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Ask the fans of any SEC school and you'll find they'd prefer 4 cupcakes and a national championship over 4 fantastic Power 5 games and a Christmas Eve bowl. Fans don't want great games. They want wins. With the toughest conference schedule in the country, SEC teams can schedule out of conference cupcakes and still have a stronger strength of schedule than most teams in the other Power 5 conferences. This is because Oregon, Texas, etc. play their cupcakes in conference: Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia, Kansas, Iowa State, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, Washington State, California, Colorado, Utah, and the list goes on and on.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Since 2008, SEC Non-Conference Games Have Left Much To Be Desired
@the_voice @Bobo2468 How silly is that. An 0-11 Kansas as your last game of the season is a quality opponent, but an 11-0 and ranked 4th in the country is Boise State is not?
5 months ago on Three Things The SEC Needs To Do At This Week’s SEC Meetings
I noticed that none of your Bruce Pearl links, nor anything anywhere that I've seen about his hiring, has to do with a conflict of interest. Hmmm...
IF PEARL LANDS AT AUBURN, GET READY FOR “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” QUESTIONS FOR THE NCAA
7 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 3/19/2014
Let the Bruce Pearl competition begin.
9 months, 1 week ago on Hey, A&M And Georgia… The SEC Needs You To Take A Dive
@bmatlock5Tennessee is waiting on punishment from the NCAA for its own violations. Don't throw rocks. You live in a glass house house.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Another Round With The T-Town Menswear Story
Soooo, did Richt force Grantham out the way Saban forced Doug Nussmeier out?
9 months, 2 weeks ago on That Didn’t Take Long: Georgia To Hire Pruitt As New D-Coordinator
Where's the MrSEC Top Clicks of the Week?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Green-Beckham Update: No Charges Filed
@PearlTimeline @MrSEC How'd utk do in their bowl game?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on BCS Title Game Preview – 1/6/14
Behind every great man is a great woman.
11 months, 1 week ago on Saban’s Wife To Wall Street Journal: “This Is Where We Are Going To End Our Career”
Nick ain't leavin' T-town.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Nick Saban Says He’s “Totally Committed” To Alabama
It wasn't Alabama's run defense that suffered against aTm. CJ Mosley and A'Shawn Robinson have been stopping the run all season. Bama has gotten better against the pass, but might still be vulnerable there.
1 year ago on Alabama LB DePriest On Arkansas RBs: “They’re The Best That We’ve Seen”
@NatanElias No, Fulmer was only successful when he had Cutcliff as OC and Chavis as DC. Both have gone on to be successful and Phillip couldn't get a job coaching a Division II team. He's got to be the most overrated coach in SEC history. Who cares what he thinks about anything?
1 year ago on Ex-Vol Coach Fulmer Says New Vol Coach Jones Faces “Lots Of Challenges”
Ever since Phil Fulmer was a secret witness against Alabama back in the day, Tennessee has struggled. I'm sure they're not related, but I have no sympathy for Tennessee whatsoever.
1 year, 1 month ago on Former Tennessee Running Back Arian Foster: “My Senior Year, I Was Getting Money On The Side”
Hilarious. This is a joke, right? Hilarious.
1 year, 2 months ago on Report: Manziel Suspended For First Half Of Opener (Updated)
Bobby Bowden in the Saban film Gamechanger: "Toward the end of my career, I didn't coach. I let the assistant coaches coach."
1 year, 2 months ago on Bowden On Bama’s Saban: “He Doesn’t Let Up”
Wow, what a jerk.
1 year, 2 months ago on Phillip Fulmer On Former Tennessee A.D. Mike Hamilton: “Wasn’t Prepared For The Job”
@Bootheel @gregpomeroy1 Having listened to him for years, I've never found him biased or arrogant. I've found him straight forward and intelligent. It's fashionable to hate him and he's not everyone's cup of tea, but he's 10 times more interesting than your average sports radio host.
1 year, 2 months ago on Finebaum, SEC Ambassador, Returns To Radio Today
Strange how most of the people who don't like Paul never listen to his show. The crazy callers, and there really are only a few, are just comic relief. What makes Paul great is this: if a caller isn't entertaining or making a really good point, he cuts them off and goes right to the next caller. 99% of sports talk hosts could learn a lot from that.. You may be on the air for 5 hours in the afternoon, but my drive home is only 25 minutes and I want to hear something INTERESTING.
@John at MrSEC @gregpomeroy1 Thanks, John. We'll see what happens.
1 year, 3 months ago on WSU’s Leach Points Out The Major Flaw In New Penalty For Targeting
@John at MrSEC @gregpomeroy1 Thanks. It seems like there was something about receivers during a catch and quarterbacks after an interception being considered defenseless. It is going to be a mess.
John, I haven't read anywhere why the running back that Clowney hit is considered a defenseless player. Can you clear that up?
Mike, how much do you think Manziel's off-field issues are really going to affect how he plays this year?
1 year, 3 months ago on Johnny Manziel Thrown Out Of Texas Fraternity Party
So, why exactly was that running back that Clowney hit considered defenseless?
1 year, 3 months ago on New Ejection Rule Will Be The Most Controversial Rule Change In Ages
I don't think Saban should be on this list. He never intentionally says anything to stir things up, and most of the time he even downplays things, like the Satan stuff. He doesn't take jabs at other coaches or teams. He's always on message. He'll think before responding to questions. As opposed to what he does in the Alabama beat writers' press conferences, he won't even show anger here.
1 year, 3 months ago on 12 Guys Most Likely To Cause A Stir At SEC Media Days
John, last I recall, you had Spurrier as the best coach in the SEC and Saban number 2. Glad to see you've re-thought that. I think a lot of people forget what Spurrier accomplished at Florida and don't realize what an incredible job he's doing to make USC competitive now, but Saban is head and shoulders the better coach. I'd say Saban has a 50-50 chance to surpass Bryant in most people's eyes before he retires.
1 year, 3 months ago on Ranking The SEC’s Coaches From Saban To Stoops
Would Saban and Bryant not be on an NCAA Mt. Rushmore?
1 year, 4 months ago on Bama A.D. Battle Compares Saban To Bryant
At this point in the recruiting year, I think it's probably more accurate to go by the average star rating instead of total points. Some teams have just gotten a lot more verbals and that makes them seem like they're doing better when they're not. Every school is going to end up signing 25, more or less. By average, Tennessee is ranked 17th nationally and UK 26th. If I'm not mistaken UT's average ranking under Dooley was about 17th.
1 year, 4 months ago on UK’s Stoops And UT’s Jones Continue To Impress
@John at MrSEC @gregpomeroy1It's clear that if you are a coach at a particular school, you have more control over your strength of schedule with 4 out of conference games than 3. If you want the toughest strength of schedule in the history of college football, you could schedule that. If you want to just become bowl eligible (cough, cough, Vandy, cough, cough), you could try to schedule for that. That's all that matters here.
But if for some reason you want to increase the conference's strength of schedule, adding a 9th SEC probably wouldn't even do that. If you're Tennessee and you beat Vandy who has 4 wins over FCS schools, that doesn't help your strength of schedule. But if you're Tennessee and you beat Vandy who has 3 wins over FCS schools and one loss to Mississippi State, that is even worse, isn't it?
And the basketball analogy does work here. (But, again, why would anyone care about the conference's overall schedule when individual teams can determine their own strength of schedule easily by their choice of non conference opponents) The way to improved the SEC's basketball strength of schedule isn't to have SEC teams play each other more. The way to improve the SEC's basketball strength of schedule is to schedule tougher non-conference opponents and BEAT them .
1 year, 5 months ago on Saban “The Hillbilly” Still Pushing For A 9-Game SEC Schedule
@John at MrSEC @gregpomeroy1 With the 8 game conference schedule, there has always been and there will continue to be the option to replace an FCS team with an SEC-caliber out of conference opponent. Kentucky would be better for strength of schedule than Jacksonville State, but so would Iowa, TCU and Washington. A win at TCU would have looked better than a win over Georgia Southern as well. Plus, fans would be more excited to see (and perhaps travel to) a game in another part of the country. Los Angeles would be a better trip than Starkville.
Just some thoughts here. No one's said this that I know of, but adding a 9th game isn't always going to improve strength of schedule. Adding one of the bottom 6 six SEC teams to Alabama's schedule as a 9th game last year probably wouldn't have helped much at all. At least with the current 4 team out of conference schedule, a team has better control over its strength of schedule--teams could decide who they wanted to play, not be locked in to the SEC rotation of games (one year getting a dominating SEC opponent and getting a very weak SEC team the next). Saban's point that it is difficult to get good out of conference teams to play you home and home doesn't hold water. When has Saban shied away from something because it is difficult? Alabama manages to schedule one (and only one) difficult out of conference game per year. I'm sure they could up that to two for the sake of strength of schedule. That would have done a lot more for Alabama's strength of schedule last year than if, say, the SEC rotation had added Kentucky to Alabama's schedule.
Finebaum has had a national radio show for at least a few years now with callers from all over the country. He smart, funny and insightful. He may say it's the callers, but his show's success has more to do with the host. If other radio show hosts were interesting enough to go statewide and then national, they would. But local sports radio is now the same bland hosts taking the same bland questions from the same bland callers.
1 year, 5 months ago on Finebaum’s New ESPN, SEC Network Show To Be Caller-Driven (Uh-Oh)
Saban's view is even more selfless when you consider Alabama's only loss was to A&M after the emotionally and physically draining win over LSU. Going to a 9 game schedule doesn't just mean replacing an easy game with a tougher one. It means the overall season, week to week, would be tougher. A team isn't just more likely to lose that added game. It is more likely to lose other games on the schedule as well.
1 year, 5 months ago on Saban Bangs The Drum For A 9-Game SEC Schedule
John, how are these players representative of Alabama football when they aren't on the team? They're suspended, indefinitely OFF the team.
1 year, 8 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players
1 year, 8 months ago on Alabama Loses Coach To NFL; LSU Hires Former Pro Coach
John, you going to have a final Mr. SEC ranking of SEC teams?
1 year, 8 months ago on Team Updates: SEC East
I know UT fans will blame this year's poor recruiting on the coaching change and the poor season, but Auburn had a coaching change too and a worse season. Auburn is ranked 13 nationally and will probably end up in the top 10. Butch Jones has never recruited well.
1 year, 9 months ago on Tennessee Governor Says UT Football "Can't Be Average"
UT ranked 11 of 14 in recruiting within a week of signing day. They'll have to move up a little to get to average.
As long the players passed their drug tests, I can't imagine there would be any punitive measures against them or the universities. Schools can educate and try to keep the bad guys away, whether they be agents or drug dealer, but they can't be with the players 24 hours a day.
1 year, 9 months ago on Report: SEC Players Allegedly Used Banned Substances In “Chip” Form
"Former NCAA enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro to improperly obtain information for the purposes of the NCAA investigation through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA."
Didn't all of the evidence the NCAA used to punish Penn State come from "proceedings that did not involve the NCAA"?
1 year, 9 months ago on Boom! The NCAA’s Investigation Into Miami (And All Those Former Miami Coaches) Has Been Compromised
John, you say a grayshirt delays his enrollment until the following year, but don't they always enroll mid-year because they would have graduated high school anyway? They either have to pay for the fall semester and start on scholarship in January, or lay out of school a few months until January. Either way doesn't seem like a huge deal, especially with a player who's still recovering from injury.
1 year, 9 months ago on Get Ready For Complaints: Bama Switches Recruit’s Scholarship To Grayshirt
John, how come no post today on the actual BCS national championship game? No post on Saban and his fourth national championship? No post on where this national championship now puts Bama in history? But this is a very interesting post on Brent Musberger.
1 year, 9 months ago on ESPN Apologizes For Musberger’s Comments… Really? Hubba, Hubbub
Nice breakdown of the game, John. Bama had their toughest games against quarterbacks who played well ( LSU and A&M). And Murray has played poorly in big games. If he doesn't play well, it's going to be 31-10. If he does, Dawgs could win 20-17. Bama also lost the turnover battle against LSU and A&M. If Georgia does win, they'll have to win the turnover battle as well.
1 year, 11 months ago on SEC Championship Game Preview 2012: Alabama Holds Off Georgia
@scottlester As an Alabama fan I support the use of cowbells. Let them ring the damn things whenever they please. What are the officials going to do, go up in the stands and take up the cowbells? MSU fans'll just pull out another one. Are they going to penalize MSU 15 yards over and over again every time Joe Dirt in row 77 rings his cowbell.? I don't see it. More cowbell indeed.
2 years, 5 months ago on What To Expect At The SEC's Spring Meetings