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BCS Director Bill Hancock Visits The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday November 9, 2010

Known for never letting anyone come on his show without answering the questions that the guest  probably want to avoid, BCS Director Bill Hancock visited the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning and things were no different. Dan grilled Bill to the point of momentary silence as he questioned Mr. Hancock on the BCS, their policies, their results, opportunity for change, and potential flaws in their system. By the looks of things Mr. Hancock and his BCS counterparts have somewhat of an issue on their hands. Currently the BCS has 4 teams in their top 4 with perfect records (Oregon 9-0, Auburn 10-0, TCU 10-0, Boise State 8-0), if all 4 teams win out, 2 will be left on the outside of the 2010 National Championship Game fighting for 3rd and 4th place. For years now this has caused much public out cry and criticism but for the first time skeptics are getting the justice system involved, challenging the Bowl Championship Series from a legal point of view and whether or not they are handling business according to the letter of the law. If any of these lawsuits hold up change will take some time but according to statements made by Mr. Hancock during his interview he does not fear the outcome of the suits or any other legal action that could potentially come the way of the BCS. Click here to hear Bill Hancock’s interview on the Dan Patrick’s Show.

Click Here To Hear Audio From Bill   Hancocks November 9th Interview On The Dan Patrick Show (Click Here)

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November 10, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, AP Poll, BCS, Bobby Bowden, Bowl Championship Series, Dan Mullen, Dan Patrick Show, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, Interviews, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, Nick Saban, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, PlayoffPac.com, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

Is The End In Sight? BCS System Opposers Attempt To Get The Law On Their Side

In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s American Gangster Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone made his historic rise to fame as one of the underworld bosses in the great City of Chicago. Capone and his gang, known as the Chicago Outfit, had their hands in almost every form of legal and illegal business but made a major portion of their fortune in gambling, prostitution, and the prohibited sale of alcohol. For years, Capone made millions with no interference from local law enforcement, who he often paid off or blackmailed for cooperation. It wasn’t until pictures of a mass murder ordered by Capone on a rival gang, dubbed the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre made headlines of local and national newspapers, sparking mass anger and fear from the public and government alike. In 1929 multiple government agencies entered into investigations attempting to find something that would put Capone out of business. 2 years of very intense poking and prodding  gave the government nothing of substance that Capone could be convicted on. It wasn’t until IRS agent Frank Wilson and his team completed their questioning of Capone’s accountant’s and bookkeeper’s did they have anything solid that could put the mob boss away. In 1931 Capone was indicted on charges of Income Tax Evasion and violation of the Volstead Act, which he was later found guilty of and sentenced to 11 years in Federal Prison. The IRS finding along with the repeal of prohibition in 1933 put Capone and many other gangsters out of business restoring justice and power in society.

Similar to the story above the IRS has forever been the downfall of many powerful individuals and organizations in American history. If Matt Sanderson and supporters of his website PlayoffPac.com have their way, they would like to see it (the IRS) bring an end to the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) as we currently know it.

For the past couple of years sports fans, some university representatives, and government officials have been up in arms about the BCS, how it is operated, and how it controls the outcome of our college football championship, petitioning for a more competitive playoff system where a true champion is crowned based upon on field play and not the result of computer calculations. Schools that have been left out of the deciding games have cried fool, calling the system unfair to smaller schools that are not apart of the BCS, even our current President, Barrack Obama, has chimed in stating that “we should be creating a playoff system”. Unfortunately, while most see it as a major issue, there are plenty of people who benefit greatly from the Bowl Championship Series being in place. Schools take home major coin to participate in BCS games, the sponsors of the games get major exposure from television networks and the schools playing, and the organizers gets huge paydays to put these games together year after year. So of course past complaints about how unfair the system is and how there needs to be change has fallen on deaf ears.

Fast forward to September 23, 2010, a pro playoff system political committee founded by Matt Sanderson known as the Playoff Pac filed a 27 page IRS complaint against the BCS Bowls and its organizers. The complaint, which list significant tax irregularities discovered through a methodical review of over 2,300 pages of tax records and public documents, might be the best opportunity that those who oppose the BCS have in seeing any change in the system or it completely done away with. On Friday September 25, 2010 PlayoffPac.com’s founder visited the Dan Patrick show to explain the complaint, exactly what is included in it, and what this complaint could mean for the future of college football. Click here to hear Matt Sanderson’s interview on the Dan Patrick’s Show.

Click Here To Hear Audio From Matt Sanderson’s September 25th Interview On The Dan Patrick Show (Click Here)

A couple of other sports personalities visited the Chris Vernon Show a couple of weeks ago and gave their opinions of the issues with the NCAA, the BCS, and what is being done by PlayoffPac.com.

CBS College Sports Analyst Spencer Tillman visits the Chris Vernon Show September 21, 2010 (Click Here For Link)

The Godfather of Grassroots Basketball Sonny Vaccaro visits the Chris Vernon Show (Click Here For Link)

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, BCS, Bobby Bowden, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Dan Mullen, Dan Patrick Show, Derek Dooley, Heisman Trophy, In Studio Interviews, Interviews, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Mississippi State, NCAA Sports, Nick Saban, Off The Field, Ole Miss, Other Media, PlayoffPac.com, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

Josh Luchs, Subject Of Sports Illustrated’s Tell All Cover Story “Confessions Of An Agent” To Visit The Chris Vernon Show Today AT 4:25PM – Podcast Attached

 

Just In Case You Missed Chris Vernon’s Interview With Josh Luchs (click here for link to podcast)

Not often do sports stories that will shake up all phases of the sports business see the light of day. In my lifetime alone I can probably count the ones that I remember on my right hand. Reggie Bush is ruled ineligible by the NCAA, MLB players testify on Capital Hill, Mike Vick is sent to Federal Prison, and “The Brawl At The Palace In Detroit” are the ones that come to mind. Sports Illustrated’s newest cover story, which will be released in their October 18th issue, has the potential to trump all of the above and possibly anything you can think of as well.

The Subject Of Sports Illustrated's October 18, 2010 Cover Story "Confessions Of An Agent" Josh Luchs Will Visit The Chris Vernon Show Today, October 12, At 4:25PM. Listen In Live On 730AM (Memphis) or Online

Former NFL agent Josh Luchs sits down with SI writer George Dohrmamn and spills the beans, literally. Sharing in-depth accounts of his 20+ years as an agent, which includes tales of how he got into the business, experiences he had over his career, and even his own admission to wrong doing according to NCAA/ NFLPA rules and guidelines in regards to providing extra benefits to student athletes (paying college players).

Well before Mr. Luchs’ story is released in print (it can be viewed online now – click here) he has decided to visit The Chris Vernon Show and talked about his story, his experience, reactions he is receiving from the interview, and what he hopes comes from his ‘tell all”. Luchs will visit the show at 4:25PM (CST – Memphis) and can be heard on our station 730 Fox Sports (730AM – Memphis) or Online (click here for link).

Confessions Of An Agent” by Josh Luchs As Told To George Dohrmamn of Sports Illustrated and www.SI.com (click here for link)

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Just In Case You Missed Chris Vernon’s Interview With Josh Luchs (click here for link to podcast)

October 12, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Bobby Bowden, Chris Vernon Show, Coaches, Dan Mullen, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, High School, High School Football, High School Recruiting, Interviews, John Calipari, Josh Pastner, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, NFL, Nick Saban, Off The Field, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Pittsburgh Panthers, Prep Sports, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

New AP Poll Released: Boise State Gets Jumped By Oregon For Number 3 In College Football Rankings

Oregon University Has Leap Frogged Boise State To Take Control Of The Number 3 Spot On The Associated Press' College Football Poll

 

Everyone has been waiting for it to happen since the release of the 2010 College Football Pre-Season Poll but leading up to this past weekend Boise State held strong to their number 3 ranking on the list. They did everything required of them beating out 2 ranked opponents (Virginia Tech and Oregon State) early in the season and remaining unbeaten heading into their WAC Conference schedule, but on Sunday evening the expected happened and the Broncos were leap frogged by early Pac-10 leader Oregon, trading spots with the Ducks, leaving the Broncos at number 4. Both won on in a convincing manner Saturday but what has bitten BSU in the rear end in years past is doing the same thing once again. Unfortunately things only look to get worse for Boise State as most teams will begin to settle into their conference schedules for the next couple weeks. Tough opponents week in and week out for schools that are apart of Bowl Championship Series Conferences will only causes mass confusion as media members and coaches try to decide where to rank teams while being fair to the big schools and small ones alike.

Other changes to this weeks AP Top 25 include powerhouses Texas, USC, and Penn State falling from the rankings after all 3 suffered conference losses this weekend. This brings an end to Texas’ 162 week stay in the Top 25 rankings. The last time they were unranked at any point during the season was October 15, 2000. Also falling from the Top 25 was North Carolina State, who lost to unranked Virginia Tech 41 – 30 Saturday. With 4 teams dropping out of the Top 25, 4 new teams were inserted to take their place. Florida State makes a triumphant returns to the Top 25 while 3 others; Missouri, Oklahoma State, and Air Force join the top programs for the first time in 2010.

I can almost guarantee that this is not the last time that the rankings will change as we make our way through the 2010 college football season. Most college football commentators and spectators alike have come to the conclusion that  there is really only one legit favorite, being Alabama, while #2 and so on is a toss-up between a couple different programs.

Check out this weeks AP Top 25 Poll (Week #5 – October 3 – October 10, 2010) (Below)

The Associated Press Top 25 Poll

Updated: Monday October 04, 2010 01:31 AM
More PollsAP Top 25Coaches Top 25Comparison PollBCS RankingsHarris Poll
 
 
Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (58) 5-0 1,497 1
2 Ohio State (1) 5-0 1,401 2
3 Oregon 5-0 1,379 4
4 Boise State (1) 4-0 1,341 3
5 TCU 5-0 1,250 5
6 Oklahoma 5-0 1,183 8
7 Nebraska 4-0 1,172 6
8 Auburn 5-0 1,045 10
9 Arizona 4-0 898 14
10 Utah 4-0 860 13
11 Arkansas 3-1 825 15
12 LSU 5-0 819 12
13 Miami (FL) 3-1 769 16
14 Florida 4-1 681 7
15 Iowa 4-1 670 17
16 Stanford 4-1 663 9
17 Michigan State 5-0 607 24
18 Michigan 5-0 555 19
19 South Carolina 3-1 450 20
20 Wisconsin 4-1 316 11
21 Nevada 5-0 286 25
22 Oklahoma State 4-0 173 NR
23 Florida State 4-1 162 NR
24 Missouri 4-0 99 NR
25 Air Force 4-1 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia83, Kansas State69, USC52, Texas33, Northwestern25, Oregon State12, Baylor10, Virginia Tech8, UCLA8, North Carolina State4, Penn State1

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/polls/ap/#ixzz11PMnBCDY

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, AP Poll, Bobby Bowden, Coaches, Conference Re-alignment, Dan Mullen, Derek Dooley, Duke, Florida State Football, Lane Kiffin, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, NFL, Nick Saban, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Pittsburgh Panthers, Scores, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, University of Georgia, USC | Leave a comment

If You Could Only Watch One Game This Weekend (NFL or College) Which Would It Be?

The Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide will match-up this weekend in 1 of 2 games featuring 2 Top 10 opponents. The game can be seen on CBS Saturday October 2, 2010 at 7:00PM (Central)

Once again we have a weekend packed full of great professional and college football match-ups that will surely have an impact on how the rest of the season turns out in both sports. A handful of Top 25 conference match-ups in the college ranks in addition to  some old rivalries being renewed for the 2010 season in the NFL. Hopefully none of you are forced to only chose one game to watch over the next 2 days, but if you had to which one would it be?

October 1, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Chad Ocho Cinco, Cincinnati Bengals, Coaches, Darelle Revis, Donovan McNabb, Duke, Florida State Football, Interviews, Marcus Allen, Memphis Tigers Football, Mike Vick, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, New York Jets, NFL, Nick Saban, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Other Media, Pac 10, Philadelphia Eagles, Reggie Bush, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, Washington Redskins | Leave a comment

On This Day In Sports: Duke and Pittsburgh Play Football In First Nationally Televised Sporting Event

On this day in sports: September 29, 1951 Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh participated in the first ever Live Nationally Televised sporting event. The football game played at Pitt Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA was won by Duke 19 – 14 and was seen coast to coast on NBC. Duke who was 2 and 0 following the game against Pitt, lost the following week to the University of Tennessee Volunteers who ended the 1951 season as the AP and Coaches Poll National Champions.

September 29, 2010 Posted by | AP Poll, Duke, NCAA Football, Off The Field, Other Media, Pittsburgh Panthers, Scores, SEC Football, SEC Media Days, Tennessee Vols, This Day In Sports | Leave a comment

Which 2-0 Team Is Least Likely To Make The NFL Playoffs?

The Pittsburgh Steelers Along With 7 Other Teams Are Off To A 2-0 Start To Begin The 2010 - 2011 Season. Which Team Is Least Likely To Make The Playoffs This Year?

 It happens every single year. A team gets off to a ridiculous start, winning a couple games in a row to begin the season causing many experts and fans to wonder if this is their year. Coverage of the team picks up, we learn the names on the roster in alphabetical order, and we seek trades for the teams position players in our fantasy leagues. Only to be disappointed later in the season when the team falls back to earth, showing why they were never considered a contender in the first place. 

Last year it was the Denver Broncos, winners of 6 in a row to start the 2009 – 2010 season. Following the amazing start by 1st year Head Coach Josh McDaniels the Broncos went on to have two 4 game losing streaks, only winning 2 more games the entire season, finishing at 8 and 8 missing the 2010 Playoffs. 

This year the NFL has 8 teams who are now undefeated through 2 games (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers). Some of the teams were expected to win early and win big while others have surprised everyone including themselves by not having a blemish on their record.  Eventually something will give and one or more of these teams will bomb, missing the 2011 Playoffs. Who do you think it will be (Vote Below)?

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Chad Ocho Cinco, Cincinnati Bengals, Coaches, Dan Patrick Show, Darelle Revis, Marcus Allen, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Ole Miss, Other Media, Reggie Bush, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, University of Georgia, USC, Washington Redskins | Leave a comment

Top Stories From The Weekend: What’s Your #1

 

Larry Porter leads his Memphis Tigers to their first victory of the 2010 season. beating MTSU 24-17

Week #3 of College Football and Week #2 of a full NFL schedule has provided us all with a healthy serving of material to discuss, dissect, joke about, and use to make our predictions for the upcoming week. The headlines fall on both sides of the spectrum. Some players and teams performed out of their minds, living up to or exceeding expectations placed on their broad shoulder pads. Others will be picked apart as fans, writers, and commentators try to figure out just what is going on.

So from all the local and national stories of this weekend, what is your #1 headline? (Poll Below)

Peyton Manning leads his Colts to a very convincing victory against the New York Giants

 

The Ryan Mallett love fest begins as #12 ranked Razorbacks beat the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday

 

Ole Miss Football loses to Vanderbilt Saturday 28 - 14

 

Super Bowl favorite Dallas Cowboys get off to a 0 - 2 start

 

Mike Vick performs well as the back up quarterback for the 2nd week in a row

 

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Coaches, Dan Patrick Show, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, New York Jets, NFL, Ole Miss, Other Media, Random, Scores, SEC Football, SEC Gridiron Live, Tennessee Vols, This Day In Sports, Uncategorized, University of Georgia | Leave a comment

University Of Tennessee Men’s Basketball Hit By NCAA Venom

I hate to make light of this bit of misfortune but after reading the report that the University of Tennessee put out this afternoon in regards to self imposed penalties placed on the school’s basketball program, it looks like phone calls made by Bruce Pearl and his staff to recruits might be the world’s most expensive phone calls ever. The calls and lying about them ever happening to NCAA officials will cost Coach Pearl $1.5 Million over the next five years of his current contract which is through 2015, in addition to costing his staff 25% of their income over the next year. Continue reading

September 11, 2010 Posted by | Adonis Thomas, Coaches, High School Recruiting, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, USC | Leave a comment

Football, Football, Football: Which Game This Weekend Are You Most Excited About?

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

There is a whole collection of football games this weekend in the Pro and College ranks that are sure to be instant classics. Conference matchups, old rivalries renewed, old rivalries continued, and rematches of past NCAA National Championship games will all take place over the next 3 days. Pretty exciting stuff as this is the first weekend of 2010 with regular season NFL and NCAA action.

With all these huge games scheduled to take place this weekend, which matchup are you most looking forward to watching.

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Alabama Crimson Tide, Chad Ocho Cinco, Cincinnati Bengals, Coaches, Darelle Revis, Florida State Football, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, New York Jets, NFL, Ohio State, Pac 10, Scores, SEC Football, Tennessee Vols, Uncategorized, USC | Leave a comment