Your daily morning suggested links
From the video archives, Patrick Willis shows off arm tackling skills.
TCU athletics director Chris Del Conte (good man, met him twice) found himself in a little bit of a sticky situation yesterday, allegedly confirming that Florida State, Clemson and Miami were all interested in joining the Big 12. Of course, he later retracted that statement and tried to spin that he was commenting on the rumor mill rather than confirming anything official. Remember, Del Conte and the Horned Frogs are not officially in the Big 12 until July 1, bu that dies not mean Del Conte does not know what is going on behind closed doors.
Who is the highest paid athletics director in the nation? It’s not Del Conte, but the answer might surprise you.
Ohio State will hand out 500 iPads to student-athletes next year to certain teams, with football more than likely to be a given. The goal is to provide each student athlete with an iPad over the next two years. This is certainly not the first time student athletes have been given iPads when walking on campus, but it is still a heck of a mission by Ohio State.
Keith Pompey, Temple beat reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, says the Big East intends to expand to 14 football members in 2015, when Navy is already scheduled to dock their ships in the conference. Who will be joining them? Pompey says BYU and Air Force will be the two new members. If that is accurate, it is the bets move the Big East can do, as it fills the conference’s western presence and compliments the additions of San Diego State and Boise State as best the conference can. BYU would have to give up their independence, but some folks I talk to on Twitter, and does it get any more official than that, seem to dig the potential move. We’ll see how this all shapes out.
Speaking of the Big East, should the ACC and Big East organize their own bowl game? It was one of my initial reactions following the Big 12, SEC bowl agreement. Business of College Sports investigates the value of the potential bowl game.
My colleague over at Examiner.com, Charles Rouse, took a look at how often the nation’s top-ranked team came from one of four conferences. Do the numbers surprise you?
Pat Forde gives his take on conference realignment.
Whatever the future has in store for a national championship process, Notre Dame is sure there will be enough room for Notre Dame, and of course whatever Notre Dame wants, Notre Dame gets. I’m sorry, I respect the tradition and history of Notre Dame but if this realignment mess is not enough to open some eyes in South Bend (and get others to stop coddling them), then what will?
Some of us are simply counting down the days until the first college football game of the season. Let’s Go Rockets is counting down the days until the Cincinnati game.
The Sun Belt Conference will not add Idaho or New Mexico State. Unless the two remaining ingredients of a soured WAC can find a way to join the Mountain West Conference (or PAC 12 or Big 12 – HA!) who knows what the future has in store for these two schools. FCS?
On yesterday’s podcast I talked to Chadd Scott, and took a look at why he changed his mind on Florida State. Also, be sure to find out how you can enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to the Pennsylvania 400! Hurry, time is running out!
Despite StateCollege.com’s best efforts to write off Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden, the opening day starter each of the past two seasons does not seem to be going anywhere, yet. Should he be the starter this season? This guy thinks so. Over on Nittany Lions Den, a look at the 2008 Penn State-Michigan game. And while I am on the topic of Penn State, a job well done to the outgoing managing editors and a congrats and best wishes to the new guys in charge over at Black Shoe Diaries.
Rich Rodriguez (1963, Arizona head coach) – The former West Virginia and Michigan head coach will return to the sidelines this year. It was only a matter of time beore that happened, of course.
Kareem McKenzie (1979, Penn State) – A solid offensive tackle for Penn State but never highly decorated. McKenzie has been a part of the two New York Giants Super Bowl championship teams the past few years.