This ‘n that on a Wednesday…just 59 days ’til the Heisman is awarded.
—Be sure to check out Tom Dienhart’s new blog, which will have the latest buzz on college football coaching hirings and firings.
Speaking of firings, I think these five coaches are on their way out: Dan Hawkins, Al Groh, Steve Kragthorpe, Mike Sanford, Bobby Bowden.
—Yours truly is quoted in this piece on Ndamukong Suh by CBS Sportsline’s Dennis Dodd. My predicted finish for Suh: sixth.
—A movement is afoot to get South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood some Heisman votes. Good luck with that!
—Mark Mangino thinks Todd Reesing should be a Heisman candidate. Maybe Mangino could help that out by letting media talk to Reesing more often (from what I hear, Kansas has a very restrictive media policy with players). He could also place an ad on HP…
—Here’s a look back at my surprise teams for 2009.
Looking like good picks at this point: Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Stanford, Michigan, Miami.
What was I thinking? — Illinois, San Jose State, UNLV, Colorado, Clemson.
Incomplete: Baylor, due to Robert Griffen’s injury.
—Van Wagner has acquired marketing rights for the Heisman. Maybe I should give them a call…
—Will Sam Bradford come back for another year? I just don’t see it. But then, I thought he’d leave after last season. I’m sure separating your shoulder has a way of putting things in perspective, though. He should go while his body is still young and unbroken.
—Jon Crompton is the SEC Player of the Week. I think it says a lot about how far the Georgia defense has fallen, but congrats to Crompton for sticking it out in a very difficult situation.
—Speaking of UGA, I think it’s time to put the Joe Cox Era to rest. There will be no SEC title, no major bowl for the Bulldogs this year. So Mark Richt should play Logan Gray or Aaron Murray and get his young quarterbacks ahead of the curve so that 2010 will be a lot easier.
—Bruce Feldman has his top true frosh so far. I don’t have ESPN Insider so I can’t see his entire list, but here’s mine:
1. Tate Forcier, Michigan
2. Matt Barkley, USC
3. Xavier Sua’Filo, UCLA
4. Onterio McCalebb, Auburn
5. Charles Sims, Houston
6. Trent Richardson, Alabama
7. Dion Lewis, Pitt
8. Olivier Vernon, Miami
9. Greg Reid, Florida State
10. Michael Philipp, Oregon State
For more on freshmen–redshirt or otherwise–check out FTA’s Freshmen of Influence series.
—The Wiz says the SEC is all about Florida and Alabama this year.
—Check out this piece on Ted Ginn, Sr., by the New York Times’ Pete Thamel.