South Bend H.S. WR Breaks Record; 447 Yards Receiving in a Game

In South Bend, Indiana there’s a very special wide receiver named Gehrig Dieter playing for Washington High School. In front of two Notre Dame assistant coaches, in a game twice delayed by extreme heat (fitting as the Fighting Irish opener the next day was an extremely bizarre game begun in a 98 degree heat index and was delayed for hours by a powerful electrical storm system), Dieter set a new national record with 447 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

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Recruiting Philosophies: How Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald finds, replenishes his Talent

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Some college football coaches recruit according to a primary philosophy. They stress one ideal above the others. It can be recruiting to fill positions of need, recruiting specific players that meet the profile of your system, or it could be recruiting players based on scout’s rankings, the star system beside their name. I asked Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald at NU Media Day about what he emphasizes; it certainly isn’t the third one.

“That’s a great question. I have no idea what a star means, I was a negative-star-rated player. No disrespect to those who rate young men, they don’t work for us, they don’t rate for us. What’s important in our program will ever have a correlation to a start program,” he said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Douchebracket NIT: Durty South Regional Semi-Finals

By Paul Schmidt

I’m sitting here typing this up, trying to keep my son from bawling and watching two guys let Ethan Kanaan die of a heart attack on 24, and I’m wishing that both of them could be in the bracket.  I’ve tried starting writing this 20 times, but the boy keeps shrieking, and I’m enthralled that two people would try to kill one of my favorite 24 characters of all time but leave Renee freaking Walker alive.  I’m almost glad 24 is ending because this is the constant headache I get every week when watching.

Now there’s a preview for a new Tom Cruise movie co-starring Cameron Diaz, and all I can think is that I’d kind of like to see it…and now I think that **I** need to be in the Douchebracket too…I should just write this thing. [Read more…]

NIT Douchebracket, Durty South Region

By Paul Schmidt

I wasn’t sure if Melissa’s region was the Midwest region or the Milwaukee region, and then I decided that it didn’t matter. The Durty South is the appropriate counter to two of the whitest things in this country — Milwaukee and the Midwest.

There’s plenty of durrrrrty in this bracket as well…felons, prurient television and corrupt politicians. That’s perhaps the nicest thing I can say about all of these things:  They certainly bring the douchey thunder. [Read more…]