From ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, for whom this could become the defining story of a career: ‘Alabama coach Nick Saban has had a contract extension on his desk since Friday, and the longer it goes unsigned, the more uncomfortable Alabama officials grow, sources said.’ And the more entertained we all become.
Here’s what we know about the fluid situation at the University of Texas: absolutely nothing. Mack Brown either is or is not stepping down as Longhorns coach, and Nick Saban either is or is not going to take over in Austin. Glad we got that all squared away.
Ducks tight end Pharaoh Brown will not play in the bowl game vs. Texas. If only there was a metaphor for something that starts off relatively minor but continues to grow and grow until it gets out of hand…
The Washington Post embarked on an ambitious, amusing quest to find out where each of the Heisman Trophies are kept. Disappointingly, none are currently being displayed the way we would display one: as a totally awesome custom hood ornament.
It’s that time of year again, when we rank the various bowl games by random criteria, and we’ll start at the top: USA Today breaks down the five BCS matchups by the quarterback position. One minor surprise: the one involving the future Heisman winner is not number one.
It was a dark and gloomy season in Gainesville, but it was brightened considerably by Ohio State, and former coach Urban Meyer, blowing a national title shot. And the program on which he infamously bailed took it about as well as you’d imagine.
As Michigan State prepares for Ohio State, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi suggests we not be fooled: ”We look basic up front. I think everybody walks in the game and says ‘yeah, they’re pretty easy.’ But then the (Minnesota) offensive coordinator came up to our graduate assistant last week and said, ‘Tell Narduzzi I hate game-planning against [...]
It may be addition by subtraction in Seattle, where the Huskies became the program to finally lure Chris Petersen away from Boise. He may be the hipster CFB media darling, but now we’ll get a chance to see what he can do with bigger resources, against bigger competition. The Pac-12 North just got even nastier.
It’s official: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will miss the Tigers’ bowl game due to a season-ending knee injury. That injury, along with Aaron Murray’s own health issues, has us all the more nostalgic for that thrilling LSU-Georgia game from earlier this year. It’s fleeting, everybody.
Steve Sarkisian will install a fast-paced, no-huddle dimension to USC’s offense, just as he did at Washington. Trojan fans, welcome to 2006.