NCAA Football

USC Sent 6 Coaches, Including Lane Kiffin, To Recruit Silas Redd

Lane Kiffin, and five of his men, took a private jet across the country to get themselves a new running back. And, it worked damn it. This is what Kiffin told Colin Cowherd:

“I picked up the phone, in true SC fashion and called one of our great donors Ted Jones at Fletcher Jones Mercedes and I called him when we were at the SoHo House for the PAC-12 dinner and he said, ‘Let  me guess, you’re calling about Silas.  Where y’at?'”

“So he sent his big ole Mercedes jet which was in Vegas to pick us up in LA.  We got done with the PAC-12 meetings.  We flew to White Plains, NY.  It was myself, my dad, our running backs coach, our o-line coach.”

“We called Coach Orgeron.  He was in Louisiana.  He got on a plane.  Our defensive backs coach was in Nebraska.  He got on a plane.  The only two we couldn’t get were our quarterbacks coach (Clay Helton).  He was in Mexico because everybody was on vacation.  Our receivers coach (Tee Martin) was on a cruise, so we tried to get a helicopter to go get him, but they wouldn’t let us do it.”

“We’re in Norwalk, CT, up near you guys.  We met at a Dunkin Donuts.  Got our game plan, went into the house for a 3.5 hour presentation and flew back.”

Damn, that’s how you recruit a top-tier prospect. No wonder Redd was out the door in Happy Valley the instant that Joe Paterno statue came down.

The only thing that could have made Kiffin’s recruiting effort more impressive? If he brought his ridiculously hot wife along.

[via CoachingSearch.com]

Burying Joe Paterno And The Penn State Scandal

If there is a hell, that is where Joe Paterno currently resides.

Joe Paterno facilitated the repeated sexual abuse of young boys. Fact. In fact, Paterno knew since at least 1998. The skeletons uncovered in Happy Valley over the past year will be what that university is associated with for decades to come. Pennsylvania State University will never quite be the same.  Not to us outsiders, at least.

Today the Paterno family released a statement. It closed with this:

“It can be argued that Joe Paterno should have gone further. He should have pushed his superiors to see that they were doing their jobs. We accept this criticism. At the same time, Joe Paterno and everyone else knew that Sandusky had been repeatedly investigated by authorities who approved his multiple adoptions and foster children. Joe Paterno mistakenly believed that investigators, law enforcement officials, University leaders and others would properly and fully investigate any issue and proceed as the facts dictated. This didn’t happen and everyone shares the responsibility.”

That’s a decent acknowledgement that Paterno did not do the right thing year after year. After year. After year. Good for the family, too. That’s certainly tough for of them to admit. Sadly, this is much more than many members of the Penn State community will admit.


The Death Rattle For The BCS, And The New 4-Team Playoff Format

As far as actually watching college football on Saturday’s in the fall, the new system is an improvement. Slowly, but surely, we will get there. For starters, it’s one step closer to an actual playoff. At this point it’s only an incremental change. However, this opens the door to a 8-team, 16-team or 32-team playoff going forward.

One of the positive outcomes of the BCS system was how much every regular season game mattered. The difference between 0 losses, 1 loss, and 2 losses was massive. That will really still be the case under the new 4-team playoff format. In fact, the regular season will still matter just as much. Or more.

How did we get here? What was the tipping point?

The all-SEC BCS title game this year (which was a horseshit game) helped move the process along. That said, most people thought we’d get to this point eventually regardless of that. It was just going to take some time. Just like any cash cow business, the NCAA and BCS powers saw no reason to change. Why screw with a good thing?