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HLL: Lane Kiffin Leaves USC For Dream Job At GameStop

More news on Tennessee’s former head coach:

Lane Kiffin Leaves USC For Dream Job At GameStop | Onion Sports

Lane Kiffin told reporters that he would be leaving the school indefinitely to pursue his dream of working at GameStop. “I was approached by a cousin who works at the GameStop on Wilshire Boulevard, and when he said there was an open sales clerk position, I had to take it,” said Kiffin, who then proudly placed a GameStop baseball cap on his head…

HT HT / via: PatrickAry on Twitter

I think that might actually be a good fit for him…

HLL: CFB Coaches 2009-10: In Memoriam

Headlines, Links & Lies | Gate 21

A solemn remembrance of the coaches that are no longer with us after the 2009 football season from the inimitable LSUFreek.

Video: CFB Coaches 2009-10: In Memoriam

Ashes to ashes…

Tis only proper that we reflect on those gone by…

2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 11

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 11

Through 8 November 2009

This past weekend’s slate of college football games were—for the most part—supposed to be dull and boring.  There were very few “key” matchups on the schedule and most thought it might be a snoozer.  Well, that simply did not turn out to be the case.   Thus, there are a number of shake-ups in my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for this week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here is is:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Texas
3 Florida
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati 3
6 Ohio State 6
7 Georgia Tech 4
8 Pittsburgh 6
9 Southern Cal 4
10 Boise State
11 Miami (Florida) 6
12 Utah 6
13 Houston 2
14 LSU 8
15 Iowa 6
16 Penn State 11
17 Oregon 10
18 Oklahoma State 2
19 Arizona 2
20 Wisconsin 3
21 Brigham Young 3
22 South Florida 3
23 Virginia Tech NR
24 Navy NR
25 Auburn NR
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#16), Notre Dame (#19), California (#22).

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 10

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 10

Through 01 November 2009

Well, it appears that silly season has begun as there were multiple losses among the Top 25, some near the top.  As a result, there are a few substantial changes in my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot after the past week in the world of college football.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here it is:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Texas
3 Florida
4 TCU 1
5 Penn State 2
6 LSU 2
7 Oregon 7
8 Cincinnati 1
9 Iowa 3
10 Boise State
11 Georgia Tech 2
12 Ohio State 4
13 Southern Cal 9
14 Pittsburgh 1
15 Houston 3
16 Oklahoma 4
17 Miami (Florida) 2
18 Utah 3
19 Notre Dame 4
20 Oklahoma State 9
21 Arizona 3
22 California NR
23 Wisconsin NR
24 Brigham Young NR
25 South Florida NR
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Mississippi (#12), Virginia Tech (#17), South Carolina (#22), West Virginia (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 6

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 6

Through 4 October 2009

After the games of this past weekend, my ballot seems to have settled down a bit near the top, but the back end continues to be a bit of a rollercoaster.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for week 6 of the 2009 season:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama
4 LSU
5 Boise State
6 Southern Cal
7 TCU
8 Ohio State
9 Penn State 2
10 Iowa
11 Virginia Tech 1
12 Mississippi 1
13 Miami (Florida) 6
14 Cincinnati
15 Notre Dame 2
16 Kansas 4
17 Oklahoma 8
18 Oklahoma State 3
19 Auburn NR
20 Nebraska 2
21 Wisconsin NR
22 Oregon NR
23 Pittsburgh 1
24 Missouri NR
25 Georgia 10
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: UCLA (#16), Houston (#18), California (#23), Michigan (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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2009 CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 Ballot: Week 4

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports BlogPoll Top 25 hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 4

Through 19 September 2009

First things first…

No, I have not abandoned the Gate.  No, I am not dead.  No, I have not defected and become a Florida Gators fan.  I have, however, had more on my plate the last few weeks than I really could possibly hope to keep up with.  Thus, I have had to make concessions here and there.  Regular posting on the Gate (as well as commenting across the web) has been one of those areas.  Between trials, funerals, and trips from one end of the State of North Carolina to the other, I have simply been trying to keep my head above water.  To both of you out there who regularly read the Gate, my apologies.  To those of you who accidentally stumbled upon Gate 21 while searching the web for a place from which you could purchase Viagra, well, you’re in the wrong place, but I’ll apologize nonetheless.

Moving right along…

There were a few surprises over the past week in the world of college football, some which I simply did not see coming and others which, while not expected can hardly be said to be earth shattering.  Bearing this in mind, here’s is my BlogPoll Top 25 ballot for the week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my preliminary ballot:

My Ballot for the Week
Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas 1
3 Penn State 1
4 Alabama 1
5 California 2
6 Mississippi
7 LSU 2
8 Miami (Florida) 2
9 Boise State 1
10 Oklahoma 1
11 Southern Cal 9
12 TCU
13 Ohio State 2
14 Iowa 2
15 Pittsburgh 2
16 UCLA 3
17 Georgia 1
18 Notre Dame 2
19 Virginia Tech 4
20 Kansas 1
21 Oklahoma State 1
22 Nebraska 8
23 Cincinnati 1
24 Florida State NR
25 Michigan NR
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Brigham Young (#13), Utah (#25).

Explanations after the jump…

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Are All USC Team Meetings Like This?

The View From the Hill | Gate 21

With the obvious connections between the Tennessee coaching staff – Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron – and the USC program, I feel like posting this video is relevant. However the real reason I’m posting it is because I think it’s awesome. You may have already seen it, but in case you hadn’t…

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Doesn’t that just look really fun? If you ever wonder why recruits pick USC, this – and the winning doesn’t hurt either – is why. Pete Carroll is just a cool dude. He’s got his own channel on YouTube with almost 100 videos of a wide variety, including some of pranks they’ve played in practices the past years.

I had an assignment in my sportswriting class this past spring (I’ve debated posting parts of it) where I had to right a long (2,500 words or so) profile story. I chose Carroll, and in my researching the guy I have gained nothing but respect for him as coach (yes, I’m aware of the Reggie Bush incidents). I used to really dislike the Trojans, but thanks to that story and the connections between Kiffin, Coach O and Carroll, I have changed my stance on USC.

You might also be thinking, “Why aren’t they watching film?” or something like that. Well, when you have those kind of players, you can fudge a team meeting or two right?

If there’s a program to model yours after, it’s USC – we’ve got a couple of coaches who helped build it.

About Home Sweet Home... … to me.

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