Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …
So Bobby Petrino is back at Louisville. What’s next? For starters, he can expect limitless bashing in his competition for recruits, says Michael Felder for Bleacher Report.
Think of the timing. It’s not like this is June in recruiting. Felder’s right. Petrino will be subject to negative recruiting, and he deserves it. There’s been questionable behavior all along his path. He says he’s a changed man, and hopefully that’s true. People do change, but more time has to pass, and Bobby Petrino has to reestablish his body of work before change will stick in recruiting. …
Penn State fans are hopeful that James Franklin will stay a while. Franklin’s hire at Penn State immediately impacted Vanderbilt’s recruiting class as two Commodores commits decided the Big 10 was a good place to play college football.
USA Today says Franklin leaves a solid foundation at Vanderbilt, but the next staff will deal with a different set of expectations. It’s a different job now.
Here’s the Tennesseean’s list of top 10 candidates for Vanderbilt. No. 1 is La.-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth.
Hudspeth’s name had also been mentioned, with less intensity than with the Vanderbilt job I suspect, with the Louisville opening that was just filled by Petrino.
The job talk has sent ULL official scurrying to sign Hudspeth to a raise and extension, but nothing has been finalized.
Hudspeth’s potential climb up the ladder has led to speculation that Ed Orgeron would get his next head coach opportunity in Lafayette. But would Ed opt to be DL coach at Alabama instead? …
Anybody else see Shannon Sharpe backtrack on the CBS studio show prior to the Broncos-Chargers yesterday. These NFL shows include way too many people on the set, and CBS has James Brown, Phil Simms, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher and Sharpe.
The discussion had morphed from Peyton Manning’s playoff record to the criteria to be a “great” quarterback. Sharpe said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that you have to have won a championship to be part of the discussion. He quickly followed that up by saying there are guys who have won rings that aren’t nearly the caliber of Dan Marino.
Speaking of the NFL playoffs, video here of Patrick Willis’ interception of Cam Newton as the 49ers eliminated the Panthers in Charlotte.