Making the morning rounds.
• I dunno, "throw to the open receiver" seemed to be working pretty well. Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield opened up on his former coach during last week's Big 12 media days, calling Mike Leach's exit "a blessing in disguise" after a few months with the Raiders' new staff under Tommy Tuberville. Longtime Leach watchers will be stunned to learn the celebrated spread passing whiz completely ignored the defense ("they were treated like the step-child"), misled players about permissible contact with agents, was "behind the curve" on conditioning, never mentioned winning the Big 12 as a goal ("Championships were not talked about in the Leach Era. It was win one game a week.") 'and even failed to drill his record-smashing quarterbacks in basic footwork and progression ("NFL scouts look at that stuff. They look at your first step being straight back and not false-stepping. That's stuff we were never coached up on."). Yes, now that the most successful coach in school history is finally out of the picture, things will really take off. [Omaha World Herald]
• Aw, I can't stay mad at you. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has reinstated two players, linebacker Greg Kind and defensive tackle Marlon Walls, connected to the sprawling bar fight that put a patron and an off-duty cop in the hospital and more than a half-dozen Vol players on ice earlier this month. For a recap, the Knoxville News-Sentinel has your Brawluneteer roundup of arrests, dismissals and unanswered questions. [Associated Press, Knoxville News-Sentinel]
• This guy reeeeeeeally wanted to write this ticket. Missouri co-offensive line coach Bruce Walker was cited for drunk driving Monday night outside the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex, where he was sitting in his parked truck with the engine running after a dinner with the rest of the Tiger coaching staff and their wives. Coaches were unloading coolers from a rented bus as police arrived on a call about a group of people "potentially drinking in the parking lot." Walker was interviewed, issued a field sobriety test and charged. No other coaches (or wives) were cited. Walker's attorney was in court Tuesday hoping to retrieve his client's driver's license and "achieve some resolution." [Columbia Tribune]
• Brace yourself for the World's Largest Golf Clap. Notre Dame and Texas are "very close" to finalizing a four-game series at some point in the coming decade (likely beginning in 2015), potentially matching the second and third-winningest programs in history for the first time since 1996. It would also be a match of two of the most notoriously ... uh, self-contained fan bases in the country, with the Longhorns potentially joining Michigan, Stanford and USC in the "study room" of the Irish schedule. [Chicago Tribune]
• Can we get Mark Harmon in here as an academic advisor? Junior running back Michael Shaw, the career rushing leader among Michigan's neophyte tailback rotation with 400 yards on 84 carries, remains in academic limbo for the upcoming season, pending the results of summer school. Shaw was conspicuously absent in Rich Rodriguez's running back synopsis at Big Ten media days, which focused on Vincent Smith, Mike "Hur Hur" Cox and Fitzgerald Toussaint. [Detroit Free Press]
• Ineligible as a
Hornet Bulldog. Nine incoming freshmen at Alabama A&M have already been ruled academically ineligible, according to coach Anthony Jones, who said Monday another six signees remain in limbo. If they wash out, full half of the Hornets' Bulldogs' 30-man signing class will never reach campus. [Huntsville Times]
Quickly... More on the potential of a Big East Network. ... Tennessee moves receivers Marsalis Teague and Ted Meline to the secondary. ... USC transfer Jordan Campbell remains a no-show in Cincinnati. ... USC senior Kris O'Dowd is driven after leading the team in "loafs" in the spring. ... Little-used Washington offensive lineman Scott Shugert is transferring to Portland State. ... And his Big Ten players consider Terrelle Pryor exciting and overrated.
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