...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Grantland just published an awesome article about Pete Carroll and how he's used and adapted the 4-3 Under defense over the years. And, more specifically, how the hybrid versions of the scheme he's using with the Seahawks today have helped them adapt to the modern offenses and be as dominant as they have.
Note: It's a somewhat lengthy article, so save it for when you have a bit of time.
EDIT: Chris Brown of Smart Football wrote the article.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that Lendale White was just cut by Seattle. The team stated that it was White's lack of a good work ethic that caused his release but White also has a 4 game suspension coming up due to a substance abuse infraction.
Farrar believes that Carroll is using White as an example to show that he is running a tight ship.
Pete, you so crazy!
From EDBS's twitter: Charlie Weis dumps the bilge water early on the way out to sea: http://sbnation.com/e/951664
From the Link:
Q: Is it frustrating to you Pete Carroll, for example, portrayed in one way…
CW: Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.
Seriously, Charlie: WTF? how did this turn into a "pete carroll sleeps with a grad student question? This man is unbelievable.
I was just reading the always awesome Doc. Saturday when I saw this story from the good Doctor. Apparently Barkley is going to be the starting QB for USC rather than Aaron Corp (Source for the Doc's story).
I myself am quite surprised at this. I assumed that a true freshman just wouldn't be good enough to overcome Corp and his time working with the offense. USC is good enough that just working with their practice team is going to make you a fair bit better so I assumed that Corp was going to be the man when he was healthy. Doc. Saturday also mentioned that Barkley has been turnover prone, that's generally not something that's going to be changed in the course of fall practice.
It seems slightly risky to me and an indication that USC isn't the team that we've all gotten used to over the past several years. I'm not saying they're going to be or anything, but I do expect them to be challenged a lot more than usual in most of their games. In fact, I think it's highly possible (maybe even probable) that they won't win the Pac-10 this year.
What do ya'all make of this? I just thought that since we'd been analyzing QBs so much we might as well turn our well-trained eyes to a different battle. How do you think that will affect that USC-OSU game? Will a true freshman be able to keep his poise in a very hostile place like the Shoe?
It looks like the NCAA hasn't forgotten about USC afterall. I know it was asked a while ago if anyone knew the status of the USC investigation so, for what it's worth, according to ESPN the NCAA is going to combine the Mayo and Bush investigations into one. I highly doubt USC would be that arrogant to do these things but, then again, I am reminded of Nick Nolte in Blue Chips -- sometimes you just HAVE to get Butch McCray and Ricky Roe!
My guess is that some heads will roll but not the entire program. See Link for more info:
USC coach Pete Carroll contacted quarterback Mark Sanchez on Friday and apologized for the perception of Thursday's news conference in which he said the junior should not have gone to the NFL, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.