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By only considering convictions, the places where corruption is tolerated look good. Very shallow, terrible methodology make the conclusion bogus.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-corruption-politics-spending-study.html
One football loss = 5 basketball losses.
8 months, 1 week ago on The SEC’s Most “Taxed” Fans
Fulmer conspired to destroy UA. UT is reaping what he sowed. No one knows how long the wheels of justice will turn.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On
John, I have seen no evidence that coaches' salaries are low in the SEC and their facilities under-par. Prove it!
9 months, 1 week ago on The SEC Pays The Price For Bad Hoops On Selection Sunday (Again)
So, after repeatedly complaining about how weak the SEC is in bb, you now want to defend the coaches who make it what it is? How smart is that?
If the writing on this site deteriorates to the point that few read it, should we be loyal because you are nice people? Besides, Pearl proves that you don't keep your job if you win and cheat, so why the rant?
If they are afraid of being on the hot seat, they should never enter the kitchen. But with millions dangling in front of them, who will say NO? Are you crying for multi-millionaires?
Do you think there aren't 1000 great coaches in the US who also have good character?
Don't you realize that times have changed? Maybe < .600 was once acceptable, and maybe a journalist once could only write for a newspaper, and maybe an actor at one time did not have to speak. The current generation is not allowed to have different expectations? CM needs to put that in his pipe.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ex-SEC Coaches From One Era Defend A Pair SEC Coaches From This Era
They won't light it up like when Johnny Football was there.
10 months ago on Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including A&M’s New Scoreboard
Impressive analysis and clever writing.
1 year ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 11/25/13
Feel really bad for UGA. They have had 5 years worth of bad luck in one.
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Weekend Wrap — 11/18/13
So what about the 25-per-year limit?
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Commitment Comparator – 11/7/13
UT was good under Fulmer only when UA-trained David Cutcliff was OC. UT is making progress now that UA-trained AD Dave Hart is captain on Rocky Top. Still, 100%? I'm skeptical that every football player -- especially football players -- made an instant turn-around. Some had done little to nothing since arriving.
1 year, 1 month ago on Perfect Semester Allows Tennessee To Avoid APR Penalties
Hey, we all know that his mouth and his mind are not well-connected. Or maybe his mind is that messed up. Nothing he says surprises.
1 year, 1 month ago on Miles Shoulders The Blame For LSU’s Loss To Ole Miss, Sideswipes Rebels In The Process
Many despised the current system -- but do you think that this committee won't have its own prejudices? Do you really believe that 'SEC fatigue' won't affect votes? Often getting what you asked for leads to bitter disappointment.
1 year, 2 months ago on With The Playoff Selection Panel Set There’s Only 1 Question: How Do They View The SEC?
The truth has recently emerged after years of cover-up designed to make a martyr of Matthew Shepherd. Stephen Jimenez intended to write a sympathetic screen play, but after 13 years of investigation he wrote a book saying it was all wrong.
"Aaron McKinney (one of the murderers) had been a male hustler, that he was familiar with gay guys in gay bars.” "He was pretty well-dressed, had a wallet full of money,” McKinney told ABC’s 20/20 of meeting Shepard at a bar. “All I wanted to do was beat him up and rob him … Seemed like a good idea at the time.”
1 year, 2 months ago on Ole Miss Statement: “We Strongly Condemn Behavior”
Fullmer was successful ONLY when he had David Cutcliff as his OC (but he grabs all the credit), and when he wasn't sweeping around Alabama's back door for dirt. Now we know that he had plenty in his own program. Remember too how he hid from a subpoena to avoid telling the truth. Karma strikes.
1 year, 2 months ago on Ex-Vol Coach Fulmer Says New Vol Coach Jones Faces “Lots Of Challenges”
Fulmer was too busy sweeping for dirt at Alabama's back door to monitor his own. He's reaped what he sowed.
1 year, 2 months ago on Fulmer Says He Didn’t Know Foster Was Paid; How Much Damage Can One Rat Do?
Disagree, because this will solve nothing. A player who gets $100k from his U will still take $5k more on the side. So all you're doing is changing the starting point from $0 cash to something higher. The value of an all expenses paid education (if it's taken advantage of) along with room and board and tutoring and lots of other perks is in the hundreds of thousands even if it's not in the athlete's hands, a good thing. Imagine what other trouble a lot of them would get in if their pockets were flush with money -- more drunkenness, drugs, gambling, race cars.... What would you do when it was time to pay the tuition but the star blew all his pay already? We already see that a great number of these kids do not have the maturity to handle what they have. Giving them cash will only enable them to be more self-destructive and irresponsible. Four years later they should have more discernment and self-discipline (emphasis on 'should', and most do.)
Then there's poor Adrian Foster -- had to choose between taking the cash and eating or paying the rent. Of course had he stayed in the athletic dorm and eaten with the rest, it wouldn't be a problem, would it?
1 year, 2 months ago on MrSEC.com Says Go Ahead And Give College Players Cash (And All That Goes With It)
Excellent writing and observations!
1 year, 2 months ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/23/13 (Ugly Football Edition)
If schools lose money due to penalties (eg bowl revenue), they should sue everyone involved who caused it: coaches, former players, boosters, AGENTS. I think a couple multi-million dollar verdicts would stop the nonsense.
1 year, 3 months ago on Scandals, Scandals, Scandals… Three Takeaways (Rants) From The Latest SEC Scandal
Maybe he DOES represent LSU football
1 year, 4 months ago on LSU RB Hill Gets Tongue-Lashing From Judge, Little More. Play Ball!
If Florida didn't want to be there, why did it accept? Enough SEC money came in to easily cover the tickets. The bowls have to cover their expenses too, the reason for the allotments.
1 year, 6 months ago on Florida’s Bowl Costs Show Why Major Conferences Are Changing The System
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on Why Is The SEC Thriving In Football, Struggling In Basketball? Money
@GeoffDawg Most likely the effects of first losing Rodney Garner.
1 year, 10 months 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'???
1 year, 10 months 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?
1 year, 10 months 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.
1 year, 11 months 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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).
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years, 1 month 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?
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 3 months 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.
2 years, 7 months 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.
2 years, 8 months 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.
2 years, 10 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??????
2 years, 10 months ago on NSD 2012: The Bad News | January
We just don't know all the facts. What if Taylor was told at the time he committed that there was the possibility that this would happen, that he should take that into consideration? Or whether the medical evaluation is that his recovery is slower than anticipated and therefore both he and the team would be better off if he delayed? Sounds like the program is being very loyal to him even though things have taken a turn for the worse.
The Shreck's out there -- those fat monsters green with envy -- are filtering the dust for some flaw or trying to set traps to torpedo the program. Taylor sounds content with the situation; that's all we need to know.
2 years, 11 months ago on Oversigning and Justin Taylor | January
Rather, "If you can't beat them, clone them."
2 years, 11 months ago on Sunseri Leaves Bama To Join UT Staff
So Smith was held out of the bowl game when Alabama learned of potential problems, but Cam played the entire season including a bowl. Oh, he was suspended for 1 day, a weekday. I guess that makes equal punishment and compliance.
2 years, 11 months ago on NCAA Closes The Newton Loophole (And Bama Gets Some Bad Pub, Too)