Hope that everybody had a wonderful weekend. And Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there.
This is links-heavy, so you might want to go get a snack. Just an idea.
No, it isn't. A little late for such a "column" to be written, as Mangino's toughness isn't some newfound trait, but hey. Whatever.
A switch to Field Turf well, well overdue. I mean, my frickin' high school has a Field Turf football field. That AstroPlay nonsense sucks, man. I'm a fan of the newly-added turf, let's just say that.
A nice little article on the forgotten member of the Kansas offensive line, Brad Thorson. We are replacing the three interior positions, and while Jeremiah Hatch at center is basically done, the two guard positions are well open. And Thorson is definitely a legitimate possibility.
SBN Nebraska blog Corn Nation focuses on the North teams' strengths, giving a reason (or two!) for every team to hope that, just maybe, they can win the North this year. That's quite optimistic for about half of the division, but hey. It's June. Optimism reigns supreme.
Rock M Nation, i.e. the greatest team-specific college blog out there, uses numbers and non-biased opinions to break down the North's Offenses. If you want a quote that sums up the North battle, here you go (from the comments section):
The bottom line is that KU, NU, and MU have more proven quantities than the rest of the division, the others are a couple of steps behind, and, in NU’s case, NU is nowhere close to being more proven than MU or (especially) KU.
And now, the Defensive rankings. This one is just as good, albeit with worse results from a Kansas' fans perspective. In the end, though, including Special Teams and Coaching and everything, we end up first. So, yay.
And finally, to complete the trip around the Big 12 North here at SBN, BOTC's plan to fix up the entire mess that Bob Krause left. As per usual, TB knows what he's talking about.
One last link, even though it isn't necessarily football-related. Here is how JoePo framed the question:
1. Football national championship
2. Basketball national championship
3. Basketball Final Four appearance
4. BCS Bowl appearance (1998 to present)
5. Naismith Award Winner (best basketball player in America)
6. Heisman Trophy Winner (most oustanding football player)
7. No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft
8. No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft
And the answers? Missouri and Arizona State. Admittedly, it's kind of arbitary, and I'm not buying a 1931 Helms Championship by Northwestern as qualification to get off the list, but whatever.
Great interview with T2 and a Butler basketball player (please) about trying out for the USA Basketball team.
We've talked a lot about Harrison Barnes around here recently, and here's another article that just goes to show how he really is different than your average mega-recruit. I want Harrison. Let's start a campaign or something.
Kinda-fluffy, just talking about Self's camp. Blah.