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Monday
Jun062005

Good News

Our previously busted computer has now been fixed and sent back to the home base here at CollegeFootballResource.  Needless to say we're ecstatic and missed it badly.  What is a man without his computer, right?

Things should start heating up here now that it's back.

Monday
Jun062005

How Many Clicks?

So I saw a blog entry somewhere recently discussing an important internet publisher's question---how many clicks to the center of the tootsie roll pop blog?

In theory, website readers should be able to find whatever it is they're looking for at a website within 3 clicks.  Several aggressive publishers strive for just one click, usually through dropthrough menus.

I have no idea how to run dropthrough menus on here, but I think reducing the number of necessary clicks is a useful suggestion and guiding principle I hadn't considered.  Our blogs section comes to mind as something that needs improvement.  So this is just a heads up that we here at Resource take this job seriously and have you, our reader, in mind.  Look for some adjustments, at least in the blogs section, soon.

Monday
Jun062005

Pepidemiology, Part II

More from the EDSBS.com guys.

See link

Saturday
May282005

Pepidemiology

And yet another one from EDSBS.com, "Pepidemiology".  Apparently it's the study of school pep music.

Outstanding.

I think a lot of college football tunes I recognize when I hear them but don't necessarily associate them right away with certain teams as I've heard them so often blended into those terrific 18-hour Saturdays flipping channels and getting more than my share of school band music.  We do love the music though, and look forward to Orson's second installment in this series.

For our money, there are no greater fight songs than the holy trinity produced by Michigan, Notre Dame, and USC.  We can sing on command the lyrics to all three, in fact.  After that, the real argument begins.

Fight songs are part of the pageantry and tradition aspect of college football that separates it from all other sports and helps it burn such a big place in our heart.

Saturday
May282005

Funny

Found this link at daily stop EDSBS.com-

"Gizoogle"---have your site or any other site translated into Snoop-talk.

Take a look at Resource in Snoop-talk.

Fa shizzle.

A Snooped-out Resource talking about USC backup quarterback John David Booty, for example:

Jizzy David Booty -Unknown, but com'n out of hizzy schoo` was renowned fo` his accuracy n touch.  Must shakes T-H-to-tha-izzat shotgun quarterback rep.  Blingin' at USC helps . They call me tha black folks president.

Tuesday
May242005

Enfermo

Slightly under the weather.

Anyway, our broken old computer (we've been nickle and diming for time on various and barely sufficient computers) is on its way to repair.  It took a long while, but the receipt needed for warranty work was obtained from the vendor, after various fun levels of negotiation.  Anyway, so in 4-8 weeks hopefully that puppy's back in our arms and we can ensure that there are no excuses to why Resource sucks so bad right now.

In the meantime, stop by HeismanPundit, our favorite hibernating bear just stretching his claws from a long winter's nap, as well as Resource fave EveryDayShouldBeSaturday (see favorite links to the left), those funny guys who happen to be gator fans.

In other news we watched about three quarters of the Florida spring game on CSTV (I think?) today, not bad.  That team's on its way to greatness.  Keep an eye on reserve quarterback Josh Portis, kid looks legit.  Or how about sophomore linebacker Brandon Siler?  The guy's everywhere.  HP thinks receiver Andre Caldwell's the real All-American in Gainesville.  We shall see.

Saturday
May142005

Heisman-Destination 2006

Yikes.

Resource favorite Heisman Pundit is back, and has a new entry about the potential field for... 2006!  We'd make fun of him for this, but 1)it's slow season and 2)after following that site we understand the rationale behind the choices and actually find little to disagree with.

One emergent theme is that the traditional Heisman powers (USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame) earn mention.  Another is that the "USC QB" is now generic enough to be projected into the next season.  Wasn't USC tailback-U and isn't Reggie Bush arguably the leading Heisman candidate this season?  I can't wait to see the next two Heisman seasons play out to test these models.  Hopefully nobody gets injured along the way.

My thoughts on each listed figure-

Adrian Peterson-Greatest pure runner in the game.  Not as exciting as Reggie Bush.  Has that Hershel Walker feel.

Chris Leak-About to become a superstar.  Lacks personality, but a dynamic thrower who has his explosive moments on the field.

Brady Quinn-Notre Dame.

Chad Henne-Mr. Vanilla.

Kyle Wright-I felt during his recruitment he was the closest thing to Carson Palmer I had seen.  Time for him to live up to that burden (read---greatness interspersed with inconsistency).

Ted Ginn-Incredible hype and excitement, great great great athlete, doing it so well at such an early stage.  On a declining team, perhaps.

John David Booty-Unknown, but coming out of high school was renowned for his accuracy and touch.  Must shake that shotgun quarterback rep.  Playing at USC helps.

Drew Tate-Piss and vinegar.  We love the energy of this guy, really caught fire at the end of last season.

Wow, those were generic.  Had to type something, though.  Enjoy your weekend.

 

Thursday
May122005

The Fans Get It!

Well, at least some.

The following comes to us from the Florida State message board (we'd link the thread, but it won't last long---argh message boards), Warchant, via EveryDayShouldBeSaturday.  It's a discussion of the Urban Meyer offense at Utah and what to expect at Florida.  Basically, it has people at FSU nervous.  It should have the entire country nervous.  Take a look, it's a smart breakdown, and shows some of the depths of sophistication (something we LOVE here at Resource) that will make the Florida Gators under Meyer such a power.

# # #

Like I said in a different thread, UF will finish in the top three in the SEC East this coming season, mark it down. Whether they will be in the 1,2, or 3 spot depends on how quickly they can pick up Meyer's offense as well as how well opposing coaches do at defending it. Some people have talked about the Gator defense being a strength, I don't necessarily see it that way. I don't see their D as a liability, but I wouldn't call it a true "strength" either. I think UF will have a bend-but-don't-break defense. I also think that unless your offensive coordinator's name is "Jeff Bowden," you'll be able to put a decent amount of points on the board against Florida.

Having said all of that, I want to talk about Urban Meyer's offense because that is going to be the dyanmic that wins or loses games for UF this season. The problem with the Gators for opposing teams as I see it is going to be that darn offense. Plain and simple. Some people call it a gimmick, which I believe is a myopic, overly simplistic approach and doesn't show a true understanding of what Utah was doing out there. It's no gimmick, what it is, is a HYBRID. Think of it as "West Coast-meets-the-Option-meets-the-Run-and-Shoot." If it gets firing on all four cylinders, it's very, very tough to defend. Why?

1). Not only does Urban have them scatter out with multiple receivers, he also runs the QB quite a bit out of those multiple wideout sets. Bottom line: lots of deception in terms of what the offensive formation shows and what actually happens when the ball is snapped. Very difficult to read with a good QB. They also use a lot of audibles at the line, some of wich, according to the tape I've seen, I am convinced are probably fake (which is pretty advanced for college football) Basically, what looks like steak and potatoes at the line often turns out to be pizza when the ball is snapped.

2). The routes they run are hard to defend in that they're typically short (7-15 yard range), all timing, and it's up to the receivers to get YAC and pick up first downs.

3). The QB starts probably 3/4 of the plays in the shotgun. On top of that, he is taking very short, quick drops, and getting rid of the ball FAST, which makes him hard to sack. It's a lot like Bill Walsh's West Coast Offense in that regard.

4). The main difference between Urban's system and the true West Coast style is the running QB. The problem, if you watch some Utah tape, is that regardless of what the offensive formation shows, both the QB and the tailback are both legitimate threats to run EVERY SINGLE DOWN (This is where the Option and Run and Shoot elements come in). What it looks like to me, is that the QB (and this is probably what makes the offense diffult to learn and execute) appears to have around five or six options with the ball on every single play depending on what the defense is showing him. Look at their tape, even when they're just dropping back to pass, they've always got a pitch man in there ready to either take the ball or block if the QB decides to pull it down, step up and go.

5). Urban has one thing in common with Steve Spurrier X's and O'-wise and that is that he doesn't look like he runs a lot of max-protect passing formations. The difference is that unlike Spurrier, Urban's guy is already in the gun and he's not taking deep drops at all. Further, Meyer's QB isn't typically waiting for someone to come free deep before he can deliver the ball. That makes Urban's signal caller a lot less sackable than Steve's typically are. Point being, Urban doesn't max-protect that often because he rarely needs to. This leads to number 6.

6). Hardly ever max-protecting means that all of the backs and receivers are ready to go everywhere all the time depending on the defensive formaton. It's really confusing to watch at first, and it tends at first glance to look like sand lot ball at times, but you can tell after watching it for a while that nothing they do is without a reason. As weird as it sounds, it's chaotic, yet extremely deliberate at the same time.

Now, I don't know if Chris Leak will be able to run the football the way Alex did. If Leak is not a great runner, that might limit Urban a little. The problem with this offense for a defensive coordinator is that there is so much to account for options-wise on every single play. Now, I'm not saying it can't or won't be defended well, because this guy will be facing athletes D-Coordinators of a caliber that he has yet to come in contact with. What I am saying, is that if you look at it, this is no gimmick at all. This guy has taken the best parts from three different offenses (West Coast, Option, Run and Shoot) and formed a hybrid with them. In capable hands, it could be quite a handful.

Thursday
May122005

And Some More

We've added two new sections to the layout here at Resource.

First, there is the Reviews section.  We've noticed two blogs mention us recently, and after seeing how many prominent bloggers have areas where other bloggers have discussed their own blog, we've also added one.

So far, two positive reviews, although one is somewhat mocking.  We forgive EDSBS.com, though, they're funny guys over there.

Second, there is the new Concepts and Definitions section, which will be of great assistance as the season begins, to better understand some of the crazy things we're saying here at Resource.

Please continue to stop by, we'll try and update our top 10 teams list soon, doing something like a 4-month marinade, new top 10 from 2004 as well as a post-spring 2005 top 10 list.

Thursday
May122005

Something Old, Something New

After getting an email from a Michigan blogger, I added his blog to our blogs section, as well as several Notre Dame and Illinois blogs I found while perusing his.

Welcome aboard, to all.

Wednesday
May112005

Good Times

So I attended a fun little gathering Tuesday night with some friends.  Nothing fancy, but there was an eclectic crowd, including a few college football types.  Especially important and always exciting, I had a few moments to talk with a friend who has really helped shape my understanding of college football.  I am in awe of this person, and another friend of his who simply have the greatest understanding for the current game, for talent, and many other things, that I have ever come across.

Anyway, we were both in a good mood and mildly buzzed, so one of those all-out slugfests over various topics was left for another day.  But some interesting ground was covered.  My apologies to this friend if some of the discussion was more off the record, but sometimes I like to toss some things against the wall and see what sticks.

Of little surprise, we talked about USC, a team we mutually admire.  We took differing views on a lot of the off-field and internal stuff happening there.  The friend, let's call him X until we can come up with a cool alias, felt that like everything in life, USC's success will run its course.  We were addressing criticism of Pete Carroll, and X felt that Carroll is more or less untouchable right now, especially if he nets a third championship.  When the USC ship starts to run aground (as it will, at some unknown point in time), then we can look back to now and ask, was this incident, or that incident, or not keeping Norm Chow, etc. a factor in what happened?  But that's all for a later time.

I also said Hawai'i might put 30 on the young Trojan defense in that opener (X laughed), and he said don't worry about it, because even if that miraculously happened, USC is likely on its way to 60 that game.

Also on the menu was Georgia's fate this year.  Both X and myself agreed that Boise State should thrash Georgia.  We got to talking about supposed talent inferiorities, but the all-important sophistication and scheme issues came back, and an important factor to Boise's rise---their confidence.  X started salivating at mention of this, saying Boise feels they can crush anyone, and if a team doesn't feel it can win like that, it won't.  People will write before the game that Boise players will be thinking "can we play with them", or something similar, when in reality, based on the games we observed them play last year, their incredible confidence will probably be closer to the reality, and a factor in them going from a modest win to a large one.  All just conjecture, of course.  Boise does have a swagger about them, something I usually get annoyed at, especially from little schools, but they've earned it.

X also took a jab at Georgia QB DJ Shockley, who lost Georgia's title chances a few years ago with some bad plays against Florida when Georgia was still undefeated.  I posited that I don't see Shockley starting for long, making way for a backup like Joe Tereshinksi or someone similar.

Another unavoidable topic was Florida and Urban Meyer.  I get the feeling just talking to X and doing my own analysis, that an USC/UF matchup is an inevitability, perhaps as early as this year.  What a great game that would be.

Lastly, we had a few words about Notre Dame, and the overall college football supremacy issue.  I believe institutional power, derived from years of winning, and tradition, help determine the overall heights a program can reach.  For example, USC can do what it's doing now because USC is a longtime power, has won titles and Heismans, and is in Los Angeles.  Arkansas and Illinois simply can never reach the kind of height USC has, or if they do, sustain something like what USC is doing.  Another program similar to USC is Miami.  X sees USC and Miami as similar, in that they are near major talent, have won a lot recently, are coastal, metropolitan, buzz-type schools, and have major swagger and the prestige of winning titles.  One school left out of X's "down-the-road" greatness was Notre Dame.

The Irish were way down, in fact.  X said something to the effect of, "I could see kids 20 years down the road going, hey Dad, what's so great about playing Notre Dame?  What good are they?"  Color me a bit shocked, but I get his point.  The money line was that "Notre Dame doesn't have tangibles, only intangibles".  Things like the Notre Dame mystique, because their Heismans and titles were so long ago and they don't have a natural recruiting base and difficult admission standards relative to other major football programs.  It's something to chew on.  I don't believe Notre Dam'e long-term predicament is that dire, but who knows.

I stuck up for Alabama as the other institutional power who could run with USC and X shook that one off, offering up Miami as the real competition.  It's interesting because both of us have in our minds an institutional power framework about the relative powers of the various college football programs, but each of us also has the powers slotted a little differently.

Personally, I think the big 3 are Notre Dame, USC and Alabama, followed by the Big-10 schools Ohio State and Michigan and Penn State, as well as Miami, and then a mild dropoff to the Texas/Oklahoma/Florida type programs and then followed by someone like UCLA, Washington, Auburn, and so on.  The great thing about college football is that we've had over 100 years for the schools to really position themselves, and with the modern changes in the game, see how the various old powers have adjusted, or not adjusted to scholarship limits, recruiting restrictions, NCAA checks on player compensation, changing admission standards, changing University priorities and other factors.

I found the conversation interesting and always relish opportunities to have brief discussions about the game we all love.  I only wish the college football season were a little closer, so that we could witness things play out.

Thursday
May052005

It's Different Now

While reviewing a fairly boring 2004 college football recap from Maxim's Jobu, we came across some interesting quotes.

Each one was mentioned about that season's championship coach---of course, glowing praise and calls towards a bright future.  A future still unmet.

These gave us a good laugh:

*"On which finger, exactly, does one wear a third national championship ring?"
—St. Petersburg Times in 1992, on Miami coach Dennis Erickson. He has yet to win a third national championship.

*There was only one Jack Nicklaus. There may just be one Bob Stoops.
Omaha World-Herald, December 6, 2003. Later that day, Stoops was flattened by Kansas State 35–7.

*"His legacy is now secure alongside that of the legendary General Robert Neyland."
—The Tennessean, following Phil Fulmer's national championship in 1999.

*"[Jim] Tressel's already approaching icon status, meaning those top recruiting classes will be an annual fixture."
Fox Sports, shortly after Ohio State's national championship in 2003.

Notice a pattern?  Obviously that was the author's point, to set up glowing praise after championships against those coaches' records since.  What we see is the college football media gushing over its favorite coaches, guys who interview well and look good on TV and play the game the media wants to play.

Looks like the college football media jumped the gun a bit on all these coaches.  Or in Erickson's case, he himself jumped the gun, as Miami went on to win titles through various coaches.  One day some of those guys will wake up and start looking towards more articulate, intelligent voices and borrowing from their expertise.  Voices like the one here at Resource, and also at HeismanPundit, among others.

Now, there are some good coaches out there worth taking the risk of backing: Pete Carroll, Bobby Petrino, Urban Meyer, Dan Hawkins, and a few others.  Start reading up on them and watching how their teams do what they do.  It's different, and better---but you'd never know if the lens through which you're looking is flawed and discolored.

Saturday
Apr232005

Louisville

Just stumbled across this piece from SI's Stewart Mandell about Louisville's rise.

Here at Resource, we tentatively have them pegged as a top 3 finisher in the 2005-2006 season.  We're dead serious, too.  The remarkable balance and level of offensive sophistication at that school combined with talents like Brian Brohm and Michael Bush has us very excited about their chances.  Think about it, for them to be top 10 good like they were last year with less talent relative to other big-school peers, there must be something else happening.  If the talent level remains about the same, and you can still keep around guys like Brohm and Bush, without removing that "something else (read: sophisticated offensive scheme, sound overall coaching)", the team really isn't going to suddenly drop off the map unless the coach leaves or the schedule is just too much or major injuries occur.

This is our way of saying the college football world should get used to Louisville as long as Bobby Petrino is their coach, they are a fine fine program, doing some of the same great things as newfound superpower USC, and small school superpower and sister school of sorts, Boise State.  The kids can play a little, its time to give them more than a little respect, since I think such programs can stand up to and beat your garden variety phonies like Auburn, LSU, Texas, Iowa and other similar schools.

Thursday
Apr072005

M.I.A.

Long time no see!

I would like to apologize for my absence on here.  My computer recently went down with some major issues and I have been working on restoring it, but that could take a good deal of time.  In the meantime, I have to scrap for basic internet access around a work schedule and other issues, leaving little time for Resource, sadly.

Our successful return is imminent in destiny but indefinite in the exact date or range of days of return.  Needless to say this is frustrating and an inconvenience, but that's how things go sometimes.

In the meantime, please please please do continue to stop by and make use of this website and its available resources.  We welcome your interest.

Additionally, with a little free time away from the computer now, I have been able to consider some plans of action on the future direction of this website.  All plans are positive and I look forward to greatly improving what we offer here.

Thank you again for your patience, please wait this one out with us, we will return soon enough to once again provide that which we offer here at CollegeFootballResource.com.

If you have any questions or concerns or ideas, by all means feel free to email us, by visiting our contact page linked on the left.

See you soon!  We will be back... big-time.

Wednesday
Mar232005

Updates

After inexplicably taking a week off, we've updated the latest news section.  It only took about an hour and a half to complete.

Wednesday
Mar232005

Interesting news from Tallahassee

Apparently the Florida State offensive assistants did not earn merit pay raises this offseason.  Additionally, new Seminole assistant and offensive line coach Mark McHale will have some freedom to tinker with the Seminole offense.  Maybe Bobby's finally coming around to fixing the offense that has deteriorated under son Jeff.


Wednesday
Mar232005

Bad Mix

Father-son Coach/Coordinator duos aren't working very well in college football right now.

  • Bobby Bowden-Jeff Bowden
  • Joe Paterno-Jay Paterno
  • Lou Holtz-Skip Holtz

'Nuff said.

Monday
Mar212005

We're Around

I had a busy weekend, so things are a little slow getting back into the swing of things here.  That said, I spent a lot of time reorganizing the blogs section, and adding blogs from my ridiculously large cache of links that need to be added.

I also shrank that list of "to be added" links to a manageable level.  All of this probably makes no sense, and you may not care, but it will/you will in time as you have a lot more links to explore and thus, make resourceful.

For some reason we always seem to be a few days behind in updating our "news" section.  We'll get that up to speed, soon.

I am kind of looking forward to the season, as there will be a lot more routine and continuity here.  This is kind of our development/freelance phase, and once the season starts I'll begin waxing poetic about how nice it was to have flexibility way back in March.  You gotta love blogging and managing a website.

As always, thank you for stopping by, we do notice that you are here and have an idea of the places you visit on here.  Don't be bashful, be sure and click around a lot, there's a lot more than you think.  Emails are always appreciated, but not insisted upon.  You know the drill.  Anyway, we here at collegefootballresource.com love college football, and hope you do, too!

Friday
Mar182005

Friday Heisman Blogging (For Real This Time)

  • Last week we posted about the death of Army Heisman winner Glenn Davis.  Later this week, The Sporting News' Dave Kindred penned a nice piece about Davis.


Glenn Davis, a magic name in college football history.

He was the elusive "Mr. Outside" to fullback Felix "Doc" Blanchard's "Mr. Inside" on the greatest Army teams. The Cadets were undefeated national champions in 1944 and 1945 and undefeated with a tie in 1946, the year Davis won the Heisman. In those Davis-Blanchard years, Army went 27-0-1.

Five feet 9 and 170 pounds, Davis was a halfback with world-class speed. He once finished a game, jumped into a car, shucked his football gear for a track suit, borrowed spiked shoes and alit at the blocks to run the 100 in 9.7 seconds. One season at West Point, he carried 82 times for 944 yards, an 11.5-yard average. His three-season average of 8.3 yards a carry remains a major-college record.

Davis wound up quietly donating his Heisman trophy to his high school alma mater, LaVerne High School in Bonita, California.  He was the stuff of legend and ended up married to Elizabeth Taylor for a while.

Interesting trivia in the article, about the auction prices for Heisman trophies.  Yale's 1936 winner, Larry Kelley, raked in $328,110.  Notre Dame's Paul Hornung, who won it in 1956, sold his for $250,000.  USC's O.J. Simpson, to pay off his civil trial fees and penalties, received $230,000 for his trophy.  I wonder how antsy the athletic directors at Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC are to pawn those things off?  Just kidding of course, but each school controls at least six live Heisman trophies, easily worth over a million dollars in total.

  • Although not a Heisman winner, former Oklahoma back Buck McPhail helped block for 1952 Heisman winner Billy Vessels.  He passed away a week or so ago.  He was part of the first thousand-yard rushing tandem in college football history in '52, gaining 1,018 yards and 6.3 yards per carry.
  • Here is a Heisman link I have found and will add to our links section soon:
  • CNNSI Statitudes-From Heismans to bowls.  There is a theory out there that winning the Heisman is a bowl curse.  The link is a bit dated (January 1, 2001), but if anything, only the undeserving, or at least weaker winners, have struggled.  Examples-
Credible Heisman Winners-
Desmond Howard, Michigan 1991
1992 Rose Bowl Performance
35 Rec Yards, 95 Total Yards
Washington 34, Michigan 14

Charlie Ward, Florida State, 1993
1994 Orange Bowl
24 Comp/43 Att (56%) 286 Yards, 0TD/0 INT
FSU 18, Nebraska 16 (FSU wins national championship)

Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, 1994
1995 Fiesta Bowl
27 Carries, 83 Yards, 3 TD
Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24

Eddie George, Ohio State, 1995
1996 Citrus Bowl
25 Carries, 101 Yards, 1 TD
Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14

Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 1996
1997 Sugar Bowl
18 Comp/34 Att (53%) 306 Yards, 3TD/1 INT
Florida 52, Florida State 20 (Florida wins national championship)

Charles Woodson, Michigan, 1997
1998 Rose Bowl
1 INT, 4 Tackles, 7 Rec Yards
Michigan 21, Washington State 16 (Michigan wins national championship)

Ricky Williams, Texas, 1998
1999 Cotton Bowl
30 Carries, 203 Yards, 2 TD
Texas 38, Mississippi State 11

Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, 1999
2000 Rose Bowl
34 Carries, 200 Yards, 1TD
Wisconsin 14, Stanford 9

Questionable Heisman Winners-
Ty Detmer, BYU, 1990
1990 Holiday Bowl
11 Comp/23 Att (48%) 120 Yards, 1TD/1 INT
Texas A&M 65, BYU 14

Gino Torretta, Miami, 1992
1993 Sugar Bowl
24 Comp/56 Att (43%) 278 Yards, 0TD/3 INT
Alabama 34, Miami 13 (Miami loses national championship game)

Chris Weinke, Florida State, 2000
2001 Orange Bowl
25 Comp/52 Att (48%) 276 Yards, 0TD/2 INT
Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2 (Florida State loses national championship game)

To me, it appears the legend going around that Heisman winners have bad bowl games is false.  But, if you insert a simple qualifier before the initial theory, we have a new, well backed theory.

Before-Heisman Winners have bad bowl games
New-Dubious Heisman winners have bad bowl games; legitemate Heisman winners have solid or better bowl games.

Look at the data above; of the eight "legitemate" Heisman winners listed, three won a national championship, all had successful individual games, and only two participated on losing teams.

Yet looking at the "dubious" Heisman winners, two of them participated in and lost national championship games, both with terrible performances.  All three had bad games.

The story stops in 2001, but since then the following gentlemen have won the Heisman Trophy:
2001-Eric Crouch, Nebraska
2002-Carson Palmer, USC
2003-Jason White, Oklahoma
2004-Matt Leinart-USC

Again, the revised theory we have made, holds. 

Crouch and the Nebraska option were suffocated by Miami in the Rose Bowl, and he joined the ranks of dubious recent winners losing in a championship contest.  In retrospect, Crouch was a solid winner, but in a fairly weak Heisman candidate field.

Palmer had an incredible finish to the 2002 season, directing USC's revival and smashing an upstart Iowa in the Orange Bowl.

Jason White had a terrible Big 12 Championship game against Kansas State, but behind his 40 touchdown tosses won the award before losing in a championship match against LSU.  He won in much the same way that Ohio State's Archie Griffin won the award, with voters mailing in their ballots before the season finished, too late to recast their votes after a late-season change (White's collapse/USC's Anthony Davis' incredible performance against Notre Dame that forced a change in Heisman voting rules).

Last year, Matt Leinart beat a loaded field, albeit with a fairly boring season, then eviscerated Oklahoma in a championship game with 5 touchdown tosses and a 55-19 final outcome.

  • Who should have won the Heisman?
Heisman revisionism is always interesting, in much the same way people look back on the contributions of the various American Presidents.  Opinions and the standards by which we judge and determine are fluid and ever-fickle.  Here is a Statitudes piece taking a skeptical look back.

1992 winner: Gino Torretta, QB, Miami
Statitudes nominee: Garrison Hearst, TB, Georgia

1996 winner: Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida
Statitudes nominee: Jake Plummer, QB, Arizona State

2000 winner: Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State
Statitudes nominee: LaDainian Tomlinson, TB, TCU

Can't say we agree with any of these, except perhaps the Plummer choice.  Did the Heisman voters get it right?  Who was your choice in 1992, 1996, and 2000?

  • Final thought-Is there any doubt right now that the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner will be one of the following three players-Reggie Bush, TB, USC, Matt Leinart, QB, USC, or Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma?  Injuries, and other unforseen situations can easily shake this up, but this thing has the feel of an incredibly hyped, yearlong battle among the superstar troika here, from two of the most prominent Heisman programs, including the defending award winner, and two backs from programs with a rich history of Heisman backs.
We have a lot more Heisman talk to address in the coming weeks, please continue to stop by.  Look for some kind of very early Heisman preview next week.  We'll float some names outside of the "Big 3".

Wednesday
Mar162005

NCAA Key Names

Other than NCAA President Myles Brand, do you know the name of a single NCAA official?  We highly doubt it.

Well, here are some names, courtesy of this story about the Rick Neuheisel lawsuit aftermath-

  • Wallace Renfro-Senior Advisor to NCAA President Myles Brand
  • David Didion-NCAA enforcement officer
  • Bill Saum-NCAA gambling chief
  • John Aslin-NCAA attorney
And one more, non-NCAA name, but fairly important

  • Dutch Baughman-National Athletic Directors Association director