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I don't buy it. How about a comparison of SEC coaches' salaries with those of other conferences? Take Butler (12-4, rpi 14): Brad Stephens made $1.2 million in 2011; Anthony Grant $1.9 mil. So pay Grant a mill more and he becomes a better coach? By your own measure this doesn't compute.
3 months, 1 week ago on Why Is The SEC Thriving In Football, Struggling In Basketball? Money
@GeoffDawg Most likely the effects of first losing Rodney Garner.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Recruiting Battles For The Biggest Names Rage On
Since 'fan' is short for 'fanatic', why wouldn't you expect fans to act 'fanatical'???
3 months, 3 weeks ago on VU’s Franklin Apologized To Saban For “Satan” Joke
I can't believe you linked Dr. Phil either, or that you mention Te'o. Why keep stirring this stupid pot?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Headlines - 1/30/13
@John at MrSEC My error in the way I stated it. But I don't retract my assertion: Vanderbilt's juniors and seniors would not play at 70% of the other SEC schools.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Bowl Observations: VU, LSU, MSU, USC, And UGA
A "stacked roster" at Vanderbilt? The recruiting rankings over the years demonstrate that is equivalent to nearly having only 3rd teamers elsewhere. I'm no Vanderbilt fan but am objective enough to say that no coach is in a place harder to win and has done more with less, not Spurrier nor Richt nor Saban. Franklin deserved coach of the year.
Then to say that Bryant and Spurrier are the "two greatest SEC coaches of the modern era", and leave out Saban? That's ridiculous. He had to rebuild Alabama when he arrived -- which admittedly was easier than building USC -- but he has taken them farther as well, and has done so repeatedly. So the statement should have been "the THREE greatest SEC coaches ... " and included him.
Finally, I don't feel sorry for Les Miles -- he is lying in the bed he made. It is his own decisions that earned him the name "The Mad Hatter". Had the losses been do to "bad luck" or events like the first down call for Michigan, he would deserve sympathy. But he frequently manages to lose a crucial game with his own poor judgment.
@sojourner I was referring to his motorcycle affair, not his switching jobs.
5 months, 1 week ago on ESPN's Jaworski On Bama's Saban: "I Don't Like Liars"
'Lying' is saying one thing while doing or planning another, a la Bobby Petrino. Stating one's position and later changing one's mind is a very different animal. All those who have never done this, stand and point fingers. The rest of us will not be self-righteous.
Congratulations to John Pennington for a well-written, reasoned article. I don't normally look to see the authors, but always find the articles on Mr. SEC are high quality like this in grammar and content. They are realistic and balanced. Great job.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Why They’ll Work And Why They Won’t: The SEC’s Rookie Coaches
I don't think there's another coach as cocky as Spurrier. It gets tiring.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on USC’s Spurrier Has No Problem Putting The Pressure On UGA’s Richt
@frogpelt What were the 2 losses?
The SEC teams appear to be the stronger in every case. I predict 8-1 (allowing for 1 upset).
5 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Bowl Game Lineup
This is a shell game. The AD keeps the funds; the boosters give to the 'academic' side and get tax deductions.
6 months ago on Tennessee To Reinvest In Athletics
CNS, Greg, and the rest of the team had better go to church Thursday to give thanks for God's favor 2 years in a row.
6 months ago on That Didn’t Take Long, SEC Back In BCS Title Picture
From what I've seen, all the fans in the US pulling together -- or apart -- have never scored a singe point. So what's the point with this?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Fans Have To Be Torn Over Bama-A&M Game
I disagree. Suspending against a cupcake hurts the team less and hurts the offending player(s) more by denying them the chance to rack up easy stats.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Michigan’s Hoke Just Made Texas A&M’s Sumlin Look Bad
Must be the slowest of days for a 'story' like this.
1 year ago on What's The Better Chizik Look: Spring Or Fall?
Wish he would take it. Would be another opportunity for the Tide to crush him again. Since he probably fears that, I bet he'll pass.
He would be a good fit for the mascot though.
1 year, 1 month ago on Dorrell Out, Fulmer In (?) At Arkansas
So far I haven't heard of one reporter who actually knew what was said between Saban and these recruits. Neither recruit has stated that a promise was broken. Maybe he said "IF we have room you can come in 2012; but the best I can guarantee (assuming you otherwise qualify) is Jan 2013. What's your beef with that?
If you want to judge and convict without knowing the facts, you will. And have.
1 year, 3 months ago on Alabama Football: Karma And The Price Of Omelettes
See, the kids are the ones hurt by this 25 rule. What's wrong with the officials that they can't figure that out??????
1 year, 3 months ago on NSD 2012: The Bad News | January