Spurrier could make history (again) at the Georgia Dome

Nobody asked me but:

1. Steve Spurrier has a chance to make history (again) at the Georgia Dome: The No. 1 story line heading into Saturday’s SEC championship game is whether or not No. 1 Auburn can stay undefeated and give the conference a shot at its fifth straight BCS title.

The No. 2 story line is whether or not Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, with everything swirling around him, can lead his team to a victory and, in the process, lock up the Heisman Trophy.

Almost lost in this game is that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has a chance to win his seventh SEC championship, exactly 10 years after he won his sixth and final one as the head coach at Florida. Spurrier’s seven SEC titles would move him past Vince Dooley and John Vaught on the all-time list. Spurrier would be second only to Bear Bryant who won 14 SEC championships (13 at Alabama, 1 at Kentucky).

For the first time at the SEC championship game, Spurrier is here but is not the headliner. I’ll bet he likes that.

2. TCU is making a good move to the Big East: It’s really a no-brainer. From the start of the 2012 season Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs will know they are good enough to win the Big East and go to a BCS bowl game. No debate. No having to ask for respect. Win your league and you go. Now TCU has to get serious about men’s basketball and the Big East has to figure out how to stage a conference basketball tournament with 17 teams. Understand that the Big 12 (now at 10 teams) was never going to invite TCU to be a part of the club. The Horned Frogs had to step out and do the best thing for their school.

 3. I’m sorry that Boise State lost. I was hoping that  Boise would go to the Rose Bowl and somehow wind up playing Ohio State in what would be known as “The Little Sisters of the Poor Bowl.” Last week Ohio State president Gordon Gee (the former president at Vanderbilt) said the teams in the Big Ten and SEC deserved a shot at the BCS championship over Boise because “We don’t play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” For about 48 hours the media went just a little batty and then Boise State lost to Nevada Friday night. It was on the same day that Auburn came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat Alabama and Oregon beat Arizona with a strong second half.

So at the end of the day was Gee right? Probably, but I am reminded of something said by the late, great Lewis Grizzard: “Damn, brother, I don’t believe I would have told that.” You may think it. It might even be true. But you don’t say it.

4. Jon Gruden to Miami? Jon Gruden? Did I miss something? What is the facsination with Jon Gruden? Won a Super Bowl. Dynamic personality.  Loved it when he sat down with the quarterbacks (Tebow, McCoy, etc.) in the summer of 2009 and gave them the unvarnished truth. It was compelling television and I watched every minute of it. But somebody has to tell me how Gruden’s skill set translates to college football, which is a completely different game. There is no doubt that Miami will make a big splash and win the press conference if it happens. But I’ve seen too many guys come from pro football (Charlie Weis comes to mind) who believe they are so much smarter than everybody and will be able to just out-scheme people to wins. They believe they can flash a Super Bowl ring and the  recruits come running. It doesn’t work like that.

And let’s get this on the record. Miami  hired Randy Shannonto clean up the program and he did.  While other schools were living on the police blotter, Shannon instilled discipline. Miami’s graduation rate under Shannon was second only to Duke in the ACC. He didn’t win enough games, I get that. But if you’re a Miami fan you need to thank that man for what he did for your school as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.

5. Vanderbilt needs to get serious about football: First of all, Bobby Johnson did a helluva job at Vanderbilt with the resources he had. Yeah, he went 2-10 his last season but under Johnson Vanderbilt was consistently competitive and a tough out. As the years pass Vanderbilt fans will realize how good Johnson really was.  Now Robbie Caldwell, who replaced Johnson last summer, is gone. Vanderbilt has some decisions to make. First of all, spend the money to get a top flight coach and give him the money to hire a top of line staff. In other words, spend the money necessary to give Vanderbilt a reasonable shot. Do that for five years and if it doesn’t work out, you can scale back on the next coaching hire. It’s like Vanderbilt wants to commit to football but doesn’t want to commit at too high a level because it would be, well, unseemly. 

But in order to compete in the SEC, you gotta be all in. Vanderbilt ain’t close to being all in when it comes to football.

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The Truth

December 1st, 2010
9:29 am

If I was coaching at Auburn, then I’d try to land a new job before the NCAA investigation is completed. Then again, that’s what Pete Carroll did — and he didn’t have to get into a rush about it.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
9:30 am

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
9:25 am
shane,

A Cody with athletic ability and speed? Scary thought!

He’s nowhere near Cody’s size but a much better athlete. Best comparison I have seen for him is Haloti Ngata.

DC

December 1st, 2010
9:32 am

3rdN8, Malzahn has a chance to make a lot of money if he puts a NC to his resume…there is no way he will start those talks right now when he is still writing his greatest symphony…

What head coaching job is enticing to go to? The “U”? what else?..Colorado? Vandy?…Michigan?…

No deal will be cut until season is over with. But, I will agree with yas that he will most likely leave after the year is done with..but he owes AU his time since they are paying him.

3rdN8

December 1st, 2010
9:34 am

BAMA dude

Good article on Williams. Thanks

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
9:34 am

JPTigers, your behavior screams little brother syndrome. One good season with 75% of the key players leaving and you guys start talking trash. The order of the state will be returned in a big way next year. Frankly, I think all the Aubies know that so they’re getting their bragging in now. Win the SEC this year and you’ll only be 13 behind us.

DC

December 1st, 2010
9:34 am

Also, it would be different if it was the liberty bowl or the cotton bowl that they were going to..i would understand that…but the BCSNC..people dream to get there..no way they just say..”well, its been real. Take care! I’m off to go coach at COLORADO!”

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
9:34 am

BAMA dude,

That’s still scary!

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
9:35 am

3rdN8, my first hyperlink seems broken. Here is his highlight reel from Arizona Western. Kid is a beast:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtz0iXVrhqo

dawgfan

December 1st, 2010
9:36 am

I’ve never rooted for Spurrier ever but I hope he beats the everloving snot out of Auburn. It probably won’t happen, but he’s got a fighting chance. Somebody needs to wipe that obnoxious smile of Newton’s face.

3rdN8

December 1st, 2010
9:36 am

DC

Malzahn will make a lot more money if he has “Head Coach” on his resume’. Most schools want their new HC to start in November, or December. Later than that, you stand a chance of losing a recruiting class.

But….Bama was willing to wait for Saban (after Rich Rod bailed), so who knows.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
9:36 am

DC, Mark Richt was FSU’s OC but left for Athens before the Nat’l Champ game against Oklahoma. Trust me, if he takes a HC job he has to get down there to recruit.

The MightyWind

December 1st, 2010
9:37 am

THAT MightyWind post above sure is a Good’un & it’s about Auburn & it ain’t kind – teeheehee…

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
9:37 am

dawgfan,

The only smerk in the Dome on Sat will be on Spurrier’s face.I can see it now! God knows we have seen it many time’s.

Michael

December 1st, 2010
9:39 am

The “U” got its gangsta fanbase by being gangsta. The gangstaz don’t appreciate the cleanup, they just want wins. Remember, Miami is a private school costing more than my mortgage and the only gangstaz that attend that school, if you can find any, are on sports scholarships. Everyone else pretty much eats peaches and cream during Wimbledon.

The MightyWind

December 1st, 2010
9:40 am

On a related note: Some of the media in the state of Alabama (& a few higher ups in Auburn’s AD) are demanding a formal apology from the University of Alabama’s president, Dr. Whitt, because they believe Cam’s feeling were hurt when two songs were played in BDS last Friday – “Take the Money & Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man”. The young lady responsible was fired from her job at Alabama but that’s not good enough for several in that state’s media. No. No! NO!!!

Dear Auburn faithful & your faithful media hacks:

You are currently #1 in the country and about to play for the SEC Championship AND YOU ARE WORRIED about two songs played that may have hurt the feelings of your INELIGIBLE QB?!
This is just another example in a plethora of examples, of WHY
YOU ARE & ALWAYS WILL BE – AUBURN!

Sincerely yours,
The Rest of The Nation

DC

December 1st, 2010
9:40 am

you two make great points…I guess it is all situational and what works best for himself and his family. Well crap…who wants to go to colorado? haha

ATL is TigerTown

December 1st, 2010
9:42 am

Mighty break Wind, you’re lying. No one at Auburn has mentioned the issue to anyone at Alabama. No one has requested or “demanded” an apology. You’re a liar, a pathetic, bitter, angry liar. It’s Great To Be An Auburn Tiger! War Eagle!

PMC

December 1st, 2010
9:42 am

How is Gee right? Gee’s conference doesn’t even play a title game. They have 3 champions. The big 11 is as communist as it gets until Nebraska gets there and forces them to actually have a title game. They play Youngstown State…Ohio U.

Gordon Gee was full of crap when he made that statement. He should just say

“Look, my school has the biggest alumni base in the nation. We have clout and we like this money. We set the system up to benefit us. I could care less about matchups or college football in general. It’s a means to an end for me, we just want the money Lebowski, It drives me crazy when these little up and comers find a way to get into our cash because that is what this is all about. We do NOT in anyway want to see these teams succede because it cuts into our marketshare.”

PMC

December 1st, 2010
9:44 am

Gordon Gee is the single most important figure standing in the way of progress in college football and he’s doing it for a reason.

3rdN8

December 1st, 2010
9:45 am

MURPHY

I see you haven’t changed your mind about the SECCG. Garcia is walkng around with his arm in a sling.

Don’t I see a little doubt creeping into your eyes……I think I do.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
9:48 am

3rdN8,

Doubt? You know better than that! If he is on crutches Im still sticking with Spurrier! lol

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
9:49 am

NO DOUBT-Staying with the OBC!

Garcia will be fine.Dont read to much into that deal.I promise AU will get Garcia;s best.

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PMC

December 1st, 2010
9:50 am

College Football is nothing but a bank to college presidents.

They are all fairly certain that people will continue to shell out huge dollars to see lackluster if not terrible matchups at anytime of the year. At most the best football teams may play 5 or 6 difficult loseable games (see Auburn this year) out of 11. That’s in the BEST conference. In the Big 10 this year you only really needed to be great 2 or 3 times and no one could manage that. Oregon was the same way. Auburn is the only team all year that is undefeated that was consistantly challenged by top competition.

I could CARE LESS who is eventually crowned national champion. When it comes down to December and January I want to see the best teams playing against the best teams. When that actually happens which is exceedingly rare in bowl matchups it is exciting. Bowl Tie In’s are far far more damaging to actual competitive matchups than the BCS.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
9:50 am

3rdN8,

Now if Lattimore goes down-Im pulling my prediction faster than Vegas can pull it off the board! LOL

UGA Insider

December 1st, 2010
9:51 am

I think the Miami job will ultimately go to Tommy Tuberville aka “The Riverboat Gambler”. He spent time in Miami and will bring immediate status to that program. Plus he is one hell of a coach. A few days ago, I really thought the U would offer CMR somewhere around $3mil/year to leave UGA. After discussing this with other insiders I doubt CMR is going to leave and desperately wants to sign a huge class this February and give it a few more shots. He knows a few big players can make all the difference in the world. His selling point is this…. If you want to play immediately please come to UGA, because the depth chart is going to be wide open this summer after AJ and Houston leave..

Dink

December 1st, 2010
9:51 am

Tony,

How long until Harbaugh returns to Michigan?

GTBob

December 1st, 2010
9:52 am

What do you want Vanderbilt to do? They aren’t going to start investing huge sums of money into football as its not a major focus of their university. You want them to start throwing millions of dollars around to improve their football team into a 4-5 win team every year? Face it, Vanderbilt is a great academic school who will have ok athletic teams from time to time. The SEC should like having them because they give some small academic face to the SEC. Crying because they don’t care about football is a meaningless endeavor.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
9:53 am

DC

December 1st, 2010
9:40 am
you two make great points…I guess it is all situational and what works best for himself and his family.

Actually, it’s more about the school giving him a couple mil per year for the next five or so and what they want typically. Rarely can a coordinator justify staying around in that case.

lovelyliz

December 1st, 2010
9:53 am

“The No. 2 story line is whether or not Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, with everything swirling around him, can lead his team to a victory”

That issue was resolved in the Iron Bowl last week

3rdN8

December 1st, 2010
9:54 am

Here are the big rubs from last Friday:

- Bama’s PA announcer (or some poor flunky) played hurtful songs
said flunky was subsequently fired

- Some Bama fans threw Monopoly Money at a mystified Cam Newton
Cam Newton subsequently threw three TDs against a mystified Bama defense

- Trooper Taylor (who looks like someone rolled him out of the Hood this very morning) was high fiving AU players on the sideline while Greg McElroy was trying to re-establish what planet he was on.
There is no “subsequently” on this one…..just an assistant coach who looks, and acts like a seventh grader

But it is being reported here in Birmingham that Bama and AU fans don’t like each other. This is all from undisclosed sources of course.

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
9:56 am

I think the ole ball sack is going to pull an upset victory too. Spurrier has absolutely nothing to lose and this type upset is right down his alley. It will also put sugar on top of a 3 loss season

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
9:58 am

But it is being reported here in Birmingham that Bama and AU fans don’t like each other. This is all from undisclosed sources of course.

Now that’s not completely true. I get along with plenty of Auburn fans- those who aren’t overly obnoxious like the lunatic fringe bammers (and every other fan base has those too). It’s just that I’d rather have jumper cables hooked to my nuts than to pull for Aubie to win, and those fans feel the same way. If you know where everybody stands there doesn’t need to be hurt feelings. That said, to hell with Auburn.

Old School

December 1st, 2010
9:59 am

“Swapping Vandy for TCU”?

Come on guys, Vandy is a charter member of the SEC. Kicking them out is about as low and two-faced as you can get.

3rdN8

December 1st, 2010
10:00 am

GTBob

I have a lot of respect for Vandy, but they bring nothing to the table for the SEC…..and yeah…I know they play pretty good basketball.

My biggest issue is: they will never be a competitive team. They’ve done away with the AD position. The argument that their academic standards will always prevent them from competing is bunk. It is something that GaTech, and Stanford (and I think Notre Dame will) have overcome…..but there has to be a grass-roots movement from the entire institution for that to happen.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:01 am

Old School

December 1st, 2010
9:59 am
“Swapping Vandy for TCU”?

Come on guys, Vandy is a charter member of the SEC. Kicking them out is about as low and two-faced as you can get.

So what? Times change. GT was a charter member and are much happier now in the ACC. I’ve long thought that Clemson and Vandy would be better served if they swapped conferences.

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
10:01 am

BAMA u are missing the point I’m trying to make. You are right take Cam off the team and we are 7-5. Then go back and take McCalebb, Fairley, Ziemba, Dyer, Zachery, and Adams off the roster and we are 7-5 too. So we are back to square 1 aren’t we? My point is that 1 man does not make a team no matter how great he is. Yes Cam has carried us on his back & we love him for it but the key was putting all the pieces in place BEFORE he came to AU!! BTW BAMA DUDE what wiil u say when Cam comes back next year for Round 2 and we lay it on next year! Don’t forget ya’ll come to the Hare next season lol mullet

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:04 am

JPTigers,

If Cam comes back he won’t make it through the year. You’re gonna take a green-horn offensive line on the road with that schedule? Especially being the “targeted” bunch everyone wants revenge on? Ha. He knows better anyway. Plus, Fairley is as good as gone too.

3rdN8

December 1st, 2010
10:04 am

BAMA dude

I’m having lunch with my sons today…..can I borrow your jumper cables?

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
10:05 am

Vandy isn’t going anywhere. Whether you guys believe it or not, Football isn’t the only thing or the only sport on some campuses. To even infer that Vandy should is sacriledge. They are a charter member and are very competitive in most other sports. Just not the one bringing in the most cash

Stanford Guy in ATL

December 1st, 2010
10:05 am

When it comes to planning some tricks that the other team has not seen before, I will take Malzahn over the OBC any day of the week.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:05 am

Sure thing 3rdN8, they don’t come with a car though.

Old School

December 1st, 2010
10:05 am

“So what? Times change. GT was a charter member and are much happier now in the ACC. I’ve long thought that Clemson and Vandy would be better served if they swapped conferences”

Oh yeah, I forgot. We’re talking about the SEC here…

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:07 am

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
10:05 am
Vandy isn’t going anywhere. Whether you guys believe it or not, Football isn’t the only thing or the only sport on some campuses. To even infer that Vandy should is sacriledge. They are a charter member and are very competitive in most other sports. Just not the one bringing in the most cash

Ding ding ding! College sports have evolved with society, chief. Cash is king in all things now and this is no exception. Vandy should be battling Duke and Wake Forest or UConn and Rutgers instead of Florida and Georgia.

Old School

December 1st, 2010
10:07 am

Mississippi State (or as you guys spell it, “Mississipi” State and Ole Miss should be booted also.

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
10:07 am

GT wasn’t asked to leave or kicked out. They left of their own volition

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:10 am

How is that relevant ARdawg? It has proven to be the right choice for them as they are competing with many similar schools with similar priorities. Don’t see how their making the decision themselves impacts anything.

jumbeauxtiger

December 1st, 2010
10:10 am

BAMA dude

jumbeaux: “I doubt that SC would go back to the Chick Fil A bowl since they are in Atlanta this week. Would SC go to the Outback and Arkansas fall to Atlanta?”

SC would be in the Sugar and Atlanta? They’re gonna be tired.

3rdN8:”I guess your reasoning for Arkansas not going back to the Cotton Bowl is that the sponsors would not want a rematch?”

Word around is that the Cotton has indicated that they plan on taking Bama regardless of the outcome. LSU will end up in the Cap One and Arkansas/USCe will take the Sugar and Outback depending on who wins Saturday.

You are right about SC. If SC is in the Sugar then Ark probably goes to the Outback.

That’s right 3rdN8. The Hogs and A&M have already played in Cowboys Stadium.

Bamadude, I have heard that the Cotton wants Bama too. LSU is already scheduled to play Oregon in the opener next season in Cowboys Stadium.

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
10:10 am

Anyone remember when we dominated the mullets for 6 years in a row & their excuse was “we were down” blah blah etc. When u say “order will be restored” I say we have won 8 out of the last 10 IB’s. Who has dominated this rivalry over the last 2 decades? It’s not ya’ll that’s for sure lol! What will be your excuse when we start another streak? Keep em coming this is entertaining! ONE FOR THE THUMB MULLET!!

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
10:11 am

Bama dude

Bvllsh!t

The SEC has a long proud tradition and tossing it’s members out of the conference for higher cash earners is not part of it. You’re sounding like one of those Auburn fans that would eat their young for another year of Cam Newton. Vandy brings much to the table. You can’t see past football. You my friend may have visionary problems