Kiffin is sexy… for a chick

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There really is no rhyme or reason for the content of the following post, except for the fact that it’s funny as (Jon Gruden’s favorite word).

In the spirit of March Madness, the men’s magazine Esquire is doing an NCAA basketball-style bracket to determine the Sexiest Woman Alive.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, Southern Cal head coach Lane Kiffin is included in the pool of 64.  Not his drop-dead-gorgeous wife Layla; the head coach himself is the only male in the field.

Again, I have no clue why.

Kiffin enters the “tournament” as the No. 16 seed in what could only be called the WTF?!? Regional, and will square off with LPGA star Natalie Gulbis.  The description of Kiffin by the magazine?  “Such a pretty girl.  Sure raises a ruckus.”

If Kiffin could somehow pull off the upset, it would set up an intriguing match-up in the second round as Kiffin/Gulbis gets the winner of the Erin Andrews-Danica Patrick tilt.

Kiffin vs. Andrews?  Oh yeah, bring it on.

And, just for the record, I voted for Kiffin.  I implore you all to do the same and get the word out to your friends, co-workers and better halves to do likewise.  Let’s do right by Kiffin and put him in his rightful place: on the throne as the Queen of College Football.

This will be a tough row to hoe, though; as of this writing, Kiffin is trailing 83 percent to 17 percent.

C’mon, people.  Get out and vote.  Do it for your country, do it for the game you love, and, most importantly, do it for Kiffin.

He deserves your support in this endeavor.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.