Making the morning rounds.
• Double the Tebow, double the media angst. If one Tim Tebow anti-abortion ad during the Super Bowl can get the culture warriors frothing, what are they going to do with two? USA Today reports this morning that the Christian group behind the much-hyped Tebow spot during Sunday’s big game, Focus On the Family, has also bought pregame airtime for a second commercial starring Tebow and his mother, Pam, which will air four times before kickoff. Focus On the Family CEO Jim Daly also told the paper the organization’s original submission for an in-game ad was rejected by CBS, leading to a toned-down version with “a bit of humor in it.” The network accepted the revised version, because who doesn’t love abortion comedy? [USA Today]
• Because no one should change their minds about anything, ever. Nick Saban didn’t exactly stump for an early signing period Wednesday after losing the highest-ranked commitment in Alabama’s incoming class, five-star safety Keenan Allen, to California at the eleventh hour. But he did hammer players who “commit” to a school early, only to back out, leading the Birmingham News’ Kevin Scarbinsky to propose a new “Nick Saban Rule” for Alabama or the SEC to put commitments in writing, thereby preventing late defections. (Despite the fact that Allen’s decommitment was due to a change in family circumstances when half-brother Zach Maynard decided to leave Buffalo, not some flaky whim.) Scarbinsky doesn’t talk about an “early signing period” either, specifically, but his proposal amounts to the same thing: Let schools lock up recruits earlier than the first Wednesday in February. [Birmingham News]
• Humbled Willy Style. Former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn, a cautionary tale from signing days past after failing to even win the starting job with the home-state Tigers, said Thursday he’s officially transferring to Marshall, wrapping up a solid stretch run by new Herd coach Doc Holliday that also included a rare pledge from a four-star prospect (Florida safety Brian Robinson) and three late defections from Holliday’s old stomping grounds, West Virginia. Korn, one of the most hyped incoming quarterbacks of the class of 2007, will be able to play this fall because he graduated Clemson in just two-and-a-half years and is already enrolled in a graduate journalism program in Huntington. [The State]
• Sam from Ork. Former Oklahoma Hesimanaut and soon-to-be top draft pick Sam Bradford is already at the Super Bowl, though he had to agree to be locked in some sort of futuristic isolation cell by Gatorade:
The Gatorade “Bod Pod” allegedly “analyzes body composition” of its occupant. Sam appears to be at least 50 percent awkward.
Quickly … Injury-plagued Auburn cornerback Aairon Savage was granted a sixth year of eligibility after suffering season-ending injuries each of the last two seasons. … Old Big East rivals Syracuse and Boston College will resume their series this fall. … The Austin American-Statesman reviews Texas’ needs for the 2011 recruiting class, which should be locked down in, what, a month? … And hack columnist impugn the integrity of Demar Dorsey at their own peril.