The Mitchell Report: Kiffin's footballs, a slap and Louisville?
Posted November 11, 2012
This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ..
Coaches who think we are dumb
Did you hear the story about the Southern Cal equipment manager who was fired for deflating footballs during the Oregon game? He claims he did that without being told to do so by any player or coach. Deflating footballs is against the rules. It makes the footballs easier to grip and throw and kick. I have talked to quarterbacks about this before. They all like certain kinds of footballs. There is no way Matt Barkley had no idea this was going on and it's hard to believe the equipment guy did this on his own. Lane Kiffin denies knowing anything about it. I have a really hard time believing him. Why would this guy just decide to start doing that on his own?
Sticking with coaches who must not think we are too smart-Tommy Tuberville. The Texas Tech head coach was caught, ON CAMERA, ripping the headset off one of his graduate assistants in Saturday's win over Kansas. It looked really bad. His explanation didn't make it any better. He said the coach was on the field and he was trying to get him off the field. It looks like he was trying to hit him upside the head. Why not just tell the truth there? It was heated, you got mad and did something you never should have done.
An unbeaten goes down
I was stunned to see one of the unbeaten teams in college football finally lose a game on Saturday. I'm not talking about Alabama. I am talking about Louisville. I was stunned because, even though I cover sports for a living, I was blissfully unaware of the Cardinals record. Yes, I had heard something about them "wanting some respect" along the way, but I didn't give it much thought. I was focused on Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, and Notre Dame. In case you hadn't heard, Louisville lost badly to Syracuse. Go Big East!
From High School to MLB
How about former Tar Heel Walt Weiss? He was named manager of the Colorado Rockies. This is a cool story because Weiss has no professional coaching experience. Last year he was the head coach of a High School baseball team in Aurora, Colorado. He led the team to the 5a Semifinals during his first season. Now he has the keys to a big league club. I like Weiss. As a Braves fan I really enjoyed watching him play. He played hard and with heart. I am really interested to see how this works out in Colorado. It would make one heck of a story if he can find a way to win.
So I lied about my age
A 21-year-old man was busted in Michigan this week for posing as a high school student in order to play football. James Nash reportedly falsified documents and "transferred" to the school as a 17-year-old senior. He played football all season and the coach had no idea he was that old. He said he looked like any other senior and "wasn't dominant". The High School didn't make the playoffs, so penalties will not affect the season. No shock to hear the whole scheme was brought to light by an anonymous parent.