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Orange blooded to the core, but open minded about other programs around the country.
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.
6 days, 16 hours 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 week, 6 days 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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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 month 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 month, 2 weeks 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.
2 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.
3 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 4 weeks 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.
8 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.
8 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 3 weeks 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.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Petrino Opens Up To ESPN; The Rehabilitation Begins