July 27, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Dr. Feelgood. Just about anybody can pass as a preseason Heisman candidate these days, but if there's one outside-the-box candidate who has a chance to make a legitimately compelling case, it's Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich in his first season back since beating life-threatening cancer in his left leg. Herzlich admitted at ACC media days Monday that, while he's no more likely to sustain an injury than before, the consequences of a major injury to the leg could be more severe after chemotherapy and radiation. But that risk only adds to the well-publicized "adversity" narrative that B.C. blogger ATL_eagle argues will attract Heisman voters in droves if Herzlich picks up where he left off as ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. With Reggie Bush backlash in the air, watch for the Herzlich hype to grow if he delivers a big play or two en route to another B.C. appearance in the ACC Championship Game. [Eagle in Atlanta]
• Masoli watch. Ole Miss does indeed have "serious interest" in acquiring free agent quarterback Jeremiah Masoli before the start of practices next month, so much so that Rebel beat writer David Brandt wrote Monday night that everyone around the program seems to think "there's a good chance this happens." Not yet, though: Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones said accommodating the sketchy legal issues that got Masoli booted from Oregon is "a very complex issue," and he still has to be admitted to UM grad school. Then there's the waiver from Oregon to actually get Masoli on the field this fall. Go bureaucracy! [Clarion-Ledger]
• Round up the usual suspect. The NCAA has notified Georgia it plans to interview a single player about possible violations, according to a copy of an e-mail obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though the paper wasn't able to identify the player. Presumably it isn't star receiver A.J. Green, who's already denied any involvement with the infamous South Beach party (or parties) that's already brought investigators to North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama, with more likely still to come. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
• Plus Lenin's Mausoleum still freaks us out. Boise State coach Chris Petersen sees no reason to continue the Broncos' in-state rivalry with Idaho after the Broncos leave the WAC for the Mountain West after this season, since not even Boiseans want to drive to Moscow, Idaho: "Why would we (go to Moscow)? I don't think our fans even like to go up there. Most of Idaho's fans are in Boise anyway." Current WAC-mate Hawaii may be a more attractive destination, but killer logistics mean the islands aren't likely to remain on the Broncos' rotation, either. [Idaho Statesman]
• Needs more redaction. After months of being accused of withholding information, South Florida has released 285 pages of hand-written notes from the investigation that led to coach Jim Leavitt's firing in January for allegedly grabbing and choking a player at halftime of the Bulls' win over Louisville last November. In one section, a highway patrolman who worked security for the game refused to let Leavitt drive home for fear that the coach had given himself a concussion in the process of head-butting at least one player still wearing his helmet; in another, an associate dean recalls USF president Judy Genshaft telling him "the only thing that can take down a prez is 'docs & jocks.'" But Leavitt's attorneys said "extensive and improper redaction" throughout the notes rendered them "virtually incomprehensible" and "useless in their present form," and filed for a copy of the unedited director's cut. [St. Petersburg Times]
• . Oklahoma State free safety Victor Johnson, a possible starter this fall, was arrested for obstructing an officer after a neighbor called police about "a suspicious odor" at Johnson's residence. Shockingly, they discovered marijuana therein, earning Johnson a second charge. [Tulsa World]
Quickly... Former Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe has resigned as Texas A&M wide receivers coach to tend to a family medical issue. He'll be replaced by former Stanford/Minnesota Viking receiver Troy Walters. ... Miami has actually agreed to play a game at Toledo's Glass Bowl in 2015. ... Two Ohio State running backs, incoming freshman Rod Smith and junior Jermil Martin, have yet to make the grade to join the Buckeyes in the fall. ... N.C. State cornerback Rashard Smith is out for the season with a knee injury. ... Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen as the new Steve Spurrier. ... Tommy Tuberville is sorry to see the Big 12 Championship Game go after this year. ... And Brian Kelly does the Wrigley Field thing.
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