Link – Ohio State’s Greg Schiano, UCLA’s Tom Bradley knew of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse while at Penn State

In the newly released testimony from ex-Penn State assistant Mike McQueary in 2015, separate from his key testimony in Sandusky’s criminal trial, it was revealed new Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley also knew about Sandusky’s transgressions while they were assistants at Penn State.

This is not good. If true, while I am unsure of what laws would have been in place at the time regarding mandatory reporting, both of them failed at being human beings.

Schiano has since denied knowing anything about abuse.

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/news/jerry-sandusky-abuse-greg-schiano-tom-bradley-knew-ohio-state-ucla-joe-paterno-penn-state/wencvpvsq0re1g7k04knmeql3

Link – UCLA Football: OL Alex Redmond declares for NFL Draft

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.

UCLA Football: OL Alex Redmond declares for NFL Draft

Survive and Advance – Ohio State Wins Ugly

BrutusI don’t think any Ohio State fans can say that we are thrilled with the way the team is playing. The defending national champs dodged another bullet against Indiana this past weekend when a 4th-down pass was knocked away in the end zone in the final seconds. It’s not what anyone expected from this team, but they are 5-0, and after the carnage that took place in the Top 10 over the weekend, I think any Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Georgia or UCLA fan would trade places with OSU right now.

So, a win is a win and the Buckeyes are undefeated.

But this weekend did provide me with one extra thought about the apparent unpredictability of college football. It would appear that no one knows anything, but i truth, why should we expect anyone to? We base predictions, and in some cases bet quite a lot of money, on a bunch of 18-20 year old kids. How predictable were you at that age? How consistently did you live up to your potential at that age? How many times did you waltz through an exam or other responsibility?

Yeah, exactly. Maybe we shouldn’t take too much stock in relying on young kids to be their best and always stay focused each and every week of the season.

It Might Be Bias But It’s Also a Problem with Preseason Polls

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By now, most of you have probably seen the Rolling Stone article in which they claim to show the bias of ESPN toward the SEC.

I’m not here to agree or disagree with the premise. There is definitely some cheer-leading going on with certain ESPN talking heads, but I don’t know that there’s an institutional bias. I think you can absolutely make the case that ESPN being an investor in the SEC network is a conflict of interest, but if there’s one thing we know about ESPN, apparent conflict of interests have never stopped them before. (They are the broadcast partners of many of the leagues they claim to “cover” from a news perspective after all!)

The one thing that the article really pointed out to me is the way that preseason polls create a real problem when it comes to ranking the teams properly.

Case in point, South Carolina was ranked #9, on the basis, I guess, of being a decent SEC team last year. When they got beat by Texas A&M in the first week of the season, the Aggies were credited with a victory over a top 10 team and rode that, and a few ridiculous non-conference wins, all the way into the top 10 themselves. As A&M lost to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama in consecutive weeks, they were all, as the article pointed out, credited with beating a “juggernaut” in A&M. But here’s the thing, A&M’s reputation this season was based on beating a South Carolina team that, in fact, stinks. They stand 4-5 after losing to Tennessee this week. (The Vols FIRST conference win by the way)

So in reality, A&M really isn’t a good college football team, nor is South Carolina. The Gamecocks, in turn, beat Georgia, who’s other loss was the embarrassment against Florida on Saturday, another team that isn’t really any good.

Now as it stands, right now, there are some teams from the SEC who are probably overated. I don’t think it is a huge problem for the final four playoff teams as of right now, but moving forward, these 4 teams are going to change, and there’s a good chance that there will be those who argue for a two-loss SEC team, because, “SEC”, when they might not be all that good, due to the teams they’ve beaten being ranked too highly at the start of the season.

As of now, Mississippi State and Florida State are undefeated, and I think if they stay that way, they deserve to be in the playoff. Going undefeated is an accomplishment in any of the Power 5 conferences. I also don’t have much of a problem with Alabama and Auburn because of a couple of impressive non-conference wins. (Bama over WVU, Auburn over K-State) But, TCU, Oregon, Baylor, Kansas State and Michigan State are right behind them. I don’t think, if everything remains the same, either one can afford a loss.

For the record, just to show that I’m not biased, the Preseason Polls also had these rankings that were ridiculous and as these teams started losing, the teams beating them were given too much credit:

#5 Ohio State (ranking was pre-injury to Braxton Miller, clearly not the reality of that team early in the season)

#7 UCLA

#9 South Carolina

#11 Stanford

#15 USC

#23 North Carolina

#24 (Coaches Poll) Texas

Let’s ditch the preseason poll, and let the teams actually show us something before we start ranking them and giving teams extra credit for quality wins that aren’t.

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