The first big revelation of the Jerry Sandusky trial, which began today, was supposed to be the reading of “love letters” allegedly written by Sandusky to his victims. Instead, the trial didn’t even get through opening statements before the defense came out with a surprise of its own.
Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, said this morning that his client will testify and explain himself to the jury. The move apparently came as a surprise to prosecutors, who began by showing a slideshow of the alleged victims.
“This is a daunting task, the state has overwhelming evidence against Mr. Sandsuky,” Amendola said. “A tidal wave of media coverage, so many accusers. I just don’t know [what to say] …
“One of the keys to this case is to keep an open mind. What you are going to hear originally is going to be very, very easy to say, ‘I’ve heard enough, I don’t want to hear it. This is awful.’ ”
Sandusky participated in a phone interview with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas last November while Amendola sat beside Costas on live TV. And everyone remembers how that went…
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.