There is nothing about what transpired in Lawrence Phillips life that could be described as anything other than sad, and wasteful. Unfortunately, the same could be said of many people who weren’t famous on the field.
He’s also left school, signed with an agent and will not be available for their bowl game against Nebraska.
On one hand, yes that is entirely selfish to bail on his team like that when there is still a game to be played.
On the other, he’s an unpaid football player with no plans to stay at UCLA, who runs the risk of getting injured and ruining his draft prospects in a game that means absolutely nothing. I mean really, by Dec. 28 will anyone even remember who won the Foster Farms Bowl?
He might not be a great teammate, and there’s a lot to be said for how that might drop him in the draft as well, but I’m kind of surprised we haven’t seen this before with all of these bowl games that serve no purpose for any individual player on his way out of the school.
It’s been one week. Actually, it hasn’t even been one week since Ohio State and Virginia Tech play tomorrow. But after the first few days of the season, a few things seem pretty clear.
- BYU had the play of the day, but also lost Taysom Hill to a season ending injury, again. Kid can’t catch a break.
- Notre Dame may or may not be very good, but it is clear that Texas is not.
- The SEC took care of business, aside from Vandy. Mostly against over-matched competition, but Bama and A&M both put up good wins against ranked teams, and Auburn beat a pretty decent Louisville team, albeit with a lot of help from Bobby Petrino’s confusing clock management.
- The PAC-12 and BIG-10 wanted to brag about having caught the SEC coming into the season, but both conferences had a bunch of L’s after week one, some of which were fairly inexcusable. (see Temple, Portland State, Hawaii, and Marshall)
- Speaking of that Temple win, can Christian Hackenberg sue PSU for ruining his pro draft potential with that offensive line?
- A lot of other teams played games that told us nothing because of the competition, others because they were sloppy and rusty.
- Was it just me or were there a lot of true freshman playing QB? A few due to injury, others just because. That will not help the previous point about sloppiness.
- LSU cancelled their game against McNeese State after lightning storms delayed the start until past midnight. For some reason, the lack of hotel space in Baton Rouge meant the game could not be played Sunday or Monday, despite the fact that the schools are only about a 2 hour drive apart. I don’t get it.
- Stanford might have been a tad overrated, or Northwestern might be a lot better than we think.
- K-State’s band < Ohio State’s band. OSU at least kept the vulgarities off the field. 😉
Seriously, it’s been one game for most schools now and as we know all too well from last season, teams get better as the season progresses. Teams that look woeful and sloppy in the first couple of games can go on to dominate at the end, and teams that dominate against lesser competition early in the year, can prove to be pretty average by the time the season ends. I’m not reading much into the results of Saturday’s games, but they all count, so slipping up this early can make for quite a mountain to climb to get back to where you want to go, and the same thing holds true every single week. That’s what makes it so fun to watch!
What caught your eye during the games this week?