Category: OKTC

NCAA Has Authority to Give Penn State Death Penalty

With last night’s New York Times revelations of a growing Penn State cover-up, it’s now beyond a shadow of a doubt that this story is the largest American sports scandal of all-time. The Chicago White Sox throwing the World Series, the SMU paying players scandal, steroids in baseball, all of them pale in comparison to… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Bets His Phil Fulmer Autographed Helmet on Vandy-UT

It’s a sad day in the Vinnie Verno household. Not only is he forced to pick Vanderbilt -1 over Tennessee, but he’s so confident of the result that he’s wagering one of his prize possessions — the Phil Fulmer autographed mini-helmet. Say it ain’t so, Vinnie, say it ain’t so. Wipe away your tears from… Read more »

Vanderbilt Safety Involved in Armed Robbery of Student

According to WZTV, the Fox affiliate here in Nashville, Vanderbilt safety Andre Simmons was involved in the armed robbery of a fellow Vanderbilt student yesterday. According to the WZTV article: “A Vanderbilt student was held up in his dorm room yesterday and robbed of about $5,000. The Davidson County affidavit states that two men armed… Read more »

James Franklin: Derek Dooley’s Worst Nightmare

While Derek Dooley has been focused on growing nonexistent bamboo in Knoxville, James Franklin has been winning football games at Vanderbilt. In just his first season at Vandy, Franklin has notched the two biggest margins of SEC victory for the Commodores since 1971, come within a single play of beating both Arkansas and Georgia, and… Read more »

Bob Costas Exposes Jerry Sandusky in Explosive NBC Interview

Last night Bob Costas interviewed Jerry Sandusky via telephone. Airing at 9 central, the interview was must-watch television. Why? Because it’s altogether likely that Jerry Sandusky will never take the witness stand in his own defense. Not after this performance with Costas. Sandusky appeared scatterbrained, slow, and his answers lacked specificity. When you’re asked whether… Read more »

Starting 11: If LSU Splits Arkansas, Georgia, it’s in Title Game

With Oregon’s whipping of Stanford and Boise State’s shanked field goal against TCU, LSU moved into a nearly guaranteed title game appearance even if it loses to either Arkansas or Georgia. How so? Because if LSU lost one game, there would only be one undefeated team. (That’s assuming Oklahoma State wins out. Houston isn’t making the big game). Of… Read more »

Pre-Snap Read: The South’s Oldest Rivalry

Two Games to Watch Auburn at Georgia (3:30 ET/CBS) – The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry convenes again this weekend in Athens as Georgia looks to essentially lock up a trip to Atlanta with a win. The Bulldogs need to beat Auburn and Kentucky to punch their ticket. A split and a South Carolina loss to… Read more »

Kirk Herbstreit: The Face of College Football (Part Two)

Read part one of OKTC’s Kirk Herbstreit profile here. The day before LSU and Alabama take the field for the biggest regular season game in SEC history, ESPN’s College Gameday crew sits around a horseshoe shaped table inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Desmond Howard, Chris Fowler, Urban Meyer, David Pollack, and Lee Corso sit alongside one side… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Is Back, Making Picks, Making You Money

Did Vinnie Verno really make a give y’all a boobie milk game of the year? Yes, yes he did. And posterboard logic on why Arkansas is going to cover against Tennessee? Pure genius, I tell you, pure genius. Seriously, these just keep getting better and better. Dive in now, we can all  use a good laugh after… Read more »

Kirk Herbstreit: The Face of College Football

It’s 7:30 on a Friday morning and the face of college football, 42 year old ESPN College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit, jogs across the University of Alabama campus in a dark dri-fit shirt, blue shorts, and grey Nikes. It’s a cloudless sky, late morning dew rising and evaporating into a light fog and Herbstreit, in… Read more »

Video: Penn State Board of Trustees Fires Paterno and President Spanier

Like most of you I watched the Board of Trustees press conference this evening. It was riveting television. For about twenty minutes homer Penn State media peppered the Board of Trustees spokesperson John Surma with a barrage of insulting questions. It was insane. You halfway expected for someone to throw a shoe at Surma, who acquitted… Read more »

Where are the adults at Penn State?

Where are the adults at Penn State? Where are the leaders who are willing to take a prominent stand and say that anyone who knew about Jerry Sandusky’s acts and didn’t pass that information along to the authorities needs to be fired? Why is justice, so long deferred in Happy Valley, still taking so long?… Read more »

Elegant Solution to 9 Conference SEC Slate: 8 Neutral-Site Games

A Twitter storm erupted this morning when South Carolina president Harris Pastides said that the SEC would be moving to nine conference games in 2012. The SEC immediately shot down Pastides’ comments, stating that there had been no discussion about moving to nine conference games. But Pastides didn’t make one errant comment. He also said… Read more »

Top Plaintiff’s Attorney in Child Sexual Abuse Cases Talks Penn State, Paterno

Jeff Anderson, a plaintiff’s attorney who has represented thousands of sexual abuse plaintiffs over the past 28 years, told OKTC this afternoon that he’d already been in contact with some of the alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky. “Right now we are working on this,” Anderson said, “that much I can tell you. We’re receiving calls from family members of the… Read more »

LSU and Alabama Fans Brawl on the Quad Before the Game

Yesterday I spent several hours on Alabama’s quad and didn’t see a single violent incident. Alabama and LSU fans all seemed to be getting along well. But if you put enough people in close proximity and everyone gets really drunk, the recipe for a brawl is there. And judging from this, there were lots of people… Read more »

Joe Paterno Is Done at Penn State; Fans Should Boycott Nebraska Game

Joe Paterno’s career at Penn State needs to end before this season does. And everyone else who helped to cover up serial child abuser Jerry Sandusky needs to be fired too. This evening the athletic director and former vice president stepped down. But this disturbing child serial rape case is far from over. It’s the Catholic church abuse case… Read more »

Les Miles and LSU Make Alabama Frat Boys Cry

Tuscaloosa, AL Last year Les Miles exorcised the Nick Saban demons with an upset win in Baton Rouge. This year he proved something that once would have seemed impossible: he’s a better coach than Nick Saban. What other conclusion can you draw from Miles’ 3-2 record against Nick Saban and Alabama? Two consecutive seasons Las Vegas and… Read more »

The Calm Before The Storm: LSU Alabama Preview

by Zach Bingham aka, the guy manning the @theoktc Twitter account. This Saturday will once again solidify why the south dominates the world of college football. LSU – Alabama is no doubt the most anticipated game of the year and with CBS getting their wish of moving this epic battle to primetime, ESPN will sadly… Read more »