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College Football Notebook – May 21, 2013

I decided on Monday that I was going to start keeping a blog post open all day long on my end so that I can add quick links and thoughts in a running diary sort of format. Unfortunately I got side tracked on Monday so I’m starting this idea today. There will be some days when I skip this but I think this will serve as a good way to keep updated with fresh content on the site more consistently, as well as a nice way to link to some other links I have to share through some other outlets.

This post will be updated throughout the day as I see fit, so feel free to check back as often as you like during the day or just check in in the evening to see what you may have missed. Or, check in in the morning as you are checking to see the overnight scores and fantasy team results and more for a good round-up of college football tidbits from the previous day. We’ll see how this goes, and it begins now…


Ole Miss and Photoshop Lies

Ole Miss may claim three national titles, but they have zero of those trophies.

This off-season has seen an increasing usage of Twitter and Photoshops by assistant coaches and head coaches to advertise their respective programs. That now includes Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, who put together one heck of a recruiting class back in February. I know I am excited to watch what Freeze does with his recruits moving forward, and why shouldn’t we be excited about Ole Miss perhaps becoming a team on the rise?

Check out the image on the right. That is a piece of work shared by Freeze on Twitter recently. You will note that Ole Miss is laying claim to three national championships, complete with three AFCA national championship crystal ball trophies. This of course raises some eyebrows, because Ole Miss has never received one of those trophies. In fact, Ole Miss has never finished a season ranked first overall by the Associated Press or the coaches.

Ole Miss claims national titles in 1959 (Sagarin, two others named Ole Miss champions), 1960 (FWAA, six others), and 1962 (Sagarin, two others). The AFCA National Championship Trophy was first awarded in 1986 to Penn State and was retroactively awarded to schools who had finished on top of the coaches polls dating back to 1950.

But wait, there’s more. The image shared here is actually an updated version of an earlier image that left out the quote source and listed it is “Unknown.” Nice try Ole Miss.I do love the inclusion of the Nike logo for good measure.

100 Days and Counting

Is it college football season yet? 100 days to go.

Michael Mauti speaks to Bill King

I try to start every morning by listening to Bill King’s show. If you like college football, you should too. This morning he had Michael Mauti, former Penn State linebacker, on as a guest. To my surprise they did not really discuss the Sports Illustrated story, but getting to hear Mauti reflect on his past year is worth the listen.

ACC Network? Not so fast!

The Big Ten and Pac 12 have their own networks. The SEC will have one next year. Texas has their own network as well. There was talk of an ACC Network potentially being in the works, but Sports Business Journal explains why that might not be happening as smoothly as you might have thought. The biggest hurdle? Media rights, of course. Ahh, media network battles. Such fun.

What Eddie Vanderdoes does remains unknown

Notre Dame scored a huge recruiting victory when they added blue chip defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes to their Class of 2013, but now it looks uncertain the Irish will even see the massive lineman suit up. The rumor mill is spinning every which way right now with Vanderdoes and Brian Kelly keeping silent. Perhaps silence is a good thing for the Irish.

Is this a new Eastern Michigan helmet?

EMU Helmet 2013

Eastern Michigan attempted to emulate what Oregon had done with uniform combinations last season. To me, it was well worth the effort and did not look too bad overall. On Tuesday we got a quick glimpse of a potential helmet for the Eagles to wear in 2013, but it was taken down almost immediately.

I like it, at first glance. But there is no confirmation that this helmet will actually see the light of day this season. It certainly would not shock me to see it, considering Eastern Michigan’s recent uniform decisions and need to use any recruiting tool possible to turn things around. I was not a fan of Cincinnati’s similarly styled helmet when I first saw it, but once I had a chance to see it on TV I sort of changed m tune. I imagine this potential Eastern Michigan helmet would look similar.

The Detroit Lions Bowl

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the NFL’s Detroit Lions are interested in taking a page from the New York Yankees playbook and starting a brand new bowl game, which would be hosted in Ford Field.

It’s a good way to do some scouting I suppose, but I just ant to be sure that Matt Millen is in the broadcast booth when this plan comes together.

Worst case scenario for Alabama: Winning the Sugar Bowl, 11 wins

Times are tough for Alabama when the worst possible scenario I could come to grips with putting together still included a Sugar Bowl victory in an 11-2 season. Check out the full run down of best and worst case scenarios for the SEC.

We get it Michigan…

Michigan footballs are made in the USA, not in Ohio.

Michigan footballs are NOT made in Ohio, for those wondering.

Michigan footballs are NOT made in Ohio, for those wondering.


Paul Finebaum, the so-called voice of the SEC, is ready to return to the airwaves on August 1. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, Finebaum’s return will air on ESPN Radio, which will be part of a multi-platform contract that has Finebaum also appearing on television regularly on ESPN programming. It also includes a TV simulcast of his radio show that will air on the SEC Network starting in August 2014.

Sure, he has a bias toward the SEC, but it would be an understatement to say he is not one of the top college football media voices. I suspect that many of Finebaum’s regular guests will be prohibited from appearing on his new ESPN show due to contract issues. Some of Finebaum’s top guests, in my book, from the college football media world have been guys like Tony Barnhart, Bruce Feldman and Tim Brando. Those voices are all affiliated in one way or another with CBS Sports of course, so their appearances on a competing network would be limited at best. This opens the door for more ESPN voices of course, from national guys like Brett McMurphy and Ivan Maisel to local ESPN affiliates perhaps. That has potential to be a lateral move in many respects as far as guests, but time will tell for sure.

One thing is for sure though. Finebaum will attract many interesting characters to his show, and I know I’ll hang up and listen.

San Jose State football building approved

Artist rendering of the Vermeil Walsh Athletic Complex.

Artist rendering of the Vermeil Walsh Athletic Complex.

San Jose State had plans to build a new football facility approved by the California State University board of Trustees today. Named after two Super Bowl winning coaches with San Jose ties, Bill Walsh and Dick Vermeil, the building is already halfway funded through pledged money. Per San Jsoe State:

The Vermeil-Walsh Athletic Complex would be a two-story, 61,000 square-foot facility located at the north end of Spartan Stadium. Estimated cost is $38.557-million with the entire project funded by private donations. Presently, more than 50% of the estimated cost is pledged.

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Kevin McGuire
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