Bret Bielema

An Issue Oregon Football Can’t Duck

Head trauma, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) damage and player safety, in general, are major areas of concern today in both the NFL and in college football (CFB). With parents and guardians concerned about head injuries, participation in youth football continues to decline. In response, a number...

What We Can Learn From the SEC

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out For Duck football fans, it used to be about beating the Beavers and the Huskies. Then it moved on to being about winning the Pac-10/12. Now with a Heisman in the trophy case, there’s just one bridge...

Bret Bielema, Oregonlive, DirecTv Present ‘Songs That Never End’

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out We’ve all been there — stuck at a party, a ceremony or even on the phone when somebody gets on a rant and just doesn’t know when to shut up — or at least change the subject....

GIF! Nick Saban in “Laid to Rest”

    I wish to give a very special thanks to Glenn Hanna who created this GIF.  What a talent in his ideas, research and technical abilities! He has been the driver of these GIFs from the beginning and I am grateful.  Charles Fischer

Scott’s Turf: It’s a Family Affair

“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t …

College Football Nation: Bret Bielema Likes Big Butts and NCAA Decision Awaits


Media days are upon us. Of course, if you look at the news feed you will think that the SEC is the only conference to have one of them. Media day is the chance for coaches and players to answer a few questions and give fans something to look forward to in the fall. Sometimes you might even get a little bulletin board material after a coach or player talks. After hearing what came out of the SEC this past week, I think we could be in for a real treat as other conferences hold their media days.

Bret Bielema did not waste any time at SEC media day with his quote of the year. Apparently he has a thing for defensive linemen and big butts. He says it helps when a defensive linemen has a big butt … okay? Imagine the field day fans are going to have with making signs when they play Arkansas. Like the article says … he might make a recruiting pitch to Kim Kardashian in the near future.

On top of that, there have been rumors that Texas was going to “Roll” out the red carpet for Nick Saban. The rumor reported that Texas would have paid him $100 million for his contract and given him the State of Texas. First part is true, but I’m sure if he went to Texas and won, then the second part would be true too, as well. Crazy to think if that rumor is true. It shows how desperate Texas is to get back on track to be a national title contender. Texas probably also realized if you can’t beat Saban … hire him!

On another front, Randy Edsall is glad Maryland has made the move from the ACC to the B1G. He likes the idea of being in a football conference instead of a basketball conference. Last time I checked the “Football” National Champion Seminoles and Orange Bowl winner Clemson are in the ACC. I think he is just trying to get the media to focus on something other than his football team. Does he realize that he will have to play Michigan State (Rose Bowl Champs), Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State every year instead of some easy ACC foes? Why do you think Notre Dame made a deal with the ACC instead of the B1G?

The O’Bannon vs NCAA trial is over and we are still awaiting the decision. Very soon we’ll see the results and how college athletics will be changed forever. One analyst for the trial stated that a PAC-12 basketball player could make $1.2 million over his career if they were to get paid, while an SEC football player can make about $325,000 during his entire career. Looks like more players are gonna go play basketball in the PAC-12 than football in the SEC if schools start paying players.

Don’t pay them … just restructure the scholarship to make sure all athletes are covered so we can avoid hearing stories like this. Remember, whatever you do for men’s basketball or football, you will have to do the same for women’s soccer and golf. Did we all forget about the D-II and D-III schools? They barely make any money … will this make those sports irrelevant? We are looking at a massive change in the college model if athletes were to be paid. I hope the judge sees the down side of paying players but rules that they can compensate them in other ways rather than just in their bank accounts.

On yet another front, we might have to wait two years, but we are finally getting Alabama to take on a PAC-12 team as one of their non-conference games. Most fans want to see Alabama play Oregon — they should have met in the Sugar Bowl last year – but in 2016 USC will meet Alabama in the “Cowboys Classic.” This match-up will be a great one … maybe … it’s two years away … so who knows?! I do know one thing, college football fans can expect more games like this to be scheduled now that we have a playoff.

College football fans, enjoy your conference’s media day. It will be filled with many fun thoughts and speculations about the upcoming season. If I were you, I would spend the rest of the summer figuring out how this playoff thing works, cross your fingers that the NCAA wins the trial and hope that your favorite player stays out of trouble for at least one more month.



1. SEC MEDIA DAY winners

2.  Best week night games of 2014

3. Comcast and DirecTV going SEC

4. Tennessee wanted Kiffin

5. Hot seat coaches


College Football Nation: “Saban Rule” Trashed and Clemson Changes How We View College Football

It’s a good thing we have March Madness to look forward to very soon, because this is the dull time for college football between signing day and spring ball that we dread. There is still a lot of news with the “Saban Rule” being entertained or trashed on a daily basis; we have new helmet cams to change the way we view the game; and even some thoughts on changing the signing day process.  If you follow what is going on “off the field” of college football, then you will see there are still plenty of things to occupy your free time.  Let’s get into the news and thoughts from this past week of college football.

1)  Nick Saban’s name is officially the name of good and evil in college football. (Editor’s note: Well, sort of like ‘Satan’ is officially the name of good and evil in the overall world, anyway.)  He has become supreme when it comes to how college football will be governed and ruled.  Well, that is just a thought thanks to Steve Spurrier making this No “No huddle” rule being named after Saban.

The NCAA committee has finally come to its senses and has put this rule on the back burner.  Thank goodness.  Speed is the name of the game, and I am glad the NCAA will just let it be for now.  This does not mean Saban does not want the rule to be looked at and voted on at another time.  I really think it was Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his remarks about a Cal player dying is what made the NCAA just look away for now.  As long as coaches such as Bielema and Saban say the rule is for “safety,” then it will always be up for discussion until some one makes some changes.

2)  I remember Maryland back in the day used a “helmet cam” to let coaches see what the player sees as he is going through his reads during practice.  It was a good idea, but I never heard much more about the “helmet cam” . . . until now.

Clemson is taking the helmet cam to a whole new level.  Check out the video posted right here about how the new helmet cam will look and function for anyone who uses it.  After watching that video, all I can say is . . . WOW.  Imagine if this gets passed and before you know it, all of the top players on the field have this hooked up to their helmet.  Just think how cool it would if they are able to have this going during a game and then show what was going on in Marcus Mariota’s helmet cam as he does a fake hand off and races down the field 60 yards for a touchdown.  I hope they keep pursuing this so we one day can have this actually going on during the games and get an even bigger on-field experience.

I think it would be amazing to be able to see what it looked like through the helmet cam of Mariota and Thomas as this play unfolded.  I am on board for getting all the helmets hooked up with this so we, the fans, can start really seeing the on-field action unfold.

3)  There has been talk about having an “early” signing day before the actual National Signing Day, the first Wednesday in February.  I am interested to see how this goes over with everyone.  This could take the drama out of the coaches fighting over that 5-star recruit to commit.

How many times on signing day do we expect player “A” to sign with school “B” but then changes his mind last minute and goes with school “C”?  It happens all the time and most coaches are able to go into a kid’s home and change his mind from committing to the school he has already chosen.  So in effect, the rule could help coaches keep committed players on a short leash.

On the down side you will have players committed to a program and then the coach is fired or leaves for another job.  The NCAA could do an earlier signing day but make a few rules with it that will help the kids out when unexpected thing happen at the current school they are committed to.  Whatever happens, let’s hope we don’t miss out on fun signing day drama like this:

If you are looking for some fast-paced action, then tune in this week when most of the basketball conference tournaments happen.  It is always fun watching schools out of nowhere try to lock up a bid to the Big Dance.  This year in college basketball, no one team has been dominant . . . should make for a fun time filling out a bracket.

Those are my random thoughts for the week outside the field of play in college football.  As for football, we’ve got spring ball to look forward to.  Starting next week we will also spend some time looking at the beginning of next season and the match ups that will be kick off the season.  Is it August yet?


1. MULLEN staying put

2. Nebraska keeping coach . . . for now

3. College football hall of fame

4. Penn State drama

5. The new $3 million dollar man