Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
So, has anyone noticed the parallels between the movie "The Damned United" and the recent history of Michigan football? I did a search and couldn't find any discussion of this on the board, which surprised me, because as I was watching, it really felt like I was watching Rich Rodriguez's life story, if only he'd been born in England instead of West Virginia.
If you're not familiar, the movie is based on the true story of the hiring of Brian Clough, a legendary English soccer coach, at Leeds United in 1974. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say it's a familiar story.
If you're the kind of person who hates soccer, don't worry: there's very little actual soccer content in it, and the soccer that's in it mostly involves fistfights and violent tackles. It's just a very well put together movie directed by the same guy who did "The King's Speech" and the "John Adams" documentary on HBO. It's a movie about sports without being a sports movie, if you get the distinction.
Anyway, it's very much worth watching if you're trying to make sense of the last three years, and it's available to watch instantly on Netflix.
Here's a roundup of notable arrests and incidents related to college football during the past week. Most of these are not eligible for the Fulmer Cup, but nonetheless might be interesting to you, the informed college football reader. Be warned: Many of these are somewhat grim.
- Jeremy Hill, a highly touted LSU commit, has been charged with sexual assault. Les Miles had no comment.
- Two men arrested in a Houston armed robbery told police they were football players, but their schools say they are no longer on the schools' rosters. Anthony Lewis Jr., of the University of Houston, and Denarius Marshall, of West Texas A&M, are among the five people in custody.
- In odder news, 54-year-old Robert Lance Theoudele, a former University of Washington football player, has been accused giving his teammates' identities multiple times after arrests, a trend that started as far back as 1985.
- Indianapolis police have arrested a suspect in the New Year's Day shooting death of Central Lakes (Minn.) College football player Dominique Corder.
- Former Middle Tennessee State football player Reginald Doucet Jr. was shot and killed by the LAPD on Friday after resisting arrest following a streaking incident.
- Tyeler Cookson, a freshman with the Highland Community College (Kan.) football team, is one of four people accused in the beating death of a Salina, Kan. man.
- A drunken Notre Dame student whose arrest at a tailgate was posted on YouTube has been charged.
- Tyler Thomas, a former Oregon State player who was kicked off the team after resisting arrest while drunk, has joined the Montana State football team.
- The man believed to be behind the street racing death of a 2009 Air Force recruit has pled guilty to charges.
- The man accused of murdering UConn football player Jasper Howard in 2009 has pled no contest to the charges.
- Recent Colorado linebacker Michael Sipili is accused of sexual assault after turning himself into police. Colorado administrators, having learned their lesson from previous incidents involving football players, issued a press release 13 minutes after the arrest.
- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz found himself in court on Jan. 12, testifying in the trial of former player Cedric Everson, a player accused of a 2007 sex assault.
Saw it on ESPN Recruiting and couldn't find it on an MGoSearch.http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/recruiting/player/news?id=126955&_slug_=conelius-jones&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fcollege-football%2frecruiting%2fplayer%2fnews%3fid%3d126955%26_slug_%3dconelius-jones
Some people were wondering what ever became of CoJo, so now we know.
Did anybody else go? I went, for the people-watching. There were probably 300-400 people there, floating in and out. I think I had bid-card #290 or so. Three reporters from the Daily. One from the AP. One film crew from Fox, and one from WDIV. No sign of Rosenberg, Snyder, Sharp, etc.
There were some rather cool things sold. Lots and lots of standard sideline golf shirts. A few commercially-unaviliable things like S&C t-shirts. Two extremely cool t-shirts that had the helmet logo on them, that said "OFFENSE" and "SCORE" on them. There were some signed hats. Generally very nice stuff.
My rough guess (I'm sure an accurate number will be posted later) was about $15,000 for the Salvation Army. There were about 140 items auctioned; some others for general sale.
Chronological highlights of Michigan's All American quarterback.
Where is Brady Hoke beginning his 2011 recruiting journey of biblical proportions today?
Since the Domino's plane was a ruse during the CC, maybe he's on the Little Caesar's jet?