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Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday links (9/25)

As Loverboy once sang (and Chris Farley once danced to as a Chippendale's employee) "Everybody's Working for the Weekend." So why not click these links to make time go a little faster? That's what I thought ...
  • Ball State has been a regular on the ESPN Bottom 10. This week is no different. The Cardinals are No. 3.
  • Little known fact: Ball State head coach Stan Parrish has a 31-game winless streak as a head coach. Four with the Cardinals and his final 27 with Kansas State in the mid-80's. The Wildcats lost the last five games of the 1986 season, went 0-10-1 in 1987 and 0-11 in 1988.
  • Ball State has seen Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's offense in action before, and it wasn't fun, writes Teddy Cahill of the Ball State Daily News.
  • No matter how Ball State fares, its checkbook will be a lot fatter come Saturday. The Cardinals will receive $800,000 for playing Auburn, the largest payday in school history, writes Vinnie Lopes of the Ball State Daily News.
  • Ole Miss was exposed much earlier than anybody thought it would be last night at South Carolina, writes David Brandt of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. That being said, did anyone really believe the Rebels were the No. 4 ranked team in the country?
  • Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is feeling the heat, writes Paul Newberry of the Associated Press.
  • Former Auburn receiver Rod Smith has had some hard times lately. He got released by the Chargers, then his house in Gwinnett burned down after it was struck by lightning during last week's storms.
  • The three Iowa State players suspended after being arrested for being found with marijuana residue and seeds have been reinstated by coach Paul Rhoads. The 'Clones also have a chance to start a season 3-1 for the first time since 2005.
  • Houston, yes Houston, is back on the national stage, writes Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel. Big game against Texas Tech this week for the Cougars.
  • The swine flu hysteria -- or any flu, or that matter -- if officially out of control. No more slapping or shaking hands for Ohio State. Just elbow bumps. Seriously.

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