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Since this article didn't state any of Sumlin's side of the story: The suspensions weren't only the for the game, it includes all the practices and game prep leading up to the game. The players had ALREADY been sitting out that stuff, their punishment was in progress and nearly completed when the game was ppd. Sumlin felt to make them sit again for the Florida week, and all it's practices and game prep, would be effectively doubling their sentence, and that that wasn't warranted. They are still sitting out the game they already started sitting out for. You may disagree, that's fine, but Sumlin's decision is reasonable, defensible, and consistent (this article implies that cynical expediency is the only possible explanation). A game being ppd at the last minute by a hurricane is a freak situation (if it had been ppd 2 weeks prior instead of 2 days prior maybe you'd have a case).
The Michigan situation involves very different factors, offenses, and timelines. It's unbalanced journalism to provide Hoke's comments but not Sumlin's defense (he fielded questions and talked openly about it the last 2 days with the press). But then you throw in the sanctimonious commentary and judgements on top of the unbalanced journalism to paint Sumlin as a bad guy, lifting the article up to hatchet job status.
1 year, 6 months ago on Michigan’s Hoke Just Made Texas A&M’s Sumlin Look Bad
@John at MrSEC John you are 100% correct to use A&M and not TAMU. Though the university uses it for some things (probably to avoid problems that can arise with "&" in some cpu applications), Aggies don't generally go around using TAMU as their self-identifier or slang. Gig em.
1 year, 10 months ago on New Tabs And Pages For Missouri And Texas A&M Are Up
airpowerproducts Personally I'd rather keep it home & home, more fun being on campus for college football, esp conference games. I hope the Arkansas game goes home and home too, instead of at Jerry World. I haven't really enjoyed the Dallas thing. It was fun once as a novelty in the new stadium for a non-conf game, but not every year. Texas-OU is only great as a neutral site game because of the whole State Fair aspect that is totally unique. I don't think other venues can replicate that scene.
2 years, 1 month ago on A Divisionless Set-Up Would Help The SEC In Football
airpowerproducts fyi - A&M and LSU have played 50 times (not 33), dating all the way back to 1899. A&M-Arkansas has been played 68 times.
Agree w/ the rest of your point though. Both are good historical rivals, with the intensity one or two degrees hotter vs LSU than with Hogs - probably due to that Houston proximity and the oil business overlap.
Crayton I'm suggesting the HOME-BYE-AWAY-BYE rotation. We did the back-to-back rotation in the B12 (not staggered), and I didn't think it was a very good setup (nothing about the B12 was a good setup!). Even with just a two year absence you start to forget about those other guys. You see them in clumps so it's not a steady rivalry. And the two year absence made the broken rivalries (esp Neb-OU, Colorado-OU) seem more broken and distant so they lost their magic. With the H-B-A-B you've always either just played them or have them next year, so everyone stays in your mind.
But if they insisted on back-to-back I would prefer the staggering.
Crayton Well if we absolutely had to choose between LSU or ARK as a perm rival most Ags (incl me) will say LSU, though we have a good history w both. But even breaking some of the rivalries under your plan wont be nearly as painful cause you'd still play everyone twice in four years. I would even stagger the home/away rotation so you play all SEC teams every 2 years, either home or away. That would be really good for the conference I think, and leave almost all the big rivalries intact.
On the surface I really like both Crayton and John's plans. Seems that Crayton's wouldn't require a rule change, and you see every team twice in 4 years while protecting most of the rivalries and an 8 game schedule. Let's do it. (need to get A&M-ARK in the same pod though!)