Broken Coverage: An irreverent look at things said, tweeted, posted and gone amuck in college football


You (almost) can’t make it up: Johnny Manziel, the former Texas A&M quarterback, playboy, show-me-the-money Heisman winner and NFL washout, says he wants to get into coaching.

What level?

“Probably college.”

Manziel made the comments at an international betting conference in Costa Rica (of course he did).

School Daze: Best, out-of-context quote from UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s excellent interview with Bleacher Report: “Raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have.”

And this one: “Look, football and school don’t go together. They just don’t.”

UCLA just released a new media policy going forward. Rosen's mouth will be open for the first 10 minutes of practice but then closed to reporters. I think that's fair.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

They'll go a waltzing: Stanford Coach David Shaw on what excites him most about his team’s season opener against Rice in Sydney: “I want to see a kangaroo. Dead serious. I want to see a kangaroo.”

Shaw might want to hold off, for now, naming his captain. And what should excite him the most, really, is playing Rice.

Get your bull dogs! Georgia fans are bent like Uga’s hind legs that “Dreamland” ribs will be served at nine vendor locations this year at Sanford Stadium. “Dreamland” is a famous chain based in Tuscaloosa, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

What sacrilege!

This like selling “alligator purses” at Florida, or “French” Fries in the Fox News commissary.

The good news is Georgia and Alabama football, these days, almost have nothing in common. Because of the comet-like orbit divisional splits in the SEC, the schools most recent regular-season matchups were 2008 and 2015. They don’t meet again until 2020.

The southern states used to be much better at sharing. General Robert E. Lee, after all, was a Virginian.

It just hit me again: The Cotton Bowl isn’t played at the Cotton Bowl. I understand why the Orange Bowl isn’t played at the Orange Bowl anymore because the Orange Bowl was knocked down with a wrecking ball. But the Cotton Bowl is still a working stadium, and hosts Texas and Oklahoma every October. But the actual Cotton Bowl game is now play at AT&T Stadium.

Like another person we know, Mike Leach just can’t stay off Twitter. The sitting coach of a Power 5 school, Washington State, has spent much of his summer in a hissy spat against Texas Tech. Leach coached in Lubbock for 10 seasons before being ousted in 2009 for alleged mistreatment of a player.

Leach was fired “with cause” and can’t sue Texas Tech for his $2.5 million in salary because the state’s “sovereign immunity” doctrine protects the state from such suits. Texas Tech is a state school.

Leach, a guy I mostly like a lot for his quirky candidness, seems obsessed over this. Maybe a new chief of staff could rein him in?

Sample tweet from Coach_Leach: “A couple of scared dishonest people in a proud state. Pathetic. I’m thinking of naming the regents who were responsible. I have emails.”

Reading Leach is like watching reruns of Perry Mason.

To my mind, though, there are a LOT of things wrong about Texas state politics. It’s why I live in California.

Blinded by the light—no more. For years, UCLA football put itself at a visual disadvantage at the Rose Bowl by stationing its bench on the east side of the field. That meant, for afternoon games, players and coaches stared straight into the setting sun.

UCLA started playing games at the Rose Bowl in 1980. I never understood why they didn’t make the opposition stare into the sun.

Well, it finally happened. This year, UCLA football is switching to the dark, um, shadier, side!

It’s the smartest move UCLA has made since encouraging Jackie Robinson to play more than one sport.

Finally: It’s a good thing Hugh Freeze resigned at Ole Miss before, as the school stated, it would have fired him for “moral turpitude.” Crimes of this nature as defined in criminal law have “an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity with respect to a person’s duty to another or to society in general.”

Wow. That doesn’t sound like an upstanding head coach in the SEC. That sounds like Anthony Hopkins in “Silence of the Lambs.”[/membership]