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@the_voice @SEC fan  27,000 fans really?  Your source for that information would be what?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On

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Every fan base has idiot fans and there are always guys like John to publicize their craziness and stir up interest in their websites.  Wish media would just ignore these crazies rather than give them publicity and reflect poorly on the rest of the fanbase.  Not just Tennessee, Georgia fans wanted to get rid of Richt last year after a loss. 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On

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Hey John,

What is an "underage recruit"?  You used this term twice in this article and just wondering, what is the difference in an underage recruit and other recruits?  Thanks.

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

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Tennessee 3-5 vs top 50 RPi teams and SOS 58.  (Yes they lost to UGa twice) but guess you not only have to schedule strong but win more than you lose for it to matter.

1 year, 6 months ago on Reputation Is Everything For The SEC… In Football And In Basketball

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You Bama fans crack me up with your logic and defense of Saban no matter what.  Guess this has nothing to do with all of this, I am sure.  Just a convenient method of getting back to 85 without running someone off or declaring a medical redshirt.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130225/PROMO/130224026/David-Climer-Alabama-s-recruiting-math-doesn-t-add-up

1 year, 6 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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 @dee6634  @NickandRudys

 wasn't intended to be funny but it is true that Vandy athletes take classes that are remedial at best at Peabody which flies in the face of their so-called "academic" reputation.

1 year, 7 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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 @NickandRudys

 So sorry for the grammatical error.  Got my degree at Peabody.  In fact, most Vandy athletes were in my classes.

1 year, 7 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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Vandy fans?  Don't worry John there isn't many of them and they don't tend to follow sports websites.  Of course, Franklin is a jerk.  Nothing new here.

1 year, 7 months ago on VU's Franklin Vows To Outwork "Nicky Satan"

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This:

Saban: 'I'm not going to be the Alabama coach'Updated: December 21, 2006, 4:23 PM ETAssociated PressRecommend243Tweet61Comments11EmailPrint

DAVIE, Fla. -- Nick Saban says he doesn't browse the Internet, never sends e-mails or surfs from site to site.

He might have to start soon, if only to follow the persistent rumors about him and his future.

A story posted on NFL.com this week said Alabama "keeps on making runs at Saban" in an effort to persuade the Miami Dolphins coach to return to college and take over in Tuscaloosa for fired Mike Shula. The same story even said an unnamed NFL head coach said Saban is getting closer to joining the Crimson Tide.

So on Thursday, Saban -- who has tried to denounce the story about him potentially going to Alabama numerous times in recent weeks -- again, and adamantly, denied that he's headed back to the college ranks.

"I guess I have to say it," Saban said. "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."

1 year, 8 months ago on Bama’s Saban Tries To Slam The Door On NFL Rumors

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 @j_scott_o  @KY_Daktari

 Will await John's article but EE or not, still think you can only sign 25 per year.

1 year, 8 months ago on MrSEC.com Commitment Comparator – 1/10/13

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Either it is OK to go helmet-to-helmet as long as it is after an interception or as long as it is in a game in which your team can play in the championship game if it wins.  Under either scenario, it is clearly a biased decision.  If you cannot see that you are either a Bama fan or incredibly naive.

1 year, 9 months ago on No Suspension For Bama's Dial Over SEC Title Game Hit On UGA's Murray

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 @dynamitefan2 

This whole Vandy academics thing is a joke!  My friend played football for Vandy after 2 years in the 5th grade, graduating #78 in our senior class of 120 with a 2.8 GPA and took classes at Peabody like Health and Music Appreciation in which he simply had to show up until they took role and then he left.  So give me a break with this whole Vanderbilt education nonsense because it is a HOAX!!

1 year, 9 months ago on Maisel: UT Administration Has Used Athletic Department “As An ATM”

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 @Southern Gentleman

 Glad Tennessee is in the "honorable 20%" guess we know where Long, Petrino, etc.. were even before this episode.

1 year, 9 months ago on Hogs’ Bielema Compares SEC To Big Ten (And Forces UW To Change Contract Language In Future)

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Only 34 commitments for 25 schollies?  They might break Houston Nutt's record.  Guess they will "pull a Saban" and pull a few offers just before Signing Day.

1 year, 9 months ago on Seals-Jones Picks Texas A&M

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 @Southern Gentleman

 Well, actually no it's not always that way.  This is what Cincy AD, Whit Babcock had to say about Tennessee's AD, Dave Hart, after Butch Jones's hire:

 

Babcock laid out the details of Tennessee’s rapid courtship of Jones in a candid press conference this morning in Cincinnati. Jones will be introduced as Tennessee’s head coach later today.

Babcock said no fewer than five BCS schools attempted to talk to Jones. But Tennessee’s approach was different.

"Dave Hart called me in advance, and he was the only AD to do that,” Babcock said. “That is a lost etiquette...Dave Hart is a gentleman. He was first class.”

 

1 year, 9 months ago on Hogs’ Bielema Compares SEC To Big Ten (And Forces UW To Change Contract Language In Future)

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Actually it is also customary and honorable for an AD interested in a coach first contacting the AD at that coach's institution to ask permission to speak with that employee.  However, obviously Long did not feel the need to take the high road with this hire.  Guess Petrino's ethics "rubbed off" on him too.

1 year, 9 months ago on Hogs’ Bielema Compares SEC To Big Ten (And Forces UW To Change Contract Language In Future)

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 @ludwick

 Being an a**hole is NOT a typical southern thing at least not the part of the south I come from.  Expect you would see it differently if you weren't a fan.  Like I said, winning seems to make whatever faults seem OK to those who are happy with the win-loss record.  As John points out, Spurrier seems to "grow a set" and crow more when he is winning than when he isn't.  Just wish he didn't act like an arrogant 8th grader who just scored his first touchdown on the playground at school.  He is old enough now to know how to act like a responsible adult.  As a coach said one time, "he just needs a good spanking"

1 year, 10 months ago on Spurrier Says Lattimore Will Play For USC Again, Then Takes Shot At Clemson’s Swinney

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Just the latest example of just what a "horse's behind"  Spurrier actually is.  I just don't understand how he gets away with it.  Guess winning cover lots of sins but he has a long history of being an arrogant SOB who treats almost everyone with contempt and rarely (congrats, John) gets called on it.

1 year, 10 months ago on Spurrier Says Lattimore Will Play For USC Again, Then Takes Shot At Clemson’s Swinney

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 @John at MrSEC  @I4Bama

 God forbid anyone criticizes Saban.  It is pretty clear the Alabama media doesn't dare cross him or not do what he says.

2 years ago on Saban Says The Media Should Respect Western Kentucky (For The Good Of His Team)

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Yes, John.  You are right, let's not give any credit to coaches only criticize them whenever given an opportunity.  That's what good journalists like yourself do and all of us dumb fans should be grateful to you for keeping us all well informed and only giving credit where credit is due.  (sarcasm alert).

2 years ago on Let's Stop Praising Coaches For Simply Following School Drug Policies

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 @John at MrSEC

 John,

Nobody who reads what you write consistently could accuse you of being a Tennessee homer. Like John Adams, you seem to delight in reporting negative news about Tennessee and are usually quick to condemn anybody in the football program who does anything wrong.  Call it paranoia if you like and I will admit that fans of other schools feel the same about their school's coverage, but I have been reading your stuff for years and you seem to more often than not, take a negative view toward Tennessee.  Doesn't make you a bad guy, just wish you would treat all schools the same with your coverage. Seems like some "get a pass" more than others and suspect you are so concerned about being in Knoxville and being a homer, that you go out of your way to criticize Tennessee.  Just one Tennessee fan's opinion which I am sure you will disagree with.

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

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 @John at MrSEC

 the main question I would have is why would anyone on the inside of Tennessee football give you any inside information when you obviously only use it to impress others with your "brilliance" and /or release critical information hurting our players or our coach.  Only an idiot or someone who doesn't like Tennessee would share information with you.

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

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 @John at MrSEC  @Gomezaaaa

 Wow John, lots of unsubstatiated rumors and hearsay there in your reply.  Thought we were discussing suspended players for arrests, which I would not equate with yelling at coaches or dumb posts on Twitter (maybe you would).  For the record, Janzen Jackson was suspended by Kiffin, then reportedly failed drug test in off season, was off team for several months, supposedly went home and got his life straightened out, returned and then was kicked off team by Dooley.  Myles and Clear, both starters, were not suspended, but kicked off team after arrests for serious charges.  Bray and Rogers not arrested or charged with a crime though both obviously did stupid things.  Anyway, was just appreciating that you called Spurrier's remarks dumb and pointing out that player arrested was not suspended when an SC fan tried to shift focus to Dooley.  Again, at least he doesn't publicly take shots at other schools and for that, I am thankful.  Have a nice day.

2 years, 1 month ago on Carolina Backup QB Reinstated, Spurrier Flippant About Incident

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 @John at MrSEC  @Gomezaaaa

 Do you mean guys like Darren Myles and Cameron Clear?

2 years, 1 month ago on Carolina Backup QB Reinstated, Spurrier Flippant About Incident

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 @RoadTrip one difference is that Dooley is young enough to grow out of it and to my knowledge, has never taken potshots at other schools and coaches, unlike the "anus with a visor" who is old enough to know better but too arrogant to care.

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Carolina Backup QB Reinstated, Spurrier Flippant About Incident

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Thank you John for calling a spade a spade!  Spurrier commonly shoots his mouth off criticizing other teams and/or poking fun at problems at other schools kind of like a cocky 8th grader who just won a kickball game.  This is why fans of other schools consider him an arrogant jerk and why some media members love him as a "good quote" even if what he is saying does not reflect the truth.  With regard to Dooley and Tennessee, think if you look at his record of discipline from a completely unbiased view, he has suspended or disciplined a number of players, both starters and reserves, pretty evenly in the past.  His remarks about Bray's incident, however, were as stupid as Spurrier's.  He just didn't jab any other teams in his remarks, so at least I am thankful for that.

2 years, 1 month ago on Carolina Backup QB Reinstated, Spurrier Flippant About Incident

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Well, I guess it is a good thing that they play Georgia later this year since they will have suspended players..  What goes around, comes around. Ol' smirky ball coach.

2 years, 1 month ago on Carolina Backup QB Arrested; “Here We Go Again”

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 @John at MrSEC Nobody does "told ya so" like John.  It's his favorite!

2 years, 6 months ago on UT's Dooley Defends Signing iPhone Bandit

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Yea,it is especially hard to win at Rupp when the home team shoots 20 more free throws than the visitors and the coach works the officials in the media before the game. that helps establish a home advantage whether you need it or not.

2 years, 7 months ago on UF Not Awed By UK's #1 Ranking

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Yea,it is especially hard to win at Rupp when the home team shoots 20 more free throws than the visitors and the coach works the officials in the media before the game. that helps establish a home advantage whether you need it or not.

2 years, 7 months ago on Tide, Gators Will Try To Buck A Trend: SEC Road Teams Lose 76% Of The Time

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Which is worse, to publicly belittle or ridicule a player for changing his mind on signing day or telling a kid on signing day, who has been committed to your school for months and not visited other schools as a result of his commitment, that you no longer have a scholarship for him and that he will have to wait to enroll later or go somewhere else? I know which seems worse to me and to most people not living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama or writing for MrSEC.com. What do you think?

2 years, 7 months ago on Like Miles, Franklin And Mullen Takes Shots At De-Commits; All Need To Grow Up

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@BamaCLT@John Guess it is no surprise that the Bama fan doesn't get it: The deal is which is worse to do to a 17yo kid on signing day, question his honor, integrity, manhood, etc.. like Miles, Franklin and Mullen did or tell him that even though you have been committed to our school since the summer and have not visited other schools or pursued other options, now on signing day, we have changed our minds and no longer have a scholarship available for you. (spare me the "but we will give you a scholarship later" routine) Some would argue that this is more reprehensible, but not anyone from the Tuscaloosa area or apparently anyone at MrSEC.com

2 years, 7 months ago on Not Cool... LSU's Miles Disses Ex-QB Commit

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@BamaCLT@John Guess it is no surprise that the Bama fan doesn't get it: The deal is which is worse to do to a 17yo kid on signing day, question his honor, integrity, manhood, etc.. like Miles, Franklin and Mullen did or tell him that even though you have been committed to our school since the summer and have not visited other schools or pursued other options, now on signing day, we have changed our minds and no longer have a scholarship available for you. (spare me the "but we will give you a scholarship later" routine) Some would argue that this is more reprehensible, but not anyone from the Tuscaloosa area or apparently anyone at MrSEC.com.

2 years, 7 months ago on Not Cool... LSU's Miles Disses Ex-QB Commit

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John,

Agree with both your article and also Bill's perception that Nick Saban gets away with more "stuff" that is borderline ethical than other coaches do for whatever reason. Not sure if it is intimidation, lack of critical hometown media or what. Also, wonder what are your thoughts on "Lane Kiffin, Jr." James Franklin publicly challenging the character and integrity of the player that decommitted from Vandy to attend Georgia while having a player transfer to Vandy after being enrolled at UNC. This would seem to be equally "weak". What do you think?

2 years, 7 months ago on Not Cool... LSU's Miles Disses Ex-QB Commit

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John,

This is the second time Calipari has "worked the officials" through the press this season and perhaps, other coaches also do this but I do not recall anyone else "encouraging the officials" to call games a certain way. Is there a conference policy on attempting to influence officiating through the media or does "anything go"? While he comes across as whiny (to non-UK fans) and I know they all do it on the court during games, I just wonder if it isn't similar to criticzing officials in the media which seems to be a definite no-no according to conference rules. Interested in your opinion as to when is it going too far to gain a competitve advantage (something UK hardly needs playing at home at Rupp where officials are already intimidated) Any stats on foul calls against KY vs opponents in Rupp? Just curious. Thanks.

2 years, 7 months ago on UK's Calipari Wants Officials To Call "Rough Play"

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When you don't have a plausible, sensible reply, attack the other guy's team. That's beneath the intelligence level of an engineer. You guys are generally pretty bright. "you guys" aren't demanding anything from ESPN or even the SEC for that matter, just stating the obvious that all teams should face equal schedule hardships, regardless of records or attractiveness for TV coverage. Don't think that is asking too much but apparently, others do. As for attacks on TN & NCAA trouble, remember who your coach is and be careful throwing stones.

2 years, 7 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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To say that this inequity is either "in the eye of the beholder" or "simply inevitable because of TV demands" is, in my opinion, unacceptable and either due to denial or an intent to give one school an advantage. Further, to suggest that Kentucky is somehow "entitled" to this advantage because they have less football games televised or because it is a valuable TV asset makes very little sense if you look at it objectively. Finally, regarding Stallings and public vs. private complaints, far be it from a Tennessee fan to defend a Vandy coach but one should probably ask why does he HAVE to complain about it at all? Isn't it obvious that playing a road game on Thurs evening then playing a Sat game at 12N puts that team at a competitve disadvantage? So if so, then why didn't SEC office see that and make sure ALL teams have equal numbers of these turnarounds?

2 years, 7 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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@FourThinInches@John at MrSEC Just don't think either of you get it and maybe, don't want to get it either. Two weeks ago, Tennessee's BB team returned from Starkville,MS after tough game that came down to last possession arriving in Knoxville at 3AM Fri. then had to tipoff vs Kentucky at 12N on Sat. and played a tough game before losing in last few minutes of game. Would that have happened anyway? yes, probably and do other teams face similar circumstances and win? sure. It is not an issue unless some teams have to deal with it and others do not. I repeat, it is not an issue if the schedule is equal for all teams.

2 years, 7 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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@John at MrSEC The reason that we are discussing it is because it is an obvious competitive advantage to at least 2 SEC coaches (bet it would actually be 11 if all were polled) and almost all of your readers (except for a few KY fans and even they ackowledge it to be an advantage) so one has to wonder why it seems obvious to everyone except you. Why would you not want a fair schedule for all SEC teams?

2 years, 7 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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Just a simple question: Shouldn't the SEC insist on a schedule that does not give one team a competitive advantage for two years in a row, (regardless of how much money the networks pay it) and is it simply too difficult to equalize this so that nobody gets an unfair advantage due to TV demands? I don't think that is too much to ask. The SEC certainly promptly addressed Alabama's complaints about their football schedule. Guess we will see whether the SEC takes a similar approach to this problem or not, won't we?

2 years, 7 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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In other words, John, if ESPN said we would like Kentucky to play one extra home SEC game each year because it would be good for our schedule and besides, we pay you guys alot of money, that would be OK too. After all, if one team gets a competitive advantage due to TV demands, so be it and people shouldn't complain about it. I would love to hear the complaints from the Kentucky faithful if the reverse were true and they had MORE Thurs-Sat. turnarounds than other SEC schools. The howls would be LOUD and FREQUENT.

2 years, 7 months ago on UF's Donovan Not Happy About Thursday-Saturday Turnarounds

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@SEC fan

I read both of your posts. You don't like the unfair scheduling either and neither does Kentucky ? Really? And they have complained about it on three levels but you aren't sure how? Really? and you will forgive me for not knowing this and I must have a hole in my head to not understand this? Oh, OK. Got it now thanks for setting me straight, dayworks.

2 years, 8 months ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint

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UK "stays out of it" because the current system gives them an advantage (if you disagree, you are not being objective) but if it were the opposite scenario, you better believe you would be hearing LOTS more about this issue. Just stating the obvious.

2 years, 8 months ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint

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Thanks for admitting that the current setup DOES give Ky a competitive advantage, but I think that to say that it is "OK because TV networks give the conference lots of money" is pretty weak. Isn't the tail wagging the dog? I am pretty sure that if you are honest, you will admit that you would not be content to say "it is what it is" if the opposite were true and TV dictated a schedule that put KY at a competitive disadvantage. In fact, I am fairly certain that the Wildcat howls would echo from Lexington to Birmingham. What if TV said it would prefer to have KY have 1 more away SEC game and 1 less SEC home game each year? Would you say that "that's just the way it is" and since CBS/ESPN pay so much money, that we should either accept it or give the money back? I believe if you look at it and say what is fair for ALL of our teams, the answer is obvious and should not be ignored for financial reasons.

2 years, 8 months ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint

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@Mattox@SEC fan May not be a fair comparison because while having your football game televised carries some advantages with recruiting, having to play a tough basketball game on Sat. noon after returning from playing another tough basketball road game (getting back at 3am on Fri. and having noon tipoff on Sat.) might be a bigger disadvantage than not having your football game televised. So, nice try, but not sure the explanation is comparable. Surely, you aren't suggesting that since Kentucky is such an important basketball power, it shouldn't have to play Thurs-Sat. turnaround games while the rest of the teams in the league should?

2 years, 8 months ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint

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Yes, there IS a way to please everyone and it is very simple. Every team has the SAME number of Thurs.-Sat. turnaround games regardless of whether it pleases the TV networks or not. The SEC addressed Alabama's complaints (whether you agreed with them or not) and they should do so with this issue as well. I will agree that my summary of your views was laughable but it wasn't incorrect.

2 years, 8 months ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint

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@John at MrSEC So, the reason UK doesn't have to play a Thurs-Sat turnaround two years in a row is because the SEC doesn't play a 26 game schedule. Got it, I understand completely now. Thanks for your enlightening explanation.

2 years, 8 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule

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John's response: It doesn't matter if it is fair 'cause TV pays the bill and therefore, gets to make the schedule however it pleases and besides it is only unfair if it isn't your team that gets the advantage. Otherwise, if you point out the unfairness, you are just a whiner unless you are Alabama complaining about open dates of your opponents before football games, in which case it is OK and the SEC will correct the problem ASAP.

2 years, 8 months ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint

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@John at MrSECYour point is that is isn't gonna be fair? Why not? Are you saying that since TV gives SEC lots of money they have the right to make schedules that favor one team over another? It's one thing to switch gametimes for TV but quite another to say to one team that you will play Thurs-Sat turnaround games while another will not solely for TV purposes. Even you should have a hard time defending that one. Since it is two years in a row, you can't chalk it up to coincidence and yes, I would feel the same way about fairness on something as obvious as this, whether my team was the team with the advantage or one who did not get it. Come on man, we are just saying make the conference schedule equal for all schools and don't let TV allow one school to have an unfair advantage over others. That's not whining or crying, that's just pointing out truth. Similar to Bama's complaints about their football schedule and teams with open dates before their game, which the SEC did address and try to correct.

2 years, 8 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule

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