Common sense is lacking in most people.
I am sure that this will come up again and again during the off season but I still wanted to sound off so here goes, Les Miles, you officially have no gripes regarding SEC scheduling and permanent cross-division rivals. Your permanent rival just finished dead last in the SEC East. The team that finished dead last in the entire conference in 2012, Auburn, just won the SECCG and is heading to Pasadena with a chance at the very last BCS title ever.
MrSEC has rightly stated on numerous occasions that things are not static in this conference, Auburn & Mizzou just provided a seasons' worth of evidence as to how this conference can flip, and flip quickly. I congratulate both of the Tigers on their 2013. Simply outstanding.
Yes, Florida will be back. Yes, LSU has fallen from title contender to middle-of-the-pack. While both teams experienced significant success in the last decade, & each had to face the other while both were at their best, I'd say Les has more to worry about than the Gators showing up on his schedule each year.
3 days, 21 hours ago on SEC Bowl Projections 12/8/2013
Some schools expand their brand with gimmicks. Alabama has been pretty successful expanding their brand merely by being the last team standing following the conclusion of the post season in 3 of the last 4 years. Gimmicks are easier.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Chill Out, Alabama Won’t Be Donning Black Jerseys This Year
First, let me state that I enjoy watching Johnny play football. He's an electrifying athlete. However, the fact that MrSEC has dedicated an entire headline section to "Johnny Football" just shows how the media loves a story.
Sumlin has thus far failed to "reign in" Johnny. Sumlin's meteoric rise in coaching has placed him in a high profile, high pressure situation where the expectation for on field success outweighs good sense. My guess is that the university & their lawyers are weighing the evidence against Mr. Manziel and trying to ascertain the degree to which his eligibility will be impacted.
Assuming his friend/"manager" took $10k on his behalf, would the NCAA agree to a 2-game suspension & repaying the 10k (or donating it to charity) along with perhaps some community service? Or is there sufficient evidence for the NCAA to go for the jugular and end his college career altogether?
A 2-game suspension brings Johnny Football back in time for the big bash with Bama and the Aggies can probably handle Rice & Sam Houston without the Heisman winner.
4 months, 1 week ago on A&M And Sumlin Have A Big Decision To Make Regarding Manziel
I am a Crimson Tide fan through & through. It is my most sincere hope that Jphnny Manziel did not break the NCAA rules. He is an exciting and dynamic player who has the ability to take over a game. A joy to watch (though I cringed when he made plays outta nothin' against Bama last year), should he loose eligibility or have to sit through a suspension, there would be something amiss with both A&M and all of college football in 2013.
Of course, I also want to see Bama beat the crap outta him and the Aggies - just wouldn't be the same if he's not the QB.
4 months, 1 week ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie
It's not the "fast" teams sustaining more injuries because of their tempo, it is their opponents, who are not accustomed/acclimated/trained to play at the higher tempo who are more likely to sustain injury. Or at least that's how I read the comments from Bielema, Saban, and others who have brought up the issue.
While the analysis seems reasonable, given the overall lack of transparency and the available data set, what is needed is a review of injuries sustained by opponents of the HUNH, not the HUNH teams themselves.
4 months, 1 week ago on Some Numbers To Go With The “Fast Offenses Cause Injuries” Debate
We put a lot on these college kids when we make heroes out of them. He's just a kid.
Having said that, Grow up Johnny Football, stop acting like an idiot and show that you are a leader, not just a talented arse.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Finebaum On Manziel: “He’s Trending Towards Becoming A Punch Line”
There is certainly a lot of talk coming outta TAMU & Johnny Heisman has clearly taken a shine to the spotlight. His disdain for the loss of annonimity though is baffling. While his off-season has been entertaining, his 15 minutes of fame is destined for a tragic ending me thinks.
The only question is, will Alabama & Nick Saban have any mercy?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The 7 SEC West Questions MrSEC.com Looks Forward To Having Answered In The Fall
Well, this could be an interesting bet. Vegas is showing some consternation over the 9ers due to some key off season injuries. Looks right now like they are good for 11-12 wins which puts this bet into winnable territory for Bama. But it also demands near perfection outta the Tide where as the 9ers would only need to win 75% of the time to clinch the bet. Unless the wheels come off in SF, put your money on the 49ers.
At least this bet is a realistic comparison of the Crimson Tide and the NFL, unlike the stupidity last fall suggesting that Alabama could beat an NFL franchise. (of course, there is that "Any Given Sunday").
6 months ago on How Good Is Bama? Good Enough To Feature In A Prop Bet With An NFL Team
With somewhere in the neighborhood of 130 FBS schools, it is high time the SEC at the very least, stopped scheduling scrimmages against FCS opponents. Heck, the top half of the league plays a more competitive team when going against it's own practice squad!
The ONLY excuse with any shred of validity for scheduling a FCS opponent is that said opponent is an in-state, state supported institution therefore the cash payment to that institution remains within the state. When Florida used to be chided for not leaving the state for a road game before November, they were at least helping support state funded colleges within their own state. A fact that should not be lost on Florida tax payers. (Yes, I'm an accountant).
Even so, this is still a lame excuse as most states within the SEC footprint have at least one or two FBS programs that fit the "Cannon fodder" definition of MrSEC. I would suggest that the league adopt a scheduling policy of 9 league games following the 6-1-2 format where the two rotating cross-division opponents rotate annually. That puts the reciprocal game 4-years out and ensures that everyone plays everyone within a 4-year cycle. Yes, you'll see some teams your senior year that you saw your freshman year, but if you redshirted, you didn't play them then anyway. This would leave open 3 non conference slots to fill. One should come from a top-tier conference. the other two, from FBS programs located within the SEC footprint. Playing your two "Cannon fodder" games against schools within the footprint helps to "give back to the community" the dollars go back to communities where the SEC dominates anyway.
6 months ago on UM, MSU: Masters Of Cupcakery… UGA, VU: SEC’s Toughest Schedulers
Let's see, oh yea, Charlie Weis. Looser @ Notre Dame, Looser @ Florida, Last I heard, Looser @ Kansas..
At least Bob Stoops has a winning record as a head coach. I have respect for Bob Stoops and can appreciate what he said. The truth is, the traditional cellar-dwellers in the SEC aren't any better than the best teams in any other league.
Isn't that what he said?
Charlie couldn't hack it @ ND and was looking for a way outta Gainsville before getting canned when Kansas came calling. Bet the AD at UK would like to have that one back...
7 months ago on Kansas’ Weis Backs Stoops’ Criticism Of SEC
@ConnGator @WillieT I think it is difficult for leagues to put such a challenge together given that OOC scheduling has historically been left to the schools. Besides, would you really want to see your Gators face their regular SEC gauntlet with LSU from the West AND Bama from the west while also playing Texas or Oregon? OK, YEA, you'd love to SEE it but would coaches really want to do that? Realistically, I'd say if they don't think they need the added SOS, they'd rather opt out and play La Tech.
7 months, 1 week ago on UK’s Barnhart Against A 9-Game Schedule
I am not sold on the 9-game conference schedule. While there are ups & downs with every team and within every conference, when you look at those programs that are currently at the top and competing for the BCS championship, THOSE teams are playing 8 league games & usually at least one quality non-conference game (at least attempting to with a marquee opponent). You think UGA wants to play 9 league games, plus Ga Tech, plus the SECCG just for a chance @ the BCSNCG (or playoffs)?
With all due respect to coach Saban (Roll Tide!), Bama's got Ole Miss & MSU on the slate every year. Please, I'm not dissing on the teams from Mississippi, but historically, they've been on the bottom half of the SEC. Adding a 9th means Bama would play, from the east UT plus potentially TWO of the other East powers, same as before expanding to 14 teams. In seasons where they potentially play two of the East weaker programs, Bama could still consider going out and scheduling a neutral site game against say Oklahoma or Nebraska or Michigan or Ohio State to bolster their strength of schedule. UK may not be UTC or North Texas (historically speaking) but with an eye toward the playoffs & national title implications, Coach Saban's support for a 9-game league schedule actually makes his job easier. 3 or 4 years out of 7, you have quality league games (from a SOS standpoint) which means only having to line up 3 or 4 quality OOC games during that stretch.
From the standpoint of the lower half of the SEC, not so much. While EVERY program wants to put a quality product on the field (better games => better fan support => better booster support => more revenue), no one seriously wants to watch their team get beaten and beaten up time and time again. Call 'em patsies if you want, but struggling programs need a little more scheduling flexibility.
Consider UK. Coach Stoops is going to work his hind end off to build a winning program that can compete for the SEC East and conference crowns. Right now, he needs to bag some wins. UK fans don't seriously expect the Wildcast to defeat USC, UF, or UGA in 2013. But in 2014? Maybe not a win but certainly they'd like to see them put a scare into one of the east powerhouses and by 2016, a "Signature win" will be needed if Stoops is to continue hauling in quality recruiting classes. Realistically, if Stoops can lay the foundation and start getting those wins, then UK can work on strengthening their OOC schedule. I'll bet UK fans would be down right full of themselves if in 2017 Stoops has the Wildcats in the SECCG. They wouldn't even need to be competitive in that game - just be IN IT! If playing three patsies makes that possible, then go for it.
All in all, I think that if the league remains at 8 games, those programs hoping to make the playoffs will find a way to strengthen their schedules with quality OOC opponents. Those that are more concerned with just making it to a bowl game, will schedule accordingly.
Great Idea. Consider as well the new SEC Network that is in the works. This would be great content. Other schools could work up similar games. Think Mizzou vs Bama or Kentucky vs LSU all in the Bluff city, maybe even on the same weekend.
11 months, 1 week ago on As Memphis Fights To Keep Schools Out Of Its Backyard, Hogs And Vols Should Sneak In
After talking to several UT fans, it seems to me that they are satisfied with the way the offense has performed. While not outstanding, it is definitely capable of putting up points on just about anyone. So while folk around Knoxville may not be happy with Dooley, they seem to want to keep Jim Cheney. From a defensive standpoint, fans seem to like Sal Sunseri. They seem to understand the difficulty in transitioning to the 3-4 defense and so I'd say the jury is still out on coach Sal. What fans DO seem to realize is that if you change head coaches and bring in a completely new offense & defense, the turmoil could be more harmful to the program and result in even further degradation.
So the real question is this. What exactly is the problem with Dooley? Is it lack of discipline? Is it organizational? Is he just in over his head?
Dave Hart is definitely in a pickle. Let's assume that the decision is that Dooley must go, But we'd prefer to keep Cheney & Sunseri. Most Head coaches would prefer to bring in their own guys as assistants. People they've worked with and trust. At least on one side of the ball anyway. So, I'll float a name - Kirby Smart, Defensive coordinator at Alabama.
Hart knows Smart. Smart knows Sal. Smart will only leave Bama for a HC position. Smart knows the SEC. Saban has a tremendous amount of confidence in Smart. The question mark on Smart is how would he be different than Dooley, another former Saban assistant?
IMHO Dave should talk with Kirby. If Kirby agrees to come to UT, fire Dooley, if Kirby says no, keep Dooley.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year
Interesting tidbit, The four teams with the highest seconds-per-play (MSU, USC, Ala, UF) are all undefeated & at the top of their respective divisions. Three of the four are ranked in the top 5 nationally. True, it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the remainder of the season.
1 year, 2 months ago on MrSEC.com Stat Analysis: Tempo
@John at MrSEC @WillieT Thanks for the response John. I did take it the wrong way I guess. Truly the example has been terribly overused & overblown. BTW, love the site & visit often!
1 year, 2 months ago on Louisville's Strong To Arkansas? Not According To Him
It's funny and a bit sad the way you guys in the press (and commenters on boards) keep reminding us of Nick Saban's statement while at the Dolphins. I've got a life so I won't bother researching just how many coaches have denied interest in another position only to accept that position moments (hours, days) later. I will say that it is silly and a waste of time to ask an active coach (you know, one that has a job as a coach) if he'd be interested in coaching at this or that school.
All-in-all, I'd say i agree with your article. True, you have received some rather silly questions. I actually commented yesterday on the announcement of the ND/ACC compact and stated there that this move would not lead to the SEC expanding.
I'm actually commenting because of the mention of the phrase "fair to midland". Are yunz from England or maybe Texas? ('cause those are the only places I'm aware of where folk can't say "fair to middling" or "fair to middlin'"
I guess now that the SEC stretches well into the Lone Star state, those of us from the Ol' South will have to get used to such nonsense...
1 year, 2 months ago on What Notre Dame’s Move Means For The SEC
Well, someone asked if the ACC would now go looking for #16. I think the answer is no, at least not until ND decides to marry their football team to the league. Football revenue drives the bus. Period. A 15-team ACC basketball schedule will have to be hashed out but my guess is there won't be a 16th team added till the BigEast totally collapses.
As for the SEC staying at 14, I'd say definitely for the time being. ND's decision isn't the disruptive force some would like to think it is. Besides, getting comfortable with a 14 team league has already created a number of growing pains for the league and I doubt anyone in Birmingham, or the respective university presidents, have any appetite for growing again so soon.
But as a disclaimer, anything could happen. Greed is driving the bus now and greed needs money like a crack-addict needs cocaine.
1 year, 3 months ago on Notre Dame To The ACC, Exit Fees Rising, “VT/NCSU To The SEC” Rumors As Dead As We Always Said
The leagues are clearly trying to change the rules. The Big12 ran it's own championship game for what, a dozen years or so & the SEC has managed to run a league championship game for two decades. My guess is that the SEC has a pretty good deal in Atlanta and that the leagues would rather run the game themselves and keep the money to themselves. What they have done is thrown the existing bowl comittees a bone and an option - come up with a creative plan that justifies your existence beyond ownership of a "Bowl" name (which has been diminished these last 20 odd years by adding or out right replacing it with your latest corporate sponsors' name).
Oh sure, we fans have a bit of nostalga for the Sugar Bowl & the Cotton Bowl, but trust me, we'll still buy tickets to the M&M Mars bowl being held in Topeka, KS if it's pitting two of the best teams in the nation against one another.
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC/Big XII Ask 10 Cities To Bid For "Champions" Bowl