2009 Off-Season Roundup
The News Stories You Need To Know ... May 8
* There's virtually nothing that Lane Kiffin could do
at Tennessee that would raise eyebrows these days, except maybe this: he
signed a Knoxville-area football player who was involved in the rape and
kidnapping of a 14-year-old female relative six years ago. By many
accounts the player has paid his debt to society and has made every
effort to turn his life around... details I'm sure most opposing SEC
fans will take into account in a mild-mannered and dignified way.
* Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin was reportedly assaulted
in downtown Tuscaloosa, and suffered injuries to his right hand, right
leg and toes on both feet. This is unfortunate on many levels: first,
that he was assaulted at all, and second, that the highest-scoring
member of an SEC-West winning team was assaulted in his own college
* Tiffin's coach Nick Saban followed in Phillip
Fulmer's footsteps and has appeared in his own scene in the upcoming
film "The Blind Side." Considering that Saban was the LSU coach at the
time, fans are giddy at the prospect of seeing the Nic-tator in the old
purple and gold again.
* Big 12 coaches have rejected a proposal to change
their now-infamous tiebreaker (don't remember? Just ask Texas, they'll
tell you all about it). Responding to a national outcry for change by
doing absolutely nothing? That sounds familiar... are these guys running
the BCS, too?
* Former Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller is suing
Electronic Arts and the NCAA for the "blatant and unlawful use" of
student-athlete likenesses in video games. Keller reportedly knew the
Nebraska QB in the game was him because the character shared his number,
height, weight, hometown and tendency to force ill-advised passes into
* Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has lost 80 pounds
since October. Maybe now we'll have to start calling him the
Mini-Fridge. Or the Dorm Room Fridge. Or The Cooler.
114 days and counting...