College and Pro Football Lead the Way on Tuesday

Stops and Castiglione
Roger Goodell could learn a thing or two about discipline from Oklahoma's Joe Castiglione and Bob Stoops.

Hopefully you’ve been able to peel yourself away from the coverage of Johnny Manziel long enough to do some reading today. I’ve got both college and pro football on the docket so let’s not waste anymore time huh?

The University of Oklahoma did something yesterday that should be getting much more attention. In fact, the institution that should be paying the most attention to it is the National Football League because Oklahoma has shown us the right way of disciplining athletes.

In a joint statement, Head Coach Bob Stoops and Athletic Director Joe Castiglione announced that running back Joe Mixon was suspended for the entire season. What could Mixon have done that was so bad? What could he have done that would deserve such harsh punishment and why would the NFL care?

Mixon has been charged with a misdemeanor assault after being accused of punching a 20-year old Oklahoma student. The assault resulted in four broken bones in the young lady’s face. According to police, the incident occurred at a Cafe on July, 25th. Mixon’s attorney says his defendant was “protecting himself” from the intoxicated and troubled young woman.

Kudos to the University of Oklahoma for doing what should have been done by Roger Goodell and the the NFL when they suspended Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice for just two games after he was videotaped decking his then fiance.

I understand that there is a clear difference between how a university can handle things versus a professional sports’ league but the lesson should still serve it’s purpose. This is yet another reason why Goodell is the worst commissioner in sports.

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly just can't seem to catch a break lately.

Academic Undoing at Notre Dame?

The Fighting Irish need to be careful because they might end up being called the Cheating Irish if this alleged academic scandal grows more serious. Right now four players are sitting out practices and team activities while the University investigates. Common sense will tell you that anytime, especially at a private institution like Notre Dame, players are accused of academic fraud that it will most likely center around cheating of some sort.

Talk to anyone “in the know” in South Bend and they’ll tell you this is exactly what was going on with QB Everett Golson last year. If you recall, he missed the entire season after admitting academic fraud.

Three of the four players are starters for the Irish and include top receiver DeVaris Daniels who started in the BCS Title game loss to Alabama. If this thing grows, it will get far worse before it gets better.

QB Setbacks in Cleveland?

Hopefully the performances of Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel last night in Washington will slow down circus that has become the Browns this preseason. Hoyer went 2 for 6 passing while Manziel went 2 for 7. Neither guy looked like a competent NFL quarterback and for Manziel, the poor showing only solidified his comments earlier in the week that “he wasn’t ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers yet.”

I’ve said all along that I believe Johnny Manziel will open the season with a helmet on rather than a baseball cap and I still feel that way. The only other plausible scenario is that Hoyer starts the first three games, struggles, then gives way to Manziel following the team’s bye week in week four.

The Browns didn’t bring in Rex Grossman this week just to be a third string QB. He knows what it’s like to be a hot shot young QB in the NFL and could perhaps tutor Manziel while not being a threat to his starting spot.

Regardless of who Browns’ Coach Mike Pettine chooses, they better darn well play better than they did last night.