Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida leads the list of the top non-quarterback prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s a height-weight-speed guy. Great ball skills. (insert scouting cliche) (insert NFL Draft evaluative process buzzword, catch-phrase) blah blah. blah. buzzword. buzzword.Follow paulmbanks
Jennifer Hale works as a sideline reporter for the NFL on Fox and in New Orleans as a sports and news anchor at WVUE, Fox 8.
She covers both sports news and regular news, including Hurricane Katrina coverage for MSNBC. Jennifer Hale was Fox 8’s morning anchor before making the jump to sports. Her political and investigative reports won various Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as Emmy and AP Awards. She got started with LSU, doing player profiles and on-the-field reports for LSUSports.net.Follow paulmbanks
Willie Robertson, the patriarch of the the Duck Dynasty is a huge LSU Tigers fan, as he’s good friends with Louisiana State Head Coach Les Miles. He’s a native of the state and he often comes down to games to hang out with the coach and the players.
The Sports Bank recently had an exclusive chat with Robertson when he made just his second ever visit to the windy city earlier this month. Robertson was in Chicago to help promote the newly opened Under Armour store on Magnificent Mile.Follow paulmbanks
Let’s get Ducknuts when talking about the Oregon Ducks in the Championship game, and later a couple of Oregon Ducks in the NFL Draft. You know Marcus Mariota could quite possibly become the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.
However, there are two Oregon Ducks players that should also be sure-fire first rounders that you haven’t heard of.Follow paulmbanks
The Rose Bowl, it’s unbelievably picturesque setting, and New Year’s Day at very late afternoon time remind you of everything that’s special in this world and all that could be sublime. New Year’s Day might the calendar’s most underrated day of the year. (After all it’s the time on the calendar with the most time until New year’s Eve the most overrated and worst on the calendar)
Every year, I get chills as the B-2 Stealth Bomber flies-over the Rose Bowl during the national anthem.
Kirk Herbstreit articulated the transcendent physical beauty that is the setting of the Rose Bowl.Follow paulmbanks
LSU football could return to national prominence in 2015. As Coach Les Miles pointed out in the postgame presser yesterday, the team is very freshmen and sophomore heavy. So they’ll be sophomore and junior heavy next year and figure to be a major power in the always loaded SEC West.
First there are some major questions to be resolved for LSU football. What happens with their “first day guys” in the 2015 NFL Draft and 2016 NFL Draft? as profiled here?
Last offseason, LSU football lost more players to early NFL Draft entry than any team in college football history.Follow paulmbanks
Something seemed off about the LSU defense today. Not to take anything away from Malik Zaire, Everett Golson and the Notre Dame offense, but the Bayou Bengals D just weren’t themselves. LSU came in as 7.5 point favorites, but they couldn’t seem to stop the Irish at all in the first half.
The rumors surrounding LSU Defensive Coordinator John Chavis could be the reason why.Follow paulmbanks
LSU Tigers Freshman tailback Leonard Fournette is the new Melvin Gordon for 2015. Actually, Leonard Fournette is going to be more Leonard Fournette than anyone else, because he is a transcendent running back. The combination he possesses, of speed and power makes him a collegiate runner whose career (if he stayed all four years, which he won’t) could end up on parallel with Ron Dayne.
(Update: big bad SEC West suffering through bad bowl season)Follow paulmbanks
“What if I told you….the next 30 for 30 series was a sequel; the first ever sequel in the series. The U Part 2 directed by Billy Corben, premieres tomorrow night after the Heisman gets awarded to Marcus Mariota. The original documentary, the U” #3 is considered by many to be the greatest 30 for 30 of all time.
The U Part 2 is one of the rarest phenomena of modern life- a sequel that lives up to the original. You have to see The U, The U Part 2 and “Pony Exce$$” sort of all at the same time. First you’ll learn all the big picture ideas that you need to know about how college football has developed over the past 40-50 years.
Then you’ll realize that the NCAA model of “amateurism” is even more broke than you could ever imagine. And that’s been broken since the 1970s.Follow paulmbanks
A friend of mine who’s a Chief of Staff to a Chicago Alderman once told me years ago how college bowl games began. Basically, he said the convention and visitor’s bureaus, and chambers of commerce got together and came up with an excuse to sell hotel rooms during a notoriously slow period. During the holidays people travel, but usually only to see other members of their family, not for business.
Hence they stay in private homes with their families, not in hotels. So college football created its postseason, and with it, the bowl system was born. I bring this up today because it explains how college bowl games prediction models are so useless and pointless.Follow paulmbanks
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley probably could have come out this past draft class, but it’s likely a good thing that he stayed in school. All of the 2014 quarterbacks saw their NFL Draft stock fall during the evaluation process, and if Brett Hundley was indeed behind Teddy Bridgewater on the big board to begin with, then it’s a good thing he came back to Westwood for another year to hone his skills.
The money is still there in 2015, especially since Hundley was rumored to be signing with Jay-Z’s agency. Now Hundley and his fellow Pac 12 signal caller Marcus Mariota headline the ’15 class of QBs.Follow paulmbanks