The Mitchell Report: Jameis Winston, Lane Kiffin and NASCAR teams
Posted September 8, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not
Jameis Winston and Texas
Mack Brown took his latest punch this week when it comes to "missing" on star quarterbacks. Mack's staff bypassed guys like Johnny Manziel, Andrew Luck and RG3, so it wasn't a big surprise when FSU's new stud QB Jameis Winston said he "Always wanted to go to Texas", but somehow that message never got to the coaches in Austin. Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports did a great job of breaking down what happened here. You can believe what Texas is saying or you can believe the kid and the coach who say they never heard from the Longhorns. Either way it certainly appears Winston is the real deal and Mack will be reminded about that for a while.
I've always been mildly puzzled by the concept of NASCAR teams. It's interesting to me to compete as individuals but share information as a team. It also struck me as something that could cause a problem at some point. This kind of came into play this week at Richmond. NASCAR is looking into whether Clint Bowyer spun out late in the race to try to help his teammate Martin Truex Jr earn the final chase spot. Ryan Newman was winning and would've clinched the spot. The caution changed the end of the race and Newman fell out of the chase. It seems a bit far fetched to me that a driver would intentionally mess up his car for this reason. However, the structure of the sport makes it impossible not to wonder.
Am I the only one who is thrilled to see Lane Kiffin struggling at Southern Cal? USC lost to Washington State on Saturday leading the fans to chant "Fire Kiffin". "You can't worry about that," Kiffin said. "I think I heard those before the game started, so I'm used to it." If he isn't used to it, I am sure he will be soon. The offense looked putrid and it's sad to see after watching what Pete Carroll had going there. Kiffin has always been really arrogant and smug for a guy who has never accomplished anything. Would be wonderful to see him fail in LA.