NCF Nation: Jim Brown
Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Why are Louisville and Kansas State playing on a Wednesday night? Louisville officials thought they had scheduled a bye week to avoid conflict with the Ryder Cup, which will be played at Valhalla in eastern Jefferson County. But the event was switched to a different date, putting the Kansas State game in direct conflict. Thus we have Wednesday night football.
The Courier-Journal's C.L. Brown says we'll finally learn something about both teams, as Kansas State has played nobody and Louisville's one real game against Kentucky was a disaster. Columnist Rick Bozich says Kansas State invented the idea of scheduling softies in order to make a bowl, hurting all of college football in the process.
I come to blame Kansas State, and its former coach Bill Snyder, for popularizing the increasingly gutless approach to scheduling that has become the absolute rage in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Pick a patsy. Pick two. Stuff your schedule with as many nobodies as possible. If you're good at it, as Kansas State usually is, you can find four slugs from outside your conference. Dominate the nobodies and then fool everybody by winning those four games as well as a few more inside your conference. Then you can call yourself a bowl team. A good time will be had by all.
* Jim Brown weighs in on the Syracuse situation with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. "Oh, it's terrible," Brown told Dodd. "I like the coach as a person but I think they're going to have to make a move. You can't let the program go so low."
* Rutgers has seen the Navy triple option each of the past five years, but that doesn't make it any easier to stop, Aditi Kinkhabwala writes in the Bergen Record.
* Matt Grothe for Heisman? The USF quarterback tells the Tampa Tribune's Brett McMurphy: "Honestly, I don't have a chance in hell. Not just this year, any year. It's politics."
* Pitt outside linebacker Shane Murray is ready to make his season debut against Iowa after recovering from an August knee injury, Paul Zeise notes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
* UConn's defense needs to be disciplined against Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant. Griffin ran for 217 yards last week against Washington State, and Huskies coach Randy Edsall compares the freshman to Pat White.
* The pace will be furious in the thin air Thursday, as West Virginia and Colorado both like to play without huddles, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Hope you enjoyed Hater Tuesday. There will be a little carry-over today, as I boldly make predictions on the league's top rivalries. But first, here's a look at what's happening around the league.
- High praise for Ohio State's Beanie Wells from two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, who thinks the junior running back is "the closest thing to Jim Brown that I've ever seen," The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises writes in his blog.
- Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr sounded off on several topics, including Rich Rodriguez's nasty departure from West Virginia and the outlook for the season.
- Mike Barwis isn't the only strength coach in the state of Michigan, Dave Dye writes in The Detroit News. The Michigan State notebook also has an item about running back Javon Ringer possibly returning kicks this fall. Interesting.
- A big check is supposed to travel from Ann Arbor to Morgantown by Thursday night, Mickey Furfari writes in The (Martinsburg, W.Va.) Journal.
- In case you missed it, Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith may be in trouble again. If the allegations are true, this brings even more embarrassment to a program that should have cut ties with Smith a long, long time ago.
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus continues his position-by-position look at Wisconsin. Next up are the running backs, considered the team's deepest position group despite the legal problems of junior Lance Smith.
- Joe Paterno's reaction to the Outside the Lines piece about Penn State's off-field issues could play a role in getting the longtime coach out the door, Bob Smizik writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Interesting but sad story about former Minnesota star Dominic Jones, who has gone from wearing No. 2 as a cornerback to wearing No. 00425759 as an inmate serving time for sexual assault, Rochelle Olson writes in The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.
- Missed this one from CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, who lists five things to watch in the Big Ten this fall. He likes Ohio State and Wisconsin, while Michigan should expect seven or eight wins in RichRod's first season.
- After losing stud offensive tackle David Barrent to Michigan State, Iowa's 2009 recruiting needs a boost in a hurry, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Michigan State's Brian Hoyer hasn't forgotten the Champs Sports Bowl, as if anyone would let him, Alex Altman writes in The State News.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite is by far my favorite Big 12 player -- at least in terms of doing my job.
Hypolite enlivened an otherwise relatively sedate media days with stories about serving as a telemarketer this season selling Colorado season tickets. He's as quick with a quip as he is rushing an opposing quarterback.
"I tell them they better buy their tickets early before we start making our BCS push," Hypolite said.
The outgoing Hypolite, along with Missouri's Chase Daniel, will serve as contributors to the rejuvenated Sporting News that made its debut earlier this week. And, if some of Hypolite's stories are as good as his soundbites, they'll really be something. But he might have taken hyperbole to a new level when he compared incoming Colorado freshman Darrell Scott to Adrian Peterson and Jim Brown.
"He's a physical specimen," Hypolite told the New York Times blog this week. "There's not too many guys running around who are that big, that strong and that fast."
But Hypolite sounded more like a carnival barker when he predicted some major accomplishments for Colorado's heralded recruit.
"If I'm worth my salt and the rest of the leaders on this team are worth their salt, he'll be up for the Heisman in two years," Hypolite told the Times. "That would be awesome and great for Colorado football."
Maybe true, as Hypolite has obviously learned a little about whetting the consumer's appetite during his telemarketing career.
But shouldn't we wait and see Scott play a couple of college games first before we start sending him to New York City for the Heisman presentation?