Some advice to high school recruits: Tell the truth about Tennessee

 

 

Nobody asked me but:

 

1. I have one piece of advice for those high school recruits who will sit down with the NCAA to discuss the recruiting practices of Tennessee: TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!  If Tennessee didn’t do anything wrong, then tell the NCAA investigators that. It could be that this entire investigation comes under a gray area in the NCAA rules and that at the end of this process, some loopholes will be tightened but Tennessee will suffer no consequences. There is always a rush to assume people are guilty when a story like this breaks. You have to let the investigation play its way out.

Having said all that, young recruit, you need to know that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was less than forthcoming when asked about his relationship with Deion Sanders and it cost him a big chunk of his senior season. I don’t think the NCAA can punish a high school player who hasn’t signed with a college. In fact, I know it can’t. But you do not want to be on record as lying to an NCAA investigator. It is not a good career move, even if you’re in high school.

 

2. I was happy to see that one of our Georgia representatives, John Barrow, voted “No” on the stupid Congressional proposal to require Division I-A football to have a playoff to determine a national championship or not to be able to call any game a “national championship” game that doesn’t result from a playoff. Look, I’m going to say this one more time. I am in favor of a four-team playoff and I’ll think we’ll get it down the road. But you don’t understand the process if you think that educational institutions are going to switch to this thing at the point of a legislative gun. I’ve talked to the Big Ten and Pac-10 people. If Congress forces this, they will simply go back to the Rose Bowl and their huge payout and ratings on New Year’s Day. In fact, there is a greater likelihood that we would go back to the old bowl system (SEC champ to Sugar, Big 12 champ to Fiesta, etc.) than a forced playoff.

 

And by the way, if I live in the district of Texas Republican Joe Barton, I have to wonder what he is doing with his time. In sponsoring the legislation, Barton said: “It’s December and the BCS is in chaos again!” Really? Alabama and TEXAS are playing for the BCS title. Is old Joe saying TCU should have been in the game?

 

3. It’s good to see that Connecticut coach Randy Edsall (a former Georgia Tech assistant) has gotten involved in the Notre Dame job. Edsall did remarkable work this year holding his team together after the tragic murder of teammate Jasper Howard. The Huskies eventually beat Notre Dame at Notre Dame, which certainly caught the attention of some people. I’m still guessing that Brian Kelly of Cincinnati is the guy, but Edsall would be a good choice as well.

 

4. Florida hired internally (Steve Addazio) when offensive coordinator Dan Mullen went to Mississippi State. Expect them to do the same with Dan McCarney (assistant head coach) now that DC Charlie Strong is leaving to be the head coach at Louisville. McCarney has one of the best defensive minds out there and is a former head coach at Iowa State (1995-2006). He had a great season as South Florida’s assistant head coach in 2007, when the Bulls rose to No. 2 in the land.

 

5. Speaking of Charlie Strong: You folks know how much I admire the work he has done at Florida. And I also admire his decision to coach Florida in the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati. But if I’m Urban Meyer, I tell Charlie this: “I love you brother, but you have a new team. You need to go coach that team and start your new life.” I still remember the experience Mark Richt had when he took the Georgia job but coached Florida State in the 2000 national championship game against Oklahoma. He has told me that if he had it to do over again, he would not have coached in the game. It can be done, however. Bo Pelini, who was the defensive coordinator at LSU when he took the head coaching job at Nebraska, did a masterful job of juggling both jobs and coaching the LSU defense in the national title game against Ohio State.

 

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Barnhart the Looser

December 10th, 2009
8:56 am

Barnhart would just LOVE if the Volunteers are found guilty of recruiting infractions! What a looser you are!!!

charlotte dawg

December 10th, 2009
8:56 am

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gatorrashad

December 10th, 2009
8:58 am

I agree with you about both McCarney and Strong. Coach Mc is a good one and I trust he will step in to run the defense…..As much as I got luv for Coach Strong ..I think he needs to go to his school and do his thing…I dont care for coaches who try to coach one team in a bowl and prepare for his new school…it was enough with the distractions leading up to our Bama loss….

^Idiot

December 10th, 2009
8:58 am

Loser: L-O-S-E-R

What is...

December 10th, 2009
8:59 am

“Barnhart the Looser”‘ loose from?

banders1

December 10th, 2009
8:59 am

Sports public relations pros have done a marvelous job over the past century persuading people (especially sportswriters) that college football (or any other sport) is a GAME and not a BUSINESS. Please as college football rakes in more than a billion dollars each year, do not let any one tell you it is just a game. Congress should be involved in the regulations of all businesses. The current economic problems were precipitated by deregulation.

RattlerMan

December 10th, 2009
8:59 am

The real “looser” is the person who can’t spell “LOSER”. Holy cow!!

Hey Tony

December 10th, 2009
9:00 am

UGA beat GT in a football game a couple of weeks ago! Just figured you ought to know. A journalist in a paper in Anchorage Alaska wrote about it, but you never mentioned a single word about it, even though you are Mr. College Football and work for the biggest paper in the state. Wait a minute…you picked Tech….didn’t you?

morgwreck243

December 10th, 2009
9:01 am

I’m glad Congressman Barrow did the right thing. I’ve known him since he lived in Athens and is a good man to have in Washington.

As for a playoff. If Division I-A does not go to a playoff, then it should go back to the old bowl system. I would recommend that the Sugar Bowl do everything it can to get the Big 12 Champion into that game. It would probably be a defacto National Championship Game.

Dawgfan

December 10th, 2009
9:01 am

Tony, don’t know if you read these comments or not, but my 7 yr old son thought “Tony Barnhardt” played running back for Stanford.

bob lablah

December 10th, 2009
9:02 am

No Tony, Joe Barton isn’t saying TCU “SHOULD” be in the mythical “national championship” game. He’s saying no one knows who should, including YOU. I can pit one vs. two every year. That isn’t what’s difficult. What difficult, or impossible actually, is determining who IS one and two with our current STUPID system.

Gen Neyland

December 10th, 2009
9:04 am

SimpleDawg : Appropriate ‘tag’ name.

Why is...

December 10th, 2009
9:04 am

…the issue of the girls being used as “recruiters” even a topic for discussion? This has been going on since I was recruited back in the ’70s.

At UF they were called “Gator Getters”; at UNC they were the “Sweet Carolines” – every school had these “recruiters”, and I guess they still do – at UGA, just go to a b-ball game and check out the baseline student section – they have a whole section of nothing but chicks who are “recruit” contacts.

SCDawg

December 10th, 2009
9:11 am

Finally, Charlie Strong is out of the SEC. He was great at Florida, but fans forget how good he was at South Carolina.

Doesn’t Congress have anything else better to do than to get into the college sports, like fixing the economy? I am not a BCS fan, either, but it is still an improvement over the old bowl system.

TIM BROWN

December 10th, 2009
9:11 am

Why should congress be involved in a business that works. If a business is making money and for the most part helping young people succeed in life why should congress get involved. After they figure out a way to destroy college football then will they send a bailout? The government has the legal ability to force any institutions that accept federal funding to cow tow to there demands but an institution can just not accept federal funds and not be bound by STUPID decisions.

SimpleDawg

December 10th, 2009
9:11 am

The NCAA has been to South Carolina power Byrnes High to interview several players about the allegations against Tennysee. A unidentified school source told local reporters that the allegations outlined in the NCAA complaint were confirmed by the Byrnes players.

2 Byrnes players have committed to UT, but RB Marcus Lattimore says he is not considering the Vowels.

Could be a very messy situation evolving at UT…..very messy.

gray ghost

December 10th, 2009
9:14 am

Auburn uses limos to recruits, why shouldn’t UT use motor homes stocked with lovely “hostesses”?

TommyJack

December 10th, 2009
9:15 am

Good, unbiased stuff from TB.
TN will be exonerated in this witch-hunt, but who will unring the bell?

Paul in RDU

December 10th, 2009
9:15 am

Tony – Love your comments about the stupid congressional proposal that an organization should not be able to call any game a “national championship” game that doesn’t result from a playoff. I guess that whole “free speech”, 1st Amendment to the Constitition doesn’t apply to CFB.
After thinking about this proposal I think Congress might want take the next step and add some amendments – make it illegal to call something a “World Championship” unless you invite other countries. Rename the “World Series” the “North American Series” (there is one team in Canada after all – although possibly Mexico might object to the name).

BILLY JACK

December 10th, 2009
9:17 am

I am a Georgia grad but the BCS got it right with Texas and Alabama.If you really wanted to see if TCU could play with the big boys, they should of matched them up against Fla in the sugar.

UGA 7

December 10th, 2009
9:18 am

Id rather be dead than go to Shreveport. Oh wait, I am dead!

g8tored

December 10th, 2009
9:19 am

Why is,,,the issue is not the use of these girls being used as recruiters, the violation is that they can not recruit off campus. These girls attended the South Carolina game in Columbia and held up signs to recruit these players. That is a NCAA recruiting violation.

SimpleDawg

December 10th, 2009
9:19 am

Hey General,

Simply speaking….some of the charges involve these hosteses visiting recruits and laying a little lovin’ on them. Just giving them a taste of what’s awaiting them in Knoxville.

I’d consider this type of recruiting to be out of the norm……most schools at least have the hostesses wait until the recruits are on campus.

Lil Lane is just “thinking out of the box”.

ClinchPanther

December 10th, 2009
9:19 am

Barnhart, you are not the football king, so give the rest of us a break.
we care about a play off system and Joe is not wrong to do this (imo).
So just because you have the pen does not make your way of thinking right.
state your opinion without saying the other side is wrong. You need to get a grip. by the way did you ever mention the UGA GT game?
i didnt think so.

The Ghost of Erskine Russell

December 10th, 2009
9:20 am

Ya gotta hand it to that youngster of a coach, Kiffen.

Women have been escorting recruits around campus for awhile, but leave it to him to bring the women to the recruits on their turf.

Talk about an end around!

If we ain’t careful, UT will “out-thug” UGA in recruiting thugs on high school fields all over Georgia.

PMC

December 10th, 2009
9:20 am

They already did tell the truth. It would be pretty tough for Marcus Lattimore to retract the story he told already. That basically outlines a few violations.

I still don’t think a thing comes of this though really.

richtisthenewfulmer

December 10th, 2009
9:20 am

simpledawg, simple mind. The Vols have you so paranoid that you have lost your window of oppurtunity to win the east, (let alone a NC) that you think this is the end. We will be fine. I would be concerned about your vacant DC job, Tony said this am on 790,that Evans will not pay big money for a quality DC. That is a HUGE mistake, be prepared for an uninspiring hire (i.e. Bobo).
Stay Classy dog fans.

FactuAll

December 10th, 2009
9:21 am

I’ve been hoping for a playoff system for as long as I can remember.

That does NOT mean that I want “help” from the US Congress.

The most massive clusterf**k on the planet should have no say-so re: college football.

Old Dawg

December 10th, 2009
9:24 am

Barnhart the Looser: if there’s a loser here it’s you — it’s loser, not looser, which is not even a real word: the correct for is more loose. Though there is loosely and looseness. But now that the NCAA has broken loose with its investigation of the looseness of the UT’s, one hopes Lane Kiffin and the coaching staff won’t play too loosely with the rules.

chri

December 10th, 2009
9:26 am

if i’m a playa i act like i might go to UT so i can bang me some big-haired country girls hostesses, then go where i was planning to go to start with.

Dawg Fud

December 10th, 2009
9:27 am

5. If I were Meyer, I would want Strong to stay on for the game. Urban knows this.

Also, it should be noted that Bo Pelini worked for Nick Saban and knew better than to let his Bengal Tigers responsibilities slip.

Snoop

December 10th, 2009
9:27 am

Why would anyone jump to conclusions about Kiffin’s actions or motives.

General Neyland. really? of WHAT WAR ??

December 10th, 2009
9:28 am

Blonde bimbos for recruits, pistol hold ups and stolen Polo jersies. Sounds like a fun place to be …………Knoxville. I know tons and tons of INFLUENTIAL UT alumni and they are not/will not CONTINUE to support Blame Kiffen and his band of thug coaches. I know of one Knoxville merchant ( i have known him for 35 years ) that wants to have a long meeting with Kiffen and put him on notice.This gent IS ON the UT Board. Trust me gang.

Recruits? It is your choice. Probation will be tough on UT and on Y-O-U.

Goooooooooooooooo Dogs

Dawg Fud

December 10th, 2009
9:28 am

Be nice, Gen Neyland.

Homer Rice

December 10th, 2009
9:29 am

Hmm, is charlotte dawg 12 or 13 years old?

Other question: yes, let the UT investigation play out, but where there’s smoke (how many minor violations already?) isn’t there usually fire?

Will

December 10th, 2009
9:29 am

Tenn is in big trouble with this one. Couldn’t have come at a worse time as recruiting starts heating up and the Nu’Keese thing is still fresh on the minds of everyone. My prediction is that UT looses over half of these guys and Kiffin is gone by 2011 if he makes it that long. Understand this…when you spend time in the NFL you learn how to cheat and cut corners. That’s just the NFL life. But in this business if you piss the wrong people off in the NCAA your career will be very short-lived. Which is what Kiffin has done by embarrassing refs, other coaches and the NCAA hierarchy. It sucks but that’s how it works.

On a different note, I saw Coach Bobo and Coach Lilly in Valdosta the other night and they looked mighty happy about something. Expect a big-time blue chipper form Lowndes to commit to my dawgs any day now. I also think the Smart hire will not be announced until after bowl season. But he will come to UGA.

Tony Barnhart

December 10th, 2009
9:30 am

A lot of people seem to be obsessed about the fact that I did not mention the outcome of the Georgia-Georgia Tech game on this blog last week.

No. 1, by the time Monday morning rolled around it was time to turn the page to the SEC championship game matching No. 1 versus No. 2. That was where my focus was going to be for the week. This is not a Georgia or Georgia Tech blog. It is a college football blog that focuses on the SEC and ACC. There are very talented people at the AJC who focus on Georgia and Georgia Tech.

No. 2, I mentioned the game and Georgia’s dominance in several other media outlets where I work. It was a great win by Georgia. I picked Georgia Tech. My pick was wrong and I’ve always said that the most fun in this business is not when you’re right, it’s when you’re wrong and you get surprised by something. Georgia really played well and deserves all the credit in the world.

Here is what I wrote on another media outlet last week:

**—That was the Georgia team fans thought they would see this season. Georgia was considered to be in the No. 10-15 range in the preseason because most folks believed that the Bulldogs, if nothing else, would be able to run the football. But tackle Trinton Sturdivant got hurt again and it seemed that the line was back in scramble mode. I know that O-Line coach Stacy Searels had been working to find the right combination of players and he obviously hit on it Saturday night against Georgia Tech. In the aftermath of that huge win for Georgia, head coach Mark Richt looked like a man who knows he has some tough decisions to make. And he does.

Great finish for Georgia, especially it can win the bowl game. Great finish for Tech, who won the ACC championship.

Normal Dawg

December 10th, 2009
9:31 am

Nice one Old Dawg!

Impartial

December 10th, 2009
9:31 am

So, I guess Tony is not only a shill for the SEC but also for the BCS. Nice.

CMS

December 10th, 2009
9:33 am

I don’t get it. For the so called lovers of Liberty, Freedom, and “True Patriotism” then they should be vehemently opposed to the BCS system. Its vary nature is a socialistic ideal sugarcoated by corporate capitalism. What gives? Yeah it seems fickle for Congress to pursue this endeavor, but face the fact that the only thing the U.S. actually produces is entertainment and this particular post season is a joke. There is a better system that can work and line the pockets of PUBLIC Colleges and Universities along with private business. Can someone please explain…I’m just a poor independent voter who tends to lean liberal and lack the shear testosterone it takes to make big boy decisions.

Sincerly,

Independent Voter

P.S. I take the quality of my entertainment seriously . . . its all I have left.

RxDawg

December 10th, 2009
9:36 am

1. Good point. This story is being told in a tone that UT did all this wrong doing!!! But all I’ve seen so far is they sent some chicks to a high school game.

2. Ha! I’ll call that bluff. The Big 10 and the Pac 10 can form their own little side league. Let’s see how their ratings go for a couple of years like that. I agree Congress has no buisness discussing this. But I like that it may stimulate some faster change.

Oh, and Tony I think ol Joe is saying TCU should have a chance. Right now, they can go undfeated every season and have no chance to prove that they are indeed the best.

Honestly, I support a playoff because I’m selfesh. I know how entertaining it would be to watch all these top teams across the country line up and play ball.

3. Eh, this may sound cold, but the UCONN coach is kind of overated. Tradgedy brings people together period. Notre Name is just pulling a PR move.

4. OK..

5. I agree. If Florida was in the national championship game it would be different. No reason to stay and hurt both teams by staying. Remember the old saying, “If you try to please too many people, you wind up pleasing no one.”.

General Neyland. really? of WHAT WAR ??

December 10th, 2009
9:37 am

My only problem with the UT blonde recruiter bimbos is ………..they ought to also use brunettes and red heads, to be fair. I mean, if I were a big time corner back and some blonde UT Tri Delta bimbo showed up, I would be ticked. I would say “um, like where are the red heads??”

This is “not going away” is what most UT grads over the age of 40 think. They will be up in arms and soon.

Goooooooooooooooo Gogs.

Not Saint Simons

December 10th, 2009
9:37 am

30-24 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Hey Tony – I beleive Joe Barton went to A&M. He’s not happy Texas is playing for the BCS Invitiational.

I happy to agree with Joe.

It’s not a championship.

The BCS is a 2 team invitational tournement.

If you expand it to 4 teams, it’ll be a 4 team invitational tournement, but it will keep your ability to influence the outcome of the season, won’t it?

Why doesn’t the collective sports media admit their HUGE conflict of interest when writing about the college football post season?

Could it be because you want to keep your power, and thus, $$ income?

I think so!

It’s time for the sports media to admit their conflict of interest regarding the BCS. Tony, will you be man enough to do so?

Soulja Girl on Marta

December 10th, 2009
9:37 am

Get em,Tony.

Beeeee dat a**!

GatorG

December 10th, 2009
9:37 am

Tony,

Dan Mullen did a great job of serving as the Florida OC in last year’s bowl game after accepting the Miss State HC position. Such a great job that Florida won the National Championship.

I wouldn’t be too worried about Charlie Strong.

GT IS A 4TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

December 10th, 2009
9:37 am

THE CLASSY YELLOW TICKS AND MORALLY VICTORIOUS VOLS ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME ROTTEN SMELLY PUMPKIN PIE. HAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHA AND HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA AND MORE HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH FOREVER AND EVER

Russell Barbee

December 10th, 2009
9:38 am

Hey Lane Kiffin – My name is Russell Barbee. I live in Tifton,Ga. I think I may still have some eligibility left. Please send as many “HOstesses” as possible.

HardTruth Soldier....

December 10th, 2009
9:39 am

UT, UGA,LSU,ALA,FLA,OLE MISS, MISS ST, AU UK,SC, HELL EVEN VANDY all use “hot chicks” to get these players, I played in the Big Ten, and let me tell you the girls “helped” alot in getting me to commit. Just part of sports and business!

Big Time?

December 10th, 2009
9:39 am

Be careful what you advise kids to do there, Big Tony.

They could be asking about Georgia next, then what’s your advice going to be?

Homer.

gatorhead1013

December 10th, 2009
9:40 am

Actually, UF is not expected to go internally with the DC hire.

Here are 3 names: Dave Doeren-Def Coordinator Wisconsin, Tyrone Nix – Def Coor. Ole Miss and Tenuta.