Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Pearl Washington…
- There's a funereal gloom on Rocky Top after fans learned former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden isn't going to replace Derek Dooley.
Actually, he never was, unlike many people disguised as fans and sports media who tweeted and blogged and even went on TV and reported it was a done deal between UT and Gruden.
Gruden's agent Bob LaMonte took one call from AD Dave Hart and it was Hart calling to clear the air and apologize for the unwarranted attention that gave Vols fans false hope.
LaMonte said fans who bought into the false propaganda were living in “a fantasy world.''
“Jon has made it clear he's committed to ESPN,'' LaMonte said.
The wildest erroneous report came from a TV reporter in Memphis who said it was a done deal and included Gruden getting five percent ownership in the Cleveland Browns.
First of all, Mr. TV Man, the NCAA would never approve of a college football coach having part ownership in an NFL franchise.
- Although the college basketball season is still young, the fans at the University of Miami (Fla.) stormed the court after the Hurricanes beat 13th ranked Michigan State.
Wow. What a celebration it must have been. I hope neither of the two fans was injured.
- Bovada is giving odds that today's Titans opponent, Houston, is getting 9/2 odds to win Super Bowl XLVII.
The Texans are co-favorites with New England. Here's how bad the Titans loss was to Jacksonville — the Jags and Kansas City are the only two teams to be taken off the board as possible Super Bowl winners.
- Sign of the Apocalypse? Pope Benedict is going to join Twitter.
Hmmm. Maybe he can tweet whom Tennessee's next football coach will be.
- What a sad way to end your life. That's the case of 25-year old Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chief's linebacker who allegedly shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend at their home.
He then drove to the Chiefs practice complex and took his own life in the parking lot as General Manager Scott Pioli and Coach Romeo Crennel tried in vain to talk Belcher out of continuing the violence.
Belcher turned the gun on himself after thanking them for all they had done for him.
He left behind a 3-year-old daughter, adding to the tragedy.
- After Washington State upset rival Washington in overtime, the Cougars fans flooded the field.
As Washington tight end Austin Serferian-Jenkins tried to leave the field he was sucker-punched by an unidentified fan.
Serferian-Jenkins did not retaliate. Instead he tweeted: “I prayed for that man that struck me. He must have some issues.''
- Best sign in the SEC Championship Game – I'm a Gurley Girl.
- The Heisman Trophy race appears to be down to two players.
Johnny Manziel is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Texas A&M. His offensive numbers for a season were better than Florida's Tim Tebow's and Auburn's Cam Newton's when they won the Heisman Trophy and it took Manziel less games than both of them to get his 4,600 offensive yards.
He was a 3,419-yard passer and 1,181-yard runner for the Aggies, who were playing their first year in the SEC's talent-stacked Western Division. His team handed then top-ranked Alabama its lone defeat and he was responsible for 21.5 points a game.
Manti Te'o is a senior inside linebacker at undefeated and top-ranked Notre Dame. It's difficult for a defensive player to win the Heisman, but Te'o's numbers are off the chart for a linebacker.
He leads the Irish with 103 tackles, 52 of them solo. He led the team in interceptions with seven. He had 5 ½ tackles for loss (19 yards), 11 passes defended, 4 quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. The team captain is from Hawaii and started all 12 games this year.
- College football coaches often have additional money making clauses in their contracts. Texas Coach Mack Brown banks $60,000 a year a chairman of the board for the University of Texas Golf Club.
The Cookeville native also gets a $750 gift card to McBride's Guns in Austin. They love their golf and guns in Texas, I guess.
Poor former Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, now head coach at Hawaii. He got $25,000 for each home win on national TV and $40,000 for road games on national TV. Chow's team was 0-6 in national TV games this season.
- The Carolina Panthers are 0-12 on the pre-game coin flip this season. They have also lost every flip in preseason games and the flip before overtime against Kansas City.
Officials put it up on their Facebook, asking fans to vote. It was right on 50-50 most of the time.
- Beech High School running back Jalen Hurd was the best player I have seen this season. The 6-3, 210 junior is rated an athlete by Rivals.com. They have given him 4-stars for the class of 2014.
He attended MBA earlier in school before transferring to Beech. He was Mr. Football in Class 5-A and led his team to the state championship Friday night. Hurd scored seven touchdowns, in large part by gaining 294 yards on 34 carries. Beech defeated Columbia, 56-35.
Hurd rang up 3,357 yards this season.
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