NASA at the moment of “touchdown confirmed.” twitpic.com/ag2g8o
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 6, 2012
• ROLL DAMN MARS. NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in the wee hours of Monday morning, and if NASA is calling it a “touchdown,” it means we need to start asking the obvious questions:
@siholly How fast you think Eddie Lacy can run on Mars, Paaawwwwllll? I’ll hang up and listen.
— Cory McCarty (@crmccarty87) August 6, 2012
You can read more about Curiosity (and see a gallery of photos already beamed back from Mars) at NASA.gov.
• Clemson now, if possible, even more infuriating to bet on. Dabo Swinney told assorted media types in Greensboro last month that star receiver Sammy Watkins was working through a laundry list of penances following his May arrest for drug possession, and that he hoped to have a decision on any in-season punishments by the start of fall camp. Friday night, the school announced Watkins will sit the first two games of the 2012 season. This will sideline the Tigers’ star receiver for the trip to the Georgia Dome against Auburn, and a decidedly less daunting contest with Ball State. Watkins will get some warm-up action against Furman in Week 3 before the team travels to Tallahassee on September 22.
• No word on whether psychoactive frogs were involved. TCU quarterback Casey Pachall, who failed a drug test in February, will not miss any game time after undergoing drug and alcohol education classes.
• Not the most avant-garde of moneymaking strategies. A reminder to UTSA: Leveling up to FBS means your team arrests now count as news. Welcome!
• Sing along if you know the words: A Dutch Boise State player will serve an early-season suspension due to “extra benefits” that, in receiver Geraldo Boldewijn’s case, involve letting his host family pay for him to fly home to the Netherlands last year.
• News from 2011, Part 1. Texas doesn’t have a starting quarterback yet.
• News from 2011, Part 2. Neither does Notre Dame.
• Football is a core curriculum requirement in the city of Miami, as well. The Hurricanes have not enjoyed as much robust local fan support in recent years as they might desire, but the Miami Herald is on the case with a bit of forced immersion therapy: Paper subscribers are being charged five extra quarters for a football preview issue that has no readily apparent opt-out policy. (The preview also includes coverage of FIU and local high school ball, but also throws in the Dolphins. Can’t win ‘em all.)
• New Tennessee chant for 2012: “Throw footballs, not that!”
• We thought this story was going to be about a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond. This is actually about Dorial Green-Beckham settling into his new football digs at Mizzou, not picking out a duvet cover and desk lamp with his family on move-in day. Win some, lose some.
• Best wishes, amen. Duke has established a trust to help cover receiver Blair Holliday’s medical expenses. Holliday was injured in a July 4 jetski crash, and has been hospitalized ever since in Chapel Hill. More information is available via Duke’s Sports Information department.