Tag: College Football


LeBron James is kind of the college football grim reaper


LeBron James announced earlier this year an expansion of his deal with Ohio State, where his brand is represented on the uniforms of the Buckeyes, an agreement he’s had for several seasons. He added the University of Miami Hurricanes and the University of Kentucky Wildcats to his stable. Subsequently, Ohio State was mired in one of the biggest scandals involving  NCAA violations in college football history, only to be topped by Miami’s own problems stemming from Mr. Shapiro. Kentucky has remained unscathed.

On Saturday night, while visiting the Nike campus, LeBron James and the Miami Three took in a nice game for Nike’s pet project, the University of Oregon Ducks. The Ducks, after getting their season blasted open to start by eventual No.1 LSU to begin the season, had hope of moving into position for a national title game rematch after all the other losses in college football’s elite, outside of the SEC West. James was on the sideline, even posing with the duck as in this picture, courtesy of @WhitneyKBlaine on Twitter.


38-35 USC.


It’s a coincidence. It is. There’s absolutely zero connection between the University of Oregon and LeBron James. None. But it is a weird developing pattern. He’s not cursed. But it seems like whenever he shows up, hopes and dreams die.

OK, that’s a bit much. Still, another weird coincidence in along series of them.

Mark Cuban looking to create college football playoff

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UPDATE 6:44 pm: I do not envy Bill Hancock, whose job it is to promote and speak well of the BCS. No doubt he believes everything he is saying – it’s called cognitive dissonance — but I can’t imagine spending my days promoting a flawed product most everyone hates.

However, he responded to Mark Cuban’s idea through the Associated Press, saying he has fans where it counts.

“Given how much support our current system has among university presidents, athletics directors, coaches and athletes, I don’t think any amount of financial inducement will make people abandon” the BCS.

I tend to think those people’s opinions are for sale and Cuban may be the guy with the bank to change their minds.

11: 46 am: Mark Cuban has not been able to buy off David Stern, completely anyway, but the soul of college football? That has always been for sale.

So Cuban has moved his attention away from buying a baseball team (Mark, please don’t give up on the Dodgers, Love, LA) to looking at how to fix the ridiculous college football championship system, according to ESPN Dallas and our partners in crime at College Football Talk. The man has a plan and it involves 12-16 teams, home games most of the way and a boatload of money.

“The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team,” said Cuban, who tried to buy the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers within the last few years. “You can do something the whole country wants done…

“It’s an inefficient business where there’s obviously a better way of doing it,” Cuban said. “The only thing that’s kept them from doing it is a lack of capital, which I can deal with.

“The one thing every college football fan wants you can probably create for less than it takes to buy a baseball team.”

As CFT notes, this idea is bound to fail. Not because it is a bad idea or isn’t a much better system than the one in place, it is. It’s not even about the money. But the current cartel that runs college football will not give up its death grip on power easily, to heck with what is best for everyone.

However, if Cuban wants to butt his head up against the college football wall instead of the baseball wall for a while, have at it.

Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor urge OSU fans not to boo LeBron James


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Nobody is quite sure what will happen when Miami Heat forward LeBron James returns to Cleveland when the Cavaliers play the Heat. With Dan Gilbert’s letter, the anger about LeBron’s “Decision,” and all those burned jerseys, it certainly seems like things could get dicey when James returns to the Quicken Loans Arena. 
A preview of that event might take place this weekend, when the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes play the #12 ranked Miami Hurricanes at Ohio Stadium. James is a huge Ohio State fan, and stood on the sidelines when the Buckeyes played Penn State last season. More than a few of the 102,329 people expected to attend the game will likely have a bone to pick with James if he shows up on Saturday, but Terelle Pryor and Jim Tressel are both urging OSU fans to treat James with respect:
With many fans still angry over LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is calling for calm.
James, who jilted the Cavaliers to jump to the Heat this summer, may attend Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium between No. 12 Miami and second-ranked Ohio State.
Tressel said Thursday that it was time to let go all that anger.
“Sore subjects need to pass,” Tressel said at a news conference. “Things are as they are. We all make decisions. You have to respect one another’s decisions and move on.”
On some message boards and college football sites, angry fans have said they do not want James coming to the game. Some have hinted at violence.
James communicates with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who also urged fans to welcome the former Cavaliers guard.
“If LeBron does come, just treat him with respect and respect his decision,” Pryor said. 
“Please, no name calling, or booing, or anything like that because that’s my mentor. I have a lot of respect and a lot of love for him.”
James, who grew up in Akron, did not play college basketball. But he has said that if he had not jumped directly to the NBA, he would have attended Ohio State.
“He’s a Buckeye,” Pryor said of James’ rooting interest in the game pitting the Buckeyes against the team from his new hometown, the Hurricanes.
Make no mistake: James is going to get booed if he shows up on Saturday. Pryor and Tressel’s urging might mitigate some of that, and hopefully it’ll decrease the chances of some sort of incident, but James is going to get booed.