Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Carl Pickens. …
- Some may believe former Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech player Mike MacIntyre made a bad decision to move from San Jose State, where he resurrected that program, to Colorado.
Fortunately for Colorado, MacIntyre wasn't one of those who cast doubts on his ability to light a fire under the Colorado program.
So what did they do in the season opener against state rival Colorado State? Put a convincing 41-27 win on the board. Not a bad start for the son of former Vanderbilt football coach George MacIntyre.
A large part of Macintyre's success is his ability to communicate to the age group he coaches.
Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla wrote about MacIntyre's off the cuff motivational pre game speech. Just before kickoff, the first year Buffs' coach gathered the team and looked at linebacker Addison Gillam. Gillam is a freshman that was starting at middle linebacker for the first time.
It's like MacIntyre had a sixth sense. He ordered Gillam to go to the restroom. It loosened the team up.
"I was a little worried he might pee down his leg, you know, first game and all,'' MacIntyre deadpanned.
It worked. Gillam had 14 tackles to lead the defense, which put a fourth quarter touchdown on the board when cornerback Greg Henderson took an interception to the house.
These are two programs that combined for 25 wins over the last four seasons. Yet they drew an impressive 59,601 fans to the Rocky Mountain rivalry game.
If MacIntyre can put Colorado back on the map, be assured some top national program will pursue him.
Mike's father has been bed-ridden for years with Multiple Sclerosis and his mother, Betty, recently suffered a broken hip when she fell. She is at a rehab facility and the couple is separated for the first time in their married life.
You can bet Mike's first game at Colorado put a smile on Coach Mac and Betty's face.
- You have to love Sports Illustrated writer and former Florida football walk-on Andy Staples' recent tweet: "How do I know I'm in an SEC town? Eight ladies at Panera, none younger than 60, discussing (Jadeveon) Clowney's conditioning.''
- Good read on Titans running back Chris Johnson in current issue of SI. Writer Alan Shipnuck did an in-depth profile on Johnson, a man of few words who opened up when talking about the premature birth of his twin sons, who were delivered two months before their due date.
It was touch and go for both of them, as they weighed only two pounds at one point. They were in the neonatal ICU unit for two months in an Orlando hospital.
- I thought Beech running back Jalen Hurd and his family made a smart decision in shutting it down after he suffered a torn labrum in the season opener.
Hurd is going to graduate in December, enroll at Tennessee in January and participate in spring practice.
There was no sense in further injuring the shoulder. As Hurd said, he has done everything a high school football player could dream of.
He needs to be in top shape when he reports to Tennessee because he should be a big part of the program for at least the next three years.
- I thought South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier got out-coached in crunch time Saturday at Georgia. His call on fourth and goal from two yards away was for quarterback Connor Shaw to run an option pitch. It didn't fool anyone, losing a yard and turning the ball over.
I would also think South Carolina fans are wondering why Spurrier left the game with two time outs in his pocket. Granted it would have taken a miracle to make up the 11-point deficit, but you don't ever give up until the final horn.
It was a great game and Georgia's offensive line created a lot of space for Todd Gurley and others to run. Quarterback Aaron Murray made a lot of crucial third down conversions and South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadevian Clowney has taken his name out of the Heisman picture. He was on the bench when Georgia drove for its final touchdown and Georgia's line contained him for the most part.
- Serving as a color analyst for the radio broadcast of the South Carolina-Georgia game was former Titans linebacker and special teams player Rocky Boiman.
Don't know how much radio work he is doing, but he was worth listening to.
- The 45th Tennessee PGA Professional Championship will be held Monday through Wednesday at Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin.
The field will feature 76 of the state's top PGA professionals playing for a $40,000 purse with the champion claiming $7,500 and an exemption into the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
The top six finishers qualify to play in the 2014 Professional National Championship at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach next June.
Past champions include Walt Chapman, Randy Helton, Kelvin Burgin, Audie Johnson, Loren Personett and defending champion Scott Moran. Others expected to contend are Chris Dibble and Johan Kok, otherwise known around WKRN-Channel 2 as Mr. Dawn Davenport.
- The Titans start the season today in Pittsburgh. They have an average age on their 53-man roster of 26 years, nine months and five days.
It is their oldest roster since 2009 when they averaged 27 years, three months and 26 days. The Titans have 14 players in their first or second season, their lowest numbers since they had 13 in 2007.
Their youngest player is 21-year-old rookie offensive guard Chance Warmack and the old man on the roster is kicker Rob Bironas. He is 35.
Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.