Now the NCAA has a problem, because its sole reason for existence is to effectively prevent college athletes from earning the kind of compensation they would be worth on the open market. Once they can no longer protect athletes from the horrors and evils of being paid, they won’t have much usefulness anymore, to this observer.
The NCAA knows this, and while President Mark Emmert is busy scurrying from interview to interview putting his best spin on things, behind closed doors at headquarters in Indianapolis, the powers that be are terrified of what’s coming next.”
I was lucky enough to be invited on to the High School Football America podcast to talk to Jeff Fisher about the blog and my new book Speed Kills: Breaking Down the Chip Kelly Offense. I had a great time on the show, and you can listen to it below:
With each passing year of sub-.500 football being played in Lawrence, many fans are finding themselves wishing for the days when Mark Mangino roamed the sidelines and the scoreboard would regularly light up like a Christmas tree.
Mangino followed Mike Leach as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, and his offense was instrumental in the Sooners’ run to the National Championship in 2000. Continue reading →
We all know the perils of social media, especially when it comes to high school and college athletes. Two weeks ago, Pat Welch of Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire put out this tweet, and as a result was stripped of his Player of the Year Award.
Rick Pitino went on the record several weeks ago, putting it very plainly how he feels about social media and those who use it on a regular basis:
The Blue Devils had an incredible season, winning ten games for the first time in school history, making it to the ACC Championship game, and nearly upsetting Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies in the Chick-fil-a Bowl.
Anyone who really follows college football however has noticed that the quality of football being played in Durham has been steadily rising each year since Cutcliffe’s arrival in 2008. Continue reading →
In my latest post on FishDuck.com, I talk about some of the things that bug me about the rules committee’s latest attempt to shut down offenses by penalizing them for going too fast:
Earlier this month, the NCAA rejected a proposal that would have slowed down offenses all around the country, and would have literally given a “delay of game” penalty for snapping the ball too quickly. The ten-second rule, unofficially dubbed the ‘Saban Rule’by South Carolina Head Football Coach and professional golf hustler Steve Spurrier, would’ve penalized an offense that snapped the ball without giving the defense 10 seconds to substitute personnel, whether or not the offense substituted in between plays.”
Johnny Manziel had one of the greatest two-year runs in recent memory, from winning the Heisman as a freshman, to going into Tuscaloosa and giving Nick Saban and the defending champs their only loss of the season. This past year he managed to shred the Crimson Tide defense for a second-straight year, and also engineered an incredible comeback against Duke of all teams, in what would turn out to be his final college game.
How Manziel will fare in the NFL remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, no college defensive coordinator slept soundly the week they had the job of containing the Aggie QB.
Video of Manziel against Florida in his Heisman year is available after the jump.
For those of you who just can’t get enough of the head coach at Auburn’s offense, enjoy this old television broadcast of Malzahn’s Shiloh Christian High School coming back from a 24-0 deficit to win 70-64.
(h/t to Chris Brown of Grantland for linking to this from his article, which you can read HERE. Also thanks to @WarRoomEagle on Twitter for sending this my way.)