JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: August 18, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Cade McNown. …

  • Vanderbilt's football team was dealt another costly blow Friday when its second most productive wide receiver, Chris Boyd, was the program's fifth player indicted in the alleged rape case in which a 21-year-old Vanderbilt co-ed was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted while unconscious in a campus dorm.

    Boyd and senior Jordan Matthews formed one of the SEC's most potent receiver tandem of wide receivers. Now it appears Boyd, a junior who had 50 catches for 774 yards and five TDs a year ago, will not see playing time this season.

    For third-year coach James Franklin, the latest strike against the Commodores program had to be disappointing. Metro Police officials insist the case is still under investigation, so it's anyone's guess as to whether there will be more charges forthcoming.

    The negative publicity is not something Vanderbilt needs as it prepares for the ESPN televised season opener Aug. 29 against SEC opponent Ole Miss. I do find it strange that the TV commercials barrage featuring Franklin preaching that “A Change Is Coming'' seems awkward at best, inappropriate at worst. This isn't the change Franklin wanted, but you can bet opponents will use it against him in recruiting.

  • Corliss Williamson. Remember the biggest Hog of them all, who played basketball for Arkansas on Nolan Richardson's 1994 National Championship team and on the 1995, NCAA runnerup?

    Williamson, who at one time was in danger of eating his way out of the NBA, managed to play a dozen years, seven of them for the Sacramento Kings, the team that picked him No. 13 in the 1995 NBA draft.

    He was just hired by the Kings as an assistant coach after spending the past four years as a head coach at Arkansas Baptist and Central Arkansas. The 39-year-old Williamson spent two years each at the schools.

  • Search YouTube for Mississippi State football center Dillon Day.

    On a team outing this summer at a bowling alley, Day took a center's position with his right hand “snapping'' the ball down a lane.

    A player with shoulder length straight blond hair, Day knocked all the pins down, as he and teammates celebrated like he had rolled a 300 game. For the second year in a row, Day is a Rimington Trophy candidate.

  • TCU Coach Gary Patterson had a few observations after LSU Coach Les Miles allowed his team to vote on whether to reinstate running back Jeremy Hill, who plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery after he sucker punched a man outside a Baton Rouge bar.

    Of course the team voted to allow Hill back on the team. It was not lost on Patterson, whose team opens the season against LSU.

    After all, Patterson suspended his best defensive player, Devonte Fields, for the game.

    “My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win,'' Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That doesn't teach life lessons. I'm sure if it was some opponent they would beat by 100 points (the players) wouldn't have a vote.''

  • It was a magnificent gesture for Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan to offer a preferred walk-on invitation to Zach Hodskins, who played his high school basketball at Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga.

    Hodskins shot 60 percent from beyond the 3-point line as a senior. Did I mention he has a missing left arm below his elbow? I don't know if he will play any games for the Gators, but Donovan will give him a chance.

  • It's not about the X's and O's, it's about the Jimmys and Joes.

    In other words, recruiting high school football players is the lifeline of college programs. I'm not about to claim that the various recruiting services get them all right, but John Pennington, who runs the web site, researched rankings over the past four seasons in the SEC to see how many 4-and-5 star recruits SEC teams have signed.

    Everyone can guess who the leader is. Alabama has signed 85 4-5 star recruits over the past four years. Second best was Florida with 75. LSU trailed with 69 and Georgia had 62.

    No surprise that those teams have been fighting it out for division and SEC titles the past four years.

    On the other end of the scale, Kentucky signed only seven 4 and 5-star recruits in four years. Vanderbilt had nine, Ole Miss 13 and Mississippi State had 20.

  • It was a bad week for Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski. One night he was ejected in the middle of what turned out to be a no-hitter for pitcher Yu Darvishis.

    Twenty-four hours later, Pierzynski was crouched behind the plate between pitches when a kamikaze moth dive-bombed Pierzynski, landing inside his mask.

    It was one tough moth-er, as it took Pierznski several minutes to extricate the moth and continue the game.

  • There's something special about that Tennessee Little League team that lost its first game in the LL World Series in Williamsburg, Pa.

    No problem. They eliminated Corpus Christi, Texas Saturday, 10-2, and live to play another game.

    Unlike the Goodlettsville LL team that won the U.S. championship last year, this South Nashville team plays its best when facing elimination. They lost their first round games in 15 tournaments this season and came back to win them.

    Saturday, it was the bat and pitching of Trae McLemore , 5-11, 209 pounds, who led the way. McLemore blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning and had six RBI for the game. His favorite Major League player is David “Big Papi,'' Ortiz and the nickname has stuck to McLemore.

    “When I hit that grand slam, it was just energy running through my body,'' McLemore said in an AP story. “It's been one of my dreams to come and play in this tournament.

    “Another (dream) was to hit a home run. After that, I looked (up) at my mom, and she was crying.''

    If you want to support these kids, visit Cool Springs Dick's Sporting Goods where they have a supply of T-shirts you can wear.

    Contact Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at



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