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@5LittlePiggies @SECFootballFan @I4Bama 

Since I was, if anything, defending Miles, I would assume towards John.  This is why I hate comments in type.  They are terrible at communicating subtlety.  In my second comment, I was establishing the fact that John wrote numerous articles about the Alabama situation.

1 year, 2 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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@SECFootballFan 

My comment below arose from a discussion over said article.  Article is actually the wrong word.  It evolved into a conversation over the course of several articles.

1 year, 2 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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I'll say this and only this -

I agree completely with everything you wrote and hope LSU chunks this punk, assuming all allegations are true.

Just to prove my lack of bias, though, Les Miles has much more information and, assuming he is willing to do the right thing as Saban was with the four thugs in Tuscaloosa, he should have the right to make the call when and how that information he holds dictates.

1 year, 2 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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Come on, John, get your gangster on.

Mo bigga mo betta.

1 year, 2 months ago on Bama’s Saban Says The SEC Is “More NFL-like”

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Can't help but notice a common name in the lull of two traditional big powers - Dennis Franchione.  Despite a ten-win season, he was not good for Alabama, though you could argue external factors there.  He may have set A&M back ten years.

1 year, 2 months ago on NFL Draft Rewind: The SEC’s Power Shifts Over Two Decades

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@DanHogan @I4Bama 

Understand.  Money and prestige.  My point to the eyeballs was to say that the two are tied as far as Vandy is concerned.  I guess, if they can do medical research that benefits someone, then it will certainly be useful, so long as they quit whining about football.

1 year, 3 months ago on Sources: The Big Ten Did Expansion “Homework” On Vanderbilt, Kansas & Oklahoma

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The Big Ten looking at Vandy proves they care about only two numbers:

1) How far they can stick their noses in the air

2) How much money they make

Probably in that order.  What else could Vandy possibly offer the Big Ten?  Another state to claim?  I hardly think ESPN or anyone else would consider the acquisition of Vandy to be the addition of lots of new viewers.  Having been to an Alabama game in Nashville where Crimson outnumbered gold at least four-to-one, I could attest to the lack thereof.

1 year, 3 months ago on Sources: The Big Ten Did Expansion “Homework” On Vanderbilt, Kansas & Oklahoma

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Those who are true sports fans and human beings are sorry to see the oaks go, regardless of our loyalties.  Harvey Updyke and his ilk do not represent Alabama football.  Sorry to see them go, Tigers.  Roll Tide.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Oaks At Toomer’s Corner In Auburn Are No More

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DJ Fluker's agent's words (and I couldn't agree more):

Gilmore was asked if he understands the toxicity of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry.

“I don’t care about it, man,” he said. “We’ve got people getting blown up in Boston. Bigger things.

“Come on now. This was a kid who was in Hurricane Katarina, who’s been poor all his life, who’s done everything the right way. He could have done everything the wrong way, OK? Let’s root for this kid. Let’s not beat him up.”

1 year, 3 months ago on Ex-Bama Lineman Fluker Says Twitter Feed Hacked, But How Prevalent Is Hacking?

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For all you UFO and bigfoot believers out there, which is more probable:

A potential first-round draft choice drops a bomb two days before the draft, unprovoked and out of the blue, with no apparent motivation, in the process burning all of his bridges to his alma mater, and it incidentally happens a week or so after two big stories on allegations at Auburn,

OR

His account was hacked?

1 year, 3 months ago on Ex-Bama Lineman Fluker Says Twitter Feed Hacked, But How Prevalent Is Hacking?

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I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
                                                                                       -George Bernard Shaw

1 year, 3 months ago on Reporter Responds To Auburn’s Response… More Responses To Come

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I tend to be skeptical of loyalty based on money and mutually assured destruction.  Lots of plea deals tend to arise from such loyalty.  The prenup may be iron-clad, but it guarantees nothing for the marriage.

1 year, 3 months ago on ACC Grant Of Rights Deal Could End Realignment Madness For A While

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@mowens75 

Notre Dame runs from anything that hints at true competition.  The irony is, if they had manned up and joined the SEC, with their resources, they would be among college football's elite right now.  If Bowlsby thinks he has Notre Dame, he isn't smart enough to hold his job.

1 year, 3 months ago on Big XII Commish: We’re Content At 10, But Our Eyes Are Open

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Bob, just keep praying the Tide changes in college football.

1 year, 3 months ago on Big XII Commish: We’re Content At 10, But Our Eyes Are Open

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When you look at a schedule to determine a team's toughest opponent and then have to debate whether Kentucky or Rutgers is a stiffer challenge, you know the sledding is easy.  Unless the three second-tier Florida teams are really a surprise, there is nothing Louisville could do during the season to merit any postseason consideration.  I would be trying to schedule a real team, too.

1 year, 3 months ago on Louisville Tried To Work Out A 2013 Game With A&M, Then Bama

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Hypothetically, would the likelihood of mitigating exit penalties go up with more teams involved?  If Maryland is going it alone, they are pitted against the rest of the ACC.  If NC/Duke/VA/GT/whoever else jumps in the boat are in play, would the ACC's case not be weakened?  Is this comment a wink and a nod?

1 year, 3 months ago on UNC Looking To Boost Athletic Revenue By 40%

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Sounds like the beginning of a justification/rationalization to me.  I think it is safe to say that the extra needed funds will not come from the ACC.  Unless this was an idle comment (hard to believe from someone holding this position at this school), why else would you say it?  Needing an extra twenty million to keep your rowing and lacrosse teams afloat is a pretty thin excuse in my book, though.

1 year, 3 months ago on UNC Looking To Boost Athletic Revenue By 40%

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Maybe they should use spice instead of peanut butter.  There appears to be plenty of it to go around.

:)

1 year, 3 months ago on Ex-Tiger Newton Likes What He Sees At Auburn Practice

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The spice story leaks like a sieve.  While it is entirely possible that a significant issue existed with the drug, there is no detail you can touch that does not crumble for lack of corroboration.  Even if the problem existed, given the drug's legality and unfamiliarity at the time, it is almost ridiculous to think Auburn could have done anything wrong.  If there is smoke that leads to fire, it is in providing money to players.  It makes no sense that Auburn would (or could) pay players to keep them from the NFL.  The word of disgruntled felons is hardly unassailable.  If there is somewhere to hang your hat on this front, it is with the HBO four or Cecil Newton, and those issues have nothing to do with these two stories.  Honestly, something still smells fishy, even though I hope it is nothing.  If it exists, though, I don't see it in these two stories.

1 year, 3 months ago on Auburn Beatwriter Slices, Dices Reports Alleging Violations On The Plains

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@Holtbru 

Agree completely.  Roll Tide.

1 year, 3 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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None of it is true.  Sorry.

1 year, 3 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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In Auburn's defense, try going to a parent with the results of a drug test for a drug that is not illegal and is largely unknown based on a testing method that has just been developed.  Then try going back to the parent when you find out that the initial testing methods that were hot off the press are flawed.  All of this while you are already under the NCAA microscope. 

However, and though I am an Alabama fan, I hope from the bottom of my heart that none of this is true, but...

The belief that all of this is just the result of Auburn being picked on and not having political connections is unhinged lunacy.  Cam Newton's dad was banned from Auburn games for a reason.  Am I then to believe that Cam was then eligible for every game of a national title campaign without any political clout and with the NCAA out to get them?  Please.  There is a lot of smoke to be no fire.  As I have said before, though, there is no proof.  Again, I hope none of it is not true.

1 year, 3 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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@b2v4ua @SabanSays 

The only way Slive covers for Auburn in all of these matters is if all thirteen other schools have equal amounts of dirt or if it can be handled internally without becoming public.  The second is not really an option, so be careful what you wish for.  I hope it is completely false in all fourteen cases.  I am not naive, but it could happen. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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For the record, as a college football fan, I am hoping none of it is true.

1 year, 3 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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There has been a lot of smoke, and any rational person would have to believe a fire may be there, but even all of the Cam Newton, HBO four, and Danny Sheridan combined with this story is far from proof.  There is little one can really know without access to the facts.  Even if this reporter's sources, quotes, and stories are "buttoned up," she is still stabbing in the dark.  Are we really to believe an accused felon with an axe to grind?  When Clay Travis needed attention, Trent Richardson was getting free suits and who knows what else, too, remember?

1 year, 3 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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I agree, John.  Like the uniforms.  If I had to change my team's look and swap with someone else in the country, my choice might be the Bulldogs.  They have some of the best looking stuff in college football.  Their clothes look good in stores, too.

Nike, on the other hand, is in my doghouse.  Their Tiger Woods "Winning changes everything" campaign is despicable.  I will not be buying anything else bearing a swoosh.

Go Dawgs, Roll Tide.

1 year, 3 months ago on UGA Unveils New Uniforms And New Secondary Logo

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One reason I hate reality tv is that it has eroded the appreciation for class in our culture.  Not solely responsible, but a factor.

1 year, 3 months ago on Saban Won’t Bite On Bielema’s Comment, While Some Say College Football Needs More Trash Talk

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Amen to the win, shut up, and act like you have been there before approach.

1 year, 3 months ago on Saban Won’t Bite On Bielema’s Comment, While Some Say College Football Needs More Trash Talk

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Nick Saban could take the same sentence, make it current instead of ancient history, apply it to Bielema, and it would go something like this:

"You can take his record for the last ten years and put it against mine, and he can't compare."

Something tells me words won't be necessary to get the point across.

1 year, 3 months ago on Bielema On Saban: “Can’t Compare.” On Previous Staff: “Emphasis On Pretty Boys”

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"...words that were passed?"  What the heck does that mean?  Did a pr person really write that?

1 year, 3 months ago on UF Accepts FGCU Apology For “(Expletive) The Gators” Chant

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What a swing and a miss.  So many endless possibilities.  Come on, Marcus.  Glad you are better.

1 year, 3 months ago on Ex-Gamecock Lattimore Weighs In On Spurrier’s Shirtless Style

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 @BonzaiB

 Unless you watched the game where they wore the uniforms that looked like the Maryland flag exploded on them just out of morbid uniform curiosity.

1 year, 3 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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 @BonzaiB

 Frank Reich and the comeback against Miami.

1 year, 3 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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That looks like Kathleen Turner in the picture, but it is not, is it?  Where do you get those?  I am not well versed on her filmography.  If it is a movie, it is not leaping to mind.  No, I don't think it is her.

1 year, 3 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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If he is tired of school, that at least seems to imply that he is being required to attend class and maintain his grades.  Credit to the U of M for that.

1 year, 4 months ago on UM’s Henderson Wants To Be A Leader… If He Returns

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Saban says, "I don't know anything about it,: but when Bill Battle accepts the offer, he says he has talked to Saban.  You would think Saban, at some point in time, would learn the phrase, "I really can't comment about that right now."

1 year, 4 months ago on Saban Says New Bama A.D. “Not My Decision,” While UT’s Hart Says He’s Focused On Vols

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@Gamecock in ATL @I4Bama 

I wasn't saying it was true.  I was saying that if the perception were out there, I think I would be doing my best not to feed it.  There is a balance between this, though, and letting the public dictate how you live your life.  Congratulations to Miles for not allowing that to happen.  I wouldn't have done the dance, though.  I hope he builds young men who are examples, role models, and mentors.  If he does this, I hope he succeeds and I will dance with him.

1 year, 4 months ago on LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake

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So, if the perception that you are really a kooky buffoon who is making a living off being lucky and living off a former coach's work is out there, are there certain places you just don't go?

1 year, 4 months ago on LSU’s Miles Is The Latest To Do The Harlem Shake

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Texas is a cancer.  Wouldn't you have left if you were putting up with that bull?

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Blames End Of A&M Series On A&M (Also Talks Expansion)

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 @The regular guy

 Do you really think that Georgia Tech or Missouri or BYU or Purdue, or any of eighty other teams can mimic Saban's approach?  Sure, part of Saban's and Bama's success is due to hard work, intelligence, etc.  To ignore the obvious advantages inherent to Tuscaloosa and the SEC, though, would be ludicrous.  To be fair, many of those advantages exist because of dedication, hard work, and victories in past years, but still...

1 year, 4 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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When playing within the rules puts other teams at an inherent and unavoidable disadvantage or can even be seen as less than fair, the system is broken.

1 year, 4 months ago on NCAA Recruiting Changes In Question, But Bama Keeps Hiring

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I don't know about you, but when I think Masters, I think college basketball.

 

Something tells me the audiences do not overlap the way one might wish.

1 year, 4 months ago on Ex-SEC Coach, A.D. Newton Still In Favor Of Starting Basketball Later

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 @SECHog3  @I4Bama

Not competing, but just for clarity, the ten Moore owns are just for football.  Three other sports have won titles in his tenure as AD.

1 year, 4 months ago on USA Today Reveals Salaries For The Nation’s Athletic Directors (And SEC Schools Are Paying Well)

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Say what you will about Mal Moore, and it may or may not be true - hard to know without being there.  I do not have the knowledge to defend him or not.

 

It is impossible to argue with this, though.  The man owns ten, yes ten, national title rings.  As in, if Alabama three-peats, he will not be able to wear them all on two hands.  Hard to argue with that.

1 year, 4 months ago on USA Today Reveals Salaries For The Nation’s Athletic Directors (And SEC Schools Are Paying Well)

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I was in school at Alabama in 1988, Thomas' senior year.  He had 27 sacks.  In what Musberger called the greatest single defensive effort he had ever seen, Thomas helped us beat Penn State 8-3.  Two of the points were from his safety.  I have been watching and attending Bama games all my life, and I have never seen one individual dominate another team defensively the way he did that day.  It was something to behold.  He was everywhere all at once.

1 year, 4 months ago on 14 Ex-Players And 1 Ex-Coach From SEC Schools On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

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Is there a stipulation, understood or stated, that personal character is a criterion?  There could really be no other reason that Derrick Thomas was not a unanimous first ballot choice.  I tend to wish for character to count, but when putting together a sports hall of fame it can be a slippery slope.  Does a DUI arrest trump four marriages?  Not shooting at anyone, but you get my point.

1 year, 4 months ago on 14 Ex-Players And 1 Ex-Coach From SEC Schools On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

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Texas fooball fans should read and heed this as well.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on A Tip For Rebel Fans: You Don’t Blow Up The Best Coach You’ve Ever Had

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 @j_scott_o  @I4Bama

 Obviously, reason, logic, and fairness do not pass as currency here.  I am out.

 

Two weeks.  Our government, unbelieveably, allows people to remain on death row for decades and we are talking about taking two weeks to get it right. 

 

Tune in later when it happens at Auburn and I make the same point.  Until then...

 

Later.

1 year, 4 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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 @j_scott_o

 And don't misinterpret what I said about it seeming harmless.  Physical violence towards another such as this is inexcusable and I am glad the thugs are gone.  By seeming harmless, I mean perhaps the original scenario was just to intimidate someone and it went south.  It is but one possible scenario in a million in a situation most are treating as if they were standing and watching as it went down.

1 year, 4 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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 @j_scott_o

 Hypothetically (and I am making this up, so please do not repeat it as fact somewhere else), let's say that there is a fraternity of sorts among football players, and let's say that this involves initiation.  Two players take two pledges and bully them into jumping a student.  Sounds harmless, but it goes worse than expected.  The two pledges are terrified of the others, for what reason we know not, and they feel so guilty after having committed the crime that it is written all over their faces.  When they arrive at the police station, there is no doubt as to their guilt and so they confess.  Will you then boot them immediately and allow the antagonists to prolong the executioner indefinitely by hiding behind the goats?  Or do you wait and get them all at once, antagonists and the bullied?  This is one example.  There are many other possible scenarios.  This is what I meant above when I said that we know only what we have heard and read, that Saban has intimate knowledge, and that issues are always deeper than they seem.

 

To wish to play executioner with no knowledge whatsoever of the details is asinine.

1 year, 4 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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You are probably right, John.  I would probably have defended Saban if he had immediately tossed the thugs, too.  With all due respect and no animosity intended, you missed the reasoning and motivation, though.  Saban had intimate knowledge of the facts either way, immediately or two weeks later.  You and I had what we had heard and read.  Issues are always deeper than they seem.

 

Love the site.  Thanks for the "Bama got it right" thing.

1 year, 4 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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So, to Daveinexile's point below, what if the two had been canned immediately?  Would that have sent the message that the crimes of the remaining two were somehow lesser?  Would it have sent the message that, if you do something, you had better not confess to it because you will receive swifter judgment?  If you confess, you are a goner for sure, so stonewall.  If you participate in the crime, be sure you just watch, because then you might have a chance.  The actual perpetrators didn't last a day.  How many cans of worms can you open?

 

As it stands, all four got two weeks and all four are gone.  Message?  Don't be involved in any way.  Confession or not, it will not matter.  Don't do it.  All for one and one for all.  Step in that boat, front or back, and you will sink with everyone else.

1 year, 4 months ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed

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 @John at MrSEC

 Wasn't addressing the villain comment to you.  You never actually said that.  Glad they are gone.

1 year, 4 months ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed

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So....  Darth Vader actually took the time to get all of the facts straight before he used the force to strangle his latest victims with his thumb and index finger.  Is he still a villain?  I predicted three weeks.  Turns out I was wrong.  It actually took two.  For all those who castigated the Tide for protecting felons, now is your opportunity to apologize.  Not pointing fingers at anyone specific, but if you were a hater on this or other sites, you know who you are...

1 year, 4 months ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed

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 @JB TexasEx

 I mean, sure, we hired Saban, but do you know how darned lucky we were to avoid Richrod?  Do you remember how hot he was at the moment?

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach

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 @JB TexasEx

 Not trying to be a smart behind, but I don't think Petersen would come.  I believe Strong might, but you have to ask yourself why he did not go to Tennessee.  Did he just not want to butt heads with Saban, or was it too much of a mess financially, or is he set at Louisville?  I don't think Franklin is ready for Texas.  There are maybe three guys in the country who would be worth rolling the dice over Mack, who won two? title games and coached in a third.  Smart, possibly, but you can't have him.

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach

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Could Texas stoop to hiring Art Briles?  Would they still be able to play defense?

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach

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Kyle Whittingham?

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach

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I think Brown is on the slide, but I can't think of who I would hire who I also believe would come.  I believe strongly that the Longhorns made a run for Saban a year or two ago, but things have progressed to the point that it will never happen.  Really, who would you hire who would be a sure thing, or as close as any hire ever is?  John Gruden?  :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach

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Given that the offer can be rescinded at any moment and that the player cannot ink it until at least four years from now, this is roughly the equivalent of having a donation made to the human fund in your honor by George Castanza.

1 year, 4 months ago on There’s Nothing Wrong With Offering A Scholarship To An 8th Grader

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He is probably correct in saying that his lack of effort in selected situations harmed no one or nothing.  His attitude, though...

1 year, 4 months ago on Ex-LSU DE Montgomery: Effort Wasn't Needed Every Week

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That has to be the most awkward, ill-conceived radio spot I have ever heard in my life.  The poor girl was confused.  I think I would have been, too.  Thanks for the laugh.

1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-AU QB Newton Wow Woman More Than Her Boyfriend's Proposal

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I agree with your take, but allow me to humbly point out that when those large conferences were dissolving, money and television were not nearly the influence they are now.  It is hard to apply a 1920's or 1960's era framework to broadcasting rights and 100,000 seat stadiums.  Some principles remain, but some have changed dramatically.  Hard to know.  Along the lines of agreeing with your line of reasoning, there is a part of me that thinks the SEC should just give the Big Ten enough rope and see if they hang themselves.  It is a pretty dangerous game of chicken, though.  Good article.

1 year, 5 months ago on Don’t Like The Idea Of 20-Team Conferences? Don’t Worry, They Won’t Last Long

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I hope he was just talking when he said it was unfortunate that he and the fans did not recieve the medical info.  I'll give him the benefit of the doubt this time.

1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-Cock RB Lattimore "Way Ahead Of Schedule"

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 @j_scott_o  @AGator

Has anyone seen or read the confession?  Confessing to having been in the neighborhood at the time of the incident could turn into confessing comission of the crime after it is repeated a time or two.  IF they confessed and are guilty, I will be the first in line to take their playbooks (though I will probably have to fight CNS, which is ok because I am bigger than him).  They are not in danger of any playing time currently, so there is no need to rush.  The truth will be told and there will be consequences.  There may be more to it.  It is impossible to know without a key to the athletic department or president's office. 

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Bama Student On Beating Victim: “He Had Clearly Been Badly Beaten”

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Crossing t's and dotting i's.  It has been a long time since I learned to write.  I mostly type now.

1 year, 5 months ago on Bama Student On Beating Victim: “He Had Clearly Been Badly Beaten”

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I address this not to John specifically, but to any and all in general, including John:

 

Even if football is our overriding and all-consuming influence (hint - it is not), given the level of talent in  Tuscaloosa right now and the shadow of the accomplishments of the last five years, is there anyone who believes that any Alabama fan would go to the mat for any one of these four individuals in the face of these allegations?  Even if football is our only factor, we are not speaking of AJ, CJ, or TJ.  Is there anyone who believes that Nick Saban is of any other opinion?  Why do people insist on slamming Bama for crossing i's and dotting t's?  Patience, my friends.

1 year, 5 months ago on Bama Student On Beating Victim: “He Had Clearly Been Badly Beaten”

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Two things:

 

If true, I hope all four turn in their crimson jerseys.

 

I have been involved in many situations where people wish to pass quick and wieghty judgment based on less than half the facts.  If you think Saban will put up with such behavior as what has been alleged, you are mistaken.  Even with a confession, though, things are not always as they seem.  Things are very complex much, much more often than they are cut and dried, especially at a large instution like Alabama, even when your heart's desire is to do what is right, just, and fair.  With the acknowledgement that I have none of the facts, I predict that all four will be somewhere other than Tuscaloosa within three weeks.  IF the facts are as presented, we should leave their stuff on the curb and change the locks.

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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There is truth in all of this, but it also neglects the fact that basketball is treated differently by cultures outside of the SEC.  In concert with this, inner cities tend to thrive on basketball and typically do not have room for football fields.  Just as the south is filled with football recruits, other places produce more basketball players.  I tend to think this is at least as much of a factor as structural issues in the SEC.

1 year, 5 months ago on Why Is The SEC Thriving In Football, Struggling In Basketball? Money

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Leave their stuff on the curb and change the locks.  That is, assuming the allegations are found to be true.

1 year, 5 months ago on More Details On Bama Arrests

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Thing is, with Notre Dame's resources and following, if they had just manned up and joined the SEC years ago, they would be competing at the highest level of the sport today.  Yet, they ran scared and are at least 28 points (35 before garbage time) worse than Alabama and maybe others.  If you want to play football, play football.

1 year, 5 months ago on How An SEC-Big XII Scheduling Alliance Could Doom The ACC

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Dead on.  Is there anyone in the country who would have followed Petrino's departure in April and succeeded?  Saban went 7-6 his first year at Alabama and was able to get a spring practice in first.  2012 was to be a lost year, no matter how you slice it.  Now AK has hired a top-flight coach and is looking to the future.  Anyone who would wish to argue with the outcome is living in a dream world.

1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-Hog Coaches Say A.D. Long And Players Quitting Were To Blame For Bad Season

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Debate what actually goes on if you wish.  You may be right, but almost certainly not completely.  At least, though, give Mississippi credit for not being stupid.  They may not win as much as others, but no one runs an athletic department on this level and does anything that asinine.  State even had the common sense to tell Cam Newton (or his dad, however you see it) no in a crowded hotel lobby.

1 year, 5 months ago on UM Commitment Treadwell Making News Thanks To Photos

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 @Roggespierre

 But if faced with the prospect of GA playing at TCU as a stopgap measure, or GA being forced to play at TCU because they are now in the SEC (just carrying your analogy through - it could be any pair of schools), would GA be more amenable when it is a choice and not a requirement?

1 year, 5 months ago on With Expansion Talk Heating Up, Here Are Four “Best-Case” Scenarios For The SEC

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Best concert I ever saw.  The collection of talent on one stage was unbelieveable.

1 year, 5 months ago on Thought Of The Day - 1/25/13

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I know injuries are a part of the game, but don't forget that Bama was 2-5 without Steele and has been what?  9-1? with him.

1 year, 6 months ago on With UK's Loss, SEC Looking More And More Like A 3-Bid League

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 @MoKelly1

 There is being certain of what Barry Bonds did, and then there is being able to prove it.  When they know it occurred, but cannot prove it, they reach for "misleading" sorts of charges.  It is grasping to get him somehow for what they know he did but cannot prove.

1 year, 6 months ago on An NCAA Show-Cause Penalty Would Likely Lead To Haith’s Ouster At Mizzou

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 @jMals

 You are right - Jarvis Jones or CJ Mosley both had years when they could have been in the same conversation.  Compare Mosley's stats with Te'o's.  Did the story and the fact that he played at Notre Dame sway voters?  Add this to the fact that a team which wishes to be referred to as the most storied program n the game today obviously overplayed its true worth and took a spot in the title game from another team which deserved it.  Is this an isolated story, or a larger theme?  Is the same sort of "look the other way" behavor going on with Sullivan and Seeberg?  I think the story is a microcosm of a larger portrait. This is the story.

1 year, 6 months ago on Scorn For Te'o? How 'Bout Scorn For Those Of Us In The Media Instead?

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 @John at MrSEC  @CDarwin

 She has agreed to be in the SI swimsuit issue.  If her shoot resembles some of the others they flash all over the place when they advertise it on the web and elsewhere, she has no room to complain.

1 year, 6 months ago on Musburger Seems To Take A Shot At Comment-Gate Silliness

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 @gumborue

 Good luck.  Hope you have a great year.

1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Early Entrants 2013

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 @Vandydude

 Jimmy the Greek's tongue didn't slip.  It fell out of his head.

1 year, 6 months ago on Musburger Seems To Take A Shot At Comment-Gate Silliness

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Add to this the fact that your offense has been borderline inept...

1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Early Entrants 2013

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I don't care who you are or how well you have recruited - losing all of your seniors and your eleven best juniors would just seem to be an insurmountable obstacle when looking towards next season.    A few are on the offensive side, but essentially, they lost a defensive first string just in juniors.  This is not to mention seniors, transfers, injuries...  Better be scouting the junior colleges hard and fast.

1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Early Entrants 2013

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If you were offended by his comments (they were a little creepy, but I mean offended), then I ask you - what would YOU have said in the second half of a 42-14 mercy killing?

1 year, 6 months ago on Musburger Seems To Take A Shot At Comment-Gate Silliness

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 @JRsec

 One thing that has been remarkable to me in all of this is how little basketball has mattered.  Not a critique, just an observation.

1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)

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 @vp19

 Consider, too, that NC, Duke, and VA could all add TV markets, gobs of fans, AAU status, money, status, research, and reach without increasing the burden on anyone's football team too greatly.  No one is going to have to deal with an extra game verses A&M every year.  The football might actually get slightly easier.  Without making the SEC completely a third division of the NFL, you still get what you need.

1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)

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 @vp19

 No one in NC cares about NC State.  NC, Duke, VA, and VA Tech are all that matters.  In that order.  You also have to start with TV markets and work out from there.  I know football seems like all that matters, but the reach of NC and Duke's research and academics is staggering.  In these two cases maybe more than any other schools in the nation, this is a huge deal.

1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)

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Vanderbilt, Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama still have a lot room to move.  Anything can happen at Auburn, but if Malzhan moves much higher he will have been worth the risk, at least for now.  I would be surprised if all of those first four do not finish strongly.  Rivals already has five SEC schools in the top ten, and it would be difficult for anyone not already there to do it, but each of those four should at least land in the top fifteen-twenty.

1 year, 6 months ago on MrSEC.com Commitment Comparator – 1/10/13

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I know I am violating the rules, so roll your eyes if you will, and I know it is difficult to include a coach on an SEC Mount Rushmore who never coached in the SEC, but the SEC would very likely not exist as is without Wallace Wade.  He at least deserves a nod.

1 year, 6 months ago on Time To Add Saban’s Face To The SEC’s Mt. Rushmore

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I know many GA fans and I can promise that they would not have been much more excited about being in the Sugar Bowl.  When you mentioned Nebraska they scowled.  The Champions bowl and the playoff may be the only things to keep the Sugar from ending its tradition of taking the most disappointed SEC team.  You are right, though, GA did deserve to go.

1 year, 6 months ago on Observations On Florida’s Nightmarish Sugar Bowl

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I am probably not the typical college football fan, but I prefer it to stay as is.  I got to flip between all three games yesterday without having to burn the entire day.  I watched a sum total of around ten minutes of the Sugar and Rose bowls, so at least in my living room, the strategy backfired.  If I had more interest in the Sugar bowl teams, things would have been different, but...

 

Am I the only one?

1 year, 6 months ago on Why Were There Three SEC Games On TV At Once?

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You still write checks?

1 year, 6 months ago on Thought Of The Day – 1/1/13

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Roll Tide, John.  As soon after January 7th as they become available, I will send you a crimson 15 for the rear window of your car.

 

In all sincerity, I am sure the baby who was laid in a manger in a stable  and died a murderer's death on a cross is not pleased at those who at least claim to represent a university founded on his teachings by laughing at where some live.  I think maybe there are some Pharisees who need to read the passage where Jesus said he came as a physician for those who are sick and that those who are well have no need of him.

1 year, 6 months ago on Another Pro-Notre Dame T-Shirt Takes A Swipe At Southerners

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 @torris187  @JRsec

 Try going to ESPN and CBS and saying, "I know we had the premier program in the state of Florida already, but now we have even more of Florida.  We controlled it before, but now we really own it.  Give us $30 million more dollars per year.  That ought to cover it."

1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)

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The SEC gets NC and Duke or loses.  It is as simple as that.  Neither is a strong football program and it is obvious from previous developments that basketball matters very little if at all.  What these two deliver, however, is the TV market of an entire state full of large cities with heavy, heavy research funding and the power and influence that goes with it.  Duke is quite possibly the medical research leader of the world.  If NC State must come along, then it is a small price to pay.  If the SEC could conquer NC (completely and utterly with these three) and get VA or VT and thus claim the DC market, the rest of college football not in the Big Ten could just begin the competition for third place.  If the Big Ten gets NC and Duke, their academic standing goes through an already soaring roof and they claim the NC market.  Basketball is just a bonus.  Outside of Notre Dame, it all comes down to these two schools, especially for the SEC.  The Big Ten could still add GT or FSU and claim new ground, but NC is the only path to victory for the SEC.  Their importance is impossible to overstate.

1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)

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 @John at MrSEC  @General Malaise

 Not  complaining.  Just discussing.  The site is great and I love the stats, especially given that you always find a new slant on them.

1 year, 6 months ago on Who Really Had The Toughest Schedule In The SEC This Season?

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 @General Malaise

 Which is exactly why it is impossible to compare schedules.  There are obvious discrepancies (see SC and GA), but when we get into subleties there is no accurate method.  It is also impossible to account for which teams tanked the rest of their seasons due to one loss or whether one team played LSU at home while another got them on the road...

1 year, 6 months ago on Who Really Had The Toughest Schedule In The SEC This Season?

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 @mddo5  @FrankKendrick

 If Alabama does not play six teams coming off a bye week, it is very possible they are playing for four straight on January 7th.  You cannot possibly insinuate that Alabama has lost nothing in the scheduling deal.

1 year, 6 months ago on Some LSU Fans Wanting Out Of The SEC? We Thought They Were The Tigers, Not The Chickens

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As an Alabama fan who has been accused of pleading on behalf of my team when I wouldn't feel the same if another team were in the same situation, let me say this:  LSU got the shaft on the bowl deal.  They have a legitimate case.  The rest, not so much.  mddo5 is right, too, that Alabama has, at times, had the short end of the stick on scheduling as well.  LSU, however, would have to be stark raving mad to go be another of Texas' little sisters.  They are not that stupid.  I will predict this - if enough of this sort of issue remains afloat from teams such as LSU and SC for long enough, it could push the SEC to further expansion in an effort to schedule more equitably.  With 18 teams, every division team could play every other division team for eight conference games per year.  Everyone plays roughly the same schedule (I say roughly to mean that not everyone will have the same home/road schedule).  This is far and away the easiest and simplest way to put this argument to rest.  I am sure there are days when Slive is tempted.

1 year, 6 months ago on Some LSU Fans Wanting Out Of The SEC? We Thought They Were The Tigers, Not The Chickens

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Have a merry Christmas John.

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Headlines Christmas Eve 2012

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I would never have believed that Louisville's athletic revenues were higher than Florida State's.  Does basketball inflate this number significantly?

1 year, 7 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 1)

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 @cjhadley

 You really believe that FL, FL St, GA, AL, and AU would agree to being in the same division?  No way, no how.

1 year, 7 months ago on With Seven Schools Exiting The Big East, Get Ready For The Big Bang

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Can you say three straight?

 

I know, I know, beat Notre Dame first...

1 year, 7 months ago on Bama QB McCarron To Return For Senior Season

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It is always hard to predict the future, but it is easy to imagine A&M looking back one day at joining the SEC as the day they stepped out of Texas' shadow and onto the national stage and looking back at Johnny Manziel as the one who put them on the map, much as GA fans see Herschel.

1 year, 7 months ago on Tuberville On Texas A&M: “Awfully Tough For Them To Repeat What They Did This Year”

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Over 10,000 fans in one year - that is staggering.

1 year, 7 months ago on College Football Attendance Drops… Even In The SEC

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Maybe he has let Spurrier get under his skin and is going to coach somewhere that has never won before to prove his ability.  Cleveland fits the bill, unless you are an Icky Woods fan.

1 year, 7 months ago on Saban, Bama To Face Distraction Of NFL Talk… But We Don’t See Him Leaving

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He has never been great at getting along with administration-types, but hey, if Petrino is on your list...

1 year, 7 months ago on UT Search To Start All Over From Scratch? Looks That Way

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Tommy Tuberville.  Is there something about him I am missing by not being a Vol?

1 year, 7 months ago on UT Search To Start All Over From Scratch? Looks That Way

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 @randompants

 Heck, make it hurt - just don't rip his eyeballs from the sockets.

1 year, 7 months ago on Bama’s Dial “Getting A lot Of Heat” Over Hit On UGA’s Murray, But Will He Get A Suspension?

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 @randompants

 I am not arguing that he should not be punished.  I agree that he should.  To suspend him for the title game does not, however, fit the offense.  Sure, other players have been suspended for one game.  A regular season game against a conference opponent is not the same.  I understand that the SEC title game cannot be free reign for seniors.  There has to be a middle ground, even if you take the middle ground as you declare that future offenses will be handled differently.  It is just a high price to pay for a decision made in less than half a second by one who is not far removed from being a teenager.

1 year, 7 months ago on Bama’s Dial “Getting A lot Of Heat” Over Hit On UGA’s Murray, But Will He Get A Suspension?

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 @John at MrSEC

 John, you don't know how badly Alabama fans hate Notre Dame.  :)

1 year, 7 months ago on Bama’s Dial “Getting A lot Of Heat” Over Hit On UGA’s Murray, But Will He Get A Suspension?

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For what it is worth, I would add the 1992 SEC title game to the short list (the first ever).  It was decided by seven points, yes, but those seven were scored to break a 21-21 tie with around 3 minutes left, much like the other night.  That game also sent Alabama to the title game with Miami and probably saved the championship game from being scrapped one game in.  I would argue that the victory and Alabama's subsequent title ensured the game's future, which inevitably led to a huge SEC run and a playoff.

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Game Roundup: Bama Bests UGA In A Title Game For The Ages

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It was a cheap shot.  It should have been a penalty and should not have happened.  Lester is correct in part, though, that this is football.  It does not warrant sitting a senior for the final game of his career, which also happens to be a national title contest.  The punishment does not fit the crime.

1 year, 7 months ago on Bama’s Dial “Getting A lot Of Heat” Over Hit On UGA’s Murray, But Will He Get A Suspension?

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Google the last time someone questioned Spurrier about something and see how he reacted.  Just saying.

1 year, 7 months ago on USC’s Spurrier Has No Problem Putting The Pressure On UGA’s Richt

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Please let Tennessee hire Charlie Strong.

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update - 12/3/12

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 @John at MrSEC

 You did, yes.  Didn't point that at you.  Speaking in general.  My wife says I have pronoun problems.  I sometimes say, "you," meaning, "anyone in general."  :)

1 year, 7 months ago on MrSEC.com Stat Analysis: Slow Grind 11/30/12

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Georgia's defense improved against Florida, Mississippi and Auburn?  If you take a look at the next article, it is pretty clear why.  This will be the difference tomorrow as the SEC's second-ranked rushing defense makes the difference against the SEC's eleventh-best rushing defense (even after those three).  Alabama 27, Dawgs 10.

1 year, 7 months ago on MrSEC.com Stat Analysis: Slow Grind 11/30/12

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Tuberville will not coach at Tech next year.  Petrino will run a Sherman over his own momma to get to the Plains.  He may well be their only choice.

1 year, 7 months ago on You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: From Why Your Search Is Taking So Long To SEC Expansion

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 @AllTideUp  @BamaWahoo

 They went after FSU in 1991/1992 and were spurned.  Many believe there are those in power in the SEC who will never give them another chance.

1 year, 7 months ago on Louisville To The ACC, But What’s That Aftershock Mean For The SEC?

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 @BamaWahoo  @VAHogBrown

 You really think the SEC would stop at 16 if the possibility of NC/Duke/VT/Virginia were on the table???

1 year, 7 months ago on Louisville To The ACC, But What’s That Aftershock Mean For The SEC?

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 @John at MrSEC  @KY_Daktari  @jMals

 The fact that John could not call the actress by name (nor can I for that matter - Kristen Stewart?) mitigates in his favor.

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino

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 @kywildcat

 Would you let Bernie Madoff manage your money?

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino

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You are absolutely right in saying that we are all imperfect.  It is true, also, that everyone's sins are equal. Not everyone, however, consistently stabs everyone in his way in the back the way Petrino has and will to get what he wants.  He is not a team player and he will burn whomever chooses to hire him.  His sin is not at issue, as far as football is concerned.  His character is.

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino

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It does not matter what the truth is. It only matters what you can prove without subpoena power.

1 year, 8 months ago on Report: NCAA Investigating Auburn Football

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"Oh, they’ll all wind up lining their wallets for a while, but whether or not that’s good for sports or individual conferences or schools remains to be seen."

 

This is really the key.  The Big Ten is playing subpar football now.  But for being home to many states' banner-carriers and colleges with boatloads of money, it would be the Big East already.  They are watering down their football in the name of cash, something they already possess in stacks.  Furthermore, while the two teams belong to massive TV audiences that are not going anywhere, neither team carries any actual weight in those markets.  It is a short-term win that will seal their long term fate - irrelevancy.  Mike Slive should sit, smile, and have a Coke and some Golden Flake potato chips.  You are correct.

1 year, 8 months ago on More Expansion? The SEC Should Just Leap To 20 Teams And Be Done With It

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You can almost hear Saban saying, "If a soldier had repeatedly contacted me and wanted an Alabama state flag to fly in Afghanistan, I think I would have sent it to him every time."

1 year, 8 months ago on Alabama Governor Piles On Bama Play-Calling

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 @John at MrSEC  @alias_fritz

 While we are on the subject, now that we have a playoff, will the NCAA invent a new contrived, politically-correct name for the FBS division?  Shouldn't it have Championship in its name, too?

 

 

1 year, 8 months ago on UF's Floyd Might Have Created An NCAA Loophole For Other Athletes

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 @John at MrSEC  @alias_fritz

 Agree completely, but when scholarship offers are being extended to sophomores and juniors in high school, how do you differentiate?  The amateur model no longer fits college football (FBS, anyway).  Your article is on the cutting edge, as always.

1 year, 8 months ago on UF's Floyd Might Have Created An NCAA Loophole For Other Athletes

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It is all Lee Ann Touhy's fault.  Dang her for trying to help a homeless kid.

 

The NCAA makes less sense every day.

1 year, 8 months ago on UF's Floyd Might Have Created An NCAA Loophole For Other Athletes

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Thanks for the laugh.  People can be gullible.

1 year, 8 months ago on A Tip For Fans Following Coaching Searches

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I have often bumped into those who believe that they need to be an entirely different person when they are between the white lines.  They also seem to believe that class and decency run counter to competitive edge.  If I find myself in a situation where character no longer applies, then I tend to believe I should not be in that situation.  Unless someone threatens you with bodily harm and you are required to go to drastic measures to protect yourself or others, class is always desirable, possible, and necessary.

 

1 year, 8 months ago on UM’s Freeze Tries To Be Nice, VU’s Franklin Says There’s No Need To Be

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Forgiveness is a far cry from the consideration of who you will allow to mold young minds in your name and under your banner.  We are all in need of forgiveness.  My son's role models, however, will be those who will lead him by example and expect him to follow.  I would be willing to forgive Petrino, but he would not coach my son's team.

1 year, 8 months ago on Papa Petrino Says His Son Has The Itch To Coach Again, But Who'll Pull The Trigger?

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I once went to a game in Oxford and went to eat lunch in a cafe that had a life-sized mural of Nathan Bedford Forest on the back wall.  Hard to distance yourself from facts.

1 year, 8 months ago on UM Once Again In Racial Row; Freeze Not Happy With Media Portrayal

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Not to be contrary, and I understand we are speaking in relative terms, but I have been to two Sugar Bowls and I would not have called either warm (outside the dome of course).

1 year, 8 months ago on Report: "Champions" Bowl Goes To Sugar Bowl And New Orleans

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Romans 3:10-12(NASB)

...as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one.”

1 year, 8 months ago on A Pregame Rumble, A UF Coach Shoving A UGA Player, Cats And Dogs Living Together…

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I agree completely.  I felt Saturday when he did the press conference and talked about Lattimore that he really didn't care, but I brushed that off and figured I was just being hard on him.  It was almost as if he could care less.  This episode is completely without class.  Ridiculous.

1 year, 8 months ago on Spurrier Says Lattimore Will Play For USC Again, Then Takes Shot At Clemson’s Swinney

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People said the same sorts of things about the SEC Championship game, but it was begun in the belief that the cream would rise to the top, no matter how many times that cream is asked to prove it and no matter what shape that format takes.  If the SEC is truly better, and I believe it is, it will show.  I understand the politics of keeping teams out, but think about this - the SEC has singlehandedly given college football a playoff.  It goes far beyond the LSU-Alabama Sugar Bowl.  Conference title games are essentially the first round, now leading to the second and third rounds.  A four-team playoff is actually a twelve or fourteen team deal with several play-in games.  Like it or not, the BCS with conference title games is much closer to a true playoff than it is to the old bowl/poll system.  It is in this scenario that the SEC has shined.  If the SEC is the cream, it will rise.

1 year, 8 months ago on SEC Still Has Five Teams In BCS Top Eight; No League At More Risk With Move To Playoff

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 @CharlieGoad  @sec_fan

 I can't believe my Alabama fan self is saying this.  I leaves a bad taste in my mouth on numerous levels.  If I were Tennessee, I would look hard at Tommy Tuberville.

1 year, 9 months ago on Let The Race For Petrino Begin

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I understand that instant recognition and football credibility can drive revenue, excitement, ticket sales...however, can Tennessee really afford to take the Petrino risk on the heels of alienating half of their fan base over Fulmer, hitting rock bottom with boy wonder and then using Dooley as a scapegoat?  If he pulls one of his stunts on rocky top, as only he can, he could set them back twenty years.  Get in trouble with the NCAA in the process, and the second most successful program in SEC history could end up floundering for decades like Notre Dame.  Huge risk.

1 year, 9 months ago on Let The Race For Petrino Begin

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 @VolTN  @kdlewis04  @WillieT

 Tennessee is a great program.  No disrespect.  Smart has been very picky to this point.  I don't see him passing over some of the ones that have been open in the past few years and taking this one.  You are correct.  No situation is perfect.

1 year, 9 months ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year

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 @kdlewis04  @VolTN  @WillieT

 If you were K. Smart, what would you say?

1 year, 9 months ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year

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John is right.  It is the proverbial catch-22.  If he stays, how hard will it be to recruit?  If he cannot recruit, how will he ever compete against Saban, Spurrier, and Muschamp?  Then again, how difficult will it be to sell this situation to anyone other than Petrino?  Take what you see on the surface now, and then throw into the mix that, oh, by the way, we are flat broke, at least for the next two to three years.  What would canning Dooley do to that bottom line?  Sort of reminds me of when Mike Price was fired.  I have enjoyed winning since 2008, but I still hate that Shula walked into that mess, and I still wish that Saban could be a little more personable in public, though I think there is a chance he is more kind and caring behind the scenes than he gets credit for being.  Some signs are there - hard to tell.

1 year, 9 months ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year

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Can't believe two teams are below Auburn.

 

1 year, 9 months ago on MrSEC.com Stat Analysis: Quick Strike 10/18/12

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I think coach Saban heard about the conspiracy theories and got on the horn to Mike Slive last week.  Together, they figured out which player Alabama could afford to live without against Tennessee and then conspired to have him placed in a situation where he would act in exactly this way.  Remember the size difference between the running back and Fanning.  Coach Pinkel and Saban are good friends.  They probably recruited him, too, to make sure that Missouri's smallest running back was in the game.  Then, the SEC can suspend Fanning, a suspension that will certainly not hurt Alabama, and nix the conspiracy theory.  Therefore, the suspension of Fanning will actually be a far greater sign of conspiracy that not suspending him would ever have been.

 

:)

1 year, 9 months ago on No Decision Yet From The SEC On Fanning Play; Will Flagrant Foul Rule Allow For A Suspension?

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LSU read too many press clippings and listened to too many preseason predictions this summer.  It is a matter of time before they lose.  Florida is a possibility, though I probably would not bet on that one, but it will happen soon.

1 year, 9 months ago on LSU QB Mettenberger Dumps Moustache For Luck

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My take is that a good old boy with a TV and a computer was able to cause the SEC office to explain itself over an irrelevant officiating issue.  In one sense, this is good because the SEC feels the need to be responsible to its fan base.  If this good old boy causes officials to be more highly scrutinized and more circumspect where Alabama is concerned than when any of the other thirteen teams are at issue, then we have a problem, at least if football can really be important enough to cause a problem.  Can one person with a Youtube account really change college football?  It has happened in other places and at other times.

1 year, 9 months ago on SEC Explains Spot Of The Ball In Alabama, Ole Miss Game

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If his knee touches when it appears to do so, then it is a terible spot.  It is unclear on the video whether that actually happens or not.  It is a very strange sequence of events, but if the officials were in the tank for Alabama over the long haul, would you really risk outing yourself on a first down call on the first drive of the game against the mighty Rebels?  Even this incident should be beyond the pale for anyone with common sense and even the most ardent conspiracy theorist.

1 year, 9 months ago on Conspiracy Theorists Up In Arms Over Bad Spot In Tide, Rebels Game

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I do my best not to gloat, but it is fun being good enough that people think you have to be cheating.

1 year, 9 months ago on Conspiracy Theorists Up In Arms Over Bad Spot In Tide, Rebels Game

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 @BonzaiB

 Don't get me wrong, I feel sorry for him.  He seems like a nice guy.

 

1 year, 10 months ago on Hogs' Smith (In Deep Debt) Explains "Smile!" Stunt

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So...he does not want anyone to know that Nick Saban ripped his heart out and therefore would never say that, even though he felt it.  So he tells everyone at the press conference that it is true to explain why he would never say it.  You don't want anyone to know you are feeling it, so I am here telling you, because I do not want you to know.  See?  Body language.

 

Did I understand it right?

1 year, 10 months ago on Hogs' Smith (In Deep Debt) Explains "Smile!" Stunt

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9:15?  PM?  I know I am getting old, but...being a football fan in the Eastern Time Zone is rough.  Ridiculous.

1 year, 10 months ago on SEC Releases TV Schedule For September 29th

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If I were Tyler Wilson, I would take out a restraining order and hire an armed guard.

1 year, 10 months ago on Hog Fan Sings To The Internet; We’re Speechless

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While the videos are quite annoying, I also appreciate the privilege of viewing the website free.  Thanks for that, guys.

 

The bigger conundrum at Auburn may be this:  Can anyone compete with Saban who is not named Petrino?

 

Which begs conundrum number three:  Can we really hire Petrino?

 

And conundrum number four:  Will it be worth the headache?

 

None of this to mention the fact that Louisiana Monroe has now become the pivotal game of the season that is only three weeks old and that they are coming off the biggest win in school history and that some are saying their quarterback should receive Heisman consideration.

 

Not gloating, but I would not want to be Chizik, Jacobs, or Dye right now.

1 year, 10 months ago on The Auburn Conundrum: How Much Heat Should Chizik Feel?

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"Not to disrespect Western Kentucky or FAU, but Bama should win those two games easily."

 

Still laughing.  It's the gift that just keeps on giving.

1 year, 10 months ago on The SEC’s Best Bets For Undefeated Septembers

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Good one. 

1 year, 10 months ago on UT's Dooley Channels His Inner-Saban

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 @John at MrSEC

I am certainly not defending Saban.  You are right in saying that he sometimes belittles the media for silly stuff.  They are often caught in the middle.  No disrespect. 

 

Just giving credit where it is due.

1 year, 10 months ago on Saban Says The Media Should Respect Western Kentucky (For The Good Of His Team)

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Come on, John.  I know Saban had ulterior motives.  I would be a fool to miss that.  However, are you really going to criticize the most powerful coach in sports for taking up for the little guy?  For asking for some respect for his opponent?  Watch the Michigan game.  Notice how many times an Alabama player helped pull a Wolverine off the turf or patted them on the helmet.  This has been going on for several years.  No one dances over a player rolling on the turf in pain (it may happen tomorrow, but...).  What if a coach were subtly, systematically trying to instill respect for opposing teams into his players?  Would we criticize him for trumpeting it to the world, or would we respect him for not blowing his own horn?  Saban is not the kind of guy to broadcast the good he does.  He has flaws, but he is not all Darth Vader.  Arrests are down, players behave with respect, and yet all anyone wants to say is what a jerk Saban is.  When asked what impressed him about Alabama, Cooper Bateman said that all of the players removed their hats before speaking to his mom.  How much of that goes on unreported every day?  Sure, Western Kentucky is an underdog, but they lifted weights and ran all summer, too.

 

You do a great job.  I always enjoy the website.

1 year, 10 months ago on Saban Says The Media Should Respect Western Kentucky (For The Good Of His Team)

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Mike Herndon makes the point in his column that Foley has block scheduling, thus allowing the possiblity of eight credits instead of a maximum of six in Pensacola.  If you are trying to become eligible, two extra credits can be huge.  I am certain that there is some help and supervision at Foley and that this was part of the deal, but it also makes sense logistically. 

1 year, 11 months ago on HS Coach Claims Bama Aide Steered Commit To Another HS That “Could Take Care Of Him Academically”

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Also along these lines, if you find yourself in College Station in the next few years, Bush the elder's presidential library is pretty cool.

1 year, 11 months ago on A Closer Look At 10 Potential “Champions” Bowl Hosts

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San Antonio is nothing like DFW, by the way

1 year, 11 months ago on A Closer Look At 10 Potential “Champions” Bowl Hosts

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If more people in SEC territory had visited San Antonio, it would be among the favorites.  Try it.  That is, at least among those who don't require the alcohol and eye candy in New Orleans (though there are other attractions and the food is good - not a shot at this site).

1 year, 11 months ago on A Closer Look At 10 Potential “Champions” Bowl Hosts

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"Just misses having the opportunity to rotate quarterbacks" - good one.  Still laughing.

 

1 year, 11 months ago on LSU Wooing Penn State QB Bolden; Not A Bad Idea

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If you are going to print it on Gatorsports, at least it could be palatable to all of the Gator fans.

2 years ago on SEC Headlines 6/24/2012

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Did Dwight Collins graduate from Tennessee and go to Florida as a double agent?  The north-south team lineups he poses are laughably moronic on multiple levels.  He claims the SEC is cyclical, but during which cycle in its entire history have Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, or Vanderbilt ever truly made waves?  I think if I were him I would stop putting my ideas in print.

2 years ago on SEC Headlines 6/24/2012

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Sounds like a great plan except for the margin of victory part. That favors offense over defense and also certain styles of play over others.  No one is crying over running up scores, though I think to encourge such behavior would be a mistake.  Everyone thought that the '92 Alabama team was inferior to Miami because Miami lit up the scoreboard.  Not so when they play a good defense.  How many other such teams exist in conferences like the Big 12, ACC...

2 years, 1 month ago on "Pick Me! Pick Me!" Ex-Coaches Lining Up To Serve On Potential Selection Committee (But That's Not The Best Plan)

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To the Heather Dinich point -

 

Anyone else notice the worldwide leader changing tones recently?  They ran a piece the other day excoriating the Nebraska assistant coach for taking a stand against homosexuality that was very one-sided.  Are they now entering the arena of politics, or covering sports?  It is no news that they are at least attempting to manipulate college football, but have they now so crossed the line that they are no longer wearing the mask?  They just seem to be a little more impressed with themselves than usual lately.

2 years, 2 months ago on Monday Expansion Headlines - 5/14/12

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Hi Jim, Mike here.

 

How about our non-division winning team in a round robin against the entire Big Ten for the privilege of deciding the four team format?  Next weekend good for you?  Maybe we could start with Michigan.

2 years, 2 months ago on Taking A Shot At SEC's Bama, Big Ten's Delany Hits Nebraska, Too (Oh, And We Told Ya The SEC's Schedule Would Be Questioned)

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The colors look right to me.  The only suggestion I would make on that front is that Carolina and A&M just need to go ahead and admit that they, too, wear crimson.

2 years, 3 months ago on New Tabs And Pages For Missouri And Texas A&M Are Up

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@DaveinExile I understand that this woman is after her fifteen minutes of fame and am certainly not impugning anyone in this situation or even at Alabama. I have friends who have been hostesses and have done nothing wrong, and there is no evidence of which I am aware that Landon Collins has, either. I also understand that women cannot be prevented from participating. However, hostesses at large could be made illegal so that no one could dictate what they wear and then parade them in front of recruits in large groups, etc. Regulate organizational behavior and structure, not the female sex.

2 years, 5 months ago on Offering To Find A Prospect’s Girlfriend A Job Appears To Be Perfectly Legal… In Football

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Here is my deal. I am a Bama fan and alumnus. I, however, would turn the school in myself and seek the death penalty if I knew that sexual favors were being used to attract recruits. I have no direct knowledge of this happening, but when schools constantly use hostesses (in boy wonder's case sending them off campus) as recuriting assistants, you know that it happens. Maybe not here, maybe not there, but somewhere, certainly. It may not be overt or acknowledged, but you know that successful hostesses (ones who attract recruits) are rewarded and promoted. Why, why, why does the NCAA allow above-board use of coeds? How simple would it be to outlaw them? At least then if something were proven there would be enforceable penalties. I am not naive and I know that proof is difficult and that there are more ways to cheat than this, but at least the overt use of women could be illegal.

2 years, 5 months ago on Offering To Find A Prospect’s Girlfriend A Job Appears To Be Perfectly Legal… In Football

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