Posted September 06, 2012

Designated Read: A quotable day

Big Ten, Cuddly Wuddly Mascots, Designated Read, Florida Gators, Illinois Fighting Illini, Injuries, NCAA Investigations, NCAA Sanctions, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Nick Saban, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, South Carolina Gamecocks, Stanford Cardinal, USC Trojans


There’s no way will this end in heartbreak and bitter recriminations: “Even though Penn State and Ohio State are banned from playing in the Big Ten title game or a bowl as part of NCAA sanctions, both are still eligible to win the conference’s Leaders Division and receive a trophy this season.”

• Poor Nick Saban, y’all. Managing expectations is a long game, and for Coach Avert-Your-Eyes, that game is Whack-a-Mole. Two national championships in three years, but HE’S JUST GOT ALL THESE FEELINGS.

“For Heller and Grahn, the story starts, improbably, with a longstanding question about bears.” How did the biology of bears affect Stanford football?

“But this is the NCAA. ‘Glacial’ is a word that comes to mind.” CBS’ Matt Norlander preaches patience and reminds us that the UNC case is still a pretty long way from being any kind of over.

• Injury report story hour. Nathan Scheelhaase’s ankle is improving, but his status for Illinois’ Week 2 date with Arizona State is still in question … Connor Shaw returns to practice for South Carolina … USC’s depth gets dinged at running back.

• Misc. Behold the return of The Numerical … This November, Vote Duck …  “Plaintiff, before June 2, 2010, was unfamiliar with football other than as a Cornhusker fan” … A glorious graphical preview of Florida vs. Texas A&M … “Altman says the victim was punched several times by his roommate after the victim said football was a stupid sport” … And Purdue wins the weekend.


That Saban soapbox speech is priceless. It reminds me of the Three Amigos plethora speech. I can just picture some tiny reporter asking, "Forgive me, El Guapo. I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?"