College Football

Charlie Weis was probably not on the U’s radar

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Catching up on our reading last night, we audibly gasped — nobody but our pug was around to hear it, but rest assured it happened — when we read that, according to Peter King, Charlie Weis has a $21 million buyout at Notre Dame. So yeah, Tim Brewster could coach the Gophers for the next two decades at his current rate of pay and not make as much as Chuck would if, say, the Giants picked up the phone. Of course, Peter King also had nine shots of espresso that day and probably watched reruns of his daughter’s old field hockey games in between notes, so we can remain at least a little skeptical about that figure.

They’re not booing, they’re saying Brewwwwster

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

First impression of new Gophers coach Tim Brewster, from today’s press conference and assorted questions afterwards: He projects confidence without sounding smug or arrogant; and he doesn’t seem overmatched. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess, but in what was an absolutely crucial first appearance considering how little people know of him, Brewster did just fine. He didn’t knock it out of the park, but he rapped a solid double to the gap.

A not-so-nice rumor about Mr. Ginn

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

There’s a story circulating that Ted Ginn Sr. told his son not to re-enter last Monday’s BCS title game in order to protect his draft status against further injury. Having been around sports long enough, this sort of parental involvement never surprises us. However, we must note: It has in no way been verified as fact. And furthermore: We’re not sure how bailing on your teammates in the biggest game of your life would enhance your draft status. But then again, we don’t get a lot of things. Like, for instance, why a gallon of milk is more expensive than a gallon of gas. Powerful cow cartels?

Tuesday edition: Wha’ happened?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

A pretty quiet holiday Monday until: Tim Brewster is your new U of M football coach. Just like any move, this one will have to be judged over time, but our immediate reaction is that it really underscores how much the U wanted Glen Mason out. Webster might be a great coach, but we don’t know. They knew what they were getting in Mason, and they’ve essentially said they’d prefer to roll the dice. It’s fairly bold. Now we’ll see if it works. Oh, and there were no contract terms announced, but we feel fairly safe linking to this.

KG now making $375K per game? Seriously, he’s making $21 million this year, which is roughly $250K per game. But with all this time-and-a-half he’s racking up for all this overtime, his salary will really take off. Not to mention that Monday should have been holiday pay, too. OK, we stretched that as far as it could go, and some would say further than it needed to be taken considering its flimsy nature. Wolves win, in overtime, 94-90, over the Pistons, and are now just three games behind Utah for first in their division. That was fast.

Oh, and that little thing we wrote about “I” yesterday. Forget it. We’ve changed our minds, thus giving Nick Saban ample opportunity to rip us on his blog. Let the greater RandBall community never speak of it again.

You can find a lot on the Internet; even pure genius

Friday, January 12th, 2007

A RandBall reader and author of the delicious blog “The National Anthem Before A Cubs Game” has passed along his recent work of pure genius: Waiting For Dungy: A Farce in One Act. He hesitated with the self-promotion, but no worries here. We saw Deadspin link to it earlier, and we were going to find a spot for it here anyway. If you enjoy literature, and reading, and those sorts of things, we suggest you check it out.