By Jay Christensen, TheWizOfOdds.com
Miami coach Randy Shannon was talking tough Sunday when he suspended seven players, including starting quarterback Robert Marve, for one game.
"Like I said before when I took the job at the University of Miami, we hold everybody to higher standards than most teams in the country," Shannon said.
Oh really? If Shannon were serious about sending a message to his players, he would have suspended them for a meaningful game, not Charleston Southern, the Hurricanes' opponent Thursday night in Dolphin Stadium.
Shannon is not alone. South Carolina's Steve Spurrier announced that starting tailback Mike Davis is among a group of players who will sit one game for missing class, but that game won't be Thursday night's opener against North Carolina State.
"It's a middle-of-the-year game," Spurrier said. "They're all missing that same game."
That means the Gamecocks will be short-handed against either Wofford or Alabama Birmingham. A big whoop-de-do about nothing.
Georgia's first two opponents are Georgia Southern and Central Michigan, and that's a good thing because Mark Richt has suspended six players. Rest assured they'll be back for trips to South Carolina and Arizona State because the Bulldogs are gunning for a national title.
But nobody has made a bigger mockery of a suspension than Nick Saban, who ordered that receiver D.J. Hall sit for Alabama's game against Louisiana-Monroe last Nov 17. With the Crimson Tide and Warhawks tied in the third quarter, Hall's suspension was magically lifted. It didn't help. Alabama lost, 21-14.
Saban looks like an even bigger fool when you consider a passage in his book, How Good Do You Want to Be? In it, Saban talks about how a Little League coach should do "the right thing" and suspend his standout player who skipped practice to go to the mall. No surprise that Bill Belichick wrote the forward for Saban's book.
Suspensions, what are they good for? In college football, absolutely nothing.