* Florida coach Urban Meyer and Orlando Sentinel scribe Jeremy Fowler mended fences on Saturday, three days after the blow-up that went viral.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
It would seem as though the last thing you'd need on the LSU campus, especially during football season, is more alcohol.
This lede from The State newspaper pretty much says it all:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Don't believe everything you read and half of what you see. . . Gottit.
Still, this insight into Urban Meyer's recruiting methods is enough in line with some of the other stuff written about the Lizard King that it carries some credibility.
Besides, it's a hoot to read. See if you agree.
God obviously is an SEC football fan, but obviously he needs an occasional break to recharge for the fall. Saw his bracket the other day. He's all in for Cornell.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Andrew Bone of the Tuscaloosa News and Scout.com gives us this early breakdown of SEC recruiting, and LSU is getting commitments like there's no tomorrow. Here's a link.
For Tiger coach Les Miles, maybe there isn't. The Hat is taking heat for his team's slow downward glide since its national championship three years ago. Miles's supporters chafe at the notion that their coach won the crystal with a roster that was largely Nick Saban's players. But it's clear that Saban's program at Alabama is going in one direction, and Miles's in quite another.
Miles himself is one of the country's best recruiters. It's what he does with those players that has Tiger fans wondering about the team's future.
With signing day still 10 months away, LSU has taken commitments from 9 kids, far more than any team in the SEC. Louisiana is always teeming with top recruits, and it's looks like Les wants to lock down the state as early as he can.
Getting that many commitments builds excitement in the off season. What kind of team he puts on the field next year could determine if he's around to watch these kids graduate.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It's pro day in Gainesville, and all eyes are on Tim Tebow and his newfangled forward pass. The Orlando Sentinel is all over it -- the fun starts at 10 a.m., and later in the day is the start of Gators spring practice. Take your bated breath here.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Holy alliteration, Batman. But the word out of Vegas is Alabama and Ohio State are the two betting favorites to meet in the college football finale next year.
Both teams return truckloads of talent. But each has some hurdles to clear. Both teams play Penn State, and Ohio State hosts Miami in Week 2. Iowa and Wisconsin also await.
Alabama has Penn State for a second opponent. Then comes road games at Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU. The Tide also has a real shot of playing Florida twice in one season, and a ridiculous number of teams that just so happen to have scheduled off weeks before playing the defending national champs. (The soap box just collapsed from overuse on the bye-week fiasco.)
For the record: Ohio State has never beaten an SEC team in a bowl game, but that's got to change at some point. Right?
Read more here.
You think everything is bigger in Texas? Not always.
Alabama spent way more on its trip to the National Championship than the Texas Longhorns.
In fact, on the surface it appears the Tide lost money on the game. But before sending your spare change to Tuscaloosa, remember that each SEC team gets a cut of the other conference schools' bowl money. Plus, think Alabama made a couple of quarters selling "Got 13?" T-shirts?
Do the math here, courtesy of the Birmingham News.
Another interesting fact: Though UT complained bitterly about its 19,000 ticket allotment, it didn't sell out what it had. Texas was last in Pasadena in 2006 (winning the title over Southern Cal in what may have been the greatest championship game ever). Despite a prominent allusion to the Rose Bowl in its fight song, Alabama's last trip took place way back in 1946, with the Tide spanking . . . USC.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
To say the Ducks' ascension to national prominence has met some middair turbulence would be the understatement of the offseason.
Last year, the team's best player got benched for most of the year for a prime-time sucker punch of a Boise State player.
This year, two of the best players on a team deemed a national title contender were in court within an hour of each other. The verdict: No jail time. But coach Chip Kelly, who had gone to the mat defending his players, says they'll be no playing time either for quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Kelly has suspended his star for the entire season for his part in the burglary of a frat house, the same sentence he doled out to running back LeGarrette Blount for his right-cross expression of sportsmanship last season in Idaho.
Kelly has also suspended Blount's replacement, LaMichael James (the latest in a line of the team's thuggish prefixes), for a physical altercation with an ex-girlfriend. The judge sentenced James to 10 days in jail, but the sentence was suspended because of a lack of jail space. (Maybe some of the convicts can be sentenced to fill some of the holes in Kelly's roster. A key qualification: Their 40 times must be lower than their years still to be served.)
You can read more here. In the meantime, consider how Oregon's woes add street cred to venerable football analyst Kermit the Frog.
It's not easy being green.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Alabama, which will vying for its 83rd national championship next year, may get a little help toward its goal from the SEC.
According to the Birmingham News, the conference is looking into a 2010 schedule that has the Tide's last six conference opponents facing Alabama after a bye week.
Given that the SEC schedule was put together just after Lee signed the papers at Appomattox, any changes now will feed the paranoia grist mill claiming Alabama's undefeated 2009 season was rigged from the start.
Bama hasn't lost a conference regular season game in two years and will go into next season as one of the favorites for the national crown.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
And no, it's not (necessarily) Sept. 11, when Alabama hosts Penn State. It's New Year's Day, 2011, when three bowls will measure SEC-Big Ten prowess, all at the same time:
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
We're waiting for official word that President Obama has put Nick Saban in charge of congressional lobbying on health care reform. We can here his talking points now: "Make his ass quit!" "It's all part of the pwah-cess!" Move over, Rahm. Let a real man take care of the final few votes.
OK, so maybe we're getting a little head of ourselves here and looking beyond the next game, and now doing our jobs, and neglecting the importance of the organization and overlooking the merits of the University of Auburn. Sorry, this Sabanspeak is contagious.
For now, we'll stick to the script and the photo ops and well, read for yourself here on how Alabama's visit Monday with the president turned out. Be sure to take time for the video, and the big
ol' Roll Tide the Boss gives at the end. (Not bad for a neighborhood organizer, not bad at all).
By the way, I hear Saban and Obama got out their I-phones to settle on a date for next year, too.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Southern Pigskin gives us a scorecard to mull as spring practices start revving up.
Some of these names you'll recognize; some you won't. See for yourself. Again, we could quibble . . . Ok, we will quibble.
For starter's, there's a lot more riding at Alabama on the return to health of Dontae Hightower than whether Josh Chapman can fill the shoes (certainly not the pants) of Terrence Cody. Hightower is the rare form of brains and brawn who can take over the leadership of Nick Saban's defense -- IF he can recover from an horrendous knee injury. Chapman will have plenty of help at nose guard. Even with all the talent Saban has assembled, no one is ready to be the defensive quarterback besides Hightower. Cade Foster, the heir apparent to Leigh Tiffin, is a smart choice, given Tiffin led the country last year with 30 field goals, and Alabama doesn't beat Tennessee without him.
Otherwise, the article does shine an extra bright light on quarterback, in particular the new ones vying for snaps at Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Those schools face almost as many questions about their coaches, but that's a different story for a different time.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Interesting bit of off-season cud to chew: The ESPN analyst picks his top 100 players to watch in 2010. Not sure that means he thinks they're the best or the most interesting. Probably it's a combination of the two.
Alabama has the most names in the list, with 7. Throw in Florida's contributions and the top two programs in the SEC have more than 10 percent of the top players.
There will be some quibbling with some of the rankings. And let me start with mine: John Brantley?
Take a look and tell us what you think.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In a far-reaching contribution to jurisprudence, Texas A&M-Commerce football coach Guy Morriss defended his players from stealing copies of the student newspaper because it's free.
The team members, caught on videotape, took the papers because of an offending headline involving some teammates and a felony. Don't you hate when that happen. Here's another oucher: The athletic director said the players had to have help because he doubted they were smart enough to do the deed on their own.
Morriss, former head guy at Kentucky and Baylor, called his team's actions the best team-building exercise he's ever tried. Wonder if he'll call in for pizza if the team ends up in court.
Read more here.