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Imagine the life of Terrelle Pryor right now.  Imagine the legacy he will have in Columbus, Ohio.  For the matter, think about the legacy he’ll leave in college football.

Speaking in general, not about Pryor, that was part of the message that Bob Stoops delivered yesterday during a speech to 1200 Oklahoma fans during the Sooner Caravan.

Stoops is glad the NCAA is starting to drop the hammer.

Stoops explained, "When these things are realized, then they're dealt with. And at the end of the day, your legacy is dealt with as well, what you did, how you handled yourself. You stood for something."

"If this sends a message for other people that all of a sudden, your season didn't exist, maybe it's a strong enough message that I'm gonna be loyal to my team, my teammates and do things right or am I gonna be loyal to myself. That's a question for everybody."

It's a good point by Coach Stoops and one that reminds us of the Edgar A. Guest's poem "Your Name."

You got it from your father,
t'was the best he had to give,
And right gladly he bestowed it
It's yours, the while you live.

You may lose the watch he gave you
and another you may claim,
But remember, when you're tempted,
to be careful of his name.

It was fair the day you got it,
and a worthy name to bear,
When he took it from his father
there was no dishonor there.

Through the years he proudly wore it,
to his father he was true,
And that name was clean and spotless
when he passed it on to you.

Oh there's much that he has given
that he values not at all,
He has watched you break your playthings
in the days when you were small.

You have lost the knife he gave you
and you've scattered many a game,
But you'll never hurt your father
if you're careful with his name.

It is yours to wear forever,
yours to wear the while you live,
Yours, perhaps some distant morn,
another boy to give.

And you'll smile as did your father,
with a smile that all can share,
If a clean name and a good name
you are giving him to wear.




Not kidding, Trooper has chest bumped Barack Obama

If you follow us on twitter @footballscoop, you would have read our tweet this morning around 9 am EST that said, “Auburn will visit Barack Obama at the White House today. Do you think Trooper will rock the backwards hat? Chest bump the President?”

As you may have heard, the Auburn Tigers visited the White House today to receive congratulations from President Barack Obama on the undefeated National Championship season.

In regards to our tweet, we were sort of kidding when we thought Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor would chest bump the President like he does most players following a touchdown.

Apparently, after reading our tweet this morning from his iPhone, President Obama decided, "What the heck, I'll sky high for a chest bump myself." 

Here’s the latest:

@WarBlogle has just tweeted, “Trooper Taylor just gave the President of the United States a chest bump. I'm not kidding.”

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Should these guys get paid?

The bio for South Carolina defensive end read Devin Taylor reads, “Talented playmaker who exploded on the scene last fall... earned all-conference accolades as a sophomore... expected to raise his game to the next level after spending another season in the weight room... has made 19 career starts.”

After the YouTube commercial launched today by South Carolina, perhaps the bio should include, “Featured personality in pre-season commercial to boost ticket sales.”

Undoubtedly, Taylor participated in the video for free.  South Carolina can’t pay him for his appearnace in the commercial.  Yet, the university is using him to help boost season ticket sales.

At the least, it's an interesting subject to us.

Surely, South Carolina fans are eager to see Taylor, all 6'7 and 248 lbs, line up opposite of the nation's #1 recruit, Jadeveon Clowney.

South Carolina is the second school in recent weeks to use a star player in a commercial to boost ticket sales.  USC did it a couple of weeks ago with quarterback Matt Barkley.

Should these players be compensated in any way for their appearances in these types of commercials?




Willie Taggart: You can count on it

Does any head coach in college football rivals Willie Taggart’s optimism?

Heading into his second years as Western Kentucky head coach, Taggart is convinced the Hilltoppers are “going to have a consistently successful, big-time college football program – you can count on it.”

You gotta like that.

So what’s the plan?

Taggart told the American Chronicle, "We're going to get back to a more blue-collar approach in terms of how we work to become better players and coaches. We're not asking for any handouts. We're going into the season with an understanding that we have to work for every ounce of respect and success we achieve.”

"It will mean staying a little longer on the practice field, staying a little longer in the weight room, staying a little longer in the film room and working a little harder while we're doing all that. If we work at it like I expect us to, there's no reason we can't be the best team in our conference -- no reason at all."

Under Taggart, the Hilltoppers have finished with the top ranked recruiting class in the Sun Belt two years in a row.  That’s certainly a good place to start.

In 2011, Western Kentucky opens against Kentucky in Nashville, TN.  Still haven’t quite figured that one out yet.  The next three are at home against Navy, Indiana State, and Arkansas State.




Former Cane shares candid words about Randy Shannon era

Former Miami (FL) defensive back Ryan Hill shared some candid words about the Randy Shannon era with the Miami Herald. 

Hill talked mostly about the ridiculous immaturity on the team, a lack of respect of authority, and drugs.  He believes that if the program is going to get back near the top of college football, then Al Golden is going to have to implement serious changes. 

Hill said, “In my early years at UM, there were guys who were freshmen who acted like adults — Jon Beason, Teraz McCray, Greg Olsen. When I was a senior last year, some sophomores and juniors acted like freshmen. Guys would do silly stuff like pulling their pants down, wearing crazy stuff.” (See photo of Jacory Harris below)

“Guys would come late to meetings. They would schedule appointments and not show up or listen to iPods in class. I was always told by academic advisors to talk to [teammates]. Some kids got worse after they got here. People were purposely doing stuff to mock Randy Shannon or do their own thing.”

“Coach Shannon tried to make sure guys went to class and presented themselves well. But as soon as he turned his back, they would do what they wanted.”

In Hill’s eyes, there was a another problem that existed as well.

“Coach Shannon put fear in guys not to do pot during the season. But I know there were a couple guys that beat the system. Nobody got caught. Now coach Golden has a problem on his hands, and he has to figure out how to handle it.

Hill, a defensive back out of Tallahassee, played in 49 career games, starting 18.  

Shannon led Miami (FL) to a 28-22 record in his four years as head coach.  The Hurricanes were 16-16 in ACC games.  After losing to South Florida in the final game of the 2010 season, Shannon was relieved of his duties as head coach.

jacory




Colt McCoy's wife randomly calls ESPN radio, disgusted with boosters

Colt McCoy’s wife, Rachel, made a random phone call to ESPN Radio this morning during The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

Rachel McCoy is disgusted at how boosters and educated men try to provide gifts and free dinners to Texas players, specifically Colt.

Rachel McCoy said Colt was regularly offered free dinners, but “people in Texas are just being friendly and they don’t mean anything by it at all.”

Here’s the problem, however.

“You’ve got guys who are grown adult men with law degrees, educated men, you look at it and say what are they going to gain from this.  Really, to me, it’s to say I bought ‘so and so’ dinner.  Hey, I took ‘so and so’ to do this.  These grown men, it’s just their pride.”

“My joke is my biggest competition with Colt is not girls, it’s 40 year-old men who want to say, ‘Hey, I did this with Colt.’”

“You have to go after these adult men.”

“You cannot expect 19 or 20 year-old kids to say no to free stuff when they are in college.  It’s silly.  We need to make something more set for these adults to keep them accountable.  I just think it’s to be able to tell their buddies, honestly.”

“Most of these boosters, it’s not to make them player better, they are not giving them cars to play better.  They’re not going to play better if you give them a car.  But they want to be remembered down the line when the make it to the NFL, they think they’ll be remembered as they guy that help me.  They’re not going to be remembered because they bought them a car or dinner.”

And let’s be honest, if anyone knows what really goes on, it’s probably the longtime girlfriend of the starting quarterback at the University of Texas.

rachel




Schiano: Unanimously, everyone is concerned about the onsides kick

Greg Schiano appeared as a guest on the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio this afternoon to talk about his proposal to eliminate kick-offs.

In case you missed Schiano’s proposal, you can read it here.

Today, Schiano further explained, “I worry as much about the onsides kick-off.  You’d be hard pressed to find a coach that doesn’t think the onside kick isn’t one of the most dangerous plays in sports.  It’s setup for some bad things.”

“I brought it up to my fellow Big East coaches at the Big East meetings. Unanimously, everyone is concerned about the onsides kick.  Then I think when you think about the regular kick-off, the size and speed has changed tremendously in the last 20 years. Certainly, the bone structure hasn’t.  So something has got to give.”

Schiano talked about the norm these days… a 240-250 linebacker that can really run.  After all, it’s still force = mass x acceleration.

“I don’t think the guys are more violent.  They are just much better trained and the training starts at such an early age.”

Of course, Schiano’s team is a blue-collar team, so don’t think he’s trying to gain an advantage that would benefit his style of play.

“I think people realize, especially people who know me, you may beat us, but you’re going to leave the game sore and bruised when you play a Rutgers team.  That’s not the intent…to the game a soft game.”

To wrap up the interview, Schiano did mention that Eric Legrand is gradually, but slowly improving.  His spirit is giving him a chance.




Jerry Kill: Our only goal as a staff is one thing...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, fresh off his #1 ranking from Athlon’s College Football Preview, hit the speaking circuit yesterday in the great state of Minnesota.

Kill told a group of Gopher fans, “The thing that we want from you more than anything is your loyalty, we want your support.  It’s going to be tough.  It won’t be easy.  Some days you’ll say, ‘Boy, I don’t know.’”

“Everywhere I’ve been, when we started, they’ve said ‘Boy, I don’t know.’ You can’t change things over night.  You’ve been patient for a long time.  I know some of you say, ‘Too damn long.’  I understand that.  I wish I had a magical wand or a crystal ball to make it right.”

“Our only goal as a staff is one thing…I want to see you smile and I want you to say ‘Boy, I’m proud of that football team and they reflect the great state of Minnesota.”

“Change is hard.”

“I’ll be honest with you.  We have a vision.  It’s not going to be easy.”

The Gophers open at Southern Cal.  The next three games are in Minnesota against New Mexico State, Miami (OH), and North Dakota State.