Five-Step Drop: As Terrelle Turns
1. Terrelle Pryor is the most important player in college football, and it's not just because of what he does on the field. Yahoo!'s Dan Wetzel says the Ohio State quarterback has become "a WikiLeaks in shoulder pads; a '30 For 30' special in real time." He continues, "Each Pryor quote seems to prompt the system to respond in some bumbling, embarrassing way that only makes things worse." It's funny because it's true. Remember that four- or five-year run where the BCS reformed its rules every year to react to the horrible injustices of the year before only to be smacked with something even worse the following year? Terrelle Pryor is that, localized into a single person, and accelerated so that the "something even worse" happens every week.
2. Something was missing from the Orange Bowl Monday night, and it wasn't just 40,000 fans. The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band was not allowed to perform at the game, and if you don't know why, you have never heard of it. Stanford's band is the antidote to the stuffy paramilitary organizations usually seen at halftime, and its history of irreverence goes back years. The linked article contains only a few of their "highlights" and conveniently omits the band's notorious "Tribute to Presidential Diseases."
3. Randy Edsall apparently didn't leave Connecticut on the best of terms. The Hartford Courant spoke with one unnamed Husky who said "We were on hold for a half-hour, with the operations manager telling us Edsall would be coming on in a few minutes. When Edsall came on he was like, "I just wanted to tell you that I'm sorry I can't do this in person, but due to circumstances ... I just want to let you know that it's not because of you guys. But it's an opportunity for my family. ... I can move on feeling like I've accomplished things here and I'm leaving the program in a good way." The player noted that running back Jordan Todman was required to face the team and tell them he was leaving for the NFL, but Edsall didn't face the team himself. Buck-buck-bwauuuk.
4. Ever wondered what it's like to actually attend a bowl game? Dashiell Bennett of BusinessInsider.com went to the Capital One Bowl and was somewhat underwhelmed by the experience. "College bowl games exist for one reason and one reason only: Advertising," he writes. "That and giving bowl employees free tickets ... that they can scalp to rich fans." Bennett also notes there was "no mention of anything that wasn't bought and paid for by a sponsor, usually Capital One." Bennett is a Michigan State fan, but before you go calling sour grapes, he writes, "Yes, our team was soundly trounced, but that had no bearing on our enjoyment of the experience or the overwhelming sense of being stuck in a bank commercial."
5. Indiana wide receiver Tandon Doss has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. This is a big loss for the Hoosiers, who also lost quarterback Ben Chappell to graduation.