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@John at MrSEC @birddog01 I like sticking to 8 games, because all SEC teams are going to have to play a Big 5  opponent by new SEC rule.

And keep in mind,  a Big 10 team beating up on Purdue  isn't as impressive as Ole Miss beating TX (happened quite recently.)  Conference games are sometimes not as strong as some non-conf games.


2 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Gambles On Status Quo When It Comes To Conference Schedules

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@SouthernBoiSB Anyone sitting  at home can see all the possible choices. I think it would be OK for 2 rivalries to stand each year, UT-Bama,  and GA-AUB. Those teams want it. LSU doesn't want FL, and will still have TX AM, Bama, and AUB every year.  Frankly, those two rivalry games are the only top-level cross-division rivalries in the SEC with a lot of tradition. "Rivalries" like Ole Miss-Vandy, ARK-SC, MS ST-KY were well-intentioned attempts at creating new rivalries, but with 14 teams flexibility is paramount.  And I wouldn't mind a system where GA-0AUB and TN-BAMA skip a game every 6 or 7 years .

2 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Gambles On Status Quo When It Comes To Conference Schedules

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There really are two sides to this story. 9 games means there will be 7  guaranteed losses by SEC teams.  7 out of conference games against respectable opponents would surely go better than 7-0.  Teams in the title race will schedule accordingly. Vandy, KY, etc., may be realistic and choose an easier opponent for a bowl.   There are going to be even more teams in bowls, and why should the SEC  play 9 games and lose bowl slots to MAC and other no-Big 5 conferences? I see LSU's point,  but over time these things kind of balance out. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Gambles On Status Quo When It Comes To Conference Schedules

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After last season, a lot of writers, and not just ones in the South, were saying they could already tell Missouri would never compete in the SEC and the whole idea was a giant mistake. Less than a year later, MO is in the Top 10, so these seers turn their sites toward Bielema.  It took SC and ARK about 15 years to get really good in the SEC, and it might take ARK at least 2-3 yrs. to rebuild.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Arkansas’ Bielema A Fish Out Of Water?

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Can we please remember that our "intelligence" agencies have a decades-long record of lying to the American people, including just a few weeks ago when NSA chief Clapper told baldfaced lies to Congress? Isn't it true that when something goes wrong, our agencies tend to blame "rogue" agents?  Maybe Syria has some rogue officers, too.

Before the 2008 election, Biden said a president who attacks another nation without congressional approval should be impeached.  Obama himself (self-proclaimed constitutional scholar) said in a such a situation, the president would be committing an illegal act.  So, does President Wall St Obama have a new, secret constitution? Why doesn't the DC/NYC media remind people what Biden and Obama said?  Seems somewhat important to me!

11 months ago on Access denied | The Cable

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                     Can  we please stop the nonsense about how a team that doesn't win their division or conference can't be a national champion?  That is the thinking of  a small mind, a black and white mind. It means every NBA or Super Bowl champ that didn't win their division is a fraud. The NC is the best of, well, the nation, not who came out on top of a 6-team division featuring home field advantages and uneven scheduling.  So Miles should be ahead of Richt, who has benefited greatly from scheduling.  As for LSU winning the NC with two losses,  well, WVU blew it against Pitt, and LSU was the best alternative left. And I don't remember much whining after they whipped "the greatest offensive team ever", OK, in the NC game. 

1 year ago on Ranking The SEC’s Coaches From Saban To Stoops

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@JarrenBlake Consider that perhaps Les Miles is more in tune with the majority of the nation than some other coaches and administrators. There are many reasons why pot is being decriminalized in many places, but I won't list them here, as anyone interested can find them if they want to.   As I posted above, the South marches to a different drummer, and it is a very slow drummer.

1 year, 1 month ago on UGA Starting Safety Could Miss Opener Due To Pot Incident; Time For A Uniform SEC Drug Policy

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Here's a simple policy.  Quit testing for marijuana.  It's not a PED, and a public university is not a law enforcement agency. We don't test students on academic scholarships, do we?  If a coach thinks a player is performing poorly because of pot, he can pull his scholarship at will. The times have changed. Having lived in the South my whole life, I know our region is always the last to do anything constructive , but anti-marijuana laws are gradually on the way out.  I have seen people on this board say that testing students on athletic scholarships is different than testing students on academic scholarships, but they don't explain why.

1 year, 1 month ago on UGA Starting Safety Could Miss Opener Due To Pot Incident; Time For A Uniform SEC Drug Policy

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Concerning the ACC GOR, wouldn't the total amount of media money lost by a defecting school decrease each year?  So maybe 8 or 10 years from now the Big 10 could afford to compensate 1 or 2 teams for leaving.  They can take UCONN at any time.   Maybe before the ACC GOR expires, they will "buy out"  SYR, BC, and/or PITT.  They might  go farther south and try for VA, VA TECH, NC,  or NCST, and even GA TECH has been mentioned.

1 year, 2 months ago on Big Ten Still Focused On The East, Commish Says

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Here we go again, punishing a young man for smoking something most of the public wants decriminalized.  And don't give me any crap about  "it's illegal", as long as both Beltway parties refuse to prosecute financial crimes!  Get it?

1 year, 7 months ago on LSU Punter Wing Suspended For Bowl Game

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The last guy who coached at Cincy is playing in the national championship game.  Hart could not force Gruden, Gundy, or Strong to sign on at gunpoint.  Big-time programs usually don't get their first choice.  Part of the problem with bringing coaches to TN are the fans who think they are Nostradamus, who are ready to give up before the first game is played.  A few idiots on Twitter are not indicative of the entire fan base.  Hope springs eternal in the off season, and the fans will be there, at least for a while.

1 year, 7 months ago on Why They’ll Work And Why They Won’t: The SEC’s Rookie Coaches

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Well, if the day ever comes that college athletes are paid and therefore will be unaffiliated with universities, they won't be college athletes, will they?

This is similar to  the doublespeak we get from the DC Beltway all the time.

College FB is big business, and people from the poorest to the wealthiest love it.  One way or another, the powers that be will hold it together, even if they have to muddle definitions of pay, athletes, subsidies, tuition, etc. They have plenty of expert attorneys and PR people to do that.

This reminds me of conversations with NFL fans outraged by "safety rules" designed to protect receivers, QB's,  punters, etc.   Many even defend bounties ( notice they're not on the field!).  I tell them, the NFL will not let itself be destroyed by lawsuits over concussions, and I tell them no matter how much they whine, they will keep watching!

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Slive Defends Amateur Model For NCAA Sports

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I hope TN fans are seeing what effect it has when you are calling for your coach's head after two years. Not smart. If Dooley is gone after next year, That will mean 4 coaches in 6 years. With rare exceptions, that sets a program back 10-15 years.

2 years, 5 months ago on Peters Switches Commitment From Tennessee To Arkansas

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@lodger16x Well, I didn't mean for the skipping of one division opponent each year to be a 1-yr thing. The whole point is to prevent a situation where cross-division opponents only play every (on average) 3.5 years ( 2 opponents per year into 7), meaning that team only visits you once every 7 years. Of course AL-AUB, TN-ALA, GA-FL, MS-MS ST, LSU-ARK could still play every year, but that means another game lost against an inter-divisional or cross-divisional opponent. Something has to give somewhere. If we try to preserve certain rivalries, AND play every division opponent every year, we are going to have situations of playing a cross-division team once every 6 years, with a visit to Your Place from them once every 12 years ( 8 game schedule). Lets say TN has to play every division opponent every year (6 games). That leaves 2 games. But say they have to play traditional rival BAMA every year. That leaves one free game per year against LSU, MS, A&M, MS, MS ST, or AUB. So we would see TN-LSU only once per 6 yrs., and UT-LSU in Knoxville or Baton Rouge only once every 12 years!

We could fix this by going to a 9-game schedule, meaning fewer bowl teams.

2 years, 6 months ago on More Schedule Whining: This Time From Carolina

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Here's how to save the 8-game season, without creating a system where cross-division teams play only once every 6 years. Each team will skip one division team every year, playing 6 of 7 divisional opponents and 3 of 7 non-divisional opponents, preserving the 5::3 ratio we have now.

Traditional rivalries like TN_AL, GA-FL, AUB-AL could be preserved. or not. . A&M and MO are new, and have no traditional rivalries, which gives some scheduling flexibility. Is anyone really going to freak out because VANDY-SC, or A&M - MS ST doesn't get played once every 6 years?

Of course the purists will whine about divisional schedules being uneven, but would it be any more uneven than non-divisional schedules now? The only perfectly even scheduling would mean a 13-game conference schedule!

2 years, 6 months ago on More Schedule Whining: This Time From Carolina

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