Bo (Wallace) Knows Hair: The College Football Notebook
By Steve Barnes
Say it ain't so Bo, say it ain't so.
Bo Wallace is the Ole Miss quarterback. Few know he is the leading returning passer in the Southeastern Conference for 2014. Even fewer probably know he has been named the most valuable player in two bowl games. But everyone who saw the Pulaski, Tenn., senior without his helmet last year knows for sure he had the best hair in football.
Sorry, Troy Polamalu.
The Pittsburgh Steeler safety might be able to argue that point now -- Wallace got a haircut!!!!
It was reported that Wallace took a good look at his locks after the Rebels beat Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl last season and thought his hair was getting a tad too long. Come on Bo, Ole Miss is ready for Samson to lead it to a possible SEC West title and you pull a Delilah?
On the bright side, his hair will grow during the season.
I am not sure where he will be drafted next year in the National Football League, nor what his signing bonus might be when he knows his pro destination. But if Paul Mitchell, Pantene or Vidal Sassoon does not sign him to an endorsement deal, they are out of their minds.
Back in the day, this guy could have been a Breck Girl.
Speaking of Ole Miss: This season marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic injury to Rebel defensive back Chuckie Mullins.
The young man suffered a catostrophic neck injury while making a tackle on Vanderbilt's Brad Gaines. Mullins was a quadropledgic after the Oct. 28, 1989 event.
Ole Miss is celebrating Mullins this year during the weekend of the Memphis game Sept. 27.
It is a classy move by the school, but it has handled the tragedy well since it happened, through Mullins' death in 1991 and to this day.
Each year, a Rebel defensive player is honored with the Chuckie Mullins Courage Award and is allowed to wear Mullins' number 38 jersey for the season.
This year, linebacker Deterrian Shackleford will wear the number. It seems appropriate. Shackelford is a native of Decatur, Ala., located not too far from Mullins' hometown of Russellville, Ala.
You have to admire some people. They didn't get what they wanted, but they will claim victory anyway.
Auburn, officially, has won two national championships. The first was in 1957, the other in 2010. That is not good enough for the folks on the Plains. It seems Auburn wants the championships from 1913, 1983 and 1993.
The 1913 team went undefeated (8-0) and one publication tabbed the Tigers at champs. That year Chicago, coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg, went 7-0 and one publication named it the top team. But four publications picked 9-0 Harvard.
In 1983, Auburn was 11-1 and lost to Texas at home 20-7. Texas also had an 11-1 record with its only blemish coming in the Cotton Bowl, a 10-9 loss to Georgia. If a one-loss team deserved the title, it would have been Nebraska. The Huskers finished 12-1 with its only defeat coming to Miami, 31-30 in the Orange Bowl after a failed two-point conversion. Miami with its 11-1 record (the Canes lost their opener at Florida) won the title according to the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and USA Today/CNN. If a one-loss team should win it besides Miami, it should be Nebraska. It had one more win, and a loss on the road after passing on a tie. A team losing at home by 13 should not be champions.
The 1993 edition of the Tigers were on probation. Enough said. Can't play in a bowl, can't win a title.
Florida State won it that year. And using Auburn's logic, that should not have been the Seminoles first national championship. At least one publication selected the Noles as national champs in 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2013. FSU has remained classy and only claimed the three it earned.
But come to think of it, I kind of like Auburn's thinking. I wrote a few columns last year that were pretty good, so I think I will claim the Pulitzer Prize. I have had a crush on Jane Seymour since I was a kid, so I will claim her as my wife. My Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes has not arrived in the mail yet, but hey, I am going to go ahead and claim the prize.
Forget I didn't earn any of that. It seems to work for Auburn.
Talk about some courage, wow. Let's give it up for Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Speedy Noil. He was the nation's top rated "athlete" coming out of New Orleans' Edna Karr high school and brings blazing speed to College Station.
He also brings some guts.
The kid is wearing number 2 this year. I will bet there was not a line in the Aggies' equipment room wanting to wear Johnny Football's jersey.
I live in a place where there are a lot of Florida Gator fans. This summer has been a field day for them with FSU quarterback Jameis Winston being arrested for shoplifting a snow crab at a Tallahassee grocery store. That seems minor compared to an Auburn quarterback busted with marijana in his car and a kid in Texas punching a woman.
But that is what the UF fans have clinged to. How they love the term, "Criminoles."
They have conveniently forgotten during Coach Meyer's tenure, Florida had more arrests than any other school in the country. It could have been called "Urban Decay in Gainesville."
And there is that pesky thing about the former Gator in a New England jail awaiting trial on multiple homicides. Aaron Hernandez is also a suspect in a shooting during his days in Gainesville.
Personally, I'd rather be where the kid five-finger discounts some seafood than be where the school's tight end is shooting at people because he was dissed.
Here at Football.com, we don't focus much on the Football Championship Subdivision, but here is something to watch for in the near future. The University of Central Arkansas will be a national factor very soon.
UCA has hired Steve Campbell as its new head coach. Campbell has never had a losing season as a head coach and won a national championship at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Delta State (Miss.). His overall record as a head coach is 126-38.
Campbell is simply a winner. And here is the coolest part:
The NCAA cannot confirm or deny this, but Campbell must be the only man to win an NCAA Division II National Title as a player and a head coach on the same field.
In 1986, Campbell was the starting center for Troy State (Ala.) when the Trojans won the title. Fourteen years later, Campbell led Delta State (Miss.) to the championship.
He hoisted both trophies at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala.