There are many reasons why we love college sports. First, for the purity of the competition—student-athletes are fully-vested in their alma mater. The kids do not have egos; they do not play for lucrative contracts, but for the love of school pride. When student-athletes perform, their emotions are raw, uncut, and genuine; it is not pretentious nor beguile—I cannot say the same about college coaches. The latest breaking headline in the college coaching carousal reads “Chip Kelly does an about-face, leaves Oregon for the NFL’s Eagles.” Here we go again, another high profile college coach literally looked his players in their eyes, gave them his word that he would not leave, only to jump ship for greener pastures a few days later.
This seems to be the new trend among college coaches who are not allowed to enjoy a single winning season with their players or programs after a success year before they are lured away by lucrative contracts and bigger programs.
Untangling the complex Manti Te’o hoax is like getting gum out of Samoan hair. Not even Olivia Pope would touch this mess. The possibility that a high character, humble and introverted star Notre Dame linebacker could make up a lie about a dead girlfriend that would develop into the first non-sex scandal in U.S. history, is unbelievable.
Te’o, a spiritual man, once told ESPN, ‘Faith is believing in something that you most likely can’t see’. Nobody suspected his seemingly mature frame of mind applied to his love interests. In the aftermath of his revelation, Te’o is either being vilified for his odd idea of a courtship or because many believe he pulled the wool over the nation’s head
Last fall, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o became an inspirational sports figure. The death of Teo’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua days after his grandmother’s death turned Te’o into more than just a football player. Te’o’s story of triumph through adversity took an unexpectedly bizarre twist today. According to Deadspin's investigative story published Wednesday, the late girlfriend of Te’o never even existed.
If true, this would be arguably the most bizarre sports story since Danny Almonte pretended to be 12 to participate in the Little League World Series or Bryce Harper’s seven showers per game day revelation. If Te'o was apart of this hoax, this could make Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace seem like a spill down the stairs.
Te’o will have some tough questions to ask in the coming days as Deadspin reports, he was in on the hoax. The Te’o family is standing their ground and claiming they are the victim of an elaborate hoax but it would be extremely difficult to imagine that Te’o could be the victim of a hoax of this nature, especially if the facts Deadspin is reporting are true.
In a stunning reversal, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has decided to make the jump to the NFL after all, accepting the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier today. Kelly, who had announced he was returning to Oregon only a week earlier, had a 46-7 record in four seasons and helped turn the Ducks into one of college football’s most iconic brands.
Mark Helfrich, who has been Oregon’s offensive coordinator during Kelly’s time in Eugene, is expected to take over as head coach.
While this year’s BCS Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama might have been a dud, it was one of the few years in which there was very little argument over which teams deserved to play in the game in the first place. Notre Dame ended the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, while Alabama was the highest-rated conference champion with only a single loss.
This is a far cry from what the BCS has seen in the past, and hardly a note of support for the current system. In fact, every single team on this list would love to have a crack at the playoff system that is coming in 2014. The only real question is which team has the biggest BCS gripe…
10. A whole mess of teams, 2007