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You forgot to mention that Dawn Staley is the *current* head coach at an SEC school. I know, that's WBB not men's, but still...
1 year, 11 months ago on Pitino, King Get Hall Of Fame Invitations
Bruce Ellington is practicing with the BB team and will likely play (some) in the next three games. Once FB bowl practices start he will only do FB until after the bowl game, See Darryl Slater's blog for confirmation if you don't believe me...
2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Headlines 11/28/2012 Pigskins & Hoops Edition
Hadn't read that quote yet - thanks! Spurrier, master of understated subtlety - lol. "I don't always take jabs at opposing teams, but when I do, I get three in one shot".
2 years, 4 months ago on Cocks' Spurrier Calls For Fan Support Against Hogs; Gigs Dawgs, Vols And Clemson
@John at MrSEC I never said I thought Quarles shouldn't be punished - never even hinted at that thought.
i *do* have a bit of a problem with the after-the-fact posting of videos by fans/media calling for punitive action afterward. It quickly can turn into a battle of who can find what fouls and post videos hoping for equal publicity. I think I've made that point fairly well now.
Quarles should be punished. IMO, so should the LSU player from the link I posted. I'm not saying they are the "same", or that they necessarily deserve equal punishment - but if we're going down this road of calling for punitive action due to video after-the-fact then I believe we should "share the love" and call for punitive action for both.
Ideally, the media would leave this stuff alone at let the teams, the league(s), the officials, and the NCAA work things out. Not likely in this day and time though.
The fact that one foul was dead-ball and one foul was live-ball seems to be a big deal to you. We may just have to disagree on that. The live-ball foul appears to have prevented a sack, or at the least a pressure/hurry, and to have had an impact on the game. The dead-ball foul had no impact on the game at all. But you are much more bothered by the dead-ball foul. So be it...
2 years, 5 months ago on Spurrier Promises Discipline For USC’s Quarles, But He’s Likely Out With Injury Anyway
@John at MrSEC It may be a "headslap between linemen" in your opinion, but it's also a personal foul according to Rule 9, Article 2a. "No person subject to the rules shall strike an opponent with the knee; strike an opponent’s helmet (including the face mask), neck, face or any other part of the body with an extended forearm, elbow, locked hands, palm, fist, or the heel, back or side of the open hand; or gouge an opponent (A.R. 9-1-2-I)."
Additionally, it wasn't an extension of the action between two players already engaged. It was the only contact made. Don't pretend that was a legal action or that "everyone does it". I enjoy your site but you're wrong on this one.
Let's show this clip some love then - looks like someone else needs to be punished...
"Not his gun"? So who then is Crowell going to throw under the bus? He *may* find some wiggle room legally, but the University and the Athletic Department will demand he name names. Refusal to do so will almost certainly mean dismissal.
Of course, if his fingerprints are on a gun that "isn't his" and that he "did not know was there" he may as well go ahead an fess up now. Or perhaps he didn't think that far ahead?
Unless one of the passengers claims ownership of the gun I'd say Crowell's Georgia playing days are over.
2 years, 9 months ago on Four Other UGA Players In Car With Crowell; Tailback Says He Didn’t Know About Gun
Prior to this season each team played everyone in their division and 50% of the teams in the other division, with those inter-divisional games accounting for 37.5% (well over 1/3) of a team's conference schedule. Starting this season each team plays everyone in their division and 29% (rounded up) of the teams in the other division, with those inter-divisional games accounting for only 25% of a team's conference schedule.
Please quit pretending everything is the same as it has always been, and so that alone should be justification enough (in your view) to refuse to consider a change. Things are NOT like they always were. The inter-divisional games are a lower percentage of your conference record than in years previously, and that lower percentage means teams are going to rotate through on a much slower basis. One could wait decades now for karma/luck/whatever to even out things, instead of a few years as was true previously.
I do not agree with Spurrier/Miles that inter-divisional games should not count. Please re-read that last sentence. I think all of the existing rules should remain in place. I would add ONE rule that states if you are undefeated against your divisional opponents (worst possible conference record of 6-2) you win the division regardless of whether a team you beat in your division ends up with a 7-1 conference record. *THIS* is the plan Spurrier and Miles should be pushing, not the "only division games count" plan. If no one is undefeated against their division, all the existing rules apply. Simple, easy, and fair (not that you would ever admit that).
2 years, 10 months ago on Destin Chatter - Tuesday Edition
Of course, assuming all comes to pass that is currently being talked about, there won't *BE* any BCS leagues. The BCS is being replaced by a 4-team (or plus one, whichever) playoff. Not targeting you specifically, but I think "BCS level" is more accurate. No biggie, other folks are doing it also.
As for your point, though - once the BCS no longer exists who will decide which teams are "BCS level" and which teams aren't? Especially with the propensity shown recently for teams to switch conferences? A weak, bottom-dweller team that belongs to a former BCS conference may well be a much easier game than a stronger team that never belonged to a BCS conference. Would you rather play Duke, or Boise or East Carolina? I understand the point you're trying to make, just not sure how it would be implemented down the road.
2 years, 10 months ago on With ACC Going To 9-Game Schedule, Only The SEC Plans To Lag Behind
You mention "BCS level" games several times, and point out that some other conferences are getting there not by playing 9 CONFERENCE games but by scheduling agreements with other conferences. Well, let's see. In the SEC East every year S. Carolina plays clemson, Georgia plays Georgia Tech, Florida plays Florida State. Not sure about the other East teams and their "permanent" non-conference opponents. If you force a 9 game conference schedule on these teams then they will all play a *minimum* of 10 BCS level games.
The SEC West tends to have intra-divisional rivalries instead, but much of the SEC East already has long-standing rivalry games against non-conference BCS level opponents, and already play 9 BCS level games every year..
Not arguing either way, actually, just pointing out the SEC East would be hammered harder by a 9 game conference schedule than the SEC West,
Loved the last line before the update.
2 years, 10 months ago on Ex-Player, Trustee Brooks Says He Thinks Big 12 Approached FSU (And He Mentions “SEC Talk” Too))
@OtownGator That makes sense to me and is perfectly logical. What some seem to miss is that this would be the one and only scenario in which cross-divisional games would be rendered less significant/meaningful. You still have an overall record that counts for rankings and possible playoff scenarios. And if no one is undefeated in their conference the existing rules still apply.
Also, starting this season the worst a team that is undefeated within it's conference could be is 6-2, not 5-3 as in the past. The odds that a 6-2 team is better than a 7-1 team that lost to them is pretty darn high, Tired of the 5-3 vs 7-1 argument, it is invalid now.
Will it happen? Highly friggin doubtful.
Would it be more fair if every team played it's 6 divisional rivals and 6 of the 7 cross-divisional teams? That would be much more "fair" as far as determining the best team in the conference, but the SEC doesn't want to go to a 9 game schedule much less a 12 game schedule.
2 years, 10 months ago on Miles Backs Spurrier: Only Division Games Should Count
@John at MrSEC No need to drag this out forever, I won't debate this any more after this post. I will point out that college football is not like pro football (which has playoffs, wild-cards, teams play division rivals twice per year, other conference teams rotate predictably, etc.) or baseball (has best-of 3/5/7 series, has multiple series against division rivals, many more games, has playoffs, etc.). I wish you would quit pretending college football is just like pro football and baseball - it isn't.
I made a very specific recommendation regarding when a team is UNDEFEATED in their division - your scenario does not qualify or pertain to my recommendation, nor did you address why a team that is undefeated in their division IN SEC COLLEGE FOOTBALL should not be the winner of their conference.
I really enjoy your site btw, just disagree with you at the moment.
2 years, 11 months ago on USC's Spurrier Needs To Stop Whining About Scheduling
@John at MrSEC They would and do count. Non-divisional conference games count towards rankings and towards division championships unless (in my scenario) one team is undefeated in their division. There's too much variance in the strength of non-divisional conference teams from year to year and schedule to changing schedule.
The "luck of the draw" shouldn't be as large a part of the equation as it currently is, IMO. Teams rise and fall, divisions rise and fall. Just because you rotate through your non-divisional conference opponents over a period of many years doesn't mean when your team finally play team "X" from the other division that team "X" will be as weak or as strong as they were the years your divisional opponents played them.
Instead of being happy when team "X" is down and you get to play them, and team "X" is up but you don't have to play them, and marking it all down to "luck" or "the breaks" why not be willing to explore ways to make these awkward 7 team divisions more equitable and less prone to the whims of lady chance?
Simple fix for this, though - just add a rule that if you are undefeated in your division you win the division regardless of the of your record against other teams. It's logical, sensible, and requires no other changes. If no one in you division could beat you, you are the best in the division. If no one is undefeated in their division then use the existing rules to determine the division winner.
All you fans of other SEC teams (both East and West) imagine how it would feel next year (or the year after, or the year after that...) if your team went undefeated in their division but did not win the division - you would likely be looking for a change also.
@deltaboy Perhaps not. If the SEC would go ahead and add two more teams (8 per conference) they could do away with cross-divisional play altogether and just have the division winners play for the SEC championship. Not saying I'm a fan of 16 (or even 14) team conferences - I'm not - but if we've gone this far we may as well go the rest of the way. If you want 8 or 9 conference games per season instead of 7 you end up in the same position regarding "the luck of the draw", and if so so be it. My opinion of the best solution is to hold at 14 teams and change from 8 to 9 conference games per year, keeping the basic format that existed before.
3 years, 2 months ago on More Schedule Whining: This Time From Carolina
And as I said, had the situation been reversed, so would you be. That's obvious given your ranting about Garcia and supposed "competitive advantages" and such. Why can't you just admit y'all caught a nice break in scheduling and that if we had gotten that break instead of you then you would probably be grumbing about it also?
lol - and you think WE'RE whining?!?!
You make good points, and I don't really disagree - but us Gamecock fans feel like the re-worked schedule for this fb season gives GA an unfair advantage, especially since they are avoiding the "big 3" from the west for the second season in a row. Blah blah, win the games you have to play, blah blah blah. If the situation were reversed the bullpup fans would be saying the same things.