If I’m a Bama fan, I’m about to explode

We are now just 10 days away from when, as the great Al Ciraldo used to say: “Toe Meets Leather.” So what did we learn over the weekend?

If I’m an Alabama fan, I’m about to explode: There have been rumors all summer that something was going on with Alabama football players Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram.  Now we know what because of the reporting by Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News. The NCAA is looking into a fishing trip that the sophomores took with a 56-year-old man who, the school claims and the man claims, has absolutely no connection with the University of Alabama.  Alabama claims that Jones had a previous relationship with the man from his days of growing up in Foley, Ala. So when he and Ingram were invited on the trip, Jones accepted an offer from a friend.

If there is no Alabama connection with the man in question, then why is it a story?

 It’s a story because Alabama has had to spend four months looking into it. It’s a story because Alabama is currently appealing an NCAA ruling that it must vacate 21 wins because players improperly received textbooks. It’s a story because Alabama has received its third NCAA sanction in a little more than a decade. So anything that could even be remotely construed as a possible violation, Alabama is going to get to the bottom of it first and, by definition, it is a story.

But when you talk to Alabama fans, this is the real story: They want to know why their name keeps routinely coming up in the NCAA rinse cycle while the investigation into the football program at Southern California has now been going on for roughly 37 years. Okay, that is a slight exaggeration. Actually it was April of 2006 when it was first reported that the NCAA was investigating allegations that running back Reggie Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, and his family had received all kinds of benefits that would violate NCAA rules. It just seems like it’s been 37 years that the Reggie Bush investigation has been going on. When is the thing going to get resolved?

 

South Carolina needs a curfew: Joe Person of the The State newspaper reports that junior defensive end Clifton Geathers, projected to be a starter, was arrested at 3:10 a.m. Sunday and charged with resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

In an unrelated matter, campus police were called to a dorm at 4:30 a.m. Sunday when freshman running back Jarvis Giles was having a “misunderstanding” with a female student.

3:10 a.m.?

4:30 a.m.?

Are you serious? Ten days before the first game at N.C. State?

Now we know why Steve Spurrier is frustrated. He’s got guys who aren’t serious about winning.

Do you actually have to tell a college football player that he shouldn’t be out at 4:30 in the morning when the first game is less than two weeks away?

 

Tebow doesn’t need the practice: I was with some friends on Saturday when my Blackberry caught on fire. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, favored to lead Florida to its third national championship in four years, was held out of contact drills during practice on Saturday.

My goodness.

I heard from some Gator friends who sounded breathless with worry. I talked to some fans of other SEC schools who began their sentence with “I hope it’s not true but…..”

Everybody needs to relax. Urban Meyer learned in 2007, the season that Tebow won the Heisman Trophy but really got beat up in the process, that he has to be proactive in keeping his quarterback as fresh as possible. This will not be the last heavy practice he’ll miss. I think we can safely say that he knows the offense. He does need to save the wear and tear on his body. It’s a long season.

 

Your national champion will come from the following teams: Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Southern California. I’ve looked at every college football preseason poll out there, from the AP media poll (which was released on Saturday) to Better Homes and Gardens. Every one of them has the same four teams in some kind of order: Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Southern California. There is a gap between those four teams and the rest of Division I-A and so I believe your BCS championship game in Pasadena will come from that group.

But I was reminded again this weekend of how tough it is to go wire-to-wire at No. 1. It’s only happened 10 times since the AP Poll was created in 1934. I thought Miami was a lock in 2002 when the Hurricanes ran the table but lost in the BCS championship to Ohio State. I thought USC was a double-platinum dead bolt lock in 2005 with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. But Vince Young and Texas had other ideas.

Can a team outside of those four make it to the big game? To me, that’s the No. 1 story line of the 2009 season. Who would your pick be?

 

Beware of Marques Ivory: Georgia Tech fans may have smiled a little bit when they learned that Ryan Perrilloux, the starting quarterback at Jacksonville State, has been suspended for the opening game with the Yellow Jackets on Sept. 5. Perrilloux, who was kicked off the LSU team before the 2008 season, violated team rules. Understand that part of the deal Perrilloux made with head coach Jack Crowe to come to Jax State was that if he violated specific rules, there would be no margin for error. But it looks to be a one-game suspension.

So the quarterback for the Gamecocks will be sophomore Marques Ivory, who will be getting his first career start as a college player. It should be noted that Ivory, a healthy 6-1, 235, never lost a high school game as a starter for Conrad Nix at Northside of Warner Robins.  He had a string of 30 straight wins with two state championships.

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Gator Growl

August 24th, 2009
9:48 am

Hershel (Highway) Talker majored in Animal Husbandry.

Pensacola dawg

August 24th, 2009
9:49 am

Alabam should remain under the NCCA watch, since king sabin got there they have signed 30 or more players over the limit every year knowing full well they would be running most off to get down to the rule limit. What a shame for the kids who get suvked into the Tide only to be run out of town.

Les Miles

August 24th, 2009
9:53 am

What most GT fans know about football will fit on the head of a pin. I’m happy for Coach Johnson to be getting out out of there at the end of this season for a team up in South Bend, IN. I like Paul. He deserves better than the 15,000 fans that actually show up at the joke by the coke on Saturday. GT always gets what they so richly deserve in the end. How many coaches has it been since 1970? 15 or is it closer to 20?

BAMAPERRY

August 24th, 2009
9:58 am

You can only bring in 25 initial scholarship a year, stupid dawg. Two kids go fishin’ and Bama is cheating? If that makes you feel better when Bama stomps that arse, go ahead and believe it.

UT96

August 24th, 2009
9:58 am

Pensacola Dawg, signing over the limit wasn’t illegal until now. No school can sign over 28. You over sign if you know there are players that aren’t going to be with you next year. Is it ethical? maybe not.

Les Miles

August 24th, 2009
9:59 am

JDennis

August 24th, 2009
9:47 am

Hey Tony, what time do you think all the Bulldog players who’ve been arrested in the past 5 years were out?

Not that it matters, because neither you or anyone else is very eager to report it

How many pounds of pot did you say Reuben Houston got busted with? And how many games did he start AFTER he got busted?

Otto

August 24th, 2009
10:00 am

Even if Smokey is correct about Cox, who cares Logan Gray looked good in the spring game as did Murray. UT does not have one QB.

robodawg

August 24th, 2009
10:07 am

Other teams I’d give an outside chance at winning it all: Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Penn St and Ohio St. For an SEC school other than Florida, it will depend on how well players grow into the holes these teams have to fill and the ball bouncing their way a few times. A Big 10 team could easily go undefeated in the regular season. USC has a glaring QB problem that makes their No. 4 ranking surprising, but they could get through the PAC 10 and be very good by season’s end.

Les Miles

August 24th, 2009
10:08 am

Don’t want to talk about renegade student athletes anymore, huh Al and JDennis?

Maccadave

August 24th, 2009
10:11 am

Yo, M! The SEC is the best. The ACC is not that great. It has a few good teams that are good to watch, while the SEC has a troup of teams that are great. ACC 3 teams of not, SEC 3 teams of less than stellar note. Your view of wins is skewed. I guess you were brainwashed at an early age that dull is exciting.

Les Miles

August 24th, 2009
10:11 am

Oh and btw. Has that farce of a drug testing program improved any? You know. The one that couldn’t detect heroin use on your baseball team. Nobody in the SEC or ACC can touch GT’s recent scandals. Nobody.

Jared

August 24th, 2009
10:14 am

people last year said “Watch out for Ryan Perrilloux. Jax St. just may well beat the Jackets.”

I think the score was 41-14.

As of this moment, GT is not looking ahead to Clemson. But I think about midway through the 2nd quarter, they will be. Go Jackets! THWG!

WAR EAGLE

August 24th, 2009
10:16 am

Don’t matter Auburn going to Kick they butt anyway!!!!!!! WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another Bama Coverup-Julio? - VolNation

August 24th, 2009
10:17 am

[...] "There have been rumors all summer that something was going on with Alabama football players Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram. Now we know what because of the reporting by Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News. The NCAA is looking into a fishing trip that the sophomores took with a 56-year-old man who, the school claims and the man claims, has absolutely no connection with the University of Alabama. Alabama claims that Jones had a previous relationship with the man from his days of growing up in Foley, Ala. So when he and Ingram were invited on the trip, Jones accepted an offer from a friend. If there is no Alabama connection with the man in question, then why is it a story? " If I’m a Bama fan, I’m about to explode | Mr. College Football [...]

Otto

August 24th, 2009
10:19 am

Robodawg, USC can beat the PAC9 dwarfs again but they face Ohio St in week 3?

Why is LSU so high? The DL and secondary lost several players to the NFL. The QB had one good game against an ACC defense. Further LSU’s schedule does not setup for a title run in a season where 2 losses will knock you out of the title race.

Penn St. or Ohio St. could run the tables but I think they would get beat by a SEC champ or Texas.

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
10:22 am

Let us look at some great cheating scandals and see where they learned it.

Clemson; 1981 Coach Danny Ford, played and coached; Alabama

Flordia 1984 Coach Charley Pell. played and coached. Alabama

Texas A&M 1985 Coach Jackie Sherill, played and coached. Alabama

So Tony, Alabama is being tested becuase of the history that they have not in spite of it.

A fishing trip, hmm, no body knew it was a potential probelm, hmm???????????? The problem is, it was free, it was very stupid, and why didn’t Bama self report the incident, that is if they were so worried about the double secret probation coming thier way?

How about the USC Reggie/Matt thing? I believe that the NCAA has forgotte it totally. As the song goes LA is a great big freeway!

I guess the Gardner Webb ACC officiating victory gives pause to Jax State. No offense to those kids, THey are no Gardner Webb.

Looking at the schedules, you have to say that at least one of the Texas/Ok guys will be out of the hunt. USC and UF are the best locks on that case. Then again, Florida has to play other ranked teams. USC doesn’t.

Tebow needs to practice, but it is better to have a well
QB and also training his back-up. Even if his dad is
an Ole UGA man.

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2009
10:27 am

Being told that you actually need to fear the #2 QB from J-State…..I guess that is a step up from being irrelevant in the discussion.

Fiddycent

August 24th, 2009
10:30 am

Yo, GT need to fix da murdas and crimes dat be goin on on neer da campus befo dey talks about winnin futball gaymes. Dats rite, u herd it rite here frum da Fiddy man

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
10:30 am

Bama fan mentality: I got caught robbing a bank. Darn those policement, I’m so mad that I could explode.

Tech fan mentality; Fear the cornish hens. Why aren’t we playing Byrnes High in the Jamboree instead.

Jim

August 24th, 2009
10:31 am

How about the 24 Ole Miss football players who tested positive for dope over the weekend? Is that a big story. Of course not, it’s Ole Miss.

T.O

August 24th, 2009
10:31 am

m,

It just shows how much of an idiot you are when you talk about how the SEC is overrated. 5 teams in the top 13. Every expert who knows a thing about college football has the SEC as the hands down #1 conference in football. There’s no debate from anyone. Just because you’re a jacket loser and the ACC is the 5th best league doesn’t mean you have to be so jealous. You’re talking nonsense. Talk about something else. Maybe the Tech LSU bowl game or the fact that UGA owns Tech (7 out of 8).

Braves Fan in Dawg Country

August 24th, 2009
10:32 am

Les Miles,
I know you are HOPING that Coach Johnson will leave GT soon. Even with your highly rated recruiting classes, good coaching wins. As long as he is at Tech, UGA will no longer dominate the in-state rivalry. I didn’t say they would never win, but it won’t be like it was Gailey. Your only hope is if CPJ leaves …

Otto

August 24th, 2009
10:34 am

DenverDog, The trip was self reported not something the NCAA dug up:

http://blog.al.com/kevin-scarbinsky/2009/08/scarbinsky_university_of_alaba.html

The scandals above were all ~25 years and products of the Bear coaching tree. I am no Bama fan but the text book scandal was completely overblown by the NCAA.

Carolina Gator Lover

August 24th, 2009
10:36 am

LES,

The inability of the dawgs to tie the GT record of 8 wins in a row must really hurt. Your bitterness exudes from your post. Please, for the sake of your own health, get over it!

whitx2

August 24th, 2009
10:40 am

Denver Dog

Bama did self report. Try getting the facts before you flap your gums, gump.

uuugh...

August 24th, 2009
10:41 am

Les Miles…you went too far with that last one. I like talking as much trash as the next guy but a Mother and Father out there lost a son in that episode. You shouldn’t belittle their loss only to one up m, who probably works for the AJC to stir the pot on this blog.

Shame on you.

Otto

August 24th, 2009
10:43 am

DenverDog, USC has to rebuild their defense and QB, and they have to play Ohio St. early on. How are they close to being a lock?

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
10:45 am

Otto, how about the Mike Price thing, the things under Stallings, the textbooks, the Dubose things. All I am saying is that it did not appear to be a smart thing to do with your history, and specifically your recent history. They self reported after the articles were written you idiots, so why would all of you red necks be upset with the NCAA if # 50 state in educaton had self reported. If I recall for those of us that can read, Gump was from Alabama and played at your beloved kindgarten acadmey.

Buck Strickland

August 24th, 2009
10:45 am

1. Didn’t know it was illegal to go fishing. Looks like Bama is guilty of being Bama.

2. Happens at UGA, UF, LSU, etc. just depends on who gets caught. Trying to make sense of a college students actions doesn’t make sense.

3. Tebow doesn’t need to practice.

4. Ohio St. or PSU will get a shot. When you have a weak conference and no Conference Championship game, you always have a shot to get to the BCS championship. We were all spared last year of having to sit through another Big Ten debacle. I doubt we’ll be lucky enough again this year.

5. Still have no idea why all of the Tech fans are so confident after their last game was a total dismantling by LSU. Do they think it was a fluke? It’s like it never happened…

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
10:47 am

I guess they were just getting the fishing license to ensure meeting the qualifications to go to school at Alabama.

MegaT

August 24th, 2009
10:47 am

Something is always “fishy” with the bammer boys. They have a fanbase that will go to any extreme to win a recruit or a game. The thing about it is … Bama shouldn’t have to cheat. Arrogance, pride and conceit will be their eventual downfall because a few rotton eggs in their fanbase is out of control. Some of them think it’s their “right of passage” to football supremacy and that mindset alone will eventually be their downfall. Saban can’t control them and the AD seems to always turn his head to possible wrongdoing.

Tony, if you are not careful, you are going to get a reprimand from Slive for talking about this is a public forum.

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
10:48 am

Enter your comments here

Bamafan

August 24th, 2009
10:52 am

Julio Jones and Mark Ingram may miss the Virginia Tech if the NCAA finds anything wrong? I sick and tired with Alabama having to report possible violations to the NCAA and if they found any serious
violations with this fishy story I am done with the crimson tide and will be a dawg fan from know on.
I HATE THE NCAA MORE THAN THE VOLS AND COW COLLEGE BECAUSE AT LEST YOU HAVE
A CHANCE WITH THEY!!

GT GRAD

August 24th, 2009
10:52 am

Wow this Les Miles dud needs to take it easy before he has a serious heart attack. Or, I suppose, he could keep on being miserable and spouting “mostly” incorrect nonsense about GT………most of his “information” is slanted (negatively against GT if you have not noticed!) and he has made several statements which are simply not true and/or he has made numerous implications which would lead the uninformed reader to think the GT players & coaches committed unthinkable crimes. GT involved the NCAA and the court system in each and every instance he has referenced. Does any reasonable reader on these blogs truly think the NCAA would ignore the type of crimes or look the other way as a favor to GT if the players & coaches actually committed the crimes this Les Miles idiot claims??

GT has had a few bad apples and there have been a few players who have made some bad decisions; HOWEVER, GT has taken actions in each and every instance which has satisfied the court system and the NCAA. Are there any colleges football teams in America who have never had a player make a bad decision or get into trouble with the law?????

The difference is in the number of transgressions, how the coaches handle the problem players, how the athletic directors handle the situations and whether or not the NCAA decides the program implemented the proper punishment for each transgression.

The GT Football has been sanctioned exactly once in the entire history of the program and the sanctions were primarily due to the transition from the Quarter system to the Semester system. Even the NCAA ruled there was no intent to break any rules and that GT did not attempt to cheat. The NCAA ruled “lack of institutional control” because a GT employee made several mistakes. The problem had to do with whether or not one quarter of math was equivalent to a semester of math and so on. The GT employee who caused the problem was fired, but the facts are boring so the media failed to report the whole truth……….headlines about GT being sanctioned sell more papers, lead to more interest and also leads to more ignorant people thinking GT tried to cheat. Simply not true!

One more important FACT that most of the GT haters do not want to admit is that GT self reported the problem. The media and the NCAA had absolutely no idea there was a problem prior to GT contacting the NCAA to let them know that GT had decided to impose voluntary punishment.

I am proud to be a GT Graduate, GT Fan and I think GT sets a good example for other schools in similar situations. When is the last time anyone has heard of an SEC school “self-reporting” violations to the NCAA? That’s what I thought.

I do not think I am better than anyone else, but I am TIRED of reading so many outright LIES regarding GT! Now go away and suck your thumb Mr. Les Miles you are obviously a UGA Fan trying to impersonate the LSU coach. The problem is that you do not even realize that you are a complete embarrasment to the SEC.

Go Jackets!

Charles Bronson

August 24th, 2009
10:53 am

USC should get a bowl ban for that Reggie Bush garbage.

David

August 24th, 2009
10:53 am

Jim,

Where are your sources that 24 Ole Miss players tested positive for dope. I live in Oxford and we haven’t heard junk from them. The only thing they are worried about is the Barksdale kid that has the heart problem.

Lee

August 24th, 2009
10:54 am

In regards to the fishing trip, what is not reported here is that the man has a crippling disease and the players had to carry him onto the boat. He cannot even walk and they were helping him fulfill a dream. If Tebow had done this, he would have been given a purple heart by now.

KNelson

August 24th, 2009
10:54 am

How can anyone look to Ohio St and say would they get a shot? OSU has played the SEC 13 times in their history. They are 0-13. Its kinda of like flipping a coin and saying OK best 3 out of 5 then ok we’re 0-13 lets go for best out of 30. The National title game will be won or lost by playing a team out of the SEC.

Tim Tebow

August 24th, 2009
10:56 am

I mean, what are we talking about?
practice?
Man, we talkin practice…
not a game…
not a game…
we talkin practice.

poopdawg

August 24th, 2009
10:57 am

Quit stirring the pot Barnhart, the ncaa needs to look at miami – ohio’s swim team, their sinking like rocks up there. Public safety issue ? Lets keep them off the bottom! Please help NCAA

Naphta

August 24th, 2009
10:58 am

Love the comment on the Bama loss in the Sugar to Utah, by way of touting the sorry ACC. The writer seems to forget that Bama beat ACC “heavyweight” Clemson like a drum, and that Florida pounded ACC “heavyweight” FSU and beat Miami soundly. Five loss LSU then embarrassed GA Tech, who had beaten the downtrodden and defensively moronic UGA the previous month. What was that about the great ACC and the over-hyped SEC? Thought so.

Just goes to show you that 8 monkeys pounding on a keyboard for 100 years might not be able to duplicate Hamlet, but can certainly get out an idiotic blog comment or two. Some folks should have their keyboards confiscated for violation of statutes against mind pollution.

One game does not a conference make or break. The record over time speaks for itself, much to the dismay of G8trMaj ;-)

Buck Strickland

August 24th, 2009
10:59 am

If you don’t think an undefeated Ohio St. team would get a shot over a one loss SEC team, you haven’t been paying attention to the BCS the last few years.

RxDawg

August 24th, 2009
11:01 am

I just gota say, lol at Les Miles. Looks like your beating Tech twice in 2009.

T.O

August 24th, 2009
11:02 am

The SEC Championship game is a semifinal to the National Chamionship game.

Johnny DangerDawg

August 24th, 2009
11:05 am

Not sure what’s the truth about Bama, but I do know it can’t be as bad as Reggie Bush’s parents getting a free house from a USC booster!

Nachos

August 24th, 2009
11:05 am

Denver Dog you are my least favorite poster. Go pop a xanay or something.

sact

August 24th, 2009
11:05 am

if you would take the time to get the facts you might find a touching human interest story about two young men that is certainly heart warming and something out of the ordinary for todays young people. instead you want to make absurd accussations as you know you can’t play with a tide that isnt wounded by ncaa sanctions………get over it as they ROLL.TIDE……ROLL

SmokeyStoker

August 24th, 2009
11:08 am

Truth – if I have the mange, then your nose is covered in it.
Mikey – heard it this weekend from a former UGA player & UGA hall of famer who stays very connected. Just passing on what I heard.

King Gator

August 24th, 2009
11:09 am

Work’m Silly Gators!

John

August 24th, 2009
11:14 am

Maybe Alabama is finally paying the price for getting off free for all of the years when Bear Bryant was coach and for really getting nothing more than their hand slapped for all of the violations since that time.