Late Hits: Tide keeps rolling, Pac-12 and Wisconsin not as lucky

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 15, 2013 

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    Alabama: Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide aren’t giving up the No. 1 spot any time soon.

    Saturday’s win at Texas A&M finished at 49-42, but the Tide led 35-14 and 42-21 before Johnny Manziel dressed a few windows in the second half.

    The only real concern Alabama has at this point is how much money it will cost the Tide to keep Saban from Texas.

    UCLA: The unbeaten Bruins suffered a real loss last Sunday with the death of walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale, who was in a car accident. The game at Nebraska on Saturday was insignificant by comparison but it was inspirational nonetheless that the Bruins found a way to beat the Cornhuskers 41-21 on the road.

    Pac-12, Wisconsin, Arizona State: All three deserve some blame for the incomprehensible incompetence at the end of Saturday’s game at Arizona State.

    Down 32-30 with 18 seconds left and on ASU’s 13-yard line, Wisconsin somehow botched football’s easiest play — taking a knee.

    Confusion ensued and referee Jack Folliard and his Pac-12 crew did the rest. One of Arizona State’s defenders jumped on the ball, which should have been flagged for a delay of game penalty, while the officials stood around and watched Wisconsin lose.

    The Pac-12 should apologize, Arizona State should learn some sportsmanship and Wisconsin should be forced to practice end-game situations until the calendar hits 2015.

    The postscript to all of this was a tweet from the wife of former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, whose husband left the Badgers acrimoniously last winter for the SEC.

    “#karma,” is what Jen Bielema posted on her Twitter account after the Badgers’ 32-30 loss.

    Lose the hash tag, Mrs. Bielema, and grow up.

• South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney told the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald Journal he will need surgery on his right foot after the season, but he’ll play through the pain of the next nine, possibly 10 games.

“It’s painful,” Clowney told the paper. “I’m out here playing on it, though, just trying to give it everything I’ve got.”

If Clowney’s really hurt, someone at South Carolina – starting with the coach – should advise the future No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft to take care of himself first and not sacrifice millions in future earnings.

If Clowney’s not really hurt and merely crying wolf after a slow start, then someone should advise him to keep quiet and get better on the field.

Either way, Clowney’s decision to go public reflects poorly on him and South Carolina.

• The fledgling Longhorn Network would be wise to turn the cameras on Texas coach Mack Brown and athletic director DeLoss Dodds for the remainder of the season. There won’t be better reality programming anywhere else on TV.

Brown, who’s 62, is the coach who insists he’s safe with his gig – the best in all of college football – despite mounting pressure and another embarrassing loss on Saturday (44-23 to Ole Miss).

Dodds, who’s 74, is the AD who insists the coach is safe and his own job is safe despite mounting pressure after another embarrassing loss in another embarrassing season.

Even Angela Lansbury thinks these two might want to check out while the getting is good.

• I still think the sand is running through the hourglass on Frank Beamer’s 27-year reign at Virginia Tech but much respect to Beamer for how he handled Saturday’s postgame after a 15-10 win at East Carolina

After senior kicker Cody Journell missed four kicks in the second half – one extra point and three field goals from inside of 40 yards – Beamer jumped in front of the bus for Journell.

“He will be right,” Beamer said. “He is way too good to be kicking like that.”

Given all the trouble Journell has been worth, legal and otherwise, that was a classy move by Beamer, who showed the fortitude to protect the kid from blame just because it was the right thing to do.

Giglio: jgiglio@newsobserver.com or twitter.com/jwgiglio

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