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).




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Stuck in SC

June 5th, 2010
11:20 am


June 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

Mr. CFB going to the Bilderberger’s Conference this weekend? Looking for buyers of SEC bonds, maybe?


June 5th, 2010
12:51 pm



June 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

@Greensboro, Georgia

there is one thing Nesbitt will never be able to shake though…
do you know what that is…
oh yes…
30-24 and one more…
one of the most lopsided rivalries in NCAA history (although nothing holds a candle to OU-Okie State)

jacket fan

June 5th, 2010
6:27 pm

Hey Tony…got all your Bulldawg spirit wear with you?


June 5th, 2010
7:31 pm

I think it would be so funny if the PAC-10 expansion goes through. The Big 12 for all their greed would go from being the 2nd best conference in America to the third best. The SEC would still be #1 because this would not impact the SECs’ ability to produce the National Champions, and any teams that the SEC adds will just make it stronger.
If this happpens, the Big 12 would be the new “New Coke”

SC Rules!!!

June 5th, 2010
8:36 pm


How do you figure that the Pac-10 woud “suffer” by adding the VERY team(s) that the SEC is ALSO after from the Big Dozen? I ask because y’all say how much STRONGER the SEC will be with those very same schools, yet IF those those SAME schools go elsewhere somehow their contribution to the strength of that conference is then DIMINISHED???? Also you say they would go from being in the second strongest conf. to being in the third strongest. If they lv then the dozen fails to remain a conf. at all. So that then REMOVES one conf. from the equation. Sorry but that dawg don’t hunt.


June 6th, 2010
10:08 am

SC rules? I stated that the Big 12 would suffer. I stated the the PAC-10 would be stronger than the BIG-12, I guess my mistake was that I ment the BIG TEN would suffer. Sorry for the confusion. I hope Texas goes to the PAC-10, They would be the second best conference after the SEC.
And my point was that the BIG TEN started all this expansion business and that they would be the ones to suffer. SEC Rules!!!!!!

SC Rules!!!

June 6th, 2010
4:33 pm

Hey birddawgone!

Thanks for the clarification. It is funny in a way what with the Big11 havin started all this “expansion” talk/furor and now “they” may find themselves on the short end of the whole thing if the schools they wanted all go elsewhere.

I am a bit surprised to hear you comment that way about Texas; unless you as many other SEC fans (and myself think) that by adding Texas & most probably OU to the mix that would increase the difficulty of winning the SEC by an order of magnitude, too the already DIFFICULT exercise the members have to endure each season.

I will say this of the teams the Pac 10 is going to invite, OU is the one I see as seriously trying to mess it all up. Right now they have but ONE serious game to deal with each season to reach the conf championship game; by moving into the same conf as SC they then have many more obsticals too reaching the championship.

I also agree that even with an expanded PAC-10/16 the SEC would still be top to bottom the premier conference followed by us. Hey who knows, maybe then we’ll all finally get the NC matchup we’ve been bickering about & for these past few seasons (SEC vs. SC) {Yes I believe that we’ll be just fine and still the team outside the SEC besides Texas to beat for the NC}

Fight On!!


June 6th, 2010
7:20 pm

Delbert D.

June 6th, 2010
9:15 pm

“Pac-10 commissioner gets authority to pursue expansion

The Associated Press
Sunday, June 6, 2010; 4:17 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-10 board has given commissioner Larry Scott the authority to pursue any possible expansion for the conference.

Scott spoke following the conclusion of the conference meetings in San Francisco on Sunday. Earlier in the day, he addressed the chancellors and presidents about possible expansion and was given authority to move ahead without having to go back to the board for approval.

Scott says no final decision has been made whether to expand but many different scenarios were discussed this weekend. There have been reports that the conference could add as few as two teams or as many as six if it does expand.

The conference will decide its future plans by the end of the year before negotiating a new television contract for the 2012-13 academic year.”

Delbert D.

June 6th, 2010
9:25 pm

Also, the Big Ten met today. Haven’t got the scoop on that, yet. The president of Ohio State, E. Gordon Lee e-mailed the president of U Texas earlier this week to see if he would take a phone call from Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner. Here is an excerpt from the NY Times article by Pete Thamel dated June 4th:

“A lot of questions could be answered for Gee and his Big Ten colleagues when the conference presidents meet in Chicago on Sunday. The biggest will revolve around Texas, the most important piece of the expansion puzzle. No university, other than perhaps Notre Dame, comes close to matching the cachet, financial fortitude and viewership interest of Texas.

Gee confirmed in a telephone interview Friday night that he sent an e-mail message to the University of Texas president, William Powers, to see if he would take a call from Delany. Gee said he did not know if that call was made.

“I will find out Sunday,” he said.”

Best of Atlanta

June 6th, 2010
10:29 pm


Steve Spurrier

June 7th, 2010
6:18 am

Come on over, Dawgs. We’ve got something for your a$$.

Delbert D.

June 7th, 2010
10:45 am

Update on expansion from the NY Times:
Pacific-10 and Big Ten Step Toward Expansion
Published: June 6, 2010

“Two meetings of university presidents on Sunday, the Pacific-10’s in San Francisco and the Big Ten’s in Chicago, could go a long way toward reshaping the alignment of major college athletics.

The most significant news came from the Pac-10 meetings, where presidents voted to give the first-year commissioner Larry Scott authority to move ahead with expansion. With the Pac-10 seriously considering a move to 16 teams, the conference essentially gave Scott permission to hand out invitations to potential new members without consulting its university presidents.

The potential for Pac-10 expansion forced Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany to acknowledge that the Big Ten’s timeline for growth, which had been set at 12 to 18 months in December, could be expedited.

With television money as the biggest driving factor and little regard being given to geography or tradition, the chain reaction could reverberate from coast to coast, although there is still a chance that there could be little or no movement.

The biggest keys to stopping a drastic overhaul of college sports appear to be Missouri and Nebraska, which have been given a two-weekend deadline by Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe to commit to the league long term. (Both have been considered objects of desire for the Big Ten.)

With Texas as his focal point, Scott is expected to attempt to lure six teams from the Big 12 to create the first 16-team superconference. That could produce a domino effect with major college sports featuring four 16-team leagues.

But Texas and other Big 12 powers would prefer to stay together, which is why Nebraska and Missouri are situated in such a key spot. If the Big 12 stays intact, the Pac-10 will probably not expand significantly. If the universities leave, college sports will inevitably change drastically.

“Larry Scott wants to fire the first bullet,” said a Big 12 athletic official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the topic. “The pressure is being put on Nebraska and Missouri. Over the next two weeks, we’re going to know where we stand.”

As for the Big Ten, Delany did not reveal much to reporters in Chicago on Sunday, other than to say that the “timeline could be affected.” What is unknown is how hard the Big Ten is pursuing Notre Dame, a football independent that brings considerable value.

Notre Dame wants to maintain its independence, but if it did jump to the Big Ten, which already has 11 teams, it would prefer the league stay at 12 for revenue-sharing reasons.

Publicly, Big 12 athletic directors and officials are saying they hope the status quo remains, because they have built a strong league in football and basketball. Privately, they are scurrying to best position themselves for a potential spot in the Pac-10, which could become the Pac-16.

If the Big 12 does not receive strong commitments from Nebraska and Missouri, the strongest possibility is that Scott will attempt to lure six teams from the Big 12, with Texas as the obvious key. It is unknown when Scott would issue those invitations, but Sunday’s developments appear to speed up the timetable for considering conference expansion.

In the initial report of this proposed expansion, which was first reported by the Texas fan site, Texas would be joined by Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

But a Big 12 athletic official with direct knowledge of the conversations with the Pac-10 said Baylor could end up in the league instead of Colorado. Although Colorado brings the coveted Denver television market and significantly more academic prestige than Oklahoma State or Texas Tech, Baylor could move instead.

“Texas is the linchpin,” the athletic official said. “If Texas is to go to the Pac-10, they’re going to have a lot of influence. What we’re being told is that Baylor would be included in that group, probably at the expense of Colorado.”

There is precedent to political sway helping Baylor. When the Big 12 began taking shape in the mid-1990s, Baylor shoehorned its way into the conference, in part, because of the power of Ann Richards, the governor of Texas at the time, who was a Baylor graduate.

If the Pac-10 swiped six teams from the Big 12 and Missouri or Nebraska went to the Big Ten, the Big 12 would become defunct. Under N.C.A.A. guidelines, a conference needs at least six universities that have played together for five years. The Big 12 would lose its Bowl Championship Series bid and automatic bid to the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament. That could leave colleges like Kansas and Kansas State to be snapped up by the Big East, which could be its best bet to continue using the lure of a B.C.S. bid for football recruits.”

Beast from the East

June 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

Thanks for the update Delbert. Gonna be interesting. Looks like Nebraska and Missouri are the key players right this minute. If they bolt for the Big 10 then all heck could break loose!


June 7th, 2010
12:50 pm

Well, this article should remove ANY & ALL DOUBTS as to why the BCS has destroyed college football and led to this near “armageddon” of college football.;_ylt=ArbeEPlHL107.546C5o3E4k5nYcB?slug=dw-expansion060610

Read it…and decide for yourselves.

Then……ask WHY Toney Barnhart
has been a VERY VOCAL SUPPORTER of the BCS.

It’s the BCS that has led us to the what is arguably the brink
of destruction for college football as we know it.

F-105 Thunderchief

June 7th, 2010
12:50 pm

They need to quit burying you at the bottom of the blog list. I mean, really, college football under the Thrashers? Please.

Crimson Pride

June 7th, 2010
1:08 pm

Good article at rivals.

Its all true. The current BCS method is imploding and will take down college football.

I hope somebody with sense will pull it back from the cliff before its too late.

Delbert D.

June 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

The Rivals article is very interesting, particularly with respect to what the ACC and SEC should do. The Big 12 is clearly going to collapse. The Big Ten will take 5 teams from some conference(s).

I still stand by my idea that SEC and ACC should each shed some schools and merge for maximum TV revenue. The SEC should drop Arkansas, both Mississippi schools, Kentucky and LSU. Those are Tier 3 (Ole Miss & Miss. St.) or tied for the bottom of Tier 2 (the other 3) academically. Depending upon who the Big Ten grabs, Maryland and Ga. Tech may be gone. The ACC should drop BC.

The small-market TV footprint from the current SEC west would be replaced by much larger TV markets from NorthCarolina and Virginia/D.C./Maryland. That’s solid, contiguous area coverage from Alabama, Georgia, northern Florida, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia though Maryland.

Assuming that Ga. Tech and Maryland remain, the “Southern Conference” could consist of:

South Carolina

NC St.
Wake Forest
Ga. Tech

I can’t see the ACC presidents allowing the break-up of the 4 NC schools (although they probably should).

There are 16 schools on the “Conference” list. That leaves FSU, Miami and Virginia Tech as wild cards to possibly fit into the mix.

Football should be considered first, and then basketball as revenue-generators.


June 7th, 2010
3:59 pm


Enjoy the break. I’ve always enjoyed the posts, and equally enjoyed the comments from deep within SEC country. I sincerely feel that Oregon and it’s rabid fan base is the closest thing to the SEC outside of the conference. Certainly Oregon doesn’t have the deep rooted history that say an Alabama has, and Oregon fans are aware of that and respect the long running history, but Oregon is not exactly a glorified recent community college like Boise State and has been playing in big game for years, going back to its 1917 Rose Bowl and has been playing it’s bitter rival Oregon State since the late 1800s.(1894 was their first game) Anyways, I don’t mean to go on an Oregon Duck tangent in this SEC dominated blog….

Tony I think you missed a good intersectional matchup with Tennessee hosting Oregon on 9/11 7pm, on either ESPN or ESPN2. This game kicks off right before the Penn State at Alabama game. A few years ago when this game was scheduled (UT visits Autzen Stadium in 2 years) it was a little more marquee, but with Rocky Top struggling a bit and some constant shuffling of coaches it’s lost a little luster. Make no mistake, the Oregon program and it’s fan base are more than enthused to make the cross country trip and create its own ‘Oregon Navy’ invading Neyland.

Is it only June 7th? Ughhh.


June 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

Whats funny is everybody is kind of focusing on the schools who are powers in football with who the conferences should expand with. I heard an interesting comment on foxsports radio the other night that suggested the SEC if they were to expand go for Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and then say a Florida State. The SEC who is already a power in football and despite the expansion of other conferences, will still have Florida, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn ect….But now imgaine the SEC taking these 3 schools that nobody is talking about adding and now look at your basketball season. Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky all in one conference? Now not only are you a power in football still, but basketball there is no question. Just an interesting thought that Im sure wont ever happen because everything is decided based off of football.

[...] Tony Barnhart makes a rather ominous allusion, calling it a potential “college Armageddon”, and that the vibe from the Big XII [...]

Delbert D.

June 7th, 2010
9:23 pm

Academic factors in expansion scenarios
CONF———TIER 1&2 Schools
Big-12——–All but KS St., OK St., TXTech
Big East—–UConn, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse
Big Ten——All
C-USA——-Rice, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa
Mtn.West—BYU, CO St., TCU, Utah
PAC-10——All but Oregon St.
SEC———–All but Miss.St., Ole Miss
Sun Belt—–None
Indept.——–Notre Dame

Service Academies are not ranked due to limited curricula

AAU Memberships
ACC———Duke, Ga.Tech, UVA, MD
Big-12——MO, NE, CO, KS, TX, TX A&M
Big East—Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse
Big Ten—–All
C-USA——Rice, Tulane
PAC-10—–All but AZ St., Wash. St.
SEC———Florida, Vanderbilt

1. Big Ten expansion predicated on AAU membership
except in case of Notre Dame*
2. Missouri and Nebraska have Big Ten offers*
3. Missouri and Nebraska have 2 weeks to inform Big-12*
4. Note PAC-10 “choices”from Big-12: Tier1/2, AAU

* Based on news reports

Greensboro, Georgia

June 7th, 2010
11:01 pm


SC Rules!!!

June 7th, 2010
11:33 pm

Very interesting what these next couple of weeks will unfold regarding the future of CFB.

Here is an interesting little article from Bleacher Report:

WE ARE SC!!!! #1!!!!!!!!

Fight On!!

Ted Kohn

June 8th, 2010
12:18 am


You picked a fine time to go on vacation. Surely you’ll be able to pen some analysis should their be a shift from one league to another like is being speculated.

Have a nice vacation wherever you are.

help, I live in Ga

June 8th, 2010
9:58 am

Good stuff Tony. You will be missed. What will we do? I’m jones’en already. Nice touch with all that “Mrs College Football” and her list, stuff. Oh yeah, and that “put down my paint brush” talk, we know better. Now that you’re a TV guy, or I should say multi media guy, we know you have a butler and an army of workers at you beckon call. You probably sip martinis and watch the guys work. That’s where you get your material from–overhearing all the contractors talking about football. You’re probably even up to date on the World Cup, from watching the landscapers work.
But seriously, you will be back before July. You can’t live without us. You’ll hear something about expansion or USC and you’ll have to tell us about it. And we will here. What else will we do. We’re the ones with the real to-do list. Have a great summer.

Best of Atlanta

June 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

—– Nesbitt for Heisman —–


June 8th, 2010
12:55 pm


Good point.

Duke and North Carolina would be great additions, but they are so rooted in the ACC that I wonder if they would leave? Politically, would a conference have to take all four North Carolina schools?

If the Big 12 implodes, Kansas could be available and I think the SEC should give them serious consideration even if it means also taking Kansas State. Travel might be an issue – especially for non-revenue sports.

Molly McButter

June 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

Kansas is the SEC,
……………………Are you outta your mind ?

Area Sports Fan

June 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

Still first. Hahha! Suckas.

Area Sports Fan

June 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

And I will be for weeks and weeks to come.

Suckas. Web devils.

Nebraska to the Big 10

June 9th, 2010
7:15 pm

Wow…….Well, that means Colorado won’t get destroyed every year.


June 10th, 2010
1:09 am

Just saw that initial reports are out that the USC football program has had the hammer dropped on them. 2 year ban of postseason play and a loss of 20 scholarships. Along with having to forfeit their wins in 2004. Have fun with that Lane!

SC Rules!!!

June 10th, 2010
2:05 am

Man this sux!!!!! All I can say is, Reggie & Pete (Why Pete, Why) better man up.

Reggie, your silence all this time has been deafening! I have stood by you and up for you all this time and your childish “hiding” while others who had NOTHING to do with your Bullfeathers are paying the price now. Yeah, you’re a real class act. (^%^%*&^%#W@$&%$ You!!!!!)

Well, SEC fans, you have the full on opportunity to rag on me & SC Fans everywhere and there ain’t nothin we can do, but take a huge bite out of this sh!t sandwhich.

We’ll take these lumps and come out on the other side bruised and battered but hopefully better for it. It looks like I’m about too find out what Bama fans went through a few years back when y’all got whacked.

Shane#1; brother if you’re out there, it’s gonna be a long cold winter. All my best to CMR and your Dawgs!!! (p.s. the company is transfering me too the ATL; most likely in Aug.)


June 10th, 2010
7:51 am

Tony, bad timing for a vacation. Finally, we have breaking news on Big 12 expansion and USC’s NCAA penalties.


June 10th, 2010
9:37 am

Mr. Barnhart,
I am a Longhorn alum and fun. THIS IS OFF THE TOPIC but I respect the SEC football conference. I think TENNESSEE fans should be laughting at Lane Kiffin.. WHY????
1. Today USC NCAA sanctions announced
2. The potential of Texas joining the Pac 10 will make Lane Kiffin take a back seat to Mack Brown. Kiffin may take a back seat to Oklahoma too.
I am sure Tennessee is enjoying this..