Saturday, December 1, 2007

SO MUCH FOR JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS…

Evidently we know less about human nature, and a whole lot less about the typical burglary, than we thought…

Miami-Dade police announced the arrests of four men Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of Sean Taylor in his Miami home and said more than one has confessed.

Police said the men broke into Taylor's home early Monday in a targeted attempt to burglarize the professional football player's residence. They did not expect Taylor to be home, police said, and fled in a waiting vehicle after the shooting.

"They were certainly not looking to go there and kill anyone," Miami-Dade police director Robert Parker said.

All of the men -- Venjah K. Hunte, 20; Eric Rivera Jr., 17; Jason Scott Mitchell, 19; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18 -- resided in or around Fort Myers, FL, which is about 160 miles from Miami.
So, if, like us, you were wondering is Taylor's past played a role in his death, it didn't. It was his present that led to his tragic death, and he had absolutely nothing to do with it...

DON’T EVER GIVE UP…

As Jimmy V week ends today, it’s worthwhile noting that ESPN has made a bunch of hoopla out of it, and Coach K and Dickie V have garnered many heartstrung headlines about raising money for his foundation. All well and good.

However, like Christmas (which we seemingly now celebrate in November) there is more to Jimmy V week than Vitale’s shouting.

His famous “Don’t Ever Give Up” speech is still worth watching now and again, and it’s still worth a goose bump or two. Yes, it’s almost ten minutes long, but it’s worth it. You’re not that busy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePXlkqkFH6s

Yesterday, TAH made a donation in honor of our 8,000 hits since we opened shop to report the news from and poke fun at our favorite college sports conference. We only wish Valvano was still around as he would have been a great source of material!

To make a donation go to: https://www.jimmyv.org/donate/donations/index.cfm

(Photo Jimmy V Foundation)

FRIDAY HOOP

FLORIDA STATE 72, Stetson (Hats, 2,723 cowboys, Dallas, TX) 59

Just kidding. It is Hatters, but it's in DeLand, FL...

ALL ACC FOOTBALL TEAM

OFFENSE FIRST TEAM
QB Matt Ryan, Boston College, Sr.
RB Andre Callender, Boston College, Sr.
RB Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech, Sr.
WR Aaron Kelly, Clemson, Jr.
WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, Soph
TE Ryan Purvis, Boston College, Jr.
OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College, Sr.
OT Barry Richardson, Clemson, Sr.
OG Branden Albert, Virginia, Jr.
OG Chris McDuffie, Clemson, Sr.
C Steve Justice, Wake Forest, Sr .
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DEFENSE FIRST TEAM
DE Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech, Sr.
DE Chris Long, Virginia, Sr.
DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina, Sr.
DT Vance Walker, Georgia Tech, Jr.
LB Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech, Sr.
LB Geno Hayes, Florida State, Jr.
LB Erin Henderson, Maryland, Jr.
CB Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech, Jr. (Glennon wasn’t the only Hokie to have his jersey stolen prior to the GT game.)
CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, Jr.
SS Kenny Phillips, Miami, Jr.
FS Jamie Silva, Boston College, Sr.
(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

SPECIALISTS FIRT TEAM
K Connor Barth, North Carolina, Sr.
P Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech, Sr.
KR Kevin Marion, Wake Forest, Sr.
PR Eddie Royal, Virginia Tech, Sr.
ALL-PURPOSE Kenneth Moore, Wake Forest, Sr.

THE BONDSPRANOS?

HBO Films is planning to turn a best selling book about Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use and the federal government's wide-ranging probe into performance enhancing drug use in sports into a movie.

Lance Williams, a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, said that Ron Shelton has been tapped to direct the flick and will co-write the script with "Tin Cup" partner John Norville (assuming the Hollywood writers’ strike gets settled...)

The planned movie based on the book "Game of Shadows" was first reported Wednesday by Variety. Williams co-wrote the book with sports writer Mark Fainuru-Wada, who recently left the Chronicle to join ESPN.

Much of the book was based on secret grand jury testimony of Bonds and other famous athletes leaked to them. The book recounts how Bonds allegedly began using steroids in 1999 after becoming jealous of Mark McGwire setting Major League Baseball's single season home run mark the previous season.

An HBO spokesman declined to comment.

PICTURES OF THE DAY

EVEL KNIEVEL...Iconic daredevil. October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

IS A FINE PENDING? Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens throws popcorn in his face after scoring in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers.

Remembering that NFL football is enterntainment, and only entertainment, we thought it was funny and one of the better whacky end zone celebrations.

(AP Photo/Mike Thomas)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

IS THE NAVY HOOKED ON PHONICS? What's worse than having your team name misspelled? Try having your school name misspelled. And it's one of the U.S. service academies. And it's only four letters long. Did Matthew Harmon do push ups for this gaff in September of 2006, or did the equipment manager take the fall?

According to ESPN the photo is legit.

(Photo by Getty Images)

Friday, November 30, 2007

THREE SUSPECTS DETAINED

According the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade detectives have detained two teenagers and a man in his 20s in Lee County for questioning in the death of Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor.

Investigators believe the young men learned of Taylor's house through someone who unwittingly set up the burglary by bragging about the football star's wealth.

The suspects include 17- and 19-year-olds and a 26-year-old. All hail from the Fort Myers area.

The former University of Miami star was not supposed to be home at the time of the break-in. While the Redskins played in Tampa, he had come home to get a second medical opinion on his injured knee.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents and at least two Miami-Dade homicide squads have been in Fort Myers and they picked up the young men Friday morning.

AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE...

...the Cowboys are good. They beat the Packers last night after roughing up Brett Favre 37-27.

Here T.O. wears a #21 on his helmet for Sean Taylor.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SATURDAY FOOTBALL

VIRGINIA TECH (-3) v. BOSTON COLLEGE

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE:
Tennessee v. LSU (-7.5)
Oklahoma (-3) v. Mizzou
West Virginia (-26.5) v. Pittsburgh
Washington v. Hawaii (-14)
USC (-16) v. UCLA

Point spread for recreational purposes only.

(Photo www.theacc.com)

GO ARMY!

Not that we’re taking sides, but…the old man was a career Army guy...

Navy is a 14 point favorite. After all, they average 40.1 points per game...

...but, they give up 39.5 points per game.

THURSDAY HOOP

UNC – Charlotte 63, WAKE FOREST 59 -- An'Juan “Got Lost In The” Wilderness scored a career-high 21 points and Leemire “Highwire” Goldwire hit the clinching free throw with 1.5 seconds left to lead Charlotte (49ers, 16,658 students, Charlotte, NC) past cold-shooting Wake Forest 63-59 on Thursday.

Wake shot 35% from the field and 23% from behind the 3 point line.

Charlotte's An'Juan “Got Lost In The” Wilderness (21) drives past Wake Forest's James Johnson (23) and L.D. Williams (42) during the second half.

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

AND THEN DEPRESSION SET IN…

In a desperate attempt to win a National Championship in a men’s sport other than one that was invented by the Europeans or the Canadian Indians (Native Canadians?), the University of Virginia announced today that it was starting a Men’s Field Hockey team, and petitioning the ACC to make it an official sport. “Shorts, sticks, what more do you want?” said Cav AD Craig Littlepage.

“We’re not doing so well either,” said NCSU AD Lee Fowler (no relation to Chris), “so we’re in too. I think Herb Sendek once said 'desperate times call for desperate measures' or something like that.”

In their first unofficial game, the two teams played one another since they are the only ACC schools with teams. They will play 10 home and home series prior to advancing to the two team tournament. The top two seeds will advance to the NCAA tournament.

Here some guy from NCSU gets ready to whack some guy from UVa all the while pretending to try and hit the ball.

Nice unis, we must admit.

(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

RYAN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Ryan is ending the season the same way he started it - as the best player in the ACC. The Boston College quarterback was named Wednesday as the ACC's Player of the Year by a vote of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Ryan, picked as the preseason player of the year pick, also was an overwhelming choice for offensive player of the year. He received 50 of 71 first-place votes, well ahead of Virginia defensive lineman Chris Long (18). Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper, Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson and Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice each had one first-place vote.

If John Clark hadn’t abruptly resigned, he could have voted for Chris Rix.
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Virginia senior defensive end Chris Long was selected the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Long is the second Cavalier to win the league's top defensive player award; current UVa running backs coach Anthony Poindexter won it as a safety in 1998.

Long received 69 of 71 votes as Defensive Player of the Year. Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson and Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler each received one vote.
Long was the ACC leader this season in sacks (1.13/g) and tackles for loss (1.54/g). Long also leads conference defensive linemen in tackling with an average of 6.2 tackles per game.

(Photo courtesy of WCAV)

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

A Wake Forest program that relies on patient red-shirting and fifth-year seniors has suddenly produced two consecutive ACC rookies of the year.

Running back Josh Adams is the latest freshman standout for the Demon Deacons, joining last year's winner, quarterback Riley Skinner, in a backfield that could have coach Jim Grobe's misdirection offense clicking for years to come.

Adams - also the league's overwhelming offensive rookie of the year - received 51 of a possible 71 votes in balloting conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates was second with 12 votes, followed by Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5). How Taylor got fewer votes that Yates mystifies TAH.

UNC's Deunta Williams was the defensive rookie of the year, receiving 48 votes. Teammate Charles Brown was voted first on nine ballots, followed by Virginia's Ras-I Dowling (5), Georgia Tech's Morgan Burnett (3), Austin (2) and N.C. State's Markus Kuhn (2).

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

DANGER WILL ROBINSON: STUDENT ATHLETE ALERT!

Virginia senior tight end Tom Santi has been named recipient of the 2007 James E. Tatum Award. The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and UNC.

Santi, a native of Nashville, Tenn., is a three-year starter for the Cavaliers who was named to the second-team All-ACC football team this past Monday. He is currently the third-leading receiver in Virginia history for a tight end, having made 94 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 6 touchdowns.

A member of the 2006 ACC All-Academic Football Team, he currently has a career 3.35 GPA in his major of Sociology. In addition to his academic achievements, Santi is the co-founder of a community service program called "Athletes Committed to Community and Education," which is designed to promote academic success, support character education and develop leadership qualities.

Unless we are missing something, he actually is a "student athlete."

Who knew?

PICTURE OF THE DAY

IT ALL STARTED IN 1890…and Army and Navy have played off and on 107 times since then. Navy has won 51 and Amry 49 with 7 ties between them. This photo is from the 1908 game played a Franklin Field. Army won 6-0.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

LOCAL RIVALRY…the Army-Navy football game was won by Army 32-13 in Philadelphia. This was a local Army/Navy game held at Furlong Field, January 7, 1945 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

(Photo courtesy of Robert F. Walden Collection)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

BECAUSE THEY AREN'T BEING CHASED BY THE COPS? O.J. pled not guilty…Surprised? Anybody? The arraignment of the former football star and two co-defendants on armed robbery and kidnapping charges lasted barely a half hour Wednesday. Simpson was gone almost as quickly as he could say "not guilty."

There were no surprises and no traffic, and the crowds that attended a preliminary hearing two weeks ago were missing from the subdued scene that saw only a half-full courtroom.

The trial starts April 7, 2007, just five days after Michael Vick’s gets underway.

DID SEAN TAYLOR’S PAST…

…catch up to him?

Like Mike Vick and Pacman Jones who were unable to extract themselves from their pre-celebrity athlete lives, did Sean Taylor’s past catch up with him in a fatal way on Sunday night?

While teammates and coaches to a man have said Taylor had made great strides in personal growth over the past 18 months since the birth of his daughter, he did have a checkered past.

Taylor was arrested in Fairfax County for DUI in 2004, but that hardly makes him a hardened criminal. In June of 2005, Taylor was arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm (a felony) and battery (a misdemeanor), for allegedly pointing a gun at a person over a dispute over two ATVs that Taylor claimed were stolen. The charges were resolved through a plea bargain.

Fast forward to November 28, 2007 when ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols said Taylor’s fiance Jackie Garcia (a niece of actor Andy Garcia) said she and Taylor were at home asleep when they heard an intruder. Garcia went to the crib to get the baby, and Taylor locked all three into their bedroom. According to Garcia via ESPN, she cowered under the covers holding the baby while the intruder kicked in the locked door and shot Taylor twice.

Doesn’t sound like your average burglary, now does it? Last night, the Miami-Dade police department said nothing about the incident suggested that Taylor was a victim of anything but random violence. When queried about the shooter kicking in the locked bedroom door, the answer had something to do with cat burglars being “more dangerous.”

Is anybody buying that?

ESPN columnist Jemel Hill pointed out yesterday, “the leading cause of death for black men 15 to 24 is homicide.” Taylor was 24. So if you’re suspicious about the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death, you’re not alone.

We aren’t suggesting Taylor was at fault in any way other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are however posing the question: Did Taylor’s past come back to haunt him? Was someone he’d crossed paths with some years ago looking for revenge or to end his career with gunshots to the groin and/or leg?

Perhaps Taylor should have simply abandoned South Florida where the spider web of past transgressions was thickest and most complicated? While his Miami neighborhood has been described in some media outlets as “tony” and “posh,” it ultimately may prove to have been too close to his pre-NFL life. Too close geographically, if nothing else.

Perhaps all Taylor needed to do was move. Revenge shooters don’t typically drive 20 hours, leaving their comfort zone, to “wound” their nemesis, and, of course, these days you can’t tote a gun on a plane. We say wound simply because shooting someone in the leg is statistically unlikely to be fatal. So either the shooter was looking to simply injure or maim, or he/she is a terribly bad close range shot.

After all, a guy like Taylor with a base salary of $1.25 million can live almost anywhere he wants. Then there’s the initial signing bonus of $7.2 million and subsequent option bonuses of $4.475 million in 2005 and $640,000 in 2006, so Taylor could obviously afford to relocate comfortably.

But, on human and emotional terms, it's not that easy to abandon one’s roots, not to mention the folks that were there for you before you were rich and famous. Just ask Vick and Jones. They may not be right, but in this crazy world loyalty remains a valued attribute. We can fault them for stupid decisions, but not for being loyal. Of course, Vick and Jones are still alive…

As difficult as it may have been, simply separating himself from South Florida and his past may have saved Sean Taylor’s life. We won’t know for sure until the investigation is complete. Even then, we still may not know.

Simply put, it may not be enough to leave your past behind mentally and emotionally. Sometimes changing behavior isn’t quite enough. One has to literally pack up and move. Like the AA folks say, “new playground, new playmates.”

Just the same, if Vick (whose jury trial in Virginia is now scheduled for April) and Jones’ troubles aren’t sending the message loud enough, certainly Taylor’s death is a warning that shouldn’t be ignored by other young millionaire athletes.

ON A MUCH LIGHTER NOTE…

“More Cowbell” is a world famous Saturday Night Live skit about the recording of the song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult.

The sketch featured guest host Christopher Walken as music producer Bruce Dickinson and Will Ferrell as fictional cowbell player Gene Frenkle. If you are a “More Cowbell” fan, you will appreciate Grey Blackwell’s new cartoon about UNC football called “More Victory Bell.”

http://videos.newsobserver.com/index.php?a=player&id=1569758

WEDNESDAY HOOP

ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
BOSTON COLLEGE 77, Michigan 64 – BC used three pointers and second chance points to beat the Wolverines. Tyrese Rice scored 28 points and had five assists to help Boston College to its fifth straight win. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

#13 Michigan State 81, NC STATE 58 – Remember last year when N.C. State was good. The missing ingredient seems to be Engin Atsur who is now playing in Italy. They were bad when he was hurt, and good when he was well. They clearly miss him.


MARYLAND 69, Illinois 61 - Eric Hayes scored a career-high 18 points, including four clutch free throws in the final 24 seconds, and Maryland held on to beat Illinois 69-61. Maryland's Eric Hayes (5) and Braxton Dupree (4) vie for a rebound. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

#2 NORTH CAROLOINA 66, Ohio State 55 - Ty Lawson didn’t play, but Wayne Ellington did. He scored a career high 23 points, and Tyler Hansbrough put up another double/double. Ohio State led at the half, but renewed defensive intensity and a 10 minute plus scoring drought for the Buckeyes settled matters. North Carolina's Wayne Ellington, center, shoots between Ohio State's Kosta Koufos, left, and Othello Hunter. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


Penn State 66, VIRGINIA TECH 61 - Two of twelve shooting from behind the arc – that’s a whopping 16% -- dooms Hokies in close game.

The ACC wins the challenge yet again – 8 to 3.

THE ACC/SWAC CHALLENGE

Part of the expansion of the ACC some years back was the little known ACC/SWAC Challenge. The challenge was first initiated to allow Florida State to win at least one game a year by taking on much smaller schools from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

The ACC/SWAC Challenge was rarely played once FSU got up to speed. The addition of Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech has been smoother as BC has an established program and the Hokies have done better than anticipated.

Miami however is struggling a bit, and since there aren’t enough Big 10 cream puffs, the Hurricanes got 1AA Alabama State (Hornets, 4,600 students, Montgomery, AL) in the ACC/SWAC Challenge.

The Hornets damn near got the last laugh leading early in the first half, but the Canes ultimately prevailed 83-74.

Jimmy Graham #00 of Miami grabs a rebound over Richard Lott Jr. #40 of Alabama State.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

VMI HANGS UP 156

Chavis Holmes' 27 points led SEVEN VMI players in double digit scoring as VMI beat Columbia Union (Pioneers, 1,115 students, Tacoma Park, MD), 156-91 Wednesday, setting a school record for the largest margin of victory.

VMI (3-3) also tied a school record for the most points scored in a game.

Reggie Williams and Travis Holmes added 25 points apiece, Austin Kenon had 15, Adam Lonon 14, Stephen Sargent 12 and Carl Josey 10.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

PASS OR FAIL? We say fail. A Cameron Crazy holds up an incredibly lame sign for the Wisconsin Badgers before they face Duke at Cameron Indoor on Tuesday.

Dude...


(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

AN UP-AND-COMER…according to Sports Illustrated. Rashad McCants was the the 14th pick in the 2005 NBA draft, but did little his first two years averaging 7.9 points his rookie year and 5.0 last year. This year he’s the woeful T-Wolves second leading scorer at 14.6 per game. Here McCants goes in for the basket against Erick Dampier #25 and Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks.

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CLARK RESIGNS

TAH Special Correspondent John Clark, whose column ACC Football Game of the Week appeared occasionally in TAH (and we do mean OCCASIONALLY) resigned on Tuesday saying he was anxious to “start a new chapter in his life.”

"John's decision to resign was neither forced, nor encouraged, nor requested," TAH publisher G. Petty said in a statement released to TAH and other media outlets.

ESPN.com first reported on Monday that the longest tenured special correspondent in TAH’s long and glorious history could be on the outs even though he received a “complete vote of confidence” and a “ringing endorsement” from TAH.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com and TAH.com that Clark and his representative have already had discussions about the former TAH stalwart taking up new duties for several FSU mouthpieces such as NOLESRULE.com or BobbyIsGodEvenIfHeCan’tRememberS&*#.com.

Rumor has it that the Florida State Athletic Boosters are prepared to pay Clark up to $2 million a year not to write for any publication. “John is good,” said Billy Bob Thompson-Johnson, the “Big Red Assed Chief” of the organization, “but, he’s not that good.”

Clark said he was hopeful that his departure would unify TAH Nation, which had been damaged by turmoil surrounding yet another tumultuous football season.

"Deep, deep down in my heart as a Seminole, as a person who loves ACC football, and occasionally even ACC basketball, so much, I wanted TAH Nation to come together as one," Clark said, "At this time, I don't think we could have one heartbeat."

Houston Nutt, who recently “resigned” his post at Arkansas and was immediately hired by Ole Miss said, “Hey, I love this Clark guy, but that one heartbeat b.s. was my line!”

"It's sad that it had to end like this," TAH star special guest correspondent T.Blaser said. "I like writing with him. He’s great, he just got a little lazy there near the end. Lost his focus. I don’t know why.”

Clark's agent, THT3, and the TAH.com executives spent Monday afternoon negotiating how much Clark will receive of the $0 million in annuities due to him in 2008 and 2009. As Billy Preston once said, “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’.”

TAH.com execs said Clark's contract gave the correspondent a set of "golden handcuffs" under which Clark would have to pay TAH.com and TAH Foundation if he takes another job while also forfeiting absolutely no money he wasn’t being paid. TAH.com publisher G. Petty, in an uncharacteristic show of charity, said he would ask the TAH Foundation to free Clark of those obligations.

Clark was hired in October of 2005 to replace no one. He has never won a Pulitzer Prize or any other awards for his work.

“He’s a great guy, we love him like a brother, but he probably won’t be missed (unless we run out of smokes),” the TAH.com news release concluded.

TUESDAY HOOP

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
#15 Indiana 83, GEORGIA TECH 79 – Young Jackets not quite up to tough road game against a quality opponent.

VIRGINIA 94, Northwestern 52 – After a weekend that included an emotional loss to their state rival, a kidnapping fiasco and a lengthy debate over the death of Easters, yesterday was “Be Nice To A Wahoo Day.” First Al Groh was named Coach of the Year sans the benefit of an ACC Championship or a BCS Bowl invite, and then the ACC/Big 10 Challenge offered up perennial cupcake Northwestern to the Virginia hoopsters. To their credit, the Hoos did exactly what they were supposed to winning by 42 points.

FLORIDA STATE 75, Minnesota 61- Tubby’s gophers make the Noles look good.

#7 DUKE 82, #20 Wisconsin 58 – Hey, Wisconsin! Put your hands up and defend yourself. The Badgers were literally no match for the hot shooting Blue Devils. Oddly, after a year of being overrated last season, Duke now looks to be underrated. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

#18 CLEMSON 61, Purdue 58 – News Flash: Clemson is good, but they can’t make free throws. Does that sound familiar? Oliver Purnell shaves his head so he doesn’t pull it out while the Tigers are shooting 38% from the line.

ACC = 5, BIG 10 = 1
(Wake Forest beat Iowa Monday night)

GROH GETS MOH MONEY

Not long after being named the 2007 ACC Coach of the Year, the honchos at UVA gave coach Al Groh an contract extension.

Groh earned 38 of 71 votes in voting from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association to win the honor for the second time. For winning the coaching award, Groh will collect a $25,000 bonus under terms of the six-year contract he signed with Virginia in 2005.


On top of that gigantic $25,000 bonus, Virginia exercised an option to add a year onto Groh’s contract.

"This is an indication of confidence on my part and the university's part on the work that Al and his staff have done," Cavaliers athletic director Craig Littlepage said. "I think it's also a good indication of the confidence that we have in the future direction of the football program, both in the short term, that is, in the upcoming bowl game, as well as in the long-term future. I'm very pleased we're at this point."

(Two “indication of confidence” references by the president practically guarantee that Groh will be fired or resign within 72 hours.)

With its bowl destination yet to be determined, the Cavaliers still have a chance to become only the second team in school history to win 10 games.

This award upstages Groh winning the "TAH.com Jerry 6-4 Claiborne Award" which former UVa coach George Welsh won 193 times during an seemingly endless tenure of 7-4 (minor bowl game win/loss) seasons.

THE NO FUN LEAGUE...

...does have a heart. All the NFL teams will wear #21 stickers on thier helments this weekend to honor Sean Taylor. To the Cowboys' credit, they beat the NFL to the punch and contacted the Skins yesterday to request stickers for their helmets for the Thursday night game vs. the Packers.



Yet another reminder, that rivalries are good.

THE RIDDLE WATCH

Last Saturday Scott Riddle did absolutely nothing but enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with his family.

Amazingly, he gained 300 yards while doing so.


(Photo courtesy of Elon)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

44 TOUCHDOWNS...That's the single season record for touchdowns in Florida High School football, and we all know that scholastic ball in the Sunshine State ain't chopped liver. Who holds the record? Emmit Smith? Willis McGahee? Edgerrin James? Clinton Portis? Fred Taylor? Travis Henry?

Nope.

How about one Sean Taylor? Talk about a great athlete...

(Photo courtesy of redskins.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

FANDOM 101...Normal (for the most part).

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

FANDOM 101...Not normal.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SPEAKING OF MUD BOWLS…It rained in Pittsburgh. A lot. The weather complicated the fact that the folks at Heinz Field had just installed a new field after the stadium had hosted four other games the past three days. It didn’t work out all that well.

The Steelers finally won 3-0 in the lowest scoring Monday Night Football Game of all time. It was the first 3-0 NFL game since 1993.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

SEAN TAYLOR DIES

Washington Redskins, and former Miami Hurricane, safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday, a day after he was shot at home. He was 24.

Taylor died early Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where he had been airlifted after the shooting early Monday.

Doctors had been encouraged late Monday when Taylor squeezed a nurse's hand, according to Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' vice president of football operations. But Sharpstein said he was told Taylor never regained consciousness after being transported to the hospital and that he wasn't sure how he had squeezed the nurse's hand.

Taylor was shot early Monday in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing significant blood loss.

Miami-Dade Police were investigating the attack, which came just eight days after an intruder was reported at Taylor's home. Officers were dispatched about 1:45 a.m. Monday after Taylor's girlfriend called 911. Taylor was airlifted to the hospital.

Reports from players and coaches alike consistently note that Taylor had turned his personal life around after having his first child a little over a year ago. He was engaged to be married as well. Taylor had made headlines in his college years and rookie seasons with various arrests.




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