Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jake Olson: Character and Courage Personified!

Jake Olson has been blind since he was 12 years old, but Saturday he opened all of our eyes. In a game between his USC Trojans and Western Michigan, Olson took the field with his special team comrades and long-snapped for the PAT. The snap, as well as the kick, were both successful. Of all the great college football games that were played over the Labor Day weekend, along with all the great individual performances, Jake Olson's college football debut had to be the most inspiring story of all!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Number 13 at Augusta National: Just a Little Bit Longer...?

Augusta National has recently purchased land from neighboring Augusta Country Club that will apparently allow the famous par 5 13th to be lengthened by backing up the tee box. The once daunting spectacle hole has been conquered by new golfing technology in the form of metal drivers and new golf balls. So much so that this year's Masters saw the iconic 13th play as the easiest hole on the course during the four day tournament. It will be interesting to see how many yards will be added by the new design, and how differently the hole will play. Perhaps the new changes will add more of the risk/reward virtues the 13th was always noted for in the past.

Monday, August 7, 2017

North Carolina Pops With "Jumpman" Practice Helmet

Carolina's new practice helmet includes Michael Jordan's Jumpman logo on the side. Talk about taking practice equipment up a notch, the Tar Heels just took it to the next level. Nothing like making a fashion statement on the practice field. Nice touch 'Heels.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There's a Hiring "Freeze" at Ole Miss

As we all know, Hugh Freeze is out as the Ole Miss head football coach. The guy that is in is former assistant coach Matt Luke. Luke is an Ole Miss guy who will lead the Rebels on an interim basis, at least for now. There is nothing coming out of the Ole Miss administration concerning a search for a new 'permanent' head coach, nor will there be any time soon. The school faces possible severe sanctions from an ongoing NCAA investigation, which could include further bowl game restrictions and scholarship reductions. With all of this on the table at Ole Miss, the next man up at the university will automatically come in to a program with some real handicaps. The cupboard at Mississippi will not be bare, but it won't be stocked to the hilt either as recruiting will most certainly take a direct hit as a result of all the uncertainties surrounding the program. Stay tuned,there seems to be a lot more coming out of Oxford, Mississippi. Just not the hiring of a new 'permanent' head coach. The 'Freeze" out continues...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hugh Freeze: Integrity Driven or Incredulous Individual?

At last count, the NCAA allegations against Ole Miss had grown to a gigantic 21 charges. At last count, Head Coach Hugh Freeze had used the word integrity in referring to himself and his program about 2,100 times. And why wouldn't he? His University has stood by him thick and thin. Freeze and Ole Miss seem undaunted by all of these serious charges. The Head Coach himself is looking down the barrel of a coach's most serious allegation, the dreaded "Failure to Monitor". If upheld, this alone could cause Freeze to lose his job.
If other allegations are upheld, the Ole Miss football program could face sanction, above sanction, above sanction. If all of this smoke turns into fire, it will be time to get the horses out of the barn in Oxford. And if all of this devastation falls upon this university, won't people wonder even more why the administration continued to support Hugh Freeze? Perhaps the answer is because his teams defeated mighty Alabama two times in the past three seasons. It probably won't even matter to Ole Miss that Freeze would be proven guilty of cheating in order to do that. So much for integrity.