Monday Morning QB: Hoops & Pigskin (w/ Special Guest Appearances)

I daresay I’m not the only one who woke up this chilly morning and wondered to myself, “Where is Ron Cooper now?”

Tell me true, you know you really want to know.

Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Doc, I can confirm that the former U of L head coach is now Assistant Head Coach/ Secondary Coach on Willie Taggert’s staff at South Florida.

Most recently, Cooper was on the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after stints at LSU and South Carolina.

I am sorry to report I have no word on how much of that 50 strong bucket list of his Cooper has completed.

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Tapping into his inner Bobby Petrino, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly flirted with the Philly Eagles last week. Confirming that he learned every nuance from the master, this came on the heels of Kelly calling Notre Dame, his “dream job.” He’s also on record as saying, leaving South Bend “wasn’t an option.”

Turns out the echoes aren’t rollin’ down in South Bend over the news. TD Jesus is none too pleased.

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, one ND colleague of the Kelly asked, “What the hell was he thinking?”

According to the article, the descriptor being used most often when talking about Kelly’s move — at least the one that’s not a four-letter pejorative — is disingenuous.

It’s not like the guy wasn’t globbersmacked by Alabama, or anything like that.

Yo, Brian, two pieces of advice. 1) No motorcycles. 2) Don’t hire Katherine Webb as recruiting assistant.

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The first college hoops poll since the undefeated were none is out.

Gary Parrish’s always thoughtful Top 25 (+1).

He still has Duke on top, based on the legit conclusion that the Blue Devils’s  body of work remains the best in the land. Good for you, Gary.

I’m on record as saying I only want my Cardinals #1 after that last Monday night of the season. My guess is the AP and “coach’s” poll will have U of L on top come this afternoon.

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Louisville is a 6 1/2 point favorite tonight over UConn. I’d settle for a 68-67 W.

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Lance Armstrong is going to come clean on Oprah. Or, is that clear?

The question, of course, as any barrister would ask, “Were you lying then? Or, are you lying now?”

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Yes, Peyton Manning threw a pick to end Denver’s chances against the Ravens.

But, the real culprit in the loss was safety Rahim Moore, who made a play an alum might expect from my JM Atherton HS Rebels. His sidekick, CB Tony Carter is also culpable. They handed the Ravens the game.

The Atlanta/ Seattle finish was great, right?

Glad the Falcons came back. Don’t know why, but I just don’t like Pete Carroll. Guess it’s the way he jumped ship at Southern Cal.

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Speaking of dislike, I gotta smile at the travails of the LA LA Lakers.

If you don’t think their season is toast, think again.

Jack has left the building. (Along with his sidekick.)

– Seedy K



  1. fred
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Brian Kelly used the Eagles to get more money out of ND. Period. Believe it. Chip Kelly did the same thing to the Ducks with the Browns.
    The best part of the Lakers decline is they are giving our man Earl Clark large chunks of playing time. He responded with a 22 point, 11 rebound game last week. Last night, he was on the floor with Howard, Kobe and Nash. All he needed was a chance.
    The Cards will not stay at #1. They will inevitably stumble some place down the road, probably on the road. All that matters is the seeding come the end of the conference tournaments. THEN, I’ll pray for 1-A. The rest of it is just headlines.

  2. david
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Fred–What did you have with your waffles this AM? I’m not so sure the Cards will stumble. Best UL team since ’80 and maybe better. Hopefully they will get a little of the same luck that team got in Indy (Ronnie Lester’s knee and Kiki’s missed layup after he was bothered on his breakaway by Eaves in one of the great plays in UL history.) This team is just so much fun that even if they don’t win it all they will have given us one of our great seasons. Russ, himself is worth the price of the ever increasing admission.

  3. ken
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    If foreshadowing has any merit, could there be anthing to the “L” at the end of our freshman’s first name being silent, mean no “L” to pronounce at the end of our season ?

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