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OJ IS COLD, COLD, COLD...

By Brian Edwards
Posted 12/14/2009 at 04:31 PM

That title is a lyric from Neil Young's epic Last Dance, which I prefer to hear as a cover by my favorite all-time band, Widespread Panic. To be clear, I've been in semi-WSP retirement for more than three years (zero shows) with the Drive By Truckers taking their place as my fave, but that's neither here nor there.

Anyway, it's Monday afternoon (not morning), but Young's lyrics struck me for some reason (maybe because I'm off today, yet want to talk shop with a number of sports topics anyway).

So...I thought of WSP's JB screaming into the microphone something like this:

And the coffee cup, it's hot.
And the orange juice
is cold, cold, cold
Monday morning,
Wake up, wake up,
wake up, wake up
It's time to go,
Time to go to work.

If you aren't familiar with Young, WSP, JB and/or music altogether, just roll your eyes and move on. Now let's hit on a bunch of quick-hit topics after I cashed winners galore this past week (doesn't that always make Mondays easier?).

--Ok, Illinois is letting The Zooker stick around, although he had to pink slip four coaches. He hired two new ones today and both are good gets with Louisville connections. Zook hired Chris Brohm as his new QBs coach. Brohm, who played at Louisville and later served on Bobby Petrino's staff, was the QBs coach at FAU for Howard Schnellenberger. Also, Zook hired Bobby's brother Paul away from Arkansas to serve as the Illini's new o-coordinator.

--FSU has hired Mark Stoops, Bob and Mike's brother, as its new d-coordinator to replace Mickey Andrews. Stoops was on Mike's staff as the DC at Arizona.

--This Stoops hiring, reportedly for 500K per season, had an impact on not just Arizona, but also South Carolina. You see, Stoops was poised to take the head-coaching job at D1-AA Youngstown St., where The Vest was the head coach before going to Ohio St. With Stoops out of the mix, Youngstown St. hired South Carolina offensive-line coach and running-game coordinator Eric Wolford, a Youngstown native. So Steve Spurrier, who inked a one-year extension with the Gamecocks today that takes him through 2013, is looking for an o-line coach. He's also looking to keep the six verbal committments he has from o-lineman in this 2010 class that recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer is turning into another gem -- at least for South Carolina standards.

--I think Randy Moss is getting some undue criticism today. So Chris Gamble, Carolina's DB who just lost by double digits to the Pats, calls him out and the rest of America wants to follow along? Please, Moss has been a total team player since coming to the Pats and has produced at an extremely high level for three seasons now. Forget his childish ways in Minnesota, Moss has been a veteran and team leader in New England. Much ado about nothing, if you ask me.

--I know my Falcons lost yesterday and they are all but eliminated from the playoff picture, but they played very hard yesterday. And if not for that BS pass-interference call, Atlanta might've handed the Saints their first loss. Most of all, I love how second-year head coach Mike Smith makes ZERO excuses about the absences of QB Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner. We've got a head coach for the long haul.

--I'm on a 6-0 run in the NBA to get to 57% for the season. I have one play tonight, a pay-if-it-wins-only selection, for the side of the Mavs-Hornets game that'll be in hi-def on NBA-TV at 8:35 p.m. Eastern tonight (hey, at least you'll have something to watch on the MNF commercials.)

--Might USF head coach Jim Leavitt be in some trouble after an alleged physical altercation with a player at halftime of the Louisville game?

--If you missed the UFC 107 results from Saturday night in Memphis, the 'chalk' swept the board with B.J. Penn, Frank Mir and Kenny Florian winning their fights. Penn retained his lightweight title.

--Breaking....ESPN reporting that Toronto's Roy Halladay to the Phillies in a three-team trade.

--More MLB news....John Lackey poised to sign huge contract with Red Sox.

--I laugh at you, Lane Kiffin. So does Andy Hutchins in this excellent read.

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