Hawaii coach drops 'faggot' bomb on the Irish

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In one fell swoop, Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin has made the recently-concluded SEC media days look like a gathering of blue hairs at a church social.

Tim Tebow a virgin?  Tebow not a unanimous first-team selection?  Please.

The Archie Bunker of the WAC has trumped ’em all.

Speaking at the conference meetings today, McMackin relayed a story about a banquet before the Hawaii Bowl last year.  And, if you recall, the participants were Hawaii and Notre Dame.

“I know most of the coaches in the country are rooting for us to beat Notre Dame,” McMackin said. “Charlie [Weis] gives this talk, ‘We do something special at Notre Dame,’ and (the players) get up and they do this little cheer … this little faggot dance.”

Uh-oh.

Shortly after the “faggot” blast, McMackin attempted to get the reporters in the room to cover up his slip o’ the tongue.

“Don’t write that ‘faggot’ down. I was misquoted,” he said. 

“Just please … cover for me,” McMackin said Thursday. “Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that, too — right Karl? I’ll deny it. Anything else?”

At this point in time, you can hear McMackin saying “I had the right to remain silent… but I didn’t have the ability.”

At this point in time as well, you can literally feel the coach squirming as you read his words, can’t you?

But wait, he’s not finished.

Shortly after attempting to pull a Nixon, McMackin left the room, then came back 15 minutes later to offer an “apology”.

“I want to officially, officially apologize. Please don’t write that statement I said as far as Notre Dame. The reason is, I don’t care about Notre Dame. But I’m not a … I don’t want to come out and have every homosexual ticked off at me. You know what I mean. Because I don’t have any problem with homosexuals. But I apologize for saying that and I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t run that word. If you said dance, that’s OK. But don’t use the bad term that I chose, please. Thank you.”

I’m not certain, but McMackin most certainly rode to the meetings on a Caterpillar as they are the only company in the world with the capacity to make equipment that can dig a hole that big.

Look, I’m no St. Timothy.  I’ve dropped my fair share of “faggot” bombs in the past, especially at various family gatherings.  Or phone conversations with Florio.

But, c’mon coach.  Certainly, in this day and age, you have more sense than that.  Don’t ya?

Iowa suspends starting CB Manny Rugamba for opener vs. Wyoming

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Iowa will be facing one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Josh Allen in its 2017 opener, but they’ll do so at less than 100-percent strength personnel-wise in the secondary.

Iowa announced in a press release that Manny Rugamba will not play in the Sept. 2 game against Wyoming at Kinnick Stadium. No specific reason for the cornerback’s disciplinary measure was given.

“Manny will not play in our opening game due to serving the suspension, which is related to an off-season team violation,” a brief statement attributed to head coach Kirk Ferentz read.

Rugamba played in 12 games this past season as a true freshman, missing the Outback Bowl due to injury. He started three of those contests, and his two interceptions were third on the team.

Entering summer camp, and all the way up to his suspension, the sophomore had been penciled in as one of the Hawkeyes’ two new starting corners.

Ohio State QB Joe Burrow undergoes surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely

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Well, that settles that.

While J.T. Barrett is the unquestioned starter at quarterback for Ohio State, Joe Burrow (pictured, right) and Dwayne Haskins (pictured, left) have been engaged in a competition for the backup job that began in the spring and continued on into summer camp.  At least for now, the competition is closed as OSU announced Wednesday morning that Burrows underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his right (throwing) hand.  The sophomore suffered the injury during a Monday practice.

While officially out indefinitely, it’s expected Burrows will miss at least a month of the season.

As Barrett’s primary backup last season, Burrows completed 22 of his 28 pass attempts for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  A redshirt freshman, Haskins, a four-star 2016 recruit, has yet to attempt a pass at the collegiate level.

With Burrows out for the foreseeable future, true freshman Tate Martell has been elevated in the signal-calling pecking order as well.  A four-star 2017 recruit, Martell was rated as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country for this past year’s class.

After flirting with Oklahoma, USC, others, ex-LSU OL Maea Teuhema transfers to FCS

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After being indefinitely suspended by LSU for unspecified violations team rules and granted a release, Maea Teuhema had been linked to, among others, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and USC.  In the end, the offensive lineman decided a lower rung on the college football ladder was, at least for now, the better option.

Southeastern Louisiana has officially confirmed that Teuhema has transferred into the football program.  As the Lions play at the FCS level, the offensive lineman will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

“We’re excited to have a player of Maea’s caliber join our program,” SLU head coach Rob Roberts said in a statement. “He brings a lot of experience and it will be good to add another talented veteran to what is already a group we have a lot of confidence in.”

Teuhema’s brother, linebacker Sione Teuhema, transferred from LSU to SLU last year and is a starter for the Lions.

Teuhema, a four-star 2015 recruit, started 21 games the past two seasons, 11 at left guard as a true freshman and 10 at right tackle last season.  He earned Freshman All-American honors following the 2015 season.

This year, Teuhema had been slated to start at right guard for the Tigers.

Dismissed Georgia Tech RB Dedrick Mills headed to 2016 JUCO champ

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Less than a week after his unexpected and abrupt departure from Georgia Tech, Dedrick Mills has found himself a new college football home.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mills has enrolled Garden City Community College in Kansas.  As his next stop, which won the 2016 junior college national championship, plays below the FBS level, the running back will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

Very late last week, Tech announced that Mills had been dismissed from the program for an unspecified violation of athletic department rules.

Last season, Mills’ 771 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns led all Tech ball carriers., with 169 of those yards coming in the bowl win over Kentucky.  Mills put up all of those numbers as a true freshman despite being suspended on two different occasions for a total of three games.

More than likely, Mills will spend one season at the JUCO level before moving back to the FBS.  Whatever team grabs him at that time would be getting a talented player who would still have two years of eligibility remaining.