College Football Musings – Week 1

The long summer of discontent is completely over with; the month of September is about to begin and we now move into full game week mode here at the musings. We'll keep an eye on items of interest throughout the world of college football, but with particular focus on the SEC and the state of Florida.

This week there's a potentially scandalous book coming out about the Miami Hurricanes, a heart warming story from Boston and much more. Off we go.

Felon ready to deal dirt ---- The Miami Herald reports that convicted felon and former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro is writing a book about massive violations at "The U". Shapiro would not document the violations for the Herald, instead keeping them until his hoped-for December publishing date. Shapiro was a well connected UM supporter and there's a student lounge on campus named for him. He is facing years in prison for operating a Ponzi scheme which defrauded investors of more than $80 ,illion. Here's his explanation for turning on the school:

"I want to make the average fan aware of what really exists under that uniform," he said. "They might be great players, but they're certainly not great people. I'm speaking of no less than 100 former players."

Shapiro, 41, is angry because "once the players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend." He was motivated by "heartbreak and disappointment on behalf of the university, which I considered to be an extended part of my family."

Sorry Charlie? ---- The Miami book could cause problems for former Gator defensive coordinator Charlie Strong in his new job up at Louisville. Shapiro claims a close, personal relationship with former Hurricanes recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt who has that same job with Strong.

BCS Fans and Critics Unite ---- Some college football fans support the BCS as the best available method of choosing a major college football champion while others detest a system that does not allow schools to control their own destiny. No matter which side of that fence you are on, chances are you are rooting the same way Monday night. Boise State plays Virginia Tech on Labor Day and just about everyone who is not a Boise State fan will be rooting for the Hokies to take out the Broncos. Boise State is in every pre-season top five and Virginia Tech is clearly the toughest team on their schedule. If they win this one, it could be clear sailing to one of the spots in the BCS Title Game.

Great opening Thursday ---- We don't have to wait until Saturday for some good games to start the season. There are two beauties on Thursday night. Steve Spurrier and South Carolina could have a tough time with Larry Fedora and the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. It will be the first chance for Stephen Garcia to show he's matured and Spurrier to back up his promise to get freshman Conner Shaw into the game. Another excellent matchup takes place in the Rocky Mountains where Utah plays host to Pittsburgh. Pitt is No. 14 in the two major polls while Utah is No. 26 in one and No. 30 in the other. The Big East really needs the Panthers to enhance the league's sagging national reputation.

Hotlanta Saturday ---- I'm really curious about the game in the Georgia Dome between LSU and North Carolina. First, I'm curious to see how many top players for the Tar Heels might be held out because of the school's investigation into agent activities and excessive tutorial help. And I'm curious to see if LSU's talented but inconsistent QB Jordan Jefferson is more ready for prime-time.

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