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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini responded sharply to criticism from Tommie Frazier on Monday after the former star quarterback called for the removal of the Cornhuskers' defensive coaching staff following Saturday's 41-21 home loss to UCLA.
"Since I came back here, I've embraced former players," Pelini said. "If he feels like that, then so be it. We don't need him. That's a shame.
"Until you've sat in this seat, until you've sat here and done it, anybody can have an opinion. It's easy to point fingers when you stand outside and throw stones. So I just take it for what it is."
Frazier -- the 1995 Heisman Trophy runner-up and one of the most beloved players in Nebraska history as a two-time national champion -- didn't hold back on Twitter after the Huskers surrendered an early 21-3 lead to the Bruins.
More importantly: Is this headline a tip of the cap to Bob Mould, Grant Hart, et al?
Whatever the reason, the Big Ten web site (as of 1:15 p.m.), on its schedules/score page, lists Wisconsin as a 32-30 winner over Arizona State on Saturday.
As most of you well know, Arizona State was the winner by that exact score. And Wisconsin lost in the most bizarre manner.
If you missed it, the Badgers had 18 seconds left and were in field goal range. They attempted to run one more play -- while out of timeouts -- to center the ball on the field for a better kicking angle.
QB Joel Stave stumbled around, appeared to take a knee, then strangely placed the ball directly on the ground. Arizona State players dove on it, thinking it was a fumble.
In the ensuing chaos, referees did not spot the ball quickly. Wisconsin, it seems, forgot entirely that the clock was running. And the game ended before the Badgers could attempt another play.
But don't just take our word for it. If you haven't seen it yet, here are the highlights:
The first two paragraphs of Part IV of SI's series on Oklahoma State:
In 2003 one of the nation's top high school recruits pretzeled his large frame into an airplane seat and embarked on his official recruiting visit to Oklahoma State. Though several big-time schools were pursuing him intensely, the recruit was intrigued by the Cowboys. The previous year they had appeared in the Houston Bowl -- their first postseason game in five seasons and just their second in 14 years -- and there was an unmistakable sense of momentum surrounding the program.
When the recruit arrived in Stillwater he received an enthusiastic greeting from two members of Orange Pride, a group made up of female undergrads that is described on the university website as an "organization that donates their time and efforts to assist with Recruiting for Oklahoma State and the Football Program." The women explained that they would be taking him to dinner, the recruit recalls, but first they had a stop to make. A short time later he was having sex with both of them. "Rock 'n' rolling, I had the best of the best -- the aces," says the recruit, who spoke to SI on the record but is not being named to protect the identities of the two women.
Like you're not going to read the rest.
One passionate Texas A&M fan can now be the first to display "12THMAN" on the front and back of his or her car -- even if they potentially cost more than the car itself.
The license plates sold for $115,000 on Thursday in an online auction -- a U.S. record for a vanity plate sold by a state, said Kim Miller Drummond, a spokesperson for MyPlates.com
A set of Texas license plates with the words "HOUSTON" on it sold for $25,000 in January. The world record, according to a 2008 Forbes report, is $14.2 million for a "1" license plate to a businessman in the United Arab Emirates.
Since November 2009, Texans have purchased more than 156,000 My Plates, putting more than $18.4M in the state's general revenue fund.
At least we're assuming it's an Aggies fan. We suppose it could be a one-toothed man. Then again, it could really be both.
SI posted a story today about Oklahoma State paying players in past seasons -- a piece that is part of a larger series that will be dropped in the coming days.
Much of the fallout has been predictable, particularly the reaction over at Deadspin -- which did a short critique of the piece under the headline "The Most Important Part of SI's Oklahoma State Shamestravaganza."
Deadspin's Tom Ley refers to violations of NCAA rules as "handwringing and pearl clutching," then decides that the most important thing, as alluded to in the headline because Deadspin knows all, is found at the very end of the story. Ley concludes:
After 3,000 words about wads of money being stuffed into envelopes and socks—after all that scandalous B-movie imagery—we are finally told the only thing that really matters about this story: All that money was going towards clothes and food for college kids who otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford either. Everything else is just useless muckraking on behalf of the exploiters at the NCAA.
If Ley really believes that, he's dangerously delusional -- and frankly, those of a similar ilk are hijacking the discussion by jumping to the conclusion that we should just pay all these guys because without the extra money what would they do!?!?
Let’s not sit and pretend there is nothing in it for the athlete or that these poor, poor souls are going hungry. They have meal plans. They have training tables. They eat far better than the average college student.
Let’s not pretend there is no value in a paid college education. Even if you are cynical about how much the NCAA cares about that education, it is available to an athlete – along with dedicated academic support staffers -- to make what there is to make of it. The value has grown form tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars as tuition costs have soared. Ask a recent college grad with six-figure debt what it would be like to be 23 and debt-free.
Bottom line is, the amount of money being made by the NCAA is sick. But you don’t fix that by fracturing the system even more and paying athletes in real dollars.
And if a rule is being broken, a rule is being broken. Good for SI for reporting on it.