Did Twitter kill open practices?

It’s another Fabulous Friday. Training camp has started and we are less than four weeks away from the start of the season. It can’t get here quickly enough for me.

As always, the floor is open for any topic, even those that aren’t football related. Just keep it clean.

Here are five topics to get things started today:

1. Did Twitter kill open practices? Word came this week that both Florida and Georgia Tech, whose practices have always been open, are now closed to everyone–even the media. I hate to see that because I still like going to practice. But I understand why they are doing it.

Brady Ackerman, one of my broadcast partners on “Talkin’ Football” on CSS, told the story of why Mack Brown at Texas had to close practice: A Texas player gets hurt at practice. The normal protocol for reporters on something like that is to wait until the end of practice and then consult with the coaches and training staff for an assessment of the injury. But with Twitter and Facebook and instant communications there seem to be no rules. The information was on the internet before practice was over and Brown had had a chance to contact the parents of the player. That shouldn’t happen and so practice was closed.

It’s not good for the fans to only get the school’s version of what happened at practice. But if I was a coach I would either ban cell phones at practice or close it. Coaches are practical people and know that the easy thing is just to close practice and eliminate the problem.

2. Will Marvin Austin play against LSU? Will Marcell Dareus play against Penn State? To me those are the most compelling questions of the preseason. Both players were reportedly investigated for improper contact with agents. North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour said investigators were back on campus this week and I can’t believe that is good for Austin. Dareus is practicing and this week coach Nick Saban said the school has completed its investigation and turned its findings over to the NCAA.

Normally in these kinds of cases the player pays restitution for whatever benefit he received plus a one or two game suspension. I would be surprised if that doesn’t happen here.

If Austin is suspended one game he’ll miss the Sept. 4 opener with LSU at the Georgia Dome. If Dareus is suspended two games, he’ll miss the Sept. 11 showdown with Penn State in Tuscaloosa. Both will be missed if that happens.

3. Time to show Stephen Garcia a little love: The South Carolina quarterback has gotten a pretty good verbal beating from head coach Steve Spurrier since Spring practice.  Spurrier has since told Garcia that he was just trying to light a fire under the senior quarterback. Apparently it worked. Garcia reported to camp about 10 pounds lighter and told reporters that he had given up his favorite adult beverage in an effort to get into shape. I would say that pretty soon it will be time for Spurrier to show Garcia some love and to build him back up for the season. The great ones, like Bear Bryant, knew how to do that. Bryant knew how to rip a player for an entire practice and when it was over, he would put his arm around that same player and say something like: “You know that I’m just doing this because I love you and I want you to be a good player.” It worked.

Garcia is the best that Spurrier has and he gives the Gamecocks a chance. Of course, Garcia has to prove that he deserves a pat on the back instead of a kick in the butt.

4. Big Ten needs to keep championship game in Indy: The Big Ten announced this week that its  first conference championship game will be in 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. After that, said commissioner Jim Delany, the Big Ten will look at a long range plan for the championship.

A little advice to our friends in the Big Ten: Don’t make the same mistake that the Big 12 and the ACC made by moving the game around. Pick a home and keep it there. There is something to be said for every team in your conference starting the season with the goal of getting to Indianapolis. The Big Ten knows that their biggest rivalry is the SEC when it comes to college football supremacy. The SEC championship game has been in Atlanta since 1994 for a reason. Indy is a great town with everything within walking distance of the stadium.

5. NCAA is investigating West Virginia. That can’t be good for Rich Rod: The NCAA gave West Virginia official notice yesterday that it is looking into five possible major rules violations under former coach Rich Rodriguez (now at Michigan) and current coach Bill Stewart. In its report, the NCAA said that Rodriguez and Stewart “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.” That, my friends, is one of the magic phrases for NCAA investigators. The other is “lack of institutional control.” Both mean the same thing: “You are running a pretty loose ship here and we’re looking into it.”

Rich Rod has the same issues at Michigan, where the school had to admit that it had violated rules on excessive practices.

Rodriguez was already under the gun at Michigan before the West Virginia investigation. This cannot help.

Have a great weekend.

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180 comments Add your comment

Browndog

August 6th, 2010
7:54 am

Golden Tornado

August 6th, 2010
8:03 am

Tony…When does the Southern Football Kickoff Show start on 790?

Dennis

August 6th, 2010
8:06 am

Agree 100% on the Big Ten title game location.

The ACC game has become a debacle and finally it should have a home in Charlotte.

When the game is in a rotating location, it loses it’s luster and the ability to generate momentum in the local business community. Just look at the lack of sell-out contests the ACC has had the past five years.

Greensboro, GA

August 6th, 2010
8:06 am

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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17 of 20

August 6th, 2010
8:09 am

The Gators are #3 in the coach’s poll, and they have a game against #1. They will be # 1 after that game. Florida has better coaches and better players this year.

Dink

August 6th, 2010
8:10 am

Tony, been hearing Rich Rod has a divided team over the Wolvie’s QB. One camp behind Forcier and the other behind Robinson. Can’t be good for any team and coach, especially a struggling one.

Go Dawgs!

[...] and then consult with the coaches and training staff for an assessment of the injury. But with Twitter and Facebook and instant communications there seem to be no rules. The information was on the internet before practice was over and Brown had had a chance to contact [...]

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 6th, 2010
8:14 am

what about Detroit for the Big Ten championship game??

Mikey in SAV

August 6th, 2010
8:21 am

Tony,

It’s kinda funny how your headline asks if twitter killed open practices and the last sentence in your column asks us to follow you on twitter.

ATLBadger

August 6th, 2010
8:28 am

While I’d love to see the Big Ten Championship game be in Chicago at Soldier Field because Chicago is a great stage to have the game on, Indianapolis does know how to hold large sports events, Lucas Oil Stadium is great, and it’s convenient for a lot of fans.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
8:32 am

I think the Big Ten title game should be in Omaha in a snow blizzard every year. That way, it would be interesting to watch…the snow blizzard at least.

SECisFootball

August 6th, 2010
8:32 am

17 of 20…..No doubt Florida can win that game against BAMA but I have no idea where you see that UF has better coaches and players. Take the blinders off my friend. Besides….you can have the #1 ranking now if it means that much to you. I would rather be ranked #1 at the end of the year.

Beast from the East

August 6th, 2010
8:35 am

1…..I think most should close their practices. There’s just no way to be the “cellphone police”. The coaches have more important things to worry about.
2…..The sooner this “agent-gate” deal is over the better. They’ll have to sit these kids if they cannot get a definitive answer before the first game, as they cannot risk having to go back and forfiet the game later.
3…..That was always my only knock on Spurrier while at UF. He can really erode a QB’s confidence if they aren’t mentally tough enough. Dannyboy was the only one I saw who could just brush it off.
4…..They might as well just play it at OSU. Does anyone really think they’ll not be in it every year?
5…..Rich Rod is starting to sound a little like Calipari. He leaves every program in a mess before bolting. How long until he is forced out?

Only 4 more weeks before we get this thing started!
Go Gators!

Left to Right

August 6th, 2010
8:39 am

BEWARE VOL BOOSTERS SPREADING MONEY AROUND IN GEORGIA.

Funny things happening with players being recruited by the Vols and AD Hamilton is fighting to save his job.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
8:39 am

Tony….

Urban Myer stated yesterday that he closed Florida’s practices to increase the security around the players….from agents (and I would assume the runners for the agents). It was interesting, in one of the photos of Meyer at the press confernece, there were about a dozen cells phones laying on the table in front of him. Technology has made our world…and college football….a different world to co-exist properly in.

#2 BAMA FAN

August 6th, 2010
8:40 am

17 of 20 you are playing in Tuscaloosa and get ready for another beat down from the crimson tide!! The last time the gators played in T-town Mike Shula was coaching the crimson tide and UF got blasted by the red elephants, just think want Saban will do to your team this time!!RTR

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 6th, 2010
8:42 am

Will Barak Obama win the Heisman this year?

Civi Dawg

August 6th, 2010
8:42 am

17-20, One could have made the argument that Florida had better coaches a year ago, but Florida is going to struggle initially on defense without Strong. I don’t know why it took him so long to get a head coaching job, but that guy can coach defense lights out.

TommyJack

August 6th, 2010
8:43 am

Real men don’t twitter or face-book.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
8:47 am

Beast from the East….

If you aren’t mentally tought enough….your confidence will be eroded anyway by your play on the football field. Spurrier always found out who his best QB…mentally and physically….was (and he always had a good selection of QBs at Florida) and played him. Trouble is, he does not have the depth and talent at SC that he had at Florida. And Spurrier made Danny W. into the college QB he was….and without Spurrier…Danny would have never won the Heisman. And he had a long list of successful college QBs….so I think any knock on Spurrier with his QBs is highly unjustified…..and TONY KNOWS IT. Obviously, what he is doing to make Garcia (who has always been a lazy slug) a better player is working.

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
8:47 am

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Left to Right

August 6th, 2010
8:49 am

BAMA ALREADY OVER THE LIMIT ON SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2010, KICKING OUT PLAYERS ALREADY ON SCHOLARSHIP FOR “FRESH BLOOD”

When will the unethical signing practices of BAMA (and LSU) get any serious coverage? As documented by Oversigning.com,, both football programs are running off kids already on scholarship to “fit” the latest class of recruits in.

Is the MSM afraid to take on the big boys? Worried about losing access?

And it’s a problem that isn’t going away. To quote from the linked article:

“The interesting part is that Alabama only has 9 scholarship players on their roster, and with two guys greyshirting this year that leaves only 7 openings for next year plus the juniors that leave for the NFL. Alabama currently has 16 verbal commitments for next year, so much like LSU, they are already over the limit and we will see the exact same thing next year that we have seen this year.”

http://oversigning.com/testing/index.php/2010/08/04/saban-gets-down-to-85-on-the-last-day/

RxDawg

August 6th, 2010
8:50 am

1. Twitter and Facebook have put everyone under the microscope. I’m fairly young and I’ve resisted joining or using either one of these internet based social tools. Sure they have good point, but something makes me uneasy inside about how everything about everyone is just out there. I guess I still like my privacey. Heck, I miss not having a cell phone glued to my hip.

2. LSU will beat North Caroline regardless if Austin plays or not. Bama and Penn St will be a good game.

3. Garcia has always been just a middle of the pack QB. If it’s going to come together for him, now is the time.

4. Indy makes sense and is what most people thought would happen. I’m sure Delaney is just talking the “talk” to make sure the city of Indy caters to them. That said if Indy doesn’t and someone else does then you gota go where your teams and fans are taken care of the best.

5. I predict Rich Rod will be a sucessful head coach….at a school not named Michigan. There is just too much mud since he’s been up there. Unless they have a 10 win season or knock OSU off their Big 10 hill, he’s gone after this year. One can only wonder what life would be like if he was still at WVU. Never the less, Rich Rod has proven to be a good on the field coach, he’ll wind up laying low for a year or two and come back with another mid-tier/has-been school and do well.

Man, 27 days till the first kick off….it’s so close!

Dooley the Vol

August 6th, 2010
8:50 am

left to right, wtf be a bit more specific.

I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

August 6th, 2010
8:51 am

I agree with the comment of no cell phones for media- unreasonable. What are you going to do? Frisk everyone? Install a metal detector? I enjoy reading the practice notes online, but totally understand banning the media.

Agentgate, pls just go away.
Looks like a long year for RichRod.

Ron Mexico

August 6th, 2010
8:52 am

What is the over under going to be at the Michigan-Connecticut game on number of times Randy Edsall is mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Rich Rod after his firing later this year? I’ll say four.

The Big 10 is not the ACC, and won’t have a problem if they rotate the site of the championship game in Chicago and even Detroit. Penn St is nearly 300 miles closer to Chicago than Boston College is to Charlotte; the teams in the Big 10 that make the game will travel – just like they do for bowl games.

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
8:54 am

Left to Right,

Oh pshaw. It’s a total coincidence all these players are suddenly leaving Bama to get them down to 85. Have you ever heard a single player come out against Saban and claim that they were “cut” from the team? It would totally be in their best interests to cheese off Saban and the Bama power brokers and ruin their football careers. That oversigning site is a joke, right Bama fans? Saban is a peach of a guy.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
8:56 am

CiviDawg

….Strong was a proven DC…but he learned a lot from Meyer and became a better defensice and overall coach because of Meyer’s leadership skills. Strong struggle big time under Ron Zook…as many assistant coaches both at Florida and Illinois have. Austin, the new DC at Florida, already has a great working relationship with Meyer and the Gators D in 2010 will not be too dissimilar from what you have seen in recent years…and they are loaded with strong, fast, and athletic players, 2 and 3 deep at every defensive position (which doesn’t hurt). And I think it will be the defensive depth and overall difference in defensive talent at Florida that will make a difference in the Georgia game this year. Georgia has some very talented skill players on offense to play with the Gators, but I think Florida has much better players the defensive side of the ball…and that will be the slight difference in the game….in my opinion of course. And I am sure you have another….but as Tony said….please keep it a clean….and also…intelligent response.

CrimsonCarl

August 6th, 2010
8:56 am

Thank you RichRod for deciding not to come to Bama

Big Bad Buckeye

August 6th, 2010
8:57 am

WOW OSU is #2. They play 1 game – against USC – which will be down this year and then play nobody else and will surely be in the MNC because of a lousy schedule. Meanwhile FLA and AL play each other and many other crucial games including again in the SECCG. WTF is it with the OSU bias.

BTW GO DAWGS!!

UFfan

August 6th, 2010
8:57 am

Bama got lucky last year, noway they beat us twice in a row, ain’t gonna happen.BOOK IT

Big time?? Not

August 6th, 2010
8:58 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

August 6th, 2010
9:03 am

I understand Garcia has looked good in the few practices that the chickens have held. He has lost weight and has worked on his release of the football which now has more zip. Dawgs better win in Columbia or could be staring down 3rd place in the SEC east.

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
9:05 am

2010 preseason coaches poll:

GT: 17
UGAg: 21

(((( 17 – 21 ))))

FBfan

August 6th, 2010
9:05 am

For SC watch true freshman Conner Shaw from FB high, he had great numbers and is ranked 14th in the nation as D/T qb!!!!!!!! Great work ethics also.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
9:05 am

If Bama was doing anything illegal with recruiting….Mike Slive would be all over the Tide for it. Also…if they were “cutting” recruits unfairly…the long term impact would be highly negative on their program…as many recruits would hear about it and stop going to Bama…or whomever is said to be doing it. Most schools “cut” players in the offseason to make room for recruiting the next year. Florida had several players “leave” the program this year. They were not cutting it on the football field and/or in the classroom. Players know that, if they don’t make it on the field or classroom, they will lost their scholarships. It is understood…and it is done….by everyone. It is how you compete and stay competitive. You don’t want to keep the dude recruits on your team for 4 years if they are not performing to expected SEC standards. Release them from their scholarships and let them go play at Georgia State or SW Missour State. It happens all the time.

UGA Recruits

August 6th, 2010
9:08 am

5 Stars
4 DUI’s
3 Arrests
2 Pair of red panties
1 Thanksgiving Beatdown in Athens
0 Championships

Book It

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
9:08 am

FBfan….

Spurrier stated at the SEC press conference that he is highly impressed with Conner Shaw…and him being on campus has helped motivate Garcia…and that SC finally has a second QB that Spurrier is not hesitate to put into the game. He is kind of small however.

George Stein

August 6th, 2010
9:09 am

I actually think RichRod is getting a nice laugh about the investigation at WVU.

Hillarious comment, Big time. Very original.

Rational Citizen

August 6th, 2010
9:09 am

Would you rather see marijuana, gambling, and other victimless vices legalized and taxed in order to raise revenue, or have income, sales, property, etc. taxes go up?

George Stein

August 6th, 2010
9:13 am

That depends, Rational Citizen, on whether or not tax payers will also have to foot the bill for the rehabilitation services for the addicts.

The other question I might ask you is why we need additional revenue. Do what most people do and make do on less.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
9:14 am

I have been posting to all Dawg fans who have been ranting about beating the Gators…etc….that South Carolina is currently a much bigger game. It will possibly be a make or break game for the Dawgs. Spurrier’s team is going to be a challenge….it all depends on their OL play. Their defense is as good as anyone’s in the conference…including Alabama. And their freshman RB is very good and very fast. Teams will have to respect SC’s running game this year…and they have some outstanding receivers….possibly one of the best at WR and at TE. So Dawg fans….you should stop fretting about the Gators right now and focus more on beating SC. That is your big game right now. Funny…the only game comment coming out of the mouths of Floirda players….is Miami of Ohio. That is the right focus. Trying to beat Florida in November now will get you beat in September soon.

jasperite

August 6th, 2010
9:15 am

The coaches closing practices is tough on the reporters but they have no one to blame but themselves.

Eat and Tweet

August 6th, 2010
9:15 am

I dont know about banning tweets from practices but I sure did enjoy Jeff Owens regular tweets from the pancake house and Kentucky Fried Chicken last year. No wonder he was getting tired in the 3rd.

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
9:18 am

TampaGator,

That’s because it’s not an illegal practice. Just unethical. There’s a reason Urban Meyer has made a point in the past of saying “We don’t overrecruit at Florida,” even though that might not be the case.

The practice of “cutting” players and massively overrecruiting is most certainly not done by “everyone.” Certainly, all programs have the occasional players who leave for various reasons, but this typically does not happen under the environment of having to cut a certain number of scholarships in order to “get down to the number” by fall practice, which is exactly what happens, to a superlative extent, every year at Saban’s Bama. This puts more ethical coaches at a disadvantage, as when they have natural attrition, they do not have the extra players to fill out their rosters.

And even if everyone did it, that doesn’t make it OK. When a school gives a scholarship and commitment to a player, it needs to stick with it. It is not the player’s fault if he doesn’t pan out to what the coaches were expecting on the football field. That blame falls squarely on the coaches who misevaluated the player.

Paddy

August 6th, 2010
9:18 am

Dr Ken…..once upon a time Detriot was a great city and fans would have enjoyed coming there for a game. Not any more! If a poll was conducted for possible sites for the Big 10 Championship even Cleveland would get more votes than Detroit. But my vote would be Chicago! Now that is a great city!

Rational Citizen

August 6th, 2010
9:20 am

To George Stein…to your first question I say this: rehab for marijuana?

And we need additional revenue because in case you haven’t noticed we’re not only $12 TRILLION in the red, which WILL have to be repaid at some point, but we’re also in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression. “Making do with less” is a quaint notion, but it’s not a realistic solution to the problems facing our nation.

KR

August 6th, 2010
9:21 am

1. I don’t Twitter, so I am not qualified to comment.

2. The NCAA will work at their own pace. I wouldn’t expect to hear anything from them until much closer to the start of the season.

3. Garcia will get the love once he shows it on the field. Until then, he’s just been a guy who shows potential but hasn’t quite delivered on it.

4. My opinion is that keeping the championship game in one location is a good idea, IF that location is a good one. The SEC CG was well served by moving it from Legion Field to the Georgia Dome.

5. ‘Bama fans everywhere should offer up a quiet prayer of thanks that Rodriguez turned them down.

Beast from the East

August 6th, 2010
9:22 am

TampaGator,
I understand what you’re saying about Spurrier and the toughness factor, but in my opinion he went overboard with his public criticism of the QB’s on several occasions. We have to remember that these are college kids….not seasoned professional athletes.
I guess it’s just a difference of opinion.

RxDawg

August 6th, 2010
9:24 am

Tampa, I agree 100%. The Gators are a far far afterthought for me at this point. USC and Arkansas is certainly on the front of this Dawg’s mind. In fact, at this point I’m more concerned with Miss St. than UF. Our supposed “easy” SEC slate isn’t starting to look so “easy”.

George Stein

August 6th, 2010
9:26 am

Yeah, no one has ever required any rehabilitation for a gambling addiction. As to drugs, why not legalize all drugs?

To the other issue, the taxes you suggest implementing are local, not federal. Further, you repay debt by cutting other things out. Lastly, the fact that you’re even considering raising taxes in the worst recession since the Great Depression strongly suggests you have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.

Glory Glory

August 6th, 2010
9:26 am

After a disappointing season in Tuscaloosa this year, the proven unloyal Nick Satan will see a new challenge in the opening of the storied Michigan head coaching gig.

All you Bama fans who think there is NO WAY this could happen, please call your friends over at LSU and ask them how confident they were after he won the crystal football there that they had a long term coach. Then continue your calls to the people of Miami Fl……

Nick Satan, Head Coach, University of Michigan, 2011.

You heard it here first.

FBfan

August 6th, 2010
9:27 am

Tampagator

He is small, but at 6′ with the right weight training I think that will change quickly. We’re hoping to see alot of him in the future and he has motivated Gracia!

Nesbitt

August 6th, 2010
9:34 am

Here is a thought Groh and PB&J don’t get along, in fact they hate each other and find that their respective strategies don’t mix. That’s why PBJ closed practices. Gonna be a bad year for techies!

LOL at TaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
9:38 am

“which is exactly what happens, to a superlative extent, every year at Saban’s Bama.”

1eyedJack

August 6th, 2010
9:51 am

Hey Tony, give your colleague Tim Tucker a call a tell him he’s a dork and a closet hom…er..I mean Tech fan. I’d tell him myself, but he’s banned me on his blog.

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
9:55 am

LOL at TaxJacket,

Typical Bammer. Enjoy your championships, but don’t act like your coach is some kind of saint.

Rational Citizen

August 6th, 2010
10:02 am

George Stein: 1. baby steps

2. I suggested raising REVENUE, not taxes. At least I’m bringing something to the table besides your very general, vague and completely useless “making do with less” argument. But rest assured, taxes will be going up. I seem to remember a certain political party predicting economic doom back when Clinton proposed raising taxes, and we all saw the apocalypse that came as a result of that decision. And I seem to remember that same political party promising prosperity through tax cuts. How’d that work out for our economy? But you’re probably right, I’m the one who doesn’t know what the hell I’m talking about.

Dawgdom

August 6th, 2010
10:05 am

TampaGator, I agree our focus should be totally on SC. Those “dawgs” who don’t think so, have no knowledge of the history of this series. We have been very fortunate to escape with some W’s lately.

1eyedJack

August 6th, 2010
10:06 am

Seems to me the tax cuts were working pretty well until the housing bubble burst and we all know that was caused by the passing of FrankenDodd’s Community Re-investment Act which I believe was passed in the Clinton Administration.

Dawgdom

August 6th, 2010
10:07 am

Glory Glory, no chance. Saban is too close to his lake house at Burton. Quite a sight…..

bamafan

August 6th, 2010
10:19 am

Hey UF fan – BAMA beat Florida twice in 1999. Once in Gainesville, and once in Atlanta. Gainesville was close (overtime); Atlanta was not.

Ted

August 6th, 2010
10:21 am

SC is going to beat UGA. Columbia is not an easy place to play and it will be your qb’s first big game against a good sec team on the road. I predict a close one and
SC 24
GA 17

DawginLex

August 6th, 2010
10:23 am

Tampa the SC game is big this year as it is every year. Richt always finds a way to beat SOS(except 2007). The game is always close. This year’s game will be in the heat at noon which favors a running game which we have and they don’t. Our OL is 3 times better than theirs. I still say we win.

No one in the east is going to go undefeated. Bama can go undefeated if they beat Florida which I believe they will. 2 SEC losses can still win the SEC east. That is what I believe will occur. Could end up like 2003 if all the chips fall right with 3 teams at 6-2.

RxDawg

August 6th, 2010
10:24 am

1eyed is right, that housing bust and forcing banks to give loans to people that couldn’t pay them back was the match that lit this fire.

Well, that and a bunch of bureaucratic waste of energy and resources.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
10:25 am

THE TAX JACKETT

….so, if a kid gets an academic scholarship to go to college…that kid keeps his or her scholly even if they make Ds in their classes…and it is the fault of the teachers that the kid didn’t cut it in the classroom….don’t think so. Same for the football field…you keep your scholly as long as you perform to a certain established standard of expectation….or you leave.

Buzz_29

August 6th, 2010
10:29 am

I use ChatRoulette to send updates on the lastest Tech practices. That and FourSquare.

Joey

August 6th, 2010
10:31 am

TampaGator, nobody said it is illegal, but it is kinda unethical, right? I think I read Ole Miss’s Nutt is the worst – signing 35 players a year or two ago knowing he had about 16 schollys available.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
10:36 am

DawginLex

…based on what I have read and learned about Florida this year…I fully believe the only team that will be favored over Florida in the SEC is Alabama. The Gators are just too talented, too deep in that talent, and they are really focused and working hard. And they are extremely well coached. Do the Gators beat Bama over there….probably not. But it is possible. The same is so with Georgia and Florida. Can Georgia beat Florida this year in Jax….there is a chance…but probably not. It is just what I see and think. So please, no racial or homophobic slurs or insults in reply.

P.S. I have never seen a Florida team as focused and working hard as this Gator team. If Brantley does not get hurt, I believe they have a chance to be much better than last year’s team….mainly because of the team focus and unity that is noticely there this year…and the more diverse nature of the offense under Brantley (if he does not get hurt).

And….after one practice….Meyer is already raving about Shariff Floyd, Dominique Easley, Lyden Trail, Leon Orr, and Ronald Powell…the Gator D-line for years to come. Meyer never raves about freshman…and he is about these guys. He is also talking about the talent of Chris Martin at LB…but he is a redshirt year away due to the transfer rules. You better beat the Gators this year…it might be your last chance for a while.

GATORZONE

August 6th, 2010
10:37 am

Shut up stupid Georgians.

Warp Drive 1

August 6th, 2010
10:38 am

Good seeing Tech rated higher than UGA – good stuff; however, let’s see where it all falls out by the end of the year.

Tech/UGA should be another great game this year. If Murray stays healthy – UGA will move up the polls.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
10:40 am

Joey….

Not a good practice….I agree…but you can get away with it unless you break rules…and that would be having more than 85 players on your roster at any time. Change the rules if they aren’t working. Don’t blame the coaches for bending the rules if they can….they will. Winning is important at Bama and Ole Miss if you didn’t know.

Personally, I like the way Richt, Meyer and others go about recruiting the correct amount of players. Sometimes, Meyer under recruits when he knows the talent will be better the next year. He is also very good at recognizing and developing talent….which makes overstocking players not necessary I guess.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

RXDawg….

You are correct in your concern about Miss. State. They have a very fine head coach down there and they will upset a couple of people this year….and Mullen will recruit the states of Mississippi, Alabama, LA, and Florida well in the coming years. MSU is an up and coming program and you better not take them lightly this year. Thanks goodness the Gators have them down in THE SWAMP. Otherwise, I would be scared to death to play them down there…especially at night.

Frank

August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

Jim Harbaugh will be the Michigan coach in 2011. Book it.

whitx2

August 6th, 2010
10:46 am

Glory Glory

No way you are the first. This is the 3rd year we’ve heard that. Remember to end your prayers with AMEN.

AU Alum 85

August 6th, 2010
10:49 am

Tony, is your show going to be on the CBS Sports Network this season?

cuttysark

August 6th, 2010
10:57 am

The internet has been both a blessing and curse to these head coaches, and this is one way to take the release of information about injuries and practice out of the equation. We are looking forward to another great football season for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Stay healthy and keep up the hard work both on the field and in the classroom. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Mike

August 6th, 2010
11:14 am

I love seeing Michigan struggle under Rich Rod. Unfortunately, this will be his final season in Ann Arbor as they are not going to win 8 games nor beat Ohio State in Columbus. Jim Harbaugh is on deck there and will get the Wolverines back to their roots of playing hard nosed, smash mouth football.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
11:42 am

TampaGator. Yeah Spurrier is the best coach ever to build confidence in a QB. I can remember him yanking QB’s for missing open receivers. There is nothing like getting benched to make you feel good about yourself–Good Call!

Also…Wuerfel(less) won the Heisman because he was surrounded with talent and they threw the ball all the time.

south eastern chumps

August 6th, 2010
11:51 am

WV BLANKS SHEEP AS WELL AS VT AND UGAY

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 6th, 2010
12:22 pm

TONY- YOU NEED TO SLAP MARK BRADLEY FOR WRITING THAT STUPID STORY ABOUT FLIPPING GT AND UGA’S RANKINGS. JESUS CHRIST I CANT STAND THAT DO*UCHEBAG! GT HAS 15 RETURNING STARTERS AND A SENIOR LEADER QB. NOT TO METION 3 RETURNING RUNNING BACKS NAMED ALLEN, JONES AND PEEPLE. GT FINISHED 13TH LAST YEAR AND WHERE DID GEORGIA END UP? THATS RIGHT, OFF THE TOP 25. UNBELIEVEABLE, THE ONLY REASON HE WRITES CRAP LIKE THAT, IS BECAUSE ALL THE GEORGIA FANS THINK HE FAVORS TECH!

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

August 6th, 2010
12:23 pm

THWMF!

TO HELL WITH MARK FAGLEY!

Last Word

August 6th, 2010
12:45 pm

Who cares.

Read this & weep Dawgs & Jackets:

1. Alabama (55);14-0;1,469;1

2. Ohio State (4);11-2;1,392;5

3. Florida;13-1;1,245;3

4. Texas;13-1;1,240;2

5. Boise State;14-0;1,215;4

6. Virginia Tech;10-3;1,052;10

7. TCU;12-1;1,051;6

8. Oklahoma;8-5;1,035;NR

9. Nebraska;10-4;1,001;14

10. Iowa;11-2;952;7

11. Oregon;10-3;940;11

12. Wisconsin;10-3;778;16

13. Miami (Fla.);9-4;728;19

14. Penn State;11-2;508;8

15. Pittsburgh;10-3;492;15

16. LSU;9-4;476;17

17. Georgia Tech;11-3;455;13

18. North Carolina;8-5;445;NR

19. Arkansas;8-5;438;NR

20. Florida State;7-6;374;NR

21. Georgia;8-5;312;NR

22. Oregon State;8-5;263;NR

23. Auburn;8-5;260;NR

24 (tie). West Virginia;9-4;169;22

24 (tie). Utah;10-3;169;18

G8R GRAD

August 6th, 2010
12:49 pm

What’s all the excitement about this “Twitter My Face” website, anyway?

:o )~

G8R GRAD

August 6th, 2010
12:51 pm

G8R GRAD

August 6th, 2010
12:52 pm

What th’? ! !

G8R GRAD

August 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

This emoticon thing really chaps my ( ! )

Dapper Dan

August 6th, 2010
1:08 pm

Man, I wish RIch Rod had gone to Alabama.

Whatever

August 6th, 2010
1:10 pm

Read it and weep? Read it and laugh.

UGA will not lose five games, or four, or three. And, they will win in Jacksonville to boot, after which you will probably be crying like Tim Tebow.

Fast Eddie

August 6th, 2010
1:11 pm

Nesbitt, if that thought is the best you can come up with, you probably ought to go to sleep and try to come up with intelligent thought when you awaken. And I’m sure as hell NOT a GT fan.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
1:12 pm

Pffft…..

yeah…you are right…..Spurrier was a terrible coach at Florida and they never won anything under his guidance.

….and those same talented players became great players because Danny completely understood Spurrier’s passing system and the ball was always there when the receivers made their cuts to catch the ball.

….Simply put….you have no clue when it comes to Spurrier and his system and Danny W. and his skills in that system. He was a system QB….and a great one…and he made his receivers great by being so good in that system. He was the best in it….and won the Heisman because of it….and his talented teammates went so high in the NFL draft because of Spurrier’s sytems and Danny’s ability to be so good in it.

….now go post about something you understand.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
1:16 pm

and Pffft….

Spurrier NEVER yanked a QB for missing an open receiver. He yanked them for making bad reads and not comprehending his system….or just playing badly.

Last Word

August 6th, 2010
1:16 pm

Yeah, Whatever, the coaches don’t know what they’re talking about.
You’re much more involved and better informed than they, right?
Moron.
Even if the gators lose to UA in Tuscaloosa, it’s nearly a foregone conclusion we get a rematch in Atlanta.
Jacksonville, as has been the case for decades, is a mere bump in the road.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
1:19 pm

…one more thing…PFFT….Danny (more)….was a great college QB. One of the best…a Heisman Trophy winner. You don’t judge a college player by what he does in the NFL. It has nothing to do with it. And Florida won in the 90’s because they were lead by an innovative head coach, had great players, a great system, and under Danny W. had a great QB…the best in the country at the time…in college…not the NFL.

Anonymous

August 6th, 2010
1:20 pm

Ouch, LW!

That’ll leave a mark!

Joe Pa

August 6th, 2010
1:25 pm

Dapper Dan: “Hear, hear!” Rich Rod to ‘Bama also would have been another crowning achievement for Alabama AD Malfunction Moore, who tabbed such notables as DuBose; Franchione; Shula; and Mike “I’ll take mine with Ice” Price before BUYING Saban, who was desperate to get out of Miami and jumped at all that Alabama cash.

leland

August 6th, 2010
1:38 pm

Civi Dawg @ 8:42
Tampa Gator @ 8:56

The scuttlebutt several years ago was that Strong was not successful in getting a head coach position because he has a white wife. He is black. I do not know if that was the actual reason.

Also, I do not know what color panties Strong’s wife wears, or the color of the panties any of his girlfriends wear, if he has any, and if they have any. He probably knows. Ask him.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
1:48 pm

You are right TampaGator I have no idea what I am talking about. Yanking QB’s is definitely good for their confidence…as long as they are pulled for missing a read. That makes it better.

So oh learned one from the same school that turned out Corrine Brown…If the system is so great, why isn’t Steve Spurrier just as successful now? Fewer schollys leveled the playing field? Nobody wants to come to USC? Defenses finally caught up? Enlighten us–won’t you?

Now I’ll take your advice and post about something I do know about. In every group of fans 10% of them are going to be total jerks and 90% are going to be reasonable. This does not hold true for Florida fans. The ratio is reversed. 90% are loud-mouthed jerks that feel entitled to the great teams Florida has been trotting out the last 25 years or so. They are condescending and frankly don’t deserve that type of success. The phrase act like you have been ther before is totally foriegn to them. If their team wins it is because their players are soooo much better than everyone else’s and if they lose it is because the other team cheated. Their players get in trouble just like players on other teams. Still Florida Fans cheer when other team’s players get in trouble while refusing to acknowledge any wrong doing by anyone on their team.

Florida Fans are the worst in college football. Can’t live with them, can’t kill them. I could almost respect the success their football program has enjoyed lately if it weren’t for all of their scum-bag fans.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
1:53 pm

Ieland….why did you make any assosication to me with your post? Neither section of your post has anything to do with me and any of my posts.

….but Charlie Strong did feel he was snubbed by some SEC schools (particularly Auburn, Mississippi, and Arkansas) because of his white wife. And he felt it was an issue at a couple of non SEC southern schools that snubbed him when jobs were open. Personally….I think it might have mattered at a couple of schools….but I think it had more to do with him proving himself after the poor performance he had under Zook….and there was a real relationship problem between Zook and Strong….and Strong was right and Zook was wrong. He proved it under Meyer because Meyer encouraged his defensive style and Zook made him change it. You should hire a DC and let him run the defense. Zook didn’t do that. Meyer did. The results were positive for both Meyer and Strong.

GATORZONE

August 6th, 2010
1:54 pm

I pity you people and your public school education. Are all Georgians as dumb as the representative sample here? Or is this group especially stupid?

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
1:55 pm

First one page two! LOL!

First! Eat it mutts.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
1:55 pm

See what I mean?

leland

August 6th, 2010
1:56 pm

Pffft–you may be right about gator fans, you may be wrong. But either way, I don’t see why you had to bring up Corrine.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
1:59 pm

Pfft….I just love the way you “genralize” about everything. To answer one of you questions: Yes, defenses did catch up to Spurrier’s system because the athletes playing in the SEC got a lot better…particularily the DBs playing in the SEC now. They are bigger, faster, and smarter….and the DCs are better too. If you haven’t checked….Spurrier is no longer running the same offense he ran at Florida. He is running a hybrid type of Pro and spread.

…and please….stop putting all Gator fans into one generalized statement. All teams have good and bad fans. You might get better blood pressure if you did.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:00 pm

…because I assume that Florida fans are proud of her. A Masters in Communication from UF and can’t speak English.

Then they turn around and call people from Georgia stupid. There are several layers of irony here.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:01 pm

Gatorzone….

please post something worthwhile and intelligent….or stop being a Gator fan would you.

bamaboy

August 6th, 2010
2:02 pm

Their is still talk around school that the NCAA will be coming down on the tide .We will see. Saban cut 3 players off the team to get down to 85.Auburn keeps asking why alabama parents don’t catch on. Keep it up Saban, you should cut players the who can’t help the team.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:04 pm

..and Tampa…I didn’t lump all of you clowns in one bucket. Clearly there are 2 buckets. The bad bucket of Florida Fans is overflowing. The good ones are few and far between. I have met 4 good ones in my life.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:05 pm

Pfft….

you can get on any of these blogs and there are many supposedly college grads from many different schools who never learned English. I have several MBAs working for me that I feel the same way about. Fortunately, I have only one more week and I no longer have to try to read their attempts to write a complete sentence….too much texting I guess and not enough English classes I guess.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:07 pm

Well…it sounds like they are ready to be elected to Congress then!

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:08 pm

Well Pfft….

come on down to Gainesville for a Gator game and I will introduce you to three more really good Gator fans…a visit to THE SWAMP is a once in a lifetime experience if you have never been there….especially at night.

P.S…..been to Stanford Stadium. Nice place. Nice fans. We kicked your butts big time. But THE SWAMP is better.

Cap'n Hook feared it and so should the Tide

August 6th, 2010
2:10 pm

That old annoying tick tock sound coming from the clock of coaching reality is ticking away. is there a crocodile near? Could be ………..could be Michigan’s Wolverines.

I said earlier this week that Nick the Hat Trick would be looking with wanderlust in his eyes, after he wins or plays for the 2010 NC. That is his MO. In his mind to win a NC at a THIRD MAJOR football factory would be the ultimate. He loves a challenge. He is not one to sit and sit and sit ………. like most SEC coaches get away with. No way. Wanderlust is his middle name.

Michigan with Coach Rodriquez being implicated in the recruiting scandal brewing now at U of WVa. would certainly give Nick that final frontier. His contract does not allow his name to be sullied and/or part of any scandal at his ala mater ………… W Virginia. He is toast one way or other.

One way or other …………… Michigan will be looking for a new football coach come late December, 2010 and Nick will be their man.

Tick, tock, tick, tock ……………Bama is about to return to 25 years of mediocity after only two or three decent years in 25 or 30 years, post BEAR. Now, um, ah, I am not counting that humiliating beat dwon by lil Utah in the Sugar Bowl a couple of bowl season’s back. Wow, that was a humiliating whuppin for Bear’s memory.

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

Pfft….you didn’t lump “ALL YOU CLOWNS”……sure reads like you did and have……

TampaGator

August 6th, 2010
2:13 pm

Got to go back to work now…..but…..Pfft….I guess I might be a ticked off as you about Dawg fans if Florida had lost 17 out of 21 to the Dawgs. But it is summer….and hope springs enternal….never…never….give up hope. There is always next summer for dreaming. Now….don’t get mad. Just poking some fun.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
2:14 pm

I was at that game at Sanford too. Sadly, I can not unsee it. Worst. Game. Ever. Really that game alone is why I hold Spurrier in such high esteem. Putting up 50 just because. What a jerk.

leland

August 6th, 2010
2:19 pm

Pffft–I was just funning you.

TampaGator–your 8:56 post appeared to be partly in response to CiviDawg’s comment in which he wondered why Strong had such a difficult time getting a head coach position. Now, judging from your response to my post, I was mistaken. I tell you, TampaGator, I regret that mistake down to the deepest bowels of my soul, and if there were any way for me to undo it, I would be there first in line undoing it.

npgator

August 6th, 2010
2:21 pm

As a Gator I find it funny that Georgia Tech’s only claim to fame was beating the Bulldogs! Big Freaking Deal!

RxDawg

August 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

leland, how will you sleep at night!?

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
2:40 pm

Capn Hook,

Sheesh. Will it never stop? So now your rumor mill has Saban going to Michigan after RR gets fired. Uh huh. Sure. Whatever you say. Whatever happened to him going to USC post Carroll? Or ND post Charlie Weiss. Funny but I don’t remember him being even remotely mentioned as a candidate by any news organization. Any! Same with Michigan which wouldn’t even want Saban to begin with and didn’t mention his name when Loyd carr left. Saban’s stuck at Bama. You will just have to learn to live with it.

As for Saban cutting players I saw one where he just booted Rod Woodson for breaking team rules. He wouldn’t say if it was behavioral or academic like not going to class but in any event he’s gone. He didn’t just cut Woodson for the sake of it. Woodson was a 4 star recruit and was battling to start at one safety position. Even if he hadn’t started he was projected to be a major contributor. So the idea that Saban is cutting 3rd or 4th teamers just to make room for other more highly touted guys is ludicrous.

leland

August 6th, 2010
2:49 pm

Pffft–if you can stand another comment about Corrinne from me: I thought Corrine was a fictional character, and for that reason, I thought “her” posts were clever and funny, having been written by some unknown wag. But you took her comments as if they were made by a grown-up Florida legislator and UF graduate.

Under my assumption of her as fictional, you can see that I was joking in my comment to you. But under your view that she is quite real, my comment sounded more like a mild criticism.

One thing more: if Corrine is make-believe, her posts are funny. If she is real….well, I share your opinion of her deplorable writing, and there is nothing funny in it.

I’ve debated with myself about making this last comment but obviously have decided to make it–I went to just about every home game the Gators played for eight years while I was a student there including the Jacksonville games against Georgia, and I never saw anything like what you have been describing. That was a while ago and things change, of course, but I cannot totally believe in the accuracy of your comments, and your resort to name-calling e.g., “clowns,” harms your overall contention.

David

August 6th, 2010
2:49 pm

Relaw Ga, no need to close practices, Alabama is not coming to town.

leland

August 6th, 2010
2:56 pm

RxDawg–all I can do is try.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
3:04 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgbBP9Em00A

Leland…the poster here is mocking the real Corrine Brown. Follow the link above to see a speech given on the floor of Congress by the real Ms. Brown. This is a REAL speach made in the REAL Capitol building.

I still can’t believe it happened.

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
3:04 pm

When Nesbot wins the Heismen and another ACC championship, how will he rank in terms of the best college QBs of all time? I’m sure top 10.

Pffft.

August 6th, 2010
3:07 pm

Nesbitt will go past number 1 all time and end up -3…because he is 4 times better than any football player ever. Tebow Shmebow…Nesbitt for President of the Universe.

KR

August 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

Atlanta Jackets: I’ve tried to let this go. Really, I have. But day after day, week after week, you post the same thing. Please, for the record, it is the HEISMAN trophy. Not Heismen.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
3:20 pm

Leland ,

I used to think Corrine Brown was fictional also till I saw her speech on the floor of Congress. What is truly ironic and fascinating is that the woman can’t even speak much less write proper English but yet she has a degree as an eductional specialist from UF. She also has a masters degree and her undergrad is from FAMU.

When you listen to her speech on the congressional floor after UF won the title in 06 you wonder how this woman graduated high school much less college. Her butchery of the English language couldn’t be any worse than someone from Uzbekistan trying to speak English for the first time.

I can only imagine that they granted her degrees from UF and other places with grade inflation in mind because she is a minority. I hate to say that but how else could this woman earn a degree?

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
3:20 pm

LOL! Pfft. You are correct I think. -3… ROTFLMAO!

KR, maybe Heismen is more than one Heisman? If so, that is what I meant.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
3:22 pm

KR,

It could be worse. I knew of a Miss State grad in his 30s who thought they awarded multiple Heismans for each position. Needless to say he always lost in the football office pool.

Stabby McKnifefight

August 6th, 2010
3:23 pm

Dawgs and Braves that’s our team
Step inside the party disrupt the whole scene
When it comes to beats well I’m a fiend
I like my sugar with coffee and cream

Stabby McKnifefight

August 6th, 2010
3:26 pm

Well I gotta keep it going, keep it going full steam
Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean
Well on the tough guy style I’m not too keen
Try to change the world, I’mma plot and scheme

Atlanta Jackets

August 6th, 2010
3:32 pm

Tide, your friend is a fool and we can laugh at him. LOL! He is burned!

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
3:40 pm

Atlanta Jackets,

I didn’t go back to see what his posts were all about and all that. I just saw the comments regarding Corrine Brownn and it got me thinking about her video again. Some things you know you just shouldn’t do but I did it anyway and had to go and click on the link to Corrine Brown’s speech. Sure enough she says Corch Irvin Meyers and not Urban Meyer, she said Percy Harvey and not Harvin, and it sounded like she kept saying Tim Tivo instead of Tebow. I’ll watch that video over an SNL clip anytime.

How2fish

August 6th, 2010
3:47 pm

Damn camp has started, the countdown has begun and a few of the bloggers are talking actual football without a lot of name calling. Information is being shared and dagnamit men I’m ready for kickoff..everyone have a great weekend…

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
4:32 pm

How2fish,

Will wonders never cease. We did have to take a detour though and talk about Corrine Brown of course? 29 days I believe it is till the first sat. and if I’m not mistaken I think there is a Thursday night game a couple days before hand. Can anyone confirm that and if so who is playing?

Gen Neyland

August 6th, 2010
4:53 pm

This Nesbitt for the Heisman stuff made me wonder :
If Nesbitt can pull off a Tebow like season, it might happen…Alas, compared to what the Gators called Superman, Nesbitt is but Boy Wonder…and don’t call that a racist statement, puleeezzz.

Paul in RDU

August 6th, 2010
5:03 pm

The NCAA needs to make a decision on Austin (and UNC’s Little, USC’s Saunders, etc) as soon as they have all the details. If they think they have enough to suspend these players the schools should be told as soon as possible. It is unfair to have the schools waiting in limbo, not knowing whether they can play everyone. However, knowing the NCAA the schools wil be told that the players have to sit out about 24 hours before the kickoff.
I expect Austin for one to be sitting out the LSU game (and maybe even the GT game). His Twitter feeds from Miami appear to be pretty damning.
Even without Austin, UNC has enough on the defensive side of the ball to make LSU’s life difficult. Whether UNC can score enough is the question.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
5:16 pm

Paul in RDU,

NCAA is very busy these days. Word just came out on ESPN that UT expects a letter of inquiry from the NCAA with potentially 5 major violations which occurred during the 1 year Lane Kiffin era. Words like “lack of institutional control” are being thrown around. Hostessgate, etc. Makes me wonder how much the NCAA likes to pick on the SEC.

In regards to Marvin Austin and UNC there could be some serious problems. It sounds like Austin and a couple of UNC players allegedly knew all along that this was an agent’s party. And it looks like Austin allegedly may have lured players from other programs like Dareus at Bama, the south carolina player, and others to the party without telling them that it was an agent’s party. A couple of the UNC players have been reported to have asked for money handouts from other agents and from schools recruiting them. At unc it could get ugly. Just when football starts the NCAA has to rear its ugly head.

Paul in RDU

August 6th, 2010
5:27 pm

Tide Rising – Thanks for the update on UT and the UNC situation. Austin and Saunders (from USC) are good friends and so I can believe that Austin pursuaded him to go to Miami.
One interesting thing about Saunders is that his father is a columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer (for the “Life” section) – he’s not talking (smart move!)

I’ll make sure I watch the local news tonight to see what they have to see about these allegations.

Paul in RDU

August 6th, 2010
5:32 pm

Talking about UNC – they have a bunch of SRs on the roster who would have been drafted as JRs – basically half the defense. If these guys are found to have taken anything from agents it would get really ugly.

dagnabit

August 6th, 2010
5:38 pm

Football season is here!

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
5:46 pm

Paul in RDU,

We at Bama were worried about Dareus but it looks like he’s in the clear. He did all the right things and when he found out it was an agent’s party he left immediately. Austin paid for Dareus ticket to Miami and then Dareus repaid him at the airport and got a receipt. He found out it was an agent’s party and left, did not use a hotel that Austin reserved for him, and flew back to b’ham on his family’s money. So I think Dareus should be fine but in the ensuing investigation it opened up a can of worms. That was when other agents who played by the rules said at least 2 UNC players one a db had asked him for upfront money and that they had done so in the recruiting process. Its 5 or 6 players that the NCAA is talking to at UNC and Austin seems to be the focus. He also had befriended Dareus during the recruiting process and they had remained friends since then.

Delbert D.

August 6th, 2010
6:06 pm

No, it was the wide availability of the high quality 35mm cameras and lenses in the ’60s.

Delbert D.

August 6th, 2010
6:24 pm

Jeremiah Masoli for Heistman.

Worm

August 6th, 2010
6:53 pm

Video killed the radio star!

Red Ryder

August 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

I don’t believe Spurrier ever had a QB at Florida or anywhere else play or do well in the NFL. The brief time the kid with the Bears had hardly counts since their defense carried that team.

YELLOW HAMMER

August 6th, 2010
10:29 pm

GLORY GLORY, SABAN is nowhere in the talk for that MICHIGAN job, that would be HARBAUGH the next MICHIGAN coach. i know you hate that , SABAN will be at BAMA beatin ya’ll down for years to come. book it!

phillip

August 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

I think it is time for a massive ‘makeover’ of the athletic scholarship. ‘Guarantee’ a kid a scholarship for two years. They are untouchable unless they break the law. Otherwise, they can’t be messed with during that period. After their second year, coaches can ‘cut, cull, runoff” whatever you call it, but the kid that’s run off has to be given $20,000 within 48 hours of being run. I would venture to guess that 60 to 65 percent of the kids on scholarship would like to leave wherever they are playing after two years anyway.

Pete in SoCal

August 6th, 2010
10:43 pm

Tony,

Really like the blog. I understand your reasoning behind the Big 10 staying put in one place but I hope it’s eventually Chicago. The Big 10 being the Big 10 should play outside at Soldier Field. I can picture it now. The Hawkeyes beating OSU in near white out blizzard conditions. It would be an epic “fozen tundru” setting for all future Big 10 titles. Plus Chicago is just a dang fun town.

Agree with everyone here that Harbaugh is the next Mich coach. Saban stays put.

jumbeauxtiger

August 6th, 2010
10:48 pm

Tide, S Carolina hosts So Miss on Thursday, Sept 2 in the ESPN prime time slot. Kiffin plays at Hawaii that night in a late game. I believe there are at least one or two other less noteable games too that might.

Skyler

August 7th, 2010
12:04 am

TED, I agree SC will win this year in Columbia. But I don’t think it’s one touchdown close. I almost think Spurrier is going to go to town on the Junker’s new 3-4.

TAMPAGator, your wrong. Ask Terry Dean. Ask Grossman in 00 when he completed a 4 yard pass to Bo Carroll against UgA and was benched in favor of Jessee Plamer who lost his spot one week earlier.

Hey Dogtards

August 7th, 2010
8:28 am

I disagree a little bit about the championship game.

It should be in the cultural and geographical center of the conference.

For the SEC, that’s Atlanta.

As a GT fan, I wish it were Atlanta for the ACC, but its in Charlotte. The problem with Tampa and Jacksonville is they just aren’t that close to many (if any) schools. There are 7-8 schools that are closer to Charlotte than FSU is to Tampa or Jacksonville.

Indy is close, but Chicago would be better for the Big 10. More people from each school live there. It’s closer to Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. The problem with Indy is its too far south. You want to pick the most major city nearest to the geographical center of the conference. Not only is Chicago bigger, but its more in the center.

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2010
9:40 am

Charlotte is a great place for the ACC Championship game in early December, preferably played in the afternoon. The average high is 54 and the average low is 34. November and December have the lowest average precipitation of the year. Record High temperature is 81 in 2007 and the record low is 1 in 1917.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
11:02 am

It was Nick Saban that closed practices, not Twitter.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
11:06 am

I don’t think Spurrier has the ability to love. It’s kind of like expecting Satan give someone in hell a glass of sweet iced tea and saying I am only burning you for all eternity because I love you.

TampaGator

August 7th, 2010
12:48 pm

Skyler…..

Terry Dean was benched for throwing too many interceptions and not being a team player…he had a horrible attitude. And he was soon replaced by Danny (Heisman) Wuerfel. Yeah…Spurrier made a real bad decision benching Dean for Wuerfel didn’t he? And…I agree….Spurrer had no idea what he was doing with either Grossman or Palmer….but somehow both ended up being drafted and playing QB in the NFL. Good point you made in proving me wrong. Want to try again?

TampaGator

August 7th, 2010
12:49 pm

Chazzo….

Spurrier only had the ability to win SEC and National titles at Florida…real bad guy…that Spurrier.

TampaGator

August 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

And Skyler….

No….YOU (’) RE….corrected!

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
1:47 pm

Tampa Gator is right about Terry Dean. HORRIBLE, “ME FIRST” attitude. Hell, he and his dad threatened to sue because it ruined his Heisman chances. That kid was the exact opposite of a team player.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

TampaGator,

I didn’t say he wasn’t a great coach. I just question whether the Dark Lord has the capacity for love. Get a sense of humor, dude.

Tide's Falling

August 7th, 2010
2:25 pm

TideRising…you’ve got zip for facts on what really happened w/ Marvin Austin and any other Tar Heel players. And you’re throwing down some serious accusations based on nothing but biased rumors. Anything to keep one of your boys in the clear, right?
Pretty amazing that the rumor mongers are out in force to try to put the cuffs on a puny bb school, who’s an ACC team! Guess the concern that Butch Davis has assembled a team of sec killers has got you worried. You better hope the ncaa puts Marvin on ice for the LSU game.

Tide Rising

August 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

Falling,

Sorry dude but I’m just writing what’s been written about by reporters- namely that a couple of agents have been interviewed and stated that at least a couple of UNC players had solicited money from them. This isn’t the kind of stuff you can just make up. Its what agents have confirmed to reporters and allegedly to NCAA investigators also.

One other distinction that you should take note of. The NCAA didn’t come to Bama’s campus in a formal investigation. Dareus returned to Bama, called Saban, who called in Bama’s compliance dept, called and self reported the potential violation to the NCAA and the SEC. The compliance dept interviewed Dareus and passed on all info to the NCAA.

In UNC’s case the NCAA came to the campus to conduct a formal investigation. There was no self reporting. The NCAA is also probing not one but 5 UNC players. Big difference when the NCAA comes to your campus to do a formal investigation as opposed to having you just report back to them on what you found out may have been a potential violation. Huge difference. Also, the NCAA is going back to UNC to investigate more. Big difference. These aren’t opinions or rumors. These are the facts of what is going on. Sorry if you just don’t like them.

chazzo

August 7th, 2010
3:27 pm

Tampa gator,

You should check your own grammar and spelling before spouting off about others not learning the English language.

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

TampaGator – Grossman did finish 2nd in the Heisman voting in 2001 as a soph.

Big D Dawg

August 8th, 2010
1:44 am

where’s the days to football kickoff countdown on the AJC sports site?

BuLLdawg

August 8th, 2010
3:02 am

That’s too bad. I was hoping Michigan would remain bad.

Best of Atlanta

August 8th, 2010
6:36 am

Go Yellow Jackets !
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No Practice

August 8th, 2010
6:40 am

Twitter? No. Agents and other assorted lowlife, including professional autograph hounds at practices killed open practices.

Dawgboy

August 8th, 2010
6:55 am

Garcia and company are going to roll against this new UGA 3-4. They have a nasty and deep defense. Question Spurrier all you want, he just hasn’t had the players. He’s got them now and I think that OL is going to be much improved. Could finally be their year.

Hunker Down !

August 8th, 2010
8:41 am

Steve Spurrier is 0-4 against the Georgia Bulldogs playing in Columbia, South Carolina.

chazzo

August 8th, 2010
10:55 am

No one is questioning Steve Spurrier’s ability to coach a team. Personally, I just like to make fun of the visor-throwing, grimacing, jackarse. I will say this if UGA had hired the Dark Lord, Spurrier, I would love that visor-throwing, grimacing, jackarse. On the other hand, if UGA had hired Meyer, I still wouldn’t like him. Again, I am not saying he is a crappy coach. There is just something about that guy’s personality that I don’t like. I the difference is that Spurrier makes no bones about being an arse, while Meyer will be an arse while acting righteous.

Is this of any consequence: NO! Do I think either man cares: NO!

so there is no reason for you to go researching stats to prove to us that they are good coaches. We get it! Either get the joke or develop a sense of humor.

chazzo

August 8th, 2010
10:58 am

Another thing we get: USC will have a tough team this year, and that game is going to be a slugfest. Garcia is solid and apparently improved physically. From what I understand, it is the mental quickness that is his hang up. I am interested to see if UGA will be ready to bring the stunts and how that will affect Garcia.

Tide Rising

August 8th, 2010
1:41 pm

chazzo,

I did read that Garcia hit the physical conditioning pretty hard after Spurrier called him out and he’s dropped 10 lbs. Much leaner, faster, probably a quicker release and quicker reaction time.

As for the dark lord I used to really hate Spurrier when he was at Florida but that was mainly because he was beating us and everyone else. But I have to admit I did love the way he rankled Fulmer at UT and always thought it was funny when he razzed Georgia too. Since he left Florida I’ve become somewhat of a Spurrier fan and root for Carolina a lot. The facial expressions, the visor throwing, the grimaces, the punking of Lane Kiffin in the elevator at SEC media days, the guy has personality and so now I enjoy watching him when I can. Believe or not when he retires I think even those people who dislike Spurrier will miss seeing him on the sidelines.

chazzo

August 8th, 2010
3:52 pm

TR,
Agree 100% with everything you said (except the part about liking him razzing UGA). We all need our nemesis or a folk villain of sorts. That’s where the fun talk comes in. Honestly, like you, i have become a bit of fan of him since he went to USC. I think you have to have a certain amount of respect for a guy who did what he did at UF and went to the pros, then took over a struggling program. The guy obviously loves the game.

;---))))))

August 8th, 2010
4:05 pm

MEMO TO UGA: AD Damon Evans wants dawg nation to Remember in 2010 its all about “red & black pride”…so…Don’t forget to proudly wave your pair of red panties at kick off – courtesy of the ever so classy Courtney Furhmann !!!!
GO JACKETS…THWG :)

Dostoyevskiy

August 8th, 2010
10:22 pm

?Maisel? recently stated on ESPN that he expects UNC will soon get good news about Marvin Austin.
The tape of this is available by goodling.

ummmmm fact

August 9th, 2010
2:01 am

I have meet a few diff students from WVU during and after PACMAN JONES was a layer there… Biggest WEED DEALER on CAMPUS

ummmmm fact

August 9th, 2010
2:01 am

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