IMHO, this is a stroke of genius. Click this link to read the news.
When an organization gets too big for its britches, it comes up with some really stupid rules. I can understand if the U.S. Marine attended a local college and played ball but, recreational football?? IMHO, some of the bigger schools should start their own Association.
Steven Rhodes, a U.S. Marine veteran and 24-year-old freshman on Middle Tennessee State’s (MTSU) football team, will not be able to play football this year because he played recreational football while he was in the Marines that Rhodes described was in his spare time against other mechanics and air traffic controllers.
According to NCAA rules, “Rhodes’ recreational league games at the Marine base counted as ‘organized competition’ because there were game officials, team uniforms and the score was kept.” Rhodes “would have to sit out this season and forfeit two years of eligibility because his recreational league season spanned two academic years.” MTSU won a partial appeal and gained back his two years of eligibility but Rhodes still has to redshirt, according to current bylaws.
Read more at this link.
Being number one has put a bulls eye on a lot of teams recently so, here’s hoping the Irish can stay on top.
Via Bleacher Report
It took two big upsets on the same night, but it looks like the stars are set to align for the nation’s lone bowl-eligible undefeated team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, to be No. 1 in the country. Yes, it’s been a long time coming, but folks, the Fighting Irish are back on top, and deservedly so.
The Irish grabbing the top spot in the BCS standings is a testament to the 2012 football team and, on a larger scale, to their defense. The frou-frou offenses that were in such high demand, being fawned over all season, have fallen by the wayside, and what we have left is the hardened, scarred bodies and balled-up fists of the Fighting Irish.
Unlike Oregon, Notre Dame survived overtime against the Stanford Cardinal. Unlike Kansas State, Notre Dame triumphed after being tested by a sub-.500 squad. Unlike Kenjon Barner and Collin Klein, Notre Dame’s Heisman contender stood tallest when his team needed him the most.
Read more at this link.
Congrats to Coach Cutliffe and the Blue Devils football team!
For the first time since 1994, Duke is bowl eligible thanks to a 33-30 win over North Carolina.
— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) October 21, 2012
See this link for a story on the Blue Devils football team’s nice season they’re putting together.
What a tremendous display of what college athletics should be about from Head Coach James Franklin and the Vanderbilt football team. In this video, walk-on FB Mac Panu gets a scholarship and gets told in front of the entire team.
Well done Coach Franklin!
(Video H/T CBS Sports)
Truly great read on WashingtonPost.com about the Jerry Sanduskey trial and Lavar Arrington’s connection.