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While having divisions helped create more rivarlies, I know I am less interested in basketball since divisions were dumped. Not having Ky at home just felt wrong. I enjoyed having my Vols play in CS the past two years, but as my Aggies friends have pointed out many times - you care about basketball???? We (TAMU) don't. I supported the plan you put forward when they were discussing changing the format. In Basketball, Mizzou has no business playing in the East. The only western schools that have a commitment to basketball are LSU and Ark. In the East you have KY, FL, TN, Vandy that all make commitments to the hardcourts, and USC and UGA are trying also. All I know is this current format is not working at creating interest in the product. The needs to be more permanent rivals between the programs that show commitments and are closer regional/historical rivals.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Remember When Dumping Divisional Play Was Supposed To Help SEC Basketball?
@GatorGeek That is exactly the point. If they allowed the digital networks to directly sell to the consumer, the content provider (ESPN) is in direct competition with the Cable/sat company. I am sure that is part of these agreements. Pay us more for our networks, or we will start selling subscription service to our content. Which the content providers can now say, do an end a round on us, and we will throttle your content to force people to by our video services (which was illegal before net nuetrality was struck down). Eventually the dam will break. The path is already set for the major cable/sat networks to eventually become just an internet service. They will still offer packages of TV channels, but a lot of items will be delivered on demand. It remains to be seen if that will save money for the consumer in the long run or not. I doubt it. As long as there are demand for the services, the companies will set the table to maximize their profits. Regardless, the consumer (Us) will lose in the long term. We will find ourselves paying more for less services and less quality.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Rumored Deal Between SEC Network/Dish Only One Piece Of A Major Agreement
Well my contract is up in June with Direct TV. One of the factors in my decision to stay or go will be the SEC network and WatchESPN. My 'hood is wired for fiberoptic Uverse, and not cable. My only choices are Dish, Direct TV, or Uverse. I have been carefully keeping track of how and when we watch content. I know that I will be able to greatly improve how and when we watch sports by having access to WatchESPN ap, something that Direct TV is not providing.
5 days, 15 hours ago on Rumored Deal Between SEC Network/Dish Only One Piece Of A Major Agreement
@foxtrot1 @HoustonVol I agree with you. I don't want Pearl back. I can look past the lying to the NCAA. Haith at Mizzou lied and got a three game suspension because it was associated with Miami and the NCAA needed to put that case to bed quietly and avoid lawsuits. It was the calling of the parents and recruits trying to get them to lie on his behalf that I cannot forgive. That is what keeps getting "forgotten" when discussing Pearl and why I think he was nailed so hard. He tried to do a cover up with kids and their parents.
Tennessee is 13-17 over the last two seasons in single digit games. That is a sign of the quality of coaching. When the game is on the line, the team/coach is not making the right call and plays down the stretch. This is happening in the weakest SEC that I can remember. Buzz, Green and Pearl were coaching during the time that the SEC was one of the top basketball leagues, so even comparing records is not fair. With the resources that TN has, there is no reason why we should not be the third best team in the conference this year, possible second. Instead we are stuck in a log jam in the middle of a bad conference. That stat right there is why Martin will not be coming back if he does not make the NCAA. Our best hope is someone sees his third best SEC record and wants to hire him away from us. Unfortunately if he leaves/ is fired, I will be surprise if the school has the back bone to not hire Pearl. Anyone else will be dealing with the same issues that Martin dealt with - he is not Pearl.
1 week, 5 days ago on Pressure On Tennessee’s Martin More About Pearl Than Martin
I am also rooting for Martin to succeed. However his track record does not give me hope. I think he is doing as good of a job as expected. To often over the last three years we have come up short in close games. A team this experienced with this much talent should be battling the Rupp kiddies for 2nd place in the SEC, not trying to fight above the scrum in a bad SEC for 3rd/4th place. Martin and TN are in a no win situation. Martin will never live up to the idea of what Pearl could do and did, and he will constantly have to look over his shoulder as long as Pearl is still in town. I am also on the no to Bring Back Bruce bandwagon. I could forgive the lying to the NCAA. Pearl was thrown under the bus by Hamilton and panicked. There are many coaches that have done worse. What I cannot forgive is calling up the recruits parents and asking them and the kid to lie on Pearl's behalf to save his job. When they declined, that was when Pearl came clean. That I cannot look past. If one of my kids' teachers did that, all heck would break loose. Why have lessor standards for your basketball coach? Plus Pearl would not be able to coach and recruit until August, which would really hamper him being successful out of the gate on trip two down the orange brick road. As for no win situation, I can see three/four outcomes. 1: This team wins out, does well in the SEC tourney (which would be a shock), and does well in the NCAA. Martin gets and extension and half of the Vol Nation sinks into depression, and we rinse and repeat for next season. Second, the team caves, crashes and burns again in the SEC and NIT, and Martin is handed a nice parting check. Then the question begs does the Administration have the back bone not to hire Pearl, whom would be the most popular choice. Third option - This team wins out, does well in the SEC tourney (which would be a shock), and does well in the NCAA and someone hires Martin away from TN. Then the question begs does the Administration have the back bone not to hire Pearl, whom would be the most popular choice. Option three is the best case for the administration - TN looks good in this case. Maybe Martin, knowing he is in a no-win situation like Tubbs at Kentucky exits stage right while the getting is good. In almost every case, Martin is not at TN after this season. I am hoping he finishes strong and exits on his terms and not ridden out of town by the dream of a second Pearl term on the sidelines. However as this season progresses, I see another messy coaching change on the hill.
1 week, 6 days ago on Pressure On Tennessee’s Martin More About Pearl Than Martin
Don't forget when they renovated Thompson Bowling Arena, UT also took out a large chunk of seats (about 10%) to add a whole bank of suites to one side of the stadium. I do agree with you, how long until you see a school take a huge plunge. I know GT reduced the size of their stadium, but that was 20 years ago. The first SEC school I see doing it would be Vandy. They have the money fans, and would be able to add suites and amenities without losing overall capacity. TN already has two huge bank of suites on both sides of the field. I don't see them making any major changes unless for some reason finances dictate more suites. Which I don't see anytime in the future.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Future Of Football Stadiums Is Here; How Long Before An SEC School Follows Suit?
@John at MrSEC John, I would have loved more news coverage of the event. After he collapsed on the field and NBC reported it I wanted more information, as I am sure most viewers did. However I would not want to sit and watch three reporters with no medical back ground sit around and speculate without facts. Even you have called out reporters and websites for jumping on rumors and reporting them as facts. For most of the third and fourth quarters I was left wondering if the NFL and/or the Texans were putting up a smoke screen about the severity of the situation to prevent disruption on the field. It is clear, in hindsight, that NBC did not have any facts to report and was not obtaining any new information to report from the NFL and the Texans. So instead of speculating and reporting on rumors, they stuck to the facts and reported the event correctly. We might not have liked the flow of information, but I will take slow factual reporting over fast speculation any day - especially when it is a life and death situation. Thank you for providing a great website that tries to stay above speculation and rumor.
4 months ago on NBC’s Coverage Of Kubiak Collapse Should Cause SEC Broadcasters To Ask, “What If?”
@John at MrSEC @HoustonVol I am a Texan fan. I will agree that I was frustrated with the lack of reporting that NBC devoted to the issue. I even questioned why they went to the New York studio. However as the event unfolded it was clear that the lack of coverage was due to the lack of information being provided by the Texans. There is only so many times you can report and replay a video. I don't know what else NBC could have done on this issue. Everyone in the organization was either devoting themselves to the game and halftime or Kubiak, either way they were not talking to the press. You are correct; Tafoya, Michaels and Costas are talented enough vamp on what is happening. However the last time I checked, they are not trained medical personnel. They would have only been able to speculate what they saw on the tape, which they did. Interview fans in the stadium? Many of the fans at the game did not know what happened (that it was Kubiak) until well into the 3rd and 4th quarter as the news traveled around the stadium. One of my co-workers did not find out until she was on her way home after the game and heard it on the radio. What about heading to the hospital? Which hospital? The stadium is located in the Texas Medical Center, where there are more than 12 world class hospitals within two miles of the stadium. Because of the number of celebrities and world figures that utilize these facilities, you will not see a leak of information "off the record". That is the fastest way to get fired and black-balled in the TMC. In hindsight, I preferred hearing a scripted halftime show from New York instead of having to watch three talented reporters recycle the same information every minute. Or worse, interview fans that did not know what was going on.
John, I don't fully share your opinion on this matter. I watched the game last night. I felt NBC did all that they could on the matter. The team was not releasing any information, and still hasn't. How many times do you expect them to replay the same videos of him collapsing and being carted off the field and then saying "we will pass along information when we have it". Even this morning, the local TV stations with much more information had the same basic information. "He did not have a heart attack, and is still under evaluation. We will let you know when we have more information". I can promise you that the local channels have much better contacts inside the hospitals and Texans than NBC corp does. If they were not able to expand the story with hours to work on it, then the on air staff could not have done any better. The San Fran earthquake is totally different. It was an ongoing news story with constant updated information coming into the studio, fires, collapsed bridges, after shocks, lives being effected, etc. This was one man, a coach, collapsing and after he was taken to the hospital NBC received nothing in terms of information from the Texans other than he is ok and under evaluation.
The TAMU/Manziel issue will blow up right after Manziel signs his NFL contract this spring. At that point, JFF and his family will have no reason to remain silent. They have openly called out the school, Athletic Department and coaching staff. There is no love loss between the parties. I fully expect TAMU to be thrown under the bus and backed over a few times by the Manziel family by this time next year.
It would also not surprise me that part of this spin put out from the school is tied the OBannon case. If you are faced with losing a lawsuit that could cost you millions, would you not start spinning the story that you only made a few thousands of dollars vs. millions of dollars to decrease the expected payout? Especially against someone that has the millions of dollars to launch a large lawsuit against the school and conference.
4 months ago on A&M Downplays The Value Of Manziel’s Heisman, But The School Sure Has A Lot Of Heisman Gear For Sale
Those ranking pull in the end of Fulmer and Kiffin's two classes. Most of Kiffin's classes are not on campus so toss out those records. Dooley recruited well, but his stars have not panned out either. So the question is if TN can put together another great game like they did against UGA and USCe. Or will TN have a Bama hangover after feeling excited to play, just to have Bama remind them of how far they have to go. I think the offense will be more productive with Dobbs. As long as he does not panic like Peterson did at Florida, he should be fine. He did fine at Bama, and Mizzou is less intimating. So we will see. It would be great to catch a pair of Tigers over the coming two weeks.
4 months, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/1/13
I have never fully understood the excuse yourself and leave the room rule. It is one item in basketball where the committee has about 2 dozen people on it and they are picking from the 50-60th team in the country. This is picking from the basically 4 teams from the top 4-8 teams in the country. Plus you have people like Willingham that has direct ties to 6-7 schools and several conferences. Rice grew up a major Alabama fan, and that is her first love football wise. Where do you draw the line? I say let them all in the room. If they do not have the integrity to openly and factually discuss all teams fairly, then they should not be on the panel. If you want to keep people calm, then record the sessions and make them available after the announcements.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on With The Playoff Selection Panel Set There’s Only 1 Question: How Do They View The SEC?
Each coaching change has different expectation. TAMU did not surprise me. The reason why Sherman was fired was because he had the talent to contend for a national championship, and went 6-6. So it was not surprising to see a coach come in and have immediate success because there was and is excellent talent already in place. Tennessee does not have that option. We know the talent is not there. This season and next, I will enjoy every win and hope that there are some upsets. In season three, this big recruiting class will have one year under their belt, and Butch's first class will have had two. It is not unreasonable to see progress at that point, but I also don't expect miracles. 8-4 is a good expectation. Look at the progress Freeze has done in Ole Miss with just one class. It takes time and steps, but it does happen and will happen.
5 months, 1 week ago on Ex-Vol Coach Fulmer Says New Vol Coach Jones Faces “Lots Of Challenges”
Of course TN's numbers are shifted due to Oregon. It will be interesting what the numbers will look like by the end of the year. I expect TN's for 2013 to be better than 2012, but only because 2012's numbers were historically bad so anything will be an improvement.
5 months, 1 week ago on The Defense Rests: Has The SEC’s DNA Changed?
Jones will get the same as any new coach. 3 years to show improvement. Now improvement will mean an 8-4 record and pushing the conference leaders for four quarters. This season and next season are "hope we make a bowl" seasons. Year four and five should be pushing for a conference championship. However it is good to see Rocky Top becoming solid again. Fulmer was tight with a lot of high school coaches through out the south, which we lost that support with Kiffin and Dooley. One of the major reasons recruiting was flat for Dooley.
Chavis had his chances at TN to become a HC. He has commented on this many times. When he was interested in being a HC, the only opprotunities were hopeless cases that had a greater chance of failing than being successful. So he waited for the right place to come open. While he was waiting he saw all of the "poop" that HC had to deal with and decided he liked the view from where he was and that he was to old to deal with the poop of a head coach. Which is why he is not a head coach. Bud Foster is different. He has interviewed several times. Like Chavis, he does not want to step into a dire situation. Unlike Chavis, he will succeed Beamer at VT. Beamer probably has just a season or two left before he steps aside. When he does, Foster will be promoted to Head Coach.
5 months, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/27/20
The second note is the time of the games. This is hurting a lot of schools that are not in/near major markets. Early and late games end up requiring an overnight stay for people that live more than a couple of hours away. This weeks game is at noon. If you live in Nashville or Atlanta, you would have to leave at 5am in order to drive, park, walk to make the game on time. If it is a night game, you would have to stay overnight and drive back the next day. I am sure other programs have this same issue. This adds $100's to the cost of attending the game when you factor in hotel and meals. This cost is on top of the actual cost of attending the game. Wonder why people are not driving in to watch USA/UT? Thankfully CBS gave up their lock on the mid-afternoon games with the new TV contracts, and hopefully this will help with some fans.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Schools’ Greed Damaging The Future Of College Football
I know that there are many issues with TN filling Neyland. First - they started charging students for tickets. When I attended, we got sports tickets for free (well included as part of the student activity fee). Football and Men's basketball you had to get tickets in advance, Woman's BB we just had to show up. I loved the student section, and did not miss a game my four years in school. Now they charge $10 a student. $70 most seasons. Which is more than season tickets to Houston or Rice, just FYI. The renovation of TBA, where they removed 4k seats has been a huge success. It is now one of the best BB arenas in the nation. Plus the last renovation of Neyland actually removed a couple of thousands of seats. A good team that you want to root for helps, but even Bama, UF, OSU, Texas, etc. are having issues filling the stadium for every game. If I was a coach, AD, etc. I would rather have 20k students getting rowdy in the endzone making the stadium active instead of a bunch of wine and cheese boosters. It looks better on TV, and for recruits. When you have 100k seats, you can appeal to both.
I am in favor of the sponsorship route run through the Athletic Department. Not a flat pay for play because it does not solve the imbalance of media worth to scholarship ratio that is being called into question. Just the past week TAMU announced that the University's donations last year was over $700 million dollars, $300 million larger than Texas. You think the TV deals are huge, check out donations and academic funding. They credit the huge jump due to the move to the SEC and JM and his heisman win. Oh Oh - TAMU just put a value on Manziel of 100's of millions of dollars, and he is getting an instate scholarship and no money from endorsements, sponsorships, jersey sales, etc. His he worth more than the back up QB? Yep, and if they are all paid the same cost of scholarship stipend, the issue would not change. So set up a system where the athletes (regardless of sport/gender) can sign sponsorship deals through the ADept. If you are caught violating your sponsorship/likeness contract with the school, you are now responsible and can be sued in court.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Says Go Ahead And Give College Players Cash (And All That Goes With It)
This is part of the issue - There is no issue with Coach K showing up and buying $100's of dollars of pizza for the students waiting in line to get tickets for a game. However if he buys one taco for one of his players - NCAA Violation. If there were non-athletic students in the room, is it still a violation? The coach provided a benefit (Tacos) for athletes and regular students just the same. This is what will bring down the system. It is trying to catch to much and stop everything. Which is impossible. There is just to much money to be made to keep the system amateur. I personally favor a sponsership style system that is run through the athletic department rather than paying the players. Allow them to make money off of their likeness. Will it be fair that the star QB gets 100's of thousands of dollars while the lineman get basically nothing, nope. But the NFL is the same, that is business. There is nothing stopping the QB from buying dinner for the O-line.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Tennessee Running Back Arian Foster: “My Senior Year, I Was Getting Money On The Side”