Look, it's Monday, and while everyone else is on spring break, you're at work.
This means you're not on the same cruise as Blake Bortles's girlfriend, Lindsey Duke, and Matthew Stafford's girlfriend, Kelly Hall.
Look, I could pretend there's some real story here, but when two number one overall draft picks at quarterback's girlfriends -- maybe, it looks like the Texans are taking Bortles -- miraculously meet on a cruise ship for the first time while both are wearing bikinis, why mess with destiny? And then, as if that wasn't enough, Kelly Hall, Stafford's girlfriend, immediately posts the pic on Instagram and adds this sweet message: "Got to meet a new friend on the cruise..Wishing her and her man all the luck in the upcoming draft!"
It's basically a sign from God that He loves Outkick.
And that he doesn't want me to work that hard today.
Not to be outdone, Stafford's girlfriend also got creative and made the picture of just the two of them black and white because she wanted to evoke the timeless moment of their initial meeting, which, I'm going to be honest, is kind of like when Elvis met Muhammad Ali. If, you know, Nixon and Elvis had been been hot coeds in bikinis on a cruise ship during spring break when they met for the first time.
Back in November, just a couple of weeks after the Penn State story broke, I wrote that the NCAA had the authority to hammer Penn State. Once that was clear the question was simple: not could the NCAA sanction Penn State, but should it? For the past several months this has been the only real question, to sanction or not to sanction? Both sides could marshall strong arguments. But on July 23rd, nearly eight months after OKTC initially told you that the NCAA had the power to sanction Penn State, the news became official, the NCAA would act. Not surprisingly Penn State was hammered by the NCAA. The school was fined $60 million dollars, all wins, a total of 111 victories, are stripped dating back to 1998, a four year post-season ban is applied, and Penn State loses dozens of scholarships, ten a year for the next four years in its recruiting classes, as well as sees its total number of available scholarships reduced to 65.
Additionally, all players are eligible to transfer immediately.
NCAA President Mark Emmert called the penalties a "stark wake-up call," and said, "The lesson here is one of maintaining the appropriate balance of our values."
Penn State agreed to the penalties, signing a consent decree. That's important because it means these penalties were negotiated and will not be appealed. In essence, Penn State capitulated to some of the severest penalties since SMU's death penalty in order to escape potentially more severe penalties. This is doubly significant because it eliminates the concern, voiced by many, that the NCAA's power grab could lead to even more unjust results going forward. This is the greastest sports scandal of all time, these situations don't arise very often. So an NCAA power grab isn't a valid concern. If Penn State truly believed the NCAA lacked the authority to deliver sanctions, it could have fought these punishments to the utmost.
Instead, based upon a more full record than any NCAA investigation ever has -- the Freeh report and criminal investigations were exhaustive -- the NCAA acted with a full record of established facts.
Leading to one inescapable conclusion, for once, the NCAA got it completely right.
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packer Aaron, led the Commodores to a bowl berth last season and attended SEC Media Days yesterday.
This year he is hoping to become the first ever Vanderbilt quarterback to start in two bowl games. He's confident, smart, fearless, and ... hairless.
Also, very patriotic.
These are among the deductions we can make thanks to the Twitter profile picture which Rodgers displays to the world here.
This morning Kristen Saban's attorney filed a response to the lawsuit that OKTC brought you last night.
This motion to dismiss was just filed by Kristen Saban's lawyers minutes ago and we are featuring it in full below.
Today Joe Paterno's legacy came crumbling down.
His statue may follow. if he was still alive he'd likely die in prison. That's because Paterno lied to the grand jury and obstructed justice in a massive cover-up that went to the height of college athletics hypocrisy.
In a scathing report released just minutes ago -- the site immediately crashed -- but we already have the quick takeaways here: Freeh's report cited a "callous and shocking disregard for child victims" as well as a "total disregard for safety and welfare" on behalf of Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, vice president Gary Schultz, and former head coach Paterno.
In particularly damning evidence the report uncovered that Paterno and other top officials were aware of the 1998 sexual assault allegations. All men have publicly lied about this fact before now. The Freeh report says that Paterno followed this 1998 investigation closely "but failed to take any action."
From a May 1998 email with the subject line "Jerry' athletic director Tim Curley wrote to Schultz: "Anything new in this department? Coach is anxious to know where it stands."
First came Harvey Updyke killing the trees, then came the Alabama teabagging, and now comes the Triple Crown of Crimson Tide fandom, Nick Saban's only daughter, a former Phi Mu at Alabama is being sued for delivering a beat down of epic proportions. A concusssion, lacerations, and difficulty studying. That's a process of beatings. Think of it as the sorority girl equivalent of the BCS title game, total domination from start to finish.
Somehwere Jordan Jefferson is like, "I feel you Sarah Grimes."
It begins as all sorority catfights do, over a boy.
Back in happier times Alabama officially announced that Grimes and Saban were sorority sisters. Post-catfight Kristen is no longer a Phi Mu.
How did this civil lawsuit initially come to light? An LSU fan posted it on a message board.
Only in the SEC.
We actually held this for several hours after being tipped off -- after all LSU pranks are notorious for their amazing details -- and reached out to Alabama to see if they had a comment on the civil litigation. So far Alabama has said nothing in response to our emails.
Thursday morning Alabama responded to OKTC's request for comment, referring all questions to Kristen Saban's attorney.
Shortly thereafter OKTC received the following email from attorney Joshua P. Hayes: "Bob Prince and I are proud to represent Kristen Saban. We strongly dispute the allegations -- and that's all they are at this point -- made in the complaint. We will vigorously defend Kristen and the truth will come out."
Saban's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss this morning, which you can read in full here.
We've also reached out to both lawyers in the complaint to see whether or not Saban's daughter has filed her response to the lawsuit. When we hear from either attorney we'll update the story as well.
In the meantime, the big question here is this: Nick Saban is worth tens of millions so why didn't he just settle this lawsuit before it went public? For a couple of hundred thousand this story would have never seen the light of day. Now it's everywhere.
The details according to the complaint?
Well the details are basically mad libs Internet viral: sorority fight, plus the SEC's best coach, plus insane quotes, plus...just read the complaint for yourself.
The best news for Alabama is that the Freeh report comes out tomorrow morning and will help kill the momentum of this story.
But this is enough for Alabama to claim a new crown, your stupidity has officially been topped Kentucky and the Crimson Tide just claimed a new national title.
As we continue to roll out the data from Outkick the Coverage's first year in business, here's a roster of our 25 largest cities for both desktop and mobile. I haven't broken these cities down on a per capita basis so these are just raw visit numbers that all come from Google Analytics. The Google Analytics data isn't flawless, but I think it's accurate enough to give a strong indication of where y'all are reading the site from.
It's not a suprise that Nashville is our top market since it's my hometown and our 3HL show airs on 104.5 the Zone, which is the nation's highest rated sports talk station. (By the way, I just Tweeted out this link, but if you ever listen to sports talk radio you have to read an oral history from Grantland of the nation's first all sports station -- WFAN. It's truly amazing.) So Nashville at the top was no surprise, but if you've ever wondered what kind of punch Texas A&M and Missouri will bring to the SEC, just scan the list of OKTC's top markets.
Three of our top ten markets are in Texas and St. Louis and Kansas City are both in our top 17 markets.
Now is that a perfect approximation of fan interest? Of course not, but it does suggest that there's an awful lot of fervent fans that can't wait for SEC football to get rolling. It's also pretty good evidence that the SEC has added a huge number of fans for the foreseeable future. After all, there are 31 million people living in Texas and Missouri, the entire SEC population before expansion was just 50 million.
So OKTC would like to humbly thank the SEC for expanding. Our site traffic eagerly looks forward to your teams in Virginia and North Carolina. Also, to forestall the, "That's just because of expansion emails," the traffic has been pretty consistent from those locations, not just spiking for expansion news alone.
So let's dive in to the top 25 data here.