Florida’s Meyer rolling the dice with Chris Rainey

Nobody asked me but:

1. Urban Meyer is rolling the dice with Chris Rainey: The Florida wide receiver had his felony stalking charge knocked down to a misdemeanor and will not be prosecuted for this text message threat to a Gainesville woman. I know that Meyer likes this kid and has tried to work with him, but if Rainey is allowed back on the team and something goes wrong, the University is going to be in a very vulnerable position from a liability standpoint. Meyer knows the kid. I don’t.  Local authorities have assessed the situation and don’t believe there is a threat. The woman involved is not pressing charges and issued a public statement saying that she does not believe there is a threat. That’s all well and good.

All I know is that since the Virginia lacrosse case (where a male member of the lacrosse team killed a female member of a team in the same sport by beating her head against a wall), the wisest policy is zero tolerance when it comes to threats towards women.

2.  I was wrong about Mark Ingram and the Heisman Trophy: When Ingram missed the first two games of Alabama’s season with a knee injury, I assumed that he was out of the Heisman Trophy race and would not repeat as the winner. I was wrong. I think Ingram is very much in the Heisman race after his 157-yard day against Arkansas. A lot of national media saw his incredible 54-yard touchdown run early in the game and how he was the most dominant player on the field in the fourth quarter when Alabama stormed back to win 24-20. Saturday he gets another national stage when No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 7 Florida.

3. Playoff PAC is out of line: Playoff PAC is a political action committee that is working towards eliminating the BCS and replacing it with some kind of playoff system. This is America and that is what political action committees are for: advocating and advancing a point of view through the political process. I have no problem with that. But the lawyers who work  (free of charge) for Playoff PAC have been sifting through the tax returns of the four BCS bowls looking for dirt. They think they’ve found some in the compensation packages for some of the bowl executive directors. Playoff PAC has filed a 27-page complaint to the IRS.

These guys want a playoff  and someday that might come to pass. It’s a good argument but they haven’t won it yet. So in order achieve your objective you’re going to sick the IRS on people who deem to be opponents? I’m for a four-team playoff but guys but this is over the line. It’s just a football game.

4.The ACC may be bad, but the Big East is worse: We’ve been beating up the ACC and its 1-9 record against non-conference BCS opponents in the first three weeks of the season. But the Big East is worse at 1-10 against the BCS and 6-13 against all Division I-A opponents. Pittsburgh, which was supposed to be one of the two best teams in that league just got mauled at home by Miami. West Virginia, the other top team, lost at LSU. The lowest ranked team to ever play in a BCS game was 8-3 Pittsburgh, which played and lost to Utah in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl. That team was ranked 21st in the final BCS Standings. The Big East champion of 2010 could be worse.

5. LSU may have the best defense in the SEC: I have to admit that I had my doubts about the LSU defense when it got torched for over 400 yards passing in its opener with North Carolina. But since then John Chavis has whipped his troops into shape. Chavis has moved from  working the game from the sidelines to up in the press box. I don’t know if that is a factor but here are the results going into Saturday’s home game with Tennessee: LSU is first in the SEC in total defense (254.0 ypg), first in rushing defense (74.8 ypg), and second in scoring defense (12.0 ypg). Alabama leads in scoring defense at 9.8 points per game. Chavis told Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate that he has been emphasizing speed over size. “For some reason I can coach the ones who run faster,” Chavis said. That speed will come in handy next week when LSU goes to Florida.

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343 comments Add your comment

Palladin

September 29th, 2010
9:14 am

@UGA Preseason number one 2008

You should worry more about tha Dawgs destroying Auburn at home than whether global warming destroys the Earth!

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:15 am

“Guarantee that the line on that game would approach double digits if it were played this weekend.”

Uh huh.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:15 am

With AJ back i could see UGA knocking Aubie off this year.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:16 am

“You should worry more about tha Dawgs destroying Auburn at home than whether global warming destroys the Earth!”

Yeah, with the dawgs at 0-3 in the SEC, I’m up all night quivering. LOL

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Well, Bama is -9 over a higher ranked Florida team this weekend. That should be proof enough for my statement.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:17 am

“With AJ back i could see UGA knocking Aubie off this year.”

Yeah, cause one wide receiver makes all the difference in a game. Nevermind that UGA doesn’t have a running game, passing game or really any game at all……

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:18 am

“Well, Bama is -9 over a higher ranked Florida team this weekend. That should be proof enough for my statement.”

And that FLorida team has not played one solid ranked team this year.

Palladin

September 29th, 2010
9:19 am

@UGA Preseason

Four games does not a season make.

2008 is part of your name — do you not even remember this time last year? I think that Auburn was 4 and 0.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:20 am

But they are ranked higher and thus, right or worng, considered to be superior to Auburn. The line on Alabama Auburn would probably be 12 or so if played Saturday.

Doesn’t make it accurate, but that’s where vegas would put it.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:21 am

“Four games does not a season make.”

Yet Bama fans talk about how they already know the outcome of this season.

“I think that Auburn was 4 and 0.”

Yep, and they had not played a ranked opponent and their defense was a mess.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:23 am

“The line on Alabama Auburn would probably be 12 or so if played Saturday.”

But guess what, it’s not.

Darius

September 29th, 2010
9:23 am

Tony continues devolve into a TMZ/tabloid writer. Sad.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:24 am

But in 2004 USC beat an unranked VT team by 11 that was, apparently, good enough for a three point win to earn a national championship.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:25 am

“But in 2004 USC beat an unranked VT team by 11 that was, apparently, good enough for a three point win to earn a national championship.”

Not sure what that has to do with right here, right now.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:25 am

No, it’s not. My point was simply that it would be.

jumbeauxtiger

September 29th, 2010
9:26 am

The most noteable improvements I have noticed with LSU’s defense are a much stronger pass rush and Drake Nevis’ emergence as a star player. Nevis has been a part-time starter fensive tackle but thus far this season he has played like an all-american.

The Tigers were torched by UNC but nearly half of the passing yards came on 2 bombs, including a 97 yard TD, the longest play LSU has given up in history. Since then the Tigers have seemed to fix that problem.

I’m not so sure they have the best defense in the SEC but for the Tigers to have any chance to win the defense has to continue to play well.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:27 am

Nope, not today. Not spending another day arguing with the same idiot. You’re going on ignore today.

Monkey says:

September 29th, 2010
9:27 am

1. Urban Meyer has to sit this kid for the remainder of the year. In 9 out 10 other situations like this they person would be sitting in jail, or still facing felony charges as the law in Florida allows the DA to disregard any victims wishes. If Urban does not keep Rainey from playing this year the liability of the University is at stake an the UF Football program is at stake.

2. When a kid is “hungry” like Mark Ingram it is easy to separate the good players from the great players. There are a handful of great players and most of them are in the SEC, we are all fortunate to witness each week great players like Ingram, Tebow, Newton, Lattimore, Peterson etc. The Heisman is Ingrams to lose.

3. The PAC has been doing any and everything to make a case for a playoff, because this group thinks the SEC, Big 12 and Big 10 are at an advantage in the current BCS system. If this group gets their way , the Big 4 conferences willl be at a distinct disadvantage.

4. The ACC does not have a flagship school to carry the conference banner. The Big East was not designed as a football conference, it was for basketball, and any carryover they get in football is icing on the cake.

5. I would not say LSU is the BEST defense in the conference, I would say Peterson is the best Defensive player in the conference. We will see in the next 4 weeks how good LSU really is.

6. Tony, any article that includes the Florida Gators will automatically require a post from Tampa Gator who will spew how right Urban is , how good florida is and demonstrate a bias that is so way off base you will get a sugar high.

Palladin

September 29th, 2010
9:27 am

@UGA Preseason number one 2008

“Yet Bama fans talk about how they already know the outcome of this season.”

Which Bama fans would those be? I guess it’s the same ones that you accuse of constantly talking about Bear Bryant. You’re not going to start crying again, are you?

Compile a record of more than five wins in a row in a single season — then you’ll at least have something legitimate about which to brag.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:28 am

“No, it’s not. My point was simply that it would be.”

USC was the media darling. Auburn started out ranked at 16 and was left out because Oklahoma and USC never lost a game.

We all know how USC turned out and Petey the cheaty left town quickly. Reggie had his Heisman taken away.

If you think that is an accomplishment, you are a strange strange person.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:29 am

“Which Bama fans would those be? I guess it’s the same ones that you accuse of constantly talking about Bear Bryant. You’re not going to start crying again, are you?”

You must have me mixed up with someone else.

“Compile a record of more than five wins in a row in a single season — then you’ll at least have something legitimate about which to brag.”

Ok, see you Sunday after Auburn wins their 5th in a row.

5IML

September 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Palladin and BAMA Dude,

Can you guys please not get into a blog battle today with UGA Preseason number one 2008? He was Not Pat Sulley yesterday. We all know how this is gonna go.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:31 am

I was responding to your Iron Bowl comment, nitwit. You said it’s not being played this weekend. I said, “No, it’s not. My point was simply that it would be. (the line being around 12 points)”

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:31 am

5IML, Palladin, BAMA dude = the same person.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:32 am

“I was responding to your Iron Bowl comment, nitwit.”

Could you please refrain from name calling and act like a grown up? Thanks

5IML

September 29th, 2010
9:32 am

UGA Preseason number one 2008

Palladin

September 29th, 2010
9:33 am

@5IML

True enough. Besides, I have work to do.

Have a great day CFB fans — you too Patty!

5IML

September 29th, 2010
9:33 am

will be ignored from this point forth.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:33 am

Trust me, I’m done with him. He is a petulant child that doesn’t know the game at all. All I needed to know about him was revealed when he referenced the NFL “recruiting” record. Ever heard of NFL recruiting? Must be something new. I thought the players were drafted.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:33 am

“Nope, not today. Not spending another day arguing with the same idiot. You’re going on ignore today.”

Again, enough with the name calling. Are you 5?

atlvol55

September 29th, 2010
9:34 am

Tony;

I liked Chavis (i.e. Chief) when he was the coordinator at Tennessee; the players loved him…

HOWEVER, the one thing that drove Tennessee fans crazy, was Chavis was unwilling to EVER blitz or bring pressure on third and long. His conservative nature cost Tennessee dearly in several big games against good QB’s. As we saw in the UNC game, LSU sat back and let UNC drive straight down the field playing ‘bend, but don’t break” UNC did have two throws too the endzone to win. Against good coaches and qb’s, Chavis style will certaintly cost u playing that conservative.

Trust me; ask any Tennessee fan who watched in agony many times as teams came back and beat us while we sat back in the base 4-3 defense on 3rd and 10 and got burned play after play…Chavis is the best 1st and 2nd down coordinator in the country; he just has no stones on 3rd down

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:35 am

“will be ignored from this point forth.’

Yet you keep responding. Usually when people ignore other people, they don’t say they are going to ignore them, they simply ignore them.

#1 BAMA FAN

September 29th, 2010
9:35 am

BAMA vs GATORS Saturday….can’t wait. Two questions…will BAMA improve in the defensive secondary and limit the GATORS screens and quick throws and will the GATORS be able to stop the “ground & pound”? I hope the fab three freshman of Florida that deemed themselves the ‘Miami Heat” of college football get a taste Saturday.RTR

Who cares who's 1st

September 29th, 2010
9:36 am

Chris,

The bowls are not a monopoly. Any school is free to leave the NCAA and form their own association or create their own bowl. They choose to be in the NCAA and play by their rules.

Watching Closely

September 29th, 2010
9:36 am

Urban is more concerned about winning than doing the right thing…he has proven that…

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:37 am

“he has proven that…”

That can be said of every coach in college football.

UGA Preseason number one 2008

September 29th, 2010
9:38 am

“I hope the fab three freshman of Florida that deemed themselves the ‘Miami Heat” of college football get a taste Saturday.”

I hope Mark Ingram breaks leg, McElroy breaks his arm and Nick Saban comes down with the Flu.

GaGator

September 29th, 2010
9:39 am

Hey Tony,

How about an article on the Ben Jones’ cheap shot and how severely Mark Richt has punished Ben Jones———————————–BTW, I’m not holding my breath.

Enjoy watching a thug in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reVnna38sPI

SimpleDawg

September 29th, 2010
9:43 am

To those arguing via blogs……

“Never get in an argument with an idiot……other people may become confused on who’s who.”

Pffft.

September 29th, 2010
9:44 am

“But the lawyers who, work (free of charge) for Playoff PAC, have been sifting through the tax returns of the four BCS bowls looking for dirt…”

Wow Tony…this sounds an awful lot like the way the NCAA operates to me.

TMZ reports that AJ Green is among the football players that attended an agent’s party in Miami…The irresponsible website included AJ in their story (with absolutely no proof) because he is one of the 5 best players in the country. The NCAA also found no proof of any kind that AJ went to the party; so they asked for his bank records…looking for dirt. And they found some—and this dirt was totally unrelated to the TMZ story and the reason for their investigation. The NCAA then hands down a totally disproportionate penalty.

Hopefully these lawyers will turn up enough dirt to hand down an equally disproportionate penalty to the BCS…and I further hope that the NCAA goes down next.

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:44 am

BAMA FAN, it should be a good one. Just like this Saturday though, Alabama’s experience should make enough clutch plays to seal it. Florida is much younger than we are.

Bill

September 29th, 2010
9:44 am

Is there anything that could prevent the top 5 or 6 conferences creating their own Division or league? It seems like until that happens you will always see new teams and conferences form to get in on the $ that was created by the top conferences.

TLH Gator

September 29th, 2010
9:45 am

Once again, Tony wants to protect his pals who run the Chick-Fil-A bowl, and other “exhibition” games from legitimate government oversight, yet through the book at players like A.J. Green, Chris Rainey, Marvin Austin, etc. Tony, a rule is a rule and a law is a law. Selective enforcement and the public’s attitude toward it is a big problem in this country. Tony, you’d love it here in Florida where we might just elect as governor someone who’s company stole hundreds of millions of dollars from government health care programs.

Tony ...

September 29th, 2010
9:46 am

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T3

September 29th, 2010
9:46 am

Well……….Well……….Well.

The FIRST & ONLY time Barnhart has E-V-E-R bothered to mention
http://www.playoffpac.com comes the day…AFTER…I mentioned it on this blog as opposition to the fradulent BCS = Bowl Cartel System.

Must have touched a nerve with Tony.

Here’s a link to one of the better articles written on BCS vs Playoff System.
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=jo-delany010507

(Tony, be sure to read it)

GaGator

September 29th, 2010
9:47 am

BAMA dude

You will see plenty of the fab 3 on Sat, 2 of the 3 are in the starting rotation. I think you will see the Gators handle the ground and pound better than they did in Atlanta, if they don’t it won’t be much of a game. In any event this will be a preview of the SEC Championship game

robodawg

September 29th, 2010
9:47 am

Any threat of violence against women ought to be treated with the utmost seriousness. That ain’t no traffic violation.

I’m not cheering for the Playoff PAC, but if bowl executives are dodging taxes in their compensation, why shouldn’t the IRS be informed?

MURPHY

September 29th, 2010
9:48 am

BAMA dude,

This will be another SEC classic battle. The gaytors must play all 4 qtrs to compete with Bama. Bama is relentless and makes great halftime adjustments. The gaytors must keep it real close midway thru the 4th to have a shot. Florida d is stout-maybe a low scoring game?

BAMA dude

September 29th, 2010
9:49 am

TLH Gator

September 29th, 2010
9:45 am
Once again, Tony wants to protect his pals who run the Chick-Fil-A bowl, and other “exhibition” games from legitimate government oversight, yet through the book at players like A.J. Green, Chris Rainey, Marvin Austin, etc. Tony, a rule is a rule and a law is a law. Selective enforcement and the public’s attitude toward it is a big problem in this country. Tony, you’d love it here in Florida where we might just elect as governor someone who’s company stole hundreds of millions of dollars from government health care programs.

Legitimate government oversight is an oxymoron, government health care programs shouldn’t exist in the first place, and this blog is the wrong place to discuss any of it.

GaGator

September 29th, 2010
9:50 am

MURPHY

I agree, this game will be closer than folks think.