Vance Bedford to Texas fans: "Get off your duff and go buy these tickets"

With Saturday's opener against North Texas approaching, Texas announced Wednesday it was still 9,000 tickets short of a sell out. 

A full sell out has become rare since Texas expanded Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to 101,000-plus in 2009. A 15-11 home record over a four-year stretch tends to thin out the demand. But the excitement and intrigue a new coaching staff brings, plus the game broadcast placed exclusively on the still-limited Longhorn Network, figured to combine to fill out DKR. Not quite.

At his weekly media availability, Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford admonished the Longhorn faithful in a way only he can.

Vance Bedford answer

(via Max Olson)

Additional context says Bedford was being less than serious throughout his answer, but either way this is good stuff. 

Updated: Here's the video:

Update to the Josh Shaw story: He made it all up

The end of the Josh Shaw saga was one that no one wanted to see, though it seemed like the only one possible after USC so quickly and violently distanced itself from him on Tuesday. He made the whole thing up. 

 Head coach Steve Sarkisian minced no words in his response. "We are extremely disappointed in Josh. He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story. I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized," Sarkisian said. "Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable."

According to David Leon Moore of USA Today, USC officials doubted Shaw's story originally, with the sports information department and other athletics department officials spending "hours talking to Shaw and others in an attempt to vet the story," but could find anything to discredit it. Because Shaw was a team captain and highly respected by the people at USC, they ran with it.

One has to wonder why USC threw itself so strongly behind the story, with Sarkisian calling it "a heroic act" and saying it was an example of "the kind of person he is", if they had such serious doubts about the story, but that's a question athletics director Pat Haden is likely asking his staff right now.

Shaw has hired a lawyer, although that lawyer has stated, "there is no criminal aspect to this whatsoever." So, there's that.

USC has suspended Shaw indefinitely, but there is the immediate and all-too-real fact of Shaw's two sprained ankles that have to be dealt with before a return to the field can even become possible. 

The top seven reasons you should watch Abilene Christian vs. Georgia State tonight

The 2014 FBS season begins tonight - yes, tonight. Kicking off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU, Abilene Christian makes the trip from West Texas to the Georgia Dome to face Trent Miles and his Georgia State Panthers. This is actually the second Division I game on the 2014 calendar, following Eastern Washington's win over Sam Houston State last Saturday. And, I'm not going to lie to you, the quality of this game won't confuse you with the game the Georgia Dome will host 24 hours later - Boise State vs. Ole Miss. In fact, both of the teams from Saturday's FCS game would be favored to win this game. 

Still, it's football.

With the 2014 FBS season now just hours away, here are seven reasons to tune in tonight: 

1. It's football.

2. It's our only chance to watch football on a Wednesday until November 5. That's 10 long, dark, MACtion-less weeks with no Wednesday football.

3. Georgia State has lost 16 consecutive games, tied with Miami (Ohio) for the longest losing skid in FBS. Chuck Martin's new team opens with Marshall, and then gets a winnable game with Eastern Kentucky in Week 2. This is a golden chance to stick the RedHawks with sole possession of the nation's longest losing skid. The Panthers host New Mexico State in Week 2, and then won't get a puncher's chance at victory until late October.

4. Again, it's football.

5. This is Abilene Christian's first game as a full-fledged, card-carrying member of Division I. The Wildcats posted a 6-5 record as an FCS Independent in 2013, and join the Southland Conference as a full member in 2014.

6. Abilene Christian Parker McKenzie's circuitous, unlikely route to the Georgia Dome. McKenzie was born and raised in the Atlanta area, and grew up dreaming of playing quarterback in the Georgia Dome for the Atlanta Falcons. The McKenzie family moved to the San Antonio area during McKenzie's teenage years, but he kept the dream alive. Starring at quarterback at Smithson Valley High School, McKenzie sent highlight tapes to the Georgia State coaching staff, but the interest was not reciprocated, so he ended up at ACU, a Division II school at the time. In the time since, Abilene Christian has moved to Division I, and McKenzie has won the starting job. And now, voila, McKenzie is set to play quarterback inside the Georgia Dome like he always dreamed - just not in the path anyone could have predicted.

7. Again, it's football. 


Samford head coach Pat Sullivan to miss opener vs. TCU

Samford head coach Pat Sullivan will miss the Bulldogs' trip to TCU on Saturday, the school announced Wednesday.

"My doctors have advised me not to travel at this time due to a complication from a surgery earlier this year," he said in a statement. "We have an incredible coaching staff that has done a great job preparing our team for the season opener. I have full confidence that our coaches and student-athletes will make the Samford family proud on Saturday."

There's never a good time for a head coach to miss his team's game, but Saturday's opener is an especially bad time for Sullivan. As TCU's head coach from 1992-97, Sullivan was to be a part of the Horned Frogs' celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the club's 1994 Southwest Conference championship.

"I am happy that my wife, Jean, along with our son, Patrick, and daughter, Kelly, will be there to support the Bulldogs and reconnect with many of our old TCU friends."

This marks the third consecutive season Sullivan has missed Samford's season opener. He missed the 2012 opener, a 24-21 win over Furman, due to a bout with pneumonia, and missed the first three games of the 2013 season due to recovery from back surgery. 

Assistant head coach Bill D'Ottavio filled in for Sullivan each time, leading Samford to a 3-1 mark in Sullivan's absence. We have heard D'Ottavio did a superb job filling in for Sullivan. 

As we tweeted earlier, Sullivan has taken on a reduced workload leading into this season.

Sullivan is 40-39 in six seasons as Samford's head coach.

Les Miles has penned a very special love letter to the city of Baton Rouge

The Huffington Post has a section on it's website called "Love Letters" where, apparently, people submit letters to towns and cities that hold a special place in their heart.

Today, a submission from Les Miles appeared on the feed, addressed to the city of Baton Rouge. In it you get a true sense for the love that Les has for the city heim and his family have been blessed to call home for nearly a decade.

Even though there is no way to vouch for its authenticity at this point, let's remember this is Les Miles we're talking about. Simply put, this is special.


See the full article here.

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