Mr. CFB will be back on July 5

 The SEC Spring Meetings draw to a conclusion today in Destin and with it we come to the end of our college football year. And what a year it has been. It just doesn’t seem that long ago that we were complaining about officiating on an hourly basis and wondering if Florida could possibly get through a stressed filled season unscathed. We watched Alabama celebrate its first-ever Heisman Trophy winner (Mark Ingram) and later watched the Crimson Tide win the SEC’s fourth straight national championship.

We watched Georgia Tech win an ACC championship as coach Paul Johnson proved a lot of people wrong—again. When are people going to figure out that this guy just knows how to win?

We’re going to take our annual June break in order to get our batteries recharged and to do all the chores that Mrs. College Football has on her list. We’ll resume our daily efforts on Monday, July 5 when we’ll start getting ready for what is already shaping up to be another wild season.

Now, if all hell breaks loose on this expansion situation, I’ll put down my paint brush and jump back into the fray for a little while. In that vein, I’m going to leave you with five story lines that should keep us buzzing through the summer:

 1. Expansion: A lot of smoke or college Armageddon? Based on the reports coming out of the Big 12 meetings yesterday, that league may be getting ready to completely disintegrate. The Pac-10 has reportedly decided to go on the offensive and not wait on its Big Ten brothers by asking as many as six teams from the Big 12 to form a super conference. It’s hard for me to imagine that the Big 12 athletics directors want to pay to send their women’s softball teams to Pullman, Washington (home of Washington State), but in an atmosphere like this, people start losing their minds. But I will say this: I can’t imagine Texas looking at the Pac-10 and then looking at the SEC and thinking that going West would be better. It’s an easier conference to win, that’s for sure.

 

2. Can the SEC make it five straight? The league has won four straight BCS football championships and Alabama, the 2009 champ, will be No. 1 in most of the preseason polls. The odds are certainly against the Crimson Tide because so many things have to fall into place. Nebraska repeated as champions in 1995 with the best college team I have ever seen in person. Alabama won’t have to wait to get a good barometer on its chances as Penn State comes to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 11.

 

3. Monday’s MLB Draft could change everything in the ACC: The Major League baseball draft is Monday and most of the time that is not a big deal to college football. But Dabo Swinney, the head coach at Clemson, will be watching very closely. His quarterback, Kyle Parker, tied for the ACC in home runs this season with 19 and was second in the league in slugging percentage (.709). If he goes in the first round and the money is good enough, Parker could give up football. “I don’t think I’ve ever paid attention to the baseball draft in my life, but I’ll be watching this one,” Swinney said. Swinney believes that Parker is coming back and if he does, Clemson will challenge Florida State for the ACC Atlantic title. Without Parker Clemson will still be a pretty good team but it will be difficult to beat the Seminoles, who have a Heisman Trophy candidate at QB in Christian Ponder.

 

4. Will the USC investigation finally come to an end? I guess the NCAA is trying to set some kind of record in the USC/Reggie Bush case. How many presidential terms can this thing last? For several weeks now there have been media reports that the final decision of the infractions committee is just days away. They have been false alarms. Now into its fifth year, this is a big case for the NCAA and people in the South are interested. Alabama is interested because it got hammered back in 2002 because of the actions of a booster. The Crimson Tide faithful want to see if the NCAA will punish the pretty boys from the Left Coast or if their moral outrage is reserved just for teams from the South.

The folks at Tennessee, they are just hoping for some Karma now that their buddy, Lane Kiffin, is the head coach of the Trojans.

 

5. Mark your calendars for Sept. 11: The early TV schedules are out and Sept. 11 will be an important day. First of all, Georgia goes to South Carolina for a Noon game at Williams-Brice Stadium on ESPN or ESPN2. That is a monster game for both programs. Georgia needs it to get things off to a good start after a disappointing 2009. Georgia has gone to Columbia with some pretty good team and had to fight just to get out with a win. Steve Spurrier needs a big win to jump start his program again and prove that he can compete for the SEC East title.

That night Alabama hosts Penn State in the renewal of a great intersectional game. It will be the first test of Alabama’s rebuilt defense and the Crimson Tide’s first chance to prove if its offense is as good as we think it will be. If Alabama can win that one, then it has to go to Arkansas on Sept. 25 and then host Florida on Oct. 2. After that stretch I think we will know if Nick Saban’s team has the right stuff to repeat.

 

As always, I want to thank all of you for making Mr. College Football so successful. It’s you and your humor, insight, knowledge and criticism (yeah, that’s important because it keeps me on my toes) that makes this so much fun and such a rewarding experience.

Enjoy your June. Because when we get back we’ll be putting our head down and getting ready for SEC Media Days, which start July 21 in Birmingham. Then, my brothers and sisters, it will be on.

See you in July (or sooner).

 

TB

 

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88 comments Add your comment

Area Sports Fan

June 4th, 2010
8:51 am

Area Sports Fan

June 4th, 2010
8:51 am

Heck yeah! I rock this house!

I’m pathetic.

Zombie Erk Russell

June 4th, 2010
8:54 am

Enjoy your time off TB! Great stuff as always.

Charlie Bama

June 4th, 2010
8:56 am

Charlie Bama

June 4th, 2010
8:56 am

I mean fifth….

Gator Mike

June 4th, 2010
8:59 am

Tony,
Have a great break with your family. To all SEC and ACC Fans at all schools: have an enjoyable and safe summer. This next season will be fun. Hopefully, we will all be able to continue our vigilant support for our teams without being nasty. We have one common bond in that we are Americans and we love college football, but being surly to one another is not required.

Go Gators and Go SEC!!!

Jeff

June 4th, 2010
8:59 am

Have a good break, Tony. You da man!!

5IML

June 4th, 2010
9:01 am

If half the rumors are true, the Big XII is done.

Isn’t today the new due date for the findings of the NCAA’s investigation of USC?

I can’t wait for the BAMA/PSU game. I’m not sure if I’ll be up early enough to catch UGA’s game.

doggit

June 4th, 2010
9:01 am

take it ez tony – can’t wait September

Reptiles Rule

June 4th, 2010
9:01 am

Let’s hope NO on expansion. And inquiring minds want to know…what in the world was Urban Meyer and Mark Richt talking about during their friendly little 10 minute chat outside the meeting room at the SEC Spring Meetings???? Oh, to be a fly for those ten minutes instead of a reptile!

Charlie Bama

June 4th, 2010
9:02 am

Tony — Just a side note– You’re the best. Great commentary- So glad you’re making the transition to broadcast, too. let’s get on with the 2010 season.

If PAC 10 gets aggressive (1st time in, well, forever), then count on thw two Texas mega-programs to tied up with the SEC. Whew! What a conference that would be. Who do YOU Think PAC 10 will invite? Versus who they will actually get? Hard to envision

Mikey in the SAV

June 4th, 2010
9:09 am

Have a good break, T.
We will keep the fort down for you. There’s always the other blogs to keep us sharp until you return…

There will be no shortage of sarcasm, insults of opposing teams and their coaches, chest thumping, and general brow-beating that’s for sure.

Alphare

June 4th, 2010
9:15 am

BAMA can lose one of the early game and still be a champ. Losing either PennS or Arkansa or FL won’t hurt the chance that much because it’s so early and posters tend to forget what happened way back.

A late loss is extremely devastating even to a number 1 ranked team.

Big Al

June 4th, 2010
9:17 am

Thanka Tony have a good break—your now the Keith Jackson of college football—best compliment I could think of.

TommyJack

June 4th, 2010
9:21 am

TB = Keith Jackson! Whoa Nellie!

im4bama

June 4th, 2010
9:35 am

Thanks Tony. We will miss you while your gone. Have a good vacation.

Keith Jackson huh? Better work on your “Aaaala Bamma”.

s5

June 4th, 2010
9:36 am

Tony,

You forgot to mention another HUGE game on Sept. 11. FSU vs. Oklahoma.

War Eagle Beagle

June 4th, 2010
9:47 am

As I said yesterday, as a Auburn fan it pays me to say it, but I believe Arkansas’ defense is going to be good enough to hold opponents to 17 pts or less and their offense will be unstoppable. Ark will win the west and is a dark horse for the national title.

Gen Neyland

June 4th, 2010
9:52 am

Geez, TB. Where can I buy your scheduled work hours. Seeing how I’m unemployed, I could use a good part-time gig…This Tennessee guy cares Dooley-squat about USC and Lane Kiffin bad karma stuff. I just want Layla back. USC can keep the rest of the Kiffin Gang and fare-d-well…What will be the new and improved formula for getting to the BCSNCG this year.? That will set the stage for who gets the nod…Expansion chatter will resume later. For now, it’s napping…As for Jonathon Crompton, it’s been reported he’s up for 2.7 mil with a 4 year deal. San Deigo has but 3 QB’s on roster and JC comes in at 3rd string. Not bad for a guy that didn’t listen to the critics around the conference, ESPN and at Neyland Stadium. I stood up for him because I figured the problem wasn’t him. The problem was in the decimated WR corp early in 2009. So far, the Charger players and coaches like what they see in Crompton… And where is Joe Cox today..? Hey, Crompton and Cox have the same initials. That’s where the similarities end, huh..? Oh, about 2.7 million of ‘em.

Chipper Jones would've graduated magna cum laude had he chosen to go to Florida

June 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Good bye Mr. College Football, I too will take a much-needed vacation. All teams South, all the time!

freehawk

June 4th, 2010
10:49 am

P-Man

June 4th, 2010
10:59 am

Have a great break, Tony! And Gator Mike is right: let’s keep it civil.

kgator79

June 4th, 2010
11:01 am

Not understanding as to who in the Big 12 would be a fit for the Pac 10. Why not just go for a Boise State and Utah? Both are clearly established at this point and deserve to be apart of a BCS conference. I know Boise is close to signing with the Mountain West for 2011, but Im sure they would quickly change their minds if the Pac 10 came calling.

UGA VII in '08

June 4th, 2010
11:06 am

I guess you’re not as tough as I thought you were.

McDawg

June 4th, 2010
11:09 am

still don’t get the expansion thing-I guess a noon game is better for us on the road-can’t wait half a season to warm up this year nor can we expect to win another shoot out-PSU looks to be down so Bama could hide a few flaws and still get the W

JonnyGT

June 4th, 2010
11:12 am

He didn’t mention FSU vs OU because it doesn’t involve the SEC.

Mr. CFB is really just Mr. SEC.

Ron Mexico

June 4th, 2010
11:41 am

FSU-OU… OSU-”the U”… Oregon-Tennessee… not a bad slate of non-conference games.

PS – If Texas is forced to make a move, you can bet that the SEC will be their third choice after the Pac 10 and Big 10. For some schools, academics and “non-revenue” sports matter.

Gator Nation

June 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Thanks for your blog and enjoy your time off Tony. Though, I’m sure you will be keepiing at least one eye on the expansion situation. I know the Big 12 as a league does not have the history of the Pac-10, Big-10, and SEC, but I am still surprised that it is going to disintergrate. If that happens, I think a new midwest-south west league will emerge. It will surely be weaker than the current Big-12, but it will be just as good as the Big-East, which is gonna fall apart as well.

SaintsLSU

June 4th, 2010
11:56 am

I’ve got my calendar marked for Sept 4, LSU vs UNC, battle in the GA Dome to kick off the season. Enjoy your vacation Mr SEC football! Geaux Tigers!

joe

June 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

TB, you forgot to add Oregon at Tennessee Sat Sept 11 on ESPN2. Can the Ducks go all the way cross country to pick up a win?

5IML

June 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

Of the games Tony neglected to mention, FSU/OU will probably be the only good one. LSU should beat UNC handily just as Oregon (without Masoli) will dispatch UT easily, on Rocky Top.

YoungDawg

June 4th, 2010
12:50 pm

Tony,

If expansion happens are you going to have to come off vacation to write about it?

Here’s my thoughts on how the SEC should handle the possible conference expansions:

If the PAC 10 expansion or a merger of the PAC 10 & Big 12 is indeed underway then Slive should offer Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma & Ok St to join the SEC! Here’s why:

1. TX & OU will have to bring the other school due to politics.
2. A big plus to this is that realigning the SEC divisions is easy. You put those 4 in the West with AK, LSU, Ole Miss & Miss St then move Bama & Auburn to the SEC East.
3. You play 7 division games & 2 cross over games a year. Another plus is this alignment keeps all the traditional rivalries intact.
4. The SEC east school will have GA & FL as their main recruiting bases & the West would have TX & LA.

Sounds like a good move to me!

Adding FSU & Clemson are great fits & make sense but that only strengthens what you already have plus adding schools in the current states makes realignment way more complicated.

Gen Neyland

June 4th, 2010
1:07 pm

joe : Sadly, the answer to your question is yes, they can. If the Ducks pack only half their offense on this trip it’ll be a show. UT’s defense will be called upon to keep the Volunteers in games this year and I think they’ll be flying around. Wish Rogan had stayed one more year..!. Here’s to hoping for an early surprise in college football when the Quackers migrate to Rocky and fly right into a Tennessee Duck blind…

Scott in TX

June 4th, 2010
1:16 pm

The possible merger of some of the Big 12 schools and PAC-10 has been in the works for a couple of months now. Texas has been driving this thing. If the Big 12 was to become weaker, then they would head west to the P10. There are strong ties at the AD and President/Chancellor levels between P10 and B12 schools. The conferences are already scheduling crossovers in basketball and football anyway.

jumbeauxtiger

June 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Have a enjoyable break Tony. I enjoy your articles.

Well said Gator Mike at 8:59.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Don

June 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

How’s that oil stench Tony? Bet it smells better than your 401k/IRA’s.

5IML

June 4th, 2010
2:02 pm

YoungDawg,

The package deals, due to politics, are:

Texas+Texas A&M
Oklahoma+Oklahoma St

If the SEC wants Texas and Oklahoma, they’ll have to add all four schools.

Also, AK is the abbreviation for Alaska. I think you meant AR for Arkansas although its safe to say that Alaska would be in the western division.

Beast from the East

June 4th, 2010
2:47 pm

Wow, it’s pretty civil on here today. Looks like the kids found something to do.
This whole expansion deal could really mess up some long time conference rivalries. I hope it doesn’t happen.

RxDawg

June 4th, 2010
2:52 pm

Have a great break Tony.

That news about the Pac 10 asking 6 Big 12 teams is huge! I haven’t seen that yet. I do not want these super conferences. Maybe I’m just old and set in my ways, but this is a change I’m resisting. In a sport that plays more than 9 conference games a year I can see these huge conferences. However, this is college football and there just aren’t that many games. It just seems silly to have these huge conferences and then have half of those teams never play each other. I just don’t like it.

Shelton Stevens

June 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

‘preciate you, Tony. Enjoy your time off and see you in June.

ss

5IML

June 4th, 2010
3:19 pm

Enjoy your break, Tony!

I’m signing off to devote my full attention to the BAMA v Elon baseball game at Tech.

RTR!

BAMA1

June 4th, 2010
4:48 pm

lol. hurry back mr. football, we get bored during the summer. And alot of us get mean at each other in the sec! dawgs suck……………see!

gcs

June 4th, 2010
6:32 pm

“End of our college football year”? There is no end to the college football year. B)

1. Expansion: I hate it. I wish the new NCAA prez would pass a rule saying no football conference can have more than 12 teams. Any more than that and we will lose a lot of historic rivalries and interesting cross-conference games.

2. Can the SEC make it five straight? Yes, Alabama.

3. Will the USC investigation finally come to an end? I am not sure why this is taking so long. It has been a slam dunk for years now. I think the NCAA was hoping the Bush story would just go away but then OJ Mayo came to town.

Have fun. Tony! (do you really read all these?)

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Reality Check

June 4th, 2010
7:44 pm

Why does the gt Football team get its clock cleaned during Bowl games under CPJ aka “man boobs”?

Nachos

June 4th, 2010
9:26 pm

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE: 2010 Undefeated National Champions

The End

CougarMan

June 5th, 2010
1:13 am

Big 12 schools shouldn’t have to worry about their softball teams traveling to Pullman. After all, WSU does not have a softball team.

SC Rules!!!

June 5th, 2010
1:21 am

Tony,

Congrats on another great season of football coverage! Enjoy the break, don’t forget the drop cloth, wouldn’t want any paint staining the carpet when the news breaks on two fronts: (1) PAC 10 offers Texas, TAMU, TT, OU, OK St. & CU invites and they ALL glady accept. (2) SC football is FINALLY cleared of all the SEC trumped up NON-SENSE about cheating. as if; then again the SEC would know all about cheating… wouldn’t you?!

PAC 16, “THE” super conference!!! Fight On!!!

SC Rules!!!

June 5th, 2010
1:26 am

Sadly, the news broke that the Wizard of Westwood has passed.

To the Wooden family, the Trojan family extends our deepest sympathies for this loss. You are in our prayers.

Fight On!!

Chris

June 5th, 2010
6:47 am

Tony will be back in a weeks when the conference expansion is announced.

Greensboro, Georgia

June 5th, 2010
11:11 am

Hey Tony,
…….Georgia Tech has a Heisman Trophy candidate at Quarterback also.

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