It’s a little surprising that I’m writing about Forbes magazine in this space for the second time in as many days, but I have to point out that this month’s Forbes cover story declares Alabama’s Nick Saban the most powerful coach in sports.According to the magazine, that’s because of Saban’s “combination of money, control and influence,” his eight-year, $32 million contract, and his part in the university’s capital campaign.That all sounds well and good, but does anyone seriously believe that a coach who has won a whopping seven games at his school is the most powerful coach in sports? More powerful than college football coaches who have spent years building up good will with their administrations, their alumni and their fans? Is Saban really more powerful after one year at Alabama than Pete Carroll at USC, or even his successor at LSU, Les Miles? Or Bill Belichick or Phil Jackson?Anyway, the point of articles like the ones Forbes is running about college coaches is mostly to start arguments and draw attention to the magazine, and in that respect Forbes has clearly succeeded. I just wish they would have succeeded while making a stronger argument.
An injury kept Dalton Santos from taking the field for Texas for all of 2015. Now, a personal decision will prevent him from doing the same in 2016 and beyond.
The Longhorns linebacker took to Twitter Monday to announce that he has decided to leave UT and finish up his playing career elsewhere. The fifth-year senior will be leaving the ‘Horns as a graduate transfers, which means, of course, that he would be eligible immediately at another FBS program in 2016, his final season of eligibility.
— Dalton Santos (@Daltonsantos55) May 2, 2016
In 2013 and 2014, Dalton played in a combined 23 games. Dalton did not play at all last season because of a lingering ankle injury.
There’s a combination you don’t see very frequently.
According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Marshall defensive back Tiquan Lang was arrested on multiple charges early Saturday morning. Those charges include driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. All three of those charges are misdemeanors.
The situation began when police officers observed Lang asleep/passed out in a running vehicle and went downhill from there. From the Herald-Dispatch’s report:
Upon arrival, officers turned off the car and made multiple attempts to wake the man, who was asleep with the driver’s seat reclined, according to criminal complaints. Police state the man had trouble maintaining balance as he exited the vehicle once awake.
After he was out of the vehicle, police say they found a Glock 27 with an extended 30-round magazine partially concealed under the seat.
A police dog sniffed out one full and two partial Xanax bars in the center console. Reports state police could smell the odor of marijuana, but none was found. A plastic cup with a small amount of liquor was located in the console.
Lang told police he had a prescription for the medication, and his drowsiness was exacerbated by drinking the liquor, according to the complaint.
The football program is aware of the development and will handle the matter internally.
Over the past three seasons, Lang has started 23 gams the past three seasons. Last season, Lang was second on the team with 91 tackles. He returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns as well.
On April 23, country music star Kenny Chesney performed at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium — and it’s fair to say that he tore the place up. Chesney and various guests performed at the “Music and Miracles Festival,” one of the first concerts ever at Jordan-Hare. The goal was to raise a million dollars to fight hunger and cancer. And it was a party. More than 50,000 people were there.
“Sometimes,” Chesney said after it was over, “you feel the energy long before you hit the stage.”
With all that energy, yeah, the field took a significant beating.
The Auburn grounds crew then announced via Twitter that they would resod the field at the end of May and get things back to normal in plenty of time for football. The story could have died there.
But, of course, stories don’t really die too quickly these days. I mean: Look at that field. First came the comments and the talk about how the flooring was kept down the whole time. Then came the backlash toward Chesney. There’s no need to explain just how holy the Jordan-Hare Stadium field is to Auburn football fans. When people saw the after photos — even though it is months until the season opener against Clemson — well let’s just say things were said.
Chesney, a big football fan who wrote the song “The Boys of Fall” about high school football in his town, was pretty troubled by the whole thing. See, Auburn had always planned on resodding the field after the concert. That was obviously the strategy after inviting Chesney to perform in the first place.
“The plan to host Kenny Chesney at Jordan-Hare Stadium always included a full field replacement following the event,” Auburn associate AD for Operation Jeremy Roberts said. “And the field cover strategy we approved took this into consideration.”
“The plan the school had in place,” concert production manager Ed Wannebo says, “had nothing to do with this concert … the sod was being torn out regardless.”
Ah well, what is it that Chesney sings in “The Boys of Fall?”
It’s knockin’ heads and talkin’ trash
It’s slingin’ mud and dirt and grass
Expected to compete for All-Mountain West honors this season, Tyshon Mosley will instead be searching for a new college football home.
In a press release, Utah State announced that Mosley has been dismissed from the Aggies football program. The only reason given was the standard violation of unspecified team rules.
In early August of last year, USU announced that Mosley was one of three players who had been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season. He returned from that suspension to start nine games at left guard. At the end of last season, he was named honorable mention All-MWC.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Mosley started 11 of 14 games at left guard in 2014.