Just a few things concerning college football that I find interesting.
1) Just when I thought we were done with the Colt McCoy sighting in college football I find out that his younger brother Case McCoy is getting interviewed by ESPN for being an incoming freshman to UT. The interview was all about Colt and you know that the retards that broadcast football will continue to talk about Colt for the next four years when the cameras pan on this poor kid. Thus we have four more year to hear about how great a player Colt was, especially if he wins the Heisman this year.
2) I find it funny that Lane Kiffin's Volunteer program is being investigated by the NCAA. Less than a year removed from throwing wild (but probably true) allegations that Florida cheats in it's recruiting practices, Kiffin is now under the microscope. You think that maybe the NCAA has an axe to grind with Kiffin for his B.S.from earlier this year in trying to embarrass the Gators. I don't think it is a stretch that he made himself a target when he blasphemed Pope Urban and Lord Jesus Tebow.
3) Last but not least I watched the ESPN interview of the NBA referee Tim Donaghy. Several things about this interview really hit home. The first of which is that officials of games are influenced by outside stimuli. Athletes and coaches who treat the officials like dirt get a certain amount of "what comes around goes around." This is one of the reasons that I admire Coach Kirk so much. That even keel approach ensures that he is rarely going to get on the wrong side of an officiating crew. But the more sinister part of this story is that public perception of a team can turn the tide of how officials work the game. I truly believe that if a team gets a reputation, earned or not, it can affect the way the game is called. The third an final thing that I noticed from the interview is that officials can enforce rules that should not be up for interpretation have either been enforced rigidly or very lax. Several examples include the Horse collar tackle and the Helmet to Helmet contact rule. Depending on the officiating crews feelings these rules may not be enforced and by doing so it can change the outcome of the game. I don't even want to approach the Holding rule. After watching years of Iowa's D line, I am convinced that you can find holding about every third play of a game. In the end my larger point is that CFB has reached a turning point where more and more games seem to end with a call, good or not, is being pointed to as the turning point in the game. It has made me wonder how many of those calls are influenced by personal feelings instead of being fair and just. In my mind Tim Donaghy is not a "rouge referee" as painted by David Stern. He is probably more representative of some of the true feeling of most officials.