Saturday, January 2, 2010


If there was any doubt about what a first class guy Bobby Bowden is, the press conference following the Seminoles victory over West Virginia confirmed his status as not only one of the greatest coaches of all time, but also one of the most stand up guys as well.

The people at FSU who forced Bowden out on thier terms, not his, should be ashamed of themselves.
To see Bowden's post game interview, click here and then click on the video link.


Bobby Bowden watched the clock run down to :00, then took his last walk to midfield as his Florida State players jumped up and down, thrusting their helmets into the air.
The coach went out a winner, carried off by the Seminoles.

Jermaine Thomas ran for two touchdowns, Florida State scored 20 straight points to take control and the Seminoles knocked off No. 18 West Virginia 33-21 at the Gator Bowl in the final game of Bowden's storied 44-year career as a head coach.

"I will not forget it. I won't forget the other ones we have here, too," Bowden said, his hands wrapped around the silver Gator Bowl trophy. "Nothing like a win."

Bowden finished with a 389-129-4 record, and most importantly to him, a 33rd consecutive winning season. Next week, Jimbo Fisher takes over at Florida State, which finished 7-6 for the third time in the last four years.

On this day, the Florida State faithful serenaded Bowden with "Bob-by! Bob-by!" chants throughout the day, saving their loudest cries for the very end.

With 1:39 left, Bowden trotted down to the Florida State band section, removing his autographed white cap and tossing it into the seats - and the celebration began.

When it was over, Bowden was surrounded by a wall of photographers, trying to make his way over to shake the hand of West Virginia coach Bill Stewart - who was a 177-pound walk-on for Bowden's first Mountaineers team in 1970.

To read more, click here.


ADIOS TEBOW. Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 24-51 during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tebow threw for a career-high 482 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 51 yards and another score, and fifth-ranked Florida overwhelmed No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 Friday night in the Sugar Bowl. He finished with a 35-6 record in three years as a starter.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


WINTER CLASSIC. A general view of the rink is seen during the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins during the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


HIGH STEPPIN’. Running back Ben Tate #44 of the Auburn Tigers rushes upfield against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


BUCKEYE BOWL WIN. Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with the Rose Bowl championship trophy as quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 looks on after the buckeyes 26-17 win in the 96th Rose Bowl game over the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


NICE CATCH. Tight end Jake Ballard #86 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes a 24-yard catch in the fourth quarter of the 96th Rose Bowl game against the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Friday, January 1, 2010


The annual New Year's Eve fireworks display illuminates the sky over Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. The 2009 into 2010 theme was 'Awaken The Spirit' with over 1.5 million people gathered around the harbour to watch the 12 minute show.

(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images AsiaPac)


NO. 11 VIRGINIA TECH 37, Tennessee 14

Look for the Virginia Tech Hokies to reappear in the top ten for the 2010-2011 NCAA football season. Why, you say? How about the reigning senior member of First Class Head Coach Club, perhaps the best assistant coach running the defense, great special teams, lots of talent on both sides of the ball and, count ‘em, FOUR first rate running backs, none of which seems to a bigger stud than freshman Ryan Williams.

That’s why.

Last night, Williams capped a brilliant first season with a record-setting game, running for two touchdowns to power Virginia Tech past an S.E.C. opponent. It was a much needed win for Tech and the beleaguered world of ACC football. Combined with last year’s Orange Bowl, it was the Hokies first back-to-back bowl wins ever, which seems a bit hard to believe.

Tech (10-3) took the lead with a field goal in the final seconds of the first half and outscored Tennessee 20-0 in the second half on their way to a sixth straight 10-win season.

The only team with a longer active streak is Texas with nine.

Williams, a redshirt freshman, had 117 yards rushing to become Virginia Tech's single-season rushing leader with 1,655 yards. Williams also set ACC records with 21 rushing touchdowns and 22 total touchdowns this season.

Tennessee's star running back, Montario Hardesty, could not keep up with Williams. The Volunteers' senior had 18 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Hokies outrushed Tennessee (7-6) 229-5.

Tennessee was hurt by two turnovers which led to 10 points for Virginia Tech, and a dropped pass that cost them a touchdown while the game was still in hand.

To read more, click here.

(Photos by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)


NO. 7 DUKE 114, Penn (Quakers, 20,128 students, Philadelphia, PA) 55 - Nolan Smith scored 23 points to help the seventh-ranked Blue Devils beat Pennsylvania 114-55 on Thursday night in their final tune-up before opening the league schedule here against Clemson this weekend.

Kyle Singler added 20 points for the Blue Devils (11-1), who took control of the game early en route to their fifth straight victory. Duke led by double figures in the first 5 minutes, then ran off a 23-3 run that blew the game open and turned the rest of the contest into a formality.

The Blue Devils shot 60 percent, hit 10 of 21 3-pointers and finished with a season-high scoring output to extend the Quakers' miserable start. By the time it was over, Duke scored the most points ever allowed by Penn (0-9) while handing the Quakers their most lopsided loss in program history.

NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 81, Alabama A&M (Bulldogs, 5,000 students, Normal, AL) 31- FSU (12-2, 1-0 ACC) rode a record-setting defensive performance to a rout of Alabama A&M, allowing the fewest points in Civic Center history. The Seminoles smothered the Bulldogs (3-5) in the second half, allowing them to score just 10 points on 4-of-22 shooting.

Deividas Dulkys led FSU with 19 points, tying his career high. Dulkys, the Seminoles' top 3-point threat, hit five of eight from beyond the arc, but called the performance "just another day."

N.C. STATE 89, UNC Greensboro (Spartans, 14,792 students, Greensboro, NC) 67

WAKE FOREST 74, Richmond (Spiders, 4,250 students, Richmond, VA) 68 OT

To read more about any of the four games, click here.


By Heather Dinich/ESPN.

*The Gator Bowl -- as in the actual game -- has become secondary to the celebration surrounding Bobby Bowden.

*For Georgia Tech defensive back Mario Edwards, leaving Virginia Tech has been a blessing for his entire family.

*With Monte Kiffin and Bud Foster on the same field tonight, points could be hard to come by.

*Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden will miss his father's final game, and with good reason -- he'll be coaching a bowl game in Baghdad to entertain our troops.

*Miami running back Graig Cooper could miss the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL, but he's still considering the NFL and has turned to Willis McGahee for advice.

*The odds are stacked against the Hokies tonight everywhere but in Vegas.

*The ACC hasn't done much to earn national respect so far in the bowl season.


CROSSED UP. Sports Illustrated has a nice feature running called Pictures of the Decade. This is UNC multi-sport star and now all-pro NFL linemen Julius Peppers.

“Both players were in mid-air with their arms and legs making an almost perfect cross. It was used as the opening spread in the Mar.19, 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated.The game was played in Chapel Hill in a heavy snowstorm and I barely managed to catch the last plane back to NYC. [SI Photo editor] Steve Fine said it was one of his favorites and it is one of mine as well.” – Manny Millan, Sports Illustrated.


TOO MUCH RED BULL? In this multiple exposure handout image provided by Red Bull Photofiles, Travis Pastrana breaks the world record for the longest distance jump in a rally car on December 31, 2009 in Long Beach, California.

The ramp to ramp jump was made over water at the 'RedBull: New Year. No Limits.' event. Pastrana jumped in his rally car off the Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge anchored in Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor, establishing a new record of 269 feet, shattering the existing mark of 171 feet.

(Photo by Garth Milan/Red Bull Photofiles via Getty Images)


NO, IT’S NOT WRESTLING. But, it sure does look like it could be…

Pennsylvania's Brian Fitzpatrick, left, and Duke's Jordan Davidson battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.



Thursday, December 31, 2009


T.A.H. is on semi-break for the New Year’s holiday. Have a great, safe New Year and an even better 2010!

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 87, Albany (Great Danes, 13,100 students, Albany, NY) 70

VIRGINIA 72, No. 24 UAB (Blazers, 18,037 students, Birmingham, AL) 63

BOSTON COLLEGE 85, South Carolina (Gamecocks, 24,788 students, Columbia, SC) 76

MIAMI 73, Bethune-Cookman (Wildcats, 3,498 students, Daytona Beach, FL) 55

VIRGINIA TECH 85, Longwood (Lancers, 3,787 students, Farmville, VA) 50

William & Mary (Tribe, 5,850 students, Williamsburg, VA) 83, MARYLAND 77

To read more, click here.


From ESPN/Heather Dinich.

*If you're not a fan of the word swagger, don't read this, but Greg Cote is right -- Miami's gotta earn it back. He's also right, though, in that the loss to Wisconsin doesn't erase the progress the Canes made this season.

*Miami did lose more than the game, though. It lost the opportunity to assert itself as the new leader in the state.

*Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants to win at everything -- just ask his wife and daughter.

*Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier proved this year that age is just a number as the youngest coordinator in the ACC was one of Dabo Swinney's best hires.

*UNC's juniors are still pondering their NFL futures.

*Here are five questions facing Clemson in 2010.

*Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm has been an incredible success story -- and that's a problem for Tennessee.

*Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams isn't big on the whole ACC-SEC argument.

*FSU's offense will get a new look from WVU's 3-3-5 stack defense. Will Rick Trickett have his guys up front ready? (Of course.)

*Bobby Bowden will be giving a lot of speeches after the Gator Bowl, but will a victory speech be one of them?

*FSU's practices in Jacksonville have been filled with much reflection, but it's impossible not to look ahead with Jimbo Fisher.

*Georgia Tech will be motivated in the Orange Bowl by one of its most disappointing performances of the season -- in the same stadium.

*ACC vs. SEC. Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch breaks it down.

*Lane Kiffin and Frank Beamer are about as opposite as they get, says Ryan Williams.

*It was a year of progress for Clemson, but it left some goals behind, too.

(Editor's note: The top right photo is a favorite as it shows that Bowden was capable of so many things including laughing at himself. Most big-time coaches simply aren't that humble or grounded. We shall never see his likes again. Good luck, Coach Dadgummit.)


SO LONG 2009. Spain's world number two Rafael Nadal lets the world subtly in on how he really feels about the last year and his chief rival Roger Federer.

Here he is pictured during a joint press conference on December 31, 2009 with Federer prior to the start of the 250,000-dollar Capitala World Tennis Championship at Abu Dhabi's International Tennis Compelx in Zayed Sports city.

(Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
FIRED. Coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders holds the trophy following Gator Bowl against the Virginia Cavaliers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on January 1, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. Leach was fired by the school on Wednesday before the parties went to court for a hearing on his suspension. He has been accused of mistreating an injured player.

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)


ALSO FIRED. AT&T will no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after he admitted to infidelity following numerous allegations.

AT&T Inc.’s logo appeared on Woods’ golf bag, and he was the host of the AT&T National PGA event in July. The phone company says it will continue to sponsor the event.AT&T did not comment on its reasons for dropping Woods, or how much the contract was worth.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


No. 24 Wisconsin 20, NO. 14 MIAMI 14

John Clay had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, powering Wisconsin (No. 25 BCS, No. 24 AP) past Miami (No. 15 BCS, No. 14 AP) 20-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday night.

Clay ran through, over and around the Hurricanes to help the Badgers (10-3) earn their first victory over a ranked opponent this season and claim a big win for the Big Ten.

The Badgers Scott Tolzien threw for 260 yards, and Montee Ball added 61 yards rushing for a Wisconsin team touted as too big and too slow for the dynamic Hurricanes. None of that seemed to matter when the Badgers were powering the ball down the field.

Miami's Jacory Harris, who threw for 188 yards, was slowed by an injured right thumb, a brace around his left leg and a Badgers team that smothered him with five sacks.

To read more, click here.


NO. 7 DUKE 84, Long Beach State (49ers, 35,559 students, Long Beach, CA) 63

NO. 21 CLEMSON 70, South Carolina State (Bulldogs, 4,100 students, Orangeburg, SC) 67

N.C. STATE 68, Winthrop (Eagles, 5,111 students, Rock Hill, SC) 52

GEORGIA TECH 78, Winston-Salem State (Rams, 6,400 students, Winston-Salem, NC) 43

To read more about all these games (but why would you want to do that?), click here.



According to ESPN (among others), the lawyer for Mike Leach says the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in how he treated a player with a "mild" concussion, and Leach is seeking a court's help in allowing him to coach in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

However, Leach and his attorneys anticipate Texas Tech will try to fire the coach over the recent incident.

Leach led Texas Tech to the best season in program history last year, going 11-2. But he and the university were at odds for months over negotiations for a contract extension. In February, Leach and the school agreed to a five-year, $12.7 million deal that could keep him there through 2013.

The clock is ticking on a portion of that contract. If Leach is the coach as of Thursday, the school owes him an $800,000 bonus.

We won’t bore you with the details, but the issue revolves around Adam James the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James. For the details, click here.

This incident isn’t too far removed from the recent firing of Kansas head coach Mark Mangino who was also accused of mistreating his players. (We have it from a good source – and we apologize that any of our T.A.H. snitches…er…um, we mean, sources, ever had to spend anytime west of the Mississippi River in any state with the exception of Texas, Arizona or California – that Mangino was fired for actually EATING one of his players. Mr. Tony Kornheiser said this morning on WTEM, that Mangino may have actually eaten THREE players.)

(Not that we're making fun of the morbidly obese guy, but what is this guy waiting for? A life-ending heart attack or NBC's Biggest Loser - Fired NCAA Coaches?)

However, Mangino did depart with a $3 million check and some nice bennies into 2010.

For details on the Mangino mess, click here.

No wonder, Urban Myer retired for the better part of a day.


Maryland's Greivis Vasquez has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Miami's Durand Scott earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Vasquez averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists while leading the Terps to victories over Winston-Salem State and Florida Atlantic. For the week, the Caracas, Venezuela, native shot .583 (21-for-36) from the floor, including .600 (6-for-10) from behind the arc.

In earning the Player of the Week Award for the fifth time in his career, Vasquez had a double-double in Tuesday's 98-55 win over Winston-Salem State with a season-high 27 points and 11 assists. The senior guard closed out the week with a 26-point, eight-rebound and five assist effort in Maryland's 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic Sunday.

In earning the league's rookie award for the second time this season, Scott was among five Hurricanes to score in double figures in last Monday's 80-59 win over North Carolina A&T.

The New York freshman had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the 21-point win that extended Miami's win streak to four straight. Scott is fifth in the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.07:1), eighth in assists (4.3) and tied for 10th in steals (1.5).


WAY OFF THE WALL. Mega-Diaper Dandy John Wall dished out a school-record 16 assists as the third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats crushed the Hartford Hawks 104-61. Wall played 30 minutes, had nine points and only one turnover.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


REMEMBER HIM? The last time we saw Stehpon Curry he was the wonder kid for the small, but mighty, Davidson Wildcats. Here, Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Curry played 23 minutes and scored 15 points.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 81, Rutgers 67 – Rutgers is 1-11 against UNC. The Scarlet Knights haven’t beaten the Heels since 1921, and…they still haven’t. But, this time they made it interesting.

Carolina Freshman Dexter Strickland scored a season-high 18 points, including a key 3-pointer and Deon Thompson added 14 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who played without injured fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard.

North Carolina turned in a relatively ho-hum performance coming out of a five-day Christmas break, gradually increasing a six-point halftime lead to 17 points midway through the second half.

But the Tar Heels never put away Rutgers (9-3), which hung in and even inched as close as four points with about 2 minutes left. Strickland responded by burying a 3 with 1:54 left that pushed the margin to 74-67 and ultimately helped the Tar Heels pull away late.

To read more, click here.

WAKE FOREST 75, UNC Greensboro 60 – Al-Farouq Aminu had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Wake Forest blocked a school-record 16 shots in a victory over North Carolina-Greensboro on Monday night.

Ari Stewart and L.D. Williams had 11 points apiece for the Demon Deacons (9-2). Wake Forest shot 44.6 percent, hit 37.5 percent of its 3-pointers and used a late 16-6 run to break open a surprisingly tight game and win its fifth straight.

Ben Stywall had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Spartans (2-9). They shot 30 percent and lost their fifth straight, at least in part because they at times struggled to generate good looks against Wake Forest's block-happy front line.

To read more, click here.


Enjoy them while they last...

By Heather Dinich at ESPN - ACC bowl season is under way, and there was some good, some not so good...

*It was a mixed performance by BC in the Emerald Bowl, and it left the Eagles with a feeling of frustration for being oh-so-close.

*There were no moral victories for BC, but there were some positives to be taken from the game.

*Clemson's defense did what it had to do, and Kavell Conner was leading the way.

*UNC lost another game it should have won. Too bad for the Heels it's too late to start playing smarter.

*Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson (#85) is playing coy about his decision on whether or not to enter the NFL draft.

*One of the Canes' top priorities against Wisconsin will be containing defensive end O'Brien Schofield.

*Another decade is almost over, and Georgia Tech has produced some quality players during that span.


Here is an excerpt from Jeff MacGregor at re Urban Myers' 11 minute retirement:

"So if he's coaching at Notre Dame when you read this -- or soldiering in the French Foreign Legion or meditating at an ashram in Sonoma or suffering amnesia on a yacht in the Mediterranean or swearing a televised oath that he'll, by God, never go hungry or touch another football again as long as he lives -- forgive me for saying so, but these past few days have seemed more Carole Lombard than Vince Lombardi.

So let's be honest here for a second: If a movie star had pulled the same thing, or a musician or even a football player, we'd all be talking about how inconstant, how flighty and selfish and scatterbrained he was. As fickle as a schoolgirl! How insulting to the rest of us, with our brutal low-wage jobs and our rotten economy and our tenuous incomes and our hardscrabble realities!"

To read the entire column, click here.



Is there a reason to even play the third test (whatever that is)?

All you cricket fans can read the story by clicking here.

(Photo: England batsman Ian Bell (r) misses the ball from South African bowler Paul Lee Harris (unseen) while South African Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher waits to make a catch during the fourth day of the second Test match between South Africa and England on December 29, 2009 at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban. Got that? Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)


ALMOST. The ancient-non-retiring-one almost pulled one out for all the members of the Urban Myer Society last night, but after Brett Favre led the Vikings to a game-tying and game-ending touchdown, Jay Cutler threw a 40-yard strike to win the game for the Bears in overtime.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


NOT BROKEN. Yesterday, U.S. top skier Lidsey Vonn fell and thought she had broken her arm. Doctors later confirmed it was only bruised, and Vonn then competed in women's slalom in Alpine skiing FIS World cup in Lienz earlier today.

(Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)


MUST BE THE REALLY UGLY SHOES. Seriously, did Kobe look at the Nike dudes and say, “Really? You want me to wear those…in PUB-LICK?” (Yes, that was a reference to comedian Ron White, thank you very much.) The Kobester wore these lovelies during a game against the Phoenix Suns on December 28, 2009 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Monday, December 28, 2009


Clemson superstar back C.J. Spiller scored a touchdown and had 172 all-purpose yards in his final college game, leading Clemson to a 21-13 victory over Kentucky on Sunday night in the Music City Bowl.

The Tigers (9-5) hadn't won a bowl since the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl.

"I'm kind of speechless right now," Spiller said after his first bowl victory as well. "I'm very happy we've won the bowl game…I just wanted to see what it was like to be in a locker room after winning a championship game, and that's what this was -- a championship game."

To read more, click here.


MARYLAND 72, Florida Atlantic (Owls, 26,897 students, Boca Raton, FL) 59

Greivis Vasquez scored 26 points, Landon Milbourne had 19, and Maryland improved to 6-0 at home with a victory over Florida Atlantic on Sunday.

It was the third straight game in which Vasquez reached the 20-point mark. The senior guard went 12 for 20 from the field, had eight rebounds and five assists to help Maryland (8-3) to its fourth win in five games.

The Terrapins played without second-leading scorer Sean Mosley, who has a sprained left ankle. The sophomore forward participated in warmups and dressed for the game but did not see action for the first time in his career.

To read more, click here.


Florida coach Urban Meyer who said he was stepping down as the head coach of the Gators had a little change of heart prior to yesterday’s planned news conference.

Officially, he’s taking an indefinite leave of absence. Unofficially, who the hell knows…?

Meyer has no idea when that leave will begin, let alone end. He hasn’t stopped getting ready for Florida’s Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl date with Cincinnati. He hasn’t adjusted his recruiting schedule or made plans what to do once the season is over.

To no one’s surprise, Meyer who started this mess by telling his team he was stepping down, now wants it all to go away. (Somewhere, Tiger Woods is laughing at that one.)

“I’m trying—and I did a bad job of this—let’s get off of me and let’s go play this game,” Meyer said Sunday in New Orleans. That was as close to an apology as he came.

To read more, click here.


"If you go by the last two weeks, we look like a college football team. If you're going by this to decide who goes, who stays, there hasn't been a great case for anybody on this 53-man roster."

-- Former Hokie and current Washington Redskin cornerback DeAngelo Hall after last nights 17-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The 4-11 Redskins have suffered back-to-back defeats to NFC East foes on national TV by a combined score of 62-12.


NO LONGER UNDEFEATED. A Indianapolis Colts fan during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

(Photos by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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