Will Bama get relief from scheduling problem?

 It’s Friday which means the floor is open for discussion on any topic you choose, football or non-football. Here are some random thoughts to get the party started. You input is welcomed:

**–I’m not sure the SEC is going to be able to do a whole lot to give Alabama some relief from a huge scheduling hiccup. In case you missed it, Alabama is not very happy with its SEC football schedule for 2010 and with good reason. Alabama’s last six conference opponents, beginning on Oct. 9 against South Carolina, will all play the Crimson Tide after an open date. How does that happen? Actually it’s easier than you might think.

The SEC office puts together the conference part of the schedule and that process begins with several fixed points. Examples: Tennessee and Florida play the third Saturday in September; Tennessee and Alabama play the third or fourth Saturday in October; Georgia and Florida meet in Jacksonville on either the last Saturday in October or the first in November; Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina have rivalry games that must be played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

There are a number of principles that go into setting a schedule such as a team should never have to play more than two straight conference games on the road. But the SEC did not have a principle that limited the number of games a team will play after that opponent had an open date. It will in the future and the number will be three.

The fact is at this late date the SEC may be able to move around some non-conference games but those will have a domino effect. It’s just difficult.

Also look for the SEC to discuss using a computer program to formulate their schedules in the future. The ACC does it by taking all of the games and all of the scheduling principles and putting them into a computer. The SEC does not currently use a computer to set its schedule.

 

**–Who didn’t see this coming? South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN.com’s Chris Low this week that he was going to start calling the ball plays again next season. Spurrier, set to begin his sixth season in Columbia, started handing off play calling and other offensive duties to his son, Steve., Jr., and other assistants a couple of years ago. Spurrier told me last year that he thought that he needed to delegate more. “I was sitting in the offensive staff meeting one day and I was drawing up all the plays and the other guys were just watching,” he said. “I thought I needed to take on more of a traditional head coach role.”

But there is nothing traditional about Spurrier and, while he was at Florida (1990-2001) proved to be one of the best play callers in the history of the game. So he should go back to calling the plays. But he should also crack the whip and demand that his offensive line play better and develop a running game. South Carolina gave up 27 sacks last season and was again last in the SEC in rushing. If that part of the team doesn’t get better it won’t matter who’s calling the plays.

 

**–When I was at Florida two weeks ago offensive coordinator Steve Addazio told me that without Tim Tebow the 2010 offense “would probably look a lot like 2006.” That’s the year that Chris Leak was the senior quarterback in a traditional, drop back passing offense. The wrinkle came when Tebow, a freshman, would enter the game on short yardage situations to pick up the first down. This season John Brantley will fill the Chris Leak role.

“We’ll have to come up with something else on third and short because I sure won’t be running it,” Brantley told me.

Looks like freshman quarterback Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed will get those snaps.

 In 2006 the two-quarterback system worked pretty well at Florida as the Gators won the national championship.

But how well will it work? Last season Florida was seventh nationally in third down conversion percentage at 49.15 percent.

 

**–While looking up that stat I noticed that with all of the other offensive superlatives it had last season, Georgia Tech was No. 2 nationally in third down conversion percentage. Georgia Tech had 199 third downs and converted 104 for 52.26 percent. Only BYU was better at 55.62 percent.

**–I also learned that third down conversion percentage might be overrated as a stat. Florida was No. 7 but that was the only SEC team in the top 50. Alabama, the national champion, was 62. The rest of the SEC’s ratings were Ole Miss (51), Auburn (57), Tennessee (59), Georgia (61), Kentucky (67), LSU (71), South Carolina (77) and Vanderbilt (91). Arkansas and Mississippi State tied at 104.

**–I can’t say I’m surprised to read that Nick Stephens, the only quarterback at Tennessee with any real experience, is going to transfer in order to find a place to play in his final year of eligibility. Stephens started six games in 2008 but then could not beat out Jonathan Crompton when head coach Lane Kiffin arrived in 2009. The assumption was that Stephens would be the guy under new head coach Derek Dooley, who retained offensive coordinator Jim Chaney from the previous staff.

But when I visited Knoxville on my spring football tour I talked to some folks who had strong doubts about whether or not Stephens would be Tennessee’s every down quarterback 2010. JUCO transfer Matt Simms and incoming freshman Tyler Bray have looked better in practice and were starting to take more reps with the first team. You would think that a veteran player like Stephens would go through the entire spring practice and then make a decision on his future. He obviously saw the handwriting on the wall.

 So Stephens will transfer to a Division I-AA program where he can play immediately and Tennessee continues to deal with the inevitable attrition of the post Lane Kiffin experiment. And it’s probably not over yet.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that this would probably be a tough season at Tennessee. I haven’t changed my mind about that,

 

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270 comments Add your comment

Coach Mike Price

April 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

“Dont make me embarrass you in front of all these people on this blog.”

What are you gonna do, put him on probation like Bama?

CM

April 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

KS,

Don’t you work for me? Now come on, you know you can’t pop open that Bud until 5pm. Now do like a good little Bama fan and get to work.

unoit

April 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

Enter your comments here

#1 GT fan

April 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

ReptilesRule

April 9th, 2010
1:43 pm
Bama fans…don’t expect too much symphathy here about your schedule or for that matter anything else. Welcome back to the top. These Georgia fans have more excuses than Tiger’s got mistresses. Be prepared to hear this all year… that you only win because Saban cheats or that the refs give you favorable calls, or that Mike Slive wants Bama in the SECCG against UF or that your schedule is too easy etc etc etc. God forbid Mark Ingram ever has a concussion because they’ll all suddenly turn into brain surgeons and say he should never play again and that Saban will risk his health and even his players life just for a W. And of course, don’t let a job open up anywhere, especially in the pros, ’cause you know Sabans heading there. And that they’d rather have Mark Richt anyway because he is such a nice guy and so classy and Saban is just a another jerk. Have I pretty much covered it doggies??

LOL WOW……………………………………………….
you coverd it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO JACKETS!!!!!!

CM

April 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Coac Mike Price,

“What are you gonna do, put him on probation like Bama?”

Haha exactly!

unoit

April 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

Bama does not mind playing the cards they are dealt. We just don’t think our cards should be dealt from the bottom of the deck!!!!

JB

April 9th, 2010
2:07 pm

From 1996 to 2006, you couldn’t find a Bama fan on here with the help of the CIA.

Mikey

April 9th, 2010
2:08 pm

Betcha we will be seeing Urb fall out on the sideline this year. This guy’s rubber band is wound way too tightly.

JB

April 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

#1 GT fan…………………Glad it still hurts….Let me remind you again…..Your best team since 1991 got steamrolled …AT YOUR HOUSE, by our worst team in the Richt era.

ReptilesRule

April 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

Thanks for the love #1 GT fan and Bama fan. You boys coming over again tonight? Don’t forget the coconut oil…

DP

April 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

ReptilesRule, you left out the Ivy League admission standards for Georgia football players that keep them from signing the kind of recruits that go to Alabama and Florida. That $%&#@ Jan Kemp!!

JB

April 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

UGA…..last years ACC champs……..Where’s our rings and trophy ?

Mike Hunt

April 9th, 2010
2:14 pm

Coach Mike Price,

ESAD. Did your mother have any kids that lived?

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:19 pm

JB,

Bama was a national power in the 90s with Gene Stallings winning 70 games in 7 years in an era of 11 game regular seasons. Oh, he also won the national championship. Only florida was better in the 90s in the sec. We also won the sec in 99 and had stellar seasons in 96 and 97. If there weren’t many Bama fans on this blog it certainly wasn’t due to lack of success.

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:23 pm

JB,

Also we had 10 win seasons in 02, 05 despite being on probation and won the division title outright in 02. We didn’t play in the seccg due to the probation in 02. In 2005 we spent the majority of the season in the top 5 and about a third of the season ranked 3rd in the country behind USC and Texas. A double OT loss in the 10th game to LSU was our first loss of the season. Still won 10 games though including a cotton bowl win over Texas Tech. You act like we disappeared for 10 years or so when the reality is that we still had some successful seasons sandwiched around the probation years.

JB

April 9th, 2010
2:25 pm

Bama fan……take the screw back a notch or two….I don’t think anybody would deny Bama has one of the BEST, if not the best college Football history, , But Georgia has had it’s moments, has struggled the last two years Because of having the Worst DC in Div 1, But take out UF, who must have our number, and Richt’s record in the SEC is pretty impressive. You guys act like we’re bush league. That’s all I’m saying.

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:28 pm

Maccadave,

“Saban is a cheating cry baby and will never be a Bear. What is he afraid of a challenge? He did away with the team that should have beat him with that bad hit on the Texas quarterback in the Championship Game. Tell me that wasn’t a planned move, and I will show you a pattern. He took out Charles Scott at LSU and ended his college career knowing he could run straight through his defense and beat Bama.”

Are you just freaking stupid? As anyone who watched the Texas game the tackle on Colt McCoy was as clean a tackle as there is. If McCoy is going to run the ball you have to tackle him. Same with Charles Scott. How you can call the tackle on McCoy “planned” is moronic. And then you say we “took out” Charles Scott. No. We just tackled him like any other tackle and he landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Its called football and injuries happen you freaking moron. You won’t find one LSU poster on here who would say tackling Charles Scott was a “takeout”. Man are you stupid or what?

kaput

April 9th, 2010
2:29 pm

Nothing like the internet to bring out the whack jobs! Nice job, Bama fans!!

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:34 pm

JB,

I’m not calling Georgia bush league. I never said that and most Bama fans don’t. The true irony is that most Bama fans actually pull for Georgia in the east over UF and especially UT. And I don’t deny that Georgia is a good, solid program with all the intangibles including recruiting base, facilities, alumni who care, etc. to win a national title.

What I’m saying is that if you go back and look on practically every blog on every day it always starts off in the first 50 comments with at least 3 or 4 dog fans taking cheapshots at Bama, often when the blog subject has nothing to do with Bama. Go back and look at the initial 50 comments today and you will know what I’m talking about.

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

kaput,

Back out you beyotch.

Maccadave

April 9th, 2010
2:40 pm

The Rambling Wrecked were run over by a dead Dawg. God Bless UGA VI

To that Clueless Dawg

April 9th, 2010
2:43 pm

To Mr (Miss?) “Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points”:

Since when is a 6-point squeaker a stomping? 6 points??? You must really be starving for some strokes to post in a thread that has nothing to do with your team to brag about a stomping that really wasn’t much of a beating at all.

What a pathetic no-lifer.

JB

April 9th, 2010
2:45 pm

Bama fan……. please remember that 90% of these blogs Are Georgia fans regardless of Topic.
Think if this was a Bama paper with 90 % Bama fans and 3 or 4 ’snippy” Dawg fans chiming in ?
You know it would be brutal…..We all love our Teams

SaintsLSU

April 9th, 2010
2:45 pm

I agree, it was not a “takeout” shot. Charles was in the process of a nice run, got tackled and broke his collar bone. S**t happens. We got alot of injuries in that game, and one really bad non-interception call…but I digress. I can’t wait for this upcoming SEC season. The West is stacked and I really think LSU can win in. Russel Shepard will breakout this season, and our D will be even better than last year. It will be a blast when Bama comes to Tiger Stadium in November. Man, I love SEC football, we are getting pumped up and its only APRIL! Geaux Tigers!

JB

April 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

SaintsLSU…….. Thanks again for waxing Georgia Tech year before last in the Chick Fil A bowl.
It and the Iowa/Tech game from this past bowl season are two of my favorite games to look at again. The look on Paul Johnson’s face is priceless.

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:52 pm

JB,

Its a lot more than 3 or 4 fans. I was just referencing the beginning comments. And while I understand its mostly dog fans I don’t think its 90% although we can respectfully agree to disagree. Anyway, I appreciate the honest discourse and dialogue I get from the Florida, LSU, and even UT fans but I gotta be honest when I say the vitriol from the dog fans is absurd compared to fans of other programs. I know you will probably disagree but its just what I see based on the comments.

Coach Mike Price

April 9th, 2010
2:56 pm

“Did your mother have any kids that lived?”

You MUST be a Bama grad!

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
2:58 pm

SaintsLSU,

I honestly believe the sec west will be a 4 team race between you, us, Ark and AU to a lesser degree. Ole Miss and Miss State will be a little down but I think State will probably pull a couple of surprises under Mullen and end up with 6-7 wins.

Glad to see you acknowledge that the Charles Scott tackle was just like any other tackle. Just a regular football play and sheet happens. Can’t understand how the moron maccadave thought it was a “takeout” play.

Anyway, I haven’t been back to tiger stadium since the earthquake game. I went with an Auburn buddy to that game in my one and only trip to tiger stadium. Just looking forward to another great SEC season.

All Jealous

April 9th, 2010
2:58 pm

Where dig big mouth “Bear Bryant aint coimng back” go, oh my bad, must be time to read a USA today report to see where Auburn ranks academically, freakin joke! And for the person who posted something about putting a fence up to keep the Bama people out of Ga, dont you know half or more than half of the Auburn student body is made up of GA folk? Common people! Everybody repeat after me

Auburn is Second Tier to Alabama!

SaintsLSU

April 9th, 2010
3:00 pm

JB, We needed that win against GT badly, we had an awful season in ‘08 by our standards.

All Jealous

April 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

SaintsLSU , I wish you guys nothing but the best yet i must say to get you back to the standards of football you want to be at Les must go, I have quite a few LSU buds and they all agree.

Eric

April 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

Boo-freakin-Hoo! Poor bama. Screw ‘em!

SaintsLSU

April 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Bama fan, I am really high on Dan Mullen at MSU, he will have that program on the right track before you know it. As for our game against you guys, Man I hope we beat ya’ll. I don’t know if I can take another year losing to Saban in Tiger Stadium. It already hurts to see him owning the West right now. But that’s ok, we’re still the LSU Fighting Tigers, and we are gonna bring it this year.

SaintsLSU

April 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

All Jealous, yes that is a very debated topic among LSU fans. It’s no secret that he is not the best in-game manager, or a “hands on” coach, like say a Nick Saban. But keep in mind. We had to kick that knucklehead Perrilloux off the team and had to start freshman quarterbacks before they were ready. That really set us back two years. And he does continue to recuit well. Not to mention ‘07 NC. But yes, most of us in Tiger Nation are a bit concerned as well. This is a huge year for our program, and after this year, we only have 9 seniors leaving, setting us up nicely for a good run in 2011.

30511

April 9th, 2010
3:22 pm

From a first hand source, if Nance is theQB at UT,then they are going to suck! Hope Darick likes that car he got from Daddy Nance. It sure won’t get him many wins at UT!

JB

April 9th, 2010
3:26 pm

30511………… Tennessee has NO offensive lineman…..I mean none. There is a big reason Derek was the 5th or 6 th guy to answer the phone. They are in a mess. Hell, we ( GA) might beat them this year LOL…….

All Jealous

April 9th, 2010
3:37 pm

i agree SaintsLSU, good luck to you and the Tigers.

Bama G

April 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

JB, I wasn’t kicking sand at the Dawgs. I’m just saying handle your business before you start offering advice. At least beat them Gators a couple a times, now that Superman has left the building.

CJ

April 9th, 2010
3:46 pm

Stop whining, Bama. You’ll cheat like you always do and always have done.

Bama fan

April 9th, 2010
3:52 pm

CJ,

Talk about whining. Grow a pair and worry about your own program rather than just slinging mud. Your jealousy is disturbing.

The Rest of the SEC

April 9th, 2010
3:59 pm

Hey Tide Rising. Go listen to the fluffer Paul Finebaum if you want to wear your crimson colored glasses, if not keep coming here and being reminded of your illustrious decades before Saban. Your choice.

71 National Titles..

April 9th, 2010
4:10 pm

in what girls volleyball? Gimme a break LOL.

The Truth or Truff as you all might say...

April 9th, 2010
4:23 pm

“Its a lot more than 3 or 4 fans. I was just referencing the beginning comments. And while I understand its mostly dog fans I don’t think its 90% although we can respectfully agree to disagree. Anyway, I appreciate the honest discourse and dialogue I get from the Florida, LSU, and even UT fans but I gotta be honest when I say the vitriol from the dog fans is absurd compared to fans of other programs. I know you will probably disagree but its just what I see based on the comments.”

WOW that is the BIGGEST LOAD CRAP I have ever heard. Might I remind you people this a the AJC, and that doesn’t stand for Alabama Journal & Constitution. This is the place for UGA and GA Tech to be discussed by the people who live here, and yet all I EVER see is you excellent ambassadors from your “schools,” and I put that in quotes because I bet most of you didn’t even get through high school I’m sure, saying the most ignorant and disrespectful things about the state and the programs that reside in it 24-7. But I guess thats what you get from the kind of fans they have at Bama, UT, UF LSU, and well actually the rest of the SEC teams fans are not trash talkers, so I guess that covers just about all of them. Its also funny cause the comments I see coming from most of these people appear to be the same juvenile tripe that you used to see on an AOL chat room when I was a kid, what did you people just get internet in your trailor park? Grow and and represent your schools with class…

Mike Hunt

April 9th, 2010
4:24 pm

Coach Mike Price,

I am. Did you complete high school? Or maybe you’re working on your GED. You like to sling a lot of mud on this board. My guess is that you don’t have a set though.

Hey Whiners

April 9th, 2010
4:29 pm

Quiting whining and just play UT Chattanooga again !

Mike Hunt

April 9th, 2010
4:29 pm

Of balls, that is. Eunuch. Look it up.

wesleywhatwhat

April 9th, 2010
4:31 pm

lol. why does this paragraph not surprise me?

“Also look for the SEC to discuss using a computer program to formulate their schedules in the future. The ACC does it by taking all of the games and all of the scheduling principles and putting them into a computer. The SEC does not currently use a computer to set its schedule.”

computers – coming to the SEC soon!

perhaps next year the mighty SEC can look into hiring competent referees as well.

SC Boy

April 9th, 2010
4:32 pm

Nobody gave USC a break when they had about 10 straight years of not getting a bye until the 9th or 10th week so !@#$ Bama. Also, Spurrier calling plays is very misleading because they have a whole new playbook brought in by Elliott. Don’t count them out this year.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 9th, 2010
4:34 pm

You anti-Alabama people type like you’re stinking drunk. Must have something to do with all those sour grapes I smell on this blog.

Alabama’s gonna win, win, win — in 2010!!! Roll Tide Roll!!!

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

A short video must-see for Alabama Crimson Tide fans!!!

Alabama Players Speak to Youth