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@JarrenBlake Sympathy to you, for sure --but in reviewing the blog entry from John, it's sprinkled with expressions like 'freedom of speech' 'the constitution' 'thought police' '...can't legislate thought' etc. etc.   Please stop me when we land on the conclusion this blog entry is NOT about absolutists politics on some obvious level, with college sports as the platform for the dicussion.  To keep this to 'sports' is to ignore the original blog.  Or maybe just thought policing?

1 year, 4 months ago on Sanctioning Schools For Dimwit Fans? It’s Hard To Police Thought

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Let's face it.  The suggestion from Emmert, and similar sentiments across the leftist cultural and political dunce bench, paint a picture of 'thought policing' plain and simple.  But it's not a two-way street-- Leftist thoughts are correct (regardless of the topic), while Rightist thoughts are wrong (regardless of the topic).  The libertarian approach is the only fair approach--"You think what you want, I'll think what I want" --but our culture isn't up for that.  Instead, Left is right, Right is wrong, because we said so.

1 year, 4 months ago on Sanctioning Schools For Dimwit Fans? It’s Hard To Police Thought

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This is really cute.  I think the AU peeps should be proud of their station in life.  Seriously.

1 year, 4 months ago on New AU Novelty Song Better Than Most… Well, At Least The Video Is Better Than Most

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I hope this isn't true (and, truthfully, I'm not sure how it can be, given the length and depth of previous investigations of the Aubies); the SEC doesn't need this kind of exposure.  On a different but similar note, what does it take to convince coaches to factor in character (as in, have some) and attitude (as in, not a thug) into the recruting process? 

1 year, 5 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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I think they should scale it back significantly for every FB program.  Establish a very narrow window for recruiting, with all periods before and after totally hands-off.  What the scaled-back process should look like I can't say --but you get the idea.  Dial it back for all programs, maybe even limit the ridiculous TV/media showmanship these 'hot property' kids are making all of us endure.

1 year, 6 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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 @I4Bama No offense menat; I was really thinking in terms of other SEC FB programs, not the GaTechs of the world.  You mentioned Mizzou -- they'll be in position within the SEC someday, eventually.  But you are correct, programs that either can't or are not interested in maximizing resources and giving their FB program every chance to succeed are not on a level playing field --but in some cases, it's of their chosing and some cases, the circumstances of a financial pecking order.  See?

1 year, 6 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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I think the point is that Bama does indeed play within the rules, and ensure it takes full advantage of what’s allowed under those rules.  In other words, Saban runs the Bama ship (juggernaut?) like a well-focused business--others catch on to that approach after-the-fact (and after 'ok to good' seasons year after year). Saban understands full well (and maybe better than most) that the downside of breaking rules far out-weighs any temporary upside.  He watches the rule compliance angle very carefully as he maximizes the benefits of the full range of what's allowable.  Complainers who are fans of sad programs that need to mimic his approach should direct their frustration at their own program, not the pace setter. 

1 year, 6 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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John (and perhaps others): I believe you're WAY over-thinking this issue, mostly in the interest of pushing FSU as a potential new SEC member.  It’s just not gonna happen.

As you said, it's about more TV eyeballs and new geography, and to a lesser extent, that academic mish-mash college presidents enjoy discussing among their peer group.  FSU brings nothing, other than their hat in their hand and a ‘pretty please’.  National brand?  No longer.  They were certainly that back when we all called them Free Shoes University (if you don’t remember that, Bing it).  These days FSU’s national brand pretty much ends outside of FL and the southeast.  The emerging national brands that replaced them are programs like Oregon and LSU—Not saying I like it; just saying it’s so.

That said, I still think you’ll see FSU, Clemson and Miami as the core of a Big12 East.  A huge opportunity for those three schools and for the Big12.  Also, I’m still pretty sure we will welcome NC State and VaTech to the SEC –cuz’ they have the required (1) academics; (2) new TV eyeballs, and (3) geography.

1 year, 6 months ago on FSU A.D. Spetman Talks Openly About Switching Conferences… And The SEC

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@John -- ACC as Pete Best!  Funny, very funny.  And the Big East would be Brian Epstein.

1 year, 6 months ago on Slive Chats About Realignment, TV, Playoffs And More

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Meant NC State, not UCS (whatever that is!)

1 year, 7 months ago on Which Conference Will Win The Realignment War? It Depends On Your Definition Of “Win”

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Said it before (repeatedly), now saying it again: SEC kahuna are realists and recognize this is about $ports money feeding the member universities and about sustaining the national visibility all major schools want and thrive on. Soooo, the SEC will acquire VaTech and NCS, NOT the 'Snobs-R-Us' organizations like UVA, Duke and UNC. With the meltdown of the ACC, Big 12 will try to acquire FSU, Clemson, and maybe Miami (a nice eastern wing, I'd say), while Big10 (of  baseless snobbery fame) will tap GaTech and Duke, etc. on the shoulder during conference rush week.  Any dreams of ACC teams other than VaTech and UCS joining the SEC are just that . . .dreams.  Just my opinion.

1 year, 7 months ago on Which Conference Will Win The Realignment War? It Depends On Your Definition Of “Win”

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Bobby D still has it, even to this day.  This song is for driving and singing--always will be. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Thought Of The Day - 2/13/13

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I'm a Bammer, just sayin' it up front.  If this is true, kick 'em out now, with haste.  Use the incident to put the fear of God into the rest of the team.  Again, if it's true.  Arrests and mug shots don't always equate with absolute guilt.  Hanging with a single thief can get others arrested --happens all the time. Amazing what poor decisions young men can make when their heads get too big and their brains roll out their ears.

1 year, 7 months ago on Confirmed: 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested

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His signing with Ole Miss (he calls it, 'The University of Ole Miss') is the worst kept secret on signing day.  Nkemdiche is a very, very good player, and we can expect him to on Sunday's in three years (assuming no injuries).  But in the end, he's playing for a 3-loss per year team for the next few seasons.

1 year, 7 months ago on Robert Nkemdiche Chooses Ole Miss

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Said it before, now saying it again -- No way UNC and Duke will swallow the idea of joining the SEC.  Too much unfounded-but-still-working-for-their-national-image belief in academic superiority,  Not saying it's right, just saying it's so in UNC-Duke circles.  That said, watch for VaTech and NC State to be part of the SEC mix (or Big XII, or whatever Texas and friends are now called).  Both NC State and VaTech would pull SEC academics up the ladder a bit, too.  Not to be contrarian, but that's the lanscape in academia these days.

1 year, 7 months ago on How An SEC-Big XII Scheduling Alliance Could Doom The ACC

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Coach Franklin needs to go to charm school, tonight.  Or perhaps read (re-read?) "How to Win Friends and Influence Enemies".  I think we all understand that high school level humor often and necessarily relies on  'pie in the face' stunts, but really, at a talk in the gym? The smirking kids will forget the comment within a week, but parents, administrators and the entire Crimson Tide nation will remember when it counts. 

1 year, 7 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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And another thing . . . UNC, Duke and Virginia will NOT be coming to the SEC.  Too much pride and unfounded belief in academic superiority.  VA Tech and NC State both pull SEC academic standing up.  Currently, only FL, UGA, Mizzou, Tex A&M and Bama are near the top of middle of the coveted US News Top 50 Public Universities.  Auburn and TN are tied for last.  The rest, not there at all.  Va Tech and UNC -- both near the top to middle. 

1 year, 7 months ago on With Expansion Talk Heating Up, Here Are Four “Best-Case” Scenarios For The SEC

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 A lot of interest in this topic . . . and why not?  The perfect marriage of CFB and business.  I think a lot of people are over thinking this whole genre of sports speculation.  It's pretty simple:  TV eyeballs and monied markets. Example: WV not monied (relatively speaking) and not many TVA eyeball.  Northerrn VA/DC/central Maryland equals LOTS of monied TV eyeballs (too bad it's mostly fed by our tax money --a story for another day).

 

Anyway, when the SEC expands, either because it has to or wants to, it will look for monied TV eyeballs.  My guess, the path of least resistence is Virginia Tech and NC State, looking East, of course.  Looking west, I'd guess slim pickins', if you know what I mean. Tex A&M already has a nice lock on Texas monied eyeballs (and, yes, along with those other schools, like [little ut] texas and TCU).  Okie & Okie State?  Hmmm, maybe, but not as rich as the two in the east.

 

I see FSU and Clemson and maybe Miami headed to the Big 12.  A nice fit for them, if you ask me. They can have a little eastern enclave and will spend a lot of weekends whipping up on ut and the rest.

1 year, 7 months ago on With Expansion Talk Heating Up, Here Are Four “Best-Case” Scenarios For The SEC

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