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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King Gator

August 24th, 2009
11:17 am

SEC overrated? I’ll give that some thought when the ACC can draw at least half as many fans at it’s ACC Championship Game (oxymoron?) as most SEC teams get at their Spring Games. Come down from the hills, get off the hooch, and buy a ticket to the game! Go Gators! 3 NC’s in 4 years in ‘09!

bulldog joe

August 24th, 2009
11:17 am

Don’t worry about Brother Tim Tebow, the Bible verses he wears on his cheeks during games will keep him from harm. I’m thinking about being a little more “spiritual” myself as my back has begun to ache somewhat.

King Gator

August 24th, 2009
11:19 am

One’s back tends to hurt when you’re carrying your team, Go Gators – Got Tebow! (please heal yourself for the ‘09 Championship run)

Pony Express

August 24th, 2009
11:20 am

Give Bama the death sentence like SMU recieved.

45-42, bleah

August 24th, 2009
11:22 am

Hey dawes, at 9:18. Put the pipe down and eat a doughnut. Easy, big fella, and breathe it out.

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
11:26 am

Thanks Nachos, you make my day! Next time trie Hatch Chilies instead of the mild ones that you are using.

Don’t let him start talking about his back, remember what happened the last time he talked about it, or at least the gator nation talked about it. Tebow is unlike the remainder of the Gator Nation, he dosen’t make excuses.

After reading some of the comments from the bama folks it becomes obvious why they hold up a roll of toilet paper as part of thier main cheer, or is it thier alma mater.

ADL

August 24th, 2009
11:35 am

“I HATE THE NCAA MORE THAN THE VOLS AND COW COLLEGE BECAUSE AT LEST YOU HAVE
A CHANCE WITH THEY!!”

Still hating the whole “education thing” too, huh Bama Fan?

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Rod

August 24th, 2009
11:42 am

Back in the 50’s and 60’s, Bear Bryant was turning in Auburn everytime a player picked a nickel up off the ground. He had a hotline to the NCAA just for Auburn.

Bama likes to dish it out, but can’t take it. Get over it.

dan

August 24th, 2009
11:42 am

1. Alabama, like most SEC powerhouses, have sold out to thug football. It’s what wins game unfortunately. It’s all in how you manage it. These football players that many of us worship are not particularly good people, and it’s an indictment of our culture that when we worships these jackasses most of whom would be in jail if it wasn’t for the fact that they can catch a ball and run real fast. But we Americans don’t care about helping others or being decent, we care about being entertained.

2. South Carolina is a loser school, with a loser head coach who doesn’t give a damn because this is a retirement job for him. It’s too bad because South Carolina has a great fanbase, but that program needs an enema.

3. Tebow: who cares. The guy will win another National Title and Heisman trophy, and we will only have to put up with one more year of everyone licking his nutts. Next story.

4. Tony: Saying that Florida or Texas will win the National Title is not a strecth. A more Bold prediction would be saying like LSU or UGA will be in the title game.

5. Ryan Perrilloux blows. He was overrated at LSU and has done nothing since. He’s just another full of crap recruit who thought he’d light the world on fire and then blames others for his failures. He has a loser mentality and is getting what he deserves.

Tech

August 24th, 2009
11:43 am

There sure are a lot of Tech haters on here. We must be doing something right to get under so many people’s skin. I love all of the outright lies and negative slants on GT. One baseball player od’s and it must mean we have a drug problem. A couple of teenage kids rob some people near campus and it means that campus is dangerous. We self report adminstrative errors over 5 years ago and it means we were cheating. One guy even pulls out the Chick Graning incident during the Dodd/Bear years. Wow.

JDennis

August 24th, 2009
11:49 am

Les Miles,

I don’t even know who Rueben Houston is. Nor do I care. What goes on at GT is none of my business.

My point, was that the University of South Carolina need not take any advice on “curfews” from Tony Barnhart, who is a fan of a school who has players breaking rules at all hours the same way South Carolina does.

Do you think he’d suggest Mark Richt institute a curfew for the “renegades” in Athens? At least our guys haven’t lynched anyone or beaten up any women.

Disappointed

August 24th, 2009
11:51 am

Enough is Enough! What gives with Alabama? Give them a break! A fishing Trip? Don’t they have more to investigate than a favorite past time with an older gentleman going fishing? I thought the Government could waste money. Whew….

South Carolina may need a curfew to help these you men.

Tech should be worried about a young quarterback that never lost a game in high school? Now, I have much respect for Papa Nix at Warner Robbins and their Football program, but come on! Yes, you take every team serious, but not deprive your of sleep over a qb’s high school record.

Ramblin Wreck

Disappointed

August 24th, 2009
11:57 am

typo young men. Sorry

Pensacola dawg

August 24th, 2009
11:57 am

Bama Perry you are incorrect you can bring in as many as you want but only sign a certain number!!!!

Otto

August 24th, 2009
11:57 am

When was fishing associated with being a Thug?

murfdawg

August 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

The NCAA going after Bama is like the Feds going after Al Capone. They think there is something big and bad going on, but they can’t prove it, so they dig up any little “violation” they can find.I am not defending Bama, but this does seem a little like a witch hunt. They could be after Saban for stuff that happend at MSU,LSU or anywhere. You never know.

Tebow only needs to play three games. LSU,UGA, and FSU. A strong team and a weak schedule is a good formula for the MNC.Sou Cal will not be there in the end. Ohio St and Penn St will have a chance and the writers in the north and east will vote one of them to the MNC. Texas, OU and OKST will beat up each other and fall short. If I were a good sports writer, I would be touting OKST to be the surprise team in the CFB world this year, instead of taking the safe way out. How about it TB?OKST maybe ND.

One more thing. Tell your good friend SOS, that nothing good happens after midnight.

m

August 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

Much to my dismay, I’ve finally climbed out of the trailor I call “the buzz hive” and now realize that the SEC is really, in fact, the dominant conference. My apologies. I’m not really sure what I was thinking in the past, other than I’m an ignorant tech fan.

GT Man

August 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

WOW – Les, so bitter. Fear does that when you are not the only show in town. Now do us all a favor. Give the computer back to your nurse and she will put you back in your room. By the way, the drug dealer did not start and the court order required he play since he was a starter and the case had not come to trial. Take your pills and leave the thinking to others.

AtlantaTruth

August 24th, 2009
12:29 pm

Saban will be gone in 3 years.He won’t stay at a school who’s fan’s are constantly getting his team into trouble. He doesn’t need the aggravation and there are to many programs(N. Dame?) out there that will pay him as much money as he makes now. I also hear that Miami will come calling after this season…..Saban and his wife liked living in south Florida and the state has to many athletes to not interest him.

Dawgs Fan

August 24th, 2009
12:32 pm

Cox does not have a shoulder injury. I saw him hit every pass right on the money in a scrimmage a week ago. He was very accurate and looked really great! I was very impressed with his on field leadership. The offense really turned it up a couple of notches when he was in there.

Steve Spurrier

August 24th, 2009
12:35 pm

I’m just trying to live up to the arrest records of Urban and Richt. Do they need curfews, too? Because they have had a lot more arrests while I have reigned in my kids, Geathers aside.

Whopper Dawg

August 24th, 2009
12:40 pm

Don’t forget about Penn St, all they have is Ohio St at home. I don’t know if they can win it, but they can definitely get there.

dawgstephen

August 24th, 2009
12:47 pm

Beware of the silent dawg. No one is looking toward athens. The truck that hits you is the one you werent looking for. Go Dawgs.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

V26

August 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

I say again, as long as the SEC is headquartered in Birmingham and staffed by Alabama people, the SEC office will do everything possible to protect Alabama from the NCAA. Alabama has escaped the “death penalty” for years because of the protection from the SEC office.

Gen Neyland

August 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

Okay, haven’t heard back from Al on his assertions regarding Criminal U’s coast to coast and/or SEC, so let’s move along…The NCAA Internal Affairs Dept appear to be the ones on a fishing expedition with the Brown, Ingram and Jones capers. Somewhere out there in the world of D-1 football there has to be something bigger then these type of incidents. Cars, cash and women are where the headlines are. Not fund raisers for high school sophmores and fishing trips for scholarship players. If they dig long and hard, they’ll get something. I honestly think programs today will self-report if they have knowledge of any grave errors in or around the house in an attempt to lessen the blow from the NCAA…so if the fishing trip involved cars, cash or women, fess up Red Elephants.

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

Tech..sorry but in the real world when a player..dies of an overdose you do have a drug problem…that was a terrible story and as far as I’ve heard the last time Drugs were a topic at Tech..hope that continues…the Bama story…two sides..the Bama side (and mine) Two players go fishing with a old friend who is sick..just a fishing trip with friends..the story the NCAA wants to read…A Bama Booster BUYS the two players a customer built 53 ft sportsfisherman..hires a captain and crew..buys the fuel,bait, beer and food..then hires the entire wait staff at the Orange Beach HOOTERS to act as “Hostesses” ….I’m just saying….

jake poolman

August 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

Gators all the way

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tipshipp

August 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

Quit worrying about USC’s investigation, and clean up the dirt circulating all over SEC. Bama, LSU, and Tenn will targets shortly of a full NCAA press…GO TECH

m

August 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

The sec is the chan gomer gailey of conferences. Their overhyped bullshiite does not match what happens on the field.

The ACC beat the sec in 6 out of 10 regular season games while most of you mouth breathing sec fans predicted the sec to go 10-0…they went 4-6 versus the lil ole ACC. Even if you add in the two bowl games and make iti 6-6…how do you idiot sec fans justifly the fact that you could only play the lowly ACC on an even basis?

Let’s face it…you sec fans are merely foolish.

45-42…glad it hurts so bad and it is only the beginning.

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

tipshipp…..first you know all of the HOW?? and your right NO ONE would DARE to look closely at USC..I mean with all these SEC schools in such (you say) dire need of “cleaning up”…funny how you want to reserve judgement for just the SEC…loser,loser,loser.

Nachos

August 24th, 2009
1:19 pm

I love how you barners come out from hiding to bash the Tide. Go back yo your holes and shut up your personality-less d-bags!

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

m we have won 3 out of the last 4 NC’s. and that is all you need to remember..unless of course a ACC team EVER wins another NC…till then..remember Hell is coming and he’s wearing Red and Black! Glad it still scares you so bad…

Dawg Max

August 24th, 2009
1:20 pm

Ga Tech will be lucky to win 7 games this year. The win over the Dawgs last year was a fluke! Ga didn’t even show up, expecting an easy win, and had a bunch of turnovers in the rain. This year, Ga beats Ga Tech easy, and gets 10-11 wins! Tech may end up in a minor bowl, if they are lucky, and probably get blown out by an SEC team, again! Dawgs on ToP!!!

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Kesey

August 24th, 2009
1:36 pm

Auburn went on probation in 57′ and 58′, whoa and then a 21 year hiatus from major penalties until 79′. Most of Bear Bryant’s tenure which started in 58′at Bama.Get your effin facts straight before you start spewing that Bama ratted Auburn out throughout the 50’s and 60’s. You don’t know what the hell your talkin about. And Denver Dog this incident was reported well before these articles came out. Who do you think released the info you idiot. Bama did.

Tech fans

August 24th, 2009
1:46 pm

3657 yards in just the third quarter (dogs call it *urd quarter) before willie woke up….LOL
That was no fluke…

Bama is a cheating school

August 24th, 2009
1:47 pm

Everything that the Alabama football program wins, will always be tainted in my eyes. I think they are a bunch of people who think they “deserve” to win.

I would be shocked if this guy has not been watching bama football for a long time. Find this “fisherman” in the fall during a Bama game and lets see if he is “fishing” or watching football.

CHEATERS, ALWAYS WILL BE

Jonathan

August 24th, 2009
1:47 pm

Come on Barnhart—leave it up to a Georgia grad to screw up the fishing story. You “accidently” left out the main ingedient of the story. The man is paralyzed and the young men had to carry him onto the boat for fishing. Without the strong men he would have been left short of his dream to be able to deep sea fish again. The kids should be applauded for helping him. The man is not a supporter or fan of Alabama.

Ken Keller

August 24th, 2009
1:53 pm

Tony…the Bama fishing deal is a non-issue. The bigger issue is you leaving Bama off national title chances. Bama over Gators in SECG!

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Jonathan..please I’m not saying they did anything wrong but really ” The man is not a supporter or fan of Alabama??” WTF 2 of Bama’s best were they just hanging around the boat and decided to help this man go fishing…I’m sure he was a fan of the football players and the school and there is not a damn thing wrong with that…but I’m sure he did know them, know they were Bama football players etc..and like you I think they should be applauded..

OMG

August 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Dawg Max,

If UGA expects an easy win against a team coming in 8-3, either you have poor coaches or stupid players. No college football player would expect an easy win under such circumstances, only unrealistic fans.

Saint Nick

August 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

M = Johnny Quid!!!!!

Nachos

August 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

Looks like a lot of the mutts are still bitter about the a$$ whupping saban put on them last year

31-0

Got 12?

August 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

how2fish,

Per UA, the guy is not a Bama alum, booster or season ticket holder. This old disabled white guy had been friends with Julio since Julio was in the 10th grade. That seems a little creepy to me but hey. The fishing trip sounds like a Make-A-Wish kind of deal. Hopefully, there’s nothing to it.

jjbamaman

August 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

Screw all of you that run your mouth about Alabama without knowing all the facts. The jealousy never stops with pinheads like you, does it?

WDEnATL

August 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

I don’t have a problem with the fishing trip “event”. The challenge for Bama is that this stuff keeps coming up and I believe that they have been on probation for 15 years straight now with several minor violations coming in back to back. Normally not an issue but, when you are on probation, you are asking for scrutiny and then have a rule violation named after your coach doesn’t help either. The “Saban” rule and then of course an arrest. Again, in an average year this is normal but not while on probation. Auburn doesn’t have to do much except hand them the rope from which they can make their own noose but, the tigers have to get in line because LSU and UT are in line ahead of them.

Nick

August 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

Ya’ll ever notice how UT’s Smokey doesn’t bark? Just sounds like he’s getting plugged?

Saint Nick

August 24th, 2009
2:48 pm

A crackhead that mumbles about and likes to talk trash!!!!

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

Got 12 I think your right on that..sometimes people just do good things because they are the right things to do..and I think this was one of them…but the NCAA will still look into it..as least I’d bet they would if I was a betting man.

Got 12?

August 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

WDEnATL,

The “Saban Rule” simply states that head coaches can’t visit high schools in the Spring. That’s all. That’s it. It’s called the “Saban Rule” because he is a tireless recruiter. It attempts to even the playing field for lazier head coaches who prefer duck hunting and vacations to recruiting.

I’m not sure if you were purposefully trying to deceive our fellow bloggers of if you just didn’t know yourself. Speaking of arrests, has your running back made bail yet?