1. Green for Greenwood – Brett Greenwood’s story isn’t far from our minds. Last fall, the day before the Iowa State game, the former Hawkeye safety collapsed with an abnormal heart rhythm. He was revived, but suffered with an anoxic brain injury. He has been rehabbing and is progressing. What’s cool about today’s game is fans have called for a “Green for Greenwood.” Wear something green today in tribute to Brett. What I love about this is that it’s completely organic. You guys did this. Excellent work, your best yet. “I think it’s a show of support for a tremendous young man, a guy who’s been working hard and battling and who’s doing a great job,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said on his radio show Wednesday night. “I think it’s a great tribute for a guy we’re all thinking about.” If you’d like to donate to the Brett Greenwood Foundation, go to http://www.brettgreenwoodfoundation.com/index.html.
2. Should college football have injury reports? — Yes. There’s the gambling aspect, which, I believe, is only about 10 percent of the issue. Most of it is transparency. People know this stuff, including opponents. Games are thoroughly scouted. Nothing goes undetected. The fumbling around, the energy and the lunacy that goes into injury secrecy patrol is wasted. Northwestern issues an injury report, in part because it recently had a nasty gambling scandal. I would imagine it’d almost be relief for some coaches just to get it out of the way. For the kids involved, maybe for them, too? Family and friends want to know the health and well being of their son and/or pal. Maybe the university can help with that. I know, selfish motives on my part, but no. You always find out, eventually, just ditch the secrecy. It’s unhealthy.
3. How ’bout that Lane Kiffin? — Speaking of injury reports, the USC coach this week ended a press conference after 28 seconds because he was asked about a player’s injury. See, it’s totally unhealthy. Kiffin fascinates me. He is the human embodiment of the “Peter Principle,” wherein people rise the ladder of their company/organization/profession until they reach a level at which they are no longer competent. Ferentz gets sideways with injuries. He was asked this week about running back Damon Bullock’s concussion. He wouldn’t say concussion, but pointed out that you could watch the TV tape and draw your own conclusion. This was the portion of Ferentz’s Tuesday that was after the main interview time. He has and would never “Kiffin.” That is a good thing.
– Marc Morehouse