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Regardless of your feelings surrounding the moral implications about such a rule, NCAA precedent shows that it would still be enforceable should the SEC go down that path.Even though scholarships are renewable on a year to year basis, when players leave the program, many schools choose to put restrictions on where that player can transfer precisely so they don’t have to face him again in direct competition.The NCAA also places restrictions on the player in the form of a forced suspended season when transferring to another D. 1 program.Maybe players will band together and initiate a class action suit against the governing body to change these rules but until those waters are tested in court, it’s still the rule of the land.In any case, at the end of the day, you can’t force a program to recruit and admit a player they don’t want on their team which is essentially what we’re talking about; member institutions agreeing to a rule change implemented at the conference level.
Also, kicking troublemakers off your team is one thing but to make the argument that Georgia’s games against LSU and Auburn would’ve been tougher had they not been facing their two starting QBs is a tough sell.
3 months, 1 week ago on The SEC Needs A Rule Protecting Schools From Having To Face Players Booted For Disciplinary Reasons
Carter, what's with the hyperbole? Do you expect a rational response when you act like someone stole your cookie? Quite frankly, it's easily enforceable if set at the policy level by the league. It wouldn't be up to the dismissing school to "own" the outcome of the player, it would simply be up to the other member teams to not recruit and admit that dismissed player. It's odd that you hold no accountability for the player that initiated the trouble of their own volition while concurrently having no problem with the dismissing program being held at a competitive disadvantage for acting responsibly. Playing football on full scholarship at a major university is a privilege, not a right.
Nice article and I would lump this in with a number of items that need conference wide, uniform policy management. A couple comments:
1. My guess is that DGB won't want to sit out a year and will go the Div 2 route so he can move straight to the NFL after another year.
2. Maybe I'm misremembering but I thought Marshall was booted for stealing from a teammates' locker? In any case, not only did it bite us in the rear with that miracle loss against Auburn but also contributed to our dreadful secondary last season.
By the way, full disclosure, I work for a company that treats prostate cancer so I see how this disease impacts a lot of lives.
9 months, 1 week ago on Oregon To Don Pink This Weekend; Good Cause, Over-The-Top Execution
That's an excellent point. Let's spread the cancer awareness love around a little bit. If more men were aware of the importance of prostate screenings when you hit that magic age, you could potentially save a lot of lives. The pink ribbon, while a very worthy cause, is already in your face every time you turn around.
To be fair, just about anyone involved in politics (with the possible exception of Clinton) is going to have at least half the country against them. Not just for ideological reasons but because politicians (and their staff members) have about as much credibility as the love child of a used car salesman and a personal injury lawyer. I agree though that this pick is likely designed to add "gravitas" to the committee and nothing more. I don't know how difficult it would be to ensure appropriate regional and professional representation but defining rules so that everyone is given a fair shake sounds like a major pain in the rear. Hopefully, this is just the next evolutionary step towards a FCS style playoff system.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Condi On The Committee? Ex-Auburn Coach Dye Not A Fan… And He’s Right
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gottlieb Pens A Must Read Column On A&M’s Manziel And The Myth Of The Tortured Athlete
Sorry, see reply above. Something went wonky on my phone when I posted.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Spurrier Warned Richt Not To Take The Georgia Job
Not Spurrier but the defensive assistants shouldn't be buying any green bananas if it were up to fringe section of their fanbase. You'll find this everywhere there's been success: UF, Bama, Auburn, LSU. Heck, people in Baton Rouge were trying to run Miles out if town on a rail one season removed from a national title.
Granted, I haven't been following this story closely but I can't imagine why anyone would make out Herbstreit and Musberger to be the goofballs in this situation. To me, Eminem just comes across as a disinterested and possibly stoned idiot.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on That Weird Eminem Interview On ABC? Don’t Blame The Announcers
Hate to break it to you but every program that experiences consistent success has irrational expectations. Just look at the recent behavior of SC fans after nearly hundred years of general mediocrity.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on New Study Finds Georgia Has The SEC’s Best Fans, MSU The Worst
I think what you've listed are all contributing factors but there also seems to be something of a malaise surrounding the Gator fanbase currently. We saw it in earnest in their BCS bowl against Louisville and it still seems to be hanging around. I'm not sure if it's the lack of a consistent offense or if there's something about Muschamp that not everyone is buying yet but something is going on. It could also just be a hangover from the recent golden era of Tebow and Meyer.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Coming Off An 11-Win Season, Florida’s Swamp Still Hasn’t Sold Out
Happened to catch a new house flipping show on HGTV recently and lo and behold, the head contractor was none other than Mr. Robert Van Winkle himself. Apparently, he does good work.
At his current rate, in ten years, Manziel's TV appearances may be limited to episodes of Cops.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice
Wasn't it Clowney who personally threatened to seriously injure Zach Mettenburg before the LSU / SC game last year? If he was grinning then, it was probably a scary one.
1 year ago on Richt Laughs Off Clowney Comments: “I’d Be Scared Of Him”
On second thought, I might also flip-flop Muschamp and Franklin. I just think that you've got to give extra bonus points for what he's done at Vandy. Even with an 11 win season, no one knows yet if Muschamp can field a quality offense.
1 year ago on Ranking The SEC’s Coaches From Saban To Stoops
I would generally agree with this list with the possible exception of Pinkel. Yes, he brought Mizzou back to respectability and yes, he's had some nice seasons. However, his body of work is predicated on competing in a very weak Big 12 North division and his squad often looked like they just didn't know how to adapt to playing bigger, stronger, faster defenses last year. I think he deserves more time to get the ship righted but should be a couple slots down farther on the list.
When have you ever know Spurrier to drop anything just because people disagree with him? He rarely follows what you might consider to be conventional discourse.
1 year ago on Fearless Predictions: 5 Things That Will Happen In The SEC This Fall
Haven't noticed Spurrier talking strength of schedule this year. How convenient.
I'm with you on every one except for #5. At this point, I'm simply not going to pick against the SEC until after the streak is over. Also, I think the relative weakness of the B1G schedule will work against OSU come crunch time. He may be running an SEC style program but his squad won't be toughened by playing an SEC caliber slate of games.
1 year ago on Fearless Predictions: 5 Things That Will Not Happen In The SEC This Fall
When you have the Heisman trophy winner and most electric player in football, it tends to skew the data. We'll have a better idea of A&M's scheme next year.
1 year ago on Kingsbury’s Message To SEC Coaches Worried About Pace Of Game: “Stop Recruiting These Beasts Up Front”
Ironically, he's asking for statistical evidence to back up the claim for increased injuries but he's framing his purely speculative opinion of SEC defenses vs. B12 offenses as "just a fact".
What does a Quality Control coach do exactly? Run the drug test lab work?
1 year, 2 months ago on UF Hires Ex-QB Leak As Quality Control Coach
Considering his pathetic production while OC at Florida, you'd have to classify this as an extremely self-deprecating comment.
1 year, 2 months ago on Kansas’ Weis Backs Stoops’ Criticism Of SEC
Also overlooked is the fact that the scaled UF players are portrayed as giants in that pic.I believe that Hagrid was a Gator OT back in the 70’s.
1 year, 3 months ago on UF’s Pease Turns To Harry Potter To Push Gator QBs
I like the uniforms, don't care much for the new logo. It looks like the old Red Dog beer label.
1 year, 3 months ago on UGA Unveils New Uniforms And New Secondary Logo
He's not exactly endearing himself to the rest of the conference either by implying that the SEC only has one quality team. You can pretty much guarantee that every conference opponent will have the Arky game circled on their calendar this Fall.
1 year, 3 months ago on Bielema On Saban: “Can’t Compare.” On Previous Staff: “Emphasis On Pretty Boys”
@TBfromWoolly It's more than a little ironic that you're condescendingly telling someone else to crack a book "bro" when you're applying a term reserved for our judicial system to the administration of a football team. The HC or AD can kick players out of the program at their discretion for behaviors they deem detrimental to their purpose and mission and out of line with their values. Confessions of a beating and robbery would be sufficient for these purposes should they choose to follow through.
1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players
That really is odd (can't spell Dodds without it!). I'd be shocked if a (non-Spurrier) coach said that let alone the AD. Geez, be a professional and represent your school with some dignity.
1 year, 5 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Takes A Shot At Mizzou
I think I'm starting to see why he would want to leave the state in the first place.
1 year, 5 months ago on RB Collins Signs, But Mom Hires A Lawyer
@UFL1138 That's the way it looks. Much to my chagrin in a year when the state of Georgia produced a plethora of five star talent.
1 year, 5 months ago on Team Updates: SEC East
This has been expected for awhile but it's still somewhat surprising given a young Yeldon and two other highly regarded RB recruits (Henry and Jones) already committed. Going to be a crowded backfield.
1 year, 5 months ago on RB Kamara Picks Alabama
Just FYI in case you're reading Mrs. Collins; Georgia is a whole lot closer to home than Arkansas.
1 year, 5 months ago on Hogs RB Commit Cancels Announcement Ceremony
This one, with Tunsil, hurts. Another swing and a miss. Obviously, losing Rodney Garner in the middle of recruiting season worked to Auburn's benefit.
1 year, 5 months ago on DT Adams Picks Auburn Over Dawgs, Gators And Tide
It’s understandable. That’s a tough name to spell.
1 year, 5 months ago on Top Commit Nkemdiche Having To Fill Out Paperwork Again
That’s a pretty consistent refrain among Georgia fans as well. We produce large quantities of quality talent every year but lose much of it out of state. Obviously, Georgia can’t sign them all and Georgia Tech tends to shoot itself in the foot but I would also assert that the state’s geographically central position as well as the sheer number of FBS level recruits per capita bring more resources and attention from other programs than almost any other Southern state save Florida and now probably Texas. From a value perspective, even though Alabama or Mississippi does produce top talent, would a program be better off sending scouts to a game in Dothan, AL where they might find one player or Statesboro, GA where there could be 2 or 3 potential recruits lining up?
1 year, 5 months ago on Keep Your Eyes On The Battleground States On Signing Day
Interesting that after 17 years working for the same HC, he tired of his job after one full season of lining up against SEC defenses. Point well taken also that you don’t go into this level of coaching if you want to have more time with the family. He should explore consulting or coaching at the High School level if that’s his goal.
1 year, 5 months ago on Ex-Mizzou O-Coordinator Yost: “It Got To A Point Where I Didn’t Love My Job”
@John at MrSEC Ha, thanks for the compliment but I’ll probably keep my day job. When I read that initially, I was hoping that you had an inside scoop on Tunsil’s real intentions.
1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Recruiting Battles For The Biggest Names Rage On
I’ve been reading elsewhere that Tunsil to Ole Miss is almost a foregone conclusion. Georgia will still have a quality, well balanced class but they appear to be finishing with a clunk. Adams, Foster, and Alvin Kamara all appear to be leaning elsewhere.
I guess Bellamy is still “high” on Oregon’s wish list. Coincidentally, the player gift bags were stocked full of Cool Ranch Doritos.
1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Prospect Tweets Photo Of Self, Girls, Bong
I like his confidence but you've got to learn to walk before you can run. Don't care for a high schooler talking about being a top 10 NFL pick.
1 year, 5 months ago on Bellamy Still Committed To FSU; UGA His New Leader
If I'm not mistaken, Alabama was forced by the state legislature to play Auburn at some point in their history. I think that's why Auburn has a longer history of playing Georgia than they do the Tide.
1 year, 5 months ago on Texas Lawmaker Pushes For Longhorns, Aggies To Renew Series
@JamesKeith Geez, who pissed in your Cheerios? Regarding the schedule, if Georgia has any kind of contractual authority to veto changes, then I completely agree that it would make zero sense to give yourself a short week before South Carolina.
1 year, 6 months ago on Swinney Says UGA-Clemson Game Could Shift To A Monday; But That's Not Likely
@alamoaggie08 I don't believe that'd be the case. I think if you're accepted as a student, regardless of your athletic status, your acceptance is final. I can't envision a scenario where the registrars office would rescind an invitation to enroll because the player won't be on the team in the Fall. My guess is the impact would be financial with the player and his family having to bear the full burden of attending classes and living on campus for the next year. To me, that's an unfair expectation in general although in this case, it appears that the player had plenty of advance notice so that does mitigate it somewhat.
1 year, 6 months ago on Get Ready For Complaints: Bama Switches Recruit’s Scholarship To Grayshirt
I think I know the answer to this but just to clarify, if a player is grayshirted, he's personally responsible for paying full board and tuition his freshman year in college, correct?
@viciousdawg Yeah, but I view that as an aberration in an otherwise impressive career. Auburn was a toxic environment last season. I don't think 1985 Ditka could've made a difference.
1 year, 6 months ago on Reports: Eagles Looking At UGA's Grantham, UF's Quinn For D-Coordinator Slot
Can’t blame him if he’s interested because those opportunities don’t come along very often but that would be devastating for our recruiting class this close to signing day. Florida could probably weather it better because Muschamp’s a defensive minded guy to start with but Grantham is the face of the program on that side of the ball. If he leaves, I wonder if anyone has Van Gorder on speed dial?
@Fayettechill14 The comments may or may not have had some degree of accuracy but they were still inappropriate in the context of the interview. Stoops was asked about the Cotton Bowl loss and took it upon himself to talk trash about the kid regarding issues unrelated to the game. When said kid just kicked your butt, it's going to come across as you being a sore loser.
1 year, 6 months ago on “Out Of Jail” And “Off Twitter”: OU DC Mike Stoops Offers Advice To Johnny Manziel, Then Apologizes
I fully remember Rainey's indefinite suspension lifted just in time to play Georgia. I'm guessing that Urban was also afraid of getting caught helpless under a pile and having his eyes gouged out by Brandon Spikes.
1 year, 6 months ago on Ex-Gator Rainey Proves That Discipline Isn't A Bad Thing
@Tired of waiting Judging by the number of comments posted, your opinion seems to be in the minority.
1 year, 6 months ago on MrSEC.com Commitment Comparator – 1/10/13
@KY_Daktari Georgia's in the same boat but with a soft cap of 28, if you can get some to enroll early, they can count towards last year's class.
What is going on over at LSU? This is like rats escaping the Titanic. Wouldn’t normally read into juniors leaving early but these numbers are a bit shocking. Especially when you consider that many of these players aren’t going to have high draft grades.
1 year, 6 months ago on Chris Faulk Latest LSU Player To Declare For NFL Draft; Double-Digit Early Departures For The Tigers
I was definitely pulling for Bama. It doesn't hurt that I have an ingrained anti-ND sentiment as well but that speaks more to the perception that the national media doesn't give Southern schools enough credit while giving Midwestern/Northern schools, like ND, way too much, year after year. It could've been Florida vs. Oklahoma and I still would've rooted on the SEC team.
1 year, 6 months ago on Notre Dame AD on Bama: “They’re Better Than Everyone”
Well said John. Forde should take his own advice and shut his mouth. This is Alabama's victory but one team's success on the ultimate stage casts the accomplishments of all conference members in a better light.
1 year, 6 months ago on How Good Is The SEC? It’s Easier To Win The BCS
Saw these on FB so I can’t take credit. Still funny: 1) Red Cross is collecting money for disaster relief. Text "Irish" to 4214. #SEC. 2) They kept talking about Notre Dame having an SEC caliber defense. Unfortunately, it was Auburn’s.
1 year, 6 months ago on No. 1 Alabama Joined By Six Other SEC Teams In Top 25
@mb6783 No disrespect to Clowney’s achievements but Jones’ stats were a little better. We can also argue all day long about who was the nation’s best defensive player this season but in lieu of that, can we just agree that Teo is vastly overrated?
Cool pic. As long as he doesn’t let it go to his head, you have to like a QB with a little swagger and bravado.
1 year, 6 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Getting The Full Celeb Treatment Now
One other thought, I'd like to make a formal request that Teo transfer all that defensive award hardware to its rightful owner, Jarvis Jones. He looked like a boy among men going up against Bama's blockers.
Oh well. Georgia would’ve clearly handled them last night if they had the opportunity. Bama however made the play they needed to so they earned the right pummel the Irish. Let’s just all agree that we don’t need the BCS or a playoff moving forward. The SEC winner is the national champ by default.
Also, in retrospect, ND’s schedule did them no favors in preparing them to face a rugged, battle-tested Alabama squad. If they thought that joining the ACC part time is going to enhance their chances of national achievement, they just got a major reality check.
@Leon Despair It took ND overtime to beat the same Pitt team that Ole Miss just took to the woodshed.
1 year, 6 months ago on Alabama – Notre Dame: Inside The Numbers
Just a technicality but wasn't USC's 2004 BCS title vacated? Should that count towards the Pac-10/12's total bowl record?
1 year, 6 months ago on Conference Bowl Records: 1998-2012
@SouthernBoiSB True but they really didn't have a choice. Due to where Florida ended up in the final BCS rankings, the Sugar Bowl was obligated to take them.
1 year, 6 months ago on Observations On Florida’s Nightmarish Sugar Bowl
@knoxdawgtn Now Birkhead had a tremendous game rushing the ball. If he wants to talk smack, he’s earned it. Martinez on the other hand threw two INTs and choked big time when it mattered. I heard someone mention on the radio this morning that the demeanor of the Nebraska team closely mirrors that of Bo Pelini; namely that no matter what, they’re going to act like nobody and nothing impresses them.
1 year, 6 months ago on Huskers’ QB Says Big Ten Defenses Better Than SEC’s
Apparently “anything they wanted” includes getting knocked on his rear all game long. Let’s also remember that one TD was a quick pick-six. I’m glad Shawn Williams lit up Martinez like he owed him money.
@buddha22 I don’t disagree with you but outside of Tony Dungy, no one projects him to go nearly that high. The recent projections from the NFL advisory committee have him as a likely third round selection.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Bowl Observations: VU, LSU, MSU, USC, And UGA
Thanks for the clarification on the bizarre call in the Outback Bowl. One wonders if the official suffered some kind of mini-stroke prior to that ruling. Regarding Murray, I’m not so convinced that he’s going to turn pro even with the poor QB class this year. Just playing the odds, he’ll likely be a career backup in the NFL with a tenure lasting 3 or 4 years. If I’m not mistaken, if he comes back next season, he’ll have the opportunity to complete his graduate studies and still have a shot at the NFL for 2014. Just reading his statements concerning the value he and his family place on education and keeping your options open over the last couple of years give me reason to hope he’ll return.
@John at MrSEC Thanks John.
1 year, 6 months ago on Michigan Star And Carolina DE Clowney Earn Each Other's Respect
Not quite on topic but since this was played simultaneously with the Capital One Bowl, I've only seen highlights. What was the deal with that ref calling the first down when the ball was obviously at least an inch or more short of the marker? I'm not one to go for conspiracy theories but that guy looks like he was on the take with that call. Did they address this during the game in any significant way?
Great play by Clowney following that call.
Sounds like Kerr's mouth runs faster than his brain. Also, I don't think there are issues with soft caps as long as you don't go over the 85 max scholarships limit with commitable offers. Georgia's at the thirty mark now I believe but I think they operated in 2012 at only around 70 scholarship players so they have a lot of backfilling to do. That of course is contingent on programs not running off underperforming players to make room for fresh ones. Not that that sort of thing is easy to prove.
1 year, 7 months ago on TNT’s Kerr Wonders How A&M’s Manziel Got Tickets To Mavs Game, Disses SEC In The Process
@fjc1109 Makes as much sense as implying that Alabama is a school for inbreeding Brainiac.
1 year, 7 months ago on From “Catholics Vs Convicts” To “Catholics Vs Cousins”
@WNCVol True but I think the point here is that he’d already accepted the Arkansas gig when he gave his initial notification to Alvarez. Normally, I would think that if you have 2 or 3 days to mull over an offer, that’d be sufficient time to contact your current AD and give them a chance to respond.
1 year, 7 months ago on Hogs’ Bielema Compares SEC To Big Ten (And Forces UW To Change Contract Language In Future)
@badbadhoggie Since when has UT ever been considered the Harvard of the South? US News&World Report has them ranked at #101. About middle of the pack in the SEC.
1 year, 7 months ago on Butch Jones Hired By Tennessee
Well, on the plus side, they got somebody with a track record of beating Vandy.
It’ll be interesting to see how fast he can acclimate the program to his style. If I’m not mistaken, I think he ran a lot of two TE + FB power football at Wisconsin. I don’t know if Petrino and Smith recruited that type of talent over the last several years.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Bielema Era Begins In Fayetteville
That’s Spurrier for you. He’s always held a special hatred for Georgia ever since Bill Stanfill treated him like a potted plant back in his playing days. He’s probably the highest paid troll in CFB history. That being said, obviously in hind sight, they should’ve spiked the ball but that doesn’t mean the logic behind the hurry up was unsound. They were trying to create a mismatch by not allowing Bama to substitute and given that in all likelihood, they would’ve gotten either a TD or an incomplete out of it, you can’t beat on Richt and Bobo too hard after the fact. Even if they had spiked the ball, there’s no guarantee they would’ve gotten more than two plays off anyway.
1 year, 7 months ago on USC’s Spurrier Has No Problem Putting The Pressure On UGA’s Richt
I’m proud of the way Georgia responded to a big time pressure game although I’m obviously disappointed in the outcome and found the way we lost to be particularly gut wrenching. Hats off to Bama’s O-Line which probably proved to be the biggest difference maker in the game. They should be able to bury ND.
1 year, 7 months ago on Alabama Returning To BCS Championship Game, Beats Georgia 32-28 In Classic SEC Title Bout
I like his sentiment but telling college football fans to shut up is about as effective as telling politicians to spend less. It’s a good idea in theory but everyone thinks the other guy should do it first.
1 year, 7 months ago on CBS' Danielson To SEC Critics: "Everybody Should Shut Up"
Even though Petrino hasn’t been tied to any NCAA violations to my knowledge, given the pending investigation, I wonder if hiring someone with his history would constitute a red flag for investigators? A declaration of a “win at all costs” attitude from the administration if you will.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update - 11/29/12
@SouthernBoiSB @John at MrSEC @chadcopeland It's just another way of saying "all things being equal". The only way you can handicap this sort of list is to take away any built advantages in your comparison, ie the home-field advantage. It's debatable how much you can award the home team from a points perspective but the visitor does always face obstacles that the home team doesn't.
1 year, 7 months ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – Final Edition 2012
You can bet that Miles is going to use this for contract leverage. Heard on the radio on the way in today that this huge contract being offered is being bankrolled, partially at least, by Jerry Jones.
1 year, 7 months ago on Rumor: Arkansas Chasing LSU's Miles?
@John at MrSEC I see your point and I agree with your perspective that fans (me included) tend to view their own team through rose colored glasses. Obviously, I’m not running back to my DVR and reviewing every play but what I remember sticking out to me during the course of the game is that I didn’t see any turnovers that were the result of bad snaps or QBs throwing to no one in particular. That’s just my imperfect recollection of events. Thanks for your great site and your hard work entertaining some of the most difficult to please people on the planet; SEC fans.
I don't really have any problem with the comments from Lynch or Commings. Rambo, on the other hand should practice being a little more strategic in his speech. Even if he's just responding to a question, he's a senior and should know how it will be interpreted. It's the way he personalized it against the Bama players individually that spells trouble.
1 year, 7 months ago on Richt's Message To Team Is Clear, But UGA Players Sharing That Message Could Fire Up Bama
Can't argue with the rankings, they seem pretty consistent with the respective team performances this year. They only point I might nit-pick would be the comment regarding Georgia and Florida benefitting from turnovers in key games. While this is technically true, to me the implication is that these are a gift when (at least for the Georgia-Florida game, didn't see much of the UF-FSU game), the turnovers were earned by defenses that were attacking the ball and forcing them.
This could be interepreted in more than one way so just a minor observation.
@alamoaggie08 Saban does make a good point but you're right, every coach is paid to represent the best interests of his school and program. Year to year, that certainly makes for some interesting conflicts in logic.
1 year, 7 months ago on Pickin' On Nick: Ex-Assistants Jab Their Former Employer?
@JHP2354 To underscore Arthur Blank's flabberghastedness (great word), Petrino met with him face to face and committed to being the Falcons coach for the next season which prompted Blank to go on television and make a public announcement as such. Within a day, Petrino was in Arkansas making his soo-eee noises at his introductory news conference. How could anyone ever trust this guy in a position of authority and responsibility again? It would take a huge leap of faith and the willingness to put their own career on the line by an AD.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino
I think you make a good point in that there are ways to mitigate the risk but I also think that when you bring someone into your program with a well known history of deceit and corruption like Petrino, your potential liability goes up exponentially. If it does come down to a lawsuit, you're likely to be hit with higher punitive damages simply because it could be argued that the administration should've known better and proceeded anyway. You might be right that he gets another top, regional job but the AD is going to have to accept that he's sticking his neck way, way out there.
I agree with you regarding Rambo's comments. I can't imagine what the heck he was thinking.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Headlines - 11/26/12
@viciousdawg I have no doubt that Georgia would be Smart’s dream job but given the current landscape, he’s likely to have a long wait for it to open. Even though he’s making 1.5 million (I think) at Bama, he probably understands that the window to take one of these elite jobs is a small one and if he wants to make the leap, sooner may be better than later. I think he’s gone this year or next. Regarding Bobo, I know we like to complain about his penchant for calling draw plays on 3rd and 10 and sometimes his amnesia for play action but you can’t dispute his numbers.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update – 11/26/12
Muschamp’s comments were interesting following the win over FSU, namely that despite their #1 national defensive ranking, he remarked that they were confident that they could move the ball because they’ve faced better (SEC) defenses during the course of the season. What really impressed me on Saturday however was how well SC played against Clemson despite missing Shaw and Lattimore. I’m guessing that Dabo has entered the pantheon of things Spurrier hates almost as much as Georgia.
1 year, 8 months ago on The SEC's Gonna Get A Shot At 7th BCS Title In A Row (But Don't Discount Notre Dame)
The only realistic job I can see Smart leaving for out of those four is the one at UT. Also, I agree with your point regarding coaches only being as good as their last season but with Chizik, I think there were also a number of extenuating circumstances plus the rationalization by fans and administrators concerning his non-Cam SEC record. Hadn’t thought about the possibility of Franklin going back to the ACC but that’s an interesting complication. I think he could do well at either Arkansas or Auburn.
1 year, 8 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update – 11/26/12
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
1 year, 8 months ago on Alabama Dominates Auburn, Georgia & Florida Beat In-State Rivals, Tennessee Gets SEC Win
On a side note, this should prove to be another cautionary tale to recruiting coordinators around the South to stay out of Memphis. They should quarantine the whole prep system in that city until they get the corruption under control.
1 year, 8 months ago on Report: NCAA Investigating Auburn Football
Poor Reuben Foster. I wonder how he can creatively modify that giant Auburn tattoo.
Even though I have personal disdain for Franklin the loud mouth, I can acknowledge that he'd probably be a good fit for the Arky job. He's shown that he can over-achieve and get results from a program that doesn't traditionally have a lot of local talent from which to draw. His Rodney Dangerfield "no respect" routine could also get some traction given the embarrasments they've suffered over the last year.
1 year, 8 months ago on Report: Hogs Reach Out To Dores’ Franklin
I don’t see it. Murray is a fantastic college QB and will end up owning several conference passing records when it’s all said and done but realistically, he doesn’t have the arm strength or size to guarantee himself first round money and justify leaving early. My guess is that he’ll exhaust his eligibility, keep polishing his game, and complete his graduate degree to boot. Given what Georgia’s losing on defense next year, they’ll need him. He’s the kind of guy you think of though when you hear the term “field general” and he’ll definitely get his shot at the pros eventually.
1 year, 8 months ago on Dungy Talks Up UGA's Murray, But Murray Not Ready To Talk NFL Yet
@kitbaty At this point in the game, I doubt he'll de-commit again but you're right that his original commitment to SC probably wasn't that solid. He listed Georgia and Bama all along as his co-leaders and then inexplicably selected Carolina for reasons that were never clarified.
1 year, 8 months ago on Langley Switches Commitment To UGA
Auburn outspends Bama? That's surprising.
1 year, 8 months ago on As Folks Work To Figure Out The Big Ten’s Moves, It’s Time For The SEC To Focus In On Six Possible Expansion Partners
@Mr Bad Example I wouldn't doubt that they've contacted UT as a means to leverage a higher salary at Vandy or somewhere else but I can't believe at this point that he'd be a serious candidate. I imagine that the UT administrators, boosters, fans are too proud to take the coach from their little brother program. He's a good though so you never know but I wonder how his "they don't respect us" schtick would play on the big stage.
1 year, 8 months ago on SEC Game Roundup: A Weekend Of Yawners And Record-Breaking Performances
Huh, I never even realized that you could legally adopt someone who's already an adult. Weird.
I agree that this could very well be a money-making venture via tying yourself to someone with high future earning potential. I wonder if this is really the start of a trend though when you consider how often even the highest rated guys go bust and flare out of the NFL quickly or never even make it onto a practice squad. You've then legally connected yourself to somebody that's more of a financial drain than a boon.
1 year, 8 months ago on UF's Floyd Might Have Created An NCAA Loophole For Other Athletes
Well, you can't argue against the truth. Spurrier may be saddled with an extreme case of arrested development but the only real way to shut him up is to beat him. Honestly though, it's so frequent and over the top, does Spurrier really get under anybody's skin anymore?
1 year, 8 months ago on Cocks' Spurrier Calls For Fan Support Against Hogs; Gigs Dawgs, Vols And Clemson
Given that Slade probably outweighs him by a good 50 or 60 pounds, there may be truth to what he says. The rub being that with someone who moves and throws his body around like Jones, getting solid contact on him in the first place is the tough part.
1 year, 8 months ago on AU's Slade Provides UGA's Jones With Some Added Motivation
It is hard to believe that Georgia is still in a position to have an outside shot at the BCS title after that drubbing in Columbia. It's probably all a moot point anyway because their odds against Bama are slim at best (although, after seeing the way LSU came back, I'm a little more hopeful).
What concerns me is that even if they do somehow find a way to win the SEC and other upsets fall their way, the national pundits will use the momentum of the anti-SEC bias in conjunction with the bad loss to SC to keep them out of the title game. It's a similar scenario to 2007 when Georgia should've been in line to have the #2 BCS ranking but lobbying from ESPN primarily based around a bad loss to UT dropped them below LSU. Albeit in that scenario, although the precedent had already been set twice previously, the argument that they didn't win the conference was used substantially as well.
1 year, 8 months ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – 11/6/12
Both are intense but Muschamp looks like he's prepared to eat your children.
1 year, 8 months ago on A Pregame Rumble, A UF Coach Shoving A UGA Player, Cats And Dogs Living Together…
@10Vol85 @John at MrSEC @CowbellCruiser Depends on the Georgia team. If it's the one that showed up against Kentucky or SC, it'll definitely be a battle to the end. If it's the one that faced Florida or Vandy, I don't see Ole Miss hanging with them.
1 year, 8 months ago on SEC Game Roundup: Hot Seat Coaches Lose, Richt Wins A Big One, Bama Rolls On
@MoKelly1 I think it'd be fair to assume though that you might not have all these injuries to deal with if you were still in the Big 12. James Franklin was able to run effectively all season long last year without experiencing any major issues. This season, he's learning why running QBs are the exception instead of the norm in the SEC.
1 year, 9 months ago on MrSEC.com's Power Rankings - 10/9/12
Georgia is already an underachieving team. With a team littered with NFL talent and with legitimate BCS championship aspirations, to faceplant like they did against SC is likely going to end up being the defining moment of the season. Not to take anything away from Carolina as I don’t doubt they have the better team this year but they’re in no way 28 points better. Oh well, life goes on…
1 year, 9 months ago on SEC Headlines 10/9/2012
Awesome, thanks for the follow up.
1 year, 9 months ago on Breaking Down The SEC’s Drug Policies
I know you've done some pretty comprehensive reporting on the disparate drug policies at the various league schools previously but how do Mizzou and A&M stack up in comparison?
1 year, 9 months ago on Green-Beckham And Two Other Freshmen Suspended For Mizzou's Game With Vandy
@m_Ag Additional tv revenue might make up for the loss of a home game ever other year but for UGA, UF, and SC, they would still be at a financial disadvantage relative to the rest of the league due to equal revenue sharing. I still think there will need to be some type of concession or creative scheduling to get them on board.
1 year, 9 months ago on ACC Sticking With 8-Game Football Schedule As Rumors Of 9-Game SEC Slate Heat Up
I wonder how the administrators at Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina feel about this development though? With annual ACC rivalries, a ninth conference game would mean a loss in home team revenue. In my mind, an interesting solution would be to partner with the ACC and with the exception of the three previously mentioned, establish a rotating annual schedule with an ACC opponent.
SC’s two behemoth DE’s are a real issue playing against Georgia’s overachieving but still rather young OL. I do think Murray is the type of QB that can make the quick reads and hit his hot-route when he needs to. My top concern is regarding the SC running game. Since we kept giving up chunks of inside yardage to UT’s Raijon Neal (sp?), then that doesn’t bode well for facing Lattimore. Somehow they’ve got to clamp down on that while still keeping up the pressure on Shaw. It’s going to be a challenge. Here’s hoping we don’t give Spurrier any zinger material at the postgame.
1 year, 9 months ago on Spurrier And Richt Talk Up “Huge” Game Between UGA And USC