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  • #16
    Re: Top 25 College mascots

    I was there from 1985-1989.

    I knew you seemed familiar!


    • #17
      Re: Top 25 College mascots

      Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
      I was there from 1985-1989.

      I knew you seemed familiar!
      I thought I recognized your accent. Or should I say lack thereof?
      sigpic :ram::helmet:


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      • DJRamFan
        Schnellenberger building a fourth power in Florida
        by DJRamFan
        Sept. 23, 2004
        By Dennis Dodd Senior Writer

        Why not flip a coin to pick a starting quarterback?

        Howard Schnellenberger had done wackier things in his career. Twenty years ago it seemed like he was throwing that career away. Miami had won the national championship in 1983 and Schnellenberger, the celebrated architect of Hurricanes football, bolted -- try not to laugh -- to the USFL.

        Needless to say, that didn't work out. There was an inspiring stop at Louisville and a disappointing one at Oklahoma but, really, his career arc was never the same again.

        "In my opinion, he might have as many championships as anybody, ever (if he stayed at Miami)," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "It's crossed my mind many times."

        So why not flip that coin three years ago? How is that more outrageous than creating a football program at an unknown campus in Boca Raton, Fla.? A place where the burrowing owls on campus were the inspiration for the school's nickname?

        Or agreeing to go door-to-door soliciting community leaders for the mere $15 million needed to go from germ of an idea to kickoff?

        Really, it wasn't weird at all for the 70-year old who, well, let's just say he still has extreme confidence in his abilities. So, yeah, it really was Schnellenberger who suggested in 2001 that freshman quarterbacks Jared Allen and Garrett Jahn flip a coin to start the first game in Florida Atlantic's history.

        "They were too close for a human being to call so God called it," Schnellenberger said this week, considering his latest construction project. "Certainly I would do that. Why wouldn't I?"

        Ridiculous is sublime again in Schnellenberger's world. Amid this season's talking points -- hurricanes, instant replay, kickers who can't kick -- is the job Schnellie has done at that owl-laden commuter campus of 13,000 students in Palm Beach County.

        Three victories, all on the road, all against I-A competition in Florida Atlantic's final season before joining the big time, which in this case is the Sun Belt Conference in 2005. Next year, this college football IPO will be eligible for -- please stifle your laughter again -- a bowl.

        All of it after playing organized college football for all of four years. All of it according to plan.

        "He was basically semi-retired in Miami selling municipal bonds," said Dr. Anthony Catanese, the man who hired Schnellenberger at Florida Atlantic in 1998. "I said, 'That's not the place for Howard Schnellenberger.'

        "He told me in five years he'd have this program nationally recognized. He did it in three."

        Almost all of it has been done with kids from the state of Florida who couldn't go to one of the Big Three -- Miami, Florida or Florida State....
        -09-23-2004, 01:14 PM
      • DJRamFan
        Gundy, Stillwater run deep with optimism for OSU football
        by DJRamFan
        Feb. 14, 2005
        By Dennis Dodd Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!

        STILLWATER, Okla. -- This is what a couple of victories over Oklahoma will get you ...

        Interest from a millionaire donor.
        Interest in your coach.
        Interest in getting better?
        Oklahoma State is in the business of answering that question -- again. It's a common one in Stillwater, where rookie Mike Gundy is the fourth coach since crippling NCAA sanctions tore OSU football apart in 1988.

        QB Donovan Woods will have the spotlight next year. (Getty Images)
        Its perpetual starting point is being the other program in the state, seldom dealing from a position of strength. On its own campus, Eddie Sutton consistently fields a top 10 basketball program. OSU football constantly fights for recruits, attention and victories against that national power 90 minutes down the road.

        Ah, that's where the Cowboys can claim some progress. Quick, name the only school to beat Oklahoma more than once since the beginning of the 2000 season.

        Yep, Oklahoma State, which has won two of the past four meetings and five of the past 10.

        "Our staff, in my honest opinion, does a great job of game-planning them," said Gundy, who ascended from offensive coordinator to replace Les Miles on Jan. 3. "We challenge them. We go after them. Some teams go out there and say, 'Let's get this over with.' Our players go right after them."

        Sooners everywhere have about eight months to let those words soak in. Until then, I-A's youngest coach (Gundy is 37) is brash enough to keep crowing. Miles wasn't shy about the subject while leading the program out of a decade-long malaise before departing for LSU. While his record wasn't spectacular (28-21), his organizational skills and game-planning were outstanding.

        Ask Oklahoma. A going-nowhere Cowboys team beat the No. 4 Sooners in Norman 16-13 in 2001, Miles' first season. They did it again the next year, winning 38-28 against a team ranked No. 3.

        Based largely on those two results, LSU swept in and hired Miles, the only coach to guide Oklahoma State to three consecutive bowls. Also based on those victories, Oklahoma State quickly replaced him with Gundy. Millionaire T. Boone Pickens was already on board, having given a combined $200 million to the school and athletic department.

        Mike Gundy file
        A brief history of Oklahoma State's new coach:
        Birthdate: Aug. 12, 1967 (youngest I-A coach)
        Wife: Kristen
        Children: Gavin, Gunnar, Gage
        School: Oklahoma State
        Playing experience: Four-year starter at quarterback, 1986-89; still holds school career passing record (7,997 yards)
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        -02-18-2005, 07:48 AM
      • DJRamFan
        Penn State has Coke-bottle glasses about JoePa
        by DJRamFan
        Oct. 27, 2004
        By Dennis Dodd Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!

        National feature | Notebook
        At least Florida had the power to fire its coach.

        Penn State has no such option. The only person who can determine the future employment of Joe Paterno is Joe Paterno. And at last check the 77-year-old was armed with a four-year extension as a foundation for an increasingly obvious stubborn streak. odds
        Florida coaching candidates
        Coach, School Odds
        Steve Spurrier EVEN
        Bobby Petrino, Louisville 2-1
        Butch Davis, Browns (NFL) 3-1
        Urban Meyer, Utah 10-1
        Jeff Tedford, Cal 100-1
        Rick Neuheisel, H.S. $11,000-1
        Bob Stoops, Oklahoma 1 million-1
        The silly season kicked off early Monday with the firing of Ron Zook at Florida. The 2004-05 round of coaching changes apparently won't include the departure of Paterno. What was merely uncomfortable the past couple of seasons could get flat-out embarrassing in Happy Valley.

        Those Coke bottles might help JoePa focus on his world, but they're still blocking his view. Saturday's 6-4 loss to Iowa proved that -- or rather reinforced it. The Nittany Lions have few Big Ten-quality athletes, even fewer playmakers.

        They are 2-5 this season and 5-14 over the past two seasons. In the last four-plus seasons, Penn State has lost 31 games. That's not a blip on the radar, friends, that's a trend. The school lost a total of 22 games in the 1970s, 28 in the 1980s and 26 in the 1990s.

        What little Big Ten talent Paterno does have, he doesn't seem to know what to do with. The coach lashed out at reporters last week after calling quarterback/receiver Michael Robinson "one of the best football players I have ever coached."

        Steve Spurrier is getting in some golf in Florida before a widely anticipated return.(AP)
        "Don't question me," Paterno added.

        Robinson promptly went out and threw two interceptions and fumbled on plays that ended Penn State's final three possessions. Most troubling, and usually a sure sign a coach is in trouble, is thousands of empty seats at Beaver Stadium.

        Apparently, not at Penn State where the school would be firing one of its biggest donors who has ties to bigger donors. That the final score was the same as the first college football game played in 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton, taints those first noble football warriors.

        Back then, didn't each "touchdown" count for a point?

        Considering the issues, jobs, coaches and schools this could be on the most interesting offseasons in recent history. Now that Florida has broken the seal, here the top potential openings in the country ...

        He's coming...
        -10-27-2004, 11:14 AM
      • DJRamFan
        Southeast Missouri State University dropping Indians name
        by DJRamFan
        Associated Press
        CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- After more than 80 years, Southeast Missouri State University will no longer use Indians as a nickname.

        Years of debate over the use of the nickname and mascot ended Wednesday when the board of regents voted unanimously to drop both for the men's teams as well as the Otahkians nickname for the women. The women's team name came from the legend of a Cherokee woman named Otahki who died near Cape Girardeau on the Trail of Tears forced march to the Oklahoma territory in the 1830s.

        Supporters had argued that the nicknames showed pride in the American Indian heritage of the region. But others found them demeaning.

        Glinda Ladd Seabaugh, president of the American Indian Center of the Heartland in Cape Girardeau, said she thought Southeast had not intended any harm, but that hanging onto Indian names was a type of cultural racism.

        "We are human beings," she said. "We are not mascots."

        After a brief phasing out of the Indians, Southeast's teams will be known as the Redhawks.

        The change is expected to come in the spring semester of 2005. Work to design a Redhawk logo already has begun.

        Southeast has downplayed the Indians nickname for several years. Athletics Director Don Kaverman said the university hasn't had a student dress up in an Indian costume as a mascot since 1985. The school doesn't put the nickname on its T-shirts or in publications. The only visible reference is at Houck Stadium, where "Indians" is painted in one end zone.

        Kaverman said the change could help better promote the school, its athletic programs and increase school spirit.

        "We owe it to the current generation of students to establish their own traditions," he said.

        Last year, both the university's national alumni council and student council recommended dropping the Indians/Otahkians nicknames. In February, the board of the Booster Club agreed, although narrowly.

        An 18-member committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni and boosters, appointed by President Ken Dobbins, then was charged to look at whether the nicknames should be retired and consider alternatives, said Ed Leoni, a professor who headed the group.

        The university received more than 1,000 suggestions for replacement nicknames.
        -07-01-2004, 06:51 AM
      • DJRamFan
        The sophomore from Ft. Washington, Md. scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 68-
        by DJRamFan
        Sept. 6, 2004
        By Dennis Dodd Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!

        Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is happy to create the barstool argument.

        Was the Scarlet Knights' 19-14 victory over Michigan State on Saturday maybe the biggest upset of the season to date? Judge for yourself: Rutgers opened the season at home before a packed house coming off a five-win season. The heat, that used to be focused on Schiano and his players, instead took a lot out of the Spartans in steamy Piscataway.

        Ryan Neil is hugged after returning an interception for Rutgers' only TD in Saturday's big win.(AP)
        "To our kids and to our staff, I don't think it was (an upset)," Schiano said. "but probably nationally it certainly is because of the reputation we've had."

        For years, the reps of Rutgers and New Jersey were both a challenge for the tour and convention bureau. Without going into a lot detail, suffice to say there aren't many states featured in a cable series about a ruthless crime family.

        At least The Sopranos has been a hit. Rutgers had hit bottom with 11 straight sub.-500 seasons going into this season.

        "The state could really use something to get behind now," Schiano said.

        Rutgers football might be it. After three mostly down seasons, under Schiano (9-27 overall) the Scarlet Knights are hotter than the weather. Anyone who checked into their personnel and 5-7 finish in 2003 knew this might be coming, but c'mon, it was still Rutgers.

        In its 135-year history, the program has been to one bowl -- the 1978 Garden State Bowl, a postseason game that was created just for the school and no longer exists.

        Its own fans were booing the school that played in the first college football game in 1869. Saturday became a coming out of sorts with a sellout of 42,612 packing Rutgers Stadium to see if the hype was true.

        The game wasn't exactly artistic -- Rutgers did not score an offensive touchdown -- but it did lend hope. The victory was the program's first over a Big Ten team since 1991. Since then there have been 46 victories, 16 of them over Navy, Temple or I-AA schools. During the Schiano regime, Rutgers has lost to Buffalo and Villanova.

        So, go ahead Rutgers, celebrate.

        "I can't speak for any of the teams that come before but this is the biggest win since I've been here," quarterback Ryan Hart said after the game. "This is the kind of victory Coach Schiano has been talking about since he got here ... It's so big for the program."

        The love is hitting all at once. Kicker Jeremy Ito (special teams) and defensive lineman (Ryan Neill) were selected Big East players of the week. The Knights received a vote in the AP Top 25.

        A 6-0 start going into the...
        -09-07-2004, 01:12 PM