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Good post! Reminds me of the fact that Tennessee was the last major college to abandon the single wing formation in football, and how the transition was viewed by many of the faithful as heresy. In more recent times, wouldn't you say that the athletic dept. turmoil goes all the way back to the Bill Battle fiasco? Battle never had a losing season, went to five bowl games in seven years, and left Knoxville with a .723 winning percentage. Yet the way he was treated gave a whole new meaning to the word "shabby." And it started way before he went 6-5 in his final season.
Do you think .723 after seven years would be good enough to keep Butch Jones in his job?
At any school, a rabid fan base can turn on a dime and start throwing rocks through the coach's bedroom window. That's what happened to Bill Curry at Alabama. He took the Tide to the national championship game and got fired for not winning it, after he benched one or two star players for violating team rules.
Cuonzo Martin should be coach of the year in the SEC. Any prospective coach with other options should take a long, hard look at Martin's tenure at UT and how it ended.
8 months, 1 week ago on Martin’s Departure Has Tennessee Chasing Its Tail Again
There's a risk in designing sports events to appeal to people who don't particularly want to watch the game. I remember when Drayton M's Astros phased out the Gulf coast R&B, cut back on the organist, and started playing canned "country" music nearly nonstop. Minority attendance went down the chute.
Rightly or wrongly, lots of fans find hip hop threatening. Rightly or wrongly, lots of other fans feel like they've somehow wandered into a KKK rally when they hear the country stuff. (No reason to get excited, it's really all just corporations running on auto tune.) Personally, I don't care what kind of music is provided, as long as it's being played live on real instruments, by real musicians.
When Alabama is making a goal line stand, or Ole Miss is facing fourth-and-one at the fifty, what kind of idiot needs a DJ to tell him to clap? The rest of the time, that's why we have cheerleaders.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Get Ready For More Canned Music At SEC Football Games
Of all the articles and blog posts I have read on the Michael Sam story, this one is the best. Thanks for what you said, and for saying it so well.
10 months, 1 week ago on Season’s Over, But Chalk Up Another Win For Sam, Pinkel And Mizzou
@John at MrSEC @Leon Despair
It's true that you didn't write the sentence about looking to see if the fax machine was plugged in. It was just the image that came to mind on reading your original post this morning. If you don't think that's a fair characterization of what you did write, I apologize. But you also didn't write that "Vandy was off to a slow start as was expected." What you wrote was that "National Signing Day figures to be a quiet one" for Vandy. In reality, no one expected Vandy to have either a quiet day or a slow start. Everyone who reports on Vandy expected somewhere between 19-23 faxes to come in on schedule. Which is what happened.
I've been reading this site since you started it. I have never believed (or said, or written) that you are anti-Vanderbilt. Although I have often disagreed with your opinions, I have always enjoyed reading them and I have appreciated the sheer amount of coverage VU gets on your site. Today is the first time I have thought what you wrote was unfair to Vandy, and I explained why as best I could, hoping you'd see my point.
People do take cheap shots under cover of anonymity, and no one can blame you for being irritated when they do. But I didn't make the crack about Greg Schiavo.
Finally, I don't believe for a minute that you "really don't care" about "any of these darned schools." You work way too hard for that to be true.
By the way, I went to Birmingham-Southern.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)
First of all, thank you for the Herculean effort in covering all the signing day activities. But with regard to Vanderbilt, MrSEC, with all due respect, you did start the day off with that post about Coach Mason waiting forlornly by the fax machine, wondering if it would ever ring, maybe even checking every five minutes to see whether it was plugged in. That one seemed to go out of its way to be unnecessary. And now, when the commits came in on schedule and the quiet day you predicted yielded 22 of them, including a handful of four-star players, you write as though all Mason did was "find bodies." However, Vandy's class of 2014 not only ranks higher than James Franklin's first class at VU, it went from being ranked about 94th last week to somewhere around 46-50th by noon today. Moreover, since it was widely predicted in the media that VU would add 19-23 recruits, the final total was no surprise. So what if Mason and his staff recruited "as many as" eight 2-star players? For the last few years, he was part of a staff that took mostly 2-and-3 star players to four straight BCS bowls. Yes, he had a tough challenge over the past two weeks. You are right about that. But to portray him as forced to choose between "just adding bodies" and waiting until next year suggests that he didn't land any quality commits, and he most certainly did.
Best quote from his press conference: "SEC East championship, here we come."
11 months, 1 week ago on Vanderbilt Introducing Derek Mason As New Football Coach
Is there some circular logic involved here? Did Vandy beat UT because the Vols had hit good old rockybottom, or did they hit rockybottom because good old Vandy beat them?
Maybe Letterman (or MrSEC) should do a top ten list of excuses teams gave for losing to the Commies in 2014.
11 months, 1 week ago on Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State
He'd have seemed a lot less jerkish to some if Vandy hadn't beaten Tennessee two years straight.
It wasn't directed at MrSEC.com. Sorry that was unclear. I don't think any fan could complain about the coverage Vandy gets. But I do believe there are many fans of other SEC schools who would "feel a whole lot better" with Franklin gone.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Vandy’s Franklin A Wanted Man, Even In Some Places We Wouldn’t Have Expected
It's obvious that lots of fans and boosters of other SEC schools won't rest easy until he's out of the SEC. They can't wait for things to get back to "normal." But what if losing to Vanderbilt is the new normal?
One missed free throw for every lost strand of hair?
1 year ago on Vandy’s Stallings With Hair… ‘Nuff Said
Vanderbilt sold out their initial bowl seat allotment, too. Fourth straight time. No big point to make, just saying.
1 year ago on SEC Headlines 12/14/2013
Very interesting stats on Gator Bowl viewership, Mr. SEC. Your site is unfailingly interesting, no matter what side of these things you come down on. I for one had no idea that Florida/Ohio State in 2011-12 drew only two-thirds as many viewers as did Vandy in the Liberty Bowl that same year. Or that Compass Bowl viewership exceeded Gator Bowl viewership by half a million last year! I'd like to see the Gator ratings for the entire previous decade, because based on the last two years, that bowl is near the bottom no matter who's playing in it. Since 11 million viewers watched Georgia vs. Nebraska last year, it's understandable that Gator Bowl officials might feel they can "get well" if the rematch only draws a quarter of that audience. But is that wishful thinking? What, in your view, would it mean if the Compass Bowl were to once again beat the Gator Bowl's TV audience this time around? That's what I'm predicting -- how about you?
1 year ago on Vandy Fans, Once Again, Let’s Talk About Bowl Selections (And SEC TV Ratings)
You may have also mentioned that the Commies have sold out their last three bowl ticket allotments, which makes them an exception to the usual SEC trend. And you're right that traditional performance has a lot to do with current perception. It causes Vanderbilt victories over Georgia and Florida to be explained away by references to the Dogs and Gators being depleted by injuries (although Vandy played both games without key players who were out with injuries). If they beat Tennessee twice in a row, it's said to be because the Vols are having "down" years ... or down decades, or whatever. Oh, well. When they play in the SEC championship game, which will happen sooner than anyone thinks, I suppose that will have to be because the entire East is having a historically down year, won't it? And then we can all wait for things to get back to "normal."
One thing we can all agree on: the only problem that matters for Vanderbilt now is Houston. Until then, I look forward to learning whether Mississippi State can beat a ten win team from ANY conference.
1 year ago on Suck It Up, Vandy Fans, Bowl Bids Have Everything To Do With Tourism
SEC coaches Saban, Miles, Spurrier, Sumlin, Richt and Franklin all put Vandy in the top 25 on their ballots. The lone holdout among SEC coaches who vote in that poll was Bielema.
1 year ago on 35 Post-SEC Championship Game And Bowl Selection Thoughts
In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Vanderbilt didn't quite make the top 25, but they came in ahead of Southern Cal, Texas, Notre Dame and Nebraska. Would anyone, ever, have predicted that?
There are probably quite a few SEC coaches who are hoping and praying that Franklin leaves Vanderbilt. For one thing -- if he stays -- how many years until Tennessee wins another game in that rivalry?
1 year, 2 months ago on Vandy’s Franklin Listed By Just About Everyone As A Candidate At Southern Cal
Whoa, Mr. SEC! If I read the other comments correctly, not only has Manziel done nothing wrong, it will be your fault if he ever does, because you drove him to it! Welcome to the wonders of Aggie Logic.
1 year, 3 months ago on Stop Before You Start, Aggie Fans
ND could not have beaten Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, LSU or Vandy last night. Whether we root for the SEC or not, the guy who's out of luck is the guy just rooting for a good football game when two teams play for the national championship. Fewer than 50% of the BCS championship games have been decided by under ten points.
1 year, 11 months ago on Notre Dame AD on Bama: “They’re Better Than Everyone”
Yeah, but Notre Dame's stats aren't padded with games against Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina.
1 year, 11 months ago on Alabama – Notre Dame: Inside The Numbers
So what's the title of your reggae album?
2 years ago on ESPN Plays Up Saban Rumors, Others Play Them Right Back Down
@John at MrSEC @AustinVol But ... but ... I thought you were a Vandy fan!
2 years ago on Report: UK Hires FSU D-Coordinator Stoops