College Football Mailbag (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday August 15, 2007 12:46PM; Updated: Thursday January 17, 2008 3:30PM
I see your plan, Stewart: place the most controversial topic in the history of Mailbag in the same article as you hypnotize the readers with the marketing question for Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls. Maybe you aren't as bad at marketing as Bryan thought.
I'm afraid you're giving me too much credit, because the thought never crossed my mind. If anything, I may have lost some potential book buyers with that Mailbag. No, my motivation for including Bryan's e-mail was far less calculating. I just thought it was really, really awesome.
High-profile transfers in recent memory have been everything from great (Brian Calhoun) to average (Brock Berlin) to bad (Rocky Hinds). Are there any transfers this year who you foresee having a meaningful impact on the college football landscape?
First off, it's pretty amazing just how often these high-profile transfers do turn into busts. Remember all the hoopla last year surrounding former Tennessee quarterback Brent Schaeffer's transfer to Ole Miss? A year later, the guy's been moved to wide receiver after finishing last season as the nation's 100th-rated passer (which, by the way, is as far down as the NCAA's list goes). Then again, I don't think Oklahoma State's complaining too much about Adarius Bowman (formerly North Carolina).
The most obvious candidate for impact transfer is Sam Keller at Nebraska -- that is, if he wins the Huskers' quarterback job. The official party line is that it's still neck-and-neck between Keller and Joe Ganz, but I'd be stunned if Keller doesn't win out -- and do well. Another former Sun Devils QB, Max Hall, has established himself as John Beck's replacement at BYU (further adding to former ASU coach Dirk Koetter's legacy of developing QBs ... for other schools). West Virginia's Ryan Mundy, a one-time starter at Michigan who's been plagued by injuries, could give the Mountaineers' secondary a big boost. It will be interesting to see whether former Urban Meyer protégé Josh Portis can work himself into the mix at quarterback for Maryland. And former Florida State hot-shot receiver/notorious troublemaker Fred Rouse has surfaced at UTEP, where he will either tear Conference USA defensive backs to pieces or cause coach Mike Price to tear out whatever hair he has left.
Don't you think you need to go back home? You're depriving your village of it's idiot.
Now that one's actually pretty good. Well played, sir.
Will LSU use Ryan Perriloux similar to the way Florida used Tim Tebow last year?
Ah, good old Ryan Perriloux. Before I answer your question, I'm going to ask one myself: Has any player in the history of the sport ever garnered so much negative publicity before even taking a meaningful college snap? First there was his much-criticized Texas switcheroo and the infamous "I'm going to come in and play as a freshman because JaMarcus Russell sucks" quote (paraphrased). Then came his involvement last year in a federal counterfeiting investigation. And then an arrest last spring for trying to enter a casino with a false ID. Yet somehow, Tigers coach Les Miles saw fit to reinstate the third-year sophomore last week, and we can all look forward to another season of watching the highly touted recruit signal in plays from the sideline.
To answer Ian's question, the only way Perriloux is getting on the field this year is if starter Matt Flynn gets hurt or if the Tigers are beating somebody by 40. (Even then it's no guarantee, as Perriloux is currently listed as the third-team QB behind freshman Jarrett Lee.) Though Perrilloux did run a lot in high school, by no means is he considered a "running quarterback," and in fact I've been told by those who would know that Flynn is actually the better athlete. New offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has already said he plans to have Flynn run the option at times. He also said he plans to have Perrilloux run to McDonald's.
With all due respect, your write-up on "national powers" was laughable. In fact, it is much like the majority of your articles on college football -- entertaining, comment provoking, but in the end hollow and so off target that one has to question whether or not college football is a sport you should truly be writing about. Seriously, did SI just have a hole in the line-up that you were plugged into or is this really a sport of strength for you?
Actually, at one point there was talk in the office of having me cover NASCAR, but that got junked shortly after I asked one of the editors, "Hey ... do they ever turn right?" There was another time I volunteered to cover horse racing, but man -- do you have any idea how bad those stalls smell? I couldn't hack it. And I was all set to switch to the tennis beat, but there was an unfortunate mix-up at Wimbledon involving me, Maria Sharapova and what I thought was the door to the men's room. So, yeah ... you're basically stuck with me on football. I'll try to study up on the sport a little.
Stewart, loved the rankings of the BCS teams' place in the football world. I completely agree with your methodology. One suggestion though: Shouldn't Duke get it's own category as the Village Idiot?
Wait -- this was one of the 27 hits? And it's not actually a reference to my intelligence? Oh my gosh, what a relief. Twenty-six I can handle, but 27 was definitely going to push me over the edge.
One last note this week before I go. Reader Kate Metcalf of Memphis wrote me Tuesday night with a touching e-mail about her best friend, Clay Harris, a diehard Auburn fan and loyal Mailbag reader. She said Clay is sitting in a hospital bed in Birmingham right now, not because he's sick, but because he elected to donate one of his kidneys to his cousin, Katie, who's in need of a transplant. You're a courageous man, Clay. Rest up so you can watch those Tigers this fall.
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