back to 1926, with the Fighting Irish holding a 46-37-5 advantage. It will be the 72nd consecutive meeting since 1946 between the No. 11-ranked Trojans and No. 13 Fighting Irish — and the first since 2006 in which both teams are ranked in the top 15 of the Associated Press poll. The bar in this series is about as high as it comes because there has been no rivalry in college football history where a meeting between two programs has had the national title on the line with such frequency, although Miami-Florida State since 1983 has come a little closer. The peak of the Notre Dame-USC series was from 1964-80, when one or both programs were legitimately in the hunt for the national title at the time of the game virtually every years.
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson will not be the Maryland AD for the next six months. Anderson announced Monday he will take a 6-month sabbatical to focus on “professional development.” That leave of absence will see him remain on his national committees with the NCAA and NACDA, the professional organization of ADs. It was reported over the weekend that Anderson would be out completely as Maryland’s AD, but those reports were knocked down by the university. Additionally, Maryland announced that former Georgia AD and current Terps associate AD/CFO Damon Evans will run the department in Anderson’s stead.