Mandy Mitchell

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.

NASCAR teams

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.

"Fire Kiffin"

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.


Worth Reading

** Interesting read  about how Jerry Tarkanian and Rick Pitino are connected.
**I liked Jason Dufner before I read this . Now I like him more.
**Love this story out of Ole Miss. What a gesture!


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  • StunGunn Sep 10, 2013

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    I can't stand Kefin and you're probaly right about Pete Carroll. As happy as I am for RW, it's hard for me to pull for the Seahawks (partly because I'm a Panthers fan, but mostly because I can't stomach Carroll).

    As for NASCAR, yes,having drivers compete both on an individual basis, but also as a team, I think they did the right thing by booting Truex from the Chase.

  • VT1994Hokie Sep 9, 2013

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    You nailed this one. He's always been on an ego trip, and his attitude will get him fired one day. Your adjectives were on target. Who would want to play for him; anyway? He had one of the best recruiting classes in the Country 1-2 years ago. His daddy has helped him way too much.

  • tjdebord Sep 9, 2013

    Couldn't agree more concerning Kiffin. If he had as much coaching talent as he has ego and arrogance he'd be top shelf material. As it is, he's just a pompous cancer to any team he touches. Tennessee is lucky he left when he did.

  • VT1994Hokie Sep 9, 2013

    Mack Brown and his staff haven't done the job with recruitment lately and it shows. He just fired his DC. Kiffin is one of the good ol boys, and he hasn't deserved some of these head coaching jobs. He is over-rated. Being selected as the number one team last pre-season and ending up unranked says enough. I'll be happy when he is working himself back from an assitant coaching position.

  • baldchip Sep 9, 2013

    I think Winston may have played the most impresswive 1st half I can recall in college football last Monday night. WOW-he was 17 for 18 and that incomplete pass was missed only by the touch of a toe. He reminded me of Peyton hitting seems and open receivers like clock work.

    If this kid was not recruited by Texas-and wanted to go to Texas, something is wrong. Someone must have known of his talent-Jimbo Fisher at FSU saw it-MAck's staff did not???

    On the other hand, Mack Brown is likely to be gone by January. That will make a very good coach & staff available.

  • tBeast Sep 9, 2013

    I agree 100% on the Lane Kiffin comments... especially the last one.

  • Hammerhead Sep 9, 2013

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    I'm on record as saying that I can't stand the guy. And I have no dog in the fight.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 9, 2013

    "Am I the only one who is thrilled to see Lane Kiffin struggling at Southern Cal?"

    As a diehard Tennessee fan..... +1

  • Hammerhead Sep 9, 2013

    Pete Carroll had a good thing going because he was probably dirty.

  • rec1646 Sep 9, 2013

    I hate to wish anything bad on anyone, but as a Tennessee fan, it couldn't be happening to a nicer guy.




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