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Auburn has finally padded its historical title résumé?


Despite losing to Florida State in the BCS title game this past January, it appears Auburn has managed to more than double its championship résumé.

Back in January, AU athletic director Jay Jacobs acknowledged that the athletic department was considering adding as many as seven national championships (1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004) to the two they already claimed (1957, 2010). While not going so far as to retroactively claim all seven, the football program appears to have added nearly half that number.

From the school’s official website:

Auburn Titles

The school also states that “[t]he NCAA recognizes Auburn as National Champions in 2010, 1993, 1983, 1957 and 1913.” That’s not actually the case but, as it was when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, we won’t stop ’em as they’re on a roll.

The NCAA doesn’t “recognize” any champions; rather, The Association, in its Football Bowl Subdivision Records book, lists various organizations or entities that have awarded national championships through the years, with “[t]he criteria for being included in this historical list of poll selectors is that the poll be national in scope, either through distribution in newspaper, television, radio and/or computer online.” All told, the NCAA lists a whopping total of 38 “National Champion Major Selectors.” In Auburn’s case, the unbeaten 1913 team was named national champion by six organizations (Chicago and Harvard also claim titles for that year), the one-loss 1983 team by 10 (Miami was the AP, FWAA and UPI champ) and the undefeated 1993 team by four (Florida State was the AP, FWAA and UPI champ).

You could justify claiming the 1913 title — it was a century ago and who really knows? — as well as the 1983 title — Miami and Nebraska may have played the Game of the Century, but all three ended with one loss and AU beat more ranked teams than any of them — but to claim the 1993 title is laughable at best. Not only were the Tigers on probation that year — they were banned from television and postseason play, missing out on the SEC championship game a bowl berth — but Florida State had what was arguably one of the greatest teams in college football history.

But, who are we to argue when Blutarsky’s rolling on The Plains?

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Video: There’s nothing wrong with Cardale Jones

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In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.

Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst.  Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.

Is that perception valid?  Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.

He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.  It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season.  When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.

He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts.  Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well.  During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.

So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right?  Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.

UCLA suspends P Adam Searl following arrest on rape charges

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A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.  The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.

He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.

“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”

The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:

The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.

Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.