Mettenberger story: you left out the main part of this story. He was sucker-punched by the buddy of the dude who yelled "Roll Tide!" in Mettenbeger's face.
P.S. Pascall is a kick-butt sports journalist. He loves stats and figures. I love stats and figures. His UGA love wears thin. War Damn Bulldawg?
1) Go Yanks! Wait, let's just say "USA! USA! USA!"
2) UGA scheduled a team from north of the Mason-Dixon line for the first time in 50 years??? Someone get the vapors...
They finally branched out (from years of Tech and Clemson matchups) a few years ago to schedule world-beaters Colorado, Arizona State and Okie State and you'd have thought they scheduled the Steelers, circa the 70's.
I guess since the Notre Dame game isn't until 2017, I can expect a weekly in-depth, glowing article from Paschall? That's worth the price of my subscription. Just shoot me now.
Awesome Chaz Bono reference. I kept thinking "I know this guy resembles someone...". It's Chaz Bono! [post hormone therapy and partial gender reassignment surgery] I'm pretty sure no one here is using this reference as a compliment. No? No.
Never knew anything about Tyndall before this latest search began. He seems to have energy and enthusiasm. He may get a technical one day while coaching at UT. It will be welcomed (we're looking at you, Conz).
His background and run-in with the NCAA is troublesome. It's one thing to have a rogue booster but this guy was an active participant in violating NCAA rules. Maybe if it was a simple as if his chubby fingers went a little nutty texting recruits during a dead period or something but to play slap-n-tickle with a booster while doing said illegal activities is scary.
I'd like to point out that the NCAA Chair of the Infractions Committee on the Tyndall/Morehead State affair, Paul Dee, is former counsel and AD at the beyond reproach athletic institution known as The University of Miami. During his tenure, Dee’s program was in bed with Nevin Shaprio; and 57 football players falsified Pell Grant applications among other major violations. That's just some of the fun--feel free to Google him for the rest of the story.
My point is, besides the whole “this is not a glamour hire in the slightest” and/or he could take UT down to Eddie Suttonville, it’s also an indictment of further NCAA crap. Also, I click on yet another Wiedmer story that coulda/woulda,/shoulda taken a better angle with Tyndall, his baggage and what that means to UT. Yet, it was an opportunity to take the easy jabs at Hart, insert more talk of the Bruce petition, AND MOST SHOCKINGLY OF ALL, worked in a mention of his beloved Alabama and Saban.
I'm not even saying I want Marshall at UT. But have any of you ever spent time in Wichita? I have, for work, and let me tell you, there's a reason that part of the country has gained "fly-over" status. Spend a full four seasons in South Central Kansas and get back to me.
I made myself read Weidmer’s column, though I knew what he was going to say before I even clicked on it. He’s as predictable as a clock. He’s become the Roy Exum of the TFP Sports Department.
I never signed the Bruce Pearl petition. And, frankly, didn’t want him back. I also thought Cuonzo was a bad fit for UT from the beginning. This is not a character attack. He seemed like a perfectly fine guy. He said all the right things. But in the end he felt unwanted, disrespected, and whatever else so he left for a seemingly better job. Best of luck to him and his family. Truly.
Dana O’Neil at ESPN is writing about the enormous level of dysfunction at UT. Things are far from great. But 68,000 at a Spring game with an incoming Top 5-10 recruiting class? An NBA-quality arena with average crowds of over 15k showing up to watch some woeful basketball for a long stretch of the 2013-2014 season? A baseball program on the road to recovery? I don’t believe UT is quite the easy target that O’Neil or Pat Forde over at Yahoo Sports have made it out to be.
At the of the day, I believe this was a win-win for everyone. Cuonzo got to save face. [Most] UT fans won’t have him to kick around anymore. Dave Hart can hire his own guy. And before you think Dave Hart spent last night crying into his pillow of this hopeless situation, think again. Martin leaving is good for business and Hart doesn’t give a damn what O’Neil, Forde or any other writer thinks. Hart will enjoy cashing the check from Berkeley, all $1 million-plus of it. I bet the only thing Hart is P.O.’d about is the timing (can’t control everything).
A little piece of me died last night watching Geno and the evil empire win #9. I knew they'd win but still...
Is Geno the all-time best? Hard to argue with his numbers. He's been in the National Championship game 9 times. He has 9 titles. Impressive. And he'd be the first one to tell you that.
Followers of the women's game say parity has arrived but it truly has not. In the last 20 years, only 7 teams have won titles. On the men's side, 12 different teams have won titles over the last 20 years. Oh yeah, UConn and UT combined to win 14--yes 14--of those titles in a 20 year span. Parity? We'll you see you a few years down the road.
Saban – Bob Stoops’ chin (or where his chin should be)
Spurrier – Jesse Palmer, holding a rose
Mark Richt – Athens/Clarke County DA
Masters Update: Scott, Mickelson, Day, Stenson
Nashville crowd prediction: I'm going 60/40 Irish.
I enjoyed the Post Probation vs. Future Probation championship game much more than I thought I would. Entertaining, if a bit low-scoring for my taste. But UK missing free throws was a killer. Maybe when these guys get another year or so in the system. Oh wait...
Napier was starve-mazing!
Side Note: Cauley-Stein's shirt should've been good for 4-6 points.
Masters: sticking with Adam Scott
It should be no secret in my short time as a poster (rather than long-time lurker) that I like women's bball. A lot of it blows but when it's played well by the top teams it's pure and below-the-rim good times.
Geno has short man syndrome with some bully tendencies (consult WebMD). He may turn out to be the greatest women's coach ever but that doesn't make him any less of a jerk. I'm not a big fan of Notre Dame and their coach (who really didn't find her, uh, voice until winning 7 of the last 9 meetings), but I'm all Irish tonight.
All Time Brave: Bruce Benedict. Did the dirty work and proud of it.