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Sorry, I don't feel had for the kid at all. He's on scholarship at one of the best schools in the country to watch football and kick field goals, and he can't make one to win the game from dead on 30 yards out? No excuse for that. That's like lose your scholarship renewal bad.

You say that like you actually could do it.

I'm not scholarship to Stanford to do so. Sorry I don't feel sorry for someone not doing what they're brought in to do. Call it heartless or worst post of the day or whatever you want. Football is a ruthless sport, schools have limited scholarship spots. Kid didn't do his job. Simple as that. If Stanford can find a better kicker who can actually make reasonable field goals (which both of those were), kid may find himself out of a job. And if his history is anything like tonight, he probably should be.

While it seems extreme, I kind of agree with that. For example, in the pros in Week 4 Alex Henery missed 2 FGs from less then 40 yards out, which gave the game to my Niners. Kicking in football should overall not be a major problem, especially from less then 40 yards out.(Unless the line absolutely cracks and allows easy blocks for the other team). On a bit of a side note, didn't Alabama have a top 5 kicker out of high school miss a bunch against LSU in the big game?

While pulling the kids' scholarship may be extreme, one kicker that deserve it for sure is Alex Zendejas.(Couldn't be trusted for frickin extra points the last 2 year!)

You see, that's just it though. I really don't think it'd be that extreme. Athletic scholarships have to be renewed every year, and I'm pretty sure that applies to everyone from Andrew Luck all the way down to Arizona's doofy kicker. It wouldn't be that much of a stretch to not renew his scholarship considering there are so few spots available. Look at academic scholarships for example. A lot of them have requirements for things like good conduct and minimum GPA. Usually the GPA is around a 2.0 (Which all you really need is a pulse to maintain for most majors). If you dip below that, you usually lose your scholarship. If you're a kicker and you're getting a free ride to one of the most expensive and hard to get into schools in the country and you can't hit average range field goals, you probably won't be getting that free ride for very long nor should you.

Gahh, stupid kickers.

Pulling a scholarship would be bad for the program. I know I (if I was a an athlete) would not go to a school that pulled scholarships for bad play. That would be ammo for competing schools to say to kids (particularly kickers) "Stanford pulls scholarships from people that err on the field."

And should they pull it right now (there's probably a walk on who is deserving) or be soft and give it the rest of the school year so he has time to seek other options for next year?

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Missed the Rose Bowl? Don't wanna watch the entire game ("Defense is for my grandpa and members of mymomsbasement.com!")? Here it is in gif form!

In all seriousness, the Rose Bowl has been pretty awesome for 2 years in a row now. Too bad that Wisconsin has been on the losing end of both wildly-entertaining games.

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Pulling a scholarship would be bad for the program. I know I (if I was a an athlete) would not go to a school that pulled scholarships for bad play. That would be ammo for competing schools to say to kids (particularly kickers) "Stanford pulls scholarships from people that err on the field."

And should they pull it right now (there's probably a walk on who is deserving) or be soft and give it the rest of the school year so he has time to seek other options for next year?

Yeah, but the SEC pretty much does it en masse and it doesn't hurt them.

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Pulling a scholarship would be bad for the program. I know I (if I was a an athlete) would not go to a school that pulled scholarships for bad play. That would be ammo for competing schools to say to kids (particularly kickers) "Stanford pulls scholarships from people that err on the field."

And should they pull it right now (there's probably a walk on who is deserving) or be soft and give it the rest of the school year so he has time to seek other options for next year?

Yeah, but the SEC pretty much does it en masse and it doesn't hurt them.

If any other conference did that they'd get tut-tutted by the NCAA but the NCAA lets the SEC get away with it because they handle the SEC with kid gloves.

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Interesting move by Urban Meyer. He has banned OSU players from using Twitter. Link. I like the move.

Did this really occur? The player who sent out the original tweet saying they were prevented from using Twitter recanted his statement and so did another player. The football SID alsi stated he was not aware of a ban tonight. Then again, most "news" is also coming to us in the form of not reports or blogs, but Twitter itself.

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Interesting move by Urban Meyer. He has banned OSU players from using Twitter. Link. I like the move.

Did this really occur? The player who sent out the original tweet saying they were prevented from using Twitter recanted his statement and so did another player. The football SID alsi stated he was not aware of a ban tonight. Then again, most "news" is also coming to us in the form of not reports or blogs, but Twitter itself.

The article was on the USA Today website. I'm assuming it was a legit story and real "news."

EDIT: And the story has been updated claiming that players are disputing the original report.

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With 52 seconds remaining...

Michigan 20

Va. Tech 17

Is it just me, or is an actual "normal" football game taking place tonight at the Sugar Bowl? I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I was getting pretty tired of the 41-38 track meets.

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Interesting move by Urban Meyer. He has banned OSU players from using Twitter. Link. I like the move.

Did this really occur? The player who sent out the original tweet saying they were prevented from using Twitter recanted his statement and so did another player. The football SID alsi stated he was not aware of a ban tonight. Then again, most "news" is also coming to us in the form of not reports or blogs, but Twitter itself.

The article was on the USA Today website. I'm assuming it was a legit story and real "news."

EDIT: And the story has been updated claiming that players are disputing the original report.

That is why I asked, plus the Twitter feed for 'SportsbyBrooks' was stating that his reporting of the player's initial tweet was an error. (He did not claim the he was backtracking, but that not the lead.)

As for Meyer or any coach attempting to do this, I feel conflicted. One one side it seems a good coaching decision since most collegiate players are on social media to draw attention to themselves (or leak new uniforms).

However, what other ridiculous mandate would a NCAA coach place on the team if s/he had the chance?

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As for Meyer or any coach attempting to do this, I feel conflicted. One one side it seems a good coaching decision since most collegiate players are on social media to draw attention to themselves (or leak new uniforms).

However, what other ridiculous mandate would a NCAA coach place on the team if s/he had the chance?

Not to mention that it would be pretty tough to monitor. Is Urban Meyer going to constantly watch twitter to make sure none of his players are using it? I like the idea of trying to keep players from saying something stupid on Twitter, but implementing that type of ban could be setting an ugly precedent.

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BS! Call, that was a fine catch. Yeah it scraped the ground, but didn't move one bit.

I thought the reversal was the correct call. It didn't look like a catch to me; and that's coming from an Ohio State fan.

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BS! Call, that was a fine catch. Yeah it scraped the ground, but didn't move one bit.

I did not think they'd reverse it, but I actually thought it was the right call.

Unless I'm mixing up my organizations of Football. Can the ball hit the ground, as long is it's secured in the NFL or NCAA? Might be the NFL i'm thinking of, which would make the call correct. Just with this one his feet were in, and his left elbow hit the ground before the ball did, and I don't think he has to maintain full control (Which he did) through the entire sequence.

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