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Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.
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The Leinart Files

The latest in a long line of “How does Matt Leinart handle his celebrity” pieces, this time from Todd Harmonson of the Orange County Register.

“I don’t think of what I do as celebrity-like or that I’m famous,” said USC’s quarterback, who will begin practice with the two-time defending national champions Thursday and continue his rehabilitation from offseason elbow surgery. “It’s just the whole situation, the whole timing of being myself, winning, being a quarterback, playing in L.A.

Notes Harmonson:

This week, reluctant celebrity Matt Leinart again gets to do what he loves: play QB for USC.

I think that Leinart is quite possibly on his way to being the most famous college football athlete of all time–any time you are a regular in US Magazine, you’ve crossed a pretty high exposure threshhold.

But it’s nice to see that, in the end, he’s just a football player at heart.

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The Star’s Preview

This week the mainstream media gobbledygook will be flying fast and furious as fall camp starts across the country. Legions of beat writers and columnists will be unleashed upon the defenseless college football public.

In that spirit, here’s Blair Kerhoff’s preview of the season courtesy of the Kansas City Star.

His Heisman picks, outside of the big three of Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson:

–Texas quarterback Vince Young may be the most dynamic quarterback this season, but can he function as well without running back Cedric Benson?

–Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal is a terrific runner and underrated as a passer. But the Aggies need to break through to the division?s top two to help his chances.

–Ohio State wide receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. one of the nation?s most exciting players but may not have Heisman numbers.

–Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams is the nation?s leading active rusher heading into the season (4,062) but must overcome the non-BCS stigma.

–Florida quarterback Chris Leak won?t be running the Utah offense, said new coach Urban Meyer. He?ll be running Leak?s offense. A couple of big victories early (Tennessee, LSU) would thrust Leak into the race.

His pick for the Heisman? Bush.

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Big 10 Questions

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune asks the following questions on the eve of Big 10 media day.

Regarding Joe Pa’s continuing reign, Greenstein concludes:

….until Paterno says he’s ready to pack up, there’s no reason to believe it.

Personally, I think that Paterno won’t leave until he’s carried out on a stretcher.

But in all reality, he should have left after the 2002 season, when the Lions went 9-3. At least he could have gone to pasture on a high note.

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Excuse Our Dust

As you can see, we’ve changed our look somewhat and are in the process of making a couple other revisions.

So, we’ll be back on Monday with some more hard-hitting, bone-crunching blogging….after all, it’s the beginning of fall practice!

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SI On SEC Scheduling

SI’s John Walters gets it right and stands on the shoulders of the blogging giants who came before him as he lets the mainstream media in on our little secret about SEC scheduling. Or rather, the lack thereof.

Money quote:

Memo No. 2 to the SEC: There’s this contraption, see. You put people in it and it magically transports them through space. No, not the General Lee. An airplane. Try it sometime.

Please forward all protests to Sports Illustrated. All huzzahs, however, are still welcome here.

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Media Days

The Big 12 has already had its media day, as has the ACC, but the SEC media gathering starts today with Florida coach Urban Meyer and Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer the first ones up on the interview docket.

The Big-10 and the Pac-10 will hold their media days on Tuesday, August 2.

Having been to several media days, I can tell you they are not very exciting. There’s usually not much that turns up as news as the coaches and players tend to be in full ‘say nothing’ mode the entire day. However, it is a good opportunity to stock up on media guides. The load should be lighter this year thanks to the new NCAA restrictions that limit football press books to 208 pages.

Best of all, the passing by of media day means that fall camp is right around the corner.

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Moneypenny Almost On The Money

Fox Sports.com contributor Eric Moneypenny talks about Heisman contenders and pretenders in a piece with a headline that reads: Leinart won’t win Heisman again this season

Based on this column, I’d say it’s certainly possible that Moneypenny has taken an extended peak at Heismandment No. 9 and the rest of The Heismandments.

How else to explain such lines as:

First, we already know that seemingly nobody is allowed to win the Heisman two years in a row. Leinart should be proud of everything he’s accomplished, and will be going down as one of the college game’s all-time best signal-callers. But I wouldn’t even put the returning Heisman winner down as the favorite on his own team this year……

….the day a Bowling Green QB gets the Heisman is the day that I’ll cut my own arm off….

…(on Ted Ginn)…True sophomore on a potential two-loss team? Maybe next year, kiddo. Don’t blame me. Blame voting trends…

While I disagree with his final analysis of the Leak’s candidacy, it’s clear his view is based on how he expects Florida to do this season–a perfectly valid stance to take. Even I would agree that Leak is beholden to the fortunes of his team.

So, all in all, a good analysis by Mr. Moneypenny. We’ll be keeping an eye on him.

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