By GREG MADSON
What’s up with college football these days? It seems that the entire landscape is out of control, doesn’t it?
Texas A & M’s Johnny Manziel gets busted for allegedly getting paid for ‘signing autographs’ and serves a half of a game suspension. It was revealed several members of SEC schools were (gasp!!!) paid to play by boosters and other seedy characters. Arian Foster of the Houston Texans admitted he was paid under the table while at Tennessee.
USC fires its head coach after their loss to Arizona State on a Saturday night after the flight home. It’s no surprise the Trojans’ athletic Director Pat Haden, a former USC quarterback, fired Lane Kiffin, it’s how he did it. He canned Kiffin before he could get on the team bus – at 3 a.m! Kiffin told the bus driver to wait for him as he met with Haden, but a high-ranking USC official told the driver to go a head and take off.
Rumors are already swirling about a replacement for Kiffin. Jack Del Rio, Denver Bronco’s defensive coordinator, has been mentioned as a possible candidate, as has Washington Huskie head coach Steve Sarkisian. Sark is a former BYU quarterback and USC assistant.
Speaking of BYU, you have the mess that is Cougar football. The Cougars have suspended two high-profile players for team violations and they have a quarterback that makes Tim Tebow look like Joe Montana. Somehow the Cougars are winning games, but not very pretty.
Then you have the balloon deflation Friday night in Logan when USU’s Chuckie Keeton went down with a season-ending knee injury. While this is not a black eye to the sport, it was a huge letdown for Aggie faithful.
With a healthy Keeton, I was looking for a 24-13 USU win. However, without him, BYU rolled. Now Boise State comes to Logan Saturday. No Keeton? The Ags are in trouble.
What do you think about the NCAA football landscape? Email me and let me know.
Greg Madson is publisher of the Tremonton Leader. He can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org