Kirk Herbstreit Wears A Helmet To School

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Yesterday, when I thought Les Miles was the dumbest person on the planet, all seemed right with the world. Now, we have another contestant: Kirk Herbstreit. Mr. Buckeye, wearing a ridiculous hat that would even make “THE Hat” blush, chimed in today on his thoughts of an Ohio State national championship berth. His opinion? Thanks, but no thanks (sidebar on right):

In my opinion, Ohio State could do more about [improving] the image people have of its program by playing a talented USC team that right now is as hot as any in the country … I promise you, if Ohio State goes into the Rose Bowl, everyone is going to be saying, ‘USC is going to kill Ohio State.’

… Ohio State will gain more respect if it plays USC in the Rose Bowl and wins that game, than if it goes and beats West Virginia and wins the national title. From an image standpoint, Ohio State would score more points going to the Rose Bowl than by going to the national championship game. If you can believe that, that’s the truth.

I think I speak for all of us when I say, “What the fuck?” Ohio State would be better served by just playing USC in the Rose Bowl than winning the National Championship? Are you insane? Do you not have a soul? No one will give two shits about the Rose Bowl a month after it’s over. The National Champion, on the other hand, gets a trip to the White House, an entire off-season’s worth of publicity, and all the SI special edition hard-bound volumes it wants.

Herbstreit, obviously, is just setting himself up for a Missouri win this Saturday. If Missouri wins, Ohio State “saves face” by going to the Rose Bowl. If they lose and tOSU goes the BCS Championship, no one will remember this column. Not even Herbstreit. He’ll deny it like it’s Watergate. As well he should, because suddenly, Les Miles looks like the sane one in the stupid hat.

[photo courtesy of Awful Announcing]

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Dandy Don, Pitt Hater

Want to know what Don Nehlen thinks of the direction of the Pitt football program? If you do, be wary. It’s not pretty. In fact, I am going to deem this quote PG-13, parental guidance required. Think Marie Osmond…partially-naked:

“I think Pitt has a tough road to hoe. I think when they tore that [Pitt] stadium down, that was a big mistake. It’s very hard to create a college atmosphere in a pro stadium. I know one thing: If a high school player comes down here for a football game, and the next week he goes to a Pitt game, I know where he’s going to school. They don’t have the following we have. … That makes it tough for Pitt to catch us.”

Fantastic. Dandy Don, after all these years, still sticking it to Pitt. I hope that when I am his age, I still hate Pitt with as much passion as I do today. Actually, I hope that aliens have destroyed the city of Pittsburgh, but that’s slightly more far-fetched. Even more far-fetched? Pitt winning on Saturday.

[Note: that quote is part of a much larger article by Chuck Finder in yesterday’s Post-Gazette; I suggest you check it out.]

A Year Later, Pat White Still Growls

This was about the funniest thing going last year. Turns out, it’s about the funniest thing going this year, too. Because when it comes to open, well-publicized mocking of Pitt football, this stands alone. A close second? Dave Wannstedt’s wall.

Preach, Brother, Preach

Gregg Doyel, despite his name ending with a double G, made a fantastic point about the upcoming Backyard Brawl. He preaches the same gospel that has been contained in nearly every WBGV sermon — namely, that Dave Wannstedt is good for Mountaineer football (anybody remember Save Dave?). Unfortunately, while it’s a good point, if the national media keeps bringing up the awfulness of Wannstedt, well, Pitt might just get the idea to fire him. And we can’t have that.

So, read this, digest it, and then forget it ever happened…

That’s with one more caveat. That’s the thing about this particular college football season: There’s always one more caveat. In this case the caveat is that West Virginia gets past neighborhood-nemesis Pittsburgh on Saturday. But then, that’s a game West Virginia can’t lose for all kinds of reasons. For one thing, halfback Steve Slaton is better than anyone Pittsburgh has, and Slaton is the Mountaineers’ fourth best skill player behind quarterback Pat White, receiver Darius Reynaud and fullback Owen Schmitt. For another, there’s Dave Wannstedt. Unless he’s fired between now and Saturday, he’ll coach Pittsburgh. Which means West Virginia can’t lose.

[Gregg Doyel @ CBS Sportsline]

This Pretty Much Sums It Up

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Les Miles Is Bat-Shit Crazy

Did you know that LSU is undefeated? I didn’t. But that’s exactly what Les Miles would have you believe. In fact, Les is willing to accept only one loss, rather than his actual two. Either way, LSU has less losses.

What am I talking about? Just read what Les said during his pre-SEC Championship press conference:

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Groundhog Day: Pitt Football Edition

Do you think Pitt fans wish they had a do-over? Surely, if given the chance to do it all again, they certainly wouldn’t hire Dave Wannstedt. Surely. They might not exactly choose to hold on to Walt Harris, but there had to have been better options. Like maybe Bo Pelini, Sal Sunseri, or Trudy from Facts of Life. Anybody but Dave, right?
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