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Vanderbilt Wins Bowl Game But Will Coach James Franklin Return?

postgame-links-150x1501Vanderbilt 41 – Houston 24. Video Highlights

1. Vanderbilt wins the game but will the Commodores lose their coach? James Franklin reportedly interviewing with Penn State and requests to interview with NFL’s Browns and Redskins. Also a report out that Franklin will interview with Detroit Lions. Franklin reportedly one of Penn State’s top three candidates.

2. Jeremy Fowler on head coach opening at Louisville with Charlie Strong off to Texas: “If Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is still on the board after 1,234 NFL or college interviews, he’s worth the first call. Make him say no.”

3. First back-to-back nine win seasons in Vanderbilt history.  SEC now 7-2 in bowl games.

4, Vanderbilt defense gives up 24 points in third quarter – shuts out the Cougars the rest of the way.

5. Vandy goes to running game in second half - 133 of 211 rushing yards came in third and fourth quarters.

6.  Vanderbilt seniors finish career with winning record.  Started off 2-10.

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That Weird Eminem Interview On ABC? Don’t Blame The Announcers

In the internet age there’s no telling what the viral story/topic/video of the day is going to be.  One day it’s “Gangnam Style,” the next it’s some girl “twerking” until she literally catches on fire.

Well for the past couple of days, the topic seemingly everyone has been talking about — and this has nothing to do with the SEC, by the way — is the bizarro halftime interview of rap star Eminem (or Marshall Mathers, if you prefer) during Saturday’s Michigan/Notre Dame game.  That clip is everywhere.  Hell, it’s even right here:


Eminem talks Berzerk, MMLP2 & asks Brent Musburger to call a Lions Game


Now, the go-to joke in all of this has been that Brent Musburger is so obsessed with gambling that he just had to question Eminem about the Detroit Lions’ ability to cover the spread on Sunday.  (They did.)

OK.  Got it.  Ha ha.  Everyone picks on Brent.

But just what were Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit going to ask Mathers that would have worked?  Herbstreit tried to be hip by asking Mathers’ about his new album.  And when asked what excited him about his new recording, Mathers said, “Um, nothing.”

Now where would you go at that point?

Hey, for all the mockery being tossed at the two broadcasters, Saturday’s failed, goofy interview can be traced to one person only… and it’s not even the goofball being interviewed.  No, the person who should have to wear a little egg on their face today is whoever decided it would be a good idea to put Eminem in the broadcast booth with Herbstreit and Musburger during a football game in the first place.

I’ve worked in television for 20+ years.  I’ve been a producer and I’ve been, ahem, “talent.”  The first rule of producing is this: Don’t make the talent look stupid.  I can tell you that as someone who’s been on both sides of the camera.

No one should be fired for swinging and missing on this one.  It happens.  But for all the grief the two pros are getting for their inability to steer that vessel away from the falls, the person who should be saying “my bad,” today is the same person who said last week, “Eminem, football, Musburger… yeah, that could work.”

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SEC In The NFL – Georgia Tops Florida, Again

The Georgia Bulldogs got the best of the Florida Gators on Saturday in Jacksonville.  They did again the next day in Denver – at least when it came to the performances of the two quarterbacks.

Matthew Stafford (Georgia) and the Detroit Lions blew out Tim Tebow (Florida) and the Denver Broncos 45-10 at Sports Authority Field Sunday afternoon.

Stafford completed 21-of-30 passes for 267 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.  Quarterback rating – a Sunday best 130.8

Tebow finished the game 18-of-39 for 172 yards, one TD, one interception and a quarterback rating of 56.8.

QB rating or scoreboard totals – Stafford won convincingly.  For the struggling Tebow, the inevitable questions are being raised.

“How long,” wonders Denver Post columnist Dave Kreiger, “before Bronco fans and Tebow fans part company?”

“It’s not his fault,” said Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch in regards to Tebow’s struggling performance. “It’s the media that gives him hype. Obviously, he’s a young player.  He has a lot of learning to do.  Taking nothing from him, he’s a great player, he just has to find his niche as an NFL quarterback and I think he’ll be able to do so in due time.”

Tebow was sacked seven times on the day, including one time by Tulloch who struck the “Tebowing” pose afterwards.

Lions tight end Tony Scheffler also mimicked the one- knee prayer following a second-quarter touchdown.

A story earlier in the week at had hyped the game as Good (Tebow) vs. Evil (Ndamukong Suh of the Lions).

But as news Detroit News columnist John Niyo wrote after the game, “this was simply good vs. bad. The Lions are a good team.  The Broncos are a bad team.”

Broncos coach John Fox initially refused to commit to Tebow as his starting quarterback next week against Oakland but has apparently changed his mind – for now.

“For this week, yes.” Fox said when asked about it today, in a less than ringing endorsement, amid calls for Tebow to perhaps consider another position or the Broncos to consider dumping him following this season.

As for Stafford’s performance, Mike O’Hara reminds us that the Lions haven’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback in 40 years – Greg Landry back in 1971.  But that drought should end this year.

Speaking of impressive quarterbacks, Eli Manning (Ole Miss) and Cam Newton (Auburn) continue to shine while their teams move in opposite directions.

Manning threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants moved to 5-2 with a come-from-behind 20-17 victory over Miami.

“Eli made some big plays,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin.  “Obviously he threw the ball a lot today. No turnovers, no interceptions, and he made plays when we had to have them. Once again, he did a very good job.”

Newton threw three touchdown passes for Carolina but the Panthers came up short three points short against the Minnesota Vikings when a last-minute field goal attempt missed.

The Panthers dropped to 2-5 but the Carolina rookie drew praise from the opposing coach.

“(Newton’s) a terrific athlete,” said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who also started a rookie quarterback in Christian Ponder. “He’s a guy who has a great head on his shoulders and really understands football. He knows how to make plays and he has a great future in the National Football League.”

Arian Foster (Tennessee) had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season Sunday, carrying the ball  33 times for 112 yards in the Houston Texans 24-14 win over Jacksonville.

Foster and teammate Ben Tate (Auburn) have combined to rush for 1,040 yards in the first eight weeks of the season.

Finally, Marcell Dareus’ (Alabama) move from defensive end to nose tackle paid off in a big way for the Buffalo Bills Sunday.  Buffalo shutout Washington 23-0 and the Bills defensive line dominated.

Buffalo had nine sacks – Dareus was credited with 2 ½.  His teammate – linebacker Chris Kelsay was impressed.

“He’s a force to be reckoned with,” Kelsay said. “He’s got a number of years ahead of him playing like that. We’re fortunate that he’s on our side.”

The nine sacks by Buffalo’s defense were the second-most in team history.

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