How The U Part 2 (30 for 30 sequel) encapsulates the entire broken NCAA system

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“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.

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True story of how college bowl games began


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.

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Arizona LB Scooby Wright: best defensive player in the nation

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Scooby Wright III, OLB, Arizona.

He’s the main reason Arizona upset high flying Oregon early this season, and he’ll be key if they’re going to do it again tomorrow.  Said Fox Sports Joel Klatt:

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Two Oregon Ducks, not named Mariota, who will be 1st round picks


Let’s get Ducknuts when talking about the Oregon Ducks in the Pac 12 Championship game, and later a couple of Oregon Ducks in the NFL Draft. You know Marcus Mariota is going to win the Heisman; and quite possibly become the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. We covered that here.

However, there are two Oregon Ducks players that should also be sure-fire first rounders that you haven’t heard of.

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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota: very likely #1 overall draft pick


Can the Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota pull a Cam Netwon? By becoming the Heisman Trophy winner next week and then become the #1 overall NFL draft pick come April? Mariota certainly has all the measurables, numbers, tools and statistics to accomplish both. The 6’4″ 212 pound signal caller from Honolulu, Hawaii has an INSANE 36-2 TD to INT ratio. To go with his 190.2 QB Rating, 3,470 yards and 69% completion percentage heading into the Pac 12 Championship game.

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UCLA QB Brett Hundley will turn pro, says Coach Mora

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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.

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PHOTO: Jenn Sterger returns to public life for FSU-Florida


Jenn Sterger is coming back. Yes, we repeat Jenn Sterger is coming back. After a long absence from public life, she dropped hints on her Instagram that she is coming down to Tallahassee, her alma mater, to reprise her role as the FSU Cowgirl.

Here is the photo Jenn Sterger posted on her Instagram account along with the following caption:

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Top five sleeper Illinois football coaching candidates


Illinois football deserves so much better than what it currently has. The Fighting Illini were 63-48-4 (.565) during the 1980s. However, they’ve gone just 110-165-2 (.401) since John Mackovic left town to go Coach Texas. Mackovic’s name is critical because he is the most recent Illinois football head coach to leave on his own accord.

Memorial Stadium in Champaign has become a career graveyard for everybody else since (Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook….Tim Beckman???). With this inconvenient truth in mind, Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas is going to have a hard sell on candidates with recent head coaching success.

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Top five Illini football coaching candidates


Beyond Ws and Ls, Q Rating is a severe issue for Illini football. As awful as Tim Beckman’s 10-24 (2-23 versus the Power 5) record is on the field…take a second to think about the program’s non-existent brand awareness.

Nationally, the Fighting illini do not even register. In their biggest stronghold (Chicago), Illini football is way down in the pecking order. The next hire needs to win games first and foremost, but he also needs to win hearts and minds- immediately!

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UGA’s Todd Gurley tears ACL, done for season


Rough season for Todd Gurley, and now it’s over. Maybe this means he’s coming back for his senior season. Here’s what the University of Georgia just sent out:

“An MRI performed Sunday on University of Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley confirmed a torn ACL. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Saturday¹s victory over Auburn.  A surgery date has not yet been determined according to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.”

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VIDEO: Steve Spurrier gives 54 second presser


South Carolina Gamecocks football is pretty irrelevant right now. Especially when you consider what a great season they had to build off of in 2013. Last year, South Carolina finished with the highest ranking in school history in the AP poll, ranked at #4 in the country. With an 11-2 record, big things were expected. Which makes the 4-5 record even more of a let down.

Of course, most people outside the Palmetto state, and absolutely no one outside of SEC country has been paying attention to them.

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Media still confused that fake Layla Kiffin is not real Layla Kiffin


The internet is more obsessed with Layla than Eric Clapton, or more specifically Eric Clapton. For whatever reason, (beyond the obvious reasons, her being a pretty face) Layla Kiffin is search engine gold. Yes, she’s very attractive, we get that. But other than being married to a man named Lane Kiffin who is famous for “failing upward,” she really hasn’t done anything.

Layla Kiffin is famous for being famous, but SEO embraces her anyway. Last week, she was trending because Tosh.O did a hilarious spoof of the Kiffins (watch it here). It’s amazing how much Daniel Tosh looks like Lane Kiffin.

And today Layla Kiffin is trending because….


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