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Orange blooded to the core, but open minded about other programs around the country.
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.
1 month ago on Ex-Coach Meyer Says 2008 Florida Team “The Best To Ever Play The Game”
So who judges the "crisp jog"? LOL.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on We Couldn’t Make It Through An SEC Meeting Without Up-Tempo Offenses Being A Topic, Could We?
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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Gambles On Status Quo When It Comes To Conference Schedules
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.
3 months ago on When It Comes To SEC Basketball Jobs, Who’s Better And Who’s Best?
" 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.
3 months ago on Martin’s Departure Has Tennessee Chasing Its Tail Again
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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Florida, Kentucky & Tennessee Hoops: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
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?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Considering What They’re Up Against, Kudos To Ole Miss’ Freeze And Kennedy
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.
6 months, 1 week ago on A Second Carrier Is Set To Come On Board As SEC/ESPN Charge Big For SEC Network
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.
7 months ago on A Bad Homecourt Loss Will Rev Up The Pearl Talk At Tennessee
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.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
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.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Kentucky To Strip 6,000 Seats From Commonwealth Stadium In A First-Class Renovation Project
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.
8 months, 1 week ago on With Rumors About Southern Cal Swirling, A&M’s Sumlin Isn’t Talking
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.
8 months, 1 week ago on No Vote Of Confidence From Florida AD For Muschamp Yet… But The Coach Deserves Another Year
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.
9 months ago on Nixon’s Pardon, Timing And The Real Reason Miami and Missouri’s Haith Got Off Lightly
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.
9 months ago on Pearl’s Verdict Vs. Haith’s Verdict…Trying To Compare NCAA Cases Is Folly
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.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Gameday Links: Afternoon Delights 10/5/2013
This kid can play the game. Hope he gets to play at the next level.
11 months, 1 week ago on Florida Offers One-Handed Guard Preferred Walk-On Spot
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.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on An Open Letter To Johnny Football
Thanks for the recap, John. Good stuff. Appreciate the site.
1 year ago on 10 Random Observations & Opinions To Wrap Up SEC Media Days
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 ago on LSU’s Miles And Ole Miss’ Kennedy Need To Boot Hill And Henderson
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 ago on Blame Game? Nope. But Questioning Meyer’s Discipline At Florida Is Fair Game
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 ago on Assistant D.A. Says “Jail Time Is Appropriate” For Suspended LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill
Truth hurts, and Urbie is crying.
1 year ago on New York Times: 34% Of Florida’s 2008 Team Have Been Arrested
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 ago on Urban Meyer On Aaron Hernandez: “Wrong And Irresponsible” To Blame Florida, Coach Or Staff
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 ago on Hernandez Gun Photo Punctuates Meyer’s Shameful Disciplinary Record At UF
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 ago on New SEC Drug Policy Push: “Do It For The Athletes”
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, 1 month ago on Preseason Guide King Steele Says 6 SEC Teams (Including Vandy) Fit “The National Championship Mold”
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, 1 month ago on A&M’s Manziel On Tebow: “I Would Hope I’m A Better Passer”
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, 1 month ago on Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged
@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, 1 month ago on Schedule Debate: Even Recent History Shows You Can’t Predict Schools’ Future Success
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, 2 months ago on 6 Years & 302 Games Of SEC Data Tell Us: Don’t Turn The Ball Over
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, 2 months ago on Thought Of The Day – 5/8/13
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, 2 months ago on Sanctioning Schools For Dimwit Fans? It’s Hard To Police Thought
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, 2 months ago on What Kind Of Recruits Were The SEC’s Draft Picks?
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, 3 months ago on Buck Up, Expansion Fans, You Might Be Thankful For This Unanswered Prayer
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, 3 months ago on The New SEC-ESPN Partnership Is About Much More Than A TV Network
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, 3 months ago on USA Today Digs Into Emmert, Digs Up Issues For LSU, Saban
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, 4 months ago on There’s No Room For Crying Across The SEC Today
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, 5 months ago on New Rules: Possible Ejections And Eight Officials
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, 5 months ago on Big Ten Considering A 9- Or 10-Game Conference Schedule
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, 5 months ago on SEC’s Slive Makes $1.5 Million in 2011-12, But There’s Still Work To Do
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, 9 months ago on Breaking Down The SEC’s Drug Policies
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, 9 months ago on UGA's Richt Doesn't Show It If The Media Gets Under His Skin
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, 10 months ago on UGA's Dooley The Elder Takes Up For UT's Dooley The Younger
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on Bama-LSU Part Deux? Won’t Happen Says SI.com’s Mandel
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on MrSEC.com's Power Rankings - 9/18/12
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on Mizzou Folks Not Happy About New Helmet Rule… But They’d Better Get Used To It
At this point it is clear - everybody else is playing for #2. Bama could slip up by being overconfident, but they are loaded - again.
1 year, 10 months ago on Bama #1; Six SEC Teams In The New Top 25
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on Michigan’s Hoke Just Made Texas A&M’s Sumlin Look Bad
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.
1 year, 11 months ago on Petrino Opens Up To ESPN; The Rehabilitation Begins
John - total agreement with your take on this situation with Tyler. I am just holding my breath that he a Da'rick can make it through the whole season. They can then go on their merry ways as far as I am concerned. Tired of the self centered drama queens in the program. This they just having a little fun BS. People only hear a portion of the real story about these guys. If everything was made public most of these public defender posters would change their tunes.
1 year, 11 months ago on UT QB Bray Heading To Court For “Hot Dogging” On Jet Ski
@SEC fan I agree - love the "anus with a visor" comment. I hope Dooley will stop short of that stuff if he is successful. Would rather he exude class than fecal matter.
1 year, 11 months ago on Carolina Backup QB Reinstated, Spurrier Flippant About Incident
Maybe Dooley and Spurrier get along well for another good reason. They have the same attitudes about their players' misdeeds. Both situations are a similar problem. The USCe QB did something against the law, got caught at it, and brought bad press down on himself and the program. Just because Tyler did not get charged, he might as well have been since it became public, he admitted doing it, and he agree to restitution. Those actions are probably what kept him from being charged. Spurrier and Dooley are reacting the same way. They blow it off as stupid and tell them to get back to practice. Don't think either one of them handled the press after the fact very well at all. But with Spurrier you have an accomplished top head coach doing it. He gets away with it. With Dooley you have what appears as a smart aleck lawyer with a poor head coaching track record saying it. If he has another lousy season it will be used against him as another excuse to say goodbye.
This Shapiro/Miami investigation mess has been going on for some time now. Is it about to wind up and some of folks implicated in it are now being notified along with their employers? The penalities on this could be big time.
1 year, 11 months ago on UF’s Hill Resigns Amid Shapiro Mess At Miami
Ironic that Chizek says public intoxication is worthy of being sent home and pushing a true freshman to transfer, yet, Dooley says a starting junior getting drunk and vandalizing someone else's property by throwing beer bottles and golf balls off a balcony is "being silly" and that his aim was bad at the garbage can. In light of the fact that vandalism over $500 is classified a felony in TN, I would think that it is more than silly. I sincerely appreciate Chizek's response over Dooley.
1 year, 11 months ago on QB Pike No Longer An Auburn Player
Seems to me the Lexington police simply do not like Rod.
1 year, 11 months ago on UK Hoops Assistant Strickland Arrested Again
@John at MrSEC
Thanks for your response, John. I can understand your viewpoint about the "tough" guys that sit behind a computer and say junk to attack others. Most would run from confrontation in person and are living out their anger and fear with a keyboard. My response to you is more from the no or gentle answers work better against hate. I don't understand why people would come on your site and treat you with disrespect. It's your site and your forum. I find it very interesting and admire the hard work you put into it to bring information to the fan base. I also admire that you built the show from ground zero to the success it has been. I have successfully built a ground zero business to success before and I know how hard it is and the toil it takes on you personally and from a family time perspective.
I read/post on other sports sites. They range from silly to horrible - not much on the good side. You have to read through hundreds of posts on single threads to maybe find one good piece of information or good analysis that helps you. I am hated or ignored a some because I don't go with the crowd, good or bad. I don't do silly very well and I prefer an honest, educated discussion on subjects. When I have insight that might be helpful if accepted, then I offer it. Would love to see that here more. You might have to tighten down more and boot some of the haters off from time to time. Maybe you already do and I just have not noticed it. Will try to watch for it in the future.
Having sat on Boards and run businesses I have dealt with some of the dumbest situations I could ever imagine. Some I handled well and some I did not. I know most Board members of organizations are honest in their desire to serve. Frequently they are deceived or manipulated by those running things or in the know. I am not naive enough to believe it is not all about the money with many. The desire to change PSU is not all pure from a motive standpoint. Some ugly politics at the state and local level is involved. But I know from a lifetime of living that God places people in power that are not all cleaned up sometimes to accomplish his perfect will. For PSU and UNC to return to prominence and leadership in their industry probably requires some ugly exposure of past sins even if the motives of those handling it are not pure. That time may be coming for the dirty in the SEC at some point.
I will shut now and enjoy the scenery until something moves me to respond. Again, thanks and keep up the good work!
1 year, 11 months ago on Free Advice To Schools: Don't Ask For Outside Reviews On Scandals
At the risk of being thrown under the bus for what I think I will still give you my thoughts. To join the NCAA is voluntary. A school does not have to go that route. They do to gain prominence and monetary rewards (hopefully). They do so having attorneys review the rules and keeping them abreast of the changes and their impact on the school.The due process you speak of exists only within the organization and its rules unless they conflict with federal or state laws. That is not at issue in this case. As a result the rule book is written with areas open to interpretation for good reasons much of the time. In this case nobody could foresee a pedophile being a coach doing his ugly deeds inside the facilities with full knowledge of university officials and the head coach; who then allow the offender continued access to the facilities and cover up the offenses over a period of 14 years. An organization of its type can amend its procedures and rules at any time as long as it follows its own rules and applicable laws in doing so. The NCAA did that. So the action Emmert took against PSU is "legal".
I hear you questioning the wisdom on the NCAA acting in the manner it did. If I misinterpret the gist of your statements on this issue then ignore. Some in the media seem to indicate that no NCAA rules were violated so the punishment did not fit the crime. Then everyone blows off the ethics and lack of institutional control issues with the explanation that the acts committed by Sandusky have nothing to do with NCAA rules or in gaining an unfair advantage. Bad argument. If the head coach and university officials are involved in felonies - aiding and abetting and then covering up the crimes - they are in violation of the ethics rules. They knew felonies were being committed and continued to provide the venue for them to occur with direct control over it - then when confronted with it covered it up repeatedly. That is gaining an unfair advantage as well as violating the ethics rules for coaches committing a felony. Had the crimes been reported and dealt with by the court system PSU would have been damaged by unhappy fans and donors. Recruiting would have suffered. There would have been money issues and JoePa's legacy would have been hurt. Kind of like it is now - just a dozen years too late. Death circumvents legal proceedings obviously. But in a voluntarily joined organization those in power make the final decision regardless of due process under the law. If PSU did not agree with the decision they could use the court system to challenge the ruling asserting the NCAA operated under rules that were in conflict with laws. They did not because they knew what the price would be in the public eye and because they knew what Freeh's group uncovered was damning to their position. There might have been more criminal actions that would have been uncovered in a full scale investigation by law enforcement instead of what happened with Freeh. Pretty big risk they chose to avoid.
Now you are visibly upset that the "evidence" used by the voluntarily joined organization was not evidence at all. I beg to differ. Investigators do not always interview "witnesses" or those associated with the venue of multiple crimes. In privately authorized investigations the investigator is given the duties, methods, and responsibilities of the contracted work. That is a negotiated, two way street. To establish credibility PSU officials chose Freeh. I do not know, but am willing to speculate that Freeh had conditions under which he agreed to take the contract. Obviously one of the stipulations was that they would report the unvarnished truth as they perceived it and let the chips fall where they may. PSU obviously accepted those conditions. They obviously also understood the ramifications. The BOT is a highly educated, successful group of individuals that I believe knew the downside risk for doing so. Freeh's organization did not have to look far to find the damning evidence. They knew people tell lies and talk around the truth, especially those that have been involved in a culture that had been led astray but idol worship and "pretend" values. They found most everything they needed in the school's internal documentation and the criminal case against Sandusky. Case closed.
Finally you use this as a warning to all schools that if they go this route the NCAA will use it against them as applicable. Perhaps, just a thought, it was what many at PSU wanted to have happen to restore the culture of the institution to one of learning first, before sports? The perverse culture at PSU was obviously corrupted by power, ego and money. Some folks may have thought it was time for the pendulum to swing back toward different values. To do so required a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel at PSU. At other institutions it may be the later over the former. There is obvious concern at UNC that the culture is fostering things that are unwanted. Third party investigation may be what is needed to fix it. That is a UNC BOT call to make and they will determine the scope of the endeavor if it occurs.
You have sounded the alarm. Maybe that will be enough for all of the SEC members to rethink their priorities before it is too late. Doubt that it will though. The thought of having the ugly past exposed should be enough to get folks to do things right. But those deep in the mire rarely see what's down the road. They are too busy getting theirs now to care.
I enjoy your show and this website. Thanks for the work you put into it. Be kind to your posters even when they don't deserve it.
Bad things happen. Innocent people get affected. Life is like that. All of the players on their roster bought into the lie that Joe Pa ran a tight program that did things right. Really? Did they not read the news reports of the arrests through the years? Boys will be boys is literally what Joe Pa said to theTV media when questioned. Handle the punishment internally so they miss little playing time. Kind of the approach he took with his right hand guy (Sandusky) all those years. Boys will be boys, right?
The lesson: buyer beware. If you are a parent of a HS football recruit, please do your due diligence and be prepared to change courses if necessary. Prepare your son for what can happen.
1 year, 12 months ago on Can We Stop Saying The NCAA Isn't Penalizing Penn State's Players?
I want to add that 71 people got shot in random fashion. Why would anyonegetting shot at in a theater be concerned with a law abiding citizen trying to stop the threat with their own handgun? Dumb statement. You are trained in gun safetyclasses that you are not a police officer. You are to be a good witness and use the piece only when the threat is immediate, intentional and life threatening. Everybody should take the class whether they choose to own or carry a gun or not. If they did many dumb assumptions and statements that stir up emotions would never be made. Truth always works better than perception. Mulaw is absolutely correct - the courts and constitution have long settled the right to own guns. So lets work on the misconceptions and the abusers. John's point in the story is that it is too easy to amass an arsenal when you have no personal liberty to simply buy a decongestant or cigar without a hassle. We have wacky, lobbyist, self interest system of government that is totally run bythe desire for power and greed. They do not have our best interests at heart. So if you have a brain, take a stand and defend yourself and your loved ones in every legal way you can.
1 year, 12 months ago on Allergy Medicine And Cigars Are Tougher To Get Than An Arsenal Of Weapons
The people in the front rows were passed over by the idiot and being 20 yardsaway as one poster claims is an untrue assumption for a shot on the guy. Many of the people were within 3 - 20 feet. I just got through nailing the head of a target with 5 shots from 20 feet with an LCP and I have been to the range 3 times in my life. Considering the fear factor and realizing at this point you have to assume you are going to get shot anyway - if you have two people with handguns start shooting at him this cat is running away as fast as he can go even if they miss him. He is a coward. That's why he went outside and laid down afterwards. He had no desire for a shoot out with someone that would shoot back. I agree with statements on ammunition control. That could work.
Just took a required gun safety class with my adult daughter for the carry permits.It was excellent. I would have tested the theory that his body armor would have kept him safe.Somebody shooting back at him would have changed his thinking. A .380 LCP with a reasonable aim would have put a large hole in the coward's face, which only had a gas mask on it. Should assault rifle and body armor purchases be registered with the state - IMO they should. But there are millions of handguns, rifles and shotguns out there that were never registered. The practical aspect outweighs the ability to regulate it. The primary ways to handle this is education of the masses and much more severe penalties for criminals using and selling guns. The crime rate for assault type offenses have been going down for years in states that support concealed weapon carry. That is why law enforcement agencies generally support and most of the classes are taught by active law enforcement trainers. Not just in these CO situation, but it would alarm most citizens to know that there are numerous foreign national gang members growing pot and making meth throughout our mountains with IED's that will trigger if you hit a trip wire or catch on your clothing. The Home Depot's/Lowe's know who they are for what they purchase every day in their stores. Think about that on your next hike off the beaten path or hunting expedition. Education of the masses, stronger laws, more highly trained law enforcement officers. All law abiding citizens need to band together an be one big giant neighborhood watch organization.
Excellent article, John. Totally agree. It was silly not to go to 9 right away. Bite the bullet and get it done. I am not looking forward to seeing UT play GA State, Akron and Troy this season at Neyland. Switching one of them out for an SEC opponent is the way it should be.
2 years ago on Shock Of Shocks: SEC To Consider A 9-Game Schedule Again
Well done and welcome to the SEC, Aggies!
2 years ago on Texas A&M Students Stand Up To Nutbag Church Protesters
Totally agree with you, John. It seems the SEC poobahs are actually believing their own hype. Pride goeth before the fall. This is the time to make the big move, not the weasel more money move. They have given the other schools and leagues ammunition to counter the SEC is best claim by wimping out of a 9 game schedule in footbal and destroying basketball's traditions and rivalries. Had they bit the bullet and done the right thing they could have expanded when necessary, and it will become even more necessary now, with Easy Button adjustments that would have kept them on top longer. Now they will be left to scramble to recover. Just goes to show how dumb some smart people can be.
2 years, 1 month ago on Slive Speaks: Football Rivalries Saved, Basketball Rivalries Dumped
Machen's double speak sounds like it is designed to throw people off the scent. The problem is not going away. They need 18 and a nine game schedule for it all to work right and they know it. Seems more like a timing issue than anything.
2 years, 1 month ago on UF's Machen Says SEC Having "Digestion Issues" With New Additions
Really interesting, John.
In Mizzou's case - they could have stayed a B player in a B league in football and an A player in and A league in basketball. Or, they can step up to an A league in football as a B player initially, while helping to elevate the SEC to an A league in basketball. It's a win-win for Mizzou and the SEC for them to have joined as it was for Texas A&M for different reasons. I still think the SEC makes these moves if FSU had come in two decades back as you state. They may have been made as the 14th, 15h or 16th teams - but they still would have been made IMO. The fact is the Big 12 is a B league in football. Texas makes sure of that. So do FSU, Clemson and Miami change that dynamic and revenue sharing in the Big 12, or do they agree to play second fiddle to Texas? I guess that answer will come soon. But it is a moot point if the SEC will go on and bring FSU and Clemson, or Va Tech, into the mix. Just don't see the muckety mucks moving on it quick enough
2 years, 1 month ago on Will The Circle Be Unbroken: How A Mistake 20 Years Ago Has Nuked Conferences And Rivalries
Silly question. If this were to happen would ESPN then support the SEC schools not named Bama, LSU or Florida with their announcers and media corp? They all openly prefer the Big 10 and PAC 12 and worship the Rose Bowl.They will talk up a mediocre Penn State and ignore a good South Carolina every day. If not those leagues they always talk up the Big 12 and ACC before the SEC. It's not just football we are talking about here. Sounds like the SEC would be making another deal with the devil if they did this with ESPN in my opinion. Understand it's the devil we know - but it's still the devil. As you point out they are your friend as long as you are perceived to be on top. Is there a way to get the national exposure by owning your own network without having to stay in bed with those guys?
2 years, 2 months ago on Report: SEC Getting Closer To Starting Its Own Television Network
Can't see FSU going to the Big 12. Sorry - Haggard went rogue to try to start a fire IMO. He's on the way out the door and don't like what he has dedalt with for the past 3 years. When/if FSU leaves it will not be to go play in a league where they are beholding to Texas or Oklahoma for their "rights." They don't like the equal sharing of funds that takes place in the SEC as well as having to play the gauntlet of teams that each school has to go through to get to the NC game. They more than likely want to sweeten the pot for themselves in the ACC to remain a marquee football school.
2 years, 2 months ago on FSU’s Outgoing Top Trustee Makes FSU’s AD, The ACC, Media Everywhere, And Yours Truly Look Bad
Another good article. IMO Notre Dame has gone on ancient history for too long as it is. Excluding Holtz' tenure they have been down for decades. Let NBC rub on them all they want and get bad ratings, but the rest of the country could care less. The Big East is a joke in football - it's more of an association from schools to come and go as they get better offers. It's past time for the top 60-75 schools to grab the gold ring and run with it. If a school cannot put 50,000 fans in the seats every game they really need to drop out of the hunt (Vandy). Not enough commitment or money in their programs to field a top team consistently.
2 years, 2 months ago on You Do Realize That College Football’s New Playoff Won’t Be Official, Right?
Hey John - bet you had to look old Mahmoud's last name up to spell it right. I know I would. Good article and analysis.
2 years, 2 months ago on Sims' HS Coach Explains QB's Decision To Leave Alabama
I agree with a lot of what both posters said. They had to hire a guy that would pull together a staff that could recruit quickly regardless of their abilities to coach players. That meant keeping guys like Chaney and Thompson to make sure both sides of the ball were represented. Then it appears Dools had a thing for Wilcox while at La Tech. So in he comes and handles his side of the ball with 3 coaches he doesn't even know until Sirmon steps in. Chaney calls on Hiestand and Baggett - guys he knew from the NFL. Dools fills in the rest from guys he knew about and interviewed. The result was a mishmash that was never going to work. Hart coming in fixed a lot of the problems by being competent and stable. I feel like it is now a staff that can get it done and that will mesh well together if it is not too late. At least the roster was addressed during the period. Now they have to coach 'em up and git 'er dun.
2 years, 2 months ago on Dooley Says Staff Exodus At UT Was "A Good Correction For Me"
Good article, John.No doubt Tebow glued the team together and when he left it all fell apart. However, I believe he is a perfect fit for OSU because that conference knows next to nothing about spread/speed type offenses. You don't have to be top tier SEC good to win that conference championship. They are already a renegade program just like UF if the truth is told. So he will fit right in. He will play it safe for a couple of years until the Tressel mess blows over, then it will be back to the same ole same old. he can count on ESN to beat the drum for his NC hopes.
2 years, 3 months ago on The Sporting News Rips Ex-UF Coach Meyer, Furthers Our Belief That Tebow Was The Real Winner In Gainesville
Big Yellow Taxi - You don't know what you've got til it's gone. UF fans and the UFAD should be supporting a new, larger arena because of the demand for tickets every year there. Instead, clearly one of the top 10 coaches in America gets empty seats and grumbling while he reloads. Would trade that situation with UT's in a heartbeat.
2 years, 4 months ago on UF Upsets Marquette; Donovan Proves His Greatness Again
Plus One is the bridge to the end goal. The teams involved and the AA will make huge money. It will not impact the players as students. The playing field needs to level on every eligible league being required to have a conference championships and any eligible independent having to have the same # of games during the regular season. I agree that it will probably mean conference champs and none to one loss independents would only be involved. Small price to pay for the benefit it provides.
2 years, 6 months ago on NCAA Prez OK With A Plus-One System
As a StAte grad I was thrilled to hear the news and not terribly surprised. Gus moves to his own beat- not what everyone else thinks he should do. StAte is trying to step up a notch and now has better financial footings to do so. Gus gets out of the pressure cooker of the SEC, goes home, gets too refine his offense and HC skills. If gets the itch to step up he will have the opportunity. But he may decide he is having too much fun. He will recruit some better athletes that would have gone to bigger schools with his reputation.
2 years, 7 months ago on A Case For Malzahn's Departure