Breaking: Notre Dame suspends 4 amid academic inquiry

Welcome to the ACC, Notre Dame!

Unlike UNC, the Irish got some wins and a BCS Championship appearance out of their cheating… but similar UNC, they’re likely to end up with some vacated wins for their actions.

Discuss.

First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

The First USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season is out.  You’ll notice the link is to an ESPN version.  This is because the USA Today page is turrible.  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

ACC Recap: Another loss to the Big East, Miami QB has record day, Paul Johnson on hot seat

ACC went 2-2 in out of conference games over the weekend. There was a split against the Big East and an embarrassing home loss to Middle Tennessee State out of the Sun Belt Conference. Looking at the conference standings, Florida State and Miami are on top of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.

Miami 44, NC State 37 What a wild game this turned out to be. It had everything, except for defense, and a crowd in the stands. On the field, NC State had six turnovers, there was a safety, Miami scored on a pass that bounced off a Wolfpack player’s head, and Miami quarterback Stephen Morris set an ACC record with 566 passing yards (and also 5 touchdowns passes).  The last touchdown came with 19 seconds left, a 62 yard pass to Phillip Dorsett, who got behind 3 Wolfpack defenders for the game winner. NC State had 664 total yards of offense and rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit. But  Mike Glennon’s second interception with under a minute left, set Miami up for the game winner. NC State hosts Florida State next while Miami heads to Chicago to play Notre Dame.

Middle Tennessee State 49, Georgia Tech 28 Middle Tennessee came into Atlanta as a 28 point underdog to Georgia Tech. They left with a 21 point win and probably gave Paul Johnson his worst loss as Georgia Tech’s head coach. Benny Cunningham rushed for 217 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. The loss was Tech’s first loss to a non-Bowl Championship Series school since 1996. The Yellow Jackets have also lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1988. A trip to Death Valley is next.

Cincinnati 27, Virginia Tech 24 Cincinnati pretty much dominated this game offensively. They had more total yards and more first downs, but it still took a last second touchdown for the Bearcats to get the win. The game was played at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.  Cincy quarterback Munchie Legaux hit Damon Julian for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play as the Hokies fell to 3-2. Both losses are to Big East teams. Next up is North Carolina.

Rest of the ACC..

North Carolina 66, Idaho 0 Heels have allowed 6 total points in 3 home games.

Duke 34, Wake Forest 27 Blue Devils snap 12 game losing streak to Wake Forest. Duke is 4-1.

Florida State 30, South Florida 17 FSU avenges 2009 loss to USF.

Clemson 45, Boston College 31 DeAndre Hopkins sets Clemson record with 197 receiving yards.

Louisiana Tech 44, Virginia 38  La Tech scores 31 straight points, holds on for win at UVa.

Also, East Carolina 28, UTEP 18.

Cant go without mentioning West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s performance. He threw 8 touchdown passes and had 656 yards passing in a 70-63 Big 12 win over Baylor.  Smith was 45 for 51. He had more touchdown passes than incompletions.

 

 

Notre Dame is talking to the ACC…

…about the Orange Bowl.

With the new College Football playoff down the road, Conferences have been making sure that they will still have a slice of the new playoff money pie. Last week here on TSB, the ACC’s new deal with the Orange Bowl was discussed and broken down.

Now it seems that Notre Dame is talking with the ACC about being a part of their top tier bowl game.

Monday Morning Fodder

The NCAA will announce the punishment for UNC football today at 3pm.

Great weekend for college basketball fans. Brackets are set, madness begins on Tuesday with the First Four, second round begins on Thursday.

Congratulations to Florida State, 2012 ACC Tournament Champions. First ever ACC Tournament win for the Seminoles. Championship game came down to the last possession as they held off UNC 85-82.

Some ACC Tournament history was made as Leonard Hamilton became the first African-American coach to win the ACC Tournament. Not a bad year for the ACC Coach of the Year. Seminoles beat both of “The Blues” twice and were undefeated in the state of North Carolina.

More about the Brackets after the jump…

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All Quiet On The Eastern Front?

The coaching carousel is rotating but like DailyDoc said yesterday there are just not a lot of horses in the rotation. The same yesterday morning Kansas and Notre Dame were the only BCS jobs remaining but as soon as the sun was setting on the east Brian Kelly of Cincinnati was jockeying to Notre Dame. This may sound like good news to East Carolina fans given Skip Holtz’s connection to South Bend but that still means there are two BCS jobs remaining and Cincinnati and Kansas may have their eyes setting on the Pirate prospect.

Should I stay or should I go?
Should I stay or should I go?

Skip Holtz says he hasn’t spoken with any other schools about coaching jobs but that was almost a week ago. Yesterday I wasn’t aware of any noise but today, “Google Alert Created” and I’m afraid I know how this story ends. It goes something like this:

Skip arrives off the road to the eastern front with his friends Terry Holland, Todd Fitch and Greg Hudson. There they engage in frequent battles and endure the dangerous and often lifeless conditions of C-USA road battles. While fighting, winning and taking his comrades to bigger battles, he could only take them as far as the road to liberty would allow. After another victorious seasonal war he meets Lew Perkins; or is it Mike Thomas? I guess we’ll have to wait for the road back.

Anybody have a better ending?

Update: According to rivals.com Cinci has asked for permission to talk to Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.

Update #2[Brian]: There is some chatter on Twitter that Kansas is very interested in Skip Holtz. The AD at Kansas is Lew Perkins who hired Holtz at UConn in 1994.

Update #3  Holtz addresses rumors   “When there is something to report, I’ll be the first to report it”

Update #4  Reported –  Buffalo coach Turner Gill to coach at Kansas.

Update#5  Houston coach says no to Cincinnati.  Non-BCS says no to BCS?? That’s got to be B C S…

Update#6  Hotlz a top candidate for Cincy  “Athletic Director Mike Thomas is hoping to name a new head coach before the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1″

Kelly Takes Notre Dame Job

First a little history lesson.

During the first three years of the Civil War the Union Army of the Potomac routinely and soundly got their collective butts kicked by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia despite having more men and better resources. So vexing were these defeats to President Abraham Lincoln that he would continually replace the general in charge of that army hoping to find someone, anyone who could beat Lee in battle. Over the course of the four year war the Army of Potomac was commanded by five different generals and the last one, George Meade, was taking most of his direction from General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant. Meade for his part actually defeated Lee at Gettysburg which was more a product of Lee’s tactical errors than Meade’s competence. In the end, none of the formal commanders of that army were particularly effective and it was not until Grant wrapped up the Western theater and was brought east with his “offensive coordinator” William Sherman that the tide of the war turned in favor of the Union.

So what does all that have to do with Brian Kelly taking the Notre Dame job? Quite simply,  Notre Dame football is the Army of the Potomac.  The AD at Notre Dame is like Lincoln who keeps replacing commanders hoping he can find someone who can get the job done. In other words, the folks currently at Notre Dame are hoping like mad Brian Kelly is General Grant. If not this exercise will be repeated again in about four or five years.

Is Kelly the answer? He might be. Obviously he has been successful at every level and has coached Cincinnati to a 12-0 season. On the surface I would argue Kelly duplicating his Cincy success at Notre Dame will be much more difficult to achieve. And that is not as much about Notre Dame’s admission standards as it is about the perceived permissiveness of the Bearcats’ admissions department. This is a school that signed and brought in Lance Stephenson to play basketball this season.  Stephenson was so radioactive even Gary Williams wouldn’t touch him yet he ended up at Cincy. I imagine the standards are just as loose in football which is also pure speculation on my part.  However if that is the case, that means Kelly has had easier standard to recruit with though he gets full credit for actually getting and developing talent at a place like Cincy. That alone is not easy.  The foremost question you ask is if Kelly is good enough of a coach and recruiter to meet the expectations in South Bend while dealing with greater restrictions. In one respect, he now has the Notre Dame name to use recruiting which should help but if he is not able to negotiate additional leeway where admissions  are concerned, Kelly will be playing with the same deck that doomed his predecessors.

In that case, he better hope he is a better card player than those three guys.

Adios, Chuckles!

…and other college football tidbits:

  • To the surprise of, well, no one, Chuck Amato will be let go from the Florida State coaching staff after the Gator Bowl.  Amato, who had the title “Executive Head Coach”, and Jimbo Fisher, FSU’s coach-select, were rumored to have had a serious spat or three earlier this season.

    Fisher is cleaning house, letting three other assistants go with Amato. The previously-announced retirement of defensive guru Mickey Andrews leaves five assistant spots for Fisher to fill.

    (I can never get enough of that picture, BTW)

  • Texas’s Mack Brown is giving Steve Austin a run for his money, as Brown is now a Five Million Dollar Man. (I realize that those under age 30 may only know the name “Steve Austin” as a pro wrestler.  That’s not who I’m talking about.  Click the link, junior.)
  • Louisville has named Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong as their new head coach.  This leaves Kansas and Notre Dame as the only BCS jobs remaining open.
  • Apparently the Brian Kelly to Notre Dame thing is not a done deal.  Notre Dame may be playing footsie with UConn’s Randy Edsall as well.
  • A Congressional subcommittee passed a bill seeking a playoff system for major college football.  There is no doubt the BCS is a mess, but doesn’t Congress have better things to do?  Like complete the hearings on the White House party crashers?
  • Granted, there are not a lot of high-profile openings this year, but why is Skip Holtz not being mentioned for any of these BCS jobs?  He is certainly getting the job done in Greenville.  Discuss.

Charlie Weis = Huge A-Hole

Apparently Charlie Weis was interviewed by IrishIllustrated.com, which is obviously a Notre Dame site.  The bombshell that was dropped by Weis in this one is the shot he took at USC coach Pete Carroll.  The funny thing is that I can not seem to find the quote in either part one or part two of the interview on IrishIllustrated.com, but here is the ESPN version:

“Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news.

“He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it OK for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.”

Did Charlie Weis just try to get Pete Carroll fired and divorced all in one shot?  Wow.  Dude must really be jealous of Carroll and have some serious disdain for USC to throw that out.

Of course, Carroll has denied the allegation:

“It’s untrue, it’s irresponsible and it’s incredible he’d be talking about me like that.”

And now the apology, and a denial of really saying it, from Weis:

“In no way was I trying to take a shot at Pete,” Weis said in a phone message to the Los Angeles Times. “What we were talking about was how the rumor mill can affect people’s lives.

“When I was asked a specific question like that, I responded like, ‘This is the same crap that I’m talking about.’ You start saying things like this and one thing, this guy does this and I do that, and all of a sudden the Internet takes it all over the place.

“So, in no way was I trying to take a shot at Pete. I feel if I offended Pete, I will run Pete down and apologize. In no way do I have any idea what’s going on in anyone’s life other than the fact that rumors on the Internet can affect coaches’ lives in a very, very negative fashion.”

So Weis doesn’t like it when rumors are started?  How about not starting any yourself then, asshat.