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Good article, John. Urban's ego is insatiable and his desire for attention even worse. He is now losing a ton of southeastern recruits to SEC schools. Many top SE prospects have gone to OSU his first couple of years. He wants to stay relevant in their minds, but it will not work long term unless he gets his team into the NC playoff and wins. 

3 months ago on Ex-Coach Meyer Says 2008 Florida Team “The Best To Ever Play The Game”

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HoustonVol has it right with the first post IMO. They seen to believe that it is highly unlikely that more than one SEC team will be invited to the playoff anyway. With only 8 games it virtually assures that one SEC school will come through the season with no worse than one loss. Personally I do not agree at all, but understand the thinking. What I do not understand is having the permanent rival with only 8 games. Makes zero sense in a conference of 14 teams. Not enough rotation in the schedule at all. Which s why it should be a 9 game schedule - period. Perhaps they think they will revisit this when expansion rears its ugly head again. But it will still be the same unresolved problem of a lack of schedule rotation.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Gambles On Status Quo When It Comes To Conference Schedules

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Give me an over achieving Miller, Cronin or Davis at UT any day of the week unless the UTAD agreed to pay for Marshall or Smart. All are at basketball schools unless you want to claim Cincy is now a football school. In reality Cincy is and will remain a basketball school for some time to come. When you take city type schools to the NCAA nearly every years while playing under the shadow of the state's school, tOSU, you know what you are doing and can do it with lesser talent.

5 months ago on When It Comes To SEC Basketball Jobs, Who’s Better And Who’s Best?

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" Martin was never embraced in Knoxville for one reason — he wasn’t Pearl. "


Nope. Maybe for a vocal few. He really wasn't embraced because of how he coached basketball. Pearl had issues as a coach as well. Truth is Zo did not recruit well overall and was a poor offensive coach and game manager. He did no achieve or over achieve. He under achieved until the last 10 games of this past season - when he achieved by virtue of going against lesser accomplished and talented teams.

5 months, 1 week ago on Martin’s Departure Has Tennessee Chasing Its Tail Again

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Do y'all want to hear a different, more realistic view or do you want to cling to this silly petition runs off a coach conspiracy?


How about Zo understanding where he stood with the UTAD, boosters, and most of the fan base after the second aTm loss and realizing it is a tough gig at UT? How about him and his family not really adapting to the Knoxville area? It really isn't for everybody. How about him being lucky enough to hit a stretch of games leading into the SEC tourney that was as weak as any he could ask for at that stage of the season? Especially since the team had not won more than two games in a row all season to that point - with a upper classmen dominated squad with some real talent in a talent void SEC. To that point he had lost close games with 2-4 time outs yet to use when the games ended. He would have no Plan B half time adjustments, much less during the game. The players were not even listening to him. The winning streak at the end built confidence. They knew the second season could turn it all around if they got the bid. Which also was way below expectation of pre-season at a 11 seed play-in game.


I will give him Season One as a good accomplishment. But in Season Two he had an experienced Golden, McRae and Stokes as his core. Then he starts out as bad as Season Three with an experienced PG added along with good young talent. Nope. Not buying the petition. Buying the he got lucky playing some lower seeds with an experienced team in the AA tourney that built confidence for the Michigan show down. If he stays which I doubt, he needs an offensive coach that he hands the reins to or we will back here in this discussion a couple of years. If he goes they could end up with one of three coaches that have been where no Tennessee team has EVER gone - the Final Four - if they get Marshall, Howland or Smart. Howland only has to be asked. Zo gets to go back to his precious Mid-West where his .600 winning percentage keeps him well paid and in the AA tourney due to the media bias up there. Win-win.


JMO like everybody else on here.  

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Florida, Kentucky & Tennessee Hoops: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

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One of the more blatantly racist areas of the country is Boston. Residents of the Cincinnati area point to it as being racist. Since when did they join the Confederacy? C'mon, man. You gave the idiots what they want - media attention. There are obvious racists in every race and culture of people. Jihad mean anything to you? How about cracker?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Considering What They’re Up Against, Kudos To Ole Miss’ Freeze And Kennedy

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I am a U-verse subscriber so I have no issues and the pricing has remained stable since I first signed on several years ago.

8 months, 1 week ago on A Second Carrier Is Set To Come On Board As SEC/ESPN Charge Big For SEC Network

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This is not hard to determine at all. The easy answer is to move on without Bruce. That would be the wrong answer. The NCAA has compromised its integrity, if it has any left, with the Miami situation as well as others since Pearl's issues. Pearl came clean during the hearing. The issue was relatively minor until he made it worse by the lie. The others you point out were far worse violations and yet there's Haith on the court today. If Bruce is interested you ask him to come back, just with different assistants and a stringent reporting structure. You let the NCAA know in advance how it is going to work. Then you go win games again because he can win with just about anybody. He will have served his time in NCAA purgatory. It could be a beautiful redemption story that sells well to recruits/families.

9 months ago on A Bad Homecourt Loss Will Rev Up The Pearl Talk At Tennessee

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I am so looking forward to Bama/Sooners. Stoops will wish he had kept his dumb mouth shut. If the officials don't booger that one up to help them against Okie State they are outside looking in on the BCS anyway.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts

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They are doing what I have suggested for years that UT should do. In reality there has been nothing gained by bragging about over 100,000 attendance. The result has been four losing seasons in a row, thousands of empty seats and deep discounts on seats. When seats are uncomfortable and cramped, the concessions mediocre and overpriced, the piped in music/rap blasting ear drums out, endure the issues with parking, etc. - why should we overpay for crappy seats and/or pay the big extorted donation when we can be comfortable watching on TV at home, a sports bar, etc. If you are going to go for the money you have to provide something that makes it a pleasurable experience exclusive of the game itself. Reduce the seating by 15-20,000 and give everybody quality stadium style seating (NO bleachers with good leg room), some quality food in the concessions stands, good attached restaurants accessed from inside and outside the stadium, add another jumbotron to the north end zone, get reasonable on the music decibels and use, and keep building parking garages that the students need anyway. They would have a full stadium every game no matter who the opponent is and they will be able to charge more per ticket and increase the donation. More people would hang around the campus and strip for longer periods which would help the businesses and add employment. Finally, give the tickets to the students for free. Add some bucks to the activity fee to cover.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Kentucky To Strip 6,000 Seats From Commonwealth Stadium In A First-Class Renovation Project

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Easier to recruit to USCe than it is to aTm - not as many top choices on the west coast for the great players plus add in the LA scene. If the money works I could see it happening as it is unlikely the Aggies will be able to remain competitive against Bama, Auburn and LSU year in and out in the west. But as a Vol fan I think it would be wonderful to see Gruden get the job. Talk about melt downs on Rocky Top! lol.  

10 months, 1 week ago on With Rumors About Southern Cal Swirling, A&M’s Sumlin Isn’t Talking

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I think they need to extend Muschamp's contract as a show of support as long as they keep his OC. Best thing that could happen for the rest of the SEC.

10 months, 1 week ago on No Vote Of Confidence From Florida AD For Muschamp Yet… But The Coach Deserves Another Year

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It is all part of a much larger issue - using colleges as semi-professional developmental programs for the NFL, NBA, etc. The huge money and interest involved changed the entire landscape of college sports. Meanwhile the NCAA piecemealed their rules and continued as if it was all still being done the old way. I just want them to drop the façade and fix it, which they claim to be doing. But how can the same people that muddled it up so badly now be given the authority to fix it? That is borderline insane IMO. Zero credibility. Zero.  

11 months ago on Nixon’s Pardon, Timing And The Real Reason Miami and Missouri’s Haith Got Off Lightly

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Ok, John. I see your point on this. I just don't agree with the NCAA decision as the whole mess appears contrived and a product of legalese and cover-up. It doesn't pass the basic smell test - fairness. No sane, semi-intelligent person should agree that it is a  horrible transgression to have a recruit over for hot dogs against NCAA rules then lie about it happening, then confess and show remorse. Yet, we are to believe it is just mildly wrong to pay a convicted shyster off under the table when you already know the program is escaping what should be the death penalty due to incompetent investigation techniques of the institution passing judgment.

Not buying. We know how corrupt the NCAA is. Just another nail in its coffin.

11 months ago on Pearl’s Verdict Vs. Haith’s Verdict…Trying To Compare NCAA Cases Is Folly

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Verne and Gary are embarrassments. They were all poor old crappy Tennessee in the first half and then the worm turned and they suddenly had to swallow their cow patties. Fun game. It was a shame that it had to end the way it did with Pig Howard's fumble that cleared the way for the winning FG in OT. 

UT no longer has a QB controversy. Worley is worthy. Stay the course. Neal is a real SEC RB. There is talent at receiver. The freshmen class is good and will be a sound foundation for the future. The secondary is improving. Sapp is a real SEC LB. Big Mac showed up. Special Teams coverage is excellent. Palardy is outstanding - could not be happier for the guy. And finally, this staff showed they could make half time adjustments against a quality opponent.

Negatives are the O-line had busts and Tiny was the worst of the bunch today. Too many dumb penalties. Still cannot contain the edge. The goal line D has fundamental scheme design flaws. They miss Curt Maggit at LB. There is no way that Jalen Reeves-Maybin should not be starting on D at some position. AJ needs to only be on the field in rushing situations - he cannot cover receivers.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Gameday Links: Afternoon Delights 10/5/2013

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This kid can play the game. Hope he gets to play at the next level.

1 year, 1 month ago on Florida Offers One-Handed Guard Preferred Walk-On Spot

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Some good work there, John. Fat chance of it being accepted. Too many enablers around him. When (not if) he crashes, I hope it's not permanent and he can recover.

1 year, 1 month ago on An Open Letter To Johnny Football

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Thanks for the recap, John. Good stuff. Appreciate the site.

1 year, 2 months ago on 10 Random Observations & Opinions To Wrap Up SEC Media Days

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If they had no perceived value to the schools as athletes they would have been booted from school already or even before thesemost recent events. So it is not only the coaches, but the ADs and other school officials that are trying to figure out a way to hold onto these two. Which makes it even sicker. 

1 year, 2 months ago on LSU’s Miles And Ole Miss’ Kennedy Need To Boot Hill And Henderson

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Nailed it. Not just for the shooting - for any cover-up that happened with any potential arrest or school suspension issue that benefited the team, which obviously benefited Meyer personally.  I am seeing an unrepentent enabler that uses people to achieve personal gain. In short, a bad guy. He and THE Ohio State University deserve each other.

1 year, 2 months ago on Blame Game? Nope. But Questioning Meyer’s Discipline At Florida Is Fair Game

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Why would anyone want this guy on their team if they had any morals at all? Going to watch what happens with this one.

1 year, 2 months ago on Assistant D.A. Says “Jail Time Is Appropriate” For Suspended LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill

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Truth hurts, and Urbie is crying.

1 year, 2 months ago on New York Times: 34% Of Florida’s 2008 Team Have Been Arrested

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Urban did not cause Hernandez to do the things he did. However, he did help enable him by looking the other way and easing him out of brushes with the law and school authorities. Open message to Urban - you won the record in your tenure for most arrests. You won that with your NC's and SEC's. Own it. Just like you will have to own it in Buckland.

1 year, 2 months ago on Urban Meyer On Aaron Hernandez: “Wrong And Irresponsible” To Blame Florida, Coach Or Staff

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UF and OSU fans can have him. Meyer will have to answer for his actions and inaction when he meets his maker. In addition to the 30+ there were countless others that simply went away. There were still other times when players were allowed to play when they should have been suspended, with the suspension only delayed to get past a big game.  He kept recruiting guys for their atletic skill regardless of their character and then he would look the other way.

1 year, 2 months ago on Hernandez Gun Photo Punctuates Meyer’s Shameful Disciplinary Record At UF

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The SEC can lead or it can follow. Personally I think the view is far better leading the pack than from behind. It's not like there will be no second chances with a 3 strike rule and standardized, random testing by independent labs. Time to root out the junk as well as put some kids on better paths as you pointed out. You are spot on with the competitive advantage issue. Because money rules with all - from coaches to Presidents - they have greater potential to make more money with less PR hits. Who wants a recruit that checks out how many times he can screw up before getting booted anyway? Let that guy play for Meyer and THE (Corrupt) Ohio State University. LOL.

1 year, 2 months ago on New SEC Drug Policy Push: “Do It For The Athletes”

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The second Phil Steele typed in Vandy for his list is when he lost every ounce of credibility he may have previously possessed. Vandy - the beneficiary of a ridiculously easy schedule lucked up on a 9 win season. Their starting offensive leaders at QB and RB graduated. Being that they are no longer flying under the radar they will also no longer benefit from being known as Candy. Opponents will actually prepare and take them seriously going forward. IMO they will be most fotunate to win 6-7 games this next season after which Franklin will be off to greener pastures.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Preseason Guide King Steele Says 6 SEC Teams (Including Vandy) Fit “The National Championship Mold”

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All I have to say is that it will be fascinating to watch it play out this next season. If he backs his mouth up with another quality season, dude deserves the props. If he doesn't then he risks more than just a drop in his draft stock.

1 year, 3 months ago on A&M’s Manziel On Tebow: “I Would Hope I’m A Better Passer”

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I understand trying to be control the emotions after taking a ridiculous shot from someone. However, Gee is a continuous repeat offender. Which makes him a bigoted goober who is a liability to OSU and its supporters as well as the Big 10. The longer he stays the less I think of OSU as a university. FWIW, I grew up in Ohio and know the legacy of the school quite well.

1 year, 3 months ago on Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged

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@John at MrSEC @AndrewMartin 

Great reply - 100% agree. Take The Hat out of the equation and then make the right decision to keep rivalries.

1 year, 3 months ago on Schedule Debate: Even Recent History Shows You Can’t Predict Schools’ Future Success

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This is called cutting to the chase. These are stats that truly matter. Thanks, John. Add in the effect of the kicking game (or lack thereof when it comes to Tennessee football of late) and you can hit the winner nearly every time IMO. The General would be proud.  

1 year, 4 months ago on 6 Years & 302 Games Of SEC Data Tell Us: Don’t Turn The Ball Over

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Well done, John. I chose that road a number of years ago and it did make all the difference. Money aside, the fulfillment of purpose in life was what made it more satisfying. Enjoy your insights and information.

1 year, 4 months ago on Thought Of The Day – 5/8/13

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So I guess I would get sanctioned by His Majesty Emmert, because I would tell him where he could go and how to get there. There are constitutional rights involved that he has no authority over. What an egomaniac. Have not cared for him at all and care for him even less now. 

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

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Thanks for the info and it does show up that way. Just a thought. Could this be partially because the higher recruiting service ranking encourages the better coaching staffs/teams to seek those players? If so, and I believe it is a contributing factor, the recruits that end up at those schools receive better coaching and player development as a general rule. That will lead to the better chance to be drafted than those with lesser ratings. So could it be that it is more important than many HS players realize to be rated highly by the services? Appears that way.

1 year, 4 months ago on What Kind Of Recruits Were The SEC’s Draft Picks?

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Thanks for the info, John. I suspect there will be more to this. It has the effect of a poison pill if implemented as it appears. As I predicted last summer, the ACC would survive this in good shape.

1 year, 5 months ago on Buck Up, Expansion Fans, You Might Be Thankful For This Unanswered Prayer

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This is a WOW moment in time for sure. Will be interesting to see how conference expansion works out now. With this project as a model the dream 60-70 team elite division for CFB may be just around the corner.

1 year, 5 months ago on The New SEC-ESPN Partnership Is About Much More Than A TV Network

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So let the dirty laundry be aired out. Will see if they wash it or burn it. With power generally corruption follows. Will be kind of fun to watch this play out.

1 year, 5 months ago on USA Today Digs Into Emmert, Digs Up Issues For LSU, Saban

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Too tied up in manipulated stats to see it for what it is IMO. Simply look at St. Mary's schedule/results. Go ahead and explain how they had a higher rating and try to keep from laughing. Five Mountain West teams in?! Please. 

 

It explains what UT should do today - right now. Schedule mid-major and lower on the road and then go win 90% of them. Make most of them real cupcakes like those other bubble schools play every game in their conferences and OOC's. Schedule only a few better OOC's with as many of them at home as possible. Then win 12+ in the SEC. Then tell Slive he no longer has any authority over basketball in the SEC and hire a separate leader. Someone who has the guts to tell the officials to call the games according to the rules of the game or be publicly fired. 

 

The last point applied to all of the games I watched for all of the SEC schools. Example: I spotted a half dozen obvious hacks on layups within the last 2 minutes of several games where no fouls were called and the shots were missed. Who are they kidding? Two handed shoves under the boards on dozens of occasions never called. Whatever they think they are accomplishing in Sliveville ain't happening in basketball. The SEC and PAC are the current laughingstocks of college BB because they do nothing to change it and let the power shift to the little guys. Guess Slive's too focused on his SEC network project.  

1 year, 6 months ago on There’s No Room For Crying Across The SEC Today

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It's getting out of hand, kind of like the government with over regulation. Play the game. If a guy goes high intentionally, call it, but don't eject him. If it is normal course of a play and the offensive guy ducks or does nothing to keep from getting hit high let the play stand.

1 year, 7 months ago on New Rules: Possible Ejections And Eight Officials

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On some things like conference expansion you wait unless you know who you want, they are available, and it can be done reasonably smoothly. On other things you set the bar. This is one of those things. It is mind boggling to me this has not already been handled. 9 games in the SEC is a no-brainer. Will have to study the divisional play elimination suggestion.  

1 year, 7 months ago on Big Ten Considering A 9- Or 10-Game Conference Schedule

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100% agree with your suggestions, John. Those points clean it up before worse solutions are pushed down from the AA. Get out in front and set the bar. I also believe the uniform substance testing and work to retain rivalries in the sceduling will help recruiting. The testing should help alleviate some of the fears of the parents of recruits while the rivalries, especially regional ones, build a larger base that makes it more difficult to poach by non-SEC schools. Your point about the academic standing of the SEC improving with expansion also points back toward UNC and Duke being great additions at the right time. A great growing market to add that fits geographically while adding academic excellence and basketball. With the resulting financial windfall from TV, the league office should push some of its members to make substantial improvements in their facilities.

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC’s Slive Makes $1.5 Million in 2011-12, But There’s Still Work To Do

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Now we see first hand how Meyer Cup came into existence. Go recruit some thugs that could play football and if they don't get caught but 2 or 3 times they are good to go. The SEC should adopt a uniform policy with uniform methods of testing. Get out in front of this before being forced to.

1 year, 11 months ago on Breaking Down The SEC’s Drug Policies

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John - really good follow on Richt and your own view of handling adversity from the folks. I have always admired Richt for how he handled himself in the public eye. Glad you see the benefit of some of it. Doesn't have to be all one way or the other. We can all learn new tricks.

1 year, 11 months ago on UGA's Richt Doesn't Show It If The Media Gets Under His Skin

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I know you are taking up for your son, but, c'mon Vince! You are comparing a mediocre at best Va Tech program and facilities before Beamer arrived against the tradition and national prominence of UT - with the largest recruiting budget and top 5 facilities in the nation in the best conference that ever existed. UT was in the SEC championship game a few years before your son arrived.It ain't happening with him.  He might make a reasonably good AD at a mid major and that's about it. 

1 year, 12 months ago on UGA's Dooley The Elder Takes Up For UT's Dooley The Younger

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Good piece, John. Lays it out nicely. I think it's really funny how they want to gang up against the SEC to work around the truth - that the SEC is just at a different level as a conference. So the approach is If you can't beat them, cheat 'em in the polls if you need to. Works for the Heisman often - but wins and losses on the field tend to dictate who holds thenational  title at the end.  

2 years ago on Bama-LSU Part Deux? Won’t Happen Says SI.com’s Mandel

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I will believe in both USCe and UGA only after they have beaten UF. That team is for real and Driskel grew up a bunch against UT. 

2 years ago on MrSEC.com's Power Rankings - 9/18/12

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Guess UGA was just a little too "old school" on them. They thought this was back in the old days when there were no helmets or just leather head coverings.However,  I agree that the officials rarely call a personal foul when a guy gets it ripped off. That's on the officials to fix. 

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

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At this point it is clear - everybody else is playing for #2. Bama could slip up by being overconfident, but they are loaded - again.

2 years ago on Bama #1; Six SEC Teams In The New Top 25

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I agree with John. Both schools have situations involving violations of team rules. The fact that DUI and theft involve the criminal justice system is not relevant to violations of team rules. The court dates for these young men are just an additional issue each player will have to deal with on a personal basis.

 

The players violated team rules. Hoke took the high road. Sumlin took the low road. Period. It has nothing to do with conference affiliation or else Urban Meyer would not have been allowed to coach in the B10.

2 years ago on Michigan’s Hoke Just Made Texas A&M’s Sumlin Look Bad

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I agree with Tyler B that it could well be UK next season. If not he will likely go to the NFL as an OC.

2 years, 1 month ago on Petrino Opens Up To ESPN; The Rehabilitation Begins

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