I did not make this headline up
Cardale Jones & Shane Wynn won't be visiting this weekend for the Big Chill:
- Cardale is taking the ACT. Still planning on visiting sometime in January
- Wynn has a basketball game Friday night and "needs to discuss his visits with Ted Ginn Sr." (that's probably telling)
Article behind paywall:
Article on annarbor.com quote's RR saying Odoms and J.T. Floyd might possibly practice before the Gator Bowl
Rodriguez said Monday he expects many of the players injured before or during the loss to Ohio State will be recovered in time to play in the Gator Bowl.
He expects Martin (ankles), Darryl Stonum (ankle) and Junior Hemingway (head) to play against the Bulldogs.
Linebacker Mike Jones (leg), cornerback J.T. Floyd (ankle) and receiver Martavious Odoms (foot) are still out, although Odoms and Floyd could practice shortly before the game.
It will be great to see our plague of injuries healing up. Even better if Floyd and Odoms can get in the mix. My only question is if they will be practicing for practicing sake or does this mean they have a chance to play?
P.S. I did not post link because the beginning of it has write up on coaching controversy and I don't want this thread turning into another one of those...
P.P.S. Here is the link. By clicking on this link you have taken an internet oath not to talk about anything related to CC. If you do, I hope you are sent to Boliva and rabid guinea pigs roam your new dwelling. Credit is due to original story.
Besides wins and losses, I feel that one of the hallmarks of a successful head coach is one whose assistants go onto greater roles with other teams. With the latest hiring of Kevin Wilson at Indiana, this is a bit of a hat tip to Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. Considering he was hired in 1999, this is a pretty impressive string of HC hires from his staff. You can say what you want about some of the characters on this list, but it is still a list.
Mike Leach- HC Texas Tech
Mark Mangino- HC Kansas
Chuck Long- HC San Diego State
Mike Stoops- HC Arizona
Bo Pelini- HC Nebraska (with a short stint with Les, can count this either way)
Kevin Sumlin- HC Houston
Kevin Wilson- HC Indiana
This does not count the list of assistants that went on to become OCs or DCs with other major programs. I have no idea how he keeps reloading with that coaching churn.
Sorry if this was posted earlier but I searched "ESPN Bowl" and couldn't find it so I thought I'd share.
I read a few of them and I've got to say that Rittenberg makes the SEC guy look like and idiot - I looked at all the SEC-Big Ten matchups and the SEC blogger never mentions anything about the Big 10 team, not even once while Rittenberg talks about matchups and talented players from the SEC team that the Big Ten team will have to contain (ya know, like, an analysis! *gasp* it might even be his job!). I guess the SEC really thinks they are just playing themselves...
Although he previously called for RR's firing, Wojo as usual has a reasoned opinion on the situation with the next month or so:
...Rodriguez said. "No matter what I say, it's not going to change people's opinions. So I'm better off not saying anything."
That's probably the truth, as the piling-on piles up. Those who want a change because of his 15-21 record (0-6 against Ohio State and Michigan State) aren't likely to be swayed. Those who support him because of Denard Robinson and the dynamic offense aren't wrong.
Conference Pride on the line as always, I added Nebraska because they will be lumped in when it's all said and done. It's the Big Ten vs. Big 12/Big Ten vs. SEC. I know there has been many post on this but I added the point spread via USA today Odds and Bowl records. Initial thoughts...Vegas hates us.
Odds (Over/Under) B/r=Bowl Record
Insight(Tempe, AZ) DEC 28 10pm ESPN
Missouri -1 (46.5) B/r 12-15
Iowa B/r 13-10-1
Texas(Houston, TX) DEC 29 6pm ESPN
Illinois B/r 6-9
Baylor -1.5 (61.5) B/r 9-10-1
Holiday(San Diego, CA) DEC 30 10pm ESPN
Nebraska -13 (52) B/r 24-22
Washington B/r 14-14-1
Ticket City (Dallas TX) JAN 1 12pm ESPNU
Northwestern B/r 1-7
Texas Tech. -9.5 (59.5) B/r 11-21-1
Outback (Tampa, FL) JAN 1 1pm ABC
Florida -7 (47) B/r 18-19
Penn St. B/r 27-13-2
Capital One (Orlando, FL) Jan 1 1pm ESPN
Alabama -10.5 (50.5) B/r 33-22-3
Michigan St. B/r 7-13
Gator (Jacksonville, FL) Jan 1 1pm ESPN2
Miss St. -6 (58.5) B/r 8-6
Michigan B/r 19-20
Rose (Pasadena, CA) Jan 1 5pm ESPN
Wisconsin B/r 11-10
TCU -3 (56.5) B/r 11-14-1
Sugar (New Orleans, LA) Jan 4 8pm ESPN
Ohio St. -3 (57.5) B/r 19-22
Arkansas B/r 12-22-3
Hoping we don't have to hear about how slow the Big Ten is but it's ESPN and I'm sure they'll spin it to OMG ESSS EEEE SEEE. GO BIG TEN!