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Switzer: “I Wanted To Jerk (Manziel’s) Facemask” For Acting So Arrogantly

gfx - they said itDon’t count ex-Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer among the members of the Johnny Manziel fan club.  The man who won national titles in college and a Super Bowl in the pros told ESPN Radio yesterday that he was ticked off by Manziel’s money and autograph gestures last Saturday:


“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions…  For him to act so arrogant, I wanted to jerk his facemask and I wanted to grab him.  Of course, you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that.  It’s the world we live in.  It’s a misplaced value system.  When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system.  This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”


While the majority of people outside of College Station — and some in College Station — share the coach’s view, Switzer might not be the best person to talk about “where the core value system comes from.”  If Brian Bosworth was telling the truth in his 1988 book on Sooner football — and ironically that’s a guy who, like Manziel, became as well known for his persona as his game — Switzer presided over one of the most renegade programs in college football history.  At the time, Switzer denied some of the accusations.

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Got $2.9 Million? Buy Ex-UT Coach Dooley’s Domicile In Knoxville

Derek Dooley won’t be coaching at Tennessee next season.  But don’t feel too sorry for him.  He’ll be coaching wide receivers for old pal Jason Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys.  And the Volunteers will be paying him $5 million over the next few years not to coach in Knoxville.

Having that kind of money rolling in allows Dooley and family to list their 8,818 square foot mansion for $2.9 million.  There’s little chance the the ex-UT coach will get what he’s asking for, but Tennessee’s monthly payments to him — more than $100,000 through 2016 — should cover his mortgage costs until someone does decide to make him an offer.

Must be nice.



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Ex-UT Coach Dooley Finalizes Deal With Cowboys

It took longer than expected — heck, the Dallas Cowboys jumped the gun and posted the hiring on their own website more than a week ago — but former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley is returning to the NFL.  Dooley confirmed via Twitter last night that he is indeed heading to Dallas to coach the team’s wide receivers.























Dooley served along with current Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006.  Alabama coach Nick Saban was that team’s head coach and Dooley handled the tight end duties.

Thanks to his Tennessee buyout, Dooley will likely be making more cash than any other position coach in the NFL next year.  He’ll be paid $5 million in monthly installments of $102,040 through December of 2016.

Dooley will serve on the same staff with new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.  Kiffin’s son, Lane, opened the door for Dooley to move from Louisiana Tech to Knoxville (after a 4-8 season) when he left the Vols after just one season.  His annihilation of the Volunteer roster, however, also left Dooley in a no-win situation.

Next question: Will quarterback Tyler Bray, receivers Justin Hunter or Cordarrelle Patterson, or ex-receiver Da’Rick Rogers be reunited with their old coach in Big D?  And would they want to be?

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WOW Headlines – 1/30/13

In SEC hoops action Tuesday, Tennessee outlasted Vanderbilt 58-57 in Knoxville and Kentucky upset #16 Ole Miss 87-74 in Oxford
Tonight’s SEC schedule: Auburn at Georgia, South Carolina at #4 Florida, #17 Missouri at LSU, and Texas A&M at Mississippi State
On the year, Florida has held each of its opponents below its scoring average
Kentucky’s RPI jumped from #62 to #45 with last night’s win at Ole Miss, vastly improving the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament chances
Missouri expects F Laurence Bowers to return from a knee injury tonight at LSU
Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says he has not been hired by the Dallas Cowboys, despite media reports
This fall’s season-opener between Vanderbilt and Ole Miss could move to Thursday, Aug. 31st for ESPN
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SEC Headlines – 1/28/13


1.  Meet the SEC’s Players of the Week.

2.  Florida is up to #4 in the polls after to moving to 6-0 in the SEC.

3.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has led Georgia in scoring in 17 of the Dawgs’ 19 games.

4.  Kentucky and North Carolina will renew their basketball series next season at Chapel Hill.  (The Tar Heels will visit Rupp Arena the following year.)

5.  Tennessee will play its third game in six nights tomorrow against Vanderbilt.

6.  The road woes continue for LSU.

7.  Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson is “the most entertaining villain in the country.”  (That’s ’cause he’s a showboat and Auburn fans didn’t take to kindly to it over the weekend.)

8.  The Rebels are now all the way to #16 in the polls.

9.  If Mississippi State can “make some hay” at home, Rick Ray says they’ll be right back in the conference race.

10.  Heading to Starkville on Wednesday, Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy wants someone other than Elston Turner to start scoring.


11.  Ex-Gator great Chris Doering wants to help a preferred walk-on follow in his footsteps in Gainesville.

12.  Mark Richt could get himself a raise next month.

13.  The Sports Business Journal looks at Tennessee’s financial woes and a “Neyland Nosedive” in attendance.

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14.  Opinion: “Put blunty, college basketball stinks.”  (No argument here.)

15.  The Big East wants a 12th school — we’ll wait for your gasp — and it wants to keep the “Big East” name.

16.  Ex-Tennessee coach Derek Dooley a “perfect fit” as the Dallas Cowboys’ new receivers coach?

17.  Speaking of the Vols, Super Bowl linebacker and ex-Ole Miss Rebel Patrick Willis says he’s still motivated by the fact that UT didn’t want him.  (That worked out well for Willis, not so well for Phillip Fulmer and Tennessee.)

18.  There’s already a partial plan in place for players to collect money if a lawsuit over the rights to student-athletes’ names and likenesses ever bears fruit.

19.  Ex-Chiefs and ex-Patriots GM Scott Pioli believes the three best underclassmen (and six of the best 10) in the upcoming NFL draft toiled in the SEC.

20.  Baltimore’s Bernard Pollard says the NFL will be out of business in 30 years because it’s trying too hard to protect players.  (Wonder if Pollard would feel that way if he were a receiver and not a safety?)

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Bellamy Still Committed To FSU; UGA His New Leader

The headline is correct.

Defensive end Davin Bellamy from Chamblee (Ga.) High School told ESPN RecruitingNation he’s still committed to Florida State, but Georgia has taken the lead for his services following an official visit to Athens.

“We have a new leader in the house,” Bellamy said. “I definitely think with this scheme and (defensive coordinator Todd) Grantham, the years he has been here, that position has led the SEC in sacks. So the proof is in the pudding. He coached (Dallas Cowboys linebacker) Demarcus Ware, so I feel like with my skill set, he can take it here and I can be like Jarvis Jones and a top-10 pick.”

So where does that leave Florida State, which has held a commitment from Bellamy since August? He’s expecting an in-home visit from FSU coach Jimbo Fisher this week.

“I am still a Florida State commitment and Jimbo Fisher is coming Wednesday to try and talk me into staying with the program,” Bellamy told ESPN. “We will see how it goes.”

Bellamy visited Tennessee on Jan. 18 and came away impressed with the Vols. But Florida State’s chief competition appears to be Georgia with 10 days to go until signing day.

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Wow Sunday Headlines 1/27/2013

SEC Saturday Basketball Finals
South Carolina 75 – Arkansas 54
Tennessee 54 – Alabama 53
Kentucky 75 – LSU 70
Missouri 81 – Vanderbilt 59
Georgia 59 – Texas A&M 52
Ole Miss 63 – Auburn 61
Florida 82 – Mississippi State 47
Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is the Dallas Cowboys new wide receivers coach
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier asks reporters trivia question and gives out $100 bills to two people who answered correctly
Ole Miss completes contract buyout of former coach Houston Nutt with lump-sum payment of $4.35 million
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WOW Headlines – 1/24/13

SEC Thursday Night Basketball…Ole Miss 62, Tennessee 56
SEC commissioner Mike Slive was paid more than $1.5 million for fiscal year 2011-12
LSU coach Les Miles is set to become the fifth college football coach to surpass the $4 million mark in annual salary
Alabama coach Nick Saban has won the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year for the third time in four years
Georgia OT John Theus underwent foot surgery Wednesday and will miss part of spring practice
Reports suggest recently-hired Auburn running backs and special teams coach Rich Bissacia could be leaving already for a job with the Dallas Cowboys
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New AU Assistant Bisaccia Already Leaving?

rich-bisacciaThe Dallas Morning News reported last evening that new Auburn assistant Rich Bisaccia is already on the verge of heading back to the NFL.  According to the paper, the special teams/running backs coach is working out the final details of a deal with the Dallas Cowboys.  The longtime NFL assistant joined Gus Malzahn’s staff on January 3rd.

The Morning News reported that Bisaccia could be named the Cowboys’ new special teams coordinator today… “if a buyout with Auburn is finalized.”  Bisaccia worked with recently hired Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin for seven seasons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ staff.

As for working out a buyout with Auburn, well, that was apparently news to Tiger AD Jay Jacobs.  About four hours after The Morning News posted its story, Jacobs told The Opelika-Auburn News that he was unaware of the Bisaccia-to-Dallas report and that he didn’t know if the assistant had actually signed his Auburn contract yet.

If Bisaccia does leave the Plains for the Lone Star State, he won’t be the only assistant coach to make a short layover in the SEC before jetting elsewhere.  December-hired Arkansas receivers coach George McDonald departed Fayetteville to become the new offensive coordinator at Syracuse earlier this month.

Didn’t anyone tell these guys how things are done in the South?  Didn’t Bisaccia and McDonald know to set a spell?  Take their shoes off?


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Ex-Hog, Cowboys Coach Johnson Says Arkansas Should Re-Hire Their Ex

Aside from Jon Gruden, Bobby Petrino might be the hottest name in the SEC this offseason.  The ex-Arkansas coach who crashed his motorcycle and his career this past April, is getting mentioned in connection with the open job at Kentucky, potential jobs at Auburn and Tennessee, and even at — wait for it — Arkansas.

Ex-Razorback player, ex-Dallas Cowboys coach and current FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson told Jack Arute and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM radio yesterday that perhaps it’s time for Arkansas to re-hire their ex:


“Some people might laugh but I’m serious about it.  If they want an outstanding coach they ought to bring back (Bobby) Petrino or hire Butch Davis (and ex-Johnson assistant and Arkansas native).  And people say, ‘How in the world can you bring back Petrino?’  I said, ‘Listen, you forgave Bill Clinton.’  Forgive the man.  Forgive the man for making a bad decision.  Give him an opportunity to coach again…

He wants to get back into coaching and he’s a great coach and he made a mistake.  This whole country, it’s build on forgiving people and giving them second chances.  And I think the fanbase would love to bring him back.  But if they don’t bring him back?  Butch Davis, give him an opportunity.”


For the record, Davis would be a bit of a reclamation project, too, considering the mess at North Carolina that took place on his watch.

This writer’s all for forgiving Petrino.  He messed up.  Millions of us mess up everyday and many mess up in the same exact way Petrino did.  I’m not big on casting stones at “sinners.”

But the problem is this — If you’re Arkansas AD Jeff Long and this guy could have cost you your job with his actions, would you be quick to hire him and trust him again?  Oh, I don’t think so.  Long might forgive Petrino, but that doesn’t mean he’ll bring him back to Razorback Stadium anytime soon.

That’d take more than forgiveness.  That’d take a near miracle.

Then again, if a few Hog boosters get involved…

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