JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov. 11, 2012 - WKRN News 2

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov. 11, 2012


Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Bobby Hurley...

  • I understand Veterans Day celebrations. But let's do away with trying to celebrate it by having college basketball teams playing on the decks of aircraft carriers.

    This past week, two scheduled games had to be canceled due to condensation on the playing courts.

    A proposed game between Ohio State and Marquette never got off the deck of the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

    The Florida Gators saw their game against Georgetown called off at halftime with the Gators holding a 27-23 lead. Officials wanted to avoid possible injuries as the slippery surface on the USS Bataan's deck was too dangerous due to the condensation.

    In those type games, players who grew up playing on outdoor courts in windy conditions have an advantage. They know how to play the wind.

    The Florida game will not be made up at a later date.

    Try to attend today's Veterans Day parade (2 p.m.) in Nashville on Broadway. My buddy Mike Reeder, who lost both legs to a booby trap in Vietnam and went on to carry a single handicap while playing golf from a wheelchair, was Grand Marshall in Franklin's Veterans Day parade Friday.
  • Auburn President Jay Gogue announced embattled football coach Gene Chizik could save his job before the end of the season. That means beating No. 5 Georgia Saturday and No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

    Fat chance that will happen and AD Jay Jacobs could be shown the door along with Chizik.

    No, Auburn will not fire up a private plane and try to hire Bobby Petrino, an ill-fated plan they once tried to pull off when Tommy Tuberville was Auburn's coach.

    Look for Louisville's Charlie Strong to be the Tigers top candidate, although there are reports they are also interested in Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, in his second year at UL.

    While Strong's strength is defense, Watson is offensive minded, his current Cardinals offense averaging 34 points a game. He formerly coached five years at Nebraska and Colorado before that under Gary Barnett.

    The Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season Saturday at Syracuse's Carrier Dome.
  • How about former Alabama Coach Ray Perkins? After 12 years out of football, the 70-year-old Perkins just completed his first season as head coach at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi.

    His team finished 6-3. Perkins was on a one-year contract for $100,000. That's a far cry from when he was head coach at two storied programs in the New York Giants (1979-82) and Alabama from 1983-86.

    Jones County is located in Ellisville, MS., and Perkins is a native of Petal, MS. He played for Bear Bryant at Alabama.
  • I see where Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana for personal use.

    Can the Honey Badger be far behind? After being caught in his Baton Rouge apartment with a stash of weed, Tyrann Mathieu won't be returning to LSU's football team. He and Colorado would be a good fit.
  • We hardly knew you, Mike Brown. The Lakers handed Brown a pink slip after being head coach for all of five games.

    Is it coincidence that Dwight Howard is now with the Lakers? He came there from Orlando, where it is thought that Howard played a big role in former Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy being let go in Mousetown.
  • Doctors in charge of injured South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore had good news after operating on the knee he injured against Tennessee.

    While they thought the process would require at least two surgeries, they managed to repair all the ligaments and his dislocated kneecap with only one operation.

    Gamecocks Coach Steve Spurrier said he hasn't seen a player anywhere go through what Lattimore has endured and still maintain a positive, can-do attitude.
  • We lost a college football giant when Darrell Royal passed away last week. He was 88.

    Royal coached Texas, installing a Wishbone offense that maintained a high level for years. He later moved into the AD's seat.

    Royal had some great insight during his time on the Longhorns sidelines.

    "You've got to be in position for luck to happen,'' Royal said. "Luck don't go around looking for a stumblebum.''
  • Las Vegas has some interesting propositions. Bovada has odds on Kentucky's next football coach.

    Bobby Petrino leads at 2/1 odds followed by David Cutcliffe (worked with UK AD Mitch Barnhart at UT) 3/1, Sonny Dykes 4/1, Tommy Tuberville 9/2 and San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre and Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart at 5/1.

    If Kentucky hires Petrino, what would the odds be that the NCAA would open an office in Lexington with Petrino and John Calipari on the same campus? Just saying.
  • Bovada also asks if Mike Munchak will be the Titans coach next season.

    The odds are yes (5/7), no (1/1).

    The Vegas group has Texans favored to win Super Bowl XLVII with 5/1 odds. Second is the Patriots at 11/2 and 49ers at 6/1.

    You should have taken the Titans before last week's slaughter by Da Bears. They dropped from 300/1 odds to 500/1 this week.
  • It's an old what if proposition warmed over. When Steve Spurrier suggested Alabama could beat an NFL team, even he had to know better.

    Paul Bessire of took the worst NFL team, the Jaguars, and played the game on a neutral field with NFL rules.

    Jacksonville won 94.2% of the games played with an average score of 33.1-8.7.
  • Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies just knocked down the SEC door and walked right in like they owned the joint.

    Poor Alabama. Undefeated and on track for another BCS Championship title. That was until the Aggies put their brand on the Crimson Tide's hide and in Tuscaloosa of all places.

    Aggie QB Johnny Mansiel is the rage of college football and his Heisman Trophy stature increased as he calmly led his team to the biggest upset in college football this season.

    Bama had a chance to win it late in the game, but senior QB AJ McCarron was picked off near the goal-line and A&M held on. McCarron threw a season high two picks.
  • For the first time in school history, Vanderbilt will be going bowling in consecutive seasons. They played Ole Miss from behind much of the game, scoring the winning touchdown with less than a minute left.

    What a thrill it had to be for QB Jordan Rodgers to have his older brother, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers watching from the sidelines as he drove the Commodores on the game winning drive.

    The Commodores can get revenge from losing a year ago to Tennessee and in the process officially knock the Vols out of a bowl bid Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.
  • Trying to how to rank the top five college teams kept me up late Saturday night and up early today.

    Those late night West Coast games involving Oregon don't help.

    Hurry up, playoffs.
  • Remember, if you love your freedom, hug a veteran today.

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