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I expected TN to lose this game or luck out with a win. The coach and team spent the last three days complaining about the NCAA, and getting prepared for Mercer. Mercer came in focused and ready to play, which is more than I can say for the Vols. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Boxscore Breakdown: Mercer 75 – Tennessee 67

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I love the people asking why the other plays did not result in a suspension. That is the decision of the league office, not a impartial website. I felt the hit should have resulted in a penalty, but anyone watching the NFL right now knows that officials blow calls, and I believe that they missed calling a penalty there. Full game suspension - I don't know. I am not the one making the decisions. However I look at the video and see the breakdowns and it is clear that there is helmet to helmet contact, which is what ALL levels of football are trying to stop. So if this suspension keeps another event like Tulane this past weekend from happening, then it is worth it.  

2 years ago on SEC Suspends UM’s Elston For Texas Game Due To Illegal Hit

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I have no issue with the rule, and it will be a good thing in the long run. To many players are playing with lose helmets. This will drive the coaching staff to make sure players are wearing properly fitting helmets. 

 

2 years ago on Mizzou Folks Not Happy About New Helmet Rule… But They’d Better Get Used To It

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The Arkansas program is just snake bit right now. I feel sorry for them. I know we Vol Fans have paid our dues with Karma the past few years. 

2 years ago on CBS Pays For Lack Of Faith In UF And UT

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I have been calling for this for years. If all of the bowls would not sign on, I don't see why a group of mid level bowls could not get together and for some type of partnership with the conferences to create more interesting match ups. We can dream. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Forget Selection Committees And Conference Tie-Ins, It’s Time For A Bowl Draft

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Memphis has always been a dirty city. This is nothing new. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Does Your Team Recruit Memphis? Better Be Careful!

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Just goes to show that it does not matter if you are a football player, coach, or student - Geeks cannot dance.

2 years, 1 month ago on Vandy Dance-Off Continues To Show That VU "Gets It" When It Comes To Internet Recruiting

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 @John at MrSEC I see both sides of the story. If this was just about horseplay on a jet ski, then it would be a non-issue. However Bray has a history going back three years of showboating and juvenile behavior. This is another just another non issue in a chain of non issues with Bray. This attitude will effect his paycheck at the next level. If he goes pro after this year, there will be a team or two that will pass on him because they don't want the next Ryan Leaf. 

2 years, 1 month ago on UT QB Bray Heading To Court For “Hot Dogging” On Jet Ski

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I am sorry. I see this whole PSU mess differently. I don't really see Paterno and the other powers to be as putting "program and school" first, but protecting themselves. There is evidence that there was claims against Sandusky before '98. There are people that were on record from '92, and now claims from before then. The Clery Act was passed in '91. If there was a claim against Sandusky from '92-98, which there is a good chance, and JoePa helped Sandusky cover it up, then Joepa would be in violation of state and federal laws and looking at jail time. JoePa might have thought he was helping his friend cover up a one time mistake, misunderstanding, false claim, etc. Then in '98 when another claim hit the fan - Sandusky had JoePa trapped. If JoePa turned him in, the Sandusky would have ratted him out and both of them would have gone to jail. If you were 70+ years old, knowing you should only have a few more years left on this earth, would you speak up and spend the rest of those years in jail, losing the fortune that you have built a lifetime building and see your beloved school raked through the mud, or would you try and cover up the mess one more time? We all hope that we would protect the kids, and suffer the fates, but we were not in JoePa's shoes at that moment in time. So in '98 he convinces the Powers to Be to help make the issue go away. JoePa stays out of jail (which he would have faced at that time) and PSU builds a fence around Sandusky to protect him, the kids, and the school. Then in '01 Sandusky strikes again. This time he not only has JoePa, but the school President, AD and many others caught in the cover up. Now it is not JoePa facing jail and losing everything they built, but most of the power structure at the school. Any wonder why Sandusky was able to keep all of those perks that we wonder why? He was blackmailing everyone to protect his turf. While people want to say that they were protecting the program and putting athletics before honor, it just does not ring with me. These men put themselves before the school, program and most importantly the kids. They not only protected Sandusky, but provided him the tools to continue his perverted acts. I have no love loss for PSU, Paterno and the other men that had a chance to stop Sandusky and put their own personal gain and power before the safety of kids. 

 

On the other hand, the move the NCAA did worries me. I don't have issues with the actual punishments. I have issues with how fast they were handed out, and the appearance of bullying from the NCAA president to accept these penalties or else. What happens is more evidence comes out that is more damning that the Freeh report. The Freeh report is one team's investigation. There are still several trials to come. If more damning evidence comes out, will the NCAA pile on more punishments? What would constitute more punishment? We hope that this is a one of a kind case that will never be repeated on any scope, but where is the line drawn for the NCAA? I would have had no issue with the NCAA doing a starting point punishment like a post season ban for the up coming year and allowing all incoming recruits the chance to change their commitments without sitting out. They could let everyone know that the investigation is on going and more punishments are expected.

 

As for the death penalty, I don't see the NCAA ever handing it down again. Why? it punishes to many people and programs beyond the actual school. Think about how many business in Happy Valley are built around PSU 7/8 home games a year. Plus what of all the teams on their schedule having to replace a game at the last minute and the costs involved. What if OSU ended up losing a home game. The economic impact in Columbus (or Ann Arbor, Madison, Lincoln, etc.) would run in the 10's of millions of dollars. Why should those towns and economies be punished for a Penn St. matter? Do you think that there would be some major lawsuits against not only PSU, but the NCAA directly? What PSU received is the modern day version of the death penalty. It prevents teams from having to do last minute rescheduling. It will cripple the PSU program for a decade at least. But as a whole, will keep the economies in place and minimize the economic impact that a canceled season would impose on schools and cities that had no part in this mess.

2 years, 2 months ago on Free Advice To Schools: Don't Ask For Outside Reviews On Scandals

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Most people miss the entire timeline here and some of the logic behind JoePa's failed decisions. Sandusky did not just start in '98. If Joepa was aware of child abuse by Sandusky between '91 and '98 when the know actions were hitting the fan, then there was a known violation of the Clery Act. At that point, JoePa was not trying to protect his football program, but protecting himself and the school at large. Sandusky would have sold JoePa up the river. The Clery Act would have put JoePa in jail and could have brought sanctions on the school from the DOE. When it came up again in 2001 - Sandusky then not only had JoePa bent over a barrel, but also the whole school because the President, AD and more were now involved in the cover up. Were these men willing to spend 6-10 years in federal prison and bring sanctions by the DOE on PSU, just to what every claims that they would have done in the same situation. Joepa loved PSU more than anyone - He was PSU. He would never knowingly hurt PSU, so he stayed silent. He hoped that all of this would just blow over. It was not until Sandusky volunteered to coach at a local high school that he stepped out of PSU web of protection that he got caught. And once the thread was pulled the entire house of cards came down. So was there a competitive advantage gain? Depends on how you look at the matter. If PSU had been hit be DOE sanctions back in 98 or even 01 - would acredidations have been lost? PSU has had record growth over the past decade into one of the largest public research schools in the nation. That allowed Paterno to recruit great scholar athletes. I believe he was 2 B10 titles since 98, and several BCS bowl games in that same time frame. If Paterno had been fired in 98 or 01, like he should have been, would that have ever happened? If PSU was not the stellar rep school that it was up until Nov11, then would it have a recruiting advantage. Question - was it easier to recruit to PSU last year or this year. This covering up this crimes did give PSU and advantage. While I agree - the NCAA is stepping onto a slippery slope and needs to choose their words carefully not to be expected to rule on every major issue that pops up on campus.

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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IF I remember correctly, Paterno never wanted statues and the stadium named after him. He said he was not worthy. Of course we took that for him being a simple humble man. Now we know that he was telling the truth. He knew that he had to many Sanduskys in his closet and eventually the truth would come out.

2 years, 2 months ago on It’s Time To Stop Deifying Coaches And Players

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I have no issues with the demotion. UT has lost it's shine over the past decade. We had trouble hiring and keeping coaches. Were not on the top of the list for most of the top recruits, and had generally stopped performing or acting like a top ten program. That said, I think it is just a temporary demotion. His - 100 football fans in North Dakota - argument would still be the same today as it was 5 years ago, and it will be five years from now. However saying that Tennessee is not one of the shining stars in college football is not hating, but truthful. We were also down in the late 70's and early 80's. Cycles happen, and hopefully we hit rock bottom last year and are on our way back up.

2 years, 2 months ago on LSU Now A “King”, UT Just A “Baron” According To SI.com Writer

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I remember the same thing being said about Addias a few years back at UT. I doubt it is the shoes.

 

2 years, 2 months ago on USC’s Shaw Tweets Shot At Under Armour

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John, there is a difference between the haves and have nots in the SEC. Most of the major have schools in the SEC try and schedule at least one high profile game OOC. I was one of the upset at buying out UNC group. It reeked of us running from a team. In hindsight, that game was winnable - which made it worse. Of course I was also one of the UT fans that understood how low the program was and that this up coming season was the best option for success over the past couple of years. Miss St. is one of the have nots in the SEC. As long as they have to climb over Bama, LSU, ARk, Auburn and now TAMU, they are going to schedule for a winning record. They are not going to be concerned with winning championships. That attitude would not fly at UT, Bama, UF, and the other big dog schools, but it does at Ole Miss, Miss St., KY, and Vandy. I would love to see Florida and UGA play outside of the Southeast sometime in my life.

2 years, 3 months ago on MSU A.D. Stricklin Defends Pastry-Filled Football Schedule

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UT has always had the largest recruiting budget in the SEC, that has never been a secret. There is a hidden cost. How are the scholarships handed out. UTAD pays for the full cost of scholarships. Since the majority of the athletes are out of state kids - the UTAD is paying out of state rates for scholarship. When schools that can recruit the majority of kids in state - LSU, UGA and UF recruit in state and are able to pay in-state rates for the scholarships. That in addition to the fact that UT does recruit nationally more than other programs in the SEC. Remember Washington DC is closer to Knoxville than Memphis.

2 years, 3 months ago on SEC Football Recruiting Budgets

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 @John at MrSEC John, I liked the ACC idea that you floated. Though I would prefer to see UT play Pitt instead of BC, but that is splitting hairs. However most of the SEC programs have and will be playing 9-10 BCS level schools a year. The same as other conferences. So we don't have a scheduling problem, we have a perception problem. It does not help the cause that UGA, USC, UF, and others rarely venture out of the south to play a game. I think that hurts the SEC perception worse than the actual schedules being played. It is going to be hard lining up a PAC school in the future. They are already committed to at least 10 BCS level games. Very few AD's are going to be willing to add number 11. So we either have to push to play more outside the conference or play more inside the conference. If we play more inside the conference, I don't see how that helps the over perception. I remember the old Big 8 days. You had Colo, Neb, and OU all top ranked and praised. They rarely played any tough games out of conference, even against now BCS level foes. A lot of times they would head off to the orange bowl and get beat. People would claim it was because they only played the other teams in conference and no one else. I can see the same perception happening to the SEC regardless if they play 9 conference games or schedule regional rivalries with ACC teams. At least some of the ACC teams would get them across the Mason-Dixon line.

2 years, 4 months ago on Slive Speaks: Football Rivalries Saved, Basketball Rivalries Dumped

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John,

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the B1G has backed off going to nine conference games. The B1G is counting their 9th game the scheduled game with the PAC. I don't see how that is any different than the schedules put out by the SEC. 8 conference games and usually one BCS level OOC game. Some are built in like USC/Clem, FSU/UF and UGA/GT, but most of the big 6 football programs schedule at least one BCS level OOC every year.

2 years, 4 months ago on Slive Speaks: Football Rivalries Saved, Basketball Rivalries Dumped

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I am personally not happy with the basketball schedule. I am wondering when the backlash will start regarding the Kentucky basketball fans will start. In the past month they have now ended to of their most popular rivalries - UT and Indiana. Also don't forget that they will not always be playing Vandy twice a year either, and I am sure that Kentucky fans were looking forward to playing Mizzou also. I wonder how long until there are complaints from the supporters that there are less and less big games in Rupp and more big games on neutral sites. When I was in school, it was the Wade Houston years. I never attended basketball games because the product was so bad on the court, except Kentucky. I would go to see a miracle (which did happen), and to experience what TBA could be if the team would actually win. Though it was usually filled with more Kentucky fans than UT fans during those times. The place was still electric and it made you want for more out of our basketball program.

 

Do you think that they might do the 1 permanent game, and the 4 home and home are based upon perceived strength for the upcoming year, not a set rotation? Coach Cal was talking about doing something close to the Big East does every year to make sure the better teams play each other more during the season and the weaker teams play each other to increase the chances of landing more teams in the tournaments, and increase the overall RPI of the conference.

 

Regardless, I am not happy about not playing UK in basketball every year.

2 years, 4 months ago on Slive Speaks: Football Rivalries Saved, Basketball Rivalries Dumped

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 @buddha22 I think the whole 6-1-1 is also a bridge until the next re-alignment wave hits in a year or two. The presidents know it is likely to happen, so why blow up the house and rebuild it this year, when you will just have to do it again in a couple of years. A big deal is being made out of not having a team visit but once every 12 years. I personally don't care how often we play LSU, ARK, Ole Miss, MSU (though I would like to play TAMU more, but that is just because I live in Houston). UT and LSU and Miss st. rarely played before 1992, and permanent rotations were started. As far as I am concerned, not playing the other division so much increases the chance that we will not have a repeat in the SECCG. That is a good thing in my book.

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Slive Speaks: Football Rivalries Saved, Basketball Rivalries Dumped

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It could have been that Dooley and the UTAD stayed quite on the matter because of an on going police investigation. It could also be that Dooley just did not want bad press right now. The bigger question to character is how Dooley deals with Clear.

2 years, 4 months ago on UT Tight End Arrested For Stealing… From A Fellow Athlete

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 @John at MrSEC  @AllTideUp John, I am feeling your pain. I never mentioned anything about the "deal" to keep FSU, L'ville, Clemson and GT out of the SEC, but everyone is crediting it to me. I am just saying that This could be a ploy on FSU part to get a nibble out of the SEC. I am confident that if FSU was the best choice in regards to expansion that the votes would be there to add them. GT will never get a vote for 1, they left the SEC and Two the SEC can already count Atlanta in it's media deal. Clemson is a small market already controlled by USC, UGA and UT. L'ville does not fit the profile of schools, and appeal is to a regional metro area not a state. When you did your report a while a ago the #1 and #2 teams that would add value to the SEC were A&M and FSU. The SEC has A&M. If they are serious about locking down the south and maximizing the TV deal, FSU is a wise choice. All of the other schools on the no vote list do not have enough TV value to over ride a block veto. You also have to look at your other options out there beyond those four - Texas. 800# gorilla. OU/OSU, Kansas, WVU, VT, UVA, NC schools. or another lower rung Florida school like USF. Taking another B12 school will not happen anytime soon unless the conference falls apart. Which at this time it is still glued together. That leaves a lot of grade B choices that the SEC has already looked down on. I still don't see anything happening between the b12 and FSU. There are to many logical items keeping them apart. Which really means it will happen in a new york minute.

2 years, 4 months ago on Internal FSU Battle Playing Out Externally; More Proof That The Tail's Been Wagging The Dog

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I read Barron's memo with interest. After reading it several times, I realized that this was not some shot off the hip email. There is actual research done behind this memo. I personally believed that FSU analyzed changing conferences and if it would be beneficial. Which is where the 'neer report and items were coming from. Someone in the department leaked a "hey they are looking into the moving to the B12 to a blogger". It could have been on purpose just to gauge the fans and alumni reaction. Barron after looking over all of the data, said it was not happening. If the reports are true of just $3million difference, it would cost us more money long term and short term to change conferences. Toss in the academic disparities of research institutions, and you have a no-win situation. The question is - was there also a report done on the SEC? FSU to the SEC is a no-brainer, if you look at the points made in the article. You would have the money, fans and resources athletically to succeed. Academically you would be moving into a conference with institutions with similar academic profiles, where with the B12, they would instantly be the #3 research institution in the conference. In the SEC they would be ranked 7-8 in the conference regarding academic research funding. Maybe FSU has changed their tune on the SEC, and this is all a ploy to get the SEC to talk or get more money out of ESPN and the ACC to keep the last major conference realignment from happening so soon.

2 years, 4 months ago on Internal FSU Battle Playing Out Externally; More Proof That The Tail's Been Wagging The Dog

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 @louciaccia If you read the memo from the President, it is clear that the financials are not there for a move to the b12 unless the B12 TV contract is much much larger than the rumor mill has it being. 

2 years, 4 months ago on Y'ever Notice That The Media And Those Who Hate The Media Play By Two Different Sets Of Rules?

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I put together a list last fall when people were knocking the SEC's academics and why TAMU and Mizzou would want to leave. First off the AAU is a elitist club of universities that was founding in the Northeast shortly after the civil war and has always looked down on southern schools. Which explains why schools such as Florida and GT took so long to be invited. I looked at the amount of average research funding the schools did over the past 3 years. I set the bar at schools that averaged $200 million dollars a year in academic research. The SEC, before expansion had 8 schools that averaged that amount each year (everyone but Ark, MSU, Ole Miss and USC). The B12 would only have ISU and Texas left after Mizzou and A&M left. Yes even AAU member Kansas does not do as much research as 75% of the SEC schools before expansion. One reason the AAU is a crock when it comes to measuring a schools academic power, it is a club.

2 years, 4 months ago on FSU’s Outgoing Top Trustee Makes FSU’s AD, The ACC, Media Everywhere, And Yours Truly Look Bad

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I have had one theory, and wonder if ND and BYU combine to the 12th member. Here is my thinking. If there is conference championship requirement put in place to be part the playoff, then BYU will be looking for a conference to align. I doubt that the championship will be all championship requirement, there will be some at large selection. ND has the ability to "earn" an at large bid, BYU not so much. BYU joins the B12 in football only, and leaves their other sports in the WCC conference. It reduces travel and eliminates the playing on Sunday issue. ND may be looking for a conference to place their olympic sports since the Big East is becoming so watered down, and losing many name brand programs it might not be attractive to them any more. They combine to be the 12th member. ND gets to keep their independence in football. They could even have a scheduling agreement with the B12 for X number of games a year, and bowl tie ins. You would have 12 teams for easier scheduling in the major sports.

 

Just a thought.

2 years, 4 months ago on Major Conference Realignment Definitely/Maybe/Possibly On The Way

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I think the delay regarding the B12 and L'ville is who is the #12 team. As much as Cincy gets tossed out there, I just cannot see it happening. They do not bring hardly any of the marketplace, and a marketplace as you have mentioned that is shrinking. They have trouble filling their 35k seat stadium that is in poor shape in need of repairs. The Athletic dept has had issues raising the funds to build basic items needed to support major programs like practice facilities and such. I think first that the B12 is talking with BYU. That would make the most sense to combine with L'ville money wise. It would also give the north division two major programs that have built themselves up without tying themselves to TX for recruiting. If I was the B12 and HAD to expand, and could not get BYU or ND to pair with L'ville, I would pick Memphis. One they have a larger stadium (though in need of repair), A top level basketball program. Actually has market presence in their metro and TV markets. Memphis and the surrounding 4 state region produces a lot of athletes, and most important - it would plant the B12 flag right into one of the core SEC areas.

2 years, 4 months ago on Major Conference Realignment Definitely/Maybe/Possibly On The Way

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blue clad nuts - that can sound so wrong.

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Nine SEC Schools In Top 50 For Hoops Attendance

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The Big 10 has yet to commit to a 9 game conference schedule. Right now Delany is counting their games scheduled with the PAC as the 9th game. They have backed off the 9 game conference schedule as of right now. Many of the SEC teams schedule at least one BCS level team OOC each year. UT tries to have at least one national marquee opponent (with home and home series with OU and Neb already on the schedule). UGA has GT,  UF has FSU, and USC has Clemson. LSU and Bama have both been more aggressive in scheduling the past couple of years. No one will care much about the Ole Miss and Miss St. schedules, but even they have been trying to schedule OOC foes like BYU. So I see this as a challenge to the leagues schools that if they are not going to go to 9 games, at least add one major opponent OOC each year. Now as more conferences go to 9 conference games, it will be harder to schedule the top teams for home and home series, but it can be done. I would personally like to see a BCS conference opponent than another SEC game each year. Variety is the spice of life.

2 years, 4 months ago on Taking A Shot At SEC's Bama, Big Ten's Delany Hits Nebraska, Too (Oh, And We Told Ya The SEC's Schedule Would Be Questioned)

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 @big12source  @John at MrSEC Texas is going to make a mint no matter what conference that they are in. Texas makes the most sense in the B12. When all of the talk swirled about 4  16 team leagues, I never bought it. One major part of the country would be massively under covered, and that area is covered by the B12. Texas will always be a force in the classroom. It takes a conference of schools to rival the research power of Texas and their campuses spread across the state. There are good reasons why Texas has the attitude that this is my playground and I will let you play in it if I like. There is only one other statewide network of universities in one system that rival Texas in the classroom and that is California. There is a reason everyone wants Texas in their conference. There is only one conference that will allow Texas to be an 800 pound gorilla, and that is the B12. I do firmly believe that the B12 will expand again this summer. The two most likely schools are L'ville and BYU. These are two athletic programs that have proven that they can stand on their own. Neither is shabby in the classroom either. It will give a great foundation to the league regardless of what happens in the future with Texas and OU. If they do pick up and join X conference 6 years down the road, the B12 will not be grasping for air to survive. It will have 8-10 solid programs, pick up the best matches for the conference and move on to the future. However if they stay at 10, and teams leave in 6 years, there is no promise the league will survive on the top tier of conferences and they may be looking like Idaho is right now. However, I think all of the flirtation with the PAC the last two years was to keep the other schools in line. Texas and OU know that they have a more direct path to the National title in the B12 and not flying two times zones away four times a year. Top to bottom last year, I believe the B12 was the best conference and OSU was screwed not playing for the title. Just ask OSU how long flights and odd game times can mess up a season.

2 years, 4 months ago on Here We Go Again: As Summer Starts, Realignment Chatter Heats Up

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 @big12source  @John at MrSEC The reason no other conference has signed a pact giving up all of their TV rights is no other conference is so unstable that they have to make their members sign over their most valuable property to the conference. However I will agree that the B12 is a stable conference, for now. As long as the other 8 schools know that they do not have a choice, and Texas and OU do not have another conference home, the B12 will stay together. If the B12 does not extend the TV rights agreement past the current 6 years, all bets are off come the end of 5 years. If the B12 extends the TV rights deal, then you know the schools are now fighting to stay together.

2 years, 4 months ago on Here We Go Again: As Summer Starts, Realignment Chatter Heats Up

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People forget the academic side of conference alignments. That was the major driving reason for TAMU leaving for the SEC. There is a reason that TAMU called up Slive right after Texas passed a new state budget that gutted funding from the state. Loftin saw a future for A&M in a conference that had no academic partnerships. It also only had 3 other universities that averaged over $200 million dollars a year in Academic research funding; Mizzou,  ISU and Texas. Kansas might be AAU, but they do not exceed $200 million a year in Research funding. Texas does not share - and has no reason to share academically. Texas and their sister campuses (UTHSC, UTMDA, UTAlington, UTD, UTSA, etc) exceed the research funding of every conference but three - the ACC, B1G, and SEC by themselves. TAMU saw a future in a conference that had no academic network, no partnerships, and only two other schools that was on their level in the conference - Mizzou and ISU. It also saw a future with declining state budgets. It looked over at the SEC and saw 8 (everyone but Ark, MSU, Ole Miss and USC) universities that averaged more than $200 million in academic research funding, a formal conference partnership, and universities that work together, and decided to move. The Longhorn network gave Loftin a easy sell to the masses. Even OU president said that he wanted to be in a conference that worked together on and off the field and excelled academically as well as athletically. An academic partnership was one of the demands that he made to stay. There is a reason the two most unstable major conferences this past year were the B12 and BE - They were the only major conferences without any formal or informal academic agreements.  The B12 is now building an academic network with the conference, and was sited by Luck at WVU as one of the major benefits to joining the B12. That is why I find it hard to believe that FSU and Clemson would go from the ACC to the B12, or even the SEC. They would be downgrading the quality of the academic conference that they would belong. While an additional 10 million a year sounds like a lot, it is peanuts compared to the amount of research funding that those schools are a part of with other ACC schools. Funding that would have to be replaced if they change conferences. No school in the B12 would be able to assist in replacing that funding except Texas, and Texas does not need to partner with any other university to achieve their research goals.

 

As John stated in his re-alignment series - in the history of conference changes, no school has ever down graded the quality of the academic conference that they associate. I don't expect FSU and Clemson to be the first.

2 years, 4 months ago on Here We Go Again: As Summer Starts, Realignment Chatter Heats Up

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I think the house cleaning will pay dividends in the short term and long term. The only major change is the switch in defense. Which looking at history, does not usually go well the first half of the first year. So I hope the offense is able to score until the defense can get set. The coaching team was put together on the fly with men that were willing to leave a program either right before signing day or after. Your not picking from a full cattle yard when you are doing that. Dooley is from the Saban tree. I am sure he is not the easiest person to work for. Wilcox left because he was not fitting in, and might not liked living in the fish bowl of SEC football. Other coaches were also not performing or fitting in, and were not brought back or left on their own. Only time will tell if we have upgraded our staff that will keep building or if this is the beginning of the end. Hopefully this coaching staff will gel and present a unified gameplan for the players to follow and win.

2 years, 5 months ago on Dooley Says Staff Exodus At UT Was "A Good Correction For Me"

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I think that they will end up with a hybrid system. Select the top two or three conference champions and 1-2 at large teams. This still gives a chance to the independent teams, ND, BYU and Army, but still focuses on winning your conference and preserves the regular season. I also think that they will go with entire neutral site games. The bowl games will be allowed to bid, but the terms of the agreement  and power will be with the BCS, not the bowls. There seems to be a lot of articles the past couple of days bashing the bowls power and contracts and how they are not in favor of the schools that play in them; Hotels, tickets, and contracts are all written to favor the bowl, not the schools or their fans. Having all neutral site games will also be tipping the hat to the PAC and B1G. This will allow semi final games to be played in parts of the country that will allow their fans to travel to the games. The sites will not always be a match and teams might have to travel, but there would be ways to reduce the distance. Right now all of the major bowls are in the southern US. The only conferences that would have short drives to some of the major bowls would be the ACC, SEC, and part of the PAC. That is a lot of fan basis to cut off. Plus if it is all neutral site games - the BCS and thus the conferences would hold all of the cards and be able to squeeze the most money out of the games and cut the bowls out of the equation.

2 years, 5 months ago on The BCS Status Quo Is "Off The Table," But SEC Fans Should Hold Their Applause

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They are not bad. It could be one ow Swiper Boy's  Vol Video's. They were just a corny and were supposed to be by a "professional".

2 years, 5 months ago on A&M Joins Mizzou With Bad Rap Video

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The only suggestion that I would have would be to center the school tabs. I think that looks better. As much as I would love to have Bama shoved into a corner, it just does not fit work right if you ever want to click on the tab because it is so far to the left of the page. The home tab you can click on further out. As for the A&M color, it is brighter than the uniform colors. The uniform colors are a dark maroon. However this is probably the color that is on the websites for A&M. The same with UT. Our uniform Orange is different than our advertising and web orange. Why? The actual true orange used on the uniforms is a pale orange. If you used while lettering on that orange, it is extremely hard to read. Hence the reason that our uniform numbers are sometimes lined in black. General Neyland actually did that on purpose because on black and white film, the numbers were almost impossible to make out. This made it harder for other teams to scout his teams. On the field it looks good (if you like orange), but on TV and film it is a bear to read if not lined. Just like A&M maroon. The maroon on the field just does not have a pop in print and on the web, so it is made "brighter" to allow it to stand out. Either way, it is so much better than cow hide orange used at TU.

2 years, 5 months ago on New Tabs And Pages For Missouri And Texas A&M Are Up

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The next stage that I see happening at many schools is the widening of the seats in the stadium to "enhance the fan experience". I can see UT and many of the other major stadiums start adding an inch or two back to the seats. This will reduce capacity but not really cost any money.

2 years, 5 months ago on LSU Looks To Expand Tiger Stadium; Who’ll Be The First To Go The Other Way?

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The more that comes out on this mess the more years it is going to take for Petrino to get another head coaching job. He will get another head coaching job, he wins. Someone will take a gamble on him. He has never had the NCAA looking around his program. He follows the NCAA rules, but does not care to try and follow all of the other rules in life.

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Petrino's Gift Paid For Dorrell's Vehicle

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From the teaser images that have been released, I don't think the new uniforms will be that wild. They will have a unique image, which is what Mizzou wants. If you look at all of the current SEC teams (even Vandy), and other well branded teams (Mich, OSU, USCw, UCLA, you know within a few second of watching a game who is playing and where they are playing. That is not the case with Mizzou. I watched a couple of games last year and while the uniforms look nice and professional, you could easily flip past the channel and not realize that it was Mizzou playing. Nothing really stood out about their last image. I support this move by the school. It will just help Mizzou and the SEC long term. It could be worse - they don't look like UGA's alt uniforms that they wore last year. Those were ugly. That drag queen lipstick red stripe down the face mask was just wrong on so many levels.

2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou “Wants To Grab A Little Piece Of What Oregon Has Done” Uniform-wise… Ugh

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 @MizSec1911  @John John has said many times the new tabs are coming soon. Officially  you two don't join until July, so technically anything before then would be jumping the gun.

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Mizzou “Wants To Grab A Little Piece Of What Oregon Has Done” Uniform-wise… Ugh

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 @John at MrSEC I agree with you. I laugh at when I see the plans (yes they have plans already) to expand Kyle field to 115k. I see the issues UT is having getting 100k in the stands every week. Going to the games were some of my best memories growing up. I am one of those people that now prefer to watch the game at home than in the stands. When you factor in the $8 sodas, $30 parking, and $50 tickets, it becomes a no brainer. I could see build a new stadium that created a great game day experience, but capping it a 90-95k on the west side of campus up in College Station. It would build a stadium that is ADA approved and free up valuable land close to the center of campus for new buildings and dorms. So there is a win/win there for A&M. I even expect Bama to regret 10-15 years down the road to be announcing that they are adding an inch or two  to every bleacher seat to "enhance the fan experience". When in realty they are decreasing capacity because they are having issues selling the seats.

2 years, 5 months ago on A&M Might Build A New Stadium Due To SEC Move

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Living in Houston, I have seen first hand some of these discussions. One of the items that has to be addressed is the fact that A&M actually "lost" seating for their fans moving to the SEC. The SEC is requires 8k tickets for the opposing team. It is known that the SEC fans travel and will normally sell that allotment. The B12 only required 2.5k tickets for the opposing team, and rarely sold them. Baylor only sold 385 tickets to the TAMU game last year. A school 80 something miles away could only sell a couple of hundred tickets. So they had to pull tickets from season ticket holders because the SEC requires lower bowl seating and from general admission that will not go to A&M fans. So one of the reason why they are looking to expand is just to make up the difference of A&M tickets that are not being sold to A&M fans, but to other schools. I have already warned my Aggie friends that the game day atmosphere will shift dramatically. Your stadium is not the same when you have 10k Bama/LSU fans making more noise than your 75k home fans. There is also the whole race with TU. People outside of Texas really do not understand the relationship between A&M and TU. A&M is the little brother that is trying to find itself and get out of the star older siblings shadow. The SEC is a major step in creating a separate image for the TAMU that is not related to TU. A&M wants and will eventually have the best (not the largest) stadium in the state. There is a huge plot of land on the west side of campus that they could build a new grand palace, and tear down Kyle field, which is in the heart of the campus and would free up much needed space to build dorms and classrooms. This is not an option TU can even debate being in downtown Austin. It would be one way to show up TU in a way that they cannot match.

2 years, 5 months ago on A&M Might Build A New Stadium Due To SEC Move

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I have stated from the beginning that the "inappropriate relationship" would not be his undoing. Contrary to Dodd's article, the fact that he cheated on his wife would not hurt him in recruiting 17/18 year old kids. Mom be damned. What will be his undoing, if he is fired, will be the cover-up and the hiring of an employee that he was/is having an  "inappropriate relationship". How long has this relationship been going on? Did it involve her when she was still a student, or other students on campus? If she is the only girl involved and the "inappropriate relationship" is not that old, I see him surviving with a major hit in the wallet. However if there is more dirt that they are uncovering, or if they need to protect themselves from lawsuits - he is gone. 

2 years, 5 months ago on Support Group Rallies To Back Petrino As A.D. Long Tries To Navigate Major Mess

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It might hurt recruiting for a year. However winning and putting kids in the pros will override most kids moral compass. Plus put it in a bigger picture - what 17/18 year old kid will not look at that and think "man I hope I am able to hit like that when I am 51 years old" The Mammas might have issues, but put it in the minds of a teenage boy. The big issues are; 1 how long has this been going on (ie did it start while she was a student), and 2: was it how she got the fundraising job within the department. Both are major issues that could lead to dismissal. Not that he was having an affair, but who was he having the affair with, how long, and what benefits was she receiving professional and finacially.

 

2 years, 5 months ago on Petrino Morning Headlines

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There is no reason why they could not schedule the home game for WKU in Memphis or Nashville. WKU would get to count the attendance toward their home gates and pocket the cash. Then play the away game at Ole Miss. UT did that with Wyoming a few years back. Play (and lost) the game in Neyland, but the "away" game was in Nashville.

2 years, 6 months ago on WKU Confirms Bjork To UM; But Will UM Have To Schedule WKU As A Result?

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Who says that ESPN will not be the partner in the network. If the SEC had their own channel to funnel second level game onto instead of ESPN2/U, it would free up for over the air space for ESPN to meet all of the obligations that they have to other conferences. Right now ESPN is backed into a corner. If you look at all of the TV deals that they have, they are at the point where it will be difficult to meet all of the obligations for prime time programming. One of the easiest outs for ABC/ESPN is to dedicate a channel to the SEC, this will free up a lot of air time to full fill the other contracts and reward the SEC with the easiest way to line the pockets of the conference.

2 years, 6 months ago on The SEC Is About To Get Even Richer

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As for UT< I am satisfied with the NIT this year. No one had great expectations for this year, and the NIT is exceeding what anyone thought. To have a couple more home games and weeks of practice is great. I would rather have the #1 seed in the NIT, than a low seed in the NCAA and be one and done. Hopefully the Vols can extend their season a few more weeks and maybe win the NIT. Either way, it could be a great foundation to build off of for next year. 

2 years, 6 months ago on Disappointing SEC Season Lands Just 4 In NCAA Tourney (As We Said A Week Ago)

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The first time I saw Oregon's floor all I could think of was someone dumped a big bucket of white paint on the floor. I actually thought of something else, but kids read this site.  I never knew the designed had trees until reading the article and seeing a picture of the entire court. Either way, it is bad.

2 years, 6 months ago on Disappointing SEC Season Lands Just 4 In NCAA Tourney (As We Said A Week Ago)

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I think it will end up being some hybrid model. I have felt for a while that they would do either 2-3 top conference champions and 1-2 at large team. Face it, would you prefer the B10 champ that was ranked #10 this year or Bama, or even Stanford/Oregon?

2 years, 6 months ago on Slive Wants Non-League Champs Cleared For Playoff

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I think the recruiting for Texas is being overblown. Mizzou will still be able to tap the Texas pipeline to get the kids that want to play top level ball in the SEC. Pinkel has shown that the can develop players. Now that they will be on TV every week through out the state of Texas, the playing in Texas will not be as important. In the B12, living in Houston, I can promise you that you never saw Mizzou on TV. It was TU, TAMU, and SEC games being aired. The B12 north never was shown unless it was that rare week that the two ranked B12 north schools were playing and the Texas schools were playing dogs.

2 years, 6 months ago on New SEC Permanent Rivals? That’s News To Mizzou

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In all of these talks, I always look at the money and see where it can be made. The ACC expanded, added more inventory to the TV deals and will only make about $2million more per team. Why? Leverage - the TV networks have it, the ACC does not. It had already signed everything over to ESPN and had no to negotiate.  The SEC is in a similar position with the TV networks of having to really take what the Networks are willing to pay. Yes the SEC inventory is more valuable than the ACC inventory, but still you cannot have networks competing to drive up the value. So for now the SEC is going to keep the extra inventory in their pocket. In a few years the networks will come calling for more inventory because of the ratings the SEC games earn and because they will need inventory for the SEC cable network. Now the SEC will be in the position of power. The SEC has something the networks want to pay for, and depending on how the TV contracts are written, might actually be able to shop around the inventory to the highest bidder. Which means maximizing the TV rights, and more money. The SEC presidents and AD's will pass off the expanding conference schedule as bringing the conference together more often (which is hooey), just like they did in 2002 when they switched from 5-2-1 to 5-1-2. That switch happened because the networks wanted more high profile games, and rotating the major programs through the league created more high profile games. So relax, the 9 game schedule will happen, but it will happen on the SEC's terms and when they can maximize the money from the extra inventory. Which right now they would not.

 

2 years, 7 months ago on USC Prez Talks Schedules Again; SEC Says Presidents Already Involved In Process; Looks Like 8-Games With Yearly Rotations

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