Thursday, June 9, 2011
3-point stance: Chest bump for the Chief
By Ivan Maisel
1. Auburn assistant head coach Trooper Taylor is known throughout the SEC for his sideline enthusiasm. He waves towels. He chest bumps nearly every Tiger who comes off the field. Turns out someone in Washington, D.C. noticed. When the BCS champions visited the White House on Wednesday, head coach Gene Chizik spent some personal time with President Obama. Every player got to shake the President’s hand. But Taylor got to chest bump him. And the Secret Service didn’t even wrestle him to the ground.
2. The ESPNU 150 debuted Wednesday. Before you could hit the refresh button, one of four players on the list from the state of Missouri, wide receiver Durron Neal, verbally committed to ... Oklahoma. Ouch. Until the rest of the Big 12 can divert the top talent away from the Sooners and from Texas, the league will not be as competitive as it should be. Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel has a chance for redemption. Another wide receiver from the state, Dorial Green-Beckham, is rated the No. 3 recruit in the nation.
3. Georgia State head coach Bill Curry announced earlier this week that he had promoted Joe Hamilton into a full-time position as assistant coach. That’s great news for Hamilton, who, like Curry, played up the street at Georgia Tech. Unlike Curry, a lineman, Hamilton is the most prominent quarterback in Yellow Jacket history. He won the Davey O’Brien Award in 1999 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy vote that year. Hamilton is exactly the type of name the Panthers need to gain a toehold in Atlanta.