2009 Off-Season Roundup
The News Stories You Need To Know ... May 6
* Those BCS apologists who hide behind the veil of
"tradition" when it comes to denying the world a playoff, take heed: Joe
Paterno - a man who IS college football tradition - has had enough. He
wants the BCS to be scrapped in favor of a playoff. Let's hope the
powers that be hurry up and give him one: he's only got eight or nine
more years to coach.
* Speaking of coaches (or former coaches, to be more
specific), Phillip Fulmer will don Rocky Top Orange one last time, as
he'll reportedly be playing himself in the film adaptation of Michael
Lewis's "The Blind Side." The scene will feature a mild-mannered giant
who made a dramatic impact on Southern football AND Michael Oher.
* Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet seems
content with his decision to transfer to Arizona State, and insists that
when it comes to UM, it wasn't personal: "If you really look at the
situation I was in, it really doesn’t fit me. My friend likes to say
it’s like coming to Michigan to go to be a doctor, and then they get rid
of the Medical school, you know?" Or to be more specific, it's like they
turned over their medical school to a mad scientist.
* New Cleveland Browns linebacker and USC product
Kaluka Maiava has an interesting hobby: he and his brothers hunt wild
boar in the mountains of Maui. Without firearms. "Anybody can shoot
something. It takes the fun out of it. We grab a couple of dogs and a
9-inch knife and go out and stick 'em a couple of times." That
particularl talent may have been overkill in the Pac-10, but it should
serve him well in the AFC North.
116 days and counting...