JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov.16, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Clarence Sevillian …

  • The Heisman Trophy race is tightening up even though Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston may lose his grip even though many consider him the current frontrunner.

    Winston was once again brilliant on the field as he was 19 of 21 for 277 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as FSU smothered Syracuse, 59-3.

    But a potential problem cropped up last week when an alleged sexual assault investigation included Winston. The alleged incident occurred Dec. 12, 2012. If Winston is charged with a felony, which seems to be a remote chance, he would not be able to continue playing for the Seminoles.

    Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty could gain ground, as his team plays at Oklahoma State, at TCU and home against Texas to end the season.

    Petty had committed to Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer coming out of high school, but Fulmer was forced out and Lane Kiffin didn't show any love to Petty, never contacted him or introduced himself. Petty read the tea leaves and de-committed late in the recruiting process. Baylor signed him as a gray-shirt which meant sitting out until the following January to get a scholarship. He took classes at a junior college in his hometown and waited.

    When he got the scholarship, Petty was behind someone named Robert Griffin III. More waiting. From the time he left high school until he was named Baylor's starting quarterback, Bryce Petty had waited 1,786 days.

    If patience is a virtue, Petty more than qualifies.

    You can't rule out defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M quarterback has also come on strong of late and is regarded as the most gifted candidate who is a dual threat.

    Manziel can make his Heisman bones against LSU in Baton Rouge and Missouri in Columbia.

  • The alleged bullying case involving Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin could be a reality show. Every day something else leaks out.

    Accused defensive lineman Richie Incognito is said to be a first class knucklehead by some players. Others claim he is a great teammate and fun to be around.

    Martin is considered to be soft and a Dolphin assistant coach allegedly encouraged Incognito to “toughen'' up Martin.

    Martin left the team two weeks and met with NFL investigators for more than seven hours Friday. Incognito has filed a grievance after being banished from the Dolphins and the players' union has said a club ban can last no longer than a month.

    It's safe to say neither player will be with the Dolphins next season, but it's a warning shot across the bow that there is no place for hazing or bullying another player in the name of locker room folly.

  • Christ Presbyterian Academy point guard Braxton Bonds has signed a letter of intent with Liberty University.

    Bonds is a lightning quick 6-1, 170-pound senior for Coach Drew Maddux. He opened this season with an 18-point, 12-assist game against Battle Ground Academy.

    He chose Liberty over MTSU, Miami (Ohio), Furman and Radford, among others. And, yes, he is related to former major league star Barry Bonds.

  • Bovada in Las Vegas has posted odds on potential BCS Championship Game matchups.

    If it is No. 1 Alabama against No. 2 Florida State, Bama will be a 5½-point favorite. If Alabama meets Baylor, it will be a 7-point favorite. If Ohio State takes on the Crimson Tide, Alabama will be a 9½-point favorite.

    The odds that the current undefeated teams, Alabama, FSU, Baylor and Ohio State all finish 12-0 is 8-1.

  • Athlon has a list of what it considers the worst coaches at great programs in the past.

    No. 1 on its list was former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, who was 15-21 while coaching the Vols in 2010-12. I am interested in what Lane Kiffin's record would have been if he had lasted three seasons like Dooley.

  • Kentucky basketball fans fancy themselves as a privileged group, if not somewhat delusional, when it comes to loving the Big Blue.

    It should come as no surprise that they started a web site, appropriately christened Were they serious that they thought a freshman-dominated roster would run the table this season? Really?

    Well, Michigan State took care of all that, when they bounced the Wildcats, 78-74. UK is currently 2-1 going into this weekend.

    I guess the ones responsible for were banking on the fact that Coach John Calipari had the top-ranked recruiting class, as well as the No. 1 spot in preseason rankings.

    Kentucky starts four freshmen, one sophomore. The most highly recruited player, Julius Randle, is the real deal. The Harrison twins out of Texas were also highly recruited, as was James Young. The Cats have nine freshmen on the roster, two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.

    Clarksville sophomore Alex Poythress returned from last year's team and right now is the sixth man. He is averaging 8.7 points and 10.7 rebounds through the first three games. Fourteen of his 32 rebounds have come off the offensive glass.

    The rap on Poythress is he is not aggressive enough and maybe he can make progress on that this season.

  • Five of the top ten football fan bases are located in the SEC, no surprise. According to one man's opinion, the top fan base is Michigan's, followed by LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia and Florida.

    Year in, year out it's hard to beat LSU and Alabama fans.

  • A Harlem Globetrotter rookie now owns the Guinness world record for the longest made shot on a basketball court. Thunder Law may sound like a professional wrestler, but his real first name is Corey.

    His right hand throw from behind the floor seats at the US Airlines Arena in Phoenix traveled 109 feet, nine inches and banked off the glass into the net.

    A Guinness representative witnessed the feat and verified the record. The 23-year-old Law beat the previous longest shot, one that went 104 feet, seven inches by Pepperdine's Elan Buller.

    Law played college basketball at High Point in North Carolina.

  • Some choice signs spotted on ESPN's GameDay at Southern Cal Saturday included: “LA Needs a Waffle House.''

    Some more – “Stanford was my Backup School.''

    “Even Lennay Kekkua got into Stanford.''

    Stanford girls are so bad, even Tiger (Woods) left early.''

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