Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Jim Harbaugh, Michael Richardson, Nick Chubb, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - New Year's Eve edition.

Tuesday's scores.


Music City Bowl
Notre Dame 31
LSU 28

Belk Bowl
Georgia 37
Louisville 14

Foster Farms Bowl
Stanford 45
Maryland 21

Today's Bowl Games


Peach Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga,
Ole Miss vs. TCU
12:30 PM ET, ESPN

Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Az.
Boise State vs. Arizona
4:00 PM ET, ESPN

Orange Bowl
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fl.
Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech
8:00 PM ET, ESPN

They held a basketball game, and a Sadie Hawkins Dance broke out.
Michigan's "MaizeRage" student section celebrated the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as the Wolverines new head coach with a "khaki out." (mLive.com)

Michael Richardson is an ex-student-assistant. 
Texas A&M dismisses student-assistant Michael Richardson after he was caught on camera roughing up West Virginia cornerback Darrel Worley and running back Andrew Buie at different points in Monday's Liberty Bowl. (College Football Talk)

The following item is brought to you by the Chubb Group.
Nick Bromberg reviews Georgia RB Nick Chubb's 266 yd, 2 touchdown performance in the Bulldogs' 37-14 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl. (Dr. Saturday)

Pictures of Lilly.
Dude You Crazy makes the argument for Georgia to promote tight ends coach John Lilly to the offensive coordinator job left vacant when Mike Bobo became head coach of Colorado State.

Pumped Up Hicks.
Mike Griffith profiles Michigan State cornerback Darian Hicks as the Spartans prepare to face Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. (mLive.com)



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

University of Michigan is selling Jim Harbaugh jerseys...and khakis.

Well, this didn't take long. The University of Michigan is apparently already selling Jim Harbaugh jerseys in its bookstores. Along with an accompanying pair of khakis.

Old Navy is apparently in charge of the University of Michigan bookstore. Who knew?

Also of note on Twitter, the hashtag #KahkisForHarbaugh is a trend.

This of course brings up the definite possibility that the next few years in Ann Arbor are going to be one big Sadie Hawkins Dance (in their khaki pants). The University of Michigan Marching Band may want to learn some Relient K pretty soon.

 (via @LostLettermen)

Sick day (at lest for now).


So I went to the doctor about my the cold I've been fighting for about a week. I had a temperature 101.9º F. Which is really bad because The males in my family have a lower-than-average body temperature (around 96.5º F) in the first place.

So basically I'm staying in bed for the day. Maybe I'll post something if I get to feeling better.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Jim Harbaugh is a University of Michigan head football coach.

ESPN is reporting that the University of Michigan is planning to name Jim Harbaugh as its next head coach. So the drama in Ann Arbor is either over or it has officially begun.

Meanwhile, check out Drew Magary's declaration that Harbaugh's old employers, the San Francisco 49ers, shouldn't have fired him. The Harbaugh two-step may end up biting both SF and Michigan in the back.

(via ESPN)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Jim Harbaugh is an ex-NFL coach.

Hold on to your khaki pants, folks. The insanity is just about ready to start.

Jim Harbaugh still not officially new Michigan head coach yet.

There's a lot of smoke surrounding the possible hiring of current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh by Michigan to be its new head coach, but nothing close to be 100% official yet. Dr. Saturday has reported on claims that the move is a done deal. That was based apparently based more on Twitter chatter, however.

Bruce Feldman is reporting that one of his sources claims the deal is done, and that Harbaugh and his family will be in Ann Arbor, Mi. on Monday attending the Wolverine men's basketball game against Illinois. He also reports, however, that the Oakland Raiders are hoping to sign Harbaugh to a deal as the NFL team's new head coach.

ESPN hasn't updated its story on Saturday that University of Michigan officials were scheduled "to meet with" Harbaugh, who still has to coach todays 49ers' game against Arizona. The Game doesn't start until 4:25 PM ET. Don't expect anything official until the game is over, or possibly until Monday as part of the traditional end-of-the-regular-season bloodletting in the NFL.

My usual rule of thumb is not to go with something on this level until ESPN reports on it. So I wouldn't start jumping for joy just yet if you're a Michigan fan.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Todd Gurley, bowl games, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Saturday edition.

Friday's bowl games


Heart of Dallas Bowl
Louisiana Tech 35
Illinois 18

Quick Lane Bowl
Rutgers 40
North Carolina 21

St. Petersburg Bowl
North Carolina State 34
Central Florida 27

Saturday's Bowl Games


Military Bowl
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
1:00 PM ET, ESPN

Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl, El Paso, Tx.
Arizona State vs. Duke
2:00 PM ET, CBS

Independence Bowl
Miami vs, South Carolina
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
3:30 PM ET, ABC

Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York City, NY
Boston College vs. Penn State
4:30 PM ET, ESPN

Holliday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Ca.
Nebraska vs. USC
8:00 PM ET, ESPN

Goodbye Says it All.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt announces that Bulldog tailback Todd Gurley will forego his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. (ESPN)

There's a possibility but no chance.
Michael Casagrande looks at how Ohio State might be able to pull an upset over Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Sugar Bowl. (al.com)

If you're gonna play in Texas, you might as well recruit.
Kyle Austin is looking at how Michigan State is trying to use its appearance in the Cotton Bowl against Baylor to boost its recruiting efforts in the Lone Star State. (mLive.com)


Friday, December 26, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Hugh Freeze a,d Chad Kelly, Nick Marshall, Mike Davis, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Boxing Day edition. 

Friday's Bowl Games 


Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tx.
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech.
1:00 PM ET, ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field, Detroit, Mi
Rutgers vs. North Carolina
4:30 PM ET, ESPN

St. Petersburg Bowl
Tropicana Field, St Petersburg, Fl.
North Carolina State vs. Central Florida
8:00 PM ET, ESPN

Wait It Out. 
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze says he will "wait for wait for all the facts" to come out in the situation involving Rebels commit Chad Kelly's recent legal issues before making a decision on the JUCO QB's future with the program.Kelly was involved with a bar fight on Dec. 21. (Saturday Down South)

Go Pro.
South Carolina running back Mike Davis forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. (Associated Press/ESPN)

If You Let Me Stay.
Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams says that he will be return for his senior season with the Razorbacks in 2015. (ESPN)

There's no "I" in "Team" (But there is one in "Ohio.")
Ohio State credits landing a place in the College Football Playoff to teamwork as opposed to individual performances. (ESPN)

I Will Remember You.
Justin Ferguson declares that Auburn starting quarterback Nick Marshall will be remembered as "one of the best" players in Auburn history. (Bleacher Report)

Wait It Out. 
Miss head coach Hugh Freeze says he will "wait for wait for all the facts" to come out in the situation involving Rebels commit Chad Kelly's recent legal issues before making a decision on the JUCO QB's future with the program.Kelly was involved with a bar fight on Dec. 21. (Saturday Down South)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Very Twitter Christmas

Hope you all are having a merry and blessed Christmas. Here are a few of the college football-related Christmas tweets sent out today.








(Disclosure: My cousin, Harrison Morgan, is an freshmanoffensive lineman for the West Georgia Wolves. I have another cousin, Cameron Poole who's a freshman tight end at Dartmouth. Merry Christmas to both of y'all and the whole family!)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Jimbo Fisher, Marcus Mariota, bowl games, and more.

Platy the Game Tonight - Christmas Eve edition.


Christmas Eve Bowl Games


Bahamas Bowl
Nassau, Bahamas
Central Michigan vs Western Kentucky
12:00 PM ET, ESPN

Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu, Hawaii
Fresno State vs. Rice
8:00 PM ET, ESPN

Tuesday's Bowl Games


Marshall Law.
Marshal defeats Northern Illinois 52-23 in the Boca Raton Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Anchors Away!
Navy edges out San Diego State 17-16 in the Poinsettia Bowl (AP/ESPN)

Other News. 


Let's Make a Deal.
FSU and Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher agree to a new eight-year contract. Financial terms are still being hammered out. (ESPN)

Another Day, another award.
Oregon starting quarterback Marcus Mariota has been named the Associated Press' college football player of the year. (AP/ESPN)

Shaq Roland is an ex-Gamecock
South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland will reportedly not be going to Shreveport, La. when the Gamecocks face Miami in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier said Roland is “currently not expected to be back” with the program next season. (Dr. Saturday)

Distant Early Warning.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit warns of the dangers Ohio State quarterback Cradle Jones will face in his first start against the Alabama defense in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the 2015 Sugar Bowl. (al.com)






Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Nick Saban vs Urban Meyer, Mike Bobo, Jim Harbaugh, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Tuesday edition.

Tuesday's bowl games


Boca Raton Bowl - 
Marshall vs. Northern Illinois
FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Fl.
6:00 PM EST, ESPN

Poinsettia Bowl -
Navy vs. San Diego State
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Ca.
9:30 PM EST, ESPN

Brawl of Confusion.
A post-game brawl mars the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl, which saw Memphis defeat BYU in a two-overtime 55-48 game. (ESPN)

Please come to Denver Fort Collins to see the snow fall. 
Colorado State hires former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo as its new head coach. This may be the best or worst news for Georgia this week. (The Coloradoan)

Hello Again. 
Chris Low previews at the 2015 Sugar Bowl coaching battle between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. It will the first time the two have faced each other since Meyer left Florida following the end of the 2010 season. (ESPN)

Hey Mr. D.J. 
Drew Champlin profiles recently graduated Alabama defensive lineman D.J. Petrtway, who was given a second chance with the team after being released following a 2013 arrest on charges of armed robbery. (al.com)

Signs and Portents. 
ESPN's Adam Scheffer says signs are looking more in favor of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh becoming the next head coach at Michigan. (The Detroit Free Press)

Are You That Somebody?
Pat Forde reports that Pitt is interested in Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi as its next head coach. (Yahoo! Sports)

Am I Strong enough to be your man?
Arizona State junior wide receiver Jalen Strong will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. (ESPN)

Insanity

Sing your troubles away. 
Red Cup Rebellion deals with the recent arrest of Old Miss quarterback commitment Chad Kelly recent arrest with "The Twelve Days of Chadmas."




Monday, December 22, 2014

Former Clemson QB Chad Kelly alledegly assaults bouncer, threatens gun violence.

Jim Kelly's nephew is in trouble with the law. Chad Kelly, a former Clemson quarterback who gave a verbal commitment to Ole Miss, was arrested early Sunday after getting into an altercation at a bar and restaurant in Buffalo, NY.

According to The Buffalo News, Kelly and another individual reportedly had been ordered to leave the establishment earlier in the evening. The pair returned later, at which time Kelly allegedly assaulted a bouncer who was trying to kick them out again.

Kelly also allegedly threatened bouncers trying to restrain him, shouting “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place.”

Kelly faces charges of "third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree obstructing governmental administration," among other charges. He was released from jail without bail. 
Kelly was released from the Clemson football program for what ESPN described as "conduct detrimental to the program." He most recently played for East Mississippi Community College, which won the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association title earlier in December.

(via The Buffalo News. HT: ESPN)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday bowl game results



New Orleans Bowl 
Louisiana-Lafayette 16
Nevada 3

New Mexico Bowl
Utah State 21
UTEP 6

Las Vegas Bowl
Utah 45
Colorado State 10

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Air Force 38
Western Michigan 24

Camellia Bowl
Bowling Green 33
South Alabama 28




Saturday, December 20, 2014

On the first day of bowl games my true love gave to me - a cold.

It figures. The first bowl season of a new era in college football, and I'm sick. How sick? Let's put it this way. I've pretty much slept on and off for 20 hours. I've been feeling dizzy about every time I wake up, so the flu (or what ever this is) has beaten me up pretty well.

I'll hopefully be back tomorrow.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Is this kosher? SEC Nation's Tim Tebow speaks to Alabama's College Football Playoff opponent Ohio St.

  What's wrong with this picture? SEC Nation broadcast team member Tim Tebow spoke in front the Ohio State football team on Thursday night. You know, the Ohio State team facing off against SEC champion Alabama in the College Football Playoff?



 Okay, Tebow's former coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, is the Buckeyes' head coach. I get it. There's just some stuff an SEC icon just doesn't do when the team you're speaking to is preparing to go up against the SEC champ. You don't see Tom Brady giving motivational speeches to the Crimson Tide, do you? (Yes, Brady's a little busy with the NFL right now. That's not the point.)

Hopefully this has more to do with Tebow's connection to Meyer than it does to any ill will against 'Bama from the 2009 SEC championship game. That wouldn't be very becoming of him if it were so.

(via Dr. Saturday)


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jim Harbaugh will NOT be Michigan's next head coach. Because Bruce Feldman said so.

If you're a Michigan fan who wanted Jim Harbaugh as the Wolverines next head coach for Christmas you may be disappointed. FOX Sports 1's Bruce Feldman has suggested that the reported story about the San Francisco 49ers' head coach being offered a six-year, $48 million dollar deal to coach his alma mater might be a little more rumor than fact.



Feldman also suggested that the more likely candidate for the Michigan job could be Mississippi State's Dan Mullen.

(via College Spun)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oliver Luck is an ex-West Virginia athletic director.

Oliver Luck (right) with son Andrew Luck. 


Reports are circulating that Oliver Luck is stepping down from his position as athletic director of West Virginia. He's reportedly leaving Charleston for a position in the NCAA.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Les Miles will NOT be Michigan's next head coach.



You can add Les Miles to the list of people who won't be coaching Michigan. The Mad Hatter told reporters on Monday night that he has no plans to leave LSU to become head coach at his alma mater Michigan.

The LSU head coach said that neither he nor his agent George Bass, have even been contacted by Michigan to replace the fired Brady Hoke.

Miles says he is focusing on the Tigers' 2014 Music City Bowl opponent Notre Dame. The schools will meet on Dec. 30.

(via ESPN)

Iowa wrestling coaches face off in freestyle swimming competition.

Tom and Terry Brands are twin brothers, Olympians and Iowa wrestling coaches. They went one on one against each other in a 50 meter freestyle swimming race before the Iowa St-Iowa womens swim meet back on Dec. 12. Hawkeye head wrestling coach and Olympic gold medalist came out ahead of his brother, associate head coach and Olympic bronze medalist Terry Brands.

Luckily for America, the Brands brothers decided to go with the more modern, long-legged compression shorts-like trunks as opposed to the more infamous Speedo briefs swimsuit.



Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte they aren't. But brother Tom's win garnered $250 for the charity of his choice from Iowa Corn.

(via The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jon Gruden will NOT be coaching your college or pro team next season.


You can officially kill the "Jon Gruden for (insert NFL or college football team name here) head coach" meme for the year. It was announced during halftime on Monday Night Football that Gruden has signed an extension to remain in the booth on for the weekly NFL broadcast.



You can now resume your delusional hopes for Jim Harbaugh as your team's next head coach without having the juicy distraction of whether you would rather have him or Chucky given the choice.

(via @mortreport)

Cupcakes in the shape of a Florida Gator? Oh, why not!

The University of Florida athletics department has apparently discovered Pintrest. Its Twitter account, @GatorZoneNews, tweeted the following photo in honor of National Cupcake Day.



And yes, The Gators do have a Pintrest site.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Auburn freshman RB Jakell Mitchell killed in gun-related incident.

Auburn redshirt freshman running back Jakell Mitchell was killed Sunday morning following an apparent shooting incident that occurred at an off-campus apartment complex.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dumbest. Tweet. Ever.


This is completely self-explanatory.


In the words of the modern philosopher Chad Johnson "Child, please."

(via @jaygravesreport)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tim Tebow will be part of 2014 Peach Bowl announcing crew.

Your Moment of Tebowness

Tim Tebow will be returning to a familiar place on New Year's Eve, though in a completely different role. His Tebowness will be making his debut in the announcers booth for ESPN's broadcast of the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Dec. 31.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is Wisconsin the Taylor Swift of college football?

The Internet has come up with a brilliant analogy about Wisconsin following the departure of former head coach Gary Andersen. The Badgers have become the college football version of Taylor Swift.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lee Corso meets Mickey Mouse.




I know what you're thinking. How does Disney stop Lee Corso from ripping Mickey Mouse's head off and wearing it? I'm just going to assume Disney security had machine guns aimed at Corso at all times during this shoot.

(via @EditorEdge)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oregon goes all green for College Football Playoff.

Uncle Phil's Misguided Children



No one expected Nike to lie still while Uncle Phil Knight's alma mater Oregon made it to the inaugural College Football Playoff. Needless to say, Uncle Phil's Misguided Children didn't let him or the Ducks down.

In adding yet another new uniform to Oregon's already Tony Stark-like armory, Nike went virtually all green, with yellow and black accents.




(via OregonLive.com)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Big 12 reportedly has met with representatives from University of Cincinnati.


Just when you thought college football conference expansion silliness was a thing of the past, along comes a report that the Big 12 has been talking to Cincinnati about depicting from the AAC.

This apparently isn't a knee-jerk reaction to the Big 12 Mike DeCoursey of The Sporting News reports that Big 12 officials and representatives of the University of Cincinnati held a meeting before the announcement of the teams in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

No offers for Cincinnati to join the conference were made at the meeting. The writing on the wall for the Big 12 is on the wall, however. Not having a conference title game hurt the Big 12 this season, CFP-wise. The conference would need two more members to revive its title game, which it hasn't held since 2010.

(via The Sporting News)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The College Football Playoff is the new Oscars, and that's a bad thing.

What does today announcement of the teams in the first annual College Football Playoff remind me of?

It reminds me of the Oscars, when the Academy skips over the film that was a favorite among both the critics and the fans for a film that underperformed at the box office and got mixed reviews but got the nomination because it was one of those "prestige" films with a message.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

One down, three to go: Oregon all but clinches a place in the College Football Playoff.

Oregon defeated Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship game on Friday night. In doing so, it all but guaranteed the Ducks a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

Friday, December 5, 2014

University of Nebraska chancellor uses "YOLO" in tweet denying school was intetrested in Bret Bielema.

University of Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman has officially denied that the school was interested in hiring Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema to replace the fired Bo Pelini. This comes after Nebraska hired former Oregon head coach Mike Riley as Pelini's successor.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nebraska hires Mike Riley away from Oregon St.

Nebraska has hired Mike Riley away from Oregon State. Riley will replace the recently fired Bo Pelini at Nebraska.

Florida hires Jim McElwain away from Colorado State.



Florida has found Will Muschamp's replacement. The school has hired Jim McElwain away from Colorado State to become the Gators' new head coach.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bret Bielema denies reports he's leaving Arkansas for Nebraska.

Well, this didn't take long. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has shot down reports that he was in talks to become the next head coach of Nebraska.

Bret Bielema reportedly in talks with Nebraska for head coaching job.

Has Nebraska found its next head coach? Reports are circulating that the school is in talks with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema to fill the vacant Cornhusker head coaching position left vacant by the firing of Bo Pelini.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brady Hoke is an ex-Michigan head coach.


Brady Hoke is an ex-Michigan head coach. The embattled Hoke was fired Tuesday afternoon by the University of Michigan after a tumultuous 5-7 season.

Is Hugh Freeze staying at Ole Miss? (UPDATE: Yes.)

Photo via USA Today. 


Hugh Freeze may be out of the running for the job of head coach at Florida, or anywhere besides his current school Ole Miss, for that matter.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Jim Tressel WILL NOT be Nebraska's next head coach.



Somehow a Twitter rumor got started late Sunday night early Sunday morning about former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel being a candidate for the Nebraska head coaching position, which is currently vacant following the firing of Bo Pelini. Sad to say, the rumors are apparently not true.