It's that time of year and in a cluster of bills was the wide envelope from Deloitte & Touche LLP – the Heisman Trophy ballot!
Filling it out is always a dilemma. We're supposed to vote for the best college football player in
Every year voting seems to get more and more difficult because as we get older we get more and more consciousness that we might be omitting someone who deserves consideration.
Not this year, or last. By every criteriron, McFadden is the best player I can conceive. His performance for
LSU coach Les Miles put it succinctly: "It was hard for us to tackle that guy!''
The thing to remember is this: McFadden was the Heisman runner-up a year ago when he ran for 1,647 yards – and he's having a better season in 2007.
Razorback coach Houston Nutt, whose job McFadden may have saved with his heroics against LSU, said, "It's not right for his name not to be mentioned as No. 1 right now. He blocks. He catches. He quarterbacks. He throws. He reads. He runs the ball with passion and determination, and he really deserves a look.''
For the sake of full disclosure, McFadden gets my first-place vote, and my third-place choice is Matt Forte' of Tulane (as anyone meant more than the nation's leading rusher on a team that has no other offensive weapon?)
It's the second-place vote that's really tough. Should it go to
Or to some obscure offensive tackle at St. Olaf?
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You hate to see anyone in dire straits, but this weekend was especially satisfying because of coach firings.
The dismissal of Bill Callahan at
There was also the firing of Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron. His predecessor David Cutcliffe gave the Rebels more wins (44-29) than their talent indicated. But they let him go when he wouldn't fire his assistants and Chancellor Robert Khayat said Ole Miss "wouldn't settle for mediocrity." So they brought in Orgeron – and an eventual 10-25 record.
Then there is the justice meted out to Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione, who resigned just one step ahead of the axe. Franchione, remember, talked his players into staying at
Some weekends are better than others. This was one of the real good ones.
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net