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1 year, 6 months ago on SEC RPI Watch 2/25/13
I think you missed the assistant coaches point. I agree a year later having Bielema as your coach is a win for Arkansas, and he should lead Arkansas in the right direction. The coches were making the point you hire a head coach for 10 months, and you are telling everyone (players and assistant coaches) this guy is gone at the end of his contract. Players and assistant coaches had no insentive to perform.
I think the coaches are trying to say, they should have signed the head coach to a multiple season contract. It gives the head coach a little more clout to discipline players and coaches. Sure Arkansas would be paying a couple hundred thousand dollars in coaching contract buyouts, but I am sure that Arkansas would gladly pay the million in buyouts. Instead Arkansas had a disaster of a season, and may have set them back a couple of years. They were knocking on the door of the SEC West, now I see it being a couple years away.
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1 year, 7 months ago on Ex-Hog Coaches Say A.D. Long And Players Quitting Were To Blame For Bad Season
This is possible... however, why does the linesman need help on a spot? He was on the line to gain. He was right there.There are all kinds of mechanics of who stays on the line of scrimmage and who dirfts... Obviously the SEC uses the mechanic of the linesman drifting downfield. There is no reason to get a spot from across the field, when you are right there at the spot. Typically you only get a spot from across the field, if you are trailing the receiver, get your view block, or some other circumstance. This is not the case, and if this spot came from across the field, what a bad mechanic to have.
1 year, 11 months ago on Conspiracy Theorists Up In Arms Over Bad Spot In Tide, Rebels Game
I will start this post off witht he discalimer that I officiate high school football. I at one time did some officiating for small college, but my job did not allow me to continue. I am now trying to work myself back into the fray.
The technique used by this official is not the best, and I am sure he is getting downgrading marks this week. I love the fact that he is at the line to gain spot. He is in the correct location to make the call, but for some reason he drifts forward with the receiver after the end of the run. He then moves back to the spot end of the run (his best recollection, but not positive of his spot). Unfortunately he does looks back at the line to gain, and then moves the ball forward 12 to 18 inches beyond his end of the run spot. The only reason he moves this ball forward is, he is not confident of his spot. This part of the play is really bad, and the part he will likely get dinged.
People will say that this is reason to believe the refs are in for Alabama; however, this head linesman would have made the same mistake with Ole Miss having the ball. It is just a mess up that happens. He needs to work on better technique... holding the end of the run spot rather than dirfting with an already down receiver. I am sure this head linesman will get better. Shoot he may be the best already,and just messed up on this one play. Over a 100 calls in this game, and he messes up on one.... I would love to be 99%.
As a referee, I like to think that I have never cost a team a game, and I can stand parents and coaches who blame losses on the officials. All you do is give the boys an excuse to lose.
@MoKelly1I do not agree with your thought. The two articles that Spurrier has taken offense to are the two articles MoRon made up facts. Last year MoRon made up the fact that Spurrier met with Ellington prior to Ellington telling the basketball coaches he was interested in playing football. The article last week took a shot at Spurriers integrity. Playing a hurt football player at the expense of his health, so that the ole ball coach could get another W. The problem with the article is MoRon did not have all the facts. He did not know what the doctors analysis. He just made the statement on the blind. Part of that is not MoRon's fault, college coaches arenot required to tell the media types the extent of injuries.
1 year, 11 months ago on No Speculating: Spurrier Hits Morris With Both Barrels, Says He May “Head To The Beach”
I start this out with a disclaimer. I went to Florida in the 90's and Spurrier is right close to God in my eyes. I think if MoRon would have started his article out with the a little disclaimer stating what he knew and what he didn't know, then gave his analysis for not playing Connor, we may not be having so much fun with this public sparring between Spurrier and Morris. Spurrier took the article as attacking his integrity... playing an injured player, so that the Gamecocks could get a W in win column.
That said... I think every time one of these guys opens their mouth, the other guy looks like the winner. I thought Spurrier was wining the fight when MoRon compared the Penn State situation to the one in Columbia. I think MoRon is winning now that Spurrier is smarting about the situation is going to be corrected. If Spurrier knows something that we do not, he should have kept it close to the vest. It will only make him look cry babyish when and if MoRon is told to walk.
At the end of the day Spurrier wins this. The higher ups in Columbia saw what happens when Foley did not back Spurrier in the Ernest Graham - Florida State debacle. He will walk. And I can guarantee you the, nothing would make the Arkansas and Kentucky's out there happier than to see the adminsration not back Spurrier on this.
John, I do appreciate your views on the situation, because I enjoy your page.
Thanks for your continued thoughts on this situation.
I knew when they first levied the suspension in week number 2, that the SEC was opening up a can of worms. Unfortunately the difference between a suspension and non-suspension is the angle of the camera, movement of a head in split second before a collision, and so many more intangibles. I too agree with you, if you are going to suspend then you need to error on the side of safetly. This UK hit... the defender tighten his upper body with his arms to his chest (missile like), and exploded on contact. This is not a football move... never has a coach taught this technique. My thoughts is this is the most eggregious of the hits so far this year.
1 year, 11 months ago on UK's Benton Avoids Suspension; SEC Needs To Be More Consistent
Have you been watching the Morris - Spurrier fight? It gets better each day. I would love to hear your thoughts on the story. Is Spurrier thin skinned? Should a journalist pen an article which states a coach is playing a quarterback at all costs without the medical analysis? Shaw's father stated earlier in the week, he trusts the ole ball coach's, medical staff, and game management decisions.
The story is getting better with Morris relating Spurrier playing an "obvisouly more healthy than the media being lead to believe" Shaw to the dealings at Penn State.
Personally, I do not have a problem with the Morris article if he states it is an opinion piece. He doesn't have the medical file and other pertinent information. Would love to hear your thoughts on the recent jabs.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thought Of The Day - 9/26/12