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  • Mark Dantonio goes on epic rant: “We shoved it up their…”

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    Mark Dantonio is one of those stoic major college coaches that rarely breaks character in front of the cameras. You always know what to expect, unless the cameras happen to catch him dancing in the locker room after a big win.

    But at his press conference after their win over Michigan, the pot started to boil over a touch.

    To start off, Michigan came out on the field and planted a stake on Sparty’s turf, and leading up to the game there was plenty of “little brother” talk apparently coming from the direction of Ann Arbor.

    So with about a minute to play and a 17 point lead, Dantonio had the choice to kick a field goal or throw some salt in the gaping wound and score a touchdown. They punched one in to widen the margin of victory and when Dantonio was asked about the decision at the post game presser, he was anything but apologetic.

    “You might as well come out and say what you’re really feeling at some point in time, because I can only be diplomatic for so long,” Dantonio responded.

    “The ‘little brother stuff,’ all the disrespect…it didn’t have to go in that direction. We tried to handle ourselves with composure, and that doesn’t come from the coach, it comes from the program.”

    “You know, throwing the stake down in our back yard out here, coming out here like they’re all that it got shoved up their…up their…shoved up…it got shoved the last minute and a half, and we’re not going to pull off of that.”

    “I was going to line up and kick a field goal, but that wasn’t the M.O. but if our guys could get it in, we were going to get it in.”

    This is one of those rants that fans of both sides will remember for years to come.

  • Video: Arkansas lineman throws a fat guy touchdown pass

    Bret Bielema is letting it all hang out today against UAB.

    Up 21-0 midway through the second quarter, the Hogs faced a fourth and goal. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney lined the Razorbacks up in an exotic formation, and then called for junior offensive tackle Sebastian Tretola to throw the ball out of the shotgun. It worked, as Tretola found long-snapper Alan D’Appollonio for a six-yard score.

    Needless to say, it was the first touchdown pass of Tretola’s career.

    Short version from Youtube:

  • Maryland coaches could have bonuses wiped out for poor classroom performance

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    In 2011, Randy Edsall signed a six-year contract with Maryland paying him $2 million a year, with a $100,000 for winning a conference championship (ACC then, Big Ten now), $100,000 for boosting the Terps’ season-ticket sales by 25 percent or more in a year, and another $100,000 for a 50 percent or more increase in Byrd Stadium suite rentals.

    And now, halfway into the deal, Edsall could hit those marks and see his bonuses wiped away for poor classroom performance.

    On Friday, the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents unanimously approved a new policy tying bonuses to coaches and athletics directors to hitting classroom benchmarks. It is believed to be the first policy of its kind in college athletics, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    “I think the notion is, if we’re going to give a coach a performance bonus, that coach ought to meet minimum academic standards or else the coach really does not merit a performance bonus,” David Kinkopf, one of the forces behind the new policy, said when the new clause passed the organization and compensation committee two weeks ago.

    The policy applies to all five of Maryland’s public Division I institutions (Towson, Coppin State, UM-Baltimore County, in addition to the flagship), and has the support of Maryland athletics director Kevin Anderson, as well as the athletics directors at Coppin State and UMBC, and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. From the sounds of it, the policy will apply to Edsall’s assistants, his successor, his successor’s successor, and so on. Good luck to the first coach (or, more appropriately, agent) that tries to fight this.

    Bonuses will now be tied to each team’s single-year APR score. Maryland posted a 950 last season – 930 is a passing score – which ranked 132nd among all Division I football programs in the most recent APR release.

    Maryland became one of the first schools to offer lifetime scholarships to its athletes, rather than the standard one-year contract.

    “I think this is another step for Maryland to be in the vanguard on issues of intercollegiate athletics,” board member and  former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen said. “They were a leader on guaranteed scholarships and now they are a leader in academic accountability.”

    Though Maryland is believed to be the first state to enact this plan, it most certainly won’t be the last.

  • Oak Harbor (WA) forfeit its district title game, for a very good cause

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    Oak Harbor and Marysville-Pilchuck high schools were supposed to play for the WESCO 3A North Division championship on Friday night.

    That didn’t happen, not after a Marysville-Pilchuck freshman opened fire in the school cafeteria, killing one student and wounding a handful of others before turning the gun on himself, on Friday morning. Absolutely horrifying.

    Needless to say, the football game was postponed.

    Rather than wait around for the appropriate time to reschedule the game – as if such a time would ever come – Oak Harbor went ahead and forfeited the game and gave the title to Marysville-Pilchuck. And then the team showed up to Marysville-Pilchuck’s vigil.

    It’s the smallest of gestures, but it seemed to bring an ounce of relief to those involved, and that’s all that really matters in the wake of this tragedy.

    After reading story after disappointing story of kids learning the wrong lessons through high school football, it’s great to see one high school program use football as a force for the greater good.

    (HT SB Nation)

  • Uniform Roundup: New helmets at Pitt, La Tech, Utah and Incarnate Word

    Throwbacks, black for black’s sake and trading school colors for stars and stripes – this week’s uniform roundup has everything! First, Pittsburgh will break out script Pitt helmets that (sort 0f) harken back to the Tony Dorsett era.

    Pitt script

    Not to be outdone – okay, they’ve been outdone – Louisiana Tech will wear white helmets for the first time in 47 years for their “Rivalry in Dixie” game at Southern Miss.

    La Tech white

    Utah has unveiled new black helmets with an extremely large Block U logo. No word on when these will see the field, although a Saturday night home game against USC makes sense.

    Utah black

    And, finally, Incarnate Word has debuted what I’m going to take the liberty to declare the best stars-and-stripes helmet in college football right now.

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