It has been two weeks since the last installment of Where Do We Stand?, so you can imagine there is plenty for us to crow about.
Oh boy, the BCS has done it again.
You think they would have learned a year ago. But nope, it is part two of the
BCS fiasco and there appears to be no reasonable solution in sight.
This time they not only messed up
with the nation's big game, but the BCS had a trickle down effect.
The coaching carousel continues
spinning out of control while Notre Dame is red faced again while at the same
time a university administrator had better get used to a Kojak look.
Let's get this started right,
jeers, boos and hisses to the BCS. You guys just can't get it right – can you? A
year after botching the national matchup a dream game between what should have
LSU and USC – the bumbling buffoons and their computers have pitted
Oklahoma and USC in the Orange Bowl for the
national title, excluding Auburn, which went undefeated (12-0) in the
toughest league in the country. Auburn's closest game was a 10-9 win over then
No. 4 LSU and no one else came within 10 points of the Tigers. AU had to beat
LSU, Tennessee (twice) and Georgia to make
their case relevant. Oklahoma, we feel, deserves the nod after
wining its conference title game decisively. But USC? The Trojans only decent
win came against ACC champ Virginia Tech and Southern Cal struggled to beat
Stanford, Oregon State and should have lost to rival
Cal, who outgained Pete Carroll's team 2-to-1. And isn't it always important to
finish strong. USC beat a BAD UCLA team by five points (29-24) in its final game
to go 12-0. But after last season, you can bet, there was no way anyone was
going to allow the Trojans to be denied again. More to come.
Continuing on the previous issue,
not only does Auburn get shafted after posting a perfect
record in the nation's most competitive and toughest conference, they have
almost been guaranteed no shot at even sharing the national title, a luxury USC
got in 2003. So Tommy Tuberville and Co. have been told "hey great job, but come
hell or high water, we are going to give the national title to Oklahoma or USC." When
Auburn routs Va.
Tech in the Sugar Bowl, Tubby should be burning the Superdome (hey Tom Benson
might like that) in protest because there is nothing else his team could do to
prove its worth as the best team in the land. What a shame!
With coaching carousel spinning, it
was good to see Ron Zook get another job, being named the head coach at
Plus, it was enlightening to see Urban Meyer spurn Note Dame for the University of Florida. Meyer will be a welcomed addition
to the SEC family. But most notable is the fact Notre Dame is left with egg on
its face after Irish officials fired Tyrone Willingham after three seasons to
try and attract Meyer, then he turned them down. An added note, possibly one of
the finalists for the "bonehead of the year award," (literally), one Notre Dame
female official shaved her head in protest last week protesting Willingham's
dismissal. She said she would remain bald until ND won a national title. If that
is the case, she is going to be a gold "domer" for life.
To the University of Oregon and its idiotic stance to boycott the
Illinois and its
mascot. University of Oregon
officials agreed to allow the men's basketball team to play top-ranked Illinois
in Chicago last weekend, despite calls from faculty and student groups to cancel
the game because the Fighting Illini have an American Indian mascot. University
officials, however, agreed to adopt a policy on the scheduling of future games
with schools that have mascots deemed offensive. There is a push to boycott
season if the mascot issue is not resolved. Illinois has already said the mascot, a student dressed up
as an Indian, would not appear at next year's game in Portland. What? If I was
Illinois, I would be boycotting Oregon and that stupid
"Duck" mascot. If anything is offensive, it would those atrocious green and
yellow colors and the intimidating duck costume.
To Boise State
coach Dan Hawkins and Louisville's Bobby Petrino. After speculation
had each coach leaving their respective school heading for big money and major
programs, both coaches signed contract extensions and pledged allegiance to
their respective institutions. College football needs more of that type of
To Ole Miss. What
were they thinking? Mississippi fired head coach David Cutcliffe
last week stating he was too passive and was not what the program needed to move
forward. What? A year removed from the program's best record in a half-century
as well as SEC Coach of the Years and in the first season of the post Eli
manning era – and they fire him? Now, the Rebels muckety-mucks are reeling as
just about everyone from the NFL to the Pee Wee leagues has turned down the job.
Looks as if it is back to mediocrity for the Rebels, that is if Archie and
Olivia can't produce another son – and quick!
To Ty Willingham. It was
announced Sunday Willingham will likely be the next coach at the University of Washington. If that is the case, you can
bet new chancellor and former LSU leader Mark Emmert will welcome the exiled
Notre Dame coach with welcoming arms (and an open checkbook) in Seattle, especially after
the Huskies went 1-10 this year.