Duke Considers Dorrell And Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson For Football Job

THE FIGHT FOR COACH K.’S SHOESHINE BOX IS BACK ON! The NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN reports that Duke is sending mixed signals out about getting serious about football. The school hasn’t won an ACC game since 2004 (and worst yet, lost to ND this season), but is apparently pursuing Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson.

Duke Football Championship Pennant

But don’t get too excited Blue Devils fans, the fight for Coach K.’s shoeshine box also includes just-jettisoned UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, who somehow found a way at UCLA to make Bob Toledo look like Amos Alonzo Stagg.

UCLA Athletic Director Calls Karl Dorrell True Bruin Then Fires Him

“TRUE BRUIN” KARL DORRELL DUMPED AFTER FIVE YEARS: The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports today that Karl Dorrell has been fired by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Karl Dorrell UCLA

Statement from Guerrero: “This was a very difficult decision for me. Karl has represented this program with dignity and class. He is a true Bruin and I respect what he has accomplished in his five years as our head coach, particularly off the field.“The folks at USC would certainly agree that Dorrell was a “true Bruin”, which is why they are so upset that he was fired.

MORE: “Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci have already been contacted by representatives on behalf of the athletic department. DeWayne Walker will be the Bruins’ interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22..

Carroll Approves of Dorrell’s Performance At UCLA

CARROLL GIVES CROSSTOWN KUDOS TO DORRELL’S DOINGS: The crew over at DUMP DORRELL have been searching for reasons to oust the UCLA football coach. And now they may have found the best of them all - thanks to Pete Carroll:

Karl Dorrell Pete Carroll

T.J. Simers of the LOS ANGELES TIMES asked the USC coach about his Westwood counterpart, to which Pete replied that Karl has done a “fantastic” job:”They found ways to win and created an opportunity to win when a lot of other teams wouldn’t have….He’s found a way to keep his team together.”

Of course, besides last season, it helps that none of the Bruins’ wins have come at the expense of the Trojans.

Buckeyes Lloyd Carr sign

Obviously Carroll and the USC fans want to keep Dorrell around for the same reason Ohio State fans wanted Lloyd Carr to stay - both coaches haven’t had much success against their rivals.If your most hated opponents are satisfied with your own coach’s performance, it’s time for a change.

Blog-A-Roni: MLS Players Like Puppies & James Blunt

• 100% INJURY RATE knows it’s hard to think of soccer players as tough, when they spend their locker room time playing with puppies and singing along to James Blunt:

Puppy

• JEN’S FREE THROWS zeros in on word that Gilbert Arenas is nacho ordinary NBA star.• DEUCE OF DAVENPORT knows it’s not safe to get between a mother Jeter and her tax-avoiding young.

• JOE SPORTS FAN takes a seat, as sideline reporters and couches don’t mix:


• STEROID NATION finds stories about Barry Bonds’ personal doctor very interes-Ting.• BIG TEN TAILGATE scans the globe for signs of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. Latest stop: Machu Picchu.

• DC SPORTS BOG knows nothing cheers up an NHLer like a Springsteen concert & a visit to the Swedish Embassy:

Swedish fans

• THE WIZARD OF ODDS discovers one site that’s not giving up on doomed UCLA coach Karl Dorrell.• VEGAS WATCH argues with the argument of David Ortiz for AL MVP.

Weis Rumored To Have Given Resignation To ND

IRISH COACH WEIS OFFERED TO SKIP OUT OF SOUTH BEND? As the season nears its end, the college football coaching rumors are twirling around fast & furious. It’s a foregone conclusion that Nebraska’s Bill Callahan will be leaving Lincoln, while UCLA’s Karl Dorrell may be all washed up in Westwood.

Callahan Franchione

Dennis Franchione might soon be emailing his VIP boosters that his time with Texas A&M is up, which may entice Tommy Tuberville to leave the Auburn Plains for College Station.Now Scott Wolf of INSIDE USC tosses the latest log on the coaching rumor fire, saying that Charlie Weis offered to resign, but Notre Dame wouldn’t accept:

We wouldn’t have tagged Charlie as a quitter, especially when it comes to eating. But if the Irish fall to Duke on Saturday, completing a winless season at home, maybe the whole school should just resign.On a side note, if the Dookies do manage to knock off Notre Dame, no one will be happier than offensive coordinator Peter Vaas.

The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES notes how the Blue Devils’ OC was ND’s QB coach last season, but was fired by Weis and replaced by former Irish signal-caller Rick Mirer.

Peter Vaas Charlie Weis

Vaas said the firing was a “surprise”, and Weis never gave any reasons for it. But Peter says he has moved on: “Charlie made a decision a year ago. It was a professional decision and one I’ve adjusted to and learned to accept. You move forward.”But we all know that deep down, Vaas has happy visions of voraciously vanquishing the villainous Veis, er, Weis.

LA Galaxy Will Not Let David Beckham Play in English Premier League

• THE LONDON SUN has a message from the L.A. Galaxy to the English Premier League:

No, you can’t have David Beckham back:

David Beckham

Not yours.


• BIG TEN TAILGATE is offering a $50 reward for photogenic proof of the Love-Bushey-Kuntz connection in tonight’s Ball State game.• AZ SPORTS HUB grabs a hanky or two, as Grant Hill will be appearing on “Oprah” Wednesday.

• WE ARE THE POSTMEN finds classic video of Jose Canseco warning kids of the dangers of steroids.

• How ’bout them Cowboys getting petty? Not satisfied with Sunday’s win, GAME ON! reports that Dallas wants a sack recorded by the Giants’ Osi Umenyiora taken away:

Osi Umenyiora NY Giants

• SPORTS HUB LA compares UCLA coach Karl Dorrell to Sean Penn, as both are Dead Men Walking.• The BOSTON HERALD knows Curt Schilling’s horse finally comes in, as the pitcher’s steed wins a race by 6 lengths.

Blogs: Wyoming Football Coach Flips Off Utah After 43-0 Onside Kick

• THE WIZARD OF ODDS fingers Wyoming coach Joe Glenn saluting Utah for their 43-0 onside kick:

Wyoming coach finger

• As a teenage girl sues the Cardinals over a scoreboard message, JOE SPORTS FAN takes a look at other words of wisdom flashed on the Busch Stadium big board.• SPORTS FROG feels queasy in throwing up the sad situation on the Dolphins sidelines.

• GOING FIVE HOLE won’t touch that dial, as NHL commish Gary Bettman will be co-hosting a satellite radio show:

Gary Bettman

• LARRY BROWN SPORTS thinks its time for Karl Dorrell to ride out of Westwood, but they wouldn’t be thrilled with gunslinger Mike Leach stepping in the UCLA coaching shoes.• RAWLINGS pitches out their 2007 Golden Glove winners.

Michael Jordan High On Life; Stephen Jackson Peace And Guns Tattoo

• LION IN OIL has photogenic samples of His Mighty Airness enjoying his air a little too much:

Michael Jordan stoned

• At least it wasn’t steroids: 411 MANIA makes a wrong turn to the ring, as former WWE star and current TNA wrestler Kurt Angle was arrested for drunk driving.

• DEADSPIN isn’t so high on a college backup back who planted some plants in a teammate’s dorm room - and we ain’t talkin’ begonias.

• YAHOO! has the ink on the new tattoo for Golden State’s Stephen Jackson: a pair of praying hands holding a gun:

Tattoo praying hands gun

• PRAY FOR MOJO knows the Yankees are looking good for the post-season, as A-Rod makes a pre-playoff salon visit.

• Speaking of Lucky 13, PART MULE keeps an eye out for the stork, as Mr. & Mrs. Rodriguez are expecting kid #2.

• Meanwhile, 100% INJURY RATE wish they used better protection, as Lance Briggs’ baby mama is suing the Bears LB - but for what, they’re not quite sure:

Lance Briggs Chicago Bears

• DC SPORTS BOG turns off the tube, as many Redskins on their bye week passed on watching any football at all.

• RANDBALL sips up news that Andy Roddick wants you to drink him all in, as the tennis star is shilling a new sports beverage.

• BRUINS NATION takes offense to the play calling of UCLA coach Karl Dorrell:

Utah UCLA football

• WITH LEATHER gives a toast to the mayor of Boston, as he asks Red Sox fans and alcohol providers alike to drink and sell responsibly.

• THE SPORTS HERNIA gets in shape, as they check out some NBA training camp routines.

Tennis Manufacturer Wants In On Nintendo Wii Racket

• Bad omen for the Padres’ playoff chances? iWON cashes out news that San Diego hurler Jake Peavy lost his money clip at a Milwaukee casino.

• Darren Rovell of CNBC wants in on the new Nintendo Wii racket:

Prince Tennis Nintendo Wii rackets


• BRUINS NATION tries to understand the hardcore supporters of UCLA coach Karl Dorrell.

• VEGAS WATCH finds Steve Phillips’ crystal baseball, as the ESPN analyst had previously predicted the Mets’ monstrous collapse.

• AZ SPORTS HUB figures what better way to celebrate a NL West crown than by posting pics of Diamondback rookie hazings:

Arizona Diamondbacks rookie hazing


• THE BEAUTIFUL GAME harps on about how Hope Solo’s little tirade helped the Women’s World Cup get some attention beyond the 4 a.m. time slot.

• Via SI’s EXTRA MUSTARD, the LANCASHIRE (UK) EVENING POST flashes a red card to a lovestruck soccer player, who sent the object of his affection a cell phone photo of himself out of his uniform - and everything else.

ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson Unbiased in Hoping Notre Dame Loses

• Unbiased reporting? On Monday night’s “SportsCenter”, ESPN analyst and former USC receiver Keyshawn Johnson let his feelings be known about Notre Dame: “I hope they lose the rest of their games the rest of their season.”

Notre Dame Keyshawn Johnson


• Speaking of the Fightless Irish, Jay Mariotti of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES sees Charlie Weis fleeing the Golden Dome for the Meadowlands, so he can run the New York Giants (into the ground, we assume).

• RANDBALL doesn’t feel the love, as three of ESPN’s Top 20 Most-Hated Sports Owners made their money in the Twin Cities.

• BRUINS NATION belts them back, as they play the Karl Dorrell Farewell Season Drinking Game:

SbB Girl Anyssa Outside Rose Bowl USC UCLA Game


• THE ANGRY T isn’t Sorry to make a game out of Milton Bradley’s misfortune, as they wrap together their choices of most freakish sports injuries.

• Can’t get enough of others’ pain and embarrassment? THE SPORTS HERNIA piles it on with their own collection of bone-headed boo-boos.

• THE HATER NATION implores Orange Countians to get those soup-strainers started, as they want to see some playoff mustaches in support of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California, USA, North America, Western Hemisphere, Earth, Milky Way:

SportsByBrooks Girls Bobby Grich


• PRAY FOR MOJO discovers the Red Sox’s plan to stay a head above the Yankees.

• Meanwhile, THE GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS get ahead of themselves in picking this year’s MLB playoffs.

• TIDE SPORTS rolls with news that Nick Saban wants to take out the trash from Alabama fans’ behavior:

Alabama fans


• THE WAGES OF WINS JOURNAL sees history repeating itself, as Greg Oden’s Blazers of tomorrow remind them of Dikembe Mutombo’s Nuggets of the ’90s.

• ALTERDESTINY is happy that Joe Theismann has been booted from ESPN’s Monday Night Football, but when it comes to Tony Kornheiser, they think the Worldwide Leader hasn’t finished the job.