Posted tagged ‘College Football’

Sandusky Expected to Speak at Hearing

October 8, 2012

Jerry Sandusky has been working on a statement that he plans to read before his sentencing hearing tomorrow. This, according to his attorney, Joe Amendola.

Back in June, jurors determined that Sandusky used his access to university facilities and a foundation he founded for under-privileged youth to sexually abuse ten boys over a 15-year period. He faces life in prison.

From CNN:

The statement is expected to be a reassertion of his proclaimed innocence, according to co-counsel Karl Rominger. He has been advised against speaking freely.

“Contrition without admission is always my advice,” Rominger said.

At least of three of Sandusky’s victims are expected to be in attendance on Tuesday, according to their attorneys. Two of them plan to address the former coach directly, while the third is expected to have a statement read by prosecutors.

Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

January 22, 2012

As announced by his family this morning, former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, died early Sunday morning at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College after losing his fight with lung cancer. Paterno was 85.

I think I’ll have to agree with ESPN analyst Matt Millen (for the first time). I truly believe that although it was lung cancer which took Paterno’s life…it stands to reason that after the past few months, his death was in part due to a broken heart. The man was a legend for half a century at the University and in college football as a whole. Accumulating more wins than any other college coach in history.

But November, 2011 seems to have been the beginning of the end for Paterno. His lung cancer was disclosed by his family back on November 18, just nine days after he was fired by the Penn State’s board of trustees in the wake of the child sexual-abuse scandal that was revealed following the indictment on November 5 of Sandusky.

It’s safe to say that his all-time wins record will probably never be broken. In today’s game, coaches don’t last 50 years anymore. Yes…there has been a major recent scandal involving the school and it’s coaching staff. But today, I’m going to try to remember the coach that I remember idolizing as a kid growing up…wanting to go to Penn State. Wanting to play football for the great Joe Paterno.

From CBS News:

Paterno’s son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of “JoePa” included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

Is It Time for Joe Paterno to Go?

November 8, 2011

It has been a very interesting time in college football this week. Not because of the “Game of the Century” between Alabama and LSU. Not because of the BCS controversies with who should be #3, #4, #5 etc… Not because of the great Heisman Trophy debate between Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson (among others).

No, the talk of college football this week is the sudden and saddening turn of events in Happy Valley with Penn State University. As most of you know, the University has  had its football program turned upside down this week with allegations of sexual abuse taking place over a number of years, with a member of the coaching staff involved and others knowing about it.

Joe Paterno

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is at the center of the scandal. Penn State senior vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley have already surrendered on charges that they failed to alert police to the complaint about Sandusky. Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly has stated that Joe Paterno is not a target of their investigation into how the school handled the accusations but she didn’t say the same for university president Graham Spanier.

The question remains: how much was known and who else should take the fall? A lot of people are calling for Paterno’s resignation. So…is it time for Paterno to go? I’ve been a fan of Penn State football since I was probably 6 or 7 years old. I always looked up to Paterno as one of the greatest coaches of all time. Now his legacy is in question and in my eyes, he holds at least some of the responsibility.

Paterno’s weekly news conference, which was to take place today, has been canceled. It had been scheduled for noon (ET) where he would meet with members of the media, as he does every week. No reason has been given for the cancellation, but one can only speculate that the session would have been dominated about questions surrounding the sex scandal.

Did Paterno do all that he could? Should he be held legally responsible…or morally responsible?

From the Associated Press:

The Pennsylvania state police commissioner said Paterno fulfilled his legal requirement when he relayed to university administrators that a graduate assistant had seen Sandusky attacking a young boy in the team’s locker-room shower in 2002. But the commissioner also questioned whether Paterno had a moral responsibility to do more.

Jerry Sandusky: Credit AP

I’m sure that more will come out in the coming weeks but for now the question remains: Is it time for Joe to go? He’s 84 years old and has coached the team for 46 years. Until last week, his legacy would have been that he could arguably be the greatest college football coach who ever lived. Now…who knows?

Thoughts?

Andrew Luck to Return to Stanford

January 6, 2011

Great news for Pac 10 and Stanford Cardinal fans! ESPN is reporting that Andrew Luck will return to Palo Alto for his Junior year in 2011.

Can you say Heisman? National Championship? Maybe! I bet the Carolina Panthers are a little upset right now…

From ESPN:

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL draft, announced Thursday that he will stay in school and play his redshirt junior season. “I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012,” Luck said in a statement. The school announced that Luck wouldn’t be made available for comment.

The Carolina Panthers own the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and indicated earlier this week that they would be interested in drafting Luck if he decided to leave school.

ESPN Announcer Fired Over Innapropriate Comments

January 5, 2011

ESPN has fired announcer Ron Franklin after he allegedly made an insulting comment to a female, sideline colleague.

From CNN:

“Based on what occurred last week, we have ended our relationship” with announcer Ron Franklin, ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Tuesday night in an e-mail. He would not elaborate on the decision.

Franklin apologized Monday for the incident, which involved Jeannine Edwards and occurred Friday during a production meeting before the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

“I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry,” Franklin said in a statement released by the network. “I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2010

No time for updates on Casey and Caylee Anthony, Julian Assange or the plethora of College Football Bowl Games!

Today we have Jeff Dunham and his friend Achmed the Dead Terrorist!

“I got though checkpoint A…but not though checkpoint B…that’s when I got shot in the A$$ by the US Military…”

Happy Holidays to all…and to all a good night!

Cam Newton Cleared to Play

December 2, 2010

The NCAA has ruled that a violation of Cam Newton’s amateur status has occurred, but the violation will not cause the front runner in the Heisman Trophy race to miss any playing time.

Newton has been cleared by the NCAA to compete, saying it was his father Cecil Newton and former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers, who violated the rules.

From SI.com:

Cam Newton can play. Auburn’s wins from this season won’t be vacated, and the Tigers can face South Carolina on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game without the specter of Newton’s eligibility hanging overhead. Newton can win the Heisman Trophy. Those are the immediate repercussions of Wednesday’s decision by the NCAA to declare Newton eligible despite the fact that Newton’s father, Cecil, tried to sell his commitment to Mississippi State for a six-figure sum during his recruitment from junior college.

The longer-ranging repercussions are less cut-and-dried.

Let the BCS BS Continue…

October 24, 2010

We’re still 8 hours away from the latest BCS poll coming out, but I can already smell more controversy. What else can you expect from a broken system where a Champion is decided by computers.

While I don’t know how the new BCS poll is going to break out, here is what I expect to see come 5 p.m. (PT) this afternoon:

1. Auburn

2. Oregon

3. Boise State

4. TCU

5. Michigan State

Whether I’m right or not, I have no clue. But, after seeing how the BCS moved Oklahoma to the top of the heap last week, it only stands to reason that Auburn will move up to number one, jumping over fellow undefeated Oregon and Boise State. I understand jumping Boise State. As much as I LOVE the Broncos, the only way that they will get into the National Championship game is if they go undefeated, and there are no other undefeated teams from the Big 5 conferences (I only put 5 because I believe that it is a TRAVESTY that teams from the Big East are even considered in a BCS conference).

But jumping the Oregon Ducks…this is just wrong. Don’t get me wrong…Auburn is one of the top teams in the country, and they have shown this on the field. But, Oregon SHOULD be number one. Auburn has played better competition, but they have only been impressive in a couple of their games. They’ve won a handful of games by less than a touchdown, while Oregon has DOMINATED the teams that they have played.

Is it an East Coast bias…maybe. Is the BCS a joke…yes! Something must be done, and done quickly. I will continue to say this every week…a playoff system needs to be implemented. Let’s take the top 16 teams and let them battle it out at the end of the season. What’s the best sporting event of the year? The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Look at the excitement around the three weeks of March Madness! I have two words for you which demonstrate the need for a tournament like we see in college basketball: Butler Bulldogs. The little school came within a 3 pointer of defeating the Duke Blue Devils in the championship game earlier this year. Boise State is the Butler of football. Shouldn’t they be given a chance too? Let’s play the games on the field…not on computers!

Who would you put #1? Will #1 go down for a fourth straight week next week? Who finishes the season #1 and 2?

Reggie Bush Stripped of Heisman Trophy

September 7, 2010

Bad news for fans of Reggie Bush as Yahoo Sports is reporting this morning that the former star running back at USC  is expected to be stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy and the award will be left vacant.

From CBS News:

Sources tell Yahoo! Sports that the Heisman Trust is expected to revoke college football’s top honor from the former USC star by the end of the month.

USC won 12 games during Bush’s Heisman-winning 2005 season, which ended with a loss to Texas in the 2006 BCS title game.

Sources said the trust will strip Bush of his award and leave the honor for that season vacant. It would be the first time the trophy has been revoked in the award’s 75-year history, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Say What You Will About Boise State…

September 6, 2010

…the team from the Pacific Northwest who plays on the “Smurf Turf” can play with the big boys!

Tonight, the Boise State Broncos went on the road to a “neutral” site game, jumped out to an early lead, fell behind in the second half, but came back to defeat Virginia Tech, a top ten team from a BCS conference. Did I mention that this “neutral” site game was played less than 300 miles from the Virginia Tech campus? Say what you will about Boise State…they aren’t going away anytime soon.

Yes, some will say that the referee’s handed Boise State the game (I disagree) but the game was entertaining and wasn’t decided until the final minute. It most definitely lived up to the hype that has surrounded it over the past couple of weeks.

I’ve heard people say that they’re sick of Boise State. That if they played a “real” schedule, they would go 8-4 every year. That they are bad for college football. In the end, I have to disagree with these people. Other than three games a year, Boise State is mandated to play the schedule they do during the season. yes, they don’t play the schedule that a team in the SEC, Big 10, Big 12 or Pac 10 play. But, when they play in big games, they’ve won, beating Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Virginia Tech.

Are they bad for college football? I don’t think so. They have come out of obscurity to become a team that has consistently gone to bowl games, and even BCS bowl games. Yes, compared to other top teams out there such as Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Texas and more, they may not be able to compete week in and week out with the pure talent of these teams. But, they’re playing the hand their dealt and you have to respect the job that the team and especially the coaching staff has done to build this successful program.

Who knows. This is only the first game of the season and they COULD lose a game, dropping them right out of the National Championship picture. Only time will tell. That’s why they play the game, right?

Feel free to chime in with your comments. I’m sure that Boise State will be discussed quite often between now and January.


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