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@CarterCollins  


Uh, I believe if anyone sounds like a "SCREAMING INFANT!" it's you.  And apparently your reading skills aren't too hot, either.  You might want to check the third paragraph above, the very first example I gave:


"We’ve stated this view on previous occasions.  Just last season, for example, Georgia had to face two starting quarterbacks  with the SEC who had previously been drummed out of Athens.  In the spring of 2009, freshman Zach Mettenberger was arrested.  Reportedly, he then failed to come clean to Mark Richt about the circumstances of that arrest and he was dismissed.  After a year at Butler Community College he transferred to LSU and almost knocked off Richt’s Bulldogs in a 44-41 thriller last year."


Have a nice day,

John


1 day, 19 hours ago on The SEC Needs A Rule Protecting Schools From Having To Face Players Booted For Disciplinary Reasons

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@the_voice  


I'm basing my opinion on history.  History which I've laid out number by number over the length of many a basketball season.


I will say once again, that the ballpark goal for any team is -- 20 wins, top 40 RPI, top 100 SOS if you want to have a solid shot at the tournament.


John

1 week, 2 days ago on Next Hoops Season, Just Focus On Your Team’s RPI And Ignore The Game-To-Game Analysis

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@JustinDHB @John at MrSEC  


No hard feelings; I don't even know you.  And as I said, thanks for coming by the site.  


But for the record, to tell someone on their own site "you're no expert" is about the strongest insult you can throw at someone in my profession, especially someone who is often right enough in advance to document it and say, "We told you so."


But the follow-up is appreciated.  


John

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Wonder Why SEC Basketball Ain’t All That? Blame Football

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@JustinDHB  


Unfortunately, that is how the media works.  Ever notice the number of times CNN or FOX News talk about "exclusive video" or an "exclusive interview?"  Ever notice how many times local and national TV networks say, "As we first told you..."


Please remember that for every person like yourself, there's another guy on a messageboard or Twitter saying, "Those guys never get anything right," even though we do.  Not everyone who visits this site is a regular reader.  So what's wrong with providing a link to something we've written previously?


We started doing more of these promotions -- they're called "POPs" or Proof Of Performance spots in the TV industry -- when another site focusing on the SEC launched a few years after we did and began to write in every single story, "You heard it hear first," "As we first told you," and "We were the first to report this."  Trouble is, that site was writing things that we'd written YEARS before they launched.  Now, if you wrote something and then watched someone else write the same thing and claim that they wrote it first, that might bother you, too.


And it's not always about us.  We drew attention to the fact that another site claimed to ask a question that no one else had asked.  We pointed out that a Google search quickly revealed that Tony Barnhart (then of The AJC) and MrSEC.com had indeed already asked the same question 48 hours prior and a simple search would have revealed that.


But this explanation will not satisfy you and that's fine.


As for not being an expert, this site used to crank out 10 to 15 stories and blurbs per day.  We've done radio interviews everywhere from New Orleans to New Zealand (literally) and for three years I represented the site as a weekly SEC analyst on CSS.  I'm not sure if you do any of that, but thanks for the insult nonetheless.


Now, I'm not writing as much as I used to because people's lives change.  We do one batch of headlines each day as a service to our readers, but I don't post that.  How that negates any sources or views I might have, I'm not sure.  When this site started, there were no other SEC sites and the websites for local papers around the league did nothing in the "links to other schools" department.  That's all changed since 2008.


But the bottom line is this: If you can point out an incident where we've said "You read it here first" and you actually didn't, have at it.  Otherwise, the fact that we can write "told ya so" so often might just tell you that we do know a little bit more about the SEC than you seem to give us credit for.


Thanks for visiting the site,

John



2 weeks, 6 days ago on Wonder Why SEC Basketball Ain’t All That? Blame Football

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If you read the piece we linked to you'll see where about half of Rivals' top 100 football players have come from the SEC footprint the last three years... While only about one quarter of top 100 basketball players have come from the same region over the same time period.

For the record, this fact was pointed out to me by a former SEC assistant coach.

Thanks for reading,

John

3 weeks ago on Wonder Why SEC Basketball Ain’t All That? Blame Football

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For the record, Tennessee wasn't a top 25 preseason team.

Thanks for reading the site,

John

3 weeks, 2 days ago on SEC Headlines 3/23/2014

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@the_voice  


No, I think it's the same for everyone.  I've done this site for five years and judging by the number of Tennessee fans who've called me a "hater" over the years, I think I've proven that my current residence has little to do with what I write.  If these schools were flip-flopped and Tennessee had had a man go to the NCAA, help to nuke an Auburn coach, return to Tennessee and clear the same man for hiring, I can assure you I would be writing the very same thing today.  


As I pointed out in the piece, Auburn fans would see a conflict of interest had an Alabama employee gone to the NCAA, etc, etc.


Also, there's a huge distance between a conspiracy theory and a conflict of interest.  This issue simply exposes the conflict of interest claims that the NCAA faces regularly.  I saw Missouri fans claim that a Kansas grad working for the NCAA was going to hammer Frank Haith.  Tennessee fans will now cite a conflict of interest in the NCAA's handling of the Pearl case.  Other critics of the NCAA will likely state the same... if they're not all too busy praising the hiring of Pearl (though most of the same folks had screamed for his firing three years ago).


The issue is that the NCAA employs people who have ties to major universities with major athletic departments.  Perhaps the NCAA enforcement arm should field a team of people who graduated from Ivy League schools only.  (Kidding.)


On a sidenote, however, the single greatest frustration of doing this site is the fact that by currently living outside of Knoxville I'm viewed as some sort of Tennessee honk.  I suppose Tony Barnhart hears this about Georgia and Chris Low hears it about Tennessee, as well.  It doesn't matter than I grew up in Kentucky or lived in North Carolina or Ohio... I'm in Knoxville now so that must mean I picked up, changed jobs, moved to town all because I wanted to be a Tennessee sports fan.  Absurd.  But you and others will continue to claim it.  And if I moved outside of the SEC footprint, anything readers didn't like they'd simply say: "He must be a Big Ten fan."  Ah, well.


John



4 weeks, 1 day ago on If Pearl Lands At Auburn, Get Ready For “Conflict Of Interest” Questions For The NCAA

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@MoKelly1  


No, there are 32 teams in the NIT which means four #2s and four #7s and four #3s, etc.


They're both #2s but in different parts of the bracket.


Thanks for reading,

John

1 month ago on The SEC Pays The Price For Bad Hoops On Selection Sunday (Again)

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@jeff2124  


You suggest we missed something.  We did not.  Auburn has been on probation more than any other SEC school.  You are the one trying to "yeah, but" it away by saying there's been no MAJOR probation since 1990. 


And, yes, we're talking history.  How else do you label a school?  You base it on history.


Go back and do your own homework and you'll find that this was about the only non-Auburn site in the world that said throughout the Cam Newton affair, "looks bad, sounds bad, but there's no evidence."  We're fair here.  And to correctly state that AU has a long record of NCAA missteps and to point out that someone's always accusing the Tigers of something isn't misleading in the least.  Those are facts.


John

1 month ago on Auburn The First Test Case For Ex-Tennessee Coach Pearl

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