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CFB Coaches Running Amok This Past Week

There had to be a full moon this week, yes?

Maybe another one of those blue ones that came out a few weeks ago, the one that only appears every eon or so, the one that makes everybody crazy?

How else to explain that on the eve of the season – almost literally – college football is gone kablooey, for lack of a better word?

We talked yesterday about USC coach Steve Sarkisian and his issues – or potential issues, according to him – with alcohol. This is a story that will likely play out all season, with question about Sarkisian’s sobriety and whether or not his prescribed and agreed-upon treatment is enough to avoid yet another ugly incident.

Oh but there’s more, so much more.

We also told you about the ugliness pervading the war of words between Baylor coach Art Briles and Washington coach Chris Petersen.

Oh but there’s more, so much more.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is in a bit of quandary, and the school’s athletic department is under intense scrutiny yet again, after NJ.com reported that Flood allegedly committed a major NCAA violation. Citing two people with direct knowledge, the university is investigating whether Flood made impermissible contact with a teacher of one of his players. In a scene straight out of the Hillary Clinton School of Electronic Devices – Flood might have sent an email from his personal account to the professor inquiring about the status of defensive back Nadir Barnwell. That’s a no-no. A big one.

Of course, that would just be par for the course at Rutgers, where they previously fired one basketball coach for conduct that was detrimental and outrageous, and hired an athletic director under dubious circumstances.

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty of hitting a woman in the face, and within nanoseconds was the ruling was reinstated to team, further cementing the Seminoles’ reputation as the Oakland Raiders East.

23 November 2013: Idaho coach Paul Petrino argues a call with a ref during the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL.

23 November 2013: Idaho coach Paul Petrino argues a call with a ref during the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL.

And then there was Idaho coach Paul Petrino, who had to be physically restrained from going after a reporter who questioned the team’s vertical passing game.

Can somebody tell us what gives?

At a time when we are supposed to be celebrating the start of another college football season that we hope will be even remotely as exciting as last year’s, we get this. Coaches and programs on the hot seat before even a single snap in anger has ever been conducted.

There was a time when a head coach in college football was the be-all, end-all when it came to the responsibility of his team. Instead we get coaches sniping at each other in a bid to protect their own images and jobs, another coach who might have flouted university rules regarding electronic correspondence (Clinton like, as we said). And another who is thin-skinned and blames it all on the media (very Trump-like).

You can’t make this stuff up.

Pray-tell, what is next? Brian Kelly cursing out “Field Goal Jesus” if Notre Dame’s offense stalls? Urban Meyer humming The Victors? Nick Saban having a dalliance with the Cleveland Browns, his old employer, about the head coaching job?

It’s ironic, of course. We shake our heads and smirk and wonder why college football players don’t learn how follow rules. Did we ever stop and think for a moment it just might be learned behavior from the coaches?

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