Five-Step Drop: Boise Fires Back
1. The BCS computer error we told you about Tuesday has Boise State president Dr. Bob Kustra so mad he's sending his colleagues a sternly-worded email and quoting dead sociologists. In a message to several university presidents and athletic directors, Kustra wrote, "The BCS has corrected for (the error) and Bill Hancock has apologized, but it still leaves open the question of transparency." Later he writes, "How many times have we heard calls for transparency on our campuses and how many times have we shared our governance and communicated with our faculties and other constituencies in a transparent fashion? Yet, in intercollegiate athletics, with the NCAA standing silently on the sidelines, we allow the BCS to work its magic with no idea of how accurate its rankings are on a week to week basis." Kustra has a valid complaint which, like all valid complaints against the BCS, will be summarily ignored.
2. In a question-and-answer session with Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi admitted that new Gophers coach Jerry Kill wasn't the "Tubby Smith-type hire" he had promised. Just how far down the list was Kill, though? Maturi wouldn't name many names, but he freely admitted he offered the job to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who turned him down. Maturi also said Boise State's Chris Petersen was "not a BCS-level coach," which will come as a surprise to everyone not named Joel Maturi.
3. ESPN wants to know what the president of the University of Texas knew and when he knew it. The World Wide Leader tried to use the Freedom of Information Act to get documents related to Texas' role in the conference realignment square dance this past summer. UT stonewalled the request, citing attorney-client privilege. Now ESPN is suing, hoping a judge will reject Texas' argument that everything related to realignment and the university's role in it was privileged communication.
4. The anti-anti-Cam Newton movement has begun. In a piece on The Huffington Post, Dave Zirin of The Nation calls out two writers who have publicly said they're not voting for Newton because of his perceived character issues and the whole imbroglio about his recruitment. "[A]pparently the 'integrity' of the Heisman trophy demands that Newton be punished for even the hint of impropriety," Zirin writes. "These writers are actually preaching that they must protect the integrity of an award that's been won by players from an array of schools -- Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC -- that have greased more palms than the US Chamber of Commerce." I don't think Nebraska football has ever been in serious trouble with the NCAA, though.
5. If you're not fluent in internet lingo and you don't understand what the term "trolling" refers to, go read this column from Paul Finebaum about how he believes jealousy toward the SEC is behind the backlash against the NCAA's decision in the Cam Newton case. Finebaum couldn't be trolling any harder with a tub of stinkbait and a 15-horsepower outboard motor.