Five burning questions as we near SEC Media Days

SEC Media Days start Wednesday in Birmingham so we’re going spend our next three visits looking at some of the questions that are bound to come up during three days at the Wynfrey Hotel. We’ll do five questions today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Feel free to chime in with your own. If you could ask any question to any player or coach at SEC Media Days, what would it be?

Here are my five today:

1. Is South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders in trouble? Word broke last Thursday night that the NCAA is looking into whether or not North Carolina football players Marvin Austin and Greg Little had had improper contact with agents. On Sunday we learned that NCAA investigators had also visited Columbia, S.C. Joe Person of The State newspaper reported that NCAA investigators had interviewed tight end Weslye Saunders last week. Saunders is from Durham, N.C. and Person reports that he has several friends on the North Carolina team, including Austin. Coach Steve Spurrier made it clear to Joe that he doesn’t know if Saunders broke any rules or not. But he also said that South Carolina’s players are well educated on what those rules are when it comes to agents. If they took something that breaks the rules, they will not be playing for the Gamecocks this Fall. It’s as simple as that.

http://www.thestate.com/2010/07/18/1382292/ncaa-investigates-te-saunders.html

 

How serious this is remains to be seen but this much is clear: The NCAA, to the extent where it is possible, is clearly cracking down on improper contact with agents. And here is some advice to Weslye and any college athlete who will be interviewed by the NCAA on this subject: Don’t lie. The NCAA made an example of Dez Bryant at Oklahoma State, who simply lied about coming into contact with Deion Sanders. Bryant was bounced for the entire season. They will do the same for you.

2. Do you think Mal Moore deserves a raise? Well, let’s see. Moore took over as athletics director at Alabama in 1999. He steered the athletic department through one of the toughest periods in its history when the football program got hammered by the NCAA in 2002. He convinced the powers that be that Alabama needed to spend money–a lot of money–so that the school’s so-so athletic facilities could become world-class. He would lead a $125 million campaign and now Alabama’s facilities are among the best in the country.

 When the football program stumbled under Mike Shula in 2006 Moore came under intense criticism when Rich Rodriguez took the job and then changed his mind. There were a lot of people who wanted Moore out of his job. But Moore eventually got the coach he had to have in Nick Saban. Now the football program has posted two consecutive 12-0 regular seasons and is coming off a national championship.

Oh yeah, I forgot. Alabama just completed a $65 million stadium expansion pushing Bryant-Denny to over 101,000. All of the new seats were sold long ago. Mal is 70 but why should he retire now? This is the fun part.

By the way, Moore got a bump to $425,000 in salary after he landed Saban in 2008. Florida’s Jeremy Foley is in the $1 million range. Do the math. Moore deserves a new contract and a pretty hefty raise.

3. Will the Vanderbilt coaches have to wear the “interim” tag all season? No question Vanderbilt is in a tough spot. Bobby Johnson’s sudden retirement last week all but guaranteed that his staff would be in place for the 2010 season and that Robbie Caldwell would be elevated to head coach.

But do you let this staff carry around the “interim” title for an entire year? How difficult would that be and what kind of impact does it have on recruiting, which is year-round? This staff has been virtually intact for eight years. They have shown loyalty. Should that loyalty be rewarded or does Vanderbilt football go through a state of limbo for a season? I’ve looked at the schedule. There are 10 teams on it that went to bowls last season. The non-conference schedule, where Vandy should get its wins, includes Northwestern, Connecticut, and Wake Forest. It is going to be another tough year at Vanderbilt.

Just thinking: Because the Vanderbilt staff had been so stable, it was something of a surprise when linebackers coach Warren Belin left Nashville to join Mark Richt at Georgia. I wonder what Coach Belin was thinking last week when Johnson made his announcement?

4. Will we have any ballot issues? Last year in Birmingham South Carolina’s Steve Spurrer had to fess up that he was the lone coach who had not voted Tim Tebow as the All-SEC quarterback. Spurrier’s ballot, which he said was filled out by football ops guy Jamie Speronis, had Jevan Snead listed as the All-SEC quarterback.

Last week my buddy Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun called Spurrier to let him know about Bobby Johnson. Out of the blue Spurrier said to Dooley: “Gonna try to get Jevan Snead back on the ballot.”

That’s why you still have to like The Head Ball Coach. Who else in this league is going to say that?

Snead, by the way, left Ole Miss with a year of eligibility remaining after a bad 2009 season.

The closest thing we have to do that this year is Alabama running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Ingram led the SEC in yards rushing with 1,658 yards last season. The next highest returning rusher is Kentucky’s Derrick Locke at 907 yards. Ingram will be an unanimous pick by the coaches. If not, we’ve got another story.

5. Is Arkansas this year’s Ole Miss? Last season a lot of people had Ole Miss in the Top Ten based on the return of quarterback Jevan Snead and all-purpose star Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss finished the regular season 8-4 (4-4 SEC) and needed some clock management issues by LSU to pull out a 25-23 win in Oxford. The Rebels then got pounded pretty good by Mississippi State, 41-27. It was a good season that was tinged with disappointment because many Ole Miss fans thought it was going to be special.

This year the trendy pick in the SEC is Arkansas because of the return of quarterback Ryan Mallett. Will we in the media be guilty of building expectations for Arkansas only to see the Hogs fall short?

Perhaps, but Mallett (30 touchdowns, 7 picks last season) is a significantly better quarterback than Jevan Snead. Arkansas doesn’t have a Dexter McCluster but the Razorbacks have a lot of guys who can catch the ball and a stable of really good running backs.

Ask me again on the night of Sept. 25. The Hogs open with a pair of winnable games against Tennessee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe. Then it’s a road game at Georgia on Sept. 18 and a home game with Alabama on Sept. 25. Lose them both and 8-4 is a real possibility, especially with road games remaining at Auburn, South Carolina, and Mississippi State.

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158 comments Add your comment

Old School

July 19th, 2010
8:17 am

Good post about Mal Moore. Mal is a fine man who also has been through a lot with the recent loss of his wife who had been battling illness for several years. Wish him the best and hope he remains for years.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 19th, 2010
8:21 am

good stuff- the Vandy situation is horrible. Mallett may be the best SEC QB this year, stat wise but agreed that they have a tough schedule this year.

#2 BAMA FAN

July 19th, 2010
8:39 am

I agree with Old School Mal Moore is a fine man and he has stooped his toe a few times hiring bad coaches. But he hit a home run with Saban and really now he just raises funds from the big shots
and the former FSU AD David Hart really runs the day to day operation!! RTR

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Mal Moore doesn’t deserve to paid like Foley. Other than football, has he raised the bar in any other sports? Foley has brought most sports in Gaineville into the mix for conference and sometimes NC’s. Don’t get me wrong, Moore has done great things as mentioned above, but Foley is the DC by which all others should be measured.
I know….I’m a Gator homer, but the facts support my argument.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
8:40 am

Should have been AD…..not DC. DUH!

Les

July 19th, 2010
8:44 am

Saunders, really, it’s South Carolina, they’re a perennial 7-5 team, they’re not relevant. Tribute to Richt that that sort of thing hasn’t touched his program. Spurrier can’t win big anymore at South Carolina, he doesn’t have the staff, players, or passion.

Moore a raise? Nope. Yes, Saban timed it good, when every SEC team except Florida was down, to win a Natl Champ. That’s not the measure of success. Saban is inconsistent, went 7-6 at Bama too, people forget that. One great year doesn’t erase years of medicrity, that’s what you get with Saban, 1 great year, and a bunch of mediocre years, ask Mich St, or LSU, or Miami.

Vandy interim coaches? Great move by the coach to keep his staff in tact. They have a chance, which is all he wanted, a chance for them to prove they can win without him, and then they all keep their jobs. If they get 4 or 5 wins, no one will be interim anymore.

Ballot? Ealey will be the best back in the league in 2010, but you won’t see that in the voting. If you compare what Ealey’s doing with some of the all-time greats like Walker, you can see he’s something very, very special that you see once every 2 or 3 DECADES.

Yes, Ark is this year’s Ole Miss. You can’t win big in the SEC without great defense, not a Petrino staple. Petrino runs up the score against bad teams, like Florida does, but lays eggs against the good teams due to no defense. Expect Petrino to not meet expectations again, he never does.

Rockin Tide

July 19th, 2010
8:44 am

Arkansas will be for real. Petrino is a way above average coach in COLLEGE football, Remember, he took a basketball school, Louisville, to the top in a very short time frame. Now, where are they? He will win big at Arkansas, starting this year. Two toughest regular season games on Bama’s schedule is Florida and Arkansas, with Arkansas being slightly tougher due to it being at Arkansas. Also, if we get out of Arkansas with a win on Sept. 25th it will be a HUGE pivotal boost for the SEC West lead. I don’t believe Bama will go undefeated this year, due to the schedule, Penn State, Florida, Arkansas, 6 straight teams with an open week before playing them. Prediction SEC title game: Arkansas/Bama vs. Gators. Dawgs will contend in 2011 after a year of experience under Grantham. Either way, I believe Bama and the Gators have a tougher time this year, its gonna be a fun time being an SEC fan this year!

Roll Tide and the SEC

TheTaxJacket

July 19th, 2010
8:46 am

It’s good to know GT players would never have improper contact with agents like these thugs at USC(e) and UNC. CPJ lays down the law when they come to The Institute and he demands the highest respect and adoration of his players. So glad to have him on The Flats.

Let’s go get em Jackets!!!

(((( 45-42 ))))
-thwg-

SECisFootball

July 19th, 2010
8:55 am

Les….Saban has been inconsistent? Two years in a row he has had a 12-0 regular season. In his years in the SEC he has won the west 4-5 time, has 3 SEC titles and 2 NC’s at 2 different schools. He is recognized as one of the best coaches in the college game. While I agree with you that Mal Moore doesn’t deserve a raise, I think you fail to grasp how good of a coach that Saban is. Richt struggled in his first year at UGA and this last year but that doesnt make him an inconsistent coach.

As for your comments about Ealey, you are insane. BAMA returns a Heisman winner and a backup RB who are widely considered the best RB duo in the nation. As a Sophomore and True Freshman, they helped lead BAMA to the NC. Stop looking through those red and black lenses sometime and you will get a better idea that college football exists outside of the city of Athens.

Kramer2009

July 19th, 2010
9:02 am

Is Ole Miss this years Auburn?
Aka.. a team that came in without a ton of hype but puts together a solid year and has some good momentum going into the next year.
I like how this season is lining up for Ole Miss. I think they avoid going back to the SEC cellar, win 8 games, and make a statement that although they may not contend for the west every year, the program has a lot more stability than its had in decades.

KR

July 19th, 2010
9:03 am

I’d say Moore deserves to make more than Damon Evans was supposed to make and less than Jeremy Foley makes. That makes him a bit underpaid at present.

That being said, I truly believe that they are all overpaid. The same goes for the coaches. Sooner or later the athletic departments are going to crumble under the weight of the salaries they are paying.

The Vanderbilt coaching staff is not interim; they ARE the coaching staff. They may be replaced for next season, but not this one.

I wasn’t sold on Ole Miss going into last season, and I feel the same about Arkansas this season. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Mark

July 19th, 2010
9:16 am

Will the SEC invest some of this TV money in full time Ref’s-many blown calls in big games last year!

Rockin Tide

July 19th, 2010
9:29 am

Les, what kind of hallucinogenic mushroom Kool-aid u drinking? Can u get it at the local liquor store? I’m a Bama fan living in Georgia and MOST of the dawg fans I party with would disagree with ya unless possibly than can get a hold of the kool-aid. I guess you might want to check back after you come down in a few days and see that you posted the most ignorant blog posted. Try Friday and see if most of your brain cells have regenerated by then.

Ric Flair

July 19th, 2010
9:29 am

Yeah, that was a tough call in deciding to get Nick Saban.

If anything he should be thankful to still have his job after trying to land Rich Rod. We’ve seen how well that’s gone…

UGA Faithful

July 19th, 2010
9:49 am

I switched to DirectTV here in Athens and cant watch your programs anymore Tony, which makes me truly sad

SOOHSO

July 19th, 2010
10:12 am

Who cares about SC!! It’s all about GA-FLA!!!

Alphare

July 19th, 2010
10:22 am

Mal Moore hiring Shula says a lot about his management style, for a while.

Many schools like to hire used-to-be’s, or sons of used-to-be’s. Bama tried Shula, Tenn tried Kiffin and now is trying Dooley. SoCar tried Holtz, now trying Spurrier.

UGA tried Dooley as AD because he was good as a coach.

People doing such hiring are the status-quo kind. If they don’t change, the programs will be mired in mediocrity.

Mal Moore changed his mind quickly and made a sharp turn, Florida’s never even considered that route in the last 20 years in its AD or coach hiring.

Burning SEC Question

July 19th, 2010
10:25 am

Does Georgia believe the back-up QB position is not important ?

…………… This could be crucial.

GatorsRuleSECEast

July 19th, 2010
10:29 am

In this state isn’t UGA always the trendy pick? I have yet to hear UGA alums saying UGA will finish anywhere but first in SEC East (and yet they have only won it like twice since 1980?) They are the perenial laughing stocks…all talent and yet never win anything of note. Well except Gymnasties.

Greensboro, GA

July 19th, 2010
10:30 am

—————————————-
…… Nesbitt for Heisman ……
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That Guy

July 19th, 2010
10:52 am

Ask little Nicky Saban if Bama has received another PLOI that they are hiding and how many current players have been questioned by NCAA investigators regarding improper benefits. Also ask if they have been cleared in writing as is required by NCAA rules. Last one, please ask if any players are suspended for the upcoming season.

Billy from Winder

July 19th, 2010
11:13 am

How bout dem Dawgs?????

This is the year!

2010…Year of the Dawg!!!!!

Billy from Winder

July 19th, 2010
11:15 am

That Guy = Obsessed with Bama

Must be a Barner.

John

July 19th, 2010
11:16 am

For Arkansas, the higher expectations this year are not only because of Ryan Mallet, but because they return 17 starters which include a receiving corps that could be among the top 5 in the nation. If they can improve their dreadful defensive numbers from last year and kicking game, then they’ll be one of the toughest teams to beat in the SEC.

Dawg Top

July 19th, 2010
11:18 am

The Dawgs will beat Arkansas easily in Athens. Grantham’s new 3-4 D will shut down mallett and their overrated offense—mark it down.

kevin

July 19th, 2010
11:21 am

Arkansas’s offense is talented, but Arkansas had the worst defense in the SEC last year and I have heard nothing speaking to it being any better. They will not live up the the hype.

Yet another....

July 19th, 2010
11:21 am

SEC Update from Mr. SEC …thanks Tony

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 19th, 2010
11:26 am

Who cares, the SEC is a bunch of drunker s.

Hamad Meander

July 19th, 2010
11:33 am

Mal Moore deserves to enjoy the success he has created. Whether that be with a big raise or not, should be recognized for what he has accomplished. For those you are critical because he hasn’t made other sports as successful as the football program, remember this: Football is what creates the revenue to field all of the other sports. If it’s not successful and PROFITABLE, then there isn’t anything left for any other program. Mal is smart that he has invested so much money and resources to the program that will return the most back to the school.

Sensei John Kreese

July 19th, 2010
11:33 am

Hey RAMBLE, don’t look now, but those “drunkers” tore your lame excuse for a conference apart last year. Oh, and won yet ANOTHER national title.

Tide Pride?

July 19th, 2010
11:34 am

Mal Moore also gave Mike DuBose a big raise in 1999 and then fired him less than a year later

Mal Moore was also dumped by Coach Franchione in large part for misleading him about the NCAA investigation

Mal Moore also hired Mike Price, who was fired by President Witt over Moore’s objection

Mal Moore also hired Mike Shula over the much more qualified Sylvester Croom

Mal Moore was also the AD when the NCAA declared that Alabama’s Athletic Department was “starring down the barrel of a gun”

Mal Moore’s entire tenure as AD has occurred (one way or another) during an NCAA repeat offender window

Seriously, isn’t Mal Moore is still trying to earn those paychecks from 1999 until 2007.

chrisk

July 19th, 2010
11:35 am

Sure wish the media would stop mailing in the SEC West title to Alabama. I don’t think they’re going to have it quite as easy this year as in the past. Plus, Penn State is not going to be a gimme, even at home. On the other hand, the notes about Mal Moore were right on. He deserves a lot of credit (as well as Saban) for the resurgence.

chrisk

July 19th, 2010
11:39 am

Yet Another, Tony would write more about the ACC, but basketball doesn’t start until December.

ugaclassof2004

July 19th, 2010
11:46 am

I’m not entirely sure that Mal Moore should be making Jeremy Foley money. However, I too would agree that he should be making at least as much as Damon Evans was going to make prior to the “Red Panty Party”. Mal has made his mistakes to be sure, but he has seemed to learn from them and has righted the ship. Saban deserves the lions share of that and is paid accordingly. But Mal was the one who was willing to throw money Saban’s way to get him there, and he has been supportive of Saban from day one. At Bama, the only thing that matters is football. As long as football is a nationally elite program( which it is right now), then the AD deserves credit and should be paid accordingly.

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Al Nall

July 19th, 2010
12:00 pm

Mr. Football – say what you will about Jevan Snead, but please remember he was qb for 18 wins in two seasons at Ole Miss. Yes he was horrible in some big games, which we all remember, however while at QB, we did very well in the SEC.

ratherBgambling

July 19th, 2010
12:09 pm

UF v Bama again in Atlanta, everyone else is irrelevant

Bulldog38

July 19th, 2010
12:10 pm

Hey “Gators Rule SEC East”. It is better to keep your mouth shut and have everyone think that you are a moron, than to speak and remove all doubt. The Dawgs were SEC champs in 1980, 1981, 1982, 2002, and 2005. Tied for first with Tennessee in the SEC East in 2007.

What are you even on this blog for? You need to get a life, you loser. I would never waste my time by going on a Gayturd blog.

Don’t you need to go check on your psycho coach? He may be having yet another anxiety attack…

sherlock holmes

July 19th, 2010
12:16 pm

NESBITT FOR HESIMAN, he has better stats than all of these wanna be’s

Anonymous

July 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

Any Tide fans that are ignoring Auburn are doing so at their peril.
The Tigers will be to Alabama what the ‘Noles will be to the Gators – a nail biter for a season ender (remember last year Hefalumps?)!

Greg

July 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

The loser of the UGA-Arkansas game will go 8-4, at best. At SC and Arkansas the following week are huge games if Mark Richt wants to get past this “hot seat” tag.

Ironwood

July 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

Les, the team that is not relevant is UGA. They have beaten FLA three times out of the last twenty years. Now that is irrelevant.

fishtales

July 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

Anonymous (figures) – I don’t know of any Tide fans that ever ignore Auburn…the history of that series has always shown you can throw the record books out. With that said…I do remember last year…congrats on your moral victory.

Dawglasville

July 19th, 2010
12:43 pm

GatorsRuleSECEast Move back to Florida and instantly make Georgia a better state.

JB

July 19th, 2010
12:44 pm

Shula to Bama…… Dooley to UT……. Very close to the same situation, but different….Bama was in Trouble with the NCAA and no big name who had already made his rep was going near Bama,,,,Enter Shula…at least a “name” to get in the door to recruit…….UT in shambles, no big name was going in to the place to rebuild,,,enter Dooley…..It will be sad if Dooley gets the place cleaned up and loaded up with respectable Div. 1 players and not be allowed to see it through because of some tough 6-6, 7-5 seasons………

JB

July 19th, 2010
12:49 pm

Florida fans making a lot of cracks about Damon, but it might come back to haunt them….Ga just might, I mean might hire an AD who will not allow the the next 20 years to be 17-3. He may demand excellence, like Foley, and put a big stick in Athens….There is no shortage of money there.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:50 pm

Les at 8:44am ,

What on earth were you smoking this morning? Washaun Ealey is the best running back in the sec over Mark Ingram? He couldn’t even be Ingram’s backup. Ingram’s backup Trent Richardson is vastly superior to Washaun Ealey some people think Richardson is better than Ingram. Ealey would have a hard time beating out Bama’s 3rd team tailback Eddie Lacy. “Washaun Ealey is one of those special players that only comes along once every 2 or 3 decades?” Seriously? Wait till after the workday is over before you hit that pipe.

Les

July 19th, 2010
12:51 pm

Saban’s gone 7-6 or worse 50% of his coaching years, Richt has NEVER had a 7-6 season. Saban’s the most inconsistent coach in the country, that’s why he’s called the “Human Yo Yo”. Richt’s the most consistent coach in the nation, finishing in the top 10, 19 out of the last 24 seasons.

Ealey matches up well with any RB in thwe SEC, includign Ingram. Ingram gets like 5.9 ypc rushing, 7.7 receiving, Ealey gets 5.7 ypc rushing, 7.7 ypc receiving. Whether Richt USES Ealey, like Saban uses Ingram, remains to be seen, as Richt is not known for using his playmakers.

If Richt uses AJ, Ealey, and Olson, the way Saban & Meyer use their playmakers, it might make an interesting year. But they’re deluded that you can’t 1 guy mega touches at any 1 position, Percy, Ingram, and Hernandez were used a lot more.

Gen Neyland

July 19th, 2010
12:52 pm

As far as Arkansas, Mallet and his WR’ing corp can resort to the famous Cox-Green secret pass play of Heave and Catch. Only problem is that won’t win the division. I mean, who in their right mind can see the Razorpigs representing the West in the Georgia Dome in December..? Albeit, they haven’t played the games yet. Speaking of AJ Green, he should be a unanimous 1st teamer at WR’er along with JJ of Alabamastan unless Coach Steve lets an asst fill out his card (wink-wink) again…

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
12:55 pm

JB,

Tennessee is a big name in college football. Seems to me they could have gotten a bigger name than Derek Dooley or at least a guy with a track record of success like Chris Peterson at Boise or Kyle Wittingham at Utah. Plus they were in a much better situation than Bama when Shula took over. They are not on probation and Kiffin had in fact brought in a decent recruiting class. No reason anybody can’t be successful at UT with all they have to offer.

JB

July 19th, 2010
12:55 pm

I still like our delay handoff out of the shotgun. You know, the one where half the defense is in the backfield, our QB hands the ball to the tailback, and he dances a half second, lunges forward for only a 4 yard loss. That is a Richt classic.

Urban Meyer

July 19th, 2010
12:57 pm

Enough talk about Saban! I’m the greatest coach in the SEC! I just hope my Gator players are as tough as me!

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
12:58 pm

Buldawg38,
Since when is Tony’s blog a bulldog blog? Did UGA purchase it and the AJC over the weekend?

JB

July 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

I ‘m just going by WHO turned it down before Dooley answered the phone. You are correct, Tennessee won’t stay down long. Big name,rep and campus and history. Dooley might turn out OK……..Kiffin brought “nothing” to the table. Derek’s dad was real smart, and so is Derek…wouldn’t surprise me if he’s successful…….But Mark Richt is successful, and in the SEC, that ain’t good enough for most.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
1:05 pm

Les

July 19th, 2010
12:51 pm
Saban’s gone 7-6 or worse 50% of his coaching years, Richt has NEVER had a 7-6 season. Saban’s the most inconsistent coach in the country, that’s why he’s called the “Human Yo Yo”. Richt’s the most consistent coach in the nation, finishing in the top 10, 19 out of the last 24 seasons

Les,

Richt has never had a 7-6 season? Richt has also never coached at Toledo where 7-6 would be a blessing. Coaching at Mich state aint exactly easy either. They live in Michigan’s shadow and for that matter in the shadow of Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and even Iowa and Wisconsin.

Richt inherited a stable UGA program which had talent and had gone 8-3 for 3 or 4 straight years. Saban inherited an LSU program that had 8 losing seasons in the previous 11 years. At Bama he inherited a downtrodden program that had scholarship reduced jr and sr classes of only 10 or so players due to the probation of the previous years.

Saban did not inherit a stable program at any of his coaching stops as Richt did. Every job he took was a rebuilding job and if you can’t understand the difference then there just aint no helping you.

Last as far as consistency goes Saban has 3 sec titles in 8 years at 2 different schools. And 2 bcs titles also. Richt has 2 sec titles in 9 years and no bcs titles. And of course Saban has 2 straight unbeaten 12-0 regular seasons. I think that is pretty consistent. As for Richt finishing top 10 19 of the last 24 years Richt was not the head coach at FSU. Sorry but that is irrelevant.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

JB,

“Kiffin brought “nothing” to the table.”

I disagree. He brought quite a big mouth to the table.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

Les,
Wasn’t aware that Richt has been a HC for 24 years. Can you enlighten the rest of us as to where he was the HC before going to Athens? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

UGA_2001

July 19th, 2010
1:12 pm

Moore doesn’t deserve no damn raise. It was time for Alabama to win again, and everyone in the state knew it. He didn’t have to do much to get them to donate more. Getting beat by Aub every year is enough to make people in that state insane. After Shula, they knew they needed a bigtime coach and that they would have to spend to get one. Moore got lucky that Saban was willing to listen. If you’ll recall, Alabama had struck out on several possible coaches before Saban left the Phins.

JB

July 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Richt inherited a stable program at Georgia? Really? By ACC standards maybe…….By his( Donnan) last year, the players were running the team. he had lost control….The team was split on the Quincey Carter mess………Richt walked into a mess…..a few decent players, but a mess.

HedgeWrecker

July 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

Bulldog38 – it’s also advisable not to put your IQ after your screen name. Pay attention to your own advice.

HedgeWrecker

July 19th, 2010
1:28 pm

Les – named himself after the amount of brainpower he has compared to a vegetable.

Bama Ramma

July 19th, 2010
1:30 pm

Saban’s the best coach in the SEC—no comparison. Meyer had a run when bama was down, but now that Saban has stocked the roster with 5 star studs, Florida will not be beating Bama anytime soon. Look for 2 easy wins by bama over florida this year in october and december. Bama wins title #14—book it!

Typical Dawg Speak

July 19th, 2010
1:34 pm

No pay raise for Mal Moore but we recommend a nice stipend to cover attorny’s fees for a name change.

JB

July 19th, 2010
1:44 pm

Lot’s of Bama fans on here telling us to book it…..gotta love that Moxie….not a single game played. Bama fought off a young, pretty lousy Auburn team last year to make it to the Game.
Lot’s of eggs ain’t hatched yet. Tough to repeat…ask Gators…..

AltamahaDawg

July 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

Was that really meant to be an honest question about what blog readers think Alabama aught to do about the compensation of one of thier employees? That’s not even a question Alabama fans are qualified to answer, much less the rest of us.

Chris

July 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

How could Alabama post two consecutive 12-0 seasons, when UGA beat AL at Tuscaloosa in the ‘08-’09 season?

SecGuy

July 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

I’m a Bama guy who isn’t counting on anything until I see the Arkansas game. The Arkansas, Florida, and SC series will tell the tale of Alabama this year. If they can beat Arkansas and split the other two, I like their chances about getting to the SECCG from that point. But there are too many questions on defense, especially the secondary for me to believe they will go unbeaten. If they do make it back to the SECCG, they will probably face Florida or Georgia.

Chris

July 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

Oops! My BAD! Guess the UGA victory was the ‘07 season.

Pago Pago Dawg

July 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

tide rising…..A 7-6 record at Toledo would never be accepted!!

AltamahaDawg

July 19th, 2010
2:05 pm

Tide Rising, Saban also had a decade head start on Richt. He had several jobs before Richt even graduated college. Relative to where they are at points in their career, Richt is holding serve just fine.

Paul in RDU

July 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

ALA fans have given the AA enough money to spend $190MM USD on football facilities in the last few years? How much has been given to the general endowment fund and how much have they spent on academic facilities?
I know it’s comparing apples with oranges but it tells me where the priorities are in the state of Alabama.

JB

July 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

SecGuy….Thank you……. a level headed Bama guy……A guy who knows they have a good coach and a good team……..and a Tough SEC road to hoe………….

AltamahaDawg

July 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

The priority of a fan giving money to the atheletic department that solicited his money is going to be the athletic programs that they run I believe.

bamafan

July 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

Les – consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. Richt is a good coach. He has been consistent.
However, most UGA fans would find that they would prefer to win a few more games than be consistently second rate in the SEC East. Think about it. You comments about Ealey being better than Ingram fall into the same category as John Huarte winning the 1964 Heisman Trophy when everyone knew the best college QB in 1964 was Joe Namath.

Anonymous

July 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

Re, JB, it’s “row” to hoe.
Just sayin’

JB

July 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

I’ve been reading to many Damon stories LOL

Atlanta Gator

July 19th, 2010
2:45 pm

I know I’m tuning in a little late, but I was just reading yesterday’s comments about how anyone (i.e The Orlando Sentinel) could rate the 2010 Dawgs 64th of 120 Division football teams. In answer, I have two words: Mike Bianchi.

Bianchi has been a sports columnist for various Florida newspapers for something like 20 years, and he’s no consistent friend of the Gators. In fact, I would surprised if he has any friends at all. Bianchi is from the Jeff Schultz school of sports journalism, except Bianchi is twice the wise-a$$ with half the talent of Schultz. That says a lot. All you have to do to understand the Sentinel’s rankings of several SEC teams is to read several of Bianchi’s old columns about the Gators. Every other one of his columns/blogs is incendiary to the point of being obnoxious. He’s a no-talent hack who drives blog hits with his outlandish opinions. I, for one, refuse to read him. Period.

Les

July 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

Richt’s finished in the final top 10 ranking 19 out of the last 24 seasons. 15 seasons were at FSU, and 9 have been at Georgia.

At FSU, Bowden had 0 top 5 finishes before Richt, 1 after Richt, 13 during Richt’s 15 years there on staff. In other words, before and after Richt got there, not very good, while Richt was there, top 5 program. The decline at FSU started the day Richt resigned and left for Georgia.

Saban’s had 7 win seasons at every school and in the NFL. He’s just a coach who loads it up for 1 good year a decade and throws the other years away. Even at Bama, Saban had ANOTHER 7-6 season.

Richt finished in the final top 10 rankings 4 years in a row at Georgia, something Saban or Meyer has never been able to do.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
2:59 pm

Les,
Saban and Meyer both have 2 NC’s. Something Richt has never been able to do. What’s your point exactly?

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:00 pm

I agree Ingran needs to show some more consistency until he’s put in Ealey’s league, but I was being kind by allowing Ingram in Ealey’s league, although his freshman stats do not compare to Ealey’s. I was ocmparing Ealey’s freshman stats to Ingram’s Sophmore stats, even there, Ealey matches up. But yes, if you compare both of their freshman stats, Ealey simply BLOWS ingram away.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

AltamahaDawg

July 19th, 2010
2:05 pm
“Tide Rising, Saban also had a decade head start on Richt. He had several jobs before Richt even graduated college. Relative to where they are at points in their career, Richt is holding serve just fine.”

Alt dawg,

That’s a fair point. My only point is that comparing the 2 is apples and oranges because of the coaching destinations Saban was at. Richt has turned out to be a fine coach but he did step into a good coaching situation with a program that had good if not great seasons and good talent. I’m just making the point that he didn’t step into some huge rebuilding job like what Saban had to do at both Bama, LSU, Toledo, and Mich state. But your point is well taken.

Paul in RDU

July 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

Weslye Saunders’ father is a columnist for the Raleigh N&O (not in sports though). He isn’t speaking about the NCAA investigation.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

“Saban’s had 7 win seasons at every school and in the NFL. He’s just a coach who loads it up for 1 good year a decade and throws the other years away. Even at Bama, Saban had ANOTHER 7-6 season.”

Les. Going by your own logic Saban has won 12 games twice at Bama and 13 games once at LSU. He has also won 3 sec titles in 8 years and 2 bcs titles in 8 years between LSU and Bama. How does 3 sec titles and 2 bcs titles in 8 years constitute having 1 good season in a decade and throwing away every other year?

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:00 pm
“I agree Ingran needs to show some more consistency until he’s put in Ealey’s league, but I was being kind by allowing Ingram in Ealey’s league, although his freshman stats do not compare to Ealey’s. I was ocmparing Ealey’s freshman stats to Ingram’s Sophmore stats, even there, Ealey matches up. But yes, if you compare both of their freshman stats, Ealey simply BLOWS ingram away.”

Les,

I’m not going to insult you by suggesting that you actually believe what you just wrote.

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

My point is I get sick of hearing about how ‘great” Saban is, when Richt has a better winning % than Saban, has never had a 7 win season (50% of Saban’s years are 7 wins or less), and Richt has 4 consecutive top 10 final poll finishes at Georgia (Saban’s never done that). He’s more consistent than Saban and a much better coach. Any coach can load it up, throw away the other years to have a good year once a decade, Saban one 1 Natl Champ from 1990-2000, won 1 this decade. He’s the human yo yo. And his AD does not deserve a raise. Read the areticle and you’ll understand a little better the reference to Alabama and Alabama’s recent “greatness”. What a laugh. 7-6 is not great. Richt’s better and more consistent.

What’s your point, you sayin’ winning a National Championship, and going 7-6 the rest of your career makes someone a great coach, seriously? I don’t see the point. Couldn’t care less about what Nick Saban does once a decade, more interested in his consistency, and he’s “the human yo-yo”. I define success by consistency, like almost every intelligent fan, not 1 fluke year per decade.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

Tide,
Actually, he’s won 13 and 14 in consecutive years at Bama. But then you already knew that didn’t you? LOL!

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:09 pm

Les,

You’re still not answering the question. How does 3 sec titles and 2 bcs national titles in 8 years constitute one fluke year per decade which is 10 years.

JB

July 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

Richt did not step into a great situation at UGA….Donnan had totally mishandled the Quincey Carter nightmare and the team was split……He had lost his two life long Assit. Coach’s who made that team perform. Jim was lost and let Tech just rape us on our home field. Richt did not walk into a picnic !

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

Beast,

This guy Les is a piece of work isn’t he? I wonder if Mark Ingram knows that he’s not nearly good enough to be in the same class as Washaun Ealey.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
3:13 pm

Tide,
Ealey is by far the better player. That Heisman thing is just a joke!

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

JB,

Richt stepped into a much better situation at UGA than Saban did at Bama or LSU. The talent was good if not great and UGA had something like 4 straight 8-3 seasons so at least they were winning. When Saban took over at Bama in 07 we still had jr and sr classes that were depleted from the probation years. I’m not putting down Richt who I think is a fine coach. I’m just saying that this guy Les is nuts if he doesn’t think Saban is at least a good coach just like Richt is. ALt dawg did make a good point that it was Richt’s first head job while Saban had been a head coach for awhile so I’ll definitely give Richt credit for doing a good job early on as a first time head coach.

JB

July 19th, 2010
3:16 pm

Some years it is a joke……….Not last, but some years, yes.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

Beast,

Just so you know Ealey blows away Tim Tebow too.

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

The Hesiman is given to the player on the best team and is a POLITICAL process, much like the process of determing a National Champion. Richt’s gone 13-1 and won the SEC, just like Meyer, yet not been invited to the play for the National Championship.

For Ealey to win, Georgia must win. And Richt will need to get Ealey the ball 20-25 times a game, like Saban does Ingram.

But Ingram’s 5.1 ypc, and 7.7 ypc reception average, doesn’t live up to Ealey’s 5.7 ypc, and 7.7 ypc reception averages during both Freshman seasons. Ealey is clearly a better back than ingram.

As every intelligent fan knows. 5.7 is better than 5.1 it’s pretty simple.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:20 pm

Some years the Heisman is a joke like when Peyton Manning lost to Charles Woodson. Last year it could have gone to any of 3 players- Ingram, Gerhardt, or Suh and I think most people wouldn’t have objected. I wouldn’t have been mad if Gerhardt or Suh would have won it and I’ve no problem acknowledging that if Bama hadn’t been no. 1 and about to play in the title game that Ingram proably wouldn’t have won it.

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

The reason I referenced Ealey is because he SHOULD be on the ballot (read Tony’s point #4), since he crushed Ingram (5.7 vs. 5.1 is a crush), but he’ll likely not be as Bama is the media darling this season. It doesn’t matter.

When Richt wins every game by 20 points, no one’s bias will matter anymore. They’ll all have to annoint Richt the new media darling, especially after he crushes Florida & Bama in the same season.

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

The last time Saban won a National Championship, he went 9-3 the next season. He just can’t sustain greatness for a 4 year string, he’s not in Richt’s league.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:27 pm

Les,

Since Ealey has clearly been proven to be the better back than clearly he will win the Heisman this year right? Also, I don’t know if you know this but stats can be misleading. An average ypc stat doesn’t mean a whole lot unless you’ve had a large number of carries. The more carries you get the lower the ypc will be. I suspect ealey probably didn’t have that many carries and that a lot of them were against lesser competition and hence a little better stats- in other words his stats are skewed by fewer carries and lesser competition. Lets see how he does as a sophomore before annointing him as that once in a 2 or 3 decade special player as you stated.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
3:30 pm

Tide,
Ealey isn’t better than Tebow, but Murray is!

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:33 pm

Les,

When Saban won 12 games in 08 you guys said the same thing. That he would drop back to 9-3. Instead he went 14-0. Richt has not had 4 years of sustained greatness either. Show me where Richt has won 12 games or more 2 years in a row. I see where he won 13 games and then slipped back to 10 wns but I don’t see where he’s won 12 or more 2 years in a row. Please show me where that is from a consistency standpoint.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:35 pm

Beast,

Actually I believe that Jeff Demps had something crazy like a 6.5 or close to 7 ypc average. Going by les’s logic you should be touting Demps as the greatest rb in the country. Makes sense doesn’t it?

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:37 pm

I agree, let’s see how Ingram does before putting him in Ealey’s league. So far, Ealey’s crushed hiis freshman stats. 5.7 ypc vs. 5.1. I expect more of the same, but yes, we’ll give Ingram another chance to try and catch Ealey.

Will Ealey win the Heisman? If Ealey gets 20 carries a game, yes, if less than 20 a game, no. Richt’s record is 40-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher, so if Ealey’s getting 5.7 ypc, and he gets 20 touches a game, that’s over 100 yards rushing per game, and Richt’s 40-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher.

Phil Steele has Ealey on his Heisman watch list, but not his favorite to win, because Steele thinks Bobo will rotate Ealey with King, weakening Ealey’s stats.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
3:40 pm

Tide,
The only thing that would make sense to me would be if you told me that Les is actually related to Richt and Ealey. That would solve the mystery. Short of that, I’m lost.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:41 pm

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

“When Richt wins every game by 20 points, no one’s bias will matter anymore. They’ll all have to annoint Richt the new media darling, especially after he crushes Florida & Bama in the same season.”

Les,

You’re a lotta fun. Hard to see anyone ever winning every game by 20 points or more. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen that. Every unbeaten team I can ever think of had at least one or 2 close calls so winning every single game by 20 or more is quite a task. Hope you’re up to it.

As for crushing both Bama and Florida in the same season that would be quite a feat considering they are a combined 50-4 over the last 2 years with 2 of those losses coming to each other. I suppose its possible that you could in fact win both games. But “crushing” both Alabama and Florida in the same season. Something tells me that aint gonna happen.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

Beast,

I’m enjoying the banter with ole Les. This guy is a lot of fun. Delusional maybe or perhaps even downright loony. But still fun. Ya gotta wonder where fans like this come from. You looking forward to getting “crushed” by the dawgs this year?

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

Richt’s best year’s he averages a 14-19 point scoring margin (2002 &2007). I expect with the new defensive staff, and the most loaded offense to ever play in the last 2 decades in the SEC, Richt will average 40 points a game, and only give up around 20. Yeah, he’ll average a +20 scoring margin.

I think Phil Steele has Georgia averaging 38 a game, and giving up 22, I disagree. But even if they do that, they’ll win the National Championship in 2010.

AltamahaDawg

July 19th, 2010
3:48 pm

thanks Tide. I have always maintained that its foolish to compare any coaches. Different schools, different points in their career. All that really matters is who beat who on any particular saturday anyway.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

Les,

The most loaded offense in the sec in 2 decades. I wish Danny Weurffel could be reading this. Or Peyton Manning. Or Tim Tebow. So the dawgs are going to average 40 pts a game under a freshman qb. Wow! That is amazing. Who do you think you guys will play in the national title game?

JB

July 19th, 2010
3:51 pm

Les, Tide Rising…..get a room…..Geez……

Slim

July 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

The Bama homers here are hilarious.

Yes, Washaun’s 5.7 is better than Ingram’s 5.1, duh, even a dumb old guy like me knows that.

Yes, of course Richt’s .769 win % is much better than Saban’s. No disputing that. and

yes, you’d think if you point out to somebody that their coach doesn’t even win 8 games 1/2 of his years as a coach, where Georgia’s coach has never won less than 8 games in 2 dozen years, they’d see your point,.

Yes, Richt’s sent more guys to the NFL than Saban or Meyer. Obviously he’s a better coach.

But, they’re just Bama homers.

Tank

July 19th, 2010
3:54 pm

That’s correect guys, I checked in my magazine, Phil Steele has the Dogs putting up 38 a game with a freshman QB. Going with Steele’s opionion over some pro-Bama blogger who knows zip about football.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:55 pm

JB,

We all have our share of over excited fans and I’m just having some fun with Les. I expect that the dawgs will be good. I just don’t know if they’ll beat every single team by 20 or more. And if they do in fact beat both Bama and Florida I just can’t see the dawgs “crushing” both those teams.

Les

July 19th, 2010
3:56 pm

The offense is LOADED. Yes, they’ll set some records this year. AJ, Ealey, Olson, the O-Line, not a defense on the schedule they won’t steamroll. 40 points is being coservative, probably going to average more like 45.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

Slim and Tank,

I think you guys are sitting around drinking from the same kool aid dispenser as Les. What are you guys spiking that stuff with? Pure grain alcohol?

Quincy Carter to Michael Greer

July 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

My post at 12:45pm didn’t make it!
USC is the team to beat in the SEC East.
That’s if this dumbass Wesley Saunders
doesn’t turn out to be a cancer in the locker
room. We have a QB who’s actually SEC
seasoned. Jawja is praying that He will
deliver them from evil come September.

If Saunders is guilty of accepting a trip to
South Beach with Marvin Austin(friend) that
happened to be financed by an agent,then he
should be run off.This wouldn’t happen at UGA.

Understand that losing isn’t good, but winning at
all costs is even worse. Once you make it to the
mountain top, you’re cursed to pull out all the stops
on your way to glory again. This is the year of the chicken,
w/ BIG GAMES against ALA/AUB/UGA/FLA.

I believe Columbia will be Waterloo for Ala/Uga.

Watch Auburn,they may be dangerous with Malzahn. I
hate we have to play them.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

Les,

okay. So they’ll average 45. Do you also think they’ll put up 45 on both Bama and Florida or average 55 in other games and only put up like 35 on both Bama and Florida? And how many you think you might run up against someone like Texas or Ohio State in national title game?

Gus

July 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

For the college football newbies, Phil Steele is the most accurate college football guy in the game. His website predicts Florida will tumble now, and Georgia will start to dominate.

Check out the June 29 article on the Georgia page:
http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/Individual_Team_blogs/Georgia_Blog.html

JB

July 19th, 2010
4:00 pm

Tide, I love my Dawgs, But we have as many questions as answers………We could be pretty good, or Average……..Seriously, I think we’ll have better intensity on Defense. I think it will be harder to pass on us. New coaching and pretty good athletes back there, but young. If our OL comes out of the blocks hot like they finished last season, we could be unbeaten going into Jacksonville. 10 starters back on offense, a 2 deep OL and two better than average running backs, and the best kicker and punter in the Country.

JB

July 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

And the best WR in the country,,,,,,,and 3 deep at TE, who any three could start for anybody.

Paul in RDU

July 19th, 2010
4:04 pm

Yep – the Heisman is given to the key player on the best team. That’s how Tim Tebow did it in 2007 – everyone knows that UF was the best team that year, even if they did only go 9-4

Les

July 19th, 2010
4:04 pm

Georgia will put up 42 on Florida and Alabama. Both have pathetic defenses this year and will get steamrolled.

Gus

July 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

Bama will be fine without 9 of their defensive players. Florida will be better without Strong & Tebow. Ok, sure they will. Too funny.

Paul in RDU

July 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

Here they come again talking about how Phil Steele is predicting UGA to dethrone UF. This would be the same Phil Steele who in his 2010 magazine picked UF as the #7 team in CFB and UGA as #19. Where I come from #7 is a higher ranking than #19.
Also, Phil Steele picked UGA at #5 pre-2008 and at #13 pre-2009.

JB

July 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

Les………………Come on now………..

Paul in RDU

July 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

42 on UF and ALA = 21/game. That sounds about right.

Tide Rising

July 19th, 2010
4:15 pm

Les,

I gotta head out now. Good shooting the breeze with you and good luck on the season.

Weezer

July 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

42 a game on Florida looks right, just like 2007. Although I don’t see Georgia playing Alabama in the SEC Championship, Saban’s just not good enough to get them back there this year. gonna be Auburn or Arkansas, Richt’s 8-0 last 4 years against those 2 teams, 3-1 last 4 games against Bama. 11-1 last 4 years against Alabama, Arkansas & Auburn.

JJ-Noles

July 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

Alphare: Florida has never made a Shula-esque choice? Remember the Fightin’ Zookers?
AtlantaGator: And Bianchi IS a hack. Read the AJC and followed Barnhart on several outlets for years.
The OrlandoSentinel has the worst sports coverage of any city paper.
Bianchi/OrlandoSentinel/SunshineNetworkSaturdayMorningFootballPreview?
-or-
Barnhart/AJC/EveryOtherRespectableSatMornFootballPreviewShow?
I know which one should be proud of its coverage!

Quincy Carter to Michael Greer

July 19th, 2010
4:26 pm

Has anyone ever heard of this site (pre snap read.com)
http://www.presnapread.com.

Damn goodlooking site,already started their daily
previews,revealing one team at a time.

Bama fan

July 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

Weezer,

Bama has won 4 of last 7 against the dawgs and Saban is 1-1 against UGA while at Bama. You’re bragging about games where Richt was beating Mike Shula back in the early 2000s. Son, this aint Mike Shula you’re going up against anymore.

Delusional dawg fan club

July 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

Les, Weezer, Gus, Tank. A lot of dawg kooks on this board.

Old School

July 19th, 2010
4:37 pm

JJ-Noles:

I agree with you 100% regarding Bianchi. He, Paul Finebaum and Colin Cowherd are the most bitter, cynical pot-stirrers I have ever read or heard.

Quincy Carter to Michael Greer

July 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

JJ-Noles, among others, life/football exists outside
the south. I’m assuming the aforementioned Cowherd and
Finebaum don’t kiss the hindquarters of “traditional” teams
like UGA/FLA/FSU. So what!

Herban Myar showed that it’s too much love thrown around.
No reason to react the way he did with that reporter. He should
have reacted swiftly when he allows guys to beat USC, but that
would be too much like the right thing to do.

Nothing wrong with potstirrers. Keeps you on your complacent toes.

JJ-Noles

July 19th, 2010
5:05 pm

I cannot speak of Finebaum, and I change the channel on ESPNU after CFBLive, so I do not know Cowherd. Bianchi’s opinions are irrelevant to me— he seems to lean Gator— but as someone said, he will stir the pot however needed to get hits on his blog.
My favorite Bianchi-related headline on OrlandoSentinel.com?

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_bianchi/2010/06/lebron-leaving-cleveland-area-for-new-home-in-central-florida.html

Absolutely, this is Hack journalism. Perhaps this is something you save for your personal blog, but a headline at a major paper?
By the way, Pre-Snap Read is quality stuff.

jumbeauxtiger

July 19th, 2010
5:09 pm

In my opinion Ingram and Richardson are the 2 best backs in college football, not just the best tandum on any team. I saw all 3 play in person last season and Ealey is not even close.

Richt came into a much better situation than Saban did at Death Valley. I don’t care who the coach is he’s not going to win without good players. All you have to do is look at the LSU players drafted by the NFL in the 1990s compared to the 2000s. A huge difference. In fact, LSU and Miami had the most players of any college on NFL rosters at the beginning of the 2009 season. That certainly wasn’t the case before Saban arrived. He brought in players you need to have to win. That’s lineman on both sides of the ball. And as unorthodoxed as Miles can be, he has recruited extremely well too.

Being a LSU season ticket holder since 1982, I was there during those lean years and it was really bad.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Alphare

July 19th, 2010
5:12 pm

JJ-Noles,

I don’t know why you think Zook’s hiring is Shula-esque choice. Zook was once Spurrier’s top assistant, NFL coordinator. He is not a used-to-be or son of a used-to-be. He earned his own way.

My guess is his hiring has Spurrier’s input. Whoever advised FL-president back then saw something in him which did not pan out.

Beast from the East

July 19th, 2010
5:22 pm

Alphare,
Zook was a panic hire. He had done a fine job as a coordinator, but after Stoops turned down the job Foley kind of panicked. Had to make a move quickly due to the upcoming recruiting class and he panicked and hired Zook. I think most of us hoped it worked out, but deep down we really knew it was a bad hire. I still think highly of Zook, but he should have never been hired at such a high-profile place for his first head coaching job. He’s still a heckuva recruiter. If he doesn’t make it at Illinois then anyone would be a fool not to hire him as a DC just for his recruiting ability.

17 of 20

July 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

Coach Zook beat the great Richt 2 out of the three times he was coach at Florida.

Alphare

July 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

Florida fans have a lot to be thankful to Zook, quote:

Zook did have some accomplishments. He is the only coach to have beaten thirteen-win teams in back-to-back seasons and handed those teams their only losses of the season (Georgia in 2002 and LSU in 2003). He beat three top-eleven teams in succession, all on the road (LSU, Arkansas and Georgia) in 2003. In his final game as head coach he defeated the Florida State Seminoles at Tallahassee, something Steve Spurrier never did. This victory occurred on the night FSU dedicated Bobby Bowden Field, leading Gator fans to refer to it as Ron Zook Field. Zook had winning records against SEC foes Georgia (2–1) and Auburn (1–0). Zook was a tireless recruiter who brought a great deal of talent to Florida during his tenure as head coach. Following the Gators’ victory over Ohio State in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, Urban Meyer praised Zook for recruiting the large class of seniors who played the game. Twenty-two of twenty-four starters were Zook’s recruits.

Razorblade

July 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

Wow, Ealey is a better back than the Heisman winner? Man, someone is really looking through “rose colored glasses”! Not only was Ingram the best, his back-up looked to be the 2nd best. Not to take anything away from Ealey, but he has to kick it up a notch to be better than those two at Bama! Not to sound too pessimistic, but if UGA stumbles out of the gate against USC(East) and Ark, could be a long season for the Dogs.

Steve Spurrier

July 19th, 2010
8:04 pm

I’ve got me some players now. What happens to all those great athletes that go to Georgia? See you on the 11th, Dawgs.

NEXT#14

July 19th, 2010
9:25 pm

LAST I CHECKED,SABAN IS STILL THE COACH!! WE ARE( INSERT THE VOICE OF COMEDIAN RON WHITE)LOOOOOAADDDDEEEDDDD!!! “THE” D1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS!!! NO MATTER WHAT OTHER’S SAY OR THINK………THESE “ARE” THE FACT’S!!!

Air-Chicken

July 19th, 2010
9:50 pm

Les

Les posted 2010
8:44 am
“Saunders, really, it’s South Carolina, they’re a perennial 7-5 team, they’re not relevant. Tribute to Richt that that sort of thing hasn’t touched his program. Spurrier can’t win big anymore at South Carolina, he doesn’t have the staff, players, or passion.”
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You will get all the passion you want Dawg Boy on Sept 11th. I forsee your fan base will be running Richt out of town by the end of the season. And that will be the highlight of your passion this year.. Classless

crabapplejoe

July 19th, 2010
10:14 pm

Ingram wasn’t the best RB in the country last year…and I think his back-up is better. UGA’s backs are average at best. Caleb King is way over-hyped.

thunderbull56

July 19th, 2010
10:17 pm

Guess I just fell off the watermelon truck headed to the farmers market.Just can’t see where any of those are burning questions as I thumb a ride back for a load of ?

Its a gator world

July 19th, 2010
10:21 pm

This guy Les says Heisman winner Mark Ingram isn’t in the same league as Ealey. The more they lose the more delusional and nutty these dawg fans get. Not only should Ealey not be mentioned in the same breath as Ingram but he isn’t close to the talent that Ealey’s backup Trent Richardson is. I’ve seen Ingram and Richardson up close. Both are incredible. Not just the best 1-2 punch in America but the best 2 running backs period. Ealey? What a joke. We kicked his arse all over the Jax turf. What did they score against us. 10? 10 to 49?

jack bull

July 19th, 2010
10:37 pm

A few things that will happen this season….

1) Auburn will be the surprise team in the SEC, look for them to be 10-0 heading into the final 2 games against UGA and UA.
2) Les Miles ‘resigns’ at LSU after going 8-4(maybe 7-5) and takes the job at Michigan
3) Steve Spurrier retires at the end of the year after finally realizing that he’ll never ‘get over the hump’ at S Carolina. Then Rich Rodriguez gets the head coaching job there, allowing Carolina to say they hired a minority.
4) Urban Crier takes a ‘leave of absence’ after losing to UGA. UF finishes a disappointing 8-4 and loses to Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. But, it won’t be Urban’s fault, because he wasn’t there for half the season.
5) UGA surprises a lot of people going 11-1, losing to S Carolina early in the season. Then goes on to lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, but blows out an undefeated TCU team in another boring Sugar Bowl.
and last..
6) Oklahoma beats Alabama in a very poorly played BCS championship game, due to the confusion in players getting mixed up with the helments..

there you have it in a nutshell..

jack bull

July 19th, 2010
10:38 pm

helmets [sic], sorry spelling police..

thurmond

July 19th, 2010
10:59 pm

I figure Ealey has two more years left,followed by Crowell. Watch Ealey this year,if you want to see the point Les is making! It is going to be a breakout year for Ealey. Especially with Murray needing the experience, it will mean more hand-offs,and don’t forget about Caleb King! Don’t worry,Georgia will take care of Bama in 2012 and 2013!

AltamahaDawg

July 19th, 2010
11:04 pm

17 points to be exact. Ealey had 70 yards and a 4.1 yd average. That’s “Kicked him all over the field”? really? I think you meant to say “we gauged him all over his face”

Razorhog

July 19th, 2010
11:51 pm

The last two years Arkansas has been one of the youngest teams in football, starting 16 freshmen two years ago after Nutt left with the team void of talent. The team is now mostly jr/soph lettermen. This offense will be the most potent the SEC has ever seen and the defense will be…older. I think my Hogs can/will outscore your team. This year is our coming out party and we will be one of the big boys for now on as long as BP is around.

Brian

July 20th, 2010
4:36 am

Wooooooo Piggggg Sooooooiiiiiiieeeee!!!!!!!!

bitter mal moore

July 20th, 2010
6:43 am

cheap as— bamma pay master, 450’s hell soo me da’ money, or eles its back to rotating coach;s, ps gatard’s sux

bitter urban crier

July 20th, 2010
6:50 am

i will decide when i take a leave of absents and i do resimble that remark about walking away from football if georgia kicks our as—, so jack bull i think your full of bull, well what ever ps im planning a trip to mars after football season

Paddy

July 20th, 2010
8:01 am

Hope Petrino never wins another game. Coward!

Tech Sting

July 20th, 2010
12:06 pm

How did Mark Richt lose 2 of 3 games to the incompetent Ron Zook, when florida was down? The only year richt beat zook was the week he was fired. What a joke! Jackets win the ACC this year–book it. Georgia: loses 3-4 games, but richt stays off the hotseat because he is such a “nice guy.”

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