Posted on: January 16, 2010 3:06 am

Lane Kiffin is a real A-hole

I think the title of this entry says it all. 

Lane was a jag before going to Tennessee, he was a jag from the day he got there and he was a jag on his way out.  We all knew those privileged kids growing up, those spoilled children with all daddy's money  And if you didn't, well, I got news for you.  Noone liked you.

My last blog entry was about how USC should hire a scape goat.  A patsie if you will, to weather the storm through NCAA sanctions and take the fall to give way to the next coach who will return the program to the top of college football.  As much as I would love for that to be the case here (let's not forget, Lane Kiffin is a real A-hole) I just don't think that's what USC has in mind.  They're shelling out big time money to get big time names to surround college footballs golden boy.  Starting of course with his daddy.  Doesn't it just irk you.  Something tells me Lane didn't drive a 17 year old car when he was 16 years old like a lot of us common folk did.

One of two things are happening here: 1) USC is putting enough people on staff to make sure that noone really important comes out of the NCAA investigation looking bad.  Or 2) USC is just so vain that they think the slap on the wrist their basketball program recieved a month ago will satiate the masses and the football program will operate 'business as usual'.  Unfortunately again, I don't think this is the case.  The only higher institution possibly capable of that kind of vanity is located in South Bend, Indiana.

So is there a good chance Lane Kiffin comes out of this smelling like roses and probably smelling the Roses on future January 1st's?  Unfortunately, yes.  But, who knows, maybe like most over-privileged children (and yes I'll call him a child as long as he insists on acting like one) he'll push the envelope just a little too far and his money and his name won't be able to get him out of trouble.  Maybe not so much out of trouble, but won't be able to propel him to his next job.  What ever he may fancy that job to be.
Posted on: January 10, 2010 2:32 am

Pete Carroll to Seatle

Let me say this right out.  Pete Carroll's leaving USC is the best decission he could make right now.  NCAA sanctions are comming and they're comming soon.  

So lets move on and talk about who will replace Carroll. 

But wait... first we have to talk about the circumstances under which said replacement will be coaching.  If sanctions come, wins are vacated, and post season suspensions are handed down, the USC job becomes a lot less inticing to perspective replacements.  Under different circumstances, Chris Peterson of Boise State is the perfect choice for this job.  But with 21 out of 22 starters returning to Boise and the cloud of suspicion hanging over the SC football team it just doesn't make sense for Peterson to make the move.  Despite the fact that no matter how successful Peterson is in Idaho, USC will always be considered a better job than Boise St.  A much, much better job.

I've heard Jack Del Rio and Jeff Fisher mentioned and although I personally like Fisher, I think either would be a good hire.  Under different circumstances.  Former NFL players and coaches are enjoying great success at the college level these days.  Other than the obvious NFL cast offs (Nick Saban and Carroll) how about Jim Harbaugh, Pat Fitzgerald and Dave Wanstead.  Throw in the fact it's the head coaches almamatter like in the case of Fitzgerald and Wanny and it makes great sense.  Under different circumstances.

Here's the bottom line.  If the NCAA comes down hard on USC and imposses a multi-year post season ban, there is no sense in hiring the coach you think will usher in the next 10 year USC dynasty.  And make no mistake, there will be another dynasty at Souther Cal no matter what the NCAA does.  If USC thinks Jeff Fisher is the man to lead them to that dynasty why hire him now and give him no chance to succeed.  The best thing USC can do in the face of NCAA sanctions is hire a scapegoat, let him ride out the storm for a year or two, and when the sanctions are lifted hire the guy who will lead them back to the promised land.  Hey, by that time Carroll may have fallen flat on his face in the NFL again and be ready to reclaim his thrown as King of LA.
Posted on: January 9, 2010 5:16 am

Alabama is #1

I don't have a lot of time so I'll make this quick.  Colt mcCoy's injury does not cheapen Alabama's title game victory at all.  It doesn't serve as an indictment of the BCS.  It doesn't make the season anti-climactic.  The worst part about the McCoy-less championship game is that Alabama didn't get the opportunity to dominate Colt like they dominated most every oppossing qb this season.  I personally would have been far more satisfied if I'd gotten to see a battered and beaten Colt McCoy give a speachless on field post game interview.  But, life goes on... even in Austin.

Bottom line, the better team won.  The better conference pervailed.  The better coach hoisted the trophy.  I'm hardly a Nick Saban fan but the guy just wins.  Period.
Posted on: September 20, 2009 9:08 pm

Did Cedric Benson just become a must-start?

My god, I hope not.  I don't wish harm on anyone that doesn't play quarterback for the Vikings or any position for the Packers but I'm concerned about the health of a league that has Benson as a top producer.  Unfortunately fantasy football runningbacks that don't share carries, regardless of how good they are, are all #1 options.  But as a Bears fan, 2 weeks of Benson out performing Matt Forte makes me cringe.  And not just because I dropped him before week 1 after a computer snaffu forced him upon me in an auto draft.  Forte has done zero so far this year and Benson just racked 140+ against the same D that shut down Forte in week 1.
So what do we know?  Nothing.  It's week 2.  But if this continues I'll know one thing.  Next year I'll be paying a lot more attention to my college fantasy league then my nfl league.
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