Both Kristen Saban, daughter of Alabama Coach Nick Saban, and West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett are no strangers to controversy. Trickett is known for shooting his mouth off with socially regressive, sexist drivel on Twitter. Take a look, he hit all the gender-bashing cliches in under 140 characters; so he’s efficient in his misogyny.Follow paulmbanks
Yes, we have real football again! FINALLY. College football begins in four days. Northwestern football is back! The Cal Golden Bears are back! The Big Ten is back! The Pac 12 is back!
And NU (remember it’s NU, STOP saying NW) vs Cal is one of the better games of this college football weekend. The spread is between 5 and 6 points, depending on who you talk to. Or don’t talk to. This is a family show here! The point is, most Big Ten and Pac 12 teams are loading up on cupcakes in week one, while Northwestern and Cal Golden Bears are playing each other squad.Follow paulmbanks
Venric Mark is just the latest example of how every star football player who wears #5 will inevitably get into some major off-the-field drama. At least, he’s a local example, Jameis Winston is obviously the perfect national example.
I know this because #5 was my number when I played high school football, and I still use it in all my internet handle/email things paulbo05 etc.
Details of the curse of #5 articulated here.
Examples include: Everett Golson, Manti Te’o, Josh Freeman, Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Kerry Collins, Paul Hornung, Mikel Leshoure, Donovan McNabb Jameis Winston, and Chris Kluwe.Follow paulmbanks
It makes sense that Tim Tebow got a commentating job with ESPN. After all, Bristol served as a de facto publicist for him for many years. (don’t forget CBS, they functioned as Tebow’s PR flak for many years too)
Now to me, Tebow has never said anything even remotely interesting in an interview ever, and that conference call he did around New Year’s announcing his foray into broadcasting was just plain brutal.
Listening to that was about as exciting as paying utility bills. But Tebow’s inherent boringness, and the fact that he’ll be very boring on television aside, we have to ask ourselves what will SEC Network actually be when they flip the switch on Thursday night?
Will it be an actual news channel? Or will it be like the Big Ten Network- a giant press release in television network form? I think we got an answer now.Follow paulmbanks
As I’ve been saying for years, both Maryland football and Maryland basketball happen to be the ACC versions of the Illini, I have a soft spot for the Terps. With the University of Illinois being my alma mater and all. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney badly wanted the television arm of his public relations department, that being the Big Ten Network, to be watched on TV sets in the Washington D.C. market.
So now Delaney has two Illini, regular Illini and ACC Illini, in his league. As we welcome the Long John Silver’s of the college football into the Big Ten, I’m kind of excited for their arrival, even if you’re not.Follow paulmbanks
Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away. The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well.Follow paulmbanks
How did this story slip through the cracks this week? Listen to what Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said at Big 12 Media Days this week. I embedded the entire video below, but he basically said crime pays. Bowlsby said that cheating is done, it makes those who cheat better, and they get away with it.Follow paulmbanks
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is many things: winner of the Heisman trophy, leader of the reigning national champions and former center of a sexual assault investigation. (And that’s before his petty larceny of crab legs) Yes, the same Jameis Winston who made waves last summer when he said he didn’t suffer from “Manziel Disease,” has dealt with his own off-the-field incidents and legal problems, a la Manziel. So winning the Heisman isn’t be the only thing Winston and Johnny Manziel have in common.Follow paulmbanks
Football season will soon be here and with it, time to look at some some of the power teams in the power conferences. Publications have already started previewing teams and conferences, as he was size up the favorites, sleepers and under dogs. Let’s take a look at the Pac 12 and the Washington Huskies.
How do the oddsmakers see them doing this year?
LSU football coach Les Miles just finished his time at the podium at SEC Media Days. Usually, he’s a lot more entertaining than he was today. He’s known for being press conference gold, but today he was rather vanilla. There weren’t any good jokes, and the only real unique topic of discussion was about the NFL Draft and how LSU football leads the nation in “three-and-dones.”
They lose more guys early than anyone. And although that’s definitely true, today’s session with Miles added nothing interesting to the narrative, and was essentially kind of pointless.
That said, let’s start the LSU football season previewFollow paulmbanks
A group of friends who graduated from college together can have a wonderful time at an alumni weekend celebration. Of course, loyal alumni must dress the part as they attend the festivities. Here are some of the most appealing outfits worn by individuals attending an entertaining alumni celebration.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said yesterday thatr college athletes should receive “scholarships for life.” Emmert also told a United States Senate panel that scholarships should also cover the full cost of attending college, not just the basic needs. Well, it’s the correct thing to do. He’s finally showing movement, albeit very slowly, in the right direction.
Still, it’s too little, too late. The NCAA has a neo-plantation business model that is up to date with the 1950s.Follow paulmbanks