September 7, 2011

Extra Reading Material — 9/7

Filed under: Football,History — Chas @ 1:31 pm

A couple good stories to read today. One short, one long.

This short post on the Rice Marching Band (known as the MOB). They got some attention over the weekend with their halftime performance against Texas where they spelled out “$EC.” In the past they also had some fun at the expense of Coach Todd Graham — who left Rice for Tulsa after one season.  But A&M is a favorite target for a reason.

The MOB certainly seems to enjoy gigging their former Southwest Conference foes. During Saturday’s show, the band took on Texas Gov. Rick Perry (a proud A&M grad) and his presidential bid. The announcer declared, “The next time you go to the polls, ask yourself: Is your candidate smarter than an Aggie?”

The MOB will take on a sacred cow “wherever we find it,” says Throckmorton. “The thing about A&M is everything is sacred there. It’s sort of a match made in heaven.”

One more reason why A&M will fit right into the SEC.

Then there is the long, sad story of Daryl Turner.

A talented wide receiver who should have been catching passes from Dan Marino at Pitt.

It was Marino who hosted Turner on his college visit to the University of Pittsburgh. Marino was just a freshman at the time, and his most natural recruiting ploy was the obvious chance for Turner to spend three years catching passes from one of the country’s best quarterbacks. It was enough for Turner to initially sign Pitt’s letter-of-intent. But thanks to an all-out — and at times questionable — recruiting effort from a school in Turner’s home state, Pittsburgh lost out on the speedster because the letter never got mailed.

After returning to Flint and receiving a visit from Michigan State’s coaching staff, Turner started to waver. He held the signed letter to Pittsburgh and wondered what to do. Only when the Southwestern High principal — a proud Michigan State alumnus — made a secret offer did Turner burn the Pittsburgh letter and sign on with MSU.

“He told me, ‘Well, if you go to Michigan State, you won’t have to come to school anymore because you’re already carrying a 2.7 grade-point average,'” Turner recalled of his high school principal, who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons. “He said, ‘I’ll make sure everything else goes the way you want it to go.'”

There’s every chance a kid from Flint might still have chosen to go to Michigan State, but that offer made it simpler. His addictions made him merely a footnote.

Mark Cuban argues against the 16-team super conferences. Makes a case, but I’m not sure I buy all of the claims.

I was wondering if the BIG-preten would take the leftovers from the B-12 and go to 16 members. The ACC IMO has no interest in WV but the SEC is another story. Also I recall a story about Jackie Sherrell talking up Pitt to SEC several years ago. Could it be that JS saw all this expanastion coming???

Comment by joel 09.07.11 @ 1:58 pm

Jackie can move back and forth across time.

Comment by TX Panther 09.07.11 @ 2:12 pm

Just picked this up on EBAY. Looks like the real McCoy, er, Lewis:

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Comment by steve 09.07.11 @ 2:19 pm

IMO that if college football is left with 4 super conferences the networks could force ND into a conference. Then they would have to choose between the BE or the overrated-10. While ND is located in the Mid-West they seem to have a huge following in the Northeast. Advantage BE!!!!

Comment by joel 09.07.11 @ 2:35 pm

Scroll down to Episode Two and let us know what you think about the product revealed. Myself, over-hyped.

And they’ve gotta figure out how to minimize Tino’s 1st Q yips.

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Comment by steve 09.07.11 @ 5:07 pm

Happy Birthday Danny!

Comment by scoocher 09.07.11 @ 7:22 pm

With Baylor now joined by a number of other schools in disproving A&M’s departure for the SEC, the Big East can heave a sigh of relief, especially Pitt. It would be very bad to have SEC football being played just down the road in West Virginia.

Comment by TonyinHouston 09.07.11 @ 8:54 pm

That Lewis jersey is from a website in China called I got the same thing last year for $25. Their jerseys are the same as the ones that are worn on the field

Comment by Tom tupa 09.07.11 @ 10:38 pm

Tom, just went there. No swoosh or Nike labels on theirs. But I guess swooshes and labels are a dime a dozen.

Comment by steve 09.08.11 @ 6:03 am

Dom DeCicco made the Bears as a linebacker. Wanny had him at safety. Tommy Cambell made the Titans as conerback, Wanny had him as a linebacker. Is it any wonder Dave’s in Buffalo.

Comment by alcofan 09.08.11 @ 8:37 am

Tony, you don’t think thats gonna stop Texas A&M from leaving do you???

Comment by DAN 09.08.11 @ 9:18 am

Gotta watch with that jersey site, customs is cracking down and confiscating a lot of their shipments now.

Comment by BnG 09.08.11 @ 9:23 am

Steve, that’s marketing and I’m glad they are doing it. You can say it’s over hyped and I assume you mean “High Octane” but we did just watch our team score 35 points and put up 410 yards of offense… in thier first game with a new coach, staff and a totally new offense.

I’m not saying anything new but if you watch the Sunseri post game interview you’ll see that 90% of the offense went right, even in that first half. The remaining 10% being the overthrown deep balls and Saddler under running his route on his one deep play.

Comment by Reed 09.08.11 @ 9:41 am

22,000 bottles of beer and 10 kegs were sold at a rain shortened WVU game last week. The university grossed $75k in profit. No major incidents were reported other than the standard Hoopie stuff…minor fights, public urination, vomitting, tobacco spitting, reefer smoking, cussing, breast showing, and couch burning. Why doesn’t Pitt at least try alcohol sales in certain stadium sections? I don’t think its a horrible idea. Test it.

Comment by TX Panther 09.08.11 @ 9:50 am

^^^ Make that 80%, the QB missed a few reads in the first half.

Comment by Reed 09.08.11 @ 10:01 am

I actually welcome the increased marketing and propaganda. This is the first year where I’ve felt that Pitt has be advertised preseason. They’ve done some campaigns in years past but this year I actually noticed it. I like it!

Comment by BnG 09.08.11 @ 10:45 am

Pitt does sell alcohol at games…but only to the ones willing to donate enough to sit in the club seats. I know people who pay extra for those seats just to be able to buy drinks at the game. Pitt won’t sell beer in the rest of the stadium because they would most sell fewer clubs seats if they did so. (which are a good deal more than regular seats.) At least $250 donation and at $20 bucks more a ticket.

The amount of money they would make with beer sales probably would be offset by money they would lose selling less club seats..or at least not worth the headaches…and it’s all about the dollar..If Pitt would make money selling alcohol at games they would do it.

Comment by Milo Bloom 09.08.11 @ 10:46 am

Thank you for the insight. Maybe the club seats could get the premium beer while the masses get Bud Light. I bet they could still come out ahead. Anyway, Pitt needs to find a way to pay those annual 1-2 cupcakes on the schedule.

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