Thanks for a great season!

 

Wow! It seems like a lifetime ago that Oregon’s LeGarrette Blount threw the right cross to Boise State’s Byron Hout. That’s how our 2009 college football season got started. Here we are, three months later.  So where are we now?

**–Oregon is going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since Rich Brooks was head coach (1994).  Blount, who was first kicked off the Oregon team for the season, has been reinstated and will be a force in the game against Ohio State.

**–Georgia Tech has won the ACC championship, its first since 1990, and is headed to the Orange Bowl for the first time since Jan. 1, 1967. It was Bobby Dodd’s last game as head coach.

**–After a 7-5 season, Georgia has fired three assistant coaches. After being ranked No. 1 prior to the 2008 season, Georgia is headed to Shreveport. The Bulldog Nation is a little nervous about the future.

**–Alabama has won its 23rd SEC championship and on Jan. 7 will play for (by its count) the 13th national championship in its storied football history.

**–Saturday night in New York sophomore running back Mark Ingram may become the first Alabama player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.

**–After being left out of the BCS championship game last season because it lost to Texas Tech with one second remaining, Texas vowed to be “One Second Better” this season. Boy did that turn out to be true! Texas needed a second to (correctly) be put back on the clock to beat Nebraska and advance to the BCS championship game.

**–Both LSU and Tennessee enter the Holiday season under investigation by the NCAA. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive cannot be a happy camper about that. A coach at LSU has already resigned, so that sounds serious. I’m getting the feeling that the Tennessee investigation won’t turn out to be serious. But I could be wrong.

**–Kentucky has been playing college football since 1888 but no coach in its history—not even Bear Bryant—has ever won four straight bowl games. If Kentucky beats Clemson in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 27, Rich Brooks will win his fourth straight game as the Wildcats’ head coach.

**–Florida State’s Bobby Bowden, who looked like he would coach forever, was forced to retire after a 6-6 season, his 44th as a head coach. Bowden will coach his last game on Jan. 1 against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. Here’s hoping the Seminoles will send him, and defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, out with a win.

**–I’ve been fortunate enough to cover some of the very best college football players who ever lived. But there has never been anyone quite like Florida’s Tim Tebow. Tebow was denied a chance at his third national championship by a great performance by Alabama in the SEC championship game. He will play his final college game in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 against Cincinnati. Here’s hoping Tebow goes out a winner.

**–Notre Dame finished 6-6 and decided not to go to a bowl. The school fired Charlie Weis, who heads back to the NFL with a boatload of cash. Now Brian Kelly, who took Cincinnati to a pair of BCS bowls, will try to return the Fighting Irish to their former glory. It’s a tall order unless he gets some help on the academic side of the university.

**–There was a time when teams from the five coalition (non-BCS) conferences (Conference USA, MAC, WAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) could not get into a BCS game. Now two schools from those leagues (TCU, Boise State) are among the 10 teams playing in the five big games.

I’m sure I’ve left out a 100 more storylines that are near and dear to your heart. The point is a lot of stuff happened this season. It always does. That’s why, with all due respect to my friends who love the NFL, college football is the best game in the world. And it’s not even close.

At this point your humble correspondent will take a break for Christmas. It has been a long season but a good one. It is time for me to get reacquainted with my family.

 I again want thank you for your support of this daily effort. As I have told you in the past, the followers of Mr. CFB are the smartest, most knowledgeable college football fans in the country. We don’t always agree but that’s okay. It’s no fun if we don’t disagree. You bring your passion to the table and you bring it every day.  And I appreciate it.

I’ll be back on Monday, Dec. 28 as we start getting ready for the home stretch of the bowl season and the BCS championship game. If something wild happens, and it usually does this time of year, I’ll jump back on and we’ll talk about it.

 Until then, I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas.

 

TB

 

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517 comments Add your comment

Kid Ray

December 11th, 2009
9:03 am

Marry Christmas to you as well TB…..but why not take time off after signing day?? We all also have jobs and still need to spend time with family…How much time does it take to write a 200 word column once per day?

IN HONOR OF SAINT SIMONS, RAMBLE ON, YELLOW FUZZ AND ESPECIALLY M:

December 11th, 2009
9:04 am

AND THANKS FOR…..

WAIT FOR IT….

WAIT FOR IT…

((((30-24)))))) HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

who cares

December 11th, 2009
9:06 am

first – like anybody cares

Rockytoplem

December 11th, 2009
9:06 am

Rockytoplem

December 11th, 2009
9:06 am

who cares

December 11th, 2009
9:06 am

or not – again – who cares

wow

December 11th, 2009
9:07 am

knock it off you idiot nobody cares about UGA.

Paul H

December 11th, 2009
9:07 am

Thanks for your insights this season as well, Tony. I do have to ask, on the subject of story lines, why no article or even a mention of UGA-Tech game after your prediction that Tech would “roll over” UGA this year?

flowery branch yellow jacket

December 11th, 2009
9:09 am

It has indeed been a memorable season. Hopefully the Dogs will be “recovered” next year and their rivalry games against UF and GT will be more significant for all the teams involved. It’ll be interesting to see how Urban Myer does in the post-Tebow era.

NJ Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:09 am

If the Big East and ACC (and, for that matter, the Big Ten) get automatic BCS bids, then the MWC ought to get one as well. The top three MWC teams–Utah, TCU, and BYU–are as consistently good or better than all but maybe Ohio State. Just sayin’…

UT96

December 11th, 2009
9:10 am

Tony, you feeling would be correct. As I stated earlier, it’s much ado about nothing. Intersting, a certain NY Tines writer is friends with a certain SEC coach in Florida. Think certain folks including Mike Slime and some other coaches in the conference are to get Tennessee, you would be right. Bring it on, You’re not going to derail the Lane Train. The rest of the SEC can suck it!

Jax Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:12 am

Kid Ray, Marry Christmas, really?

UT96

December 11th, 2009
9:12 am

“your” and “Interesting”. It won’t let you go back and correct typos.

GatorG

December 11th, 2009
9:13 am

Tony,

I can’t believe you didn’t mention, “the single worst officiating mistake I have seen in my three decades of covering the sport.”

It seems like that would be one of this year’s biggest stories, wouldn’t it?!

Chris

December 11th, 2009
9:14 am

Have a nice holiday Tony. Guys like you make the game so much more fun to watch with your insight.
Thank you

Ima Dork

December 11th, 2009
9:14 am

GT53

December 11th, 2009
9:14 am

Thanks TB for your insights.

Go Jackets!!

Jax Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:14 am

The LSU/Georgia game, GatorG?

DC Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:14 am

Not nervous at all about UGA’s future. It just got a whole lot brighter with the firing of Martinez, Fabris, and Jancek. Richt is finally righting a 5-year old wrong.

Dan

December 11th, 2009
9:14 am

If the SEC gets an automatic bid, then the MWC should. Y’know, since one of their teams smacked the SEC team last year. Just sayin’…..

Matt B.

December 11th, 2009
9:15 am

NJ Dawg-BYU got doubled-up in Provo by a middling FSU team. Agree on Utah and TCU in some seasons, namely last season for Utah and this one for TCU, but can they keep it up year after year.

mike on lake hartwell

December 11th, 2009
9:20 am

NERVOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE?!?

are u kidding me?

it has never looked brighter.

BTW TONY, can u at least answer the question:

WHY DID U COMLETELY AVOID THE UGA/TECH
GAME?

can u even give a reasonable explanation?

there is enough interest for u to answer that question.

Dink

December 11th, 2009
9:22 am

Merry Christmas Tony!

and… Go Dawgs!

GatorG

December 11th, 2009
9:22 am

This latest incident may or may not bring Lane down – it depends on the money trail.

There’s no question, though, that Kiffin likes to push that compliance envelope just as much as he possibly can in order to get a leg up on the other schools. The problem is that if you keep pushing hard enough, eventually you’re going to accidentally break through. It might not happen this year, but it’s going to happen.

And, of course, that doesn’t address the other coaches reminding recruits that the NCAA is watching Lane like a hawk. That can’t be good news for a 17 year old, or his momma.

Now, that could all change if Lane makes a big effort to clean up his act. But, seriously, does anyone think that will happen?

Nachos

December 11th, 2009
9:24 am

Another storyline..

Allbarn got beat AGAIN by Alabama.

Happy Kwanzaa barners, enjoy the Crapital one Bowel. Tell Mickey Mouse we said hello, the BAMMERS will be in Pasadena preparing for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP game. You know… the one you losers couldn’t make back in ‘04 despite an undefeated season?

secondguesser

December 11th, 2009
9:27 am

Ditto on Tebow Tony! I don’t know if I’ll get to see another like him in my lifetime. I would hope so, but it would be I think, quite sadly, a very unlikely thing! The one thing that is even sadder in all this is the levels of vitriol and pure hellish hate that has been exhibited by fans of other teams, sports writers, and the spiritually void zombies.Your paper has one more example today of why Tim is truly an ambassador of good will toward mankind. I believe his greatest works are still to come and won’t be seen on the football field but in the souls of men! The old phrase “kill’em with kindness” comes to mind when I think of the agony he has inflicted on the shallow shells of human dung that wish to see him fail on a daily schedule! Since I am one of the many that don’t live up to the example that Tim shows, I can’t help but say that I do find a slice of pleasure in the Tebow haters’ misery that they can’t help but display. I’m sure by the end of the day I’ll be able to come back to this article and get a chuckle from many victims of the man who “killed ‘em with kindness”.

BankerDawg

December 11th, 2009
9:27 am

Future never looked brighter, huh?

Bartender, I’ll have whatever Mike’s having please!

And I thought we didn’t care about the Tech game…something about them being irrelevant, or something like that. Now it’s defining OUR season?? Unbelievable.

Sometimes I grow more tired of our fans than Tech fans…..

GatorG

December 11th, 2009
9:28 am

Jax Dawg,

Yes, that was Tony’s quote from that game.

Kramers2009

December 11th, 2009
9:28 am

Thank you Tony, for another great season!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Old Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:28 am

Have a great holiday season, Tony. You certainly deserve it. I hope your wife is handling the grieve process, even though it will be her first holiday season without her wonderful mom.

Not worried

December 11th, 2009
9:32 am

Actually Tony most Dog Fans are not to worried about the future. With the D Coaching changes and the Talent on hand we will be right back in the SEC chase next year. Florida and Bama wont be as loaded next year and not many teams have the young play makers we have and the best punter and kicker in America. The next 2-3 yrs are going to be as good as we have seen under CMR

Jax Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:34 am

God Bless, GatorG

SCJack

December 11th, 2009
9:34 am

Merry Christmas and thanks to you! (Being a UGA alum and growing up in GA) my wife and I religiously follow your column and your spots on CBS and Talkin Football. Your experience shows. Thanks for bringing level-headedness and class to (and I agree with you) this most exciting sport.

Coach Cool

December 11th, 2009
9:35 am

is the bomb!

Geez, Paul H and Mike on Lake Hartwell...

December 11th, 2009
9:37 am

…try to keep up with the big boys who read this blog – Tony explained the GT/UGA deal in YESTERDAY’S blog!

Whats the Good Word?

December 11th, 2009
9:38 am

TB, Georgia Tech also won a (shared) ACC title in 1998. But I guess you’re too busy trying to make Rogers Redding (head of SEC officiating and GT grad) the top henchman in a conspiracy against your precious Mutts. Alabama only claims 22 SEC titles. Also, the reason Bear didn’t take Kentucky to 4 straight bowls is because there were only 7-8 bowl games total in the early 50s, unlike the 25+ bowl glut we have today.

TML

December 11th, 2009
9:40 am

Thanks Tony…looking forward to your thoughts on GT and Iowa in the Orange. Oh yeah…I hear there’s some game in northwestern Louisiana in mid-December…hehe

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FalconUGAFan

December 11th, 2009
9:41 am

Merry Christmas to all…..and to all…well you know the rest… :)

Got 12?

December 11th, 2009
9:42 am

Not worried,

Maybe Florida won’t be as loaded next year but Bama will be. Like last year, we’re losing a couple of offensive lineman. Like this year, we will plug those holes and keep on rolling. On defensive we’re losing some key players (Cody, Arenas, Woodall, and probably Rolando) but the back ups (e.g. Dareus, Kilpatrick, and Woodson) have played extensively this year. Plus, Hightower will be back to fill Rolando’s spot. We will return to the SECC game for the third year in a row.

bo

December 11th, 2009
9:45 am

I’m actually pretty excited about UGA’s future. No, we’re proabably not looking at the BCS campionship next year, but it’s reasonable to expect we would field an improved team. I don’t see things getting any worse. If the nadir is 7-5, I think we will do OK. No need for anyone to be “nervous.”

Really?

December 11th, 2009
9:46 am

Your latter point is spot on bankerdawg. I think if wins over the Jackets define seasons for UGA, then they are in big trouble.

azcat225

December 11th, 2009
9:46 am

Amen, Geez. For all you tools who keep asking about the UGA/GT game after that very articulate and thorough explanation…maybe you’ll mature after you graduate from high school.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Tony and thanks for putting up with the aforementioned tools day in and day out with grace and class.

Bill

December 11th, 2009
9:48 am

Merry Christmas Tony.Thanks for your hard work.Yours is a must read for me when I come on this site.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

December 11th, 2009
9:50 am

Top story of the year….

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed after the SC game. AND the walk of shame the following morning.

Shalom

At least we aren't UGA

December 11th, 2009
9:51 am

Babineaux got arrested. Great. The Falcons are starting to really depress me now. Finally an arrest that doesn’t happen at UGA.

Waleska Dawg

December 11th, 2009
9:52 am

Pigsken

December 11th, 2009
9:58 am

Tony, you say LSU NCAA probe could be serious (with a coach leaving) but Vols not too serious? Vols have already had two assistants bail out and fixing to lose Lance Thompson to Louisville (that is 3 by my count). What is reasoning on that one??? Kiffen’s ‘on-the-edge’ recruiting schemes have the NCAA knocking the orange door down. I think assistants know where there is smoke-there is fire. And it ain’t like Kiffen has not been pushing the NCAA envelope buttons without the secondary violation history he has.

Comparing GT and UGA

December 11th, 2009
9:58 am

Georgia Tech: 11 – 2 Record, Ranked # 9 in the BCS, 2009 ACC Champions, Playing in the Orange Bowl

Georgia: 7 – 5 Record, Not Ranked in Any Poll, Finished 3rd in SEC East (losing tie breaker to Tennessee), Playing in Independence Bowl

Which one do you think had the best year and has the brighter future?

collegeballfan

December 11th, 2009
10:00 am

“…the followers of Mr. CFB are the smartest, most knowledgeable college football fans in the country.”

Since I am one of them, I completely agree!

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah.

Brad

December 11th, 2009
10:01 am

How about the joke the BcS is. How about 5 teams go undefeated. How often does that happen T? And how about the bcs machine hiring washing pr firms to try and improve it’s image. Impossible! Playoffs!! Playoffs. Don’;t talk to me about playoffs.