Chat with Pat Forde
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN.com columnist Pat Forde stops by to chat some college football.
Among other things, Forde covers college football and basketball for ESPN and ESPN.com.
Send your questions now and join Forde Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Pat Forde (2:00 PM)
Hello out there, chatters. Let's roll.
Evan (Tacoma WA)
Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame, traditionally some of College FB most elite programs, who rises to the top the soonest and why?
Pat Forde (2:01 PM)
Evan: Texas is, at present, a one-year blip. Other two have been struggling for a while. I'll say Texas bounces back fastest. Has the most reasons (local talent, infrastructure, coaching, money) to be good.
Blake (Crystal River, FL)
Local columnist in Boise writes that the Rose Bowl could select Boise State over Stanford if TCU goes to the NC game. Can you picture the Rose Bowl picking a WAC team over a top 10 PAC 10 team?
Pat Forde (2:03 PM)
Blake: In this instance, sure I can. Stanford is a great team, but if Boise goes 13-0 -- and what would be 27-0 over two years -- and is left out of the BCS bowls it will be one of the worst travesties in BCS history. And there have been a few.
Ed (Lake Oswego)
Pat, Do you think Mike Bellotti will be the Buffs next head coach.? He's expressed an interest in coaching again. He knows the PAC football programs as well as anyone let alone nocal and socal recruiting. He's nearly 60 and wouldn't have as huge a learning curve as moving to a new conference. Eugene to Boulder, not such a big cultural shift. Hey if the Birkenstock fits, wear it.
Pat Forde (2:04 PM)
Ed: While there's a lot to like about Mike Bellotti, I'm not sure the feeling would be mutual for him with Colorado. Pretty tough job right now. I don't claim to have great insight into Bellotti's thinking process, but I think he'd be pretty selective about what he took. And Colorado is down at the moment.
Matt (Birmingham, AL)
Time for the Cam Newton segment of the chat...put on your best fortunate telling hat...where does this thing end up for Newton and Auburn?
Pat Forde (2:07 PM)
Matt: Yeah, I avoided it long enough -- four minutes. Honestly, we don't know where it ends up. NCAA is investigating. FBI is talking to people. State authorities are supposedly in the mix. There are a lot of things to check out here. How long it takes to sort it all out, I don't know. But the NCAA will not suspend Cam Newton anytime soon. If the investigation reveals credible information, it may tell Auburn it should withhold Newton, but we are not at that stage right now.
Notre Dame has had a rough season so far- how much of the team's failures can be pinned on Coach Kelly and do you still think he's the right man for the job?
Pat Forde (2:07 PM)
Patrick: I think he is the right man for the job in football terms. I was disappointed in the decisions he and others apparently made on the day when video assistant Declan Sullivan died.
Will the NCAA take as long with the Cam Newton scandal as they did with the one at USC?
Pat Forde (2:09 PM)
Greg: I don't think so. I believe the NCAA is working double-time to try to get to the bottom of this while it is still relevant to this season. One other thing to keep in mind: Bush and many others stonewalled the NCAA for years, refusing to cooperate. Newton is not in a position to do that since he is currently playing.
National Championship Game: You can have any QB in the country. Who is your pick?
Pat Forde (2:10 PM)
Micah: Depends what offense I'm running.
Pat, I think the real by-product of the BCS is misplaced vitriol not dialogue. Defenders of the BCS say, "well, at least fans are talking." But isn't the reality that it forces Boise State fans to rail against Auburn (or vice versa)? The resentment between fan bases actually misses the point. Boise supporters shouldn't hate Auburn, Oregon, or TCU; they should hate BCS tyranny.
Pat Forde (2:11 PM)
Kyle: Good point. of course, you could say the same about political dialog these days -- there is no discussion, only attacks from entrenched positions on those with other entrenched positions.
Stuart (Greenville, SC)
What are the chances South Carolina overcomes history and beats Florida in The Swamp Saturday night?
Pat Forde (2:13 PM)
Stuart: Less than 50 percent I'd say, but I am very interested to see that game play out. Great theater with Spurrier going into The Swamp in an attempt to win South Carolina's first tangible title. Ever.
What are your top 4 teams right now, in order?
Pat Forde (2:14 PM)
Nick: 1. Oregon 2. Boise State 3. TCU 4. Auburn. Close between all of them.
Joshua (Hoover, AL)
Does Charles Bloom's statement about no report of phone calls from MSU to SEC change anything about what you reported and what schad reported?
Pat Forde (2:14 PM)
Joshua: We are very comfortable and confident with what we reported.
With TCU playing only two remaining games (one against Bottom feeder New Mexico), Is Boise State able to Jump them by the end of the year, with Boise State having four more games left, two of them their toughest
Pat Forde (2:15 PM)
Ian: I think it's a possibility, but I'm not a computer expert. Boise definitely has some opportunities left to buttress its SOS.
Should last year's Fiesta Bowl matter to those ranking BSU and TCU?
Pat Forde (2:16 PM)
Rob: Good question. I cannot completely discard it, personally. Boise was better then and has done nothing since to lead me to believe it is not better now. You have to look really hard at Boise's performances to find flaws. Not that TCU hasn't had a great season as well, but I'd keep Boise ahead of the Frogs right now.
Chris (Charlotte, NC)
Does Reggie Bush get a Heisman vote?
Pat Forde (2:18 PM)
Chris: I cannot answer that definitively, but I'd have to think his voting rights were vacated right along with his Heisman.
What are your biggest disappointments in the ACC this year?
Pat Forde (2:19 PM)
Doug: Georgia Tech. And although North Carolina has played well on the field, the fact that it has been without so many key players has ruined its season.
Pat:One more question - if it is proven that Cam Newton and his father have done nothing wrong in this whole soap opera, will you guys, meaning you, Mark, Chris, Joe and the rest of ESPN issue a public apology?
Pat Forde (2:22 PM)
Tonya: Our story last week on ESPN.com alleged no misdeeds by Auburn. It did not say that the Newtons used Kenny Rogers to solicit payments. It said that according to those with ties to Mississippi State, Rogers said he was representing the Newtons and asking for money, and that information was turned over to the SEC. So that is what we reported. We also reported that the NCAA is investigating, and has been since before we reported the story. So again, I certainly stand behind our story.
Caroline (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Would you label Alabama's performance thus far "disappointing"
Pat Forde (2:23 PM)
Caroline: Yes I would. Honestly, I expected one loss. Did not expect two, especially with a brutally hard game still to come.
Pat: If you had the ability to go back in time and attend any college football game, which one would it be?
Pat Forde (2:24 PM)
Brian: Texas-Arkansas 1969 springs immediately to mind. But part of me would like to go WAY back, to when Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne basically modernized this thing called the forward pass -- I think it was against Ohio State in something like 1913. Would be kind of fun to see the birth of the forward pass, I think.
With regards to the Cam Newton story. You stated you are comfortable with the facts as you reported them. That being stated, does that imply, in your opinion, any wrongdoing and omission on the part of Miss. St in their report to the SEC?
Pat Forde (2:25 PM)
Wes: I don't have full knowledge of what Mississippi State did or didn't report. But it seems to me the school did the right thing by bringing the issue to the attention of the SEC office. Unless or until I know everything Mississippi State did or didn't say, I'll stick with that.
Mark (Senoia, GA)
Who's the best team in the Big 10 in your opinion. I realize Wisconsin is ranked highest but is Iowa playing better overall right now?
Pat Forde (2:26 PM)
Mark: No. Iowa lost at home to Wisconsin and barely beat Indiana last week. No way I'd say Iowa is playing better.
Patrik (Helsinki, Finland)
Have you been surprised by the success of Louisville in their first year under Charlie Strong with virtually the same roster as last year and do you think they can win at least one of their remaining games (South Florida, West Virginia, @ Rutgers) to become bowl eligible?
Pat Forde (2:28 PM)
Patrik: Strong has done a great job, especially last weekend -- winning on the road without starting QB Adam Froman and Doak Walker semifinalist Bilal Powell. Massive coaching upgrade from last year.
Keep spinning Forde! You guys tried to make this Newton story much BIGGER than it really was and now are finding out it is not much...
Pat Forde (2:30 PM)
JM: That's an interesting take on the matter.
Other than Minn and CU, which schoosl axe their coach in the next 4-5 weeks? & who are the top 3 coordinators to find a head coaching position this off season?
Pat Forde (2:31 PM)
Brian: I don't know for sure who will ax anyone, but I'd be a bit nervous if I were the coach at Washington State, Arizona State, Indiana, North Carolina, Miami and certainly New Mexico. As for up-and-comers: Gus Malzahn has been a great OC at Auburn and elsewhere; Brian Harsin at Boise State; plenty of others.
If YOU were in charge of hiring the new CU coach, who would be your realistic top choice?
Pat Forde (2:32 PM)
Jim: I believe I'd try to get Kevin Sumlin from Houston.
Why was the information about Cecil Newton's church relevant if you aren't implicating him?
Pat Forde (2:34 PM)
Brock: As stated in the story, the NCAA requested church financial records from the Newtons. If it's relevant to the NCAA, it's relevant to the story.
Cosmo (Anytown, USA)
Can you put into perspective what "400 wins at one school" really means? And do you think anyone ever gets close to that again?
Pat Forde (2:34 PM)
Cosmo: There is no perspective for it, really. Amazing. And certainly never to be duplicated. Very few coaches will ever reach 200 at the same school, much less 400.
Why would Colorado even think about naming Bill McCartney as its head coach after such a long break? Is the athletic department in that much debt or such short-sighted? Also, who names someone over 70 the head of anything?
Pat Forde (2:35 PM)
Jason: My thoughts exactly.
What was your favorite part of your weekend here in our beautiful city?
Pat Forde (2:37 PM)
David: Watching Kellen Moore complete 19 straight passes. Then meeting the Make A Wish youngster the team had as a guest after the game. Nice.
Barbie (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
What happened to Mark Ingram this year? He's looking very pedestrian these days.
Pat Forde (2:38 PM)
Barbie: I agree, and I don't know why. Maybe Bama's offensive line has finally taken a step back after two dominating seasons. Maybe he never got back to full health after the early knee injury. Maybe there's something else going on. Whatever the reason, it is surprising.
Humbled Utah fan (Misery)
Any chance we bounce back against ND and don't let that loss effect us?
Pat Forde (2:39 PM)
Ute: Good question, very curious to see exactly that. I kinda think Brian Kelly has one big win in his bag this year; maybe this is it. But Notre Dame is so injured that that might not be possible.
Historical accuracy (Any Library)
RE: Also, who names someone over 70 the head of anything?Ronald Reagan re-elected 1984, > 70
Pat Forde (2:40 PM)
Historical: Thanks. But Reagan hadn't been out of politics since 1968 at the time he was elected. He'd already been in office. McCartney hasn't coached since 1994.
Lenny (Gary, IN)
Who's the better RB...Kendall Hunter or Daniel Thomas?
Pat Forde (2:41 PM)
Lenny: Very different backs, just in terms of size. I like them both, but I'll admit: I was a little disappointed in Thomas' physical running against Nebraska. Didn't see him punishing many tacklers, and he went down fairly easily at times for a guy his size.
Alan T (San Diego)
I think you need to get off the Boise Bus and on the TCU Train. Their defense is awesome, and I think they are playing awesome right now. Thoughts on TCU vs Boise?
Pat Forde (2:42 PM)
Alan: As said before, I'll rate Boise ahead of TCU. As of now. But I will be in Fort Worth this weekend to see the Frogs, looking forward to that.
Ryan (South Carolina)
If you have or had a Heisman vote...based on the info at hand would you vote Cam Newton for the Heisman?
Pat Forde (2:43 PM)
Ryan: Based on the information at hand I would not at this time. Newton stood up publicly this week with a chance to refute the story about academic issues at Florida and did not. Three instances of cheating plus the laptop incident is a lot of baggage, without even considering the possibility of being paid six figures.
Cosmo (Anytown, USA)
Are you old enough to remember Marcus Dupree? If so, how good was he really?
Pat Forde (2:45 PM)
Cosmo: I remember him coming to Oklahoma as hyped as any player I'd ever heard about at that time. And I remember him flaming out pretty quickly and wondering why. I missed the 30 for 30 on him but can't wait to see it.
Hayden (New Haven, CT)
Who would get your vote? Moore, James, or Luck?
Pat Forde (2:46 PM)
Hayden: Right now I'd favor Kellen Moore. But we have a few weeks before anything has to be sent in.
Pat, why did you rank my Hokies #9 in the basketball power rankings? We're definitely not top 10 at this point.
Pat Forde (2:46 PM)
Jeremy: You are the rare fan who complains about his team being OVERrated.
Brian (Charleston, SC)
Have you vet the other Heisman candidates in the same way? If not, are you evaluating their entire academic careers of each candidate? Fair?
Pat Forde (2:47 PM)
Brian: LaMichael James' off-field issues will be considered as well. I will consider everything we know about all the candidates.
Mizzou-Final Four bound if Tony Mitchell gets eligible?
Pat Forde (2:48 PM)
DJ: I wouldn't spend too long holding your breath waiting for Mitchell to become eligible. But if he does, Mizzou will be even better. Could be a special year for the Tigers.
Will the Pac10 once again get screwed by the BCS and not get a second team in (see Oregon multiple times along with Cal). If Stanford and Oregon win out...is there any way that Stanford would get left out?
Pat Forde (2:51 PM)
Dave: Someone is going to get the shaft in the BCS -- this year and every year. The only thing that would be a true outrage to me is if either an undefeated Boise or undfeated TCU is left out in favor of a second team from a power conference.
Will (San Diego)
Any college coaches you see getting NFL jobs after this season? There will probably be at least five openings in the NFL.
Pat Forde (2:52 PM)
Will: I believe Jim Harbaugh will be a red-hot name in the NFL. No idea whether he wants it, but I bet they want him.
Kit (pendleton, or)
any chance Arizona or Oregon State upsets Oregon?
Pat Forde (2:54 PM)
Kit: I have a very hard time seeing Oregon lose at home, even though Arizona gave the Ducks all they wanted last year. But that was in Tucson, this is in Eugene. I suspect both Cal and Oregon State will keep it close against Oregon, at least for a while. Think the Beavers might keep it close all game.
Is this weekend the point where the Texas defense finally lives up to it's incredible potential against the powerfully consistent Oklahoma St. offense, and saves them from going from National Championship to no bowl?
Pat Forde (2:57 PM)
Corey: Mack Brown is 12-0 against Oklahoma State, but that appears to be in jeopardy. I just don't see Texas pulling out of its tailspin and winning this game.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
is CFB going to go further down the crapper? I mean, were talking about paying the kids, BCS not going anywhere, and 'power' conference bias to make puke sick.
Pat Forde (2:58 PM)
Hayden: There has been a lot of bad news and bad karma in college football this year -- ever since Reggie Bush had his Heisman vacated and USC got slammed. Need to hope this is a cleansing year and it gets better going forward.
Matt (Aurora, CO)
Love The Dash...just was curious, wouldn't Mike Leach be a great fit at CU, particularly going to the Pac 12? Seems his offensive scheme would be ideal for the move and get some excitement back in Boulder. Thanks!
Pat Forde (2:59 PM)
Matt: He'd be an interesting fit, that's for sure. Maybe a great fit. But the manner of his departure from Texas Tech will give some schools pause before hiring him. I don't know if CU would go for Leach.
Mr. Forde, thanks for all of your hard work on the Dashe, Minutes, and chat. I enjoy reading your articles. Keep up the good work!
Pat Forde (3:00 PM)
Mark: Thanks. On that happy note, let's draw it to a close. Thanks for all the questions, talk to you next week.