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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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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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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Latest odds on Oregon QB Marcus Mariota becoming NFL #1 pick

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Can the Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota pull a Cam Netwon? By becoming the Heisman Trophy winner in December and then the #1 overall draft pick the following April? Mariota certainly has all the tools to and statistics to do both. The 6’4″ 212 pound signal caller from Honolulu, Hawaii has an INSANE 24-1 TD to INT ratio. To go with his 192.2 QB Rating and 69% completion percentage.

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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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FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher: most detestable man in college football


While Florida State Jameis Winston seems to be the main target in the anti-FSU backlash, Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher is much more deserving. Winston may or may not be ignorant as to what he truly is and what he truly is not. Jameis seems to think he can do whatever he want without fear of consequence. He thinks he’s above the law due to either ignorance, arrogance, immaturity or some combination of all these traits.

#5 may or may not “get it” yet. He could indeed be that clueless.

Jimbo Fisher on the other hand “gets it.”

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VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.

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Todd Gurley apologizes, UGA applies for reinstatement


Running back and former Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley could return to the Georgia Bulldogs sooner rather than later. It’s hard to say given the arbitrariness and capriciousness of the NCAA. The University of Georgia sent out a very boring statement filled with a lot of legalese and corporatespeak this morning regarding the Todd Gurley matter.

There are however, three main takeaways from it:

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VIDEO: FSU legend Derrick Brooks takes “adversity” cliche to new low


Derrick Brooks accomplished a lot as a NFL Linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, he was quite the acclaimed college football player with the Florida State Seminoles. As a broadcaster though, I am anything but impressed. Whenever I hear that stupid “adversity” cliche perpetrated by coaches and athletes, my eyes roll. If you see my eyes roll from that…good, you should see that I am disgusted.

Get better at talking! Do a better job with the thinking and understanding stuff.

Journalists and media people say that “adversity” crap all the time too. So they are no better.

Derrick Brooks isn’t the only person to do this, it’s just in this specific instance, he’s the most egregious.

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Notre Dame football vs #2 FSU, preview with Chicago Tribune’s Chris Hine


“Texas Forever, 6.” — Tim Riggins

“This is what college football is all about,” said Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher on his weekly media call Monday. Yes, indeed Saturday night will have many a “Seminole moment” (sorry for the bad pun) for the Notre Dame football team, FSU, the two #5 quarterbacks and many others.

Here to break it all down with me and preview the epic clash is Chicago Tribune Notre Dame football beat reporter Chris Hine. He also gets up to speed on the statuses of the five suspended Notre Dame football players.

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Jameis Winston verifies that the curse of #5 is real

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As Halloween approaches, now is the season of curses. And all things scary, creepy, disturbing and weird.  Time to re-investigate my curse of the #5 jersey; which Jameis Winston is embodying more and more by the hour.

Winston, and Venric Mark too, are just the latest example of how every star football player who wears #5 will inevitably get into some major off-the-field drama. Braxton Miller certainly looks like he’s cursed, given what happened to him, but this is about off the field issues, not injuries.

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