Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cavs Lose To #2 Seeded Oregon In Division 1 Football Playoff

The Virginia Cavaliers could not stop the mighty Ducks of Oregon in the opening round of the Congressionally-Mandated And Mark Cuban-Funded Non-BCS NCAA Division 1 Football Playoff.

The first round game was the opening salvo in the new 128 team playoff that pitted the 127th ranked Wahoos against the second ranked Ducks. Over 175,000 fans jammed their way into Oregon’s Autzen Stadium and over 700 million viewers watched the first round game which ultimately preempted top seeded  Auburn's 83-17 blowout of 128th seed Duke.

Additional first round games are scheduled at more than 60 other universities causing a nationwide traffic jam as millions of college football fans head off to see the historic events.  Millions more without tickets are said to be travelling to the stadium of their choice just to witness the amazing event.  "I just had to see it. It's like a pancake shaped like Jesus or Larry King, you just have to see it for yourself so you can tell your grandchildren about it," said one Duke fan who travelled to Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium to pass out basketball cheer sheets in the parking lot.

President Obama has asked Congress to repeal the Bush tax breaks to pay for the additional infrastructure needed to cope with both the vehicular and television traffic generated by this new sport's phenomenon.

Unfortunately, Virginia couldn’t stop the Ducks’ prolific offense which generated a new world and NCAA single game record of 872 total yards, but they did manage to cover the 31.5 point spread in the 63 to 48 loss…

BCS blowhard Bill Hancock released a statement saying the "Playoff does not exist, will never exist and Auburn will play Oregon for the National Championship on January 10th as previously scheduled."  The Suits In (Kansas) Indiana could not be reached for comments.


It was a basketball game? The Congressionally-Mandated And Mark Cuban-Funded Non-BCS NCAA Division 1 Football Playoff was just a dream?  Hancock is right? Virginia beat Oregon 63-48 in basketball...?

Damn it, Jim!

*Items in italics may not be true.

Duke LAX Accuser Back In The News

So it goes like this…

The woman who authorities said falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape four years ago gets pissed off at her boyfriend and tosses his clothes in the bathtub and then sets them on fire…Hey, it’s in the bathtub. Safety first. What can go wrong?

Oops, it turns out she has this little moment of pyromania while her three children and two police officers were inside the apartment. Oops.

Long story short, she has been found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse and damaging property.

A Durham County jury on Friday convicted 32-year-old Crystal Mangum of contributing to child abuse or neglect, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer stemming from a February confrontation with her live-in boyfriend. Mangum was sentenced to time already served before she was released on bail earlier this year.

The jury deadlocked 9-3 on a felony arson charge, and Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones declared a mistrial.

Friday Night ACC Hoops (It Ain’t Football…Thankfully)

Jerai Grant
VIRGINIA 63, Oregon (Ducks, 22,386 students, Eugene, OR) 48 – Well, if this matchup had come on the football field, the Ducks would probably hang that same 63 on the Wahoos defense. But, alas it was hoop.

Freshman K.T. Harrell scored 20 points and Sammy Zeglinski hit two big 3-pointers Friday night, lifting Virginia to a victory against Oregon.

Mustapha Farrakhan added 17 points as the Cavaliers (7-3) won their fourth straight despite being without scoring and rebounding leader Mike Scott. The senior low post player had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday to have pieces of cartilage removed.

Oregon (7-4) had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Ducks got 16 points from Joevan Catron but little from anyone else as they shot just 34.5 percent overall (19 of 55).

CLEMSON 61, Savannah State (Tigers, 3,820 students, Savannah, GA) 40 – Jerai Grant came off the bench to score 15 points as Clemson defeated Savannah State on Friday night.

Clemson (6-4) held Savannah State to 11 field goals and 22.9 percent shooting from the field. Grant made 5 of 6 shots from close range.

Tanner Smith scored 11 points and Andre Young added 10 for Clemson. Led by Milton Jennings' 10 rebounds, Clemson held a 44-32 edge on the boards.

Maryland Throwing Fridge Under Franklin-less Bus?

According to the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, the University of Maryland is moving toward asking Coach Ralph Friedgen to retire and accept a buyout early next week, according to three sources close to the football program with knowledge of the financial details involved in such a move. This shortly after Vanderbilt officially announced James Franklin as their new head coach.

Friedgen was named ACC 2010 Coach of the Year November 30th after leading the Terps to a notable turnaround season and a bowl appearance. Fridge's troops finished 8-4 and contended for the Atlantic Division title a year after going 2-10. That's one of the best reversals in ACC history. Of course, in the delusional world that is college football, someone at Maryland thinks the next Urban Meyer (the healthy, happy, National Championship winning version of Meyer) is jonesing to come to that garden spot of America we call College Park.

In a teleconference Friday, Kevin Anderson, Maryland's first-year athletic director, declined to guarantee that Friedgen would return for 2011, the final year of his contract. The refusal to re-commit to Friedgen, 63, came just one month after Anderson announced that Friedgen would return in 2011.

Anderson said to expect an announcement regarding the program's future early next week. When asked Friday if Friedgen was guaranteed to return, Anderson paused for a few seconds before saying: "I will sit down and everybody will understand where we are going and how we are moving with the program. At this point in time, I am not going to answer that question."

Friedgen was not on the teleconference because a school spokesperson said he was sick.

Yeah, sure he was…sick, and that dog you had as a kid is still living out at your Aunt Jenny's farm where he could run and play and would never get...sick.

Nice, Maryland, NICE!

Pictures of the Day

GROSS. The Redskins ego-trust has decided to bench Donvoan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman. Grossman has made one start the past three season and his relief attempt on Halloween in Detroit was horrific. That said, McNabb has been very mediocre his season – 3,377 yards, 14 touchdowns, 15 interceptions. He constantly misses easy throws that can be the difference between wins and losses. Evidently, Andy Reid knew what he was doing when he traded McNabb within the NFC East.

THE LOOK. Swiss skier Nadja Kamer reacts after crossing the finish line of the FIS World Cup Women's Downhill, on December 18, 2010 in Val-D'Isere, French Alps. Lindsey Vonn won ahead of Swiss skiers Nadja Kamer and Lara Gut. (Photo by Franck Fife/AFP)
AS GOOD AS NEW. Well, except for the very frozen field that has the players concerned… TCF Bank Stadium looks ready to go for monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Volunteers lined up in the sultry Minneapolis sun to help clear the snow. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Franklin Expected To Leave Terps For Vandy

According to the Washington Post, James Franklin, Maryland's offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, is expected to become Vanderbilt's next head football coach, a source close to Franklin with knowledge of the details of the offer said Thursday.

As of Thursday evening, Franklin had yet to sign the contract, the source said, but he was expected to travel to Vanderbilt on Friday. John Ingram, a Vanderbilt Board of Trust and search committee member, told the Nashville Tennessean, "We're about to have this all wrapped up."

Franklin has offered positions on his Vanderbilt coaching staff to four Maryland assistants - none has yet decided whether to accept - according to a source with direct knowledge of the offers. Coach Ralph Friedgen, who has been on the road recruiting, has called a staff meeting for Friday morning.

To read more, click here.

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

N.C. STATE 67, Youngstown State (Penguins, 15,194 students, Youngstown, OH) 50 – Freshman C.J. Leslie had 14 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and North Carolina State pulled away late to beat Youngstown State on Thursday night.

Fellow freshman Ryan Harrow added 14 points and Javi Gonzalez scored 11 for the Wolfpack (6-3). They trailed by 18 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half but outscored the Penguins 46-16 in the second half in winning their second straight game.

Vytas Sulskis had 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:04 left for Youngstown State. The Penguins (5-5) scored just five points in the final 9 minutes and fell to 0-4 all-time against ACC opponents.

Pictures of the Day

THANKS MOM AND DAD. Here’s a Duke student who utilized his time well making this lovely paper mache devil mask for a recent game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Photo by Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated) 

SEE BALL, HIT BALL. It’s been a while since we’ve published a cool cricket picture so Happy Friday cricket fans. Here, South African batsman Jacques Kallis (R) slams a shot as Indian wicketkeeper captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on during the second day of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on December 17, 2010. (AFP Photo)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

N.C. Governor Calls For Day of Mourning December 29th

Sources close to T.A.H. claim that North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue will hold a press conference sometime in the upcoming week to announce an official day of mourning for December 29, 2010.

On that day, Duke head coach Mike Krzwskbnd2ki is likely to pass the University of North Carolina’s Dean Smith in total number of wins the heavily-favored* Blue Devils defeat the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Last Saturday, Krzyznjl8ski's tallied his 878th victory, moving him two up on Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and putting him just one behind Smith for second place behind Bobby Knight's 902 wins. Coach K is likely to tie his former longtime rival at home against Elon on Dec. 20, then pass Smith with a win over the Spartans on Dec. 29 in the Greensboro Coliseum.

“It will be a sad day for public education in the state of North Carolina,” Perdue, a graduate of the University of Basketball in Lexington, KY, is rumored to be going to say at her future-yet-unscheduled press conference. “Dean Smith was both a basketball and social model, he opened doors, healed wounds, educated and enriched both the young men he coached and everyone he met, all under the umbrella of the state’s all-inclusive public university system.”

Perdue is likely to continue, saying, “Coach K has toiled long and hard for an elitist private basketball-focused university where he is beloved by a self- congratulating gaggle of nerd smart-asses who revel in his berating players, screaming at referees, Republican fundraisers, American Express commercials and…well, how can I say this delicately?...his tendency to win National Championships.”

The Governor is reportedly going to close the press conference by staring hard into the television cameras and saying “Hey you, Roy Williams, stay healthy, stay focused and win, win, win.”

Ol’ Roy, who is off on one of his renowned personal recruiting visits to some far flung locale unavailable by standard “one-stop” commercial air service, was unavailable for comment.

Through today, Williams has won 621 games, a mere 257 behind Coack K.

*For recreational purposes only.

ACC Wednesday Night Hoops

J.T. Terrell

WAKE FOREST 69, UNC Greensboro (Spartans, 18,502 students, Greensboro, NC) 67 – Freshman Travis McKie recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Wake Forest the Deacons over UNC Greensboro Wednesday evening at Joel Coliseum.

McKie grabbed seven rebounds in each half and was just one board away from tying his career-high. He was also very efficient on offense, shooting 7-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free throw line.

Wake Forest also got a spark off the bench from freshman J.T. Terrell and sophomore Ari Stewart who scored 14 points and 12 points, respectively. The Deacs had 28 total points off the bench compared to just 11 for the Spartans.

The Demon Deacons won the rebound battle 41-28.

FLORIDA STATE 97, Stetson (Hatters, 3,700 students, DeLand, FL) 63 – Chris Singleton scored 17 points and Deividas Dulkys added 14 as Florida State won its third straight game.

Terrance Shannon had 13 points for Florida State (8-2), which cruised to its largest margin of victory this season and its highest first-half point total (49).

After falling behind in the opening minutes, the Seminoles used a 28-2 run to take a 29-8 lead with 9:05 left in the first half. Stetson went nearly 10 minutes without making a shot from the floor.

ACC Opens On-Line Video Vault

The ACC and Raycom Sports announced today the launch of the ACC Vault, an online video archive of full-length, classic Tournament and regular season men’s basketball games from all 12 ACC member institutions. With a comprehensive and easy to navigate design, the ACC Vault will allow fans to access and view many of the greatest television moments in ACC Basketball history.

The ACC Vault features video dating back to 1983, including the ACC Tournament Championship Game from every year. The games have been coded within the ACC Vault in play-by-play detail, enabling fans to jump to specific game moments, view the video, and share via Facebook, Twitter, email and other social channels.

Users can also explore categories such as great blocks, great finishes, and ACC Stars. In addition to games, the Vault includes special features, such as classic interviews with iconic coaches and players. After launch, a selection of “Instant Classic” games from the 2010-11 ACC Men’s Basketball Season will be added to the site.

Crime of the Week

Teddy Keaton, the newly chosen head football coach at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was arrested for DUI on Saturday Dec. 11, 2010 at about 1:30 a.m. Keaton was hired as the college's head football coach two weeks ago.

Keaton, a 1999 alumnus of Stillman, is returning to his alma mater from Webber International University where he had been offensive coordinator for the past two years.

“This is the biggest move of my career, as Bear Bryant said, ”When mama calls, its time to go home. I feel good. I'm elated. I'm ready to hit the ground running  drinking.”

Michael Vick: Good News Kennel?

Former Hokie, dogfighting kingpin and re-emerging NFL superstar Michael Vick says he loves animals and would even love to get another dog again someday.

After a stint in federal prison, the transformed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback says in a new interview, “I would love to have another dog in the future."

"I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.”

Vick’s sentence prohibits him from owning a dog.

He explains his unspeakably terrible cruelty to dogs in the past this way: “When I was younger I got caught up in dog fighting. It was something to do."

“I hate to use our culture as an excuse, but it is what it is. I love animals. I love dogs. I love birds. All types of animals. But it's the way I was brought up. Nobody ever told me it was the wrong thing to do.”

Vick now works with the Humane Society and talks to students about the evils of dog fighting.

A spokesman for PETA said, “WTF?”

Pictures of the Day

SIGN OF THE SEASON. A sign outside of the front of TCF Bank Stadium as preparation start for a potential monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 15, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Preparations are due to the collapsed roof at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images) 
LOST?: Workers use blowers after the stands were shoveled as TCF Bank Stadium prepares for a potential monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 15, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Preparations are due to the collapsed roof at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

BIG SHOVEL. Heavy machinery removes snow from the field as TCF Bank Stadium prepares for a potential monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 15, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ACC Players of the Week

Boston College's Reggie Jackson has been named the ACC Player of the Week, while N.C. State's Ryan Harrow was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week following their outstanding performances this past week.

Jackson averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as the Eagles posted wins over Providence and Maryland. In Wednesday's 88-86 home win over Providence, Jackson went nine-for-12 from the floor en route to a game-high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds, assists and two blocked shots. The Colorado Spring, Colo., junior closed out the week Sunday with a 16-point, five-rebound, five-assist effort in a 79-75 ACC victory at Maryland.

In N.C. State's only game this past week, Harrow came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points in Saturday's 79-60 win over visiting USC Upstate. The Marietta, Ga., freshman hit on 10-of-13 from the floor, handed out five assists without a turnover, and had three steals in his 25 minutes of playing time. Harrow has scored in double figures four times this season and is currently third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game.

Quote of the Day

Randy Shannon
"I was surprised. ...For him to take time to sit there [and write], just shows not only his compassion but the character of him. I really appreciate it."

– Miami Hurricane Ryan Hill on former coach Randy Shannon. Shannon left hand written notes of encouragement in his players’ lockers before departing the U.

Down Goes Rudolph

Down goes Rudolph, down goes Rudolph, down goes Rudolph.


This explains why neither VCU or Richmond will ever be invited to join the ACC.

Things That Make You Go…


Via the Sporting News:

From his first shot, Demetri McCamey knew something was wrong. The ball just didn't feel right.

Turns out the ball was an undersized women's ball, something the officials finally fixed after seven minutes of No. 16 Illinois' 74-63 victory over Oakland on Wednesday night.

No. 16 Illinois beat Oakland 74-63 on Wednesday night, but in an unusual way — with a women's basketball for 7 minutes. "After my first shot I thought, 'This can't be right,'" McCamey, who finished with 30 points, said about the women's ball making it into the game.

The first seven-plus minutes were played with the size 6 ball. McCamey noticed the odd ball early but couldn't convince the officials. Illini center Mike Tisdale finally did.

"I've coached 33 years and that's a first," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said.

Play quickly restarted with a size 7 men's ball — about an inch larger and 2 ounces heavier — but neither team's shooting immediately improved.

To read more, click here.

ACC Football Links

From ESPN's ACC blog:

*The NFL's labor strife could pay dividends for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.
*The NCAA will hear the appeals of two UNC players this week, starting today.
*Can Virginia ever catch Virginia Tech in football? One longtime columnist weighs in.
*Kirby Hocutt's future at Miami will be based on Al Golden's success.
*Hocutt was won over by Golden's attention to detail.
*Golden delivered the right message on Monday night, but only time will tell if he can deliver the results.
*Sales for NC State's bowl game are going well.
*FSU beat Florida on the field this year and in recruiting.
*Virginia Tech's tailbacks will file their paperwork with the NFL to see where they might stand in the NFL draft.
*Is Tyrod Taylor an NFL quarterback?
*It's just not clear if Golden is the right fit yet. Agreed.Truth is, a hire like this shows just how far Miami has fallen.
*Look at it this way: Golden has more head-coaching experience than Florida's Will Muschamp. Some consider that to be a risky hire.
*That means Golden is off Pitt's list. But fear not, Hokies, according to that report Bud Foster isn't on it, either.Golden has developed NFL talent. He should have plenty of that to work with at Miami. Should.
*In other news, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said the bowl process "disrespected" his school.
*NC State coach Tom O'Brien didn't sound optimistic about his quarterback returning for his senior season.Sorry, FSU fans, but Jimbo Fisher actually likes Steve Spurrier.
*Clemson needs its bowl practices to start developing younger players.
*If you don't have a whole new respect for Randy Shannon after reading this, tsk tsk.
*FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said he was caught off-guard by Urban Meyer's resignation.

Pictures of the Day

GOLDEN BOY? Former Temple University football coach Al Golden, 41, speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach at the University of Miami on December 13, 2010 in Coral Gables, Florida. Golden is replacing Randy Shannon, who was fired November 27 after a 7-5 season. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America)
TENNIS ANYONE? Tennis star Martina Navratilova was taken off Kilimanjaro after suffering from altitude related health problems during her efforts to raise money for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Her team continued to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest free standing mountain (5895m). The team of fundraisers includes German Paralympic cyclist Michael Teuber and British badminton player Gail Emms. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reversing Field: Franklin Back In Picture At Vanderbilt

According to the Washington Post, James Franklin, Maryland’s offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, is expected to become the next head football coach at Vanderbilt after Vanderbilt's top choice, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, withdrew from negotiations.

Contract details are being negotiated today, and barring an unforeseen road block, Franklin could be announced as Vanderbilt’s head coach today or tomorrow. Vanderbilt officials reached out to Franklin and individuals close to Franklin beginning Monday night, hours
Franklin has had two in-person interviews with Vanderbilt officials and emerged as a finalist last week.

It remains to be seen whether Kevin Anderson, Maryland's first-year athletic director, will make a last-ditch effort to entice Franklin to stay. Auburn reportedly more than doubled Malzahn's salary, making him the highest-paid assistant in the Southeastern Conference. 
If Franklin remains at Maryland, he is owed $1 million if he is not named the Terrapins' head coach by January 2012.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nothing Says Good Football Like…Temple?

According to the Miami Herald, Temple coach Al Golden, 41, considered one of the rising young stars in his field, accepted the job Sunday as football coach at the University of Miami.

"Nobody has more energy, excitement, enthusiasm in this country than Coach Golden,'' UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Sunday. ``What he has done at Temple University is short of miraculous. He has taken a program that was at the bottom point of the football world and has built them to a respectable program and is going to do great things here at the University of Miami.''

Golden, who will be introduced at a news conference Monday night, resurrected a Temple program that for years was the doormat of the Big East, before the Big East kicked it out of the conference for not being competitive enough. He replaces former UM coach Randy Shannon, fired Nov. 27 after a 28-22 record in four seasons and a 7-5 regular-season record in 2010.

Hocutt said Golden was the only candidate offered the job. He beat out three other finalists: Connecticut coach Randy Edsall, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman. Golden earned about $550,000 annually at Temple but is expected to make up to $2 million a year at UM, according to the Associated Press.

A native of Colts Neck, N.J., Golden brought the Owls, now in the Mid-American Conference, from a 1-11 season in 2006 to 9-4 by 2009 and 8-4 this season, including a win over Fiesta Bowl-bound UConn. Before Golden arrived at Temple, the Owls had two winning seasons since 1980. Though his career record as a head coach is 27-34, Golden is 17-6 over his last 23 regular-season games.

Sunday ACC Hoops

Biko Paris
BOSTON COLLEGE 79, MARYLAND 75 – Biko Paris scored a career-high 22 points, Corey Raji drilled the tiebreaking three-pointer with 33.7 seconds left, and Boston College defeated Maryland Sunday in the ACC opener for both teams.

Reggie Jackson scored 16 for the Eagles (8-2, 1-0) in the ACC debut of first-year coach Steve Donahue. Boston College made 13 3-pointers in extending its winning streak to five games.

Jordan Williams had a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (7-4, 0-1). The Terps, who came in with a 15-game home winning streak, failed to score over the final 2:40.

FLORIDA STATE 75, CLEMSON 69 – Deividas Dulkys hit three critical 3-point baskets in the second half Sunday to lead Florida State to victory over Clemson in the ACC opener for both teams.

Dulkys led the Seminoles with 17 points, 13 coming in the second half. His 3-point basket with 3:36 to go gave Florida State a 62-61 lead and another with 1:06 left put the Seminoles up 69-65.

Florida State (7-2) hit six straight free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the victory.

VIRGINIA TECH 79, Penn State (Nittany Lions, 38,,630 Students, University Park, PA) 69 – Starting in place of an injured Dorenzo Hudson, Erick Green tied his career high with 15 points as the Hokies snapped a three-game losing streak with a non-conference victory over Penn State at Cassell Coliseum. With the win, Tech moved to 5-4 overall on the season. Penn State fell to 7-3.

After a week off, the Hokies looked crisp, particularly on offense, as they shot a season-high 54.5 percent from the floor. Tech also dished out 20 assists, just one short of its season high, and finished with four players in double figures, paced by Malcolm Delaney's 18 points.

UNC Wilmington (Seahawks, 12,195 students, Wilmington, NC) 81, WAKE FOREST 69 – UNC Wilmington shot 51 percent from the field, including a 14-for-26 mark from three-point range, as Wake Forest lost to the

The Demon Deacons see their three-game winning streak come to an end as they drop to 5-4 on the year. The Seahawks even their record at 4-4 after posting their first-ever win in 13 all-time games against Wake Forest. UNCW's 14 three-point field goals were the most for a Wake Forest opponent since 2007, when Air Force also connected on 14 shots from behind the arc.

MIAMI 68, Stetson (Hatters, 3,700 students, DeLand, FL) 54 – Adrian Thomas scored 13 points and Malcolm Grant added 11 to lead a balanced attack for the Miami Hurricanes in a win over Stetson on Sunday.

Durand Scott chipped in nine points for Miami(7-2), which has won five straight and improved to 6-0 at home this season with the victory.

Franklin To Remain Terps’ Head-Coach-In-Waiting

According to the Washington Post among others, Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator, is expected to be introduced as the next head coach at Vanderbilt as early as Monday, which means James Franklin, Maryland's offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, will remain in College Park barring an unforeseen turn of events, a source familiar with the search said Sunday.

Franklin had two in-person interviews with Vanderbilt officials and had emerged as the next realistic option for Vanderbilt had its hopes of landing Malzahn fallen through. Vanderbilt had reportedly offered Malzahn a contract that would pay him close to $3 million per year. He has verbally accepted the job, the source said, but had yet to sign a contract.

Dear Mr. Snyder

Simply put, yesterday’s LOSS pretty much sums up the past 12 years. Lots of meaningless accomplishments(?) (yards), few meaningful results (points), BAD decisions at key times (clock management) and massive FAILURE by specialists hired to do a specific job (kicker, holder, snapper, and at least one coach we won’t mention here [Steve Spurrier]).

Yes, yesterday’s LOSS to the Bucs was one for the Ages – The Dark Ages. And to think the week got off to such a good start when Sir Albert was vanquished from Redskins’ Camelot and almost ended with an game going to overtime after the officials gave our Skins an EXTRA down (no doubt, to make up for not calling the flagrant [no matter what Fox's announcers say] holding on Brian Orakpo on the Buc’s TD to take the lead.)

As folks were noting that the Hayensworth debacle was the SIGNATURE failure of the Snyder era’s high pay-low production big dollar fee agency experiment, the stage was being set for some guys down at the bottom of the payroll food chain to literally DROP the ball.

We understand the Hayensworth debacle. Sir Albert is a classic example of what happens to many egotistical football players who receive HUGE paydays. The reality of the danger of the game and the shortness of their career seems to invade some far reaches of their mind after they put that huge check in the bank.

Unfortunately, their production immediately goes DOWN even if the adjustment is self-conscious as suddenly the fans and coaches are more passionate about the sport than the over-compensated superstar. Yes, some folks call that the NBA. But it happens everywhere from golf to pro football. If you are a full-blown immature ego-maniac like Hayensworth, it's a real MESS...

So with all of these life and football lessons learned, what is NEXT for our (and your) beloved Washington Redksins.

We would like to make a few HUMBLE suggestions:

1) FIRE the players, starting with the Hunter the Punter (who has been very reliable for his 12 year NFL career save for being involved in two of the most horrific Redskins plays in the past three decades. Not as catastrophic in terms of results as “Rocket Screen,” but last year’s trick play that fooled no one against the Giants and yesterday’s gaff on what is generally one of the easiest “skill” plays in the game literally scream TERMINATION.) Then fire the offensive, then the defense.

2) FIRE the coaches. All of them. What the HECK?

3) SELL the team. Sell the damn team to a COWBOYS’ fan, who cares? Give the proceeds to charity.

4) TEAR DOWN the abomination that is FedEx Field (R.I.P. Jack Kent Cook. We loved the Squire, but Raljohn? Really?) Unfortunately, Fed Ex was somewhat modeled after the archetype football stadium of the day in Giants’ Stadium at the Meadowlands. Yep, that one…the one they just tore down.

5) LEAVE town and never speak of the Men in Burgandy again. Ever.

Happy Freakin’ Hollidays,
Your Loyal Fan

Video of the Day

If you haven’t seen it by now…here it is.

Pictures of the Day

THANK YOU, NO. A bunch of really crazy people watch as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots lines up against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots beat the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
SANTA HOGS. Santa Hog, Santa Hog, must have been ol’ Santa Hog, Happy Ho Ho Ho to you! Fans of the Washington Redskins cheer against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

ACC Saturday Hoops

Noland Smith
#1 DUKE 84, St. Louis (Billikens, 16,317 students, St. Louis, MO) 47 – Noland Smith scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and the top-ranked Blue Devils routed Saint Louis Saturday to claim their 20th straight win.

Kyle Singler added 21 points for Duke (10-0), which shot 53 percent, turned 22 turnovers into 31 points and took command with an overwhelming early run.

GEORGIA TECH 69, Savannah State (Tigers, 3,820 students, Savannah, GA) 59 – Iman Shumpert scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Daniel Miller had a career-best 14 points as Georgia Tech defeated Savannah State 69-59 to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Yellow Jackets (5-4) placed four players in double figures. Brian Oliver had 17 points and Mfon Udofia scored 12 for Georgia Tech, which led by as many as 21 points in the first half.

Jovanni Shuler scored a game-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough to save Savannah State (1-10) from its 10th consecutive loss

NORTH CAROLINA 96, Long Beach State (49ers, 29,227 students, Long Beach, CA) 91 – Harrison Barnes had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Long Beach State. Larry Drew II added 11 of his 13 points after halftime for the Tar Heels (7-3), who blew most of a 17-point second-half lead before holding on for their third straight win. Leslie McDonald added a career-high 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, with most of that coming in the first half.

Harrison Barnes
T.J. Robinson scored a career-high 31 points to lead the 49ers (5-6), who cut the lead to a single bucket three separate times but never could push ahead.

N.C. STATE 79, South Carolina Upstate (Spartans, 4,608 students, Saprtansburg, SC) 60 – Ryan Harrow was asked which of the 13 shots he took after coming off the bench in N.C. State's 79-60 win over USC Upstate was his favorite, the freshman point guard from Atlanta glanced to the side for a second and gave the obvious answer.

"I really liked all the ones that went in," Harrow said.

So there was much for Harrow to enjoy about the annual Heritage Game at Reynolds Coliseum, after scoring a career high 20 points, making 10 of his 13 shots and handing out five assists without a turnover. A crowd of 5,178 spectators watched in the arena the men called home for 50 years until moving to the RBC Center in 1999.

Pictures of the Day

(S)CAM NEWTON? Quarterback Cam Newton of the Auburn University Tigers speaks after being named the 76th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at the Best Buy Theater on December 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images for The Heisman)
NICE MULE. An Army cadet sits on the Army mule during a game against the Navy Midshipmen on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshipmen won 31-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

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